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“Lovely, Great Value for the Money” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad El Maati
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   15 sidi el maati, Rabat 10 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #3 of 39 Rabat B&B and Inns
Little Falls, New Jersey
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Lovely, Great Value for the Money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Part of the fun of Inn or, in this case, Riad travel is the very personal touch: the decor, the cuisine, even the housekeeping, especially getting to know the owners. The highlight of our two days in Rabat was our cooking lesson with Laurence and meeting her family and staff. Felt more like visiting and less like touring. Got to learn about and share ever so briefly in their life's dream. A very close second, to tell the truth was the hammam with Fatima. OMG, what a delicious feeling, indeed a personal touch of another sort. We liked the decor and design of the place very much, in itself, and as an alternative to the more traditional style we enjoyed elsewhere. Don't miss the medina, the Kasbah Oudaya and Chellah. A trip to the Musee Archaeologique will greatly reward any who venture on to Volubilis. The food here is delicious, don't miss the duck and fig tagine. There is a generous continental breakfast on the roof terrace to gird you for a morning's adventure.

If the various charming noises from the courtyard, the school yard, the rooster or the call to prayer will disturb you, as one previous poster complained, perhaps you are better suited to travel in Western style, outside any Ancient or Oriental world. You could also simply find a good pair of ear plugs. Otherwise, I expect you will find the Morocco, Rabat and Riad El Maati enchanting, as did we.

Room Tip: Room 5 on the 3rd floor has a firm bed and hot shower. There's even a lift.
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  • Stayed May 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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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I found the staff of the Riad El Maati super friendly and helpful, and the location is very good. The hotel also offers a great tour of Rabat with a very informative guide.
However, I did find the the courtyard often carried the loud echoing of voices of both guests and staff.
No hairdryer in the room.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Riad El Maâti R, Propriétaire at Riad El Maati, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hello has all traveller's...How we stated was your friend at the previous message , we are sorry.
Of your morning arrival and after you have graciously served the breakfast on the terrace , our team did not believe that you go sleep.And we cannot prevent our customers to speak after 11 hour of the morning and prohibit has our team to continue to prepare the rooms.
Suite has of the theft problems we give the hair dryer at the request.
As we have stated has your departure notices positive post are very motivating andthe negative opinions very constructive.
Thank you very much for your help.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We chose this riad based on its stellar Tripadvisor reviews (Rabat -- in contrast to other parts of the country -- seemed to have relatively slim pickings). Truth be told, while this is a perfectly fine base, it's not as elegant or tranquil as other riads we've stayed in. In terms of noise, sound REALLY travels in the courtyard -- more than I've ever seen. In addition, the call to prayer is both very loud and proximate, and the school next door generates a fair bit of noise as well. Rooms are not air conditioned, so we kept fans on at night to reduce the noise. The rooms are fine, though a bit spartan for the rather high price charged (at least compared to other riads we've stayed in). The strongest suit here is the staff: both the owners and employees (Abdel's tour of the medina and kasbah areas is amazing) are first class.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riad El Maâti R, Propriétaire at Riad El Maati, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Hello to you and has all travellers .... Your stay has happened during the Festival of Music" Mawazine 2013 " ,one of the greatest festival of Africa with the international stars and of the Arab world.It is true that the sound has been amplified by the wind that was pushing the sound of the scene of the Bouregreg , which is located not far away.All the scenes ends at 00h00.Concerning the call to prayer , this fact party of culture , and this in all the kingdom.
And the national anthem sung by the students of primary schools can be pleasant and especially rare in certain schools.
The Riad El Maati is especially appreciated by our clients for its sober and zen ; too load done poorly at the head ...
Being cast member of the protection of the environment , we do not have air conditioner.The Riad is equipped with a natural air conditioning and solar panels.
Our team and we , we strive to be attentive to the risk of inconvenience , but we can do nothing against the great events and cultural rites.We encourage these events and respect the cultures that are evidence of a degree of freedom in this beautiful country that is Morocco.
We are sorry for this inconvenience.
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Birkenfeld
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Looking for a oasis of peace, tranquility and relaxation? The Riad definetly is one! The owners Laurence and Farid and the staff are very welcoming, charming and extremly helpful.
The Riad itself a great pice of artwork, nicely decorated and very relaxing. Its like revitalizing the ancient arabic building and living culture.
In the middle of the medina and still miles away from noise and hectic. The food is prepared with passion and tasty. All in all a place which you could look forward to coming back to.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Gothenburg, Sweden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

What a charming place to stay in Rabat! Very friendly and caring owners who share their passion for Rabat with visiting tips and for the Riad they have renovated themselves.
The restaurant is also very good and wort trying.
The only comment is the video projector showing TV program during the dinner. Not the best atmosphere for relaxing.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minden, Nevada
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This Riad has been totally remodeled and is very modern and clean. Even has an elevator. The owners go out of their way to meet your needs and make sure you are comfortable. The location is in the medina close to the main sights. Great spot. Recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 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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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We just returned from Rabat where we stayed at this amazing riad, Everything is great at this riad, the owner Laurence and Farid and the staff was great, very friendly and always smiling . It feel like staying with family and friends. This place is beautiful, Very peaceful, extremely comfortable, natural, simple in decor, great service, and realy traditional".Great choice and I highly recommend Riad El Maati.

  • Stayed April 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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Address: 15 sidi el maati, Rabat 10 000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad El Maati 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a setting that combines the traditional materials (tadelakt, wood, wrought iron ...) and contemporary simplicity, Riad welcomes you in its two suites and four bedrooms with bathrooms. To start your day, returning from your break or just to suit your needs, come relax in our spa (steam room, massage ...) or on our panoramic terrace. For those wishing to enjoy the intimacy of the Riad, we offer a catering service on request. ... more   less 
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