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“Tranquility and amazing host.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Al Kadar
Ranked #243 of 1,177 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
West Sussex
Level Contributor
76 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Tranquility and amazing host.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This former quranic school was bought by the current Italian owner Michael, 7 years ago. It took 2 years to renovate to its current beauty. Situated in the old Jewish quater of the medina close to Bab Ghemat( one of the gates in the walls) it is ideally situated. The alley it is in is quite wide by Medina standards so the taxi can drop you off outside and you don't have to walk miles with your luggage.
A tranquil courtyard, which has a cover for when it rains like it has done here the past couple of nights, is a lovely place to enjoy breakfast, dinner or relax reading in an adjoining room.
Breakfasts are wonderful with a large selection.
Our rooms are off a balconied corridor with en-suite. No kettle or tea/coffee making facilities in room. Some websites inferr there is a kitchen in the room, this is not the case. I think this is mis-leading and it really means that the Riad can provide evening meals if given notice. Have eaten here twice so far. Traditional Arabic meal was wonderful. Last night, due to the rain, we did not want to venture far to eat, the lovely Michael, offered to cook us a rustic Italian meal and joined us to eat it, heavenly.
The Riad is about 15 minutes walk from the main square Jamee al Fna and after being accompanied part of the way and give good directions the first night we have found it easy to find. Getting around can be very confusing but we have, so far, not had a problem.
All in all this is a great place to stay and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Riad Al Kadar is owned and run by the highly talented and very welcoming Michel.
After getting lost in the Medina, we eventually found the Riad and were met by our lovely host, Michel, who offered us some traditional Moroccan mint tea.
Our room was immaculately clean with a good sized double bed and beautiful stained glass windows overlooking the centre of the Riad.
The roof terrace offers nice views over the surrounding streets and is a great place to either start or end the day whilst looking at the map, planning where to go and what to see in this hectic city.
Staying at this very individual Riad makes a welcome change from the usual impersonal western style hotels around the world. We highly recommend this Riad if you're looking for something different from the norm. Don't be put off by the fact that there is a Mosque across the road. The calls to prayer are over pretty quickly and you'll soon fall asleep again.
Michel, originally from Italy speaks Italian, French and English. He is a great host and always willing to help.
We would definitely stay here again if we were ever to return to Marrakech.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This beautiful Riad is situated about a 15-20 minute walk away from the main square in a local friendly, quiet (apart from the occasional call to prayer from the local mosque) neighbourhood. We spent 4 nights there and we LOVED it. The room we had was big, with a large comfortable bed and like the rest of the Riad immaculately clean. It has a relaxed and homely atmosphere which is a very welcome escape from the chaotic central Marrakech. A little bit of traditional Moroccan tranquility. There's even a roof terrace.

This isn't the best thing about the place, Michel the Riad Al Kada's owner makes this already special place perfect. He makes you feel like a long lost friend from the moment you arrive to the minute you leave. He walked with us to near the square on our first night, left little cakes in our room as a treat on one day, and we decided to have dinner at the Riad one night which was the best food we had in a romantic setting, the highlight of our trip. There was even farewell hugs when we left.

We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Marrakech.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Thank you, Michel! What a great and memorable 4-day stay we had in your lovely little Riad. The dedicated owner and host Michel made such a nice effort to make us feel welcome and to enjoy his romantic Riad. We had the biggest room. It was very clean and kosy. Although it can get rather cold in the Riad, the heater in the room worked very well. The local mosque next door woke us up as early as 5.30 am, but we always managed to fall asleep again. Every morning we enjoyed a great breakfast, served by Michel and his lovely staff. One evening Michel made us a lovely romantic dinner, serving local Morroccan food and redwine. The dinner in a small room behind colorful curtains. We sat "beduin-style" on pillows on the floor and the small table was decorated with rose leaves and candles. It was great. A dinner or lunch in the Riad once or twice during the stay is an absolute must-do and a good local tradition.
The Riad is located deep in the west of the Medina. To begin with it is confusing to get around but once you have cracked the code it is good fun to stroll around the maze of small red colored streets the old town. We made a fun sport in finding new and different streets and routes everyday. We highly recommend visiting as many terrace cafés and restaurants as you can find during your walks through the Medina. It is a great and cheap escape from the busy streets down below. Take your time and enjoy Marrakech!
Love from Heiko&Charlotte

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was our first trip to Marrakech, Morocco and indeed Africa and what a welcome we received! First of all Michel's riad is just beautiful. Spotlessly clean with beautiful decor and delightful personal touches such as a vase of freshly cut roses in the room one day and a figs, apricots and homemade sparkly biscuits the next. He is the epitome of helpful, friendly hosting. He came to find us on our first day when we got lost and welcomed us into his home with freshly made mint tea. In the evening he even walked with us into the medina to ensure we didn't get lost a second time! The dinner we enjoyed one evening was absolute Michelin star catering and he was more than happy to oblige when we asked for his advice on booking a trip to the atlas mountains and a private hammam. I cannot recommend Michel and his beautiful riad enough to you, he is Italian but speaks perfect French, Arabic and good English. Enjoy the abundant breakfasts! Happy adventuring!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Franklin, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at Riad al Kadar for 4 days and loved it! It is beautiful and very clean. The inn keeper, Michel, was a perfect host and did everything to make us feel comfortable and at home. The breakfast each morning was delicious and we had dinner 2 nights that were 5 star! I loved staying here so much I didn't want to leave. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I had visited Marrakech a few years ago and stayed in a hotel, decided to visit again and chose a Riad. Could not have chosen a nicer host, Michele made us so welcome and was a great help when the so called tour organiser let us down twice out of three trips booked! The tour operator organised through Thomas Cook was never at the end of the phone as promised, not even his office and the guides he arranged for us for two trips never even turned up, Michele constantly chased our rep up and we had a full refund for both trips.
Michele is a great cook and extremely house proud!
I would love to visit again and would stay at Micheles.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Riad Al Kadar
Address: 132 , Derb Jamaa - Arset - Belbaraka, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa
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Ranked #243 of 1,177 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Kadar 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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