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“Home from Home in Marrakech!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Noor Charana
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Houmat Ben Sahl | Derb el kebir n°31, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #136 of 467 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Home from Home in Marrakech!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my 5th trip to Morocco and my third stay at Riad Noor Charana. Located right in the heart of the Medina and a very short walk (5/10 mins) from the Jema El Fna (main square); this is the perfect base to explore Marrakech. It's easy to find (once you've identified a few local landmarks!) and the house is beautifully decorated with lots of communal space to hang out - both indoors and outside on the roof terrace. It's fantastic value for money and a delicious, simple breakfast of fresh orange juice; tea and coffee and home made breads and pancakes is included in the price. I've stayed here with a friend; with my daughter who was 3 at the time and on my own. If you're a woman travelling alone it's safe, secure and the owner Elizabeth (who speaks French and English) will help you plan any trips and organise taxi's to and from the airport. All in all I'd highly recommend Riad Noor Charana and am certain that I'll stay there on my next visit to Marrakech.

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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london
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I stayed at this Riad in January. The Riad itself is very tastefully decorated, clean and maintained to a high standard.
The Bedrooms are not massive, but there are plenty of spacious lounges and a gorgeous roof terrace to chill out.
breakfast is taken on the roof and simple but tasty.
The Riad is located right in the thick of the Madenia but strangely is incredibly quiet and tranquil compared to the chaos of the souks.
The French owner Elizabeth runs a very slick operation and will arrange anything from a taxi collecting from the airport(advisable) to excursions or Hamman.
One major plus is because the Riad is French owned, it is not dry and Beer and Wine are freely available at very reasonable prices.
Also there is free super fast WiFi all over the Riad, even on the roof! Great streaming.
Overall I can not fault this Riad in any way, hence it gets my first 5 stars ever.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

so close to everything your in walking distance to every attraction
staff are very caring and nice but speak little English
rooms tidy and big enough
nice roof top area
get a transfer from airport to riad

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Good value for your money. Breakfast was included and was ok. The riad was very close to the big square, around 5-10 minutes walk. The other attractions in the Medina is by walking distance. A lot of restaurants nearby. We had a taxi from the road pick us up from the airport, 150 dirham for the car. It would be really hard if they hadn't picked us up. Recommend the taxi. They also have excursions which you can by from the riad.

Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We travelled as two couples to Morocco for a three centre holiday. We spent the first four days here in Marrakech. As we arrived on a busy Wednesday evening the taxi, booked by the riad, could not get close to the riad and we had to drag our cases a few hundred yards over the cobbled streets and the riad from the outside looked uninspiring. However the inside was the opposite.

This riad is particularly well placed with only about a five minute walk to the main square. The only criticism of it was that the rooms were a little on the small size. However, they were authentic and charming. The breakfasts were excellent with a good variety of different foods and were the best we had during our two week stay in Morocco. These were taken on the open terrace at the top of the building. If you are fat, disabled or unsteady on your feet the narrow, partially spiral staircase could be a problem. It may be possible to have it in your room.

The staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful.

We would recommend eating at the stalls in the main square in the evenings as the food was of good quality, fresh and inexpensive. We also enjoyed our trip to the Yves St Laurent garden which we did in a horse and carriage. It was very good value.

We would recommend this riad but you need to be fairly fit. The old medina in Marrakech (which is where this riad is)is an unmissable experience as it is a vibrant, busy enclave with lots of local crafts etc.

We then went to the Argana hotel in Agadir - what a difference a day makes!!

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was the last riad we stayed at during our 24 day stay in Morocco and we absolutely adored it! Elisabeth (the owner) is wonderful and speaks multiple languages including English. They keep the riad looking spic and span at every moment. The rooms were done simply but beautifully AND we had a couple of roses waiting for us along with a bottle of water. What a great touch! Breakfast was my favorite at this riad bc #1- it was delicious and offered an assortment and #2- it changed from one day to the next! After staying at about 8 riads, we had yet to experience that! On top of the lovely riad, Elisabeth helped me get my shoes back from Essaouria. I left them at another hotel and she very patiently worked with me to get the shoes sent on a bus back to Marrakech. EXCELLENT service. The other staff were also awesome and helpful and always offered a friendly smile. Easy access to Jema El Fna from here. When we come back to Marrakech, THIS is the riad we will revisit!

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My sister and i recently spent a week at this riad and had a fantastic time in Marrakech. Before going we had so many worries and apprehensions about morocco and staying at a riad, and now that i have been i want to share a detailed and honest account so that someone who is maybe equally apprehensive can read this and have all their questions answered!

