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Riad Timila
Ranked #12 of 304 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Reviewed February 5, 2010

This is the second year running that I have been invited to join a friend of mine who celebrates his birthday each year in Marrakech. Both times we stayed at Riad Timila. We loved it the first time, but staying in the new improved and extended riad this year was an absolute delight.

Its location couldn't be better - 5 mins from the main square and the souks. The riad itself is superb. The new master suite is stunning but all the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and have been very stylishly decorated. I have stayed in many other riads in Marrakech, including some of the 'designer' ones, and Riad Timila is right up there with the best. I can honestly say that the view from the upper terrace has to be one of the best in Marrakech - Kotubia on one side, Atlas mountains on the other. Watching the sun set over the Kotubia with a beer in hand has to be one of the best things to do in the world! The new pool, hammam/steam/massage suite are excellent additions to the riad and were well used by our group.

The staff were very friendly and really looked after us all. Brahim, the manager was always helpful and made the trip flow without a hitch. Zara, the cook, was terrific. Her lunches are as good as those served in any restaurant. We found the best thing to do was to tell her to cook whatever she wanted and we were never disappointed. We went out for dinner most nights (to some fantastic places, Tobsil and Comptior being my favorites) but Zara cooked for us one night and it was very very good and much cheaper than venturing outside.

So in summary, if you are going to Marrakech, try and stay in Riad Timila. It's a great place for a group celebration and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

sitting at my desk looking out of the window at grey skies and reminding myself that two days ago i was up on the roof at Riad Timila - it seems hard to imagine i was living in a small part of paradise for four days.....
what more could i have wanted - my own fabulous room with ensuite shower and a bed that felt like climbing inside a cloud every night - a wake up call with a huge cup of tea on a silver tray - throwing open my shutters and listening to the birds.
breakfast on the roof terrace - more food than i could eat - pancakes, bread, fresh fruit, eggs, yoghurts,fresh orange juice, coffe on tap and the best doughnuts - a choice of towelling clad sun loungers or a cushioned roof terrace to read my book - mountains in the background and so little noise - you can't believe you are minutes away from a shoppers delight -
would i like lunch or dinner at the riad ?- yes please to every meal - it was exquisite food cooked by zara - who is so discreet you can't imagine that some where she is cooking up the most fabulous food - the best tagine i had in Marrakech, imaginative and tasty side dishes - the food was definitely worth staying in for.
A lovely guy called Brahim looks after you - he is once again discreet but always seems to appear just as you are about to ask for something - it appeared that nothing was too much for them to arrange - trips and taxis where ever you wanted and on the last day a hamman and massage at the Riad.
I could feel my post holiday sulk coming on as i went to bed on the last night, was i really having my last cup of morning tea, my last breakfast, my last taste of these beautiful surrondings was i really about to be sitting back at my desk staring at the grey skies.....
i am planning to return in the next couple of months - why wouldn't anyone?

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

This must be as good as it gets if you are looking for an authentic Marrakech Riad but with added luxury and a modern twist. Its full of beutiful local art and bric a brac, but has all the mod cons. All the bedrooms have A/C, there is a custom massage and steam room, media/TV room etc etc. The food is superb [again a combination of authentic local and international]. the roof top terrace is just a bit taller than most so the views of the Atlas mountains are amazing.
All round its difficult to fault this property if you a looking for a private get away close to the centre of town. We were a largish group that took over the whole place [for only £500 a night inc b/fast].
Trying hard to think of any problems or downside here?

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 17, 2009

I recently spent a long weekend in Marrakech, a place I had vowed never to visit again after a week of aggression, lewdness and poor food about ten years ago. This time the city was in the throes of Ede which is a bit of a stomach turner, given the number of sheep heads and hooves thrown on fires in narrow alleys. All senses were in assault as we made our way to the place we were staying, but as we opened the small door in a dark alley near the main square, I cannot overstate the contrast. This is an incredibly beautiful courtyard house and a complete oasis in the midst of Marrakech. Beautiful, discreet bedrooms overlooking the central courtyards (in fact it's two houses knocked into one), exquisite furniture and objects found in the city and the most wonderful roof with different levels and a covered table for dining; sofas and cushions in secluded places, wonderful views across the city. We did eat at various local restaurants (mixed and quite expensive), but actually the cook at the house was really good and eating under the stars, also wonderful. So, for a haven in this alluring, intriguing, assaulting city, Riad Timila, 135 Derb Jdid, Derb Debachi, Medina, Marrakech was beautiful. It sleeps 10 and is £500 for the whole place, including breakfast for everyone, per night.

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Reviewed December 7, 2009

We have stayed in Riad Timila in February, May and October and loved it each time. The location is ideal for the Djemma el Fna and souks, in a vibrant quarter of the old city, yet feels gloriously private and tranquil when you close the front door behind you...

The owners have restored the riad with great style and close attention to detail and it feels far more like a home than a hotel. I can't wait to get back and try the newly installed plunge pool! The staff, Brahim and Zara, will look after you royally but also leave you in peace and are an invaluable source of local information about shops, restaurants, excursions etc... All you have to decide is what you want and when you want it.

Marrakech is the perfect city for a long weekend of shopping, culture, R&R or partying, and Riad Timila is the perfect base.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

We were recommended Riad Timila by a friend who had stayed there as a guest of the owner last year. Having been to Marrakech once before and stayed outside the city, we decided that, this time, the medina would be more exotic. We were met in the main square by Brahim, who is the charming resident guardian. He then led us through twisting alleyways until we arrived at a battered-looking door set into the wall - we weren't sure at this point what to expect but beyond it lay the calm and stylish riad that exceeded all our expectations. We were met there by Zara the cook who doesn't speak any english and very little french but she was all smiles (Brahim speaks fluent english). Our rooms were beautifully furnished with very comfortable beds - Brahim said the owners had imported the mattresses from the UK. Our bathroom (shower only) definitely had the "wow factor". We were shown the house and the huge roof terrace with its two resident tortoises and a great view of the atlas mountains in the distance, comfy sunbeds, an enormous dining table and various chill out areas - in fact we spent most of our free time - when we weren't sightseeing and shopping - on the terrace. The weather was great and it was the perfect place from breakfast in the morning to cocktails in the evening. Brahim and Zara were lovely and we had tea brought to our room in the morning, a delicious breakfast everyday and one day Zara cooked lunch for us, which was better and cheaper than the restaurants we went to. They have a hammam and massage room on the roof but we didn't have enough time to fit them in. I wouldn't recommend the riad for young children or older people as there are a lot of stairs (some steep on the terrace) but for groups of friends it is ideal.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Address: 135 Derb Jdid | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 304 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range: $124 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A magical, romantic, luxury riad in the heart of the medina, a stone's throw from the Square and the souks. A cool and stylish restored boutique riad , featured in the Telegraph and 25 Beautiful Homes. Rent a room or take over the whole house - it's a fabulous place for a party. Wonderful English-speaking staff, hammam, massage, pool, goose down pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, stunning views of the Koutoubia and the Atlas... ... more   less 
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