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“A heavenly stay in the hearth of Marrakech” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Azoulay
Ranked #24 of 512 Hotels in Marrakech
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“A heavenly stay in the hearth of Marrakech”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2009

From the moment you set foot into Riad Azouley you are surrounded by a heavenly atmosphere: first the decor, a rare blend of exoticism and soft basic -far too many riads in Marrakech feel too baroque and decadent in my opinion, then the soothing scent created by the incense burners and the mint tea the staff is welcoming you with and finally the whimsical sound of the water fountain by the central pool: as a result all your senses feel captured and seduced... I was truly impressed by the whole experience! Max, the manager, was extremely attentive and charming, the local staff was very warm and efficient: I had dinner twice (you should agree the menu items in advance) and the local dishes were prepared and served to perfection. I also had a massage and a gommage: you can chose amongst a number of services, including the hamman, which i didn't try. You can chill by the spectacular terrace overlooking the city roofs and sided by a minaret hosting a storks nest on its top! The only advice I'd give to travelers is to be ready to sleep in a very noisy city: at 4AM you'll hear the muezzin calling and until very late the locals are keeping the streets very much alive. Bring your earplugs along and ask for a room away from the street if you are a light sleeper. But that's part of Marrakech fascination: indeed I can't wait to go back to Riad Azoulay!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

Nothing better that this charming,cozy Riad as a base for your Marrakech discovery. Nested in the ancient Jew Medina, right inside the Suk Area, it allows you to feel and live the real Marrakech around you, and in few minutes of pleasant and safe walking you easily join all the most beautiful places in town. Rooms are big,confortable, lusciously decorated (each different form others), meals are extraordinary and moreover the atmosphere that Max and his crew are able to create makes really you feel at home. I will come back for sure!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2009

Excellent riad in a very nice area of Marrakech. The riad is a very nice building, a rare example of the local architecture. The style is pure Arabic without contamination with modern and fancy elements. I definitely prefer this style to the arabic-european riads that one can find nowadays in Marrakech... but this is my personal point of view.
Personnel is friendly and professional. The riad offers a very good breakfast but you can also decide to have your dinner there. Dining at the riad is good. You can truly enjoy and taste different dishes and not only the usual « tajine » and « couscous » that taste all the same around the city.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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
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Ranked #24 of 512 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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