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Riad El Zohar
Ranked #15 of 1,130 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“FANTASTIC RIAD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

I cannot recommend this Riad, the owner (Allan) and everyone that works there highly enough.

From the start, Allan was super-helpful and gave us as much advice, tips and assistance as we needed. We were novices to Marrakesh and as two girls travelling together had a whole number of issues to raise, ranging from our safety and security to what kind of wardrobe we needed! Allan had the patience of a saint and armed us properly with all the knowledge we needed on shoppping, food and restuarants, things to do and places to go, etc.

Our arrival at the Riad was seamless as a result of arranging the transfer in advance. The Riad istelf was beautiful, our room comfortable, the food great, the staff friendly and knowledgable and prepared to go the extra mile. There was absolutely nothing to complain about.

Marrakesh itself is wonderful and begs a return visit and without doubt, will entail a stay at Riad El Zohar.

Room Tip: there is no one room better than the other. all rooms "face" onto the pool area/inner cou...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Riad El Zohar is a delightful surprise oasis conveniently located in the heart of the medina within walking distance of all Marrakech has to offer. We were superbly looked after by our hosts Alan and Malika and the friendly and welcoming team at the riad. A marvellous place to base oneself, the accommodation is tranquil, spotless and tastefully decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. Our experience from start to finish, was greatly enhanced by the input of Alan and Malika, by way of their invaluable local knowledge - from organising transfers, recommending restaurants, Hammans, trips, advice on which stalls to eat at in the Square and bartering to personally guiding us through the Medina - they really do go the extra mile.
With all the hustle and bustle in Marrakech it was great to be able to cool off in the plunge pool then stretch out on the sun loungers on the stunning roof terrace whilst sipping a mint tea or read in the shade of the roof marquee. This was more than just a break, a real "experience" and one I most definitely hope to repeat.

Room Tip: We stayed in Talit but they are all equally good.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

we cannot recommend Allan's Riad highly enough, very friendly and helpful, and the accommodation is outstanding in every respect (as was the food). Allan makes sure every one is properly welcomed and guided around the immediate area of the Riad on arrival. Thereafter his advice on where to go, local customs, places to see etc etc were invaluable. He also pointed us to a wonderful venue in the High Atlas for a couple of days, and did most of the organising.
One of those absolutely unforgettable weeks away.

John & Gail

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

My wife and I had stayed at this Riad two years and were so impressed that we came back with a group of friends and took over all rooms for four days. The owners Alan and Malika were most genial hosts and ecouraged us to use the premises as if they were or own house. Apart from the premises being in emaculate condition at all times, the breakfast's and the dinner we had on the first night were outstanding. The transfers to and from the airport which were all arranged by the Riad worked like clockwork which made our visit so much easier and less stressful especially as we had an early morning arrival. Alan and Malika are very enthusiastic hosts and are keen to ensure that you enjoy your stay. They will recommend restaurants, organise excursions and educate you in the way of the Souks, bartering and what you should expect to pay for the numerous types of goods that are available. Will be visiting again!!

Room Tip: Have stayed in two of the five rooms and would have no hesitation in recommending any of them.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Even before we arrived we couldn't have been looked after any better by the Riad el Zohar team.

We booked through email communication via the website which was a very smooth and easy process and we got loads of helpful hints and tips to boot.

Our party was relieved to be met at the airport by a driver who dropped us within the medina walls to a street porter who carried our luggage and guided us to the Riad door. As it was our first time in Marrakech we were grateful to not be navigating ourselves! All the way we were greeted by smiles and warm welcomes.

None of us could believe our luck when we arrived as the Riad is so beautiful and such a perfect space. A traditional Morroccan mint tea was ready and waiting for us on arrival which became our favourite drink of the holiday.

We took up both of the ground floor rooms and one of the first floor but you really can't go wrong with room choices as they are all a good size, beautifully presented and well maintained (although the shower in my ground floor room was arguably the best shower in the world!!).

The plunge pool is the perfect size for swimming a few leisurely lengths and cooling off after a day of sightseeing or sunbathing (which we did quite a bit of on the sun loungers on the roof deck of the Riad).

Breakfast every morning felt like a feast and set us all up for the day. My personal favourites were the freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade yoghurt and pancakes but I know the fresh fruit also got rave reviews. We had dinner one night in the tent on the roof with some other guests at the Riad which was just fabulous as the food, company and service were all perfect.

The owners of the Riad, Allan and Malika, were the perfect hosts in every way. From the tips we got when we booked, the answers we received to our many questions, the advice we were given, the tours they arranged for us and the way they gave us the confidence to navigate our own way around the city, everything was done in a relaxed but knowledgeable way and nothing was too much trouble. One thing in particular that is great to see is the brilliant relationship they have with their team (and vice versa) which always gives you reassurance that the bosses are doing a great job. The team, by the way, are all so accommodating and happy and all seemed to take such pride in their individual jobs while working together to look after us all.

I now couldn't imagine staying outside of the medina on a trip to Marrakech as you just wouldn't get an authentic Marrakech experience staying anywhere else. I can't wait to head back not just to Marrakech but to Riad el Zohar as it was one of the best accommodations I have ever been lucky enough to experience.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Riad El Zohar seems to have everything that the visitor to Marrakech could wish for and in addition offers remarkable value for money. It is ancient riad of great charm - beautifully and traditionally appointed and scrupulously clean. The riad is small, with 5 bedrooms and succeeds in combining a sense of communal intimacy whilst maintaining the privacy of individual guests. Malika, the owner, is exceedingly helpful and her staff are friendly, polite and offer a high standard of service. We enjoyed a delicious supper - beautifully cooked and served in an evocative tent on the roof-top terrace. As if this wasn't enough the riad's location is exceptional - being only a 5 minute walk to the Place Jemaa-el-Fna. I would not hesitate to recommend it.
Martyn Agass

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed in Riad El Zohar from 28/8 to 1/9 and we had such an amazing stay in this beautiful sanctuary in the heart of a hectic city.
Dinner was arranged for when we arrived late on the first night, and the food was amazing.

Malika, the owner, could not have been more helpful. She took us to her 'spice guy' so we could buy some spices to take home and then showed us around the souks to give us an idea of what Marrakech had to offer. She also gave us excellent restaurant recommendations.

We'd like to thank all of the staff at Riad El Zohar for making our stay so enjoyable and definitely once in a lifetime, we'd love to come back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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