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“A great stay in Marrakech.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Mur Akush
Derb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #46 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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“A great stay in Marrakech.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Riad Mur Akush for seven nights at the end of August 2012. The booking was very easily arranged. The deposit was sorted without fuss. The communications with Maria were excellent. The breakfasts by Rachid and Zohra were wonderful. It is true. You can have breakfast anywhere: your room, the terrace, the rooftop, anywhere. At any time.

This is a small Riad, not a hotel run by accountants, directors and shareholders. It is not family run, but that is only because the staff are not related. There was total peace and quiet all the time, apart from two things, which on the first night were important, but then we just accepted this is what life is like living so close to the centre. The first was the call to prayer from the nearby mosque. It was loud. But this may have been because of the second thing, the local weddings with all their wonderful music.

Strangely, we searched out a CD with Moroccan wedding music, as we found it really gives you a feel of the place. We are still playing it in the car, three weeks later. I should point out the Riad supplied earplugs for guests that find the call to prayer unwelcome.

Marrakech is not the place to come for a complete rest. It is so lively and there is so much to see, that you should be exhausted by the time you go to bed. The bed was gigantic and firm. The air conditioning in both the bedroom and lounge could take the temperature down to very cold if you wanted. The bathroom was bigger than most hotel bedrooms. The decor throughout the Riad is traditional and it appears you are in someone's home, not their place of business.

We had a fascinating cooking course with Zohra, with some background help from Rachid. Zohra showed us how to make Hariri Soup and a Chicken Tajine. It was then served on the roof terrace while the sun was setting by Mohammed. A memory that will live with me forever. (When I get around to typing it up, I will email it to the Riad. Then others can enjoy it without taking notes). Thank you guys.

As we were expected to be back late a few nights, Rachid gave us the front door key! He needs his sleep as well! He would have gladly got up to greet us at any time and even made Moroccan Mint Tea, whenever we wanted.

Mohammed wrote, at our request, for the local taxi drivers, "Switch on your meter" in Arabic. They never did, but the drivers found it hilarious. You will be overcharged everywhere, but only by a Euro/Pound. Most of the time, it's not worth haggling, walking off, finding another taxi, cushion seller, etc. Just pay what you think it's worth. The salesmen everywhere are very good. It's not an unpleasant experience in the souks, it's just their way of life. Ninety five per cent of the customers in the souks are the locals not tourists. The weekends are especially mad. As others have said, unless you want something, do not ask the price. Everyone speaks enough English for you to get what you want.

The prices in the Government "Fixed Price" shops are at least twice what you would pay if you can haggle even a little bit in the souks. They are also soul-less and empty of atmosphere. All the stuff is the same as in the souks. You would be better off going next door to Maison Arabe and buying all your souvenirs from their little gift shop.

You MUST eat in the main sqaure. Jemaa el Fna. The food is excellent and cheap. The waiters know that Westerners are looking for cleanliness.

What was the best thing about the Riad? The location. You reach all the sights within a 15-20 minute walk. If you want a taxi, they are everywhere. If you need one to take you back to the Riad, just tell them Bab Doukkala Mosque, or Maison Arabe. These two places are known by every taxi driver and both are less than 100 metres from the front door. The second thing was the fantastic smelling shower gel/shampoo!

Stay here, it's a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Grand Suite Amel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

