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“Lovely authenic riad with superfriendly staff”
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Riad El Zohar
Ranked #15 of 1,130 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Zwolle
1 review
“Lovely authenic riad with superfriendly staff”
Reviewed March 17, 2008

Walking through the narrow streets you would never expected such a beautiful and quit place behind the doors.
The riad has a a very nice patio were the serve delicious breakfast and if you want a good tajin. We absolutely loved our room, espacially the bathroom. We felt very welcome and at home because and friendly people working here.

  • Liked — atmosphere
  • Disliked — wake up call from the mosk at 5
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Clonmel, Ireland
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Reviewed March 12, 2008

Although I would agree with other reviewers that the staff were excellent and helpful, I thought that our stay in Riad el Zohar was very disappointing and overpriced compared with the two other Riads that we stayed in in Morocco. To begin with, the breakfast was very poor compared to what I'd become accustomed to in the other, cheaper Riads. The coffee was instant and bad, the only choice other than carbohydrates was yoghurt, which I don't like and the fresh Moroccan treats such as baghira - Moroccan pancakes - often arrived cold.

The decor in our room was so overdone, with a short and garish canopied four poster (my partner is 6' 4") taking up the entire room. The rugs underfoot were ugly and tatty and the wool was like an old jumper. The wardrobe space was so miniscule that our clothes and souvenirs spilled out all over our small room so much that I even overheard another guest call our room a tip! The bed creaked loudly every time my partner turned over which made it a very uneasy sleep for both of us. The lighting in the room was really dim and at night I could never do my makeup properly there. Our room was probably the least private and most exposed room in the Riad; the door opening onto the main stairs (which every guest used) and our window onto the main passageway on the second floor balcony. As these were our only source of day-light, privacy during the day was just non-existent. Generally the bathroom was fine though there was a leak coming from, perhaps, an upstairs bathroom which meant a pool of water under the toilet which I discovered in my bare feet first thing in the morning and the shower temperature changed every two minutes so that to get a full shower under a tolerable temperature took an average twenty minutes.

Although most of the rest of the decor in the Riad was at least kept up, if not the most subtle, even the sofa in the courtyard appeared to have a crack underneath which again creaked when my tall partner sat down.

I do have to give compliments to the staff who welcomed us, arranged a trip for us and gave us a cooking lesson the night we requested to eat (a delicious) dinner there. The night porter had decorated our dinner table that night with rose petals and candles which was lovely and romantic. Mint tea, beer or wine was always available if we requested it and there was always a member of staff on hand to meet our needs. However I do think this Riad was tremendously overpriced and we paid less than the average price. I don't know if any of our fellow guests had a similar experience but I will not be recommending this guest house to friends.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank artirl
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elzohar, manager at Riad El Zohar, responded to this review, March 21, 2008
i'm very surprised that this clients are not happy about the room because we ask them many times and they confirmed to us that every things it was good an we help them for the cookry lessens , and for the excursions and they were happy, they didint tell us about the room it was just a small problem in the bath, we have still the clients in this room and they are very happy with it, and it's the room really requered from our clients .
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Ketton, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2008

We were booked into El Zohar by the owner of Riad L'Orangeraie who had also booked us into Riad Madada in Essaouira and arranged all of the transport through Ali Gerant's taxi business - Targui Transport. You are highly unlikely to find this Riad without a local guide. It is hidden inside the Souq, down a series of passageways - if you use pre-booked transport, you'll get a porter who knows where to find the front door.

This is a delightful , 5 bedroom Riad with a small pool and welcoming staff. Our room was comfortable and had air conditioning and a hair dryer, but the bed was only 4ft 6ins. Also, there were no toiletries, other than a small, wrapped bar of soap for the sink and shower. The roof terrace has a lovely view across Marrakech and there are good, shady sitting areas, but there are only 3 sunbeds and the sunbathing area is small. Nevertheless, it was a fun place to sit and drink wine with the other guests and to have breakfast.

Hidden inside the Souq as it is, it has easy access to shopping and the big square. Overall, this was a charming riad that was welcoming, comfortable and value for money.

We had ordered dinner for our one night stay and lunch before our departure. Both meals were delicious and we greatly enjoyed sitting with other guests at dinner, although you could be a hermit if you preferred.

  • Liked — Small and welcoming with helpful friendly staff
  • Disliked — Small bed and small sunbathing area
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank PierrelePilote
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northampton
1 review
Reviewed February 14, 2008

We were part of a large party that saw in the New Year at the El Zohar and the whole experience was overwhelming. It appeared that nothing was too much trouble for the manager and his team. There seems to be nothing he cannot organise. And if it all goes wrong (travel sickness e.g.), he helps to sort it all out. The staff were so friendly and helpful; beautiful and leisurely breakfasts with freshly made orange juice, pancakes, lovely jam, honey & yoghourt - they tried to give us something different each day. They try and place you with your own table and companions but sharing the Riad was never a problem. You can always ask for a tray of mint tea, and one of the staff might even teach you how to make it.

The El Zohar is so close to the centre of Marrakech, we had no trouble with the short walk although you did need to memorise your route. Trips out of town - ask the Manager and you can have your own guide as well. Very reasonable.

There was always somebody there at night so that you could be really flexible in your arrangements. We felt extremely safe and cosseted. The place was clean and well-tended, with a perfect small pool in the centre of the courtyard, specially decorated with large balloons and rose petals for the party, and all cleared up beautifully the next day. They will always provide an evening meal if asked in time and the veggie starter dips, chicken dishes and vegetable tagines were to die for, and extremely reasonable.

We loved the furnishings and the individual character of each room. Plenty of space and wonderful hygiene. You have to remember that these are historic buildings and you will inevitably see some marks of time. The character is amazing and evocative - presumably a family used to live here. Would we go back? Certainly, and we would look forward to meeting the staff once again.

Stayed January 2008
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Thank wandihall
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Cambridgeshire
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50 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2008

We booked the whole Riad with a group of friends to celebrate New Year and a 40th Birthday, the manager also arranged another Riad to fit all 22 of us.
Once you get over the shock of walking through the local streets and dark allyways to find the Riad, (transfer arranged by the manager) you walk through an ornate wooden door and into a little oasis which is Riad El-Zohar.
The Staff gave us the best 5 nights we could have asked for, all very friendly and helpful. They organised a wonderful New Year Moroccan meal for 22 of us in the Riad and decorated it for the party, organised music and belly dancers, we couldn't have asked for a better New Years celebration.
The rooms are all different, three have four poster beds and the one downstairs has a fabulous walk in sunken shower. The whole Riad is very tastefully decorated in traditional Morrocan style and colours, a small plunge pool in situated in the centre of the main courtyard where we had the Party. There is wonderful roof terrace with views of the atlas mountains and marrekech. Small tented areas to sit in out of the sun aswell as loungers for the sun worshipers. Toooo cold for us this time.
Would thoroughly recomend to anyone, families, couples and singles.

  • Liked — The whole Riad
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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Cheshire
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162 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

This was our first trip to Morocco and we were a little hesitant in the quality of the hotel (Riad) in which we would be staying. Our fears were magnified as we arrived late at night into the noise and confusion of Marrakech. We were led down little alleys by our taxi driver to what was basically a door in a wall. Behind this door however lay a fantasic oasis of calm.

The hotel is small - 5 bedroom we think, but is decorated to a very high standard. The room allocated to us, complete with four poster bed was very comfortable.

The roof terrace has to be seen to be believed with views across Marrakech.

The other positive about this hotel is the quality of the food. You need to book in the morning to eat in the evening. The food is all well prepared and safe to eat, unlike other restaurants in Marrakech. The staff go out their way to decorate the table with rose petals etc, and create the right mood by candles and music.

The hotel is very convenient for all the souks and the Place Jemma, where all the action takes place.

The Manager and everyone else could not be more helpful - the manager even transporting our luggage to the taxi when we were leaving on his motor bike!!

Give it a try if you are in Marrakech.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — The intermittent hot water
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank JandJ71
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hobart
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80 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2007

Thanks to travel agents "Rediscover the World" we found this gem of a place to stay. Very close to Place Jemma el Fna & in the middle of the souks. My daughter & I were spoilt by Ruddy. Nothing was too hard for them: snacks, how to get somewhere - would guide us when necessary, Tajine dinner etc. The atmosphere in the Riad was all you could ask for on a visit to Morocco. A very memorable experience.

  • Liked — Friendly people, cleanliness, atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007
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1 Thank TassieAussie
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Property: Riad El Zohar
Address: 56 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 1,130 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad El Zohar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historic 18th century riad set in the Mouassine district at the very centre of the Medina - the old city - right at the start of the souks. Perfect riad for exploring the city & for exeriencing local life ... more   less 
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