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Riad Moullaoud
Ranked #260 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights as a family of four, mother, sister, daughter and myself. The transfer to and from the airport was booked through the Riad. You cannot be dropped off directly outside the Riad as the streets are too narrow, a young man met us and helped us to the Riad with our luggage. He did ask for a tip but unfortunately at this point we had no cash, our plan was to tip on our departure but we had a different person. On arriving at the Riad It was like stepping into an oasis, with the smell of orange blossom and the sound of water. The decor and furniture was beautiful, a real mixture of Morrocan and French, I have never stayed somewhere so unusual. A refreshing change from your normal large hotels. We had reserved 2 twin rooms but on arrival was told that only a double and twin was available, a twin room would not become available until the evening. Me and my daughter decided to take a look at the double and agreed to it there and then. We stayed in the 'Coupole' room which has a four poster bed and a large open ensuite. The open ensuite isn't ideal but there is so many areas to sit and read, sunbathe or watch tv, whilst the other person showers so it wasn't a huge problem for us. My mother and sister stayed in the 'Orient Express' which is situated up on the terrace, in comparison to our room it was very basic but they were happy enough with it. Ismael was very helpful and gave us a map with directions to the square. He did tell us that if we got lost there is always young boys willing to show us the way back but they do expect paying and that its best to agree a price first. We also realised that initially they will try and direct you in the wrong direction and then offer their help. We did do this once on the first night, and we paid a boy 20 Dirham (about £1.60) but after that we did manage between us to find our way back to the Riad. We felt safe the whole time we were there. Breakfast consisted of pastries, breads, orange juice and coffee served up on the terrace looking out at the Atlas mountains. My only complaint was there seemed to be a really bad wasp problem, so rather than breakfast being a relaxing affair, we tended to eat it as quick as we could with serviettes placed over all the food. For convenience we ate lunch at the hotel a couple of times and sampled one of their delicious cakes. Eating in the souks and the square is very cheap, we tended to eat there most days and return to the hotel for a few bottles of wine. We also had lovely massages at the hotel. The hotel provides towels and straw hats for sunbathing on the terrace. The staff were very nice and friendly and when the owner arrived, he came and introduced himself. We also liked that we pretty much had the rooms until we checked out. We all agreed that should we return to Marrakech then we would not hesitate in booking this Riad. Also worth a mention, the guys that work in the herbalist shop a few metres down from the Riad on the left hand side. (we also used this as a landmark) Very friendly and if you get lost, or want directions ask them.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

This wonderful Riad is beautifully decorated with the colors and objects of Morocco.
It has small and very cute living rooms which give you the option to enjoy your drink in front of a fire place or next to one of the small but beautiful pools.
The delicious breakfast is served at the top of the Riad from where you can enjoy the view of the medina (Marrakesh )
We stayed at the Rubin suite a wonderful room and as we had the opportunity to see also other rooms, they were all beautiful and each one had its own character.
The staff very polite and makes you feel like at home.
The location of the Riad is very good, close to the Marrakesh museum and the beginning of the souks.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alexandros D
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

At the very last minute and having discovered this Riad through Trip Advisor, I can safely say we felt more comfortable and well looked after than we could ever have imagined. They accomodated our every wish and whim as we came and went from Marrakech to travel all around Morocco and each and every room we stayed in was enchanting. Such a warm welcome at all times was gratefully received, especially the night we had driven back from the desert, over the mountain passes - and to a late and last minute fantastic home cooked tagine. I can't tell you my relief when unable to break my journey Ismael found a room, a meal and a parking space right outside the hotel for us to return to and alerted our friends already staying that they would be welcome to join us for a fantastic reunion made possible! Thank you. I truly believe that any problem would not be too much for the staff to handle!! All the staff were so charming, accomodating and above all fun to chat to, sharing information about places and interest and pride in how our travels around their beautiful country had been. I felt that the Riad was excellently situated, just a little north of the main Souks, a short walk to allow you to experience the real and vibrant Marrakech. Close to an excellent restaurant that they recommend called Le Foundouk. I can certainly recommend this charming Riad, and definately look at the pictures on the website to give you a flavour of the vibrance and yet peacefullness of this extroadinary Oasis behind the streets of Marrakech.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Alice C
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We have spent 4 nights in this lovely Riad and are planning to come back! The people managing the Riad are extremely nice, the rooms are beautiful and well equipped. The fact that the toilet/shower is an 'open space' in the room could bother some people, it didn't bother us at all.
The Riad is situated in the north of the medina, about 10 minutes from the 'jamaa fna', it's a popular area, far from the tourists - something we found refreshing. About 80m from the Riad, on your left, the excellent restaurant 'Al Foundouk' will serve you excellent food and wine...

