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“Perfekt, perfect, parfait - top recommendation!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Armelle
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   23 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #471 of 1,079 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Cologne, Germany
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Perfekt, perfect, parfait - top recommendation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is the perfect place if you want to make the most of your stay in Marrakesh.

First things first: Arrival and location.
Our driver had to phone the riad to get directions, a common issue in Marrakesh being such a caotic city. The manager was very helpful and willing to meet us at the entrance of Dab Doukkala (which is not the street name but the name of the quarter of the old town where the riad is located) to help us carry our luggage and show us the way to the riad.

The location is perfect a 3 minute walk away from the wall separating the old and new town. So if you want an authentic view of the life in the old town and still wish to be close to supermarkets, taxistands and train station as well as the conveniences of the new town, this is the place to stay!!!

the old town is hectic and loud but the riad is located in a quiet street and this leads me to the next point:

The riad, service and interior:
This must be one of teh most beautiful places I stayed in ever!
It has been renovated and deocarted by the couple owing it with a great sense for detail, you can see easily the passion, skill and love they invested into this old townhouse. You'll find yourself in the middle of an oriental dream. Stained glass windows, ornaments, plush bed covers, mosaiques, great decors, I could go on forever, look at the pictures, they really don't lie - I was impressed!
The roof offers many little separées and the patio is typical for the old town houses and beautifully renovated as well.

We were greated with a glass of tea and genuine kindness. All staff as well as the manager and the owners are very friendly and polite!

Breakfast is simple but very tasty.

If you leave the riad and walk to the bigger road of the old town (medina) turn right for the souks (10 min walk) and left for a supermarket (5 min walk behind the wall, closes at 18h), and park majorelle (15 min walk)

Everyone working there will be happily assisting with any questions you might have and you will be provided with a map upon arrival!

Don't let the medina scare you, you can walk around freely and won't be bothered!
The Djemaa el Fna square was rather stressfull, so were the souks, they target tourists with "Special offers" all the time which makes it a bit hard to relax.

I'd recommend to take some time and just walk around the city and enjoy the atmosphere away from the tourist spots. And try some of the meat skewers sold just outside in the medina, they are delicious... They also sell sth that seems to be an equivalent to haggis, we didn't feel like trying it not being beig fans of haggis either, maybe you'll be more daring...

Departure:
The manager called us a taxi to the airport and arranged payment and all, I'd recommend that. There are different types of taxis, this one was a big and comfy one, and had enough space for our luggage which is not the case with all of them, so best aks the mananger for help!

After all, I can only repeat myself: A great riad and if any of the staff or owners should be reading this: Thank you so much, my fiancé and I had a wonderful time!

If we shoud be able to come back to Marrakesh we will definitely be staying there again!

  • Stayed October 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 26, 2012 via mobile

Land in Marrakech. Taxi to the medina. Walk past market stalls with meat hanging, chickens flapping, dates for sail and motorbikes whizzing past. Turn right, through metal gate, knock on the door and ....... Wow! You are transported into another world. So relaxing, staff were amazing ( even going out to get us food and drinks when we wnted a meal!). The French owners were so welcoming and even gave us a guided tour of the new bedrooms which are to open in sept 2012. They really have paid attention To details and the craftsmanship to make the rooms look authentic. Superb riad.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

If you really want to spend in a 1000 and one night hotel. Take the riad armelle in marrakesch.Only 5 totally arabic rooms. The service is incredible, and at least stay there one night for dinner.You feel like a millionaire . and the food was the best of whole marrakesch. and when you open you door after this oase of peace, you find yourself in the middle of colourful ,hectic marrakesch

Room Tip: the upper room, but they are all nice and different.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Düsseldorf
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

a small cosy Riad in the Medina easily reached from the next road in a few meters walking distance, the few rooms are all individually designed and ours even contained a private hammam. The quiete atmosphere and the small dip pool help to relax after an exciting day in the bustling medina before heading out again for more experiences. The home cooking of Samir is also a great and very delicious experience. Helpful hints by the manager Said are also contributing to the excellent service.
André and Frauke

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Hello

Great stay here are the details as to why:

Location: -

You can get a bus from airport (very cheap) which stops outside the old wall to save on taxi fares (buses and taxis cannot come in to the old wall) - then you have to walk straight down cobbled street which is a market area, looks very dirty and full of locals (BUT REMEBER THIS IS A NORMAL PATH TO ANY RIAD). If you get lost ask someone they will help you as they are really nice and it would be nice to tip them a little. You then walk in to a large door with a handle and a lady opens the large door then it is WOW - 10 minute walk to main centre

Staff
So friendly - will help you with any queries you may have - My mother, sister and I loved Baoji (I think her name was the maid) she is was soo lovely and so were the two managers Samir and Mohammed.

The Riad

So beautiful and unique and clean. Only a few other poeple as only 5 rooms I think. High walls block anybody looking in. So secluded once you are inside.

Food

First night ate at Samirs food, a bit pricey and very tiny portions, and food was not to our taste, for dessert we got fruit that looked pretty, but not nice. For starters it was a salad, the main a small piece of chicken with prunes, and fruit fpor desert. It was all presented nicely but I think it was minimum £25 per head - not worth it at all and a big let down. We were soo hungary and then we went to the main square and got a mc donalds
Don't eat from the stall in the main square we had food poisioning, we stuck to macdonalds and kfc.

Excursions

Definitely go to the Atlas mountaing booked through Mohammed which was great - the people in the mountains are really nice and the tagine there is actually really nice and fresh

Went to the YSL gardens ok

Shopping - haggle with the market people in the main square

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Madrid
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

I was so surprise about everything in this Riad. Somethin crasy it s old and new. The service was excellent and everythin was clean and well done

Room Tip: All the room are nice but with different style is up to everyone
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Amsterdam
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Totally awesome, beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated.
The location is ideal. you are in an oasis of calm
The staff are the most fun we have ever seen, highly recommended!

Room Tip: Each room has its charm
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #471 of 1,079 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Armelle 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 200 M inside the walls, in a picturesque area of the Medina. Alive with the colors and perfumes of Arabia, you can wander through the "Souikka Bab Doukkala" (small arabic market) which is enjoyed by both Moroccans and visitors alike. The Riad Armelle offers a haven of calm and comfort in the authentic style of the traditional eastern Riad. ... more   less 
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