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“Quiet Riad in the Meddina, Great Host and location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Chafia
Ranked #43 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Quiet Riad in the Meddina, Great Host and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

The riad is located in the middle of a dead end branch off one of the the major souk roads. The location is peaceful, but beware the call to prayer if you are a light sleeper (I had no problem but others in our group heard them). However, with so many mosques around the city that will be the case no matter where you stay, there was not one offending mosque near the Riad it was just many in the area all using loudspeakers at once that gets your attention. The enterance to the Riad looks like it is out of the movie "The Hobbit" and by that I mean the door is probably only 4 and a half feet high and is down a side alley. You will feel like you will never be able to find the hotel again the first time they take you there. Don't worry getting lost is part of the fun of Marrakech and you will find your back. However, I highly recommend arranging a transport in advance from the airport it is cheaper and less daunting.

The beds are true doubles not two mattresses pushed together. Breakfast is mostly carbs, but is different each day and includes coffee, bread, jam, and the daily special (eggs, moroccan pancakes, sweet cakes, etc.). Ceilings especially in the bathrooms are very high (12 feet plus) which keeps it cool. There was a rainfall shower head in ours and includes soap and shampoo. The rooms did not have a window that opened to the outside, just the courtyard, but did have ventless heaters and airconditioners in each room so you can keep the temperature as you would like.

Patrick is a well dressed french ex-pat who will make you feel right at home and Rachid is a great host and cook as well. Patrick was completely honest and helpful. He gave us a quick tour around the area and maps that were quite helpful. They go out of there way to make your stay comfortable. I felt a bit badly when Patrick asked if I would like some pistachios and I said yes thinking he had a few extra in the next room. Next thing I know he had called a contact down the road to go pick them up and deliver them just for us. They wouldn't accept any money for them either.

Tip if you travel during winter: Riad just means house built around a center courtyard, they are usually very bealutiful. However, It does get cold in winter and rain so make sure your Riad has a cover for the open courtyard. Riad Chafia did and it made the say very comfortable during the one day of rain and the colder temperatures. Otherwise you will be stuck in your room.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

We spent 4 nights in the Riad Chafia (3 nights, then a trip throughout Morocco, then one last night), and it was great! Patrick and Rachid provided us with many tips and advices that made our Moroccan trip smoother. They made us feel completely at home and relaxed. The Riad is ideally located in the Medina, but a couple of streets away from the busy souks and the cab stations (respectively 30 seconds and 2 minutes away by foot), providing a quiet atmosphere to relax after a busy day in Marrakech.
The rooms were nice (prefer the big ones with smaller bathrooms) and clean.
If we go back to Marrakech, we'll stay there again without a doubt!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sam F
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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131 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

Spent 5 days at the Riad and it was a great experience. Patrick was a wonderful host, trying to accommodate whatever you desire. This place deserves 5 stars due to him! The accommodations were beautifully decorated, with the rooms and bathrooms being a generous size. The location is the second best thing as it’s an easy 10 minute walk to the main square, so you are close to everything, but far enough away it is more peaceful, and a taxi area is only a minute walk away.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sweet27sweet
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Just back from 4 day break. The riad has been beautifully restored and is in an excellent location on the edge of the medina so that you can easily visit both old and new Marrakech. The location is surprisingly peaceful considering the bustle outside. I would suggest that you take earplugs though as the call to prayer starts at 5.30am, this would be the case at any riad. This riad is excellent value for money.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nick S
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Sydney, Australia
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181 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Patrick, the owner, absolutely makes this place. He is so helpful and generous. A French national who moved to Marrakech to run his own riad. There is nothing he won't do for you. On our last day we had to get up very early for our flight (around 4am). He got up half an hour before us and had made us a farewell breakfast. He is happy to arrange day trips and suggest excursions.

The riad itself is lovely and a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The rooftop is tranquil and relaxing. We spent a lot of time here. He has some pet turtles (who guests keep buying for him) that are quite charming.

The rooms themselves are nice and air conditioned. The inner walls are a little thin so noise from within the riad can be a problem.

Patrick has done a really good job of decorating the place.

It's located just north of the soukhs and within easy walking distance of the main square (Jamaa el Fna), if you can navigate your way through! It's also reasonably located for walking to the new town.

One thing to say, you will not find this riad on your own. Be sure to contact Patrick beforehand so he can come and greet you.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank craigodile
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

This guesthouse is heaven on earth. It is in the best location of the medina and located very close to most of the main attractions, however it's very tranquil and the perfect place to relax after a busy day of haggling in the souks. You get a feel of exhilaration and peace of mind the moment you walk through the door. The members of staff are very helpful and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome, safe and comfortable during your stay at the riad. Patrick, Omar, Rasheed and Fatima are so amazing and are forever smiling. They are all so very helpful and their sincerity and vulnerability will make you cherish life and count your blessings each day. For a true authentic moroccan cuisine, please put it on your to do list and have dinner riad. Fatima makes a shamazing tangine. Riad Chafia was an amazing surprise and sometimes you don't have to pay 5 star prices to have the best experience. Words can't explain the beauty of this place and the people who run it. You just have to stay there and experience it for yourself, to truly understand and appreciate such elegance, authenticity and generosity.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
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146 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

The riad has a great location in the medina, close to some of the must see sites, at the edge of the souks, and 10 min walking from the big square. Also easy to get to by taxi as there is a square close by where they can drop you off. Ask for a map or to be picked up, as the entrance to the riad is not that well signposted and somewhat difficult to find the first time (in an alley from an alley from a little street).
The owner, Patrick is Berber friendly (that’s a compliment), which is not evident in hassling Marrakesh. He’ll be more than happy to provide restaurant tips.
Breakfast was good and served on the rooftop terrace which is surprisingly silent for being in the middle of the medina.
We will probably return when visiting Marrakesh again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LukeFields
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Property: Riad Chafia
Address: 15, derb El Farrane | Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #43 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Chafia 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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