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“Great riad, hard to find” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Houdou
Ranked #19 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great riad, hard to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Riad Houdou was our base of operations during a four day trip to Marrakech. The rooms are a bit smaller than some of the other riads we stayed in but the pool and fruit trees in the courtyard add to the beautiful setting. Since we had an upstairs room, we were able to leave the doors open while we lounged around. I would recommend that guests take the hotel up on their offer to pick them up from the square as the hotel seemed impossible to find. We were three seasoned travelers, with great senses of direction, and we had a hard time locating the riad, especially at night. But I would not let that deter me from staying here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank littlepistol
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 21, 2014
Thank you for your review and to have chosen our riad for your stay in Marrakech.
You have to know that in Marrakech a lot riad have small room (on contrary to Fez) and our riad have different size of room (one is 33 m2, ideal for family). So I'm sorry to read that your room was too small for you.
And for the location, of course it is not easy to find the way in the medina. But even if our guests doesn't chose our pick-up, I give all the information to reach the riad. And honestly, our riad is very easy to find if, as I suggest, you arrive on the Moukef square. You forget to precise that after your arrival we always go with you to the main square to show you the way and avoid the fake guide.
I'm happy to read that in spite of your lack of orientation, you want to come back in the riad. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I spent five nights at the Riad Houdou last month with three girlfriends. I cannot say enough about how special Didier, Eric and their staff made our stay. No small detail was over-looked. We loved the location, food and company of everyone at at the Riad Houdou. We especially loved the mountain excursion that was booked for us. Marrakech can be overwhelming at times, and it was always nice to return to the Riad in the evening. I would not hesistate to recommend Riad Houdou to anyone, and hope to return someday!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jenny M
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Dear Jenny

It was a pleasure to meet you! Thank you very much for this great review. We hope to see you another time. All the best
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Spent a relaxing seven nights in Marrakech and stayed at the wonderful Riad Houdou for one of those. Upon arrival we were greeted with drinks and nibbles, and had an enlightening chat with one of the friendly owners. The room and roof terrace were marvellous, as was the evening meal.
In the morning we were provided with a hearty breakfast, before saying our goodbyes and departing.
I would most definitely recommend the Riad Houdou.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Stuart A
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you very much for your great review. The room on the roof terrace is often appreciate for this; it is great to have a private breakfast on the sun! We hope to have the pleasure to see you another time.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We spent 3 nights at Riad Houdou a couple of weeks ago and had a brilliant time. The riad is in the perfect location for sightseeing - walking distance from plenty of sights whilst also being convenient enough to get cabs. The rooms, while not the height of luxury, were clean and comfortable. Didier, Eric and all their staff could not have been more helpful. All in all, the ideal place to base yourself in Marrakech. I will definitely stay here if I visit the city again!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JA1987
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Thank you to have chosen our riad to stay with your friends. And thank you for this review! We hope to see you another time.
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We have just returned from four nights at this beautiful Riad in Marrakech. We could not fault the whole experience. We loved the décor in all the areas, lots of interesting details with a true feeling of Morocco. Didier and Eric and the team make sure that each guest feels special and nothing is too much trouble.
The food was excellent. The homemade yogurt was delicious! We would certainly choose to stay here again if we return to Marrakech.
Many Thanks to you all!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Valerie C
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Valerie
It was a pleasure to meet the 2 of you and we are very happy that you have appreciate your stay. Thank you for this review and it will be a pleasure to see you again!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Just returned from a girl’s trip and Eric, Didier and the staff were one of the main reasons we loved our vacation! The accommodations are beautiful and we stayed in the suite which was perfect for the four of us. We really enjoyed our dinner there the first night and our delicious breakfasts each morning. Eric and Didier were extremely helpful in answering our million questions, providing recommendations and truly attending to our every need. Cannot thank them enough and cannot imagine a better place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank lisa k
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Lisa
Thank you for this great review. It was really a pleasure to meet you and we are happy that you have appreciate your stay. You have been great guest. We miss your laughing in the patio and your happiness and we hope to see you again!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was a lovely little place we would happily stay at again the next time we're in Marrakech. Eric and Didier were warm and welcoming (as was all the staff) and upon arrival it is clear they have decorated the place well and were great hosts. The breakfast is kinda light by western standards (but as was every other b&b we stayed in Marocco--so I can't knock them for that) and occasionally there would be a passing, unfortunate smell of the riad's former life as a stable, but every Riad in Marrakech has that problem in our experience. We'd stay here again and will suggest it to our friends--not least because it is easy to reach from Place Moukef. Next time, we'd eat out though as it's a better value to do so than eating at the Riad.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Benjamin B
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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Thank you for your review and to have chosen our riad. Thank you for the review and all you have appreciate.
But I have to say that I am surprised about the bad point about the breakfast. You are the first one ton complain about the "light" breakfast. Bread, three different home made jams, yogurt home made, each morning a different speciality of morocco (msemn, bghir, archa…), orange juice, hot drink and eggs if you want… You had to ask us more if you wanted.
For the smell, as you write, you are in the medina, it is a old city and yes unfortunatly, sometimes with wind and the heat, it can have smells we are not used to.
In spite of this inconvenient, I'm happy to read that you could come back again. And promise, the next time you will have double breakfast!
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Property: Riad Houdou
Address: 54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef | Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#152 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#167 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historical quarters and typical of the medina of Marrakech, the ryad Houdou is a masonry of the XVIIe century, middle-class old property of a rich family astronomers. Associating traditional architecture and a contemporary furnishing, the decoration of the riad reflects Morocco and our personality. Living on the place, we want to give again all his direction with the concept of guest house. Here, you will discover expatriation all while feeling you as on your premise. ... more   less 
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