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Riad Zayane
Ranked #204 of 1,146 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“What an amazing place”
Reviewed November 11, 2011

Had a three night break at the Riad, outside what a contrast Marrakech at its most raw, feral children, sellers. Arrived mid evening and took a taxi from the airport, tried to haggle the price but definitely got took but the drive was very friendly full of information then when we arrived at the back streets where the riad was he and his son got out of the taxi and escorted us to the riad (so glad, total cultral shock). The Riad door opened to a very welcoming porter, tranquillity and beauty surrounded us, cool calm and so pleasant on the eye.
Although on a very inexpensive package we were treated like first class guest the whole time we were in the Riad. Absolutely adored marrakech, never seen so many people out in the square enjoying themselves. Definitely going back and to this riad as well.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

Zayane... if your reading this your half way to a decent trip...
I booked a long weekend (4 nights) 6th - 10th of October for my wifes 39th plus 1 birthday..
after reading previous reviews i went for the Zayane... I never write reviews but in this case felt i had to..

Best to start with the staff... They were all really helpful.. being a small Riad with 5 rooms (5 couples - 10 people at the most) you got to know the staff really well (4 in all), they were really helpful and I know you shouldn't say it but especially Joad (hope that's spelt right) the evening - night guy...
He made a couple of calls for us, including confirming the taxi back... answered any questions about restaurants etc.. that we had...
The staff really did have time for us nothing seemed to much...

The Riad it's self.. (we stayed 4 nights - Thurs- Sunday night)
well it was exactly like any pictures you find on line..
they say it all.. spotlessly clean... no worries about this at all...

Apart from the breakfast.. We only ate in one night, the Beef Tajine was amazing, it was one of the best meals we had during our stay.. Beef with Prunes and sesame seeds...
it was really good... it was a lot better than the Lamb Tajine at Dar Moha.. (see best restaurants in Marrakech web site)
I'm not a breakfast person but each morning we got fresh orange juice.. a small bowl of yogurt... and a bowl of fruit or orange jelly stuff!!! all very nice...
and then cooked bread things (sorry not sure how to explain them)
but the pancakes were my favourite with honey and a bit of butter on them...
what I will add is apart from the mint tea.. a cup of English in the mornings was fine .. milk tasted alright if you know what I mean...


Zayane... I really would highly recommend it..
after speaking to the wife today.. we are going to see when we can fit another weekend in... and we will probably be going back to the Zayane...
in fact thats gonna be her xmas pressie... :o)

If your thinking of booking... do it Marrakech is amazing.. we don't know why we never went sooner!!!!!

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Just walk and enjoy it.. my mobile came in handy with Google maps.. as we ended up getting lost in the Souks when we were shopping!!!!
make sure you put the Riad in before you set off!!!!

but its all fun...

and a must see is the Jardin Majorelle...
http://www.jardinmajorelle.com/en/index.php?page=home

but you know what.. its all really good.. one other thing.. read your guide books not all the restaurants serve beer and wine...
Casablanca beer is really good..
and the rose wine was good as well... both Moroccan

enjoy... :o)

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Riad Zayane was one of the best places we stayed in Morocco. Fantastic interior design and decoration, super clean rooms, excellent service, very friendly staff and fresh, delicious breakfast. It has everything you would expect from a Moroccan Riad.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

I recently stayed here with my husband and we were met by really attaintive staff and the riad was beautiful. Breakfast was really nice. Our room was on the ground floor and felt very small with a small bed and had obvious wearing damage on the walls. The room also felt very dusty. We also felt we lacked privacy here as breakfast is served right outside the room, we couldnt sleep in, as breakfast was served from 7.30am and you could hear everything and we felt like we had to whisper.

Immediately outside the riad is a very smelly food market- which with it brings lots of flies and smelly morrocan butchers! It also had local children asking us if we want 'hash' each time we walked past them too. It could be at times very intimidating, but inside the riad you can't smell or hear the market. During the heat we actually found it to be a 25 min normal pace walk to the main square and actually preferred to avoid the food market roads and stick to the main roads, which takes about 5 mins longer- but it's a certainly less intimidating walk and smell free.

  • Stayed October 2011
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2011

Lovely riad perfect size , atmosphere, services, rooms, facilities, food n help.
Good beds, bathrooms , free wifi avaliable , breakfast varied daily love the yogurt especially!
Help with bookings with tours by staff. No negatives at all.
15-20 mins walk 2 main sq n souks which is fine.
No noise as u would expect from alley markets outside. Bank round corner aswell.
Overall couldn't ask 4 anymore from riAd. Apart from maybe providing each guest with a local detailed map on travels as first day is quite daunting but u do get sense of direction after while
Roof terrace well maintained n cleaned.

  • Stayed October 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2011

Stayed at riad zayane for 4 nights in September 2011. Everything about the Riad was above all expectations. The staff could not do enough to make us feel welcome or help us with recommendations about restaurants or places to visit! After a long day sightseeing in the heat the Riad provided a calm, peacefull setting to relax with a nice pot of mint tea!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Surrey
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

We stayed at the Riad in august 2011 and had very high hopes after the reviews we had read. we were not disapointed in the slightist. Fantastic staff that were very friendly and couldnt be more helpfull. We arranged all Transfers and excerions through Alexander before we arrived at the Riad. He was very knowledgable and helpful, all at a good price.
We have been recommending the Riad Zayane to everyone since we arrived home and will definatly return.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Zayane
Address: 36, derb Nakhla | Bab Doukkala - médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #204 of 1,146 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Zayane 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idéalement situé à deux pas de la Mosquée Bab Doukkala et des transports en commun, le Riad Zayane est une magnifique maison d'hôtes de Marrakech à cinq minutes à pied des Souks et quinze minutes de la place Jemaâ El Fna . Outre ses 5 chambres et suite climatisées à la luxueuse décoration métissée, le Riad Zayane dispose d'une terrasse sur le toit avec solarium, d'un salon et d'une salle à manger ainsi que d'un magnifique patio aux zeligues bicolores avec bassin et fontaine traditionnelle, où vous pourrez vivre un dîner aux chandelles des plus romantiques autour de mets savoureux typiques de la tradition culinaire marocaine, concoctés par la cuisinière du Riad. Le personnel est disponible 24h/24 et vous aidera à organiser excursions et visites guidées de Marrakech et ses environs, ou encore à réserver une table de restaurant et autres billets de spectacles. Un service de navette pour l'aéroport vous sera fourni sur réservation préalable. Enfin, l'accès Wi-Fi est gratuit dans tout le bâtiment. Un parking payant se trouve à proximitéIdeally located near Bab Doukkala Mosque and the public transports, Riad Zayane is a beautiful Marrakesh guesthouse within a 5-minute walk from the Souks markets and 15-minute walk from Jemaa El Fna square. In addition to its 5 luxury guestrooms and suite exquisitely decorated, Riad Zayane has a rooftop terrace with solarium, a lounge and a dining room, as well as a beautiful patio tiled with zeligues and boasting a traditional pond and fountain, ideal setting for a romantic candlelit dinner over tasty dishes of Moroccan cuisine, concocted by Hayat, the in-house cook of the Riad. Staff are available 24/24 and will help you organize excursions and guided tours in Marrakesh and the surroundings, or to book a restaurant and tickets. A shuttle service to the airport will be provided on prior reservation. Eventually, a free wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Charged parking is available nearby ... more   less 
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