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank tcharara
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

The riad is at the top end of the souks, an ideal location for exploring. The roof terrace was lovely both in the daytime and in the evenings. The pools are small but big enough to cool off in. We booked a standard double (cheapest) room for 4 night. The room was small but we only wanted it for sleeping in so this didnt matter to us. It had its own bathroom but it was open plan to the room, the room also had air con. The decor of our room was white and simple, but some of the lager rooms and suits were beautiful. Clean throughout. The staff were very helpful and polite. The breakfast was orange juice, coffee, fruit, a selection of breads and jams, nothing fancy but good and filling.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a deluxe room if you plan on spending lots of time in your room.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

My wife and I had a wonderful weekend with 2 friends. Staff (especially Ismael ) arranged trips, gave great guidance and helped make a memorable trip. Siiting on the roof with feet in the small pool at the end of a long days walking (beer in hand) will be a treasured memory..

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank laurence r
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I really don't know what some of the more recent reviews mean when they say this place was dirty. We had no problem with it. It's not a 5* hotel, but then isn't billed as one. It's a tranquil space to relax in after the madness of the Souks. We stayed in the "Ebene" suite. Which it's situated on the roof terrace, with the Jacuzzi right outside. We were supplied with big bath towels, robes, and leather Morrocan slippers. There were also a couple of bottles of water in our room when we arrived. We used the sun loungers on 2 afternoons, and they were really comfortable, with blankets to lay on, and a hat to keep the sun off! The plunge pool was very welcome too. Be aware of the 'open plan' bathrooms! There was also a flatscreen tv with some satellite channels, but not many english, however, we weren't there to watch tv!

Ismael the deputy manager was great. He really does go the extra mile. Nothing is too much trouble. Having said that, all the staff were friendly and helpful.

The food is not awesome. We didn't have lunch there but did have breakfast and one dinner. It was OK. The drinks are also a little expensive.

There's a great restaurant a very short walk from the Riad called Le Foundouk. The food was great. They also have a beautiful roof terrace you can sit out on. Very nice to eat and have a drink under the stars.

Its not a good idea to walk around the Medina with a map. Many young local lads will offer to help at the slightest sign of indecision on the way to go, and then charge you for the privilege. It's a good idea to at least look like you know where you're going (even if you don't have a clue). We made some small notes from a review by 737wendy on how to get to the market square from the Riad rather than use the map. Her review is VERY useful and may save you from getting lost! Repeated below for ease of reference (all credit to 737wendy)
"Riad Moullaoud turn left, walk down the lane passing La Foundouk Restaurant on your right and the Herbalist on your left. Follow the lane round until you come to a small open square. Take the small lane in the top right hand side which will lead you into the Souk. As you come into the Souk, turn left and keep walking down the avenue of shops".
It's worth mentioning that the "small lane in the top right" is through a fairly small painted arch. We missed it the first time, and thought this might help.

For lunch one day, we bought some bread off a lady just a little further down the road from the riad, turn right at the riad door. Many of the bread sellers have the bread on display where the flies can land on it, but hers were in a glass cabinet. We think (can't remember exactly) that we paid 5dh for 2 of the round flatbreads, and were delicious. If you want to see and experience a less tourist side of Marrakech, turn right at the riad door and then left at the T junction. Although you will stand out a bit! Great to pop along for bottle of coke though.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riad Moullaoud, and would certainly visit again.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank empressemma
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Additional Information about Riad Moullaoud

Address: 33 derb Guessaba El kebir | EL Moukkef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #260 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $80 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Moullaoud 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Riad is located in central Marrakesh, in the Medina and a 10-minute walk to Jamaa El Fna Square. It has 3 swimming pools, a hammam and a panoramic roof terrace. Each of the Riad De Charme's guest rooms has a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi internet access. The Moullaoud's restaurant serves traditional, regional cuisine which can be enjoyed on the hotel terrace and patio. Guests of the Riad De Charme can enjoy massage treatment and relax in the Hammam or on the sunbathing terrace. Golf is available nearby. Riad De Charme Moullaoud is just a 2-minute walk from old markets, souks and guests can visit the nearby Ben Youssef Medersa, and Jemaa El Fna square. ... more   less 
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