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Riad Al Faras
Ranked #893 of 1,176 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Manchester
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3 reviews
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“Thank you Yousef!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

My boyfriend and I only intended to stay at Riad Al Faras for a few days but actually ended up returning there towards the end of our trip- we loved it! Yousef was unbelievably helpful, not only in picking us up when we got lost (free of charge) but in providing us with a lovely breakfast and information on where we could find the places we wanted to go. The room was clean and the bathroom had a great little dipping pool. Access to the roof terrace was available at all times, which is spacious and quiet- a wonderful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the medina.

It may not have been as glamorous as some of the other riads we stopped in but it was still absolutely breathtaking to walk in and find such a beautiful place hidden away in a seemingly normal street. For the price and experience it was by far our favourite.

(Do take Yousef up on his offer of picking you up from the airport- the taxi drivers at the airport will charge you three times the actual fare and ours dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. Yousef to the rescue!)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark G
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Ibiza, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

A welcoming host Yousef, lovely rooms, comfortable sleep, beautiful decor and excellent central location in the medina. Thank you!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

We stayed 3 nights at this riad and it was great, we would recommend it. The rooms are nice, prices are reasonable. In general it is a good value for money. The staff are nice, they arranged a taxi for airport transfer. Thank you again
Emma from UK

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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Baden, Switzerland
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

The Riad is quite small, we had a long room on the side over the door. the room was a sort of gangway, not very big. there was no door from the bathroom to our room, but we got used to it. The bathroom id very nicely furnished and they clead every day our room. the breakfast was simple with bred