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“An Amazing Find” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Noir d'Ivoire
31, Derb jdid Bab Doukkala 44.000, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, UK
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15 hotel reviews
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“An Amazing Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

We stumbled across this by chance through the Mr & Mrs Smith website - when looking for a place to celebrate my girl-friend's birthday.

Both my girlfriend & I have travelled extensively around the world - filling up passports with stamps long before their expiry.

Riad Noir d'Ivoire is one of only two hotels that I would recommend to friends in the world.

We could not fault Jill & Damien for making us feel so welcome - so often hotels say treat this as your home but Jill really meant it. The rooms were wonderful - all of the features you would expect from a corporate hotel but all of the charm and individuality of a boutique hotel.

And the general level of service (often a bug bear elsewhere) whilst unobtrusive - could not be criticised.

I can't wait to get back there

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

We loved this hotel. It's stylish, low key, high quality decor was perfect for rest and relaxation, which was just what we were looking for. Every detail has been carefully thought about and it shows. This extends to the welcome from Jill, Damian and the entire staff team and their ability to anticipate your needs without being fussy or over doing it. They manage to make it all look very easy (whilst working very hard) which is always a sign of a professionally run business by people who know what they are doing. We enjoyed the meals in the hotel, catering especially for my vegetarian requirements with no problems at all, which is not so easy once you leave the hotel and eat out in town. I used the small but well equipped gym and really enjoyed the view of the pool whilst working out. We also very much enjoyed the spa facilities and I spent a very happy birthday being thoroughly pampered, ending with a meal with the menu designed to our taste , set out for us in front of the fire in the lounge. We loved Cous Cous the donkey who was there to meet us and take our luggage along the narrow streets to the riad. In fact, there was nothing about this place we didn't like! I've even managed to retain the feeling of peace and calm after returning to work which doesn't normally happen once I hit my real world again.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2009

An incredible place which I could not recommend more highly. We were treated like royalty from the moment we were picked up from the airport until the moment we were dropped back. In fact I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said we were treated even better than royalty- when a middle eastern royal family dropped in to the riad during our stay to have a look in the boutique, our host Jill seemed more concerned with our wellbeing than theirs!

Jill and Damian were fantastic hosts and made our one year wedding anniversary the memorable experience I had hoped for. The riad itself is magnificent- a perfect blend of comfort and style, the room (we were in the Zebra room with our own private roof terrace and jacuzzi) was spectacular, and the location is right in the heart of the medina. What more could we ask for?

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

I wanted to book a weekend away with my wife without the children. We chose Marrakech as it is a truly exotic location but only 3 hours away. I booked Noir d'Ivoire as we were only away for a weekend and I thought we deserved pampering - and I was not disappointed!
We had a fabulous weekend and Noir d'Ivoire was simply perfect. The ambience was just right, tranquil yet cool, luxurious but relaxed - I'll always associate Norah Jones with this place. We had only been there a couple of hours before we were already planning our return. Jill and Damien were the most gracious hosts and always seemed to be there when we needed them - even giving us a mobile phone if we needed 'talking in' back to the Riad. We had the most wonderful weekend and can't wait to go back.
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  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

Anyone looking for a very cool, boutique oasis of calm must stay at Riad Noir d'Ivoire in Marrakech. The decor is designer chic and extremely tasteful and the hosts and all the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Gill the owner is very up to speed on whats hot or not so booked us into a great restauarant for my wife's b'day. Absolutely recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

Outstanding design, food, service and owner. The owner Jill, Damian and the staff all gave the impression they had all the time in the world just for you, yet managed to run the hotel to incredibly high standards. All the staff were so gracious and accommodating. We were a bit mad going to Morocco as one of our teenagers has a potentially fatal allergy to nuts. Jill said she would sort it and she did. The rooms were cleaned and nuts removed, the restaurant staff were fully briefed and we felt and were safe in a country where nuts are a significant part of the cuisine. Jill even arranged for a good local restaurant to give us our own chef for the evening so we could try an evening of Moroccan food and entertainment. We will go back with friends and recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

Me and my girlfriend are just returning from a long weekend in Marrakech. We stayed 3 nights at the beautifully decorated Riad Noir D'Ivoire and have no complaints at all.

The Riad is well located within the Medina - and although seems impossible to find at first - Hosts Jill and Damien did a great job of explaining the area etc - and after this was fairly easy to find our way. They also gave us a mobile phone with their numbers pre programmed in case we got lost or needed anything - which added to our sense of comfort.

We stayed in Guepard suite - which is one of the larger suites in the Riad and has a private roof terrace with jacuzzi. The room was perfect - very clean and comfortable. Bathroom was large with a huge bath tub / shower. The room also had a fireplace which we took advantage of since the evenings were cool.

We found the Riad to be a perfect retreat from the busy Medina area. After a long day of walking it was nice to come back to the peace and comfort of the Riad - as well as the spa treatments - we had a couples Hamman and massages another day. Would highly recommend both.

Would definitely come back - Jill and Damien added to our experience as they were extremely helpful in outlining things to do and places to see etc... as well as suggesting restaurants and also making reservations for us....

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Noir d'Ivoire

Address: 31, Derb jdid Bab Doukkala 44.000, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Noir d'Ivoire is a romantic destination composed of five suites, three of which have private roof terraces and jacuzzis, two junior suites and two double rooms. Services include Spa with traditional hammam, Boutique, fully equipped gym, library, restaurant and a heated pool. All suites have fireplaces and all rooms, have air conditioning, heating, mini-bars, hairdryers, wall safes and flat screen televisions. Meet and greet service with our donkey Couscous and our four loving cats! ... more   less 
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