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Riad Zayane Atlas
Ranked #273 of 1,177 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
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40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Riad for three nights and had a wonderful visit.

The Riad arranged a taxi to collect us at the airport and within 20 mins we were in our room. The Riad itself is in the heart of the city walls and a 5 minute walk from the Place Jemaa el-Fnaa with the market and souks.

We were greeted by Babette the owner and shown to our room. When ready we went to the roof terrace and were treated to a nice pot of mint tea which was very refreshing.

On our first night we had arranged for the Riad to provide a meal and we were served a fantastic chicken tajine, Moroccan salad, breads and melon. Definitely our best meal of the trip!

Like the evening meal, breakfast is served on the roof terrace and comprises of freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee, bread, pancakes, pastries, butter, orange marmalade and honey. Really nice and a good start to the day. The food is prepared by two lovely ladies who are ever smiling.

The roof terrace is partially covered in a Berber style awning and provides shade from the Sun with nice comfortable seating.

The Riad is a sea of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of the city. It is beautifully decorated and is nice and cool, we never used the air conditioning in the bedroom despite the outside temperature being in the high 20's/low 30's. Wi-fi freely available in the the room and on the terrace.


We took a trip to the Atlas Mountains which was arranged by the wonderful Kamal who was also the guide for the trip. Together with the driver (sorry that I have forgotten his name) we had a great and fun trip to the Ourika Valley. Along the way we had a camel ride, a visit to a herbal garden, nice lunch, a climb up the waterfalls and a visit to a traditional Berber house. We can definitely recommend this trip and is a full day from 9am to 6.30pm.

Enough cannot be said about Kamal, what a wonderful man he is! Kamal looked after our every need and couldn't do enough for us.

If you are looking for a different experience to the big hotels, close to the action with wonderful people looking after you then this is the place to stay.

Highly recommended.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed for two night one before and one after trekking in the Atlas Mountains, the Riad was booked for us, so cant comment on the cost. The location of the Riad is excellent for two reasons, first its only a 2 minute walk from the car park that the taxi drops you off at, second its only a 10 minute walk to the Medina. There are a lot of Riads that are miles away from the nearest taxi drop of point, think about this before you book anywhere and end up paying someone to guide you to your Riad.

I would get the hotel to arrange a taxi from the airport which they will do, the taxi fare is 100 dirhams, they will also take you from the car park to the Riad. They will organise a taxi to the airport when you leave as well. Our taxi ended up being the Riads owner.

All the staff are polite and helpful, they didn't try to sell us tours, they just let us be, which was nice as everyone in Marrakech tries to sell you something. There is free wifi, air con in the rooms, nice terrace, half covered if its to hot. You cant really go wrong with this Riad to be honest.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Daniel C
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

It is cozy and clean. My family loved to stay there and enjoyed great breakfast. 10 minutes walking distance from Jamaa Elfna square and there are many shops on the way. Riad provide tea, coffe, bread, three kinds of jam for breakfast, which is much better than other riads that we had ever been. My wife would like to stay there again whenever going to Marrakech.

Room Tip: All rooms are well organized and clean. 1F is for couple and 2F is for family with children.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My daughters and myself went for a three day trip to Marrakesh. We had a great time, the Riad was lovely with very helpful and friendly staff. The breakfast was filling and tasty, it may have been nice to have had some fresh fruit and yoghurt as well as the pastries and bread as one of my daughters couldn't eat wheat, however it was easy enough for us to buy in the markets. The rooms were clean and spacious with plenty of sockets, and hanging space for clothes. The bathrooms had hot, powerful showers and plenty of towels. The rooftop was great to sit on for breakfast or having mint tea in the afternoon. At night you could sit under cover on comfortable chairs in authentic Moroccan style. Trip to the Atlas mountains with ride on camels was truly memorable, with a lovely lunch in a Berber house on the balcony overlooking the Toubkal mountain ( second highest in Africa apparently). The souks were fine once you got the hang of offering almost half what was asked for and sticking to your guns or almost. Found a lovely open air bar called Kosybar near the Riad which sold wine, beer and cocktails, it overlooked a square and part of the wall where you could see storks in very close proximity nesting and flying around. It was great to hear the Imman calling people to prayer around the city. Staying in the old city made us feel we had travelled to a foreign country rather than stay in a hotel that could be anywhere. I would recommend Marrakesh and this Riad to travellers wishing to see the Medina.

Room Tip: We had the red room and the blue room, both had a double and a single bed in them the rooms were the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was chosen as it was within the Medina walls of Marrakesh and was booked as part of a deal website offer. Sometimes you dont expect to much of offers and are glad to just have a nice place to rest in the evenings on your city break, this exceeded all expectations and was a genuine haven in the midst of a bustling city, within a short walk to the main attractions and central marketplace. On arrival we were greeted by Kamal, a young chap who was one of the nicest most accommodating people you could hope to meet, he sat us down with a lovely mint tea, brought a map and showed us precisely how to get around, where banks were etc etc. The rooms are on two floors above a central small courtyard which has a small plunge pool, whilst the top floor terrace is a superb place to have the included breakfast (lovely coffee by the way) or catch the sun, and even perhaps some shade or read in the cushioned berber tent. Babette the owner is exceptional with feedback we troubled her with quite a few emails before arriving and all were answered superbly and she was lovely also when we were there. Accommodation is very nice, and air conditioned, with plenty of warm water, lovely bedlinen and coloured glass and Moroccan lamps adding to the atmosphere. The deal we purchased included an authentic Moroccan tagine meal which was superb and as a result we are now regularly eating cinnamon oranges after our meals back home. One thing... wait to book trips, for example Kamal has an immense knowledge of the Ourika Valleys and area, if you want (we recommend highly you do) to go into the Atlas Mountains, Kamal is a superb guide with extensive knowledge and can arrange a very very economical trip, the transport was 1st class in a small group (no 50 people coach loads), it was a full day 9am to 6pm return. We also arranged the airport transfer from the hotel again very economical. Would we stay again ? in the blink of an eye, a special and heartfelt thanks to a gem of a guy, Kamal you are the best.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I took my mum for her birthday and she couldn't have been happier. It is close to the main marketplace with lots of shops and places to eat nearby. It is noisey outside but peace and quiet once you are in the riad. You could not wish for friendlier hosts at the riad, I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Nikki W
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merseyside
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23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This small riad was a great destination for our short 3 day trip to Marrakech with a couple of friends. We bought the deal through an internet site and purchased airline tickets online. The whole experience went very smoothly. I would recommend using the hotel transfer through the Riad as you would have difficulty locating it, especially in the dark. We were collected by Tomas at the airport together with 2 other passengers and dropped off at a tiny car park within the medina where we were met by Kamal and a handcart to transfer our luggage about 4 minutes down the windy alleys. The riad is simple, authentic and very friendy and Kamal in particular can't do enough to help. The lovely Moroccan breakfast is served on the terasse as is the evening meal and in the cooler weather served in the berber style tent. The rooms are quite small but clean and adequate and the trip into the Jma el Fnaa about a 10 minute stroll, although I warn you, you will probably get lost the first few times you return to the riad. All part of the fun.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank bellanova
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Property: Riad Zayane Atlas
Address: 31 Derb Nakous | Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech 4000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #273 of 1,177 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riad Zayane Atlas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed and breakfast in a riad in the heart of the medina of Marrakech opened in June 2009. 8 air conditioned rooms in summer and heated in winter with bathroom and private toilet. Beautiful terrace, patio, Moroccan lounge, small pool opened spring 2010. ... more   less 
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