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“Interesting - but no privacy” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Origin Hotels Riad Magi

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Origin Hotels Riad Magi
Ranked #295 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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112 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Interesting - but no privacy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2011

Good location right off the Djeema El-fna - although the entrance is down some pretty strange alley ways which are partly full of rubble and feel as though you are heading into some spooky dungeon!!! When you arrive the staff are very friendly and helpful - we especially liked the night porter Yousseff.
The evening we got there the Assistant Manager recommended a restaurant to us and we were whisked off there with a booking already made. When we got there it was extortionately expensive - we felt that he should have asked before sending us.

We had also been told by the owner Maggie that the Manger would pick us up at the airport which we thought exceptionally kind - as it turned out it was a random driver who the Assistant Manager said we had to pay!!! That hadn't been mentioned at all and when we explained that he said “ok then don’t worry about it”.

We stayed in a room on the ground floor right off the courtyard - it was a pleasant room but the door didn't close properly so everyone walking through the courtyard could see straight into our room at all times of night and day. In addition you could hear every sound made by anyone else in the Riad - either as it echoed through the courtyard or through the pipes and vents in the bathroom.

The roof top area is very nice and in all it was convenient and OK. I think it best suits a younger age group that aren’t quite as fussy as us

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2011

Lovely riad with a great terrace and a wonderful staff. The location is excellent as well. The only problem was the noise in the morning...you can hear everything from 8 a.m. onward, so if you stay here bring some earplugs or just plan on waking early.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2011

I recently stayed at Riad Magi and I cannot say enough about the wonderful staff. The location is prime and the rooftop terrace is amazing.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rabat, Morocco
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2010

While I'm sure Riad Magi is normally a sparkling oasis in the Marrakesh Medina, the character is completely diminished by the fact that they currently have almost no hot water. In fact, with the exception of the few rooms on the ground floor, there isn't even cold water! The manager explained that this was due to a heavy rain a few weeks ago, but from the looks of the torn up street and exposed piping in the front of the riad, this might be a longer-term issue. I would suggest calling before reserving to make sure that this problem has been resolved.

Other than the major water problem, the staff were very friendly, English and French widely spoken, and they were very helpful in securing airport transport. Would give it high marks otherwise!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

Hidden tranquillity within the madness of the Medina, Marrakech. Fantastic service provided by small team of staff; nothing to much trouble, including complementary afternoon tea. Great fresh and plentiful breakfasts. Very satisfied guests. Upgraded our room as available. Only downside is that all room face the central courtyard (where breakfast is served) therefore forget about sleeping in; otherwise superbly quite all other times. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

Riad Magi is a great place to stay if you want to be close to the square and the markets. Down a laneway away from the noise of the city, Riad Magi offers comfortable rooms, a great breakfast and fantastic staff who are always there to help with any request you may have. In a word , fantastic!

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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63 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

Riad Magi is run by a British owner and the staff has a good understanding of the English language, which makes communication easy and without many errors.

The riad is located right near the main square in the Medina. It is easy to find, once you have found it. It is advisable to have you picked up on the square on arrival, so the staff can show you the way.

The riad is beautiful and everything is spotlessly clean. The rooms are big enough. The beds - at least the one we had - were very, very hard, so you might need to get used to that. One disadvantage is the privacy level; given the small size of the Riad (6 rooms) and the lack of isolation, every sound you make can be heard by the other guests, like the flushing of the toilet.

The staff is helpful, but keep in mind that -like everything in Marrakech- they get commission on activities they book for you. In most instances, their advise is not a problem, but we had one occasion where the staff booked a different agent for the activity than we had chosen: the activity was alas not what we expected. Also keep in mind that they don't have always the best prices available; a taxi can be rented much cheaper after some bargaining than if you arrange it via the hotel .

If you book a restaurant through their staff, ask if they can accompany you towards the restaurant. This will make your navigation through the small medina streets much much easier.

Breakfast is OK, although choice is limited and not varied widely during our stay. We had dinner in the hotel once and the food and preparation was excellent, comparable to the better restaurants in the city. In the Riad Wifi is available, although not in your room.

So depending on your type of visit, this riad may be a good choice. Ideal for exploring the medina, not so ideal if you'd like some privacy during your stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Origin Hotels Riad Magi
Address: 79 Derb Moulay Abdul Kader, Derb Dabachi | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #295 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Origin Hotels Riad Magi 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Magi is a colourful five-room riad that gives a feeling of mystery and adventure with its narrow stairways and variety of floor levels. It is located two doors down from Riad Lhena, close to Jamaa El Fna. The Riad Magi courtyard is shaded by large orange trees creating a wonderful atmosphere for dining together in the Moroccan tradition. The rooftop terrace is perfect for relaxing in the sun or outdoor dining with its sun loungers and canopied lounge area. ... more   less 
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