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“beautiful tradition place n really good location for Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Medina Azahara
Derb Dabachi Derb jemaa 22, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #80 of 185 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
Brighton
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3 hotel reviews
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“beautiful tradition place n really good location for Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Really good location near the Medina but not right on it. Very safe for belongings. When you walk in its really stunning in the central court. The plunge pool is nice to have there but no one uses it to go in. The trees are very cooling though and the roof terrace is boiling and gorgeous to look at, and look out from. Bedroom was authentic and tradition and the shower had lots of hot water. Very clean. Food was expensive so I would go out to the Medina for that

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

We booked a double room at Azahara through hostelbookers, but on arriving we were taken to a different riad some 2 blocks away.This riad had no plunge pool and no wifi.We were also told we would have to walk back to Azahara for bfast.The double we were given was dark with no windows.It was 40+ degrees and the room was boiling with just a small portable fan to use,and no way to get any more ventilation.We had to walk all the way back to Azahara to use the wifi (and the reception was so bad you had to be near the front desk to be able to use it).When we complained about the other location,they said it was clear on hostelworld that there were multiple locations-not that I can see!Be warned-if you book a double,you won't get the amenities they advertise and tell you you will get for the price!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yamagata, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We were a little dubious about staying here as, although it has an 81% average rating on hostelworld, the reviews seemed very mixed - people either loved it or thought it was awful. Our taxi dropped us off at the end of a road leading to the Jemaa al Fna, and as soon as we stepped out with our suitcase we were descended upon by various men who wanted to lead us to the hostel.

Clutching our printed directions, we decided to brave it on our own, but one very persistent young guy followed us along and as we entered the mayhem of the main square we decided to let him show us the way after all. He led us for what seemed like miles down lots of winding alleyways, as we got more and more bemused and slightly wary. We then realised that he didn't actually have a clue where he was going, but after stopping to ask various people along the way he eventually took us to a large wooden door set into a high windowless wall in a narrow street. We couldn't believe this was it, but after ringing the bell it opened and we stepped inside.

And what a shock we had. It was like stepping into a calm oasis after the dust and madness outside. The hostel is in a riad, an old Moroccan house built around a central tiled courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard is a little plunge pool, surrounded by tall palm trees and other greenery. The rooms on the ground floor all open into this courtyard. Around the edges are cushion-covered sofas and little tables for people to sit and chat. It was beyond anything we had been expecting.

We were in a group of four so we'd decided to splash out a couple of pounds more and book the en suite room for four people. This was spotlessly clean, with the crispest whitest sheets I've ever seen (I actually saw one of the women who worked there IRONING the sheets on the bed!). One of the beds was a double, meaning two of my friends had to share this, but it was quite large and not really a problem. The other two beds were single, although inexplicably one of them was much narrower than the other and also a lot firmer. However, again this wasn't really an issue. The bathroom was fine and decorated in a 'traditional' rustic style; it was a little dark in the evenings as it only had one dim light. The shower was large although oddly had no curtain nor anywhere to clip it up, so you had to hold it, but it was very powerful and pleasant. Towels weren't included but we'd brought our own; you could pay a supplement if you needed one though.

The staff were generally very helpful although only the owner was fluent in English, but if you speak basic French you could probably get by communicating with the others. Breakfast is included, which was a nice touch. It was simple but really nice - very fresh crusty bread, butter, jam, soft cheese, and either little pancake-style things or slices of cake, with mint tea. Apparently you could pay a bit extra for omlettes etc., but we never felt the need, and most days we were so full from this that we didn't even want lunch. There were meals available but we didn't eat at the hostel as there are so many restaurants just a walk away in the main square.

The location is amazing. Once we'd got our bearings we realised that the long trek we had been taken on after arriving was completely wrong, and the hostel is actually just a five minute walk from the Jemaa al Fna, which is where you will probably spend a lot of your time in Marrakesh. The location alone makes it worth staying here - we had looked at other hostels and hotels but a lot of them seemed to be much further out and required you to get a taxi, whereas with this one the old city is literally on your doorstep.

The only downside to the hostel is that everyone staying there would inevitably gather in the courtyard to sit and chat. This was fine, but some people seemed to think it was acceptable to stay up well into the early hours of the morning, despite the fact that the rooms were directly off the courtyard and the windows have a fine mesh covering them, rather than glass. It could get very noisy and the staff didn't do anything to stop this - when it gets to 2 a.m. and people are still being loud, it's a bit ridiculous. There is a lovely roof terrace which would surely be the place to direct people who want to stay up late - just a thought.

Despite this, we slept very well and had a lovely time here. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be in a central location and not have to pay through the nose. Apart from the occasional disturbed evening, for most of the time it didn't feel like we were in a hostel but more like a little boutique-style hotel. The courtyard was lovely and cool and in the heat of the day it was a nice place just to sit and relax. The standard of cleanliness was unbelievable, especially considering how dusty the city is in general. I will definitely stay here again when I return to Marrakesh (it is a destination that makes you want to go back!).

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

Riad Medina Azahara was certainly the best place I've chosen after looking exhaustively for a hotel under 50 euros a night, including breakfast, with good reviews on friendliness/ cleanliness but still not far away from Djemaa El Fna. We booked a double room for 7 nights and we loved it! The owner and staff were really helpful when we had questions, there was any problem on going out till 1am (even if we would come back later, things could be arranged). We could even smoke Ashisha with mint tea and sleep on the roof terrace. Loved it!
I'll certainly come back and recommend to friends when visiting Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

After a couple of nights in the beautiful Dar Bamileke, we took the chance to try few nights in the hostel. Well that was cool! Young and fresh atmosphere, the perfect solution for backpackers or low budget traveller! Close to the ja El Fna Sq, in a quiet road just ouside the busy market. Friendly and usefull staff. Big terrace on the roof, the perfect place to take a nap or just drink a mint tea talking with the other guests. Definitely a good experience. Reccomended to young backpackers !

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Fantastic place to stay, like a fairytale! Very relaxing and the staff is realy friendly. Radouane the guy that works there is realy kind, funny and very helpfull! Eliza the owner of the place is very kind as well. They know Marrakech very well and they give great tips about where to go....I highly recommend the Riad.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 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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irish in hull
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

the owner of this place is not friendly at all. we were exhausted after a long bus journey and we looked for this place for over an hour having been recommended it by people we met on our travels.. we ended up being guided there by a couple of kids and the owner opened the door and first told us the place was full, then said ok. when we went in we had a whole dorm room to ourselves and the place was practically empty! But just as we were settling in, we were asked to leave because the kids who took us there were asking the owner for money, even tho we had given them a big tip. we didnt want to be chucked out into the medina at half 11 at night, exhausted with nowhere to go so we begged her to stay and she said ok but to 'deal with those kids'.. I went to speak to them and they said it was between the owner and them!
This place gave off a really cold and pretentious atmosphere, and we had the worst night's sleep of our whole holiday there.. the beds were really uncomfortable, it was noise, and most of all the owner treats her guests like something that's been scraped off the bottom of a a 'faux guide's' shoe!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Dabachi Derb jemaa 22, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #80 of 185 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
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