Location:

Before booking we had debated to some extent about whether to stay in a riad or in a bigger more commercial hotel in the newer part of Marrakech outside the city walls. I am so happy we decided to opt for the riad. Staying in the Medina means you are living in the very heart of Marrakech and are truly experiencing the place and its culture first hand. Another time i might be open to an all inclusive establishment, we did crave a pool, but for an all-round-first-time-moroccan experience i would definately recommend a riad. This riad is in a pretty great location, a stones throw from all the souks and a ten minute walk to the main square, Jamaa El Fna, where we found ourselves most evenings. Before going we were a bit apprehensive about finding our way back to the riad every night, having heard some horror stories about getting lost and being harrassed in Marrakech, and were worried about having to navigate small dark alleyways back to the riad late at night, we even brought a small torch in preparation. As it turned out after a day we had found our bearings and found our way to and from the riad everyday without problem, and the little street the riad is on, even though it could be described as alleyway-ish was still well lit and other tourists and locals were often around so we never felt unsafe. We did proceed to get exceedingly lost in other parts of the medina, but this is another story and is all part of the fun of exploring Marrakech! We organised in advance an airport transfer to take us to our riad on the first night. Which i would thoroughly recommend, it took so much unnessecary stress out of arriving. We spent an hour going through passport control and became concerned our taxi wouldnt wait but when we got through to arrivals our driver was waiting patiently with my name and riad on a sign. It was a simple 15 minute drive from the airport and was such a comfort we would be arriving safetly and promptly. He drove us as close to the riad as he could and then carried our suitcase and took us the remaining 5 minutes by foot. This is because at night the streets are filled with locals and stalls and shop sellers and dont allow space for a taxi. We took a transfer back to the airport too, again straightforward and hassle free.

Rooms/appearance:

Its not an uber luxurious or modern riad, but it had a pretty charm about it and was well presented and felt clean. At night the courtyard in the middle was often lit with candles or lanterns and really did look lovely. It has a couple of nice lounge/social areas as well as a little rooftop terrace. I was expecting a tiny bit more of a view out onto the city from the terrace, you cant see out at all really, but again it was pretty and well presented. The bedrooms are quite small, we only took one suitcase and i think having two in their would have compromised our space a lot, but they do the job perfectly well and most importantly they had air con which i don't think we could have survived without. Shower/bathroom again pretty small but clean and fine for what we needed. We never locked our door and didn't feel unsafe leaving it open or leaving our belongings in there during the day, there didn't seem to be a safe in our room but i imagine there is probably one to use in the riad if you request it. Our beds were made and our rooms tidied a little every day for us which was always nice to come back to!

Food:

The breakfast is overall a sugary feast. I have a sweet tooth and am vegetarian so was perfect for me but if you're used to beans on toast or a bacon sandwich you might be in for a bit of a sugar coma surprise. It generally consisted of moroccan pastries, cake, bread, jam, honey, fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee. You eat your breakfast up on the rooftop terrace which really was a lovely relaxing way to start the day and we really did relish sitting up there planning our day over pastries every morning. It's up to you when you have breakfast, we ended up making it to the terrace for 9am every morning, although one day we had an excursion booked and our breakfast was prepared for us at 7am! It is all beautifully presented and is plentiful enough to keep you going until lunch. We only had dinner once at the riad, we had arranged it for the night we arrived, as we were getting there late. It was delicious, bread, dips, tagines, noodles, ice cream, mint tea, but we were quite tired and hot by this point so maybe didn't savour it as much as we should have. Radia, the cook, has a little book at the riad with photos of all the dishes she can prepare, after a flick through and in retrospect there were some delicious items i would have liked to try but obviously we weren't aware of this when organising our meal in advance for our arrival.

Service:

Elisabeth who runs the riad is very friendly, welcoming and speaks very good english. She greeted us on our first morning, talked us through a map of the area, recommended places to go and things to see and generally put us at ease on our first day in a strange place. She made the effort to chat to us every morning after that to offer any advice and check everything was ok. She even booked an excursion for us, a day trip to Essaouira, as it turned out we were a tiny bit disappointed with the arrival and departure times of the trip, we got a lot less time there as advertised by the poster, but this doesn't really fall under Elisabeth's responsibility. Radia speaks no english, but was very pleasant and helpful towards us and as already mentioned the breakfast and food was of a high standard. You could obtain bottles of water any time from the riad and one afternoon we had mint tea in one of the lounge areas, probably the best we tasted in Marrakech.

I would recommend this riad whole heartedly. And wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Although it's in the heart of the bustling medina, once inside it is unbelievably calm and quiet and a perfect retreat after a busy day sight seeing. The interior is pretty and Moroccan, staff helpful, food tasty and air con all for such an excellent price! One bit of advice i would give, as already said it is in the heart of the medina and the streets get busy at night, on the saturday evening we made our way to the main square but the streets were EXTREMELY busy, like rush hour, tube delay, central london busy, and making our way took nearly double the time and wasn't a pleasant experience. If your heading out on a saturday evening, go out earlier, or allow much extra time, and be prepared to shuffle along!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Houmat Ben Sahl | Derb el kebir n°31, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#124 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#124 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Noor Charana 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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