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Riad Azoulay
Ranked #24 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2 reviews
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“Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I've traveled to more than sixty countries across the world and have stayed at all sorts of hotels from basic hostels to five star resorts, but my experience at this Riad was one of the best places I've ever been.
I visited this Riad for three nights and it was one of the best decisions I have made.
Massimiliano made made my stay, every morning he would welcome me by name and would arrange any thing that needed to be done and checked how the previous day events went.
Excellent!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Riad Azoulay was renovated by two Italian brothers with great taste: the result is a beautiful, stylish riad, with resident tortoises, at the end of a Spice Souk. It is very easy and quick to walk to the Jemaa El Fna and all places in the medina, or to hire a caleche nearby.
But the best reason to use Riad Azoulay is the staff, led by the wonderful Reda. Nothing is too much trouble: they will escort you out into the medina to show you the way around, make a tasty snack for you or advise you where to go and how to get there. Their Moroccan-Italian fusion food is exceptional.
And the little touches make all the difference: natural toiletries and rose petals in the shower; breakfast on the roof-terrace while watching the storks on their nests; supper next to a roaring fire: all good. A place to relax from the madness of the medina.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

A belated review, but judging from more recent ones, little has changed. My wife and I chose the Royale Suite for our three night stay in Marrakesh. We found the hotel public areas and the room exceptionally nice, the staff very attentive, the food excellent. One was made to feel that this was your home from home. The hotel atmosphere was lovely. I especially liked the in-house hammam, and I had two sessions. We highly recommend it. The only thing we didn't enjoy so much was the fairly aggressive selling and the high prices in the Marrakesh souk, but the hotel had nothing to do with that.

Room Tip: The Royale Suite is quiet as it isn't exposed to the street.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Lovely place for those who want to taste a fantastic Moroccan atmosphere. The Riad Azoulay is placed in the heart of the old town and from there you can reach on foot the most important touristic attractions: the Souks, Palais Bahia, the Old Muslim School ...The staff is very kind and they prepare a fantastic breakfast with Moroccan cakes and typical dinner by the fireplace.
The rooms are clean and very charming and during the day you can go into the Hammam, take a massage or lay in the sun in the quiet terrace on the roof. From there in the evening it's fantastic to rest and enjoy fresh air as well.
Wonderful experience! Surely I'll come again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I stayed one night at this Riad and it was such a beautiful and pleasant place to stay especially compared with other riads i stayed :-( The location was also good, especially when you want to follow the Lonely Planet's 'Walking Tour' because it's not too far from 'Palais Bahia'. The staff service and kindness was impeccable!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I have just returned from a great stay (if a bit damp!) at Riad Azoulay. I can't recommend it highly enough. The setting is perfect, an oasis of calm and tranquility. The room (we got an upgrade as its low season) was far nicer than anything I've stayed in for a long time and very tastefully decorated. Mohammed, Eunice and Reider (apologies if I spelt your names wrong!) couldn't have been kinder and more helpful, the breakfast perfect. The cook makes delicious food! All in all, a top choice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank BoyHackney
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Massimiliano R, Proprietario at Riad Azoulay, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Max and Matthew, Thank you for the generous compliments. Looking forward to welcome you again in Marrakech. Massimiliano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We spent 5 nights at Riad Azoulay and we’re so glad we chose it – it is such a large part of our memory of the trip! Behind the easily missed front door, is an Oasis of calm, a perfect retreat after a day in the bustle of the Medina. Sip your mint tea beside the splash pool and let your feet recover. We stayed in the Favourite room which is a great size and very comfortable. There is some noise here from the street if the windows are open but otherwise not a problem. We had a peek inside the suite which was very spacious. Max and the team provide a professional, friendly yet un-intrusive service. Breakfast each morning was delicious and served with a smile – fresh fruit and delicious pastries. They helped book tours and served the best tagine of our trip. One tip, there are 2 options for walking from the Riad to the main streets. As a female traveller I much preferred taking the route requiring you to turn left when you first step out of the Riad (through the spice souks) as opposed to turning right down the narrower roads. Get the airport transfer.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Azoulay