We spent two weeks at Riad Mur Akush, with a 3-day desert trip in the middle. The whole booking process was easy and well organised by Maria, who is the owner. When we arrived at the airport, a taxi driver was waiting for us as pre-planned and drove us to the Riad. Rachid, a member of staff, welcomed us and showed us to our room and later we had dinner cooked by Zohra. I can honestly say that The staff at the Riad make your stay in Marrakech so much more worthwhile. They are really friendly, approachable and always ready to help. Rachid in particular was an absolute star and was always available for anything we needed. We felt that he went out of his way sometimes just to make sure that we had everything we needed and that we were comfortable. Rachid gave us a map of Marrakech on our first morning and highlighted all the popular places of interests. He gave us some tourist tips and they really proved helpful throughout our stay.
While we went to the desert, we were able to leave our suitcases at the Riad, and they we perfectly safe there. On our return, we were given a room upgrade for free in which we stayed for the remainder of our stay.
The Riad is decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, and it really is beautiful. Sitting up on the roof terrace, relaxing in the sitting room- it was all really nice. When we were driving on our very long journey to and back from the desert, both me and my wife began to miss the comforts of the Riad, and simply because we were treated so well there!! Both myself and my wife would recommend this place to anyone else thinking of staying in Marakech.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I returned yesterday after a 5 day break at Riad Mur Akush with a friend. We could not have asked for more - it was perfect; clean, spacious, boutique and beautifully decortaed. We were greeted, and then looked after by Mohamed and Rachid. They could not have done more for us, from greeting us with tea and pastires after our flight, to giving us advice & tips, making restaurant reservations and just being thoroughly nice people throughout our stay. I would highly recomend!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Fantastic break. the Rhiad is lovely. Beautifully decorated without too much western influence. The staff were delightful - nothing was too much trouble. The staff organised a walking trip up into the Atlas mountains which was very well organised, and just what we wanted.
Maria, the owner who lives in the UK was really helpful, and made the entire booking process easy. I left a Gold Chain behind in the bedroom, which was promptly returned to me safely.
The terrace is lovely- eating breakfast up there with the sun coming up was a memorable experience We rarely consider returning to a place, but are planning on returning next year.

Room Tip: The top rooms are hot, but all have air conditioning (we prefer not to use it)
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Riad Mur Akush for almost a week during Ramadan 2012. It was our first stay in Morocco, but we were made to feel completely at home at the Riad. Mohammed was very kind and helpful, and upon our arrival gave us a map and explained the layout of Marrakech and the locations of the main sites of interest, over mint tea and pastries. This map turned out to be invaluable. The Riad is located close to the bustling Bab Doukkala market, where one can buy food snacks and ingredients for salads and cooking, and just beyond that is the new town (Gueliz) which is convenient for visiting ATMs and the Majorelle Gardens. The main square, Jamaa El Fna, and its associated souks/diners, are only 10 mins easy walking distance from the Riad. And just round the corner from the Riad, behind the mosque, is a local hammam. The Riad itself is very peaceful and beautifully decorated. The room was very clean, and beautifully furnished, had effective air conditioning, and the bathroom worked very well, with orange-blossom shampoos and shower gels available to use. The service at the Riad was also fantastic: we could arrange to have our breakfast at any time each the morning, to fit in with what we planned to do that day. Mohammed also helped us arrange a day trip out into the Altas Mountains with a tourist agency. All in all, I recommend Riad Mur Akush to anyone who would like a high-quality stay in Marrakech and who would like to be well looked after.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

For the second time this year we stayed in Riad Mur Akush in Marrakesh. A warm and authentically decorated place in the city. Although within the the medina remarkably quiet. Clean and spacious rooms. 360 degrees view of the city via spacious roof terrace. Most friendly and helpful support from Mohamed, Rachid and Zohra. I can recommend this place to everybody.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This place is home away from home. Rachid and Zohra took very good care of us. We spent about 3 nights at Mur Akush and even took cooking lessons from Zohra. She is an exceptional cook and a great teacher. The room was beautiful and like previous reviewer was upgraded. The view from the terrace is spectacular.
I would highly recommend this place to any fellow traveler.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Also Known As:
Riad Mur Akush Hotel
Riad Mur Akush Marrakech
Riad Mur Akush Hotel Marrakech
Address: Derb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#37 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in one of the most historic areas of the Marrakesh Medina, Riad Mur Akush offers a magical experience (with road access in 30m). The relaxed and comfortable environment ensures a perfect stay and with 6 rooms the riad feels very private. With a large sitting and dining room, large patio and terraces, one is spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to have a meal or read a book. Our hospitality is legendary. ... more   less 
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