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Riad Marrakiss
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

As other reviews have stated, this hotel is centrally located right off the main market and the souks, but, it can be difficult to find. We took a taxi from the airport and they dropped us off at Jemma el Fna, the main market and we wandered around for a short while before stopping in a few hotels and restaurants to ask for directions. We eventually made it down the correct street to the hotel. There is a door with the name of the Riad on there but its easy to miss.

If you are taking a taxi from the airport, you should expect to pay around 100 MAD (which is a decent price.) All the taxi's were asking for 200, though the people inside the airport said it should be around 100. The hotel is not very far from the airport so negotiate before you get in the cab. We ended up paying 150MAD on the way from the airport, but negotiated 100 MAD when we grabbed a cab to go back to the airport. If you take a local cab to the major sites, its usually around 20-30 MAD, but again, negotiate up front as most tried to charge us 50-100 MAD.

Our room was very basic. We had a triple in room number 2. It was decent but freezing giving the weather in January. The blankets were not too warm and there is no heating of course so if you go during the winter time, just prepare.

There are no amenities, not even soap to wash your hands so make sure you bring all the toiletries and necessities. There is a small shop open just down the road where you can buy anything you might need as well (soap, shampoo, etc). There is no hair dryer either.

The room overlooks the court yard and there are loungers on the roof if you wanted to sunbathe.

Breakfast consisted of a basket of bread with jam/butter, a glass of orange juice and coffee was on offer. Additionally, we each received one pancake on the first day (but did not get anything else except the bread and juice on the second morning). Breakfast is from 8-10.

FYI...WiFi only works near the front desk, not in the rooms

Recommendations/tips:

- When looking for the hotel, if you did not arrange something in advance with them, ask nice looking hotels or restaurants for directions. If you start following a local, they will expect a tip.
-There are boilers in each room but mind the limited hot water. Its should be more than enough but if you have multiple people, I would way wait a bit between showers to let the water heat up again.
-Don't forget you still have to pay the 23MAD tax when you leave (even if you prepaid for the hotel). I don't recall if this was per person per day, or just per person but you can ask when you get there.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank slorin721
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in this Riad and it was very good for the price. The building and room was well kept and clean, the roof terrace is nice too. The riad is about a 2min walk to the Djema El Fna through first a quiet and then a busy Medina street. We asked for a airport pickup, which was a taxi that stopped at a petrol station then 2 young guys who worked for the Riad guided us through the craziness of the square and to the Riad, it was an eye-opening introduction to Marrakech! Josef the manager was always very helpful and courteous and recommended a local car rental business that suited us perfectly. Rooms are quite dark as there are no windows (it's a Riad) but were warm in winter and was always hot water for showers, albeit limited. Breakfast was quite good too. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lumination
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Struggled to find this place until the locals pointed out to me (at a cost - at least I know that I should call the riad beforehand...) Didn't realise how very close this riad is to Placa Djemaa El Fna (walk pass Cafe de France and continue walking bearing right) - 7 minutes walk around the market and sideways. Excellent location, and had more beds than I needed. Basic but tidy and spacious room (and with an added rooftop terrace if you're after sun taking break from the souks etc). So silent during the night you will get a good sleep - apart from 5.30am when the first of 5 daily prayers are broadcast... Not loud enough to wake you up - I didn't, anyway...

Breakfast is very basic - coffee, fresh orange juice (everywhere in Marrakesh), bread with butter/jams and a small pancake with honey... Maybe a room for improvement but given the price and a heavy dinner possibly the night before, this is Ok.

WIFI available but the signal is poor - the chairs opposite the reception desk is the only place I could find good coverage... If you're after good Wi-Fi connection in your room, look elsewhere...

Remember to set aside 23 DH a night (tourist tax) too.

Otherwise, for location alone and reasonably priced riad with good overall standard facility I think this is a reasonable choice.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank leushira
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We booked (and payed 3 night) in this Riad but we left after 2 night because of the very bad quality:

- No warm water (35l for 2 room!!! but during the 1st shower the water become cold)
- Located near Jemaa el-Fnaa but in a dangerous alley (we were rising with 2 childreen)
- Breakfast very poor
- Room very noisy and not possible to darken
- First night they didn't change the used towels, The second night they removed the used towels but not replace by new.

we were in 4 differents hotels over morocco during our trip and this was from far the worst!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We spent 2 nights at this riad. The staff was friendly, polite and helpful. We were shown to a room with 1 bed and advised that we had requested 2. Unfortunately to get 2 beds we were required to be in a different room each night. We had a very active trip and enjoyed the nights where we didn't have to get up in the morning and pack up, so having to do this without even changing cities can be disappointing. In our 2nd room the A/C wasn't working and there was no cross breeze.

Overall a good experience and I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Tracey P
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