Address: 3, Derb Jemaa El Kebir | Near Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Azoulay 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Azoualy is located in the Medina of Marrakech, in the middle of the Mellah, the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech, a few steps away from the Bahia Palace and a 10 minute walk from the legendary Jemaa-El-Fna square. The Riad Azoulay combines the comforts, the traditional ambiance and the charm of old riads. The building has been restored to its former splendor of the past using the traditional materials, finishes and techniques. The Riad Azoulay has five spacious rooms, all overlooking the internal patio and all furnished with air conditioning and heating, roomy wardrobes, small safes for personal effects, Internet and WI-FI connection, mineral water and fresh flowers daily. Soft plump pillows and sheets of Egyptian cotton will help to make your nights comfortable and dreamy! All the bathrooms are ensuite, and are equipped with hair-dryers, soft towels and top rate ecological toilet and beauty products. Each suite has an individual theme, giving them a unique and unforgettable character.Some of the rooms can be provided with a third bed. The African, Mauritanian and Syrian rooms have matrimonial beds which can be made into two singles. The Riad Azoulay boasts two magnificent junior suites, the Favorita and the Tibetan Suites, and two large sumptuous suites, the Sultana and Royale Suites. The suites, which have been decorated with great care and attention to detail, come equipped with air conditioning and central heating, spacious wardrobes, private safes for the guests' personal effects, Internet and WI-FI connection, and a daily supply of mineral water and fresh flowers. Soft plump pillows and sheets of the finest Egyptian cotton have been provided to ensure the guests with all one needs for a relaxing night's sleep.All the bathrooms are ensuite, and are equipped with hair-dryers, soft towels and top rate ecological toilet and beauty products. The typical Mediterranean breakfast, included in the tariff of the room, can be served "al fresco" on the patio or terrace, or in the winter months, in the ground floor dining area. Guests will able to begin their day with freshly baked bread, homemade marmalade and jams, boiled, fried, or scrambled eggs or omelettes,oven fresh cakes and biscuits, yoghurt, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, and of course coffee or tea. Light freshly made snacks are available throughout the day. Thus while you are basking in the sun on the terrace you could enjoy a Moroccan yoghurt made with honey and nuts, or a bowl of fresh fruit salad, or if something a little more filling is preferred, a "trio" of Moroccan salads, or a perhaps a sandwich of grilled vegetables, with goats' cheese and a touch of mint. Our dinners are the result of a fusion of Moroccan and Italian cuisine, served by candlelight, and followed by a relaxing herb tea. We never use processed foods in our kitchen, and all our meals are prepared using traditional methods. Our chef plans a delicious menu of the day with typical traditional Moroccan dishes, prepared with love and the freshest of ingredients. Try our "briouates" (small pastries with savoury fillings) or the famous "pastilla" with pigeon and almonds, Moroccan salads and soups, and our delicious tajines and couscous, and we are sure you will be delighted! As we are only a small hotel, guests are kindly asked to let the staff know if they would like to dine with us. The chef will make every attempt to satisfy any dietary requirements the guests may have. Vegetarians are made most welcome. Moroccan Cuisine is a perfect combination of various traditional cuisines and is one of the best in the world. Its fascinating mixture of flavours, aromas and colours, combined with its capacity to amalgamate vegetables, fish and fruit with delicate and refined spices, have made it renowned and appreciated the world over. Mediterranean, African, and Oriental cuisine have been fused with the local Berber traditions; the bitter-sweet tastes are inherited from the lands of Arabia, whereas the tradition of combining fruit with meat is Persian. The desserts, full of sugar and spice, are instead a Turkish passion. In order to know a country well, the is no better way than to study its traditional cuisine, taste its foods, and enjoy its flavours and aromas. Thus, with this aim in mind, the Riad Azoulay offers its guests the opportunity to join the chef Saida, who will reveal to them all the secrets of the Moroccan cuisine. During the course the chef will teach the students how to recognize and choose the correct spices for each dish, how to cook using the traditional methods, and how to prepare some true Moroccan meals to serve to their friends and family when they return home. Amongst other things students will be taught how to make cous cous with lamb stew and vegetables, how to use the terracotta tajine to braise meat with vegetables and fruit, and how to make some very special Moroccan desserts. The ritual of the Hammam, which heals the body and relaxes the mind, is available to our guests in our Wellbeing Centre. Guests can enjoy a relaxing steam bath or an invigorating body scrub in the candle lit hammam, sitting on the benches of Italian Carrara marble. Or maybe they would like to book a soothing massage by one of our qualified masseurs, and experience the exotic qualities of the locally sourced but world famous Moroccan Argan oil. ... more   less 
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