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“Beautiful Riad with friendly staff, shame about location” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad El Faris
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   14, derb Charki, Zaouia Abbassia, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #498 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Beautiful Riad with friendly staff, shame about location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Riad el Faris is such a beautiful and peaceful little Riad. The rooms are traditionally furnished and very comfortable with air con and the dining area is beautifully light and airy, with no roof, just an open patio. It's a complete contrast to the streets of Marrakech which are noisy, busy and vibrant all day and night, as the noise of the city can barely be heard from inside the Riad other than the call to prayer which echoes from all directions throughout the day. The sun terrace in perfect for sun worshipping tourists, as there's not much chance to sit in the sun and read a book in peace and quiet anywhere else.
The staff at the Riad were welcoming and friendly and ensured we were comfortable during the whole week we stayed. The rooms were cleaned almost everyday to a good standard, and the riad's owner made the breakfast himself everyday, and offered us dinner, which we accepted twice. The food was all delicious and traditional, a nice way to experience local food without the trip out to a restaurant.
The riad's only downfall is its location, which is a shame but wouldn't put me off recommending it. However, it is very difficult to find a direct route to anywhere in marrakech's old city, and being a half an hour walk from the centre gave us too much chance to get lost. In the days this was fine as it meant we got to explore a bit, but at night, being lost felt a little unsafe and we got a cab home a few times.
Overall a fantastic Riad, if you're not afraid to risk getting lost every now and then, it's a perfect, peaceful escape from Marrakech's madness.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Montreal, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The riad itself is beautiful and we stayed in the Ginger room, which was nicely decorated and roomy.

However, it is situated in a rougher part of town and was far from most attractions (I wouldn't say it was the riad's fault, but I got taunted a lot by a few disrespectful locals). It took us 30-40 mins to get to the Jeema el Fna square. Furthermore, the manager, although she seemed nice, tried to subtlely book us stuff we did not really want. She got us a mediocre deal for riding camels at la Palmaraie. Plus, she kept pushing us about having dinner at the riad, which according to another guest at the riad, was overpriced for what is was (around 150 Dhs per person) and not so good. They also overcharged us for bottled water (without informing us ahead of time), 2x the price it would've been had we purchased it outside the riad. Lastly, same breakfast everyday... are you kidding me.. It's not that hard to make something other than pancakes and jam every morning... Even a 2 day rotation wouldn't have been that bad.

However, I would have to say that a young man working at the riad, Hassan, was very helpful in terms of things to do and genuinely nice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Limassol, Cyprus
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Difficult to find, overpriced food. One night we ordered dinner for 3 and then told Aziz we were expecting friends to visit and asked for another 2 meals to be added, what we got was our initial order for 3 in the price of 5 with some extra starters. Furthermore Aziz didn't hesitate to ask me for cigarettes whenever he saw me. The cherry on top of the cake was on our last night Aziz asked us to pay for the accommodation, and we didn't have enough cash at that moment and he didn't accept cards, he couldn't wait for next morning, and forced us to take a taxi to the nearest bank to withdraw cash. As it was difficult for taxis to find the hotel, Aziz ordered a taxi for us for the value of 100 Dirahms (Overpriced by at least 3x) the most tragic event of the whole story was that we saw the taxi driver giving Aziz 80Dirahams in hand.
The only positive action of the Riad was the recommendation of Mustafa as a guide. He was very helpful and had great knowledge of the towns history except from the berber's rugs. Overall a worthily 600Dirahms for a one day guide.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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BERLIN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

A beautiful oasis in the madness of Marrakech, Aziz and Samira, could not have been more charming, helpful, informative, friendly and genuinely concerned to make our stay comfortable.He deserves all praise. All the staff were discreet but pleasant. A small riad, maybe 5 or 6 rooms, beautifully decorated, calm and pristine. Good price for the value! Excellent indoor and very clean rooms. Very traditional and this is what we were looking for. it was located deep in Marrakech,s medina in an authentic part. This was never a problem and all part of the experience for us.
I recommend.Would return happily.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The place is impossible to find. You are forced to negiotiate with taxi drivers constantly or pay locals to give you wrong directions. The food and drink is well overpriced for the area. Although it is nice enough inside, it is NOT worth the hassle of getting to. Stay somewhere much closer to the souks or even in the new town if you want to feel calm. The lack of English was difficult. I have travelled quite a lot, I go away about four times a year. This was the only holiday I have ever been on that I just couldn't wait to get home from.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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North East Lincolnshire
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35 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We were greeted very warmly on arrival with mint tea and shown to our room, all the staff were very heplful and accomodating. The breakfast was typically moroccean and set up up nicely for our sightseeing. The Riad is a little out of the way and we constantly got lost as all streets look the same so it always took us more than 20 minutes to get back and forth, but we were so pleased to get back to the lovely accomodation, our room was spacious and had a good shower and the roof terrace was a welcome retreat to relax and read.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

I must first start off by saying that I have never written a review for anything before, but felt compelled to let people know how fantastic this Riad is after a wonderful 7 nights stay there. We arrived much later than planned, and were warmly greeted by Aziz (who is a true asset to the Riad) and we were given mint tea and pastries and showed our room.
The breakfast was great every morrning, as much or as little as you fancied. We stayed in the Vanille room- I chose it when booking after reading the positive reviews on here and we werent disappointed. Tucked away at the top of the Riad, we had the peace and quiet we were looking for after a long day in the souks and medina.
People are correct when they say it is a little far away from the centre, but that surely is part of the excitement of travelling to Marrakech, and once you establish a route, it is really simple and a really enjoyable walk (I got some of my best bargains walking to the Riad because they didnt have to compete with the other souk markets!)
We also stayed in a 5* hotel during our visit to Marrakech but this was by far the favourite, mainly due to Aziz who could not have been more help.

A little note to the people who have mentioned that the staff speak no English, I think you will find that the manager speaks fluent English and is always around to make sure you are enjoying your stay and if she can do anything to help you. I also think that part of the joy of visiting another country is learning the language and bumbling our way through, I certainly picked up several Arabic words!

I could not recomend this Riad anymore and found such a great bargain for it- the same price as several hostels, so shop around and you can get a fantastic price.

Room Tip: If you are after peace and quiet than the Vanille Room is perfect.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 14, derb Charki, Zaouia Abbassia, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #498 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad El Faris 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Haven of peace nestled in a quiet alley of the Medina, the Riad El Faris offers warm Marrakesh hospitality and luxury Riad accommodation inside a small Arabian Nights palace. Its suites and guestroom boast a refined décor taking from the traditional Moroccan architecture. This 4-star Medina guesthouse allows guests an unforgettable stay in Marrakesh, an authentic travelling experience that will delight all your senses. ... more   less 
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