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“Good riad but much to improve..” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Le Rubis

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Riad Le Rubis
Ranked #285 of 1,170 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good riad but much to improve..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012 via mobile

This riad is located deep in the medina through the market place and down a few alley ways one in particular which looks very dodgy. Once you check in though you are welcomed by true Moroccan hospitality. The staff are very friendly, hospitable, accommodating however only have basic English. There are no basic room amenities you would expect such as mini bar/fridge or toiletries (only hand soap) so prepare to bring your own everything. Aircon work though as expected in the weather. We were told that transfer to and from the riad was incl in the booking price but was added to our final bill which was much cheaper/safer than taxi but nonetheless could have been more transparent. Another important note is that they don't have credit card facility to finalize your final bill upon checkout, so be prepared to have Moroccan dirhams or euros in cash.

The staff are great and the breakfast which is incl is nice but basic. It is a safe city but the location (filled with cats) would make any single traveler very conscious about their well being. I was with my wife and we felt wery and were tr only guests staying in the riad over 4 days.

Did I mention the staff were great!?

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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6 Thank Sam W
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights. Firstly, the location is excellent. It is a 2mins walk from the square and very easy to get too once you have found it once!

The riad itself it very nice, traditional. The communal area is a little small but quiet and cool. There is also a small plunge pool for cooling off. The room (we stayed in Le Rubis) was spacious, with a large bed and large shower. PLenty of room for storing clothes. Breakfast was basic but delicious - coffee, fresh orange juice and selection of pastries with jams. Yoghurt was standard in our case.

The staff were really nice and very accomodating. Rashida, the day receptionist was lovely, limited english but very good french. She was very helpful and polite throughout our stay, just as the night porter was too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank nottsnodz
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Wife and I spent two nights here in middle March 2012, at the recommendation of our Rough Tours booking agent. 65 euros per night.

PROS: Clean; attractive; close access to the Jemaa El Fna; shower designed to not flood the rest of the bathroom; wake-up door knock on time; pretty indoor pool/spa; well-lit room; comfortable twin beds pushed together; effective A/C unit.

CONS: Room (Koutubia?) was narrow, not for the claustrophobic (next-door room, The Atlas, may have been a bit bigger); female daytime clerk (the only help on duty) spoke virtually no English or Spanish; spotty WiFi in the room; boring, limited breakfast (included in room price), had to ask for yogurt; no problem hearing the 5 am call to prayer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Barry W
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

We picked the Riad le Rubis among hundreds of riads in Marrakech because it was newly opened in 2011, it was recommended to us by our desert tour guide, and Philippe the owner, offered a very decent discount rate. We were not disappointed. Once you're oriented to it, it is not at all difficult to find, as it's very close to the Jemaa el Fna, perfect for hanging out in the square or orienting yourself to Marrakech's shopping scene.

We rented two rooms, the Jemaa el Fna Suite and the Ruby Suite. Both were well-appointed with comfortable beds, a wardrobe for clothes, nice colorful windows and doors, and baths with hair dryer and plenty of hot water. The large mirrors in each room are a nice touch that made the rooms seem even larger. Both rooms had air con/heaters and for our January stay, both heaters could have worked slightly better, but we were not uncomfortable. All spaces and the stairwells were very clean.

The ground floor foyer area has a lovely serene dipping pool which was WAY too cool in January but could be awesome on hot summer days. In January, the foyer and breakfast areas could have used a patio or other type of heater to take away some of the chill.

On our arrival, we enjoyed a Royal Couscous meal on the beautiful rooftop terrace that overlooks the Jemaa el Fna and looks to the Atlas Mountains in the distance. Awesome views! The meal was delicious and very graciously served by Hassan, who took care of all our needs on our 2-night stay. Philippe, the owner, was not on-site while we were there, but he phoned on our arrival and followed up with us by email after our departure. I consider that to be sign of an owner who cares and wants his riad to be the best that it can.

I would highly recommend Riad le Rubis and hope that my first feedback on TripAdvisor will prod others to check it out for a stay in Marrakech. Good luck, Philippe!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Riad Le Rubis
Address: Derb Jdid Sghir Laksour Medina, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #285 of 1,170 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Le Rubis 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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