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#300 of 732 hotels in Marrakech
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4.8
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Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, in the area of Bab Doukkala, easy to reach by car or a ten minute walk from the JEMAA el FNA Square and beautifull Majorelle Gardens, this 17th century Riad has been restored with full respect to the Moroccan tradition, keeping its original characteristics: a patio shaded by trees, the coolness of its very old marble fountain, peaceful living-rooms and a beautifully planted terrace where you can enjoy the Sunset and the view of the Medina...

The RIAD ASRARI is a traditional riad with wonderful moroccan craftsmanship such as sculpted plaster ceilings, exquisitely carved Cedar doors, colorful tadelakts and zelliges skilfully composed of delicate oriental patterns.

You will be welcomed with traditional pastries and Mint tea by our thoughtful and discreet staff.

You will discover peaceful places to rest: the terrace and sun-beds, comfortable sofas and the kaidale tent under which you can have your breakfast. You can also relax, read and dream in our beautiful living rooms...

On the patio, you will be enchanted by the magestic pace of our two tortoises as they follow their daily sunbathing ritual If you are patient enough you might also see our chameleon who plays hide and seek in the trees !

The furniture and decorative objects were procured during the owner's numerous travels, or were designed and made on site by Moroccan craftsmen. Many Primitive Art pieces are exhibited throughout the riad...

All of these well considered elements have been combined for a perfect getaway.

In the RIAD ASRARI, you can forget television and noisy pools...You will discover another Marrakech, in the heart of the Arabic Tradition: authentic and refined

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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Massage
Rooftop terrace
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24-hour front desk
Wifi
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Solarium
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Allergy-free room
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Cameron W wrote a review Sep 2014
Cambridge, United Kingdom25 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I found this Riad through Secret Escapes and would not have been able to afford if it weren't for the deal. For the price we paid, the room was incredible. All rooms are themed and are tastefully decorated - we stayed in the Indian room which we thought was the nicest after having a brief tour around the others available.

The rooftop dining and relaxing area was a wonderful refuge and breakfast was always delicious and varied. The internal open-roofed courtyard was always cool and quiet, complete with two small resident tortoises.

The Riad's location was perfect as it was out of the fray of the heart of the Medina but an easy walk to the Souks and roughly 15 minutes walk to the main square. It is towards the north of the Medina and a 2 minutes walk to the city wall and a few more minutes to the less touristy markets just outside, as well as a large bus station and the Majorelle gardens. The Riad is also close to a well known parking area, ideal as a reference to tour guides.

I would highly recommend staying here, particularly if there is a deal on as the full price is a little steep!
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The Indian room was our favourite. A/C is an additional charge so prices will be higher than...
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iantarr wrote a review Jan 2012
Carmarthen, United Kingdom1 contribution8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this beautifully renovated Riad. The accommodation is stylish, clean and comfortable, the breakfast (served on the roof) is just right. But what really sets this little place apart is the service. Not only did they take care of us during the day (guiding us around the souks and the sights) but also arranged tables for us at some of the best restaurants in Marrakech and the best new bars and clubs too. They even arranged a pummeling at a very good hammam! Moreover, they always took great care to make sure we found our way there and back wherever we wanted to go - which is a big plus in a confusing city. This is the sort of attention you normally only get from concierges at the plushest hotels - here it's all part of the service at a little Riad on a tiny side street in the medina. What more could you wish for?  If you're new to Marrakech (as I was) and want to mix the lux with some of the authentic old medina experience, you really can't go wrong with this place.  I will definitely be going back.
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Date of stay: January 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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debswestsussex wrote a review Dec 2011
Petworth, United Kingdom249 contributions107 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Riad Asrari for 4 nights, end of November to beginning of December. The hotel was a delight, the scent of cinnamon wafted out when the outside door opened into the little reception area. From there, the central covered courtyard was filled with orange trees and a little fountain - there is even a pet tortoise! All the rooms are individually furnished with Morrocan antiques and curios - our room had brightly coloured little masks on the wall and a shower shaped like a little tent. The bed was extremely comfortable, so much so that a late afternoon 'doze' ended up as an early night! This place is extremely clean and welcoming. Breakfasts are served in a romantic Bedouin tent up on the roof by Adil, pronounced 'Adgie', who was so sweet and helpful in recommending where to eat. The breakfasts themselves consist of little pancakes served with honey and jams, home made yogurt, and a selection of morrocan cakes and pastries. This place was a delight to come back to after a day of hustle and bustle in the souks or sightseeing. Perfect for couples!
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tina D wrote a review Jan 2014
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom4 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked taxi and first meal through the Riad which was fine. The room was clean (African suite), but they DO NOT have the bath robes/toiletries as promised on their website. We booked an INCLUSIVE trip to the Atlas Mountains through our waiter who told us to pay the 'director.' The trip was expensive but we thought it would be worthwhile.But on the Thursday morning having paid, the vehicle failed to arrive. The receptionist spoke little English and after frantic phone calls a car turned up an hour late with a driver who spoke no English! We were taken to the mountains and then the driver stopped and a second man got into the vehicle and told us he was our guide. He said the car could go no further as it was not a 4 wheel drive. We then had a strenuous hike (ROCK CLIMB) for which we were not prepared, especially as our shoes slipped on the dangerous wet rocks. We are grandparents and although we consider ourselves fit this was not what we had in mind or the trip we had been promised. We were shown a SMALL waterfall and on clambering back down to the town, the second man demanded money for his services. We were forced to pay as we didn't want to be stranded, and assumed we would be reimbursed by the riad. This was not the case and it became apparent they had no intention of doing so. The 'director' suddenly seemed to struggle with his English. To add insult to injury we had paid for a taxi to the airport (25 euros) but the riad then demanded a further payment, which we reluctantly made under protest as we didn't want to miss our flight. We were ripped off big time by this riad which left us with a bitter sweet taste! BE WARNED! But Marrakech is well worth a visit.
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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HarpreetBassi wrote a review Sep 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom6 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've been to Marrakesh twice - 1st time in a hotel with all the amenities you would expect, location, restaurants, spa, pool etc

This time I wanted to be in the midst of Moroccan culture. This is a 6 bed hotel and the rooms and decorated beautifully. The tile work is amazing - there is such attention to detail.
The best feature of this place has to be the people, Adil + neymar go out of their way for you. One day we wanted to eat local fresh bread that we purchased, alongside fresh tomatoes, olives and fresh goats butter ... neymar opened the kitchen for us for we could prepare our spread. Felt like we are at home 😁

Remember
(1) Book taxi via e-mailing hotel. The owner will book it for you as this hotel is not on a main road. It works out similar to airport around €25. Owner emails pretty quick

(2) Arriving early? Again ask owner if they can prep room for you - they did for us

(3) Budget for AC as this is not included in the room rate - set at 100Dh (£10/day)

(4) we book via secretescapes @70% discount! Or try the hotel direct rather than big comp sites

(5) remember to spend time with the two tortoises- one is sleepy and will find her sleeping near the chopped wood (right hand of court yard) and the other is full of beans and inquisitive - usually behind reception counter 🐢🐢

(6) Tagine - support locals. Out of the hotel take a left, right then another right to the Main Street - walk down (sell bread on the right midday) keep walking down you will come to a folk take the left and your will see a guy selling tagines. 4 ppl tagine (unglazed - see previous threads to lead content) and coal burner underneath for 100Dh! That's about £10! In the square you get a tiny bowl for 50Dh. We didn't haggle 😊genuine ppl

(7) tiles - instead of the usual key rings etc we bought a tile that will will frame for our feature wall- the shop is called KAMALRAMICH you can fine him on Facebook - again support the locals

(8) clothing just be respectful they don't say anything but your in a different culture so respect it ✊🏻

That's it guys
Harpreet
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from RiadAsrari, Directeur général at Riad Asrari
Responded Nov 16, 2017
Dear Madame, Thank you very much for those nice advice for our guests !!! For sure they will love to try them... We wish lots of fun for the next countries you will be visiting soon... ;o) Abderrahim, Riad Asrari Manager
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Melita D wrote a review Mar 2015
Brighton, United Kingdom83 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from four nights at Riad Asrari with a friend, booked through Secret Escapes. As a previous commenter has said, it's no exaggeration that this does feel like an oasis after coming in from the chaotic streets outside.

Set around a tranquil shady courtyard (don't step on the tortoises), with a rooftop terrace with loungers, the rooms are themed (ours was African, which featured a somewhat disquieting picture which looked to be straight out of a Clive Barker novel), the service is impeccable and the place a delight to return to to recharge your internal batteries before returning to the hustle of the streets outside.

Excellent location, fifteen minutes' brisk walk (once you've sussed out where you're going) to Jardin Majorelle, or Djema el-Fna (main square) or about twenty to the new town, the main taxi rank and bus station are also nearby.

Surprised to read the comment below that it was cold - our room had heating so that seems odd. And yes, breakfast is carbs (almond cake, mini pancakes, paratha-type bread) but if you don't like that, eating out is extremely cheap.

Staying here made the trip overall far less stressful, as Marrakech is quite full on if you like to walk, and the airport transfers to and from the Riad as part of the deal we had (twenty minutes' drive to the airport) made life easier. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: The African room was very quiet, but all rooms face into the courtyard so they're probably...
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PaulaMax21 wrote a review May 2014
Derby, England, United Kingdom11 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent 3 days staying at the Riad Asrari, a beautiful place that is in the heart of Larousse and just a short [5min] taxis ride from most of the main attractions in Marrakech. The staff esp Adil and Latifa were really lovely, they were extremely friendly, helpful and couldn't do more to make our stay a pleasant and relaxing one.

The Riad is spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and such a welcome relief after the bustle of the souks or the main square. With only 5 rooms/suites, the Riad Asrari feels extremely homely and with the sunny roof terrace has plenty of spaces to unwind. I found the house Tortoise quietly entertaining.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Richard-and-Heidi wrote a review Apr 2014
London, United Kingdom12 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent five nights at this charming riad. Within the Medina, it is about half way between Jemma el Fna and Jardin Majorelle (each about 20 minutes walk). Away from the noise, smell and bustle of the busy streets and souks, it was a relief each evening to come back to such tranquility.

The riad has five bedrooms/suits – each delightfully decorated and appointed in a particular national style. We had the Indian Suit on the first floor. Like the two others on this floor, it overlooks the tiled courtyard with its small fountain and trees.

The bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom had an elegant shower – but poor water pressure (although the manager said this was caused by nearby excavation work).

The roof terrace had loungers and sofas and a colourful bedouin tent where meals were served. The breakfast was lovely – particularly the fresh orange juice and home made yoghurt. The tagine dinner (booked in the morning) was delicious and reasonable value at 30€/head.

The staff were helpful and attentive – and particularly Adil, who greeted us on arrival with glasses of mint tea and was both waiter and receptionist. He was courteous, great fun and always ready to help. At the end of our stay, we felt we were saying goodbye to a real friend.
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Date of stay: April 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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BKK111 wrote a review Jun 2012
bangkok595 contributions276 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Beatuful Riad that really lets itself down. Firstly we arranged for a pick up because we knew it was difficult to find. We were charged €25 for a journey that took 10 minutes from the airport. We discovered later that a taxi would be a maximum €10. Our room was the suite which we were upgraded to and it was beautiful. However our towels were not changed the entire 5 days nor was our bed linen changed. We spoke to other guests and they had the same, so it is clearly policy and not an oversight.You only get a free bottle of water the day you arrive, after that it's €2.5 unless you buy from a local shop where it's €0.50. Breakfast was very nice except that it's all bread and cake and the same every day with no choice offered and no fruit.
On the positive side the staff are all extremely nice and helpful and the Riad is absolutely beautiful. It's just a shame they let themselves down in such simple ways.
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Date of stay: June 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Because its a Riad rooms are small but all are nice
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Laura L wrote a review Jun 2015
Ipswich, United Kingdom5 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having just returned form an amazing trip to Marrakesh and the Riad Asrari with a close friend, I feel moved to review my experience and share my thoughts. I was very fortunate to be allocated the African room and I was immediately in love. There has been such attention to detail invested in the decor of the rooms, mine was fabulous, with loads of quirky decorative additions, too many to mention. I am sure a honeymoon would be enhanced with a stay in this accommodation. The bathroom was to die for... I am going to redesign my home now! My friend had the Mexican room, which was smaller, but also beautiful and intriguing - decorated with a sense of humour!

Breakfast under a Morrocan tent in the morning before launching ourselves into the mayhem that is the Medina was very welcome. Throwing myself into the arms of Adil the first night when he opened the heavy oak door and we escaped a series of approaches from young men offering to guide us, sealed the deal. He is marvellous; friendly, attentive, informative, and kind. Our last night, my friend's birthday, was very special; served a fabulous tagine meal on the roof, by Adil, laughing with him as we listened to his anecdotes and as he shared his life and culture, it really opened our eyes to the Berber world in 21st century Morrocco.

Would I go back? Like a shot! We fell into all the pitfalls, allowed ourseves to conned by 'the square is shut I take you to another place. My sister works at your Riad...' Believe nothing. The people are not sinister, just needy, but however much you research and think you will be street-wise, keep your wits about you and enjoy. But be careful. And watch the traffic - it is open season on the tiny streets of the Medina - bikes, cars, motorbikes, donkey carts, you name it. Unbelievable.

Alid organised a trip to the Atlas mountains.. marvellous but if you are a bit doddery on your feet, don't climb up to the waterfall without appropriate shoes. The guide we had, Oman is like a mountain goat, and hauled my friend and I up with him, over and across slippery rocks, ricketty bridges, with planks missing.. risk assessment? Forget it. My thighs still hold the memories.

Our last day was in Essoaura, which was a haven of calm after the madness of the Marrakesh Medina, and you can shop in virtual peace.

Lattitude restuarant close to the hotel, is to be highly recommended; a welcome retreat, excelletn service and lovely food. Not cheap, but you can eat under the stars and the attentive waiters will deliver blankets on request. Their service was almost choreographed. Synchronised tea pouring.

The mint tea served by the staff at the Riad Asrari was always so welcome.. and the pastries! I would love to see this brand spread. The love and care that the owner and staff have invested in this Riad would be well received all over the world.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: African room is fabulous. But when you leave in the early hours, please do not wear high heels!
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Answer from Asiya K
Edgewater, New Jersey79 contributions48 helpful votes
I loved the company we used/ it was the most affordable and incredible experience dadesexperiencetours dot c o m Brahim was our guide - incredible experience worth every penny
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Marrakech
Bonjour, Se serait avec plaisir :-)) Pouvez-vous nous contacter par email afin de nous donner plus de détails pour nous permettre de vous identifier? Merci et à bientôt ! :-))
Chris K wrote a tip Mar 2019
Barry, United Kingdom79 contributions66 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are up narrow stairs and to the roof terrace so not suitable for those with mobility issues."
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Ian T wrote a tip Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suites worth the upgrade."
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Hannah_F wrote a tip Feb 2018
Toddington, United Kingdom41 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a suite"
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RosieScribblah wrote a tip Jan 2016
Swansea County, United Kingdom99 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms face inside to the courtyard so they're quiet."
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Ryan G wrote a tip Dec 2015
London, United Kingdom88 contributions69 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Morrocan Room is great."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riad Asrari
Which popular attractions are close to Riad Asrari?
Nearby attractions include Henna Louaya (0.2 miles), Mustapha Blaoui (0.3 miles), and Ma Creation (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Riad Asrari?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Riad Asrari?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Riad Asrari?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riad Asrari?
Conveniently located restaurants include Broc The Kasbah, Taj Medina, and Dar Zellij.
Does Riad Asrari have airport transportation?
Yes, Riad Asrari offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Riad Asrari located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Marrakech.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Riad Asrari?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Riad Asrari?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Bahia Palace (1.2 miles), Medina of Marrakesh (0.6 miles), and Medina of Essaouira (0.9 miles).
Is Riad Asrari accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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