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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 #455 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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“Special treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Surprise 2 night stay for my wife's birthday. Lovely welcome from French owners with tea and sweets. Ground floor bedroom (no problem with noise) with traditional Moroccan furniture, very comfortable. Power failure during first evening did not prevent the staff serving a very nice meal, by candle light. All food was beautifully presented. Owners had recently increased accommodation to 15 rooms and turned the smallish indoor pool into an aquarium. Not a problem, but some brochures/sites my not be up to date! Overall - we were sorry we did not stay longer!

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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We have had a wonderful time in Riad Armelle. It's like staying in an Arabic palace. Such beautiful ornaments: doors, lamps, beds etc..
The management and all the others are very friendly and helpful.
We slept very well, despite the call for prayer at 5 am, it's quite nearby, so take earplugs with you if you wake up easy.
The Riad is near Bab Doukkkala, one of the entrances to the medina. So you are near the Ville Nouvelle, while staying in the medina. The taxi can park in the neighbourhood.
They can arrange a pick-up from the airport, that will cost 15€, or the equivalent in Dirham.
We arrived late, because our plane was too late. Unfortunately they didn't have any food or thé de menthe left. But they arranged some bread with vegetables and egg.
You can get all kinds of alcohol, not cheap, but sometimes you really long for a beer!
We eat here once, but were not too enthousiastic about it.
There are a lot of very good restaurants in Marrakech, from very cheap to European prices.
We eat very well at Terrasse d'Epices, and had a nice lunch at Les Epotes in La Nouvelle Ville. The first is hard to find and no alcohol, but a roofterrace with nice view. The second in a garden with alcohol.
Ofcourse you have to visit El Bahia Palace and Jardin Majorelle. And shopping in the souks.
We also went to a hamam: hamam de l' Alhambra. Very clean. But the hamam is not a real hamam. You are treated in a small misty hot room. Hair washed, once soap and a scrub all over.
I expected much more of it. The massage was ok. Also not so special. Next time I will try another one.
Marrakech is a safe town, also with 2 women, no problem at all.
But in Marrakech I will sure come back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a beautiful and tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. The French owners, Armelle and Serge, have done an amazing job decorating the Riad making each room unique. All the staff were very friendly and provided great service. We initially stayed in the Indian Nights room (room 1) which is very attractively decorated but opens on to an inner courtyards that doubles as guest seating area. We then moved to the more tranquil room 15 accessed from the rooftop terrace. We enjoyed both rooms.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The riad has nice decorated rooms. People are very helpful and kind. The food is good but much too expensive. Every tea you get has to be payed. Breakfast on the other hand is great.

We had the room " La perle de l orient" with hammam. Very nice, The air conditioning was leaking and even after telling them it was not repaired during our stay. No problem for us but a problem for the furniture sooner or later. The room is quite noisy because there are two windows towards the street.

Be aware that the riad has no pool as you coud think from pictures on the website.
The riad has a perfect location. 10 minutes walk from "la place" and 15 minutes walk from the "Marrakesh Plaza"

I am quite sure that there are better riads but it was ok. I am sure that I will return to Marrakesh but not to this Riad.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Excellent cooking class! Sweet management,,,good pretty clean rooms....nice clean....totally better than average and well worth the moderate price. easy to find,,,or hire a youngt child to lead you. enjoyed staff,,,good English with manager,,,good casual friendly cooking class in a spotless kitchen,,,ate on roof mostly,,,but others were sitting in courtyard. all in all a very good choice.

Room Tip: Booked a two bedded room,,,but they did not have. Friend happily slept on deck outside room!!!! C...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for one night because there was no room for us in Riad Chayma nearby where the rest of our family were staying.

We were not impressed. The place is generally tired and in need of refurbishment and the request for payment in full before we had even seen the room because "I am leaving in 11 minutes" was not the warmest welcome we have ever seen. This was immediately followed by a request for payment to be made in cash because "our card machine is not working" only for the machine to magically recover when we said that we did not have enough cash on us.

The fact that we then had to climb two steep flights of stairs with our luggage with no offer of assistance didn't do anything to improve the situation.

In fairness this review has obviously been influenced by our inspection of Riad Chayma where we joined the rest of our family for breakfast and dinner. Suffice it to say that Riad Chayma was vastly superior and slightly cheaper.

You decide !





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Nogent-sur-Marne, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Amazing riad , warm and very lovely.

Pleasant blend of European and Maroccan decoration in a traditional Maroccan riad.

The owners are very warmful, smiling and helpful all day long.

All the staff is very friendly and professional (with the comfort of a great hotel) !.

Many amazing outside terraces with an amazing view of the Medina and a lovely inside/outside terrace.

Located in the center of the medina, this riad is close to all the attractions and place to visit.

The food is excellent and you will feel "at home"!!!

This is a magical place, full of beautiful meetings (owners, staff and customers) and scenery ; you will feel enchanted by this place and you will have only one desire : go back and recharge you again !!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
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Ranked #455 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Armelle 4*
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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