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“Great for peace & quiet but a bit TOO quiet” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Julia
Ranked #443 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Great for peace & quiet but a bit TOO quiet”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2011

Relatively easy to find (which is a rarity in Marrakech) but a wee bit out the way. Overall I was suprised at how small it was and the social area is not much bigger than a closet, whover took photos for their website did a good job of making it look grander than it was.
They also dont have a license for alcohol which might not bother many people but its quite hard to actually find places that are licensed in the old town so its good to have a cold one when you come back. Ziad the guy who runs the place is really, really nice and helps in any way he can. He even gave us a couple of beers left behind by another guest! You need to pre book meals and breakfast which we forgot to do but they made it for us anyway. The room we were in (Moustachar) had quite possibly the best bed I've ever slept in. If you what something cheaper, with a license and a bit more of a social experience I'd recommend Riad Chennaoui.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

This is the best place I found in Marrakech, It was my second time and for my opinion they just getting better and better. All the staff are great and friendly, great and traditional rooms, amazing terrace and breakfast is delicious...
Perfect for people that want to stay in relax and not in the middle of the caos, anyway the riad is just behind the corner from Jeema el Fna.

Vito and Olga

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2011

After traveling around Morocco for 2 weeks, Riad Julia was by far our favorite place we stayed. The staff is amazing - very friendly and eager to do everything to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delicious breakfast included with beautiful rooms at a great price. Bathrobes provided are a wonderful treat after a hot shower. Hammams, massages and excursions are easily arranged by the manager.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Humanes De Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

Cozy place in a good location. We had a very good experience with the manager who helped us a lot with suggestions and arrangements.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

The large room and roomy ensuite at Riad Julia was ideal to kick back in after the tiring buzz of the Medina. Ziad and the women who work here were helpful when asked and the terrace and courtyard were very pleasant spaces to relax in. The plunge pool would be very inviting in warmer weather too. The Lonely Planet map had us thinking it was miles out but it is a short walk to the square and close to other must-see destinations. No wifi but Marrakesh Korner just up the road has free wifi and great coffee on their terrace. All in all we could not fault this place.

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2010

Lovely, tranquil Riad... simple rooms, well furnished, pleasant hospitality. A little shabby but very traditional and lovely plunge pool to cool off after a hot day's exploring and shopping... Best mint tea in all of Morocco... the girls who clean and make the breakfast speak almost no english, but with patience we all managed to understand each other...

They have a second Riad just a few streets away, with a reasonably good Hammam - if you'd like to try a traditional Moroccan steam bath, it's affordable and clean.

Rather difficult to find Riad Julia, but easiest from the Palace end of the Madinat... Taxi from train station should only be about 20 MRD but they'll ask for 70. Find the middle ground, or be prepared to walk as all the cabs dissapear... but only pay 20 or 30 for the return journey as they know you'll have wised up by then...

Don't trust the boys and men who offer to help you as you wind your way in and out of tiny streets and souks... better ask a shop keeper who has no interest in fleecing you for directions... Anyone who offers to help you will ask you for money and harrass you afterwards - it's like putting a big sign on your back "SUCKER"... so tell them "NO" emphatically...

While in the old city (Madinat) of Marrakech, do find the Hotel Arabia and take their Moroccan cooking class - worth every penny for the experience and a simply DIVINE Riad - too expensive for our budget but maybe one day...

Marrakech was lively and fun, great shopping and even the street touts made us laugh in the end.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

Although finding the Riad Julia for the first time is not easy you will be pleasantly surprised once you have found it and entered the front door finding yourself immersed in Moroccan charm.
Omar is the genuine and helpful owner who will talk to you and help with anything you may require. He speaks excellent English too!

Staying here on three separate occasions it became a welcome return each time as this Riad has a homely charm about it. A very informal atmosphere and simple amenities but with a delightful plunge pool to use when it’s hot.

I would be more than happy to return to the Riad Julia so I can recommend it as a place for you to consider if you are in Marrakech.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Julia
Address: 14, derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #443 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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