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“Riad 72, a tranquil oasis in the medina” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad 72
Ranked #27 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Riad 72, a tranquil oasis in the medina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

I first read about Riad 72 in Amex's Departures magazine before planning my trip to Marrakech. Even with prior research, a pleasant surprise awaited when I walked into the beautiful courtyard of this tastefully renovated riad, welcomed by the hospitality of its director Emanuela and the wonderful staff. Riad 72 is very beatiful, with an intimate setting perfect for escaping the daily hustle of the city. The souks, Jemaa El Fna and Koutoubia are all within a comfortable walking distance from the riad. While there are many great places to eat in Marrakech, I highly recommend having dinner in the riad after a day exploring the city - the chef Fatima is amazing, preparing wonderful meals with fresh ingredients selected daily. My stay at Riad 72 made a wonderful trip to Maroc very memorable.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

We stayed in the Riad for 5 days and really liked it. The Riad is about an 8 minute walk away from the Souks and a 5 minute taxi ride away to wherever you want to go in Marrakech (the new town etc.) The Riad itself is very nice if not rather simple - the roof terrace is lovely for breakfast and dinner (they will usually accomodate if you ask to dine there, unless the weather doesn't allow). The staff are absolutely wonderful, incredibly sunny and welcoming - Rachid especially is fantastic. I was personally a little dissapointed by the food in Marrakech, the restaurants (particularly the much talked about ones) are really not great for food, although they are usually beautiful deco-wise; Fatima the chef, remedied this with her chicken and lemon tajine, orange soup, Moroccan salads and especially her royal couscous! Of all the places we went out to eat - Dar Marjana (touted as one of the best, where we dropped about 200 quid), Cafe Arab, Mai Thai etc. - NONE of them came close food wise to Fatima's cooking. We didn't do the Hammam of the Riad, as it is pretty small and there are so many traditional Hammams around the city. I did however get a manicure/pedicure and massage - for all of these treatments, they call in local mobile therapists who you pay directly. For the ladies, the mani/pedi therapist was really not great - no massage, no base coat/no top coat, just a lick of paint and the bill basically. The massage on the other hand was really fantastic, after a 3 am start for our flight and an afternoon in the souks I was a ball of knots and the massage therapist really made all the difference - my partner also benefited from my diminished whining post massage, so everybody was a winner. Salaries in Morocco are very low, so fyi tipping is greatly appreciated!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

The riad was beautiful and the staff and service were excellent.
A wonderful stay.

Room Tip: The Karma Suite was huge and had a fantastic bathroom
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

I would highly recommend this riad. The staff are super friendly. The atmosphere is pure relaxation and quite a contrast with the busy outside world of Marrakech. Rooms are tastefully decorated and the food is amazing. A perfect stay. Thanks to everyone for making our short break so memorable.

Room Tip: For a cosy room we had Lila. There is an impressive suite which would be suitable for families
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

We stayed for two nights in Oct 2011. The riad is beautiful, furnished and decorated with impeccable taste. The roof terrace is an oasis of calm. We arrived late and had arranged for a meal to be served in the courtyard which was delicious. Pillows need some personal tweaking and the local mosques will wake you at five o'clock call to prayer. But hey, this is Morocco - buy ear plugs in the departure lounge. Stunning riad!

  • Stayed October 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

We had such a wonderful time. This Riad is gorgeous and the food is phenomenal! Chef Fatuma is perfect. You really should stay here and have the chicken lemon tagine and couscous. The breakfast is wonderful. Do not miss this gem!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

Riad 72 collects you from the airport so taxi negotiations can be avoided for the very short ride to the Medina. As a first timer to Marrakech I wasn't sure exactly what was happening when your minibus pulls over and your bags are loaded into what appeared to be a customised wheelbarrow. But it's Morocco, it's 30C in April and you just go with the flow. The very pleasant bell 'boy' accompanies you to 72 which is about 100m away down a couple of winding streets. Inside it's like stepping into another world; polished concrete, smouldering incense, swaying palms and a gurgling water feature. We were met by the enthusiastic and chatty Alexandra who sat down and explained everything that we wanted to know over a cup of mint tea. The room was the one that I've seen mentioned on this site before with the steep steps leading up to the bedroom and bathroom. It does take a bit of care but once you're up there it's all quite comfortable. With only four rooms it's deadly quiet and you can normally have the roof terrace all to yourself - perfect for a quick bottle of wine before heading out. The staff were always terribly obliging and any requests were fulfilled efficiently. If you can, do try and have dinner there with the amazing cooking by Fatouma. I had a group of friends over for dinner on the terrace, (including some French who live in Marrakech) and everyone conceded that it was the best meal that we'd all had in the four day stay - even the expats admitted that it was very good (they were no doubt miffed we had found it first!).

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad 72
Address: 72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech 4000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#16 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad 72 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad 72 is a romantic retreat that mixes the best of modern Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary Moroccan design. It has its own private hammam and, thanks to its lushly planted patio, fountain and water features, songbirds are often found here serenading the guests. The terrace is one of the highest of the medina. It offers incomparable views over the old city and onto the majestic Atlas mountains: ideal for soaking up the sun or a sunset aperitif. ... more   less 
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