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“A jewel in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.”
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Riad Hadika Maria
Ranked #521 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 16, 2011

We stayed at this Riad for 7 days. It is a very pretty, clean guesthouse. Each bedroom is individually named and styled.

The staff made it extra special, they did speak some English, however, French was the easiest way to communicate. They were very helpful and looked after us, in particular when I got ill for 2 days.

The review stating that it is far from the centre of town is incorrect. Marrakech has 3 main ‘central’ areas, The Ville Nouvelle, Place Djemaa El (Main Market/Terrace Restaurants) and The Mellah (Jewish Area/Kasbah). The Riad is located about 7 mins from the Souqs, 12-15 mins from Place Djemaa El and 15-20 mins from the Mellah. If you want to stay in one of the large hotels next to McDonalds, Zara, and the large international shops then this Riad is about 50 mins walk away from this area. However, if you want to have a real Moroccon feel to your holiday then The Riad Hadika Maria is ideal.

The breakfasts were lovely and although we didn’t eat dinner at the hotel they can provide you with a Moroccon style meal. I would recommend booking the airport transfer for arrival as the Riad is not on a main road, once you are there though they will give you a map of the area and it is hard to get lost when following it.

Our only criticism would be that the walls were quite thin and depending on your neighbours in the next room you could hear sometimes.

All in all I would have no qualms recommending this hotel to anyone. It is a jewel in heat and bustle of Marrakech. I loved it and if we go back to Marrakech we will be staying here again.

Room Tip: just ask, they do their best
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

the place is not like in the pictures at all!! the rooms are tiny and the pool is maybe for frogs if there small enough

it is very far from the center especially at night, u can not do it, its dangers
the crow are very fake, playing nice sometimes overly, and greedy, dose not know what customer services are!!

the internet never work

don't go there!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

My friend and I had a wonderful time in Marrakech and a big part of that was down to the Hadika Maria. The staff are extremely helpful, walking us to local restuarants and helping with directions etc- they speak very little English but we were able to get by in our dodgey French- but if you speak no French at all you might struggle! We had the airport transfer which I would recommend because the riad is a 5 minute walk from the nearest road access so you will need someone to guide you.

The riad itself is beautiful and very original, there are lots of lovely places to sit and relax...the pool area is particularly stunning. Our room was also beautiful with a lot of attention to detail.

The breakfast was good, bread, pancakes and fresh orange juice and coffee- we didn't ever manage to have an evening meal because we preferred to venture out into the medina (!)

On the slightly negative side the location might be scary for some less intrepid travellers and I definately wouldn't want to stay there as a solo traveller! To get back there from the Souks and the main square is tricky (easy when you know how, we figured it out after getting lost a lot, but that's part of the fun!) and involves some rather poorly lit passageways and tunnels...though to be honest, because the riad is so wonderful it is worth it!

On a couple of mornings we were woken up by the staff in the riad shouting ( actually talking but just very loudly!). This wasn't a major problem but it was a little annoying.

We also had a bit of hassle from the children playing in the street in the immediate vacinity of the riad, but I guess this is typical of most of Marrakech...worth knowing though, they are not as innocent as they look!

Overall though, the place far exceeded my expectations, it was an amazing place to stay.

Room Tip: Each room has it's own name and theme!
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Jmus
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

Riad was as good as all the reviews we had read, did not dissapoint. Staff were excellent and unobtrusive. Would recommend transfer from airport and meal first night as we did, to at least have a stress free start to stay, if you have never visited Marrakech like us before.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Riad HadikaMaria has been a very nice experience. It is a peaceful oasis after a walking day in La Medina and it is wonderful to take a Moroccan tee in its terrace. We travel with our three children and all the people in the riad have been wonderful and very kind. I especially recommended having dinner there. The cook is very good and they you will try a real Moroccan cook. They try to make your time there unforgettable

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Thank minuscula
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

Tucked away in the small backstreets of the Medina, this riad was a great find. The staff were wonderfully helpful. They organized a car for us to and from the airport for an extra charge. They also took messages for us from companies we'd booked activities through and even walked us through the Medina to meet them.

The riad is about 10-15 minutes walk from the Medina's main square, although that is through the Souks, so depending on how lost you get this can walk can take much longer.

On our first night we ate dinner at the riad and the food was on par if not better than any other Moroccan food we had on our trip. They even made me a huge chocolate birthday cake which lasted us the entire trip.

The riad feels very tranquil and was a great break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. The room was small and comfortable with a large window opening over the inner courtyard. We had a private bathroom across the hall. I thought it was all fine, although my girlfriend insists that the bathroom could have done with a refit.

Overall it was a wonderful place to stay and we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

This is a beautiful place to stay in Marrakesh it is a peaceful oasis. and the staff are nice. I most liked this. I least liked getting lost on the first night - a drop off pick up service would be good on night one if you are new to Marrakesh as this hotel is very hard to find! The map was not good...we got lost!

The lack of information availalble in English regarding Marrakesh's prime sites, and lack of up to date opening times of the sites.

Being asked to pay at midnight the night before we were due to get up at 5am to get a bus! We were asked to pay in cash even though we were leaving our luggage and returning in 3 nights time...Payment terms need to be made clearer on booking ( its in the small print about not accepting credit cards I believe).

However the fact that they take credit cards as security leads the traveller to think the hotel accepts payment by card! Be prepared to pay cash and I suggest on arrival to avoid the hassles otherwise involved.

Also lack of information about breakfast times, drinks and food available and at what time on what basis. Sometimes one wants to eat at home or have a drink this is hard to get in this hotel which is more like rooms in an empty house...though usually you can find someone to help if you need some help but don't expect mint tea when you want it, or food...after breakfast.

It would help if someone could speak English there none of the management can..and I only speak alittle French so this made communicaiton hard.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Francesca B
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Address: 37 derb Zemrane Hart Soura, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #521 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $45 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Hadika Maria 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad Hadika Maria has 8 rooms around two patios, the one with fountain, the other one with swimming pool. The charm of this riad is characterized by its decoration traditional Moroccan and its numerous trees and plants.Situated in a family and quiet street of the Medina, you will be woken by the birdsong in the morning!!! The Moroccan traditional breakfasts are served on terraces brightened up for winter periods or at the cool at the edge of the swimming pool for warmer periods.The riad has a service snack bar at any time but you can also taste earthenware cooking pots and others couscous, made by Halima our cooker who fetches fresh products to the market every morning. The meals in private can be served to the lounge in front of the fireplace. You will find on the spot a service of shuttle airport or station, a massage room, an office of excursion, board games or coloured pencils for the children and books. ... more   less 
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