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Reviewed September 18, 2010

My husband and I visited Marrakech for a five night stay in September 2010 and stayed at Riad Aderbaz. We were both delighted with our choice of accommodation and really enjoyed our stay - there is very little the riad could improve on.

Location wise, the Riad is down an alley in a more residential area but it is perfectly safe and not once was the alley a problem for us. Children were out playing until 9 or 10 at night (it was the holidays from school when we visited) and there always seemed to be people around. Even it the alley had been deserted though we wouldn't have felt threatened even of a night as we found Marrakech on the whole to be really safe and never once felt scared, threatened or unsafe anywhere. The Riad is a four minute walk to the Royal Tombs and a 7 minute walk from the Jemma El Fina (main square) making it pretty central and handy for the sites. The Marrakech open top tour bus also stopped two minutes from it and the main mosque is a few minutes walk away too. There is also a little sweet/drinks shop at the top of the alley (so about 1 minutes walk from the riad) which was really handy for buying drinks and water and the man who runs it was so nice and honest - we gave him too much money one time and he called us back to give us our money back. He said hello every day and never tried to rip us off or overcharge us.

The riad itself is charming. There is a typical small splash pool in the middle of the ground floor which was great for cooling off in after a long day shopping in the busy hectic souks but it was a little cold so we only really paddled. There is also a roof top terrace with sun loungerws for sunbathing and a shaded cabana area for chilling out. Our room was the only room on the ground floor and although it was decorated lovely (typical Moroccon style) it had no window and therefore no natural light so it was a bit dull in the daytime but this wasn't a problem as we were out practically all day anyway. If we were to return though I would request a room upstairs as they were bigger and had windows/natural light and a nice view. The room was air conditioned which was a God send as it was so hot some days we needed to cool down when we got back to the riad. I would say the only real problem with the room was that because it was on the ground floor one, we had a lot of street noise from the street on the other side of the wall which kept my husband awake a little but again if you request a room upstairs ou won't have this problem.

Breakfast, which was included in the price of the room, consisted of mint tea, coffee, freshly squeezed oragnce juice, bread and freshly made crepes/pancakes which the riad maid/cook makes fresh every night. You were given two on your plate but most days my husband asked for more and was given a further two and being quite large they are enough to sustain you. Butter, jam and marmalade is out to eat these crepes with and I must say we adored the breakfast - it was delicious and we were so impressed with the home made crepes. We actually miss them now we're home!

The riad owner, though, made our stay! Her and her brother run the riad and live a few doors away in the alley. They are two of the nicest people we ever met! They gave us more breakfast when we asked, happily gave us directions and drew out road maps so we could find our way around, let us use their internet when we needed to sort something out for our flight home, let us use their phone when we needed to call home and check on our house/dog sitters and were just so friendly. They always chatted to us when they saw us, asking all about our lives back home. My husband had a blister on his foot and wanted a plaster - she got her first aid kit out and gave him a plaster, cotton wool, even iodine to clean the wound!

Another time we arrived back at the riad at 1pm to pick up our camera which we had forgotten. The riad owners and their extended family (who were visiting fro Fez during the school summer holidays) were eating lunch in the breakfast room. We said hello and proceeded to our room. Ten minutes later there was a knock at the door. It was the riad owner asking us if we would like some of their lunch of cous cous! They had lots left over and wanted to know if we wanted some. We thanked her and accepted and before we knew it she had laid out two plates, cutlery, drinks and brought out the hugest plate of cous cous I have ever seen! They were even polite enough to leave us to eat it alone. It was delicious and we couldn't get over her generosity - she didn't have to do that and it was lovely of her!

Overall I would definietly return to this riad if I ever went back to Marrakech - it had everything we could need and the price is so cheap it's a real bargain! I doubt anyone could find such quality and service in Marrakech for as low as this Riad is priced. We couldn't be happier with it!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

We have just returned from an enjoyable 3 night stay at Riad Aderbaz. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, as we arrived in the evening and hadn't yet got our bearings the lady escorted us to the main square , even holding my hand to cross the busy road! The riad was spotlessly clean with sheets and towels changed daily. The room had aircon which we used on heat setting as it was rather chilly being February! It is well situated for the main square, the Saadian Tombs and the Baddii Palace, the alleyway leading to the riad was a bit dark at night but we didn't feel at all threatened. To reach the riad take the no 19 airport bus, ask to be put off at stop no 5 Sidi Mammoun. Walk to the end of the row of shops on the right then turn right under an archway, after about 50 paces turn right into a small alleyway, the riad is almost at the end on the left, no 40.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lorraibenn
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

We stayed at this Riad in January, and we were very happy with it.

It is located near the Royal Palace and the hospital, and is only about 5-7 minutes walk to the main square. The Riad is quiet and clean, and a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the main square.

We had the "roof" room, which was perfect. It is the only room on this floor, and outside our room is a roof terrace with three sun loungers, and a covered area with soft seats for escaping from the sun. Our towels and bed sheets got changed daily.

The lady who runs this was very helpful and friendly. Although her English wasn't great, it was good enough to communicate with us. She let me use her computer with the internet whenever I wanted, which was handy. She also arranged (with her brother) to make our breakfast an hour early one morning when we had a day trip.

The breakfast was simple but nice. It consisted of two pancakes and bread, with jam and marmalade. It came with coffee and mint tea.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank neilsolaris
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

the place is charming but ok you can find ryads with more style
the owners are great!!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank giannisplatanias
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

Lovely friendly staff who made our stay special. Excellent location near to the main square.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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