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Riad Mur Akush
Derb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Relaxed and friendly - prompt, attentive service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Morocco is bustling, noisy and full of salesmen, donkey-carts, horsedrawn carriages and mopeds. Without such a tranquil base to return to, we would soon have become exhausted. We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the roof-top terrace in warm sunshine (in February), with food we had purchased and brought back, having been provided with plates and cutlery when we asked.
Tucked away in a secluded side-street, Mur Akush is in a perfect spot, because, as well as being within the historic Medina, where there are many sites of interest to visit, it is also near to the new part of the city - a short walk takes you to the wall of the Medina and into the modern city-streets, where it is not much further to the famous Majorelle Garden, which is full of strange cactuses and trees - well worth a visit. With the city map, presented to us on our arrival at Mur Askush, we were able to navigate to and from the Riad without assistance from the many willing local guides who offered us their services.
The only glitch we experienced was with the plumbing. In our bathroom, the basin had hot and cold taps marked 'C' for chaud (hot) and 'F' for froid (cold) - fine, because we expected French labels. But the shower/bath taps were labelled 'Cold' and 'Hot' - which would have been fine, except that the one which started with a 'C' was chaud (hot) and a certain amount of water was sadly wasted trying to get hot water out of the tap marked 'Hot'! Not a problem once you know how it is.
We would definitely love to stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My sister and I stayed in Riad Mur Akush for 3 nights this past January. We loved it! We stayed in the Grand Suite Amel on the top floor and used the airport pick up service. We were picked up right on time and everything went smoothly. We were greeted with mint tea and pastries and from then on, the trip only got better. Everyone at the riad was gracious and accommodating. They booked a lovely tour guide for us and we enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at the riad. Our suite was spacious and beautiful. The beds were comfortable and I loved the shower! There were small issues with the wifi, being on the top floor, but they worked diligently to fix it. We loved the rooftop terrace as well - we relaxed in the hanging chairs (very comfy!) and ate breakfast there until the bees took over, lol. All in all, I greatly enjoyed my time at the riad and I would definitely stay there again when visiting Marrakech.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kirdford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

12 of us shared this riad to celebrate my 50th Birthday, It could not have been better! Maria was so helpfull answering all queries quickly and efficiently, The Building was just as pictured, full of character, we loved exploring each others rooms on arrival as they were all different but gorgeous! The roof terrace great for sundowner cocktails,looking out over the rooftops of Marrakech, we had hot sunny weather in January so made good use of the sunloungers and hanging chairs! The breakfasts and lunch we ate there was efficiently set up for us on a long table,which was very sociable, and the staff were discreet but attentive when needed. including letting us in at 2 am on sunday morning after clubbing with no complaint! (I might be middle aged now, but still know how to enjoy myself!) The location was also perfect, as we were able to walk everywhere or get a reasonably priced Taxi.
The icing on the cake was that although we were not leaving until 5.30 on the Sunday we were able to leave our things in our rooms up until then, such a bonus, we were very greatfull not to be Homeless until we left for the airport!
I thought it was extremely good Value for money, and would definitely reccomend, and probably stay there again! Dolly

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

After reading the reviews on tripadvisor and seeing the pictures on the website I was very excited about our stay at the Mur Akush. I want to say that it was amazing, I want to say that I loved it; but I can't. There wasn't one big thing wrong with it, but I found it rather underwhelming and there were lots of little 'niggly' things that let it down.

Our room (Salaam) was lovely, but needs a bit of TLC. The blanket had huge catches in it, the safe wasn't actually attached to anything, making it unusable and it felt really basic and a little 'grubby' The bed was very comfy though and the air con was impressive.

The noise travels terribly from the courtyard, which seemed to be where most people chose to eat breakfast, meaning that we could hear every conversation from our room on the first floor.

Breakfast itself was a great mix of meat, cheese, fresh bread, pastries, yoghurt and coffee and we alternated between having it in our room and up on the roof terrace. But the crockery was no longer at it's best, there were chips and cracks on most pieces and it needs replacing.

The roof terrace was lovely, but again the cushions were all stained and grubby.

I think two years ago, the Riad Mur Akush would have been very impressive indeed, but I don't think it has had much love recently and it is starting to show. Some TLC and attention to detail would make a huge improvement.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

There are 100s of riads to choose from...but look no further! The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, but they'll also leave you in peace if you wish. The food is delicious and you can eat your breakfast wherever you like. The rooms are spacious, tidy, and well decorated. The rooftop is peaceful and comfortable.

The riad is located about 10 minutes walk from the main square in Marrakech. Although is very close by to the souks, it is not inside of them. This is a huge advantage as the last thing you really want after a long day is getting lost down a dark alley trying to find your way back!

If you're fortunate enough to visit on New Year's Eve, you'll be pleased with the party they put on as well!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MurAkush, Owner at Riad Mur Akush, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
I would like to thank you for taking the time to leave your wonderful review for us. I am very glad that you had a good time in our house, you like the location, enjoyed our food and had a great time at the New Years party! We really enjoyed looking after you and thank you once again for your kind words. Maria
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Florence
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Got a great last minute deal from the owner after writing her an email for a different riad. I mentioned how much I liked mur akush and she generously offered a lower rate. We stayed give nights and it felt like home. Breakfast on the terrace was amazing despite the bees and the staff was always helpful and cordial. The walk to the main square was easy and on the way it feels like where real people live, we stopped many times for a sidwalk sandwich just like the locals and were often the only tourists in the neighborhood.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We decided on this Riad after extensive research (there are hundreds of Riad's to chose from!), we were definitely not disappointed!.

Firstly if you do book this Riad I would recommend you arrange for them to pick you up from the airport (this cost us 15 euros). We were collected by Mohammed who spoke perfect English and was very friendly. On arrival (after about a 15 min drive from the airport) who were welcomed by Rashid with fresh mint tea and a selection of Moroccan sweets. He provided a map and recommended a number of sights to visit and let us know how to get there (most things are walking distance in the old town).

We chose to stay in the Grand Suite Amel, and it was a great decision! The room is huge with separate living room and bedroom. The bedroom has a huge four poster bed and the living room has a corner sofa and working fire place. The room felt very homely and is decorated very traditionally. The bathroom is also huge!

We had dinner there the first night and be warned the portions are huge! We also had breakfast there everyday which consisted of breads, fruit, yoghurts and traditional Moroccan bread. We had our breakfast on the roof terrace on our final day which I would definitely recommend!

The Riad is in a great location, about a 10 minute easy walk from the main square (Jemaa El-Fna) and Souks. Even though located in a dark alley way it always felt completely safe day or night.

My only tip would be to bring ear plugs to avoid being woken up at 5am by the Mosque's nearby call to prayer.

The staff at this Riad really made our trip special, especially Rashid who was on hand to build our fires, make our breakfast, book restaurants, taxis and excursions for us! Many thinks to you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#53 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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