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Riad El Mezouar
Ranked #314 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
zurich
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“excellent stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

This was out third time in 8 years in Mezouar. Excellent stay as every time! The staff is extremely friendly and professional. An excellent team since years. The other important point is the architecture and decoration of the house, which makes it an excellent exception from the usual Riad-kitsch.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the historic and beautiful Riyad. Michel and his staff were attentive, charming and created a marvellous atmospheric for our short stay. The beautiful courtyard has a swimming pool, orngae trees and birds creating a fantastic atmosphere. Highly recommended

Room Tip: We were upgraded to a suite!!
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  • Stayed February 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

This Riyad, El Mezour, lived up to its hype, in that it is -metaphorically - an 'Oasis' in a difficult area: North East of the centre of the Medina. It's NOT in the centre of the Medina as some reviews claim. It is in the slums: the very worst of them. It would be impossible to find it or travel to it directly, without getting (expensive) assistance from the Riyad's own, arranged, taxi assistance, where you have to walk (nothing wrong with that), the last 600 metres through the worst slum area - constantly pushed by young men on '2-stroke' polluting mopeds, haze of blue smoke under the covering roofs - whizzing past you in the narrow cobblestone passages, brushing you (no worse than that was experienced in our case, at least), at high speed. The immediate surroundings are filthy: animals, excreta, and (rotting) produce on stalls offered to eat, within feet, that cannot be avoided. There are no road signs: (= guaranteed to get lost), then descended on by a hoard of young testosterone-laden men: 'helpers', all demanding money. Arrive there after dusk? You'd better take a torch. There is no lighting in the last 80 metres to Riyad El Mezouar, and the narrow dirt path with major potholes, to the entrance door is just set perfect to sprain an ankle or worse, if you don't have visibilty.

It's expensive to rent for what it is, but I agree with previous reviews, that it is 'a bit of a haven'. Lovely inside - not outside. The rooms (we had the main Suite) are difficult to heat at night (remember, in January / February, the temperature differential in desert areas night to day, is very large).

You can't get casual food nearby (at least, that's not contaminated by flies and hygiene issues). We were offered 'stir fry Spleen' at a stall. Anyone fancy that? Look up your anatomy before deciding.

The Riyad staff, Nadia, and owner, Michel, are first class: couldn't be bettered - otherwise the visit would have been lower (much lower) than 3*. The Riyad's dinner, which we had on arrival, was good, but it wasn't worth 1000 DHs (about £70+). We had a better lunch 2 days later at Cafe French 3/4 mile away, at half the price.

Our comments on The Medina itself are listed separately: at your peril venture there as a tourist in the surrounding area before and after dusk. No Road / alleyway signs: guaranteed hustling by indigenous young men, all (with one exception, a gentleman - thank for that, whoever you were) looking to misdirect you, then redirect you 1/4 mile later, for one motive only: money. And you will be aggressively pursued for that: despite being forewarned, and saying 'no' / 'non' to their advances, it never stops. Be warned.

Would I stay there again? No. We've had our 'Reality Show' in the Medina. 48 hours is sufficient, at least for us. But then also, it's just a 20 minute walk to 'La Mamounia' for lunch (if you don't get lost), one of the World's Great Hotels (also inside the Medina), where we stayed during the last visit to the Medina. Money talks. If you can afford it. That's in the other (SW end) of the Medina. Chalk and cheese is the understatement of the year (at least, if not decade).

Good as a base for a day excursion, e.g to Essaouira, a port 2/12 hours away (and reasonable travel costs) - where you will see real Argan Oil production / sales, goats up trees eating the berries, great fish restaurants, and experience the way market stalls should be run. You won't see that in Marrakech, near Riyad El Mezouar, or even in Jemaa El Fna.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

Beautiful and peaceful in the centre of the medina. Staff very helpful ordering taxis and suggesting excursions, and the evening meal was fantastic (better than Dar Moha and that's saying something!). Made my fortieth birthday one I will never forget.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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milano
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Riad el mezouar is a lovely place in the hearth of the Medina, well located and very quiet. Only 5 rooms (2 suites, 1 deluxe, 2 rooms). The staff is very friendly and gives good suggestions. The food is EXCELLENT ( the best in Marrakech!). There is no SPA but you can ask massages in your room, absolout marvellous! You feel like in your home. It' a place to' stay!

Room Tip: Suites Are big and very nice. Rooms also, but with a little bathroom. There is'nt very much plac...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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bonn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

This is a small luxury and very quiet Riyad, very helpful service, well located to be picked up by taxis. There are only 6 rooms/ appartments and you do see nor hear hardly anybody. It feels like it is your proper home. Breakfast is served whereever you want it, even on the roof terrace or in your room. The staff guides you to restaurants or other places to recommend. This was my second, but not my last time.

Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

This Riyad is one of the best. Quaint, rustic, comfortable, and exotic. The service is personal and professional. I would recommend staying here on your first visit..

Room Tip: Choose the largest room.. It's still a value.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Riad El Mezouar

Property: Riad El Mezouar
Address: 28 Derb El Hammam | Issebtinne, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #314 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the medina of Marrakech close to the soukhs and bustling Jemaa-el-Fna square, Riyad el Mezouar is a tranquil and unexpected hideaway. The villa was constructed in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries by the royal household for one of their important members of staff who was called the Mezouar, or head of royal protocol at that time, which explains its graceful and subtly grand architecture. Now a Maison d'Hotes, the riad offers 5 spacious en-suite rooms situated around the courtyard pool or on the first floor gallery level. Depending on the season, breakfast is served on the roof terrace, around the pool in the shady courtyard, the fireside winter salon or in the guest rooms. Dinner is available on request, prepared by a Moroccan cook. The aquamarine pool and rose fountain surrounded by flowers and mature trees provide a sanctuary for birds and offer shade during the heat of the day. From the roof terrace there are splendid views of the snow-covered Atlas mountains and the famous Koutoubia mosque. This is a quiet space in which to enjoy both the sun and stars where refreshments are served from the terrace kitchen throughout the day and evening. ... more   less 
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