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Riad Tawanza
Ranked #820 of 1,154 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“amazing experience and city break!”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

stayed for 5 nights at Riad Tawanza and only returned yesterday. most relaxing and peaceful hotel ever! Amina will look after you better then your mum and will show you around the medina. great terrace and pool; lovely rooms and fantastic food every day. had taxi transfer arranged in advance which comes handy as its quite difficult to find without knowing the place. overall, one of the best city breaks and definitely a place to come back!!

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed at Riad Tawanza last weekend for 3 nights and it is a beautiful example of this kind of small hotel that seem to thrive in Marrakech. The rooms are lovely, large and gorgeously decorated with comfy beds and duvets, etc. Amina,our hostess, was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for her. The food was great, if served a little early at 6.30pm for us, simple Morrocan fare but veyr tasty. The roof garden is lovely for sunbathing and there is a small Hammam, but it's a bit weird to have this donw by Amina and I would probably recommend going to a larger specialist hammam.
Some general tips about both the Riad and Marrakech:
1. Definitely use the Riad to arrange your transfers from the airport as it is not easy to find.
2. if you do use the Riad transfer, try to arrive during daylight hours as we arrived at night in drizzle and were dropped off quite a way from the Riad. We were met by an elderly man with a cart, who took our luggage and we had to then follow him through winding dark and narrow streets to the Riad, which is in a particularly dark long alleyway, so it was very un-nerving for our first visit!
3. Get Amina to be your guide around Marrakech and especially the Souks. She knows everyone and all the best places to buy and is very willing to help wherever we can.
4. If you like a drink with your meal or of an evening, take your alcohol with you. I was amazed, probably naively, that the bars and restaurants in the main Medina do not serve alcohol at all and we had to walk for some miles to buy a bottle of wine to have with our meal! Amina will source this for you and I think an email in advance giving her your requirements would allow her to get this in for you. Don't expect much choice! We ended up going to a hotel and some bars in the main new town for our evening relaxation which is away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina and quieter.
5. It is chilly at night in the Riad because of the building being built to keep out the warmth in the summer and there is no glass in the shuttered windows on the rooms, so take warm clothes! There are extra bed linens in the cupboard so wwe were quite cozy in the end.

All in all, we enjoyed our time at Riad Tawanza but didn't enjoy Marrakech at all. We found it squalid and threatening and not the exotic environment it is lauded to be by many people.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Era nuestra primera experiencia en Marruecos y aunque nos ha encantado tanto la hospitalidad de Amina, la administradora, como la decoración exquisita de todo el riad, no merece los 80€ que hemos pagado por noche (en temporada media/baja).

Para empezar, la localización del riad: está en el corazón de la medina, ideal para adentrarse de lleno en la vida de los lugareños, pero de difícil acceso, ya que debes recorrer varios callejones oscuros y tortuosos para llegar a él. Ello te obliga volver al riad antes de las 10 de la noche, por recomendación de la gente del lugar. Y aquí viene el segundo inconveniente: el riad no está preparado para pasar el rato. Tiene una sala común con televisión y reproductor de música, pero está ocupada por personal del riad durante las noches y las habitaciones no tienen televisión y desde la azotea no se ve más que los muros circundantes.

Además, en enero, en Marrakech, hace frío por las noches y el riad no está acondicionado para temperaturas bajas: tuvimos que dormir con jersey y la manta extra encima del edredón, por lo tanto pasar el rato en la habitación (fría) o en la terraza interior (más fría aún) no es una opción muy agradable después de haberse pasado el día recorriendo la ciudad.

Como puntos fuertes, además de la decoración, es el excelente desayuno que prepara Amina con bollería fresca (evitar el café, es de sobre, mejor optar por el té con menta que está delicioso) y su cercanía a la plaza.

Recomendamos evitar el transporte facilitado y utilizar el autobús lanzadera, cinco veces más barato, que te deja en la plaza, y quedar con el personal del riad ahí.

Creo que de haber sido más barato (60€ nos hubiera parecido correcto) no nos hubiera importado tanto el frío o la austeridad de medios, pero tiene el precio de hoteles con todas las comodidades y carece de muchas de ellas. Seguramente en verano gane mucho y se aproveche la terraza, o la frescura de las habitaciones, pero en enero, que es cuando hemos ido, no es la opción más acertada.

Room Tip: La habitacion canela es la más espaciosa, tiene una bonita bañera de esquina.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Tawanza
Address: 23 Derb El Ferrane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #820 of 1,154 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 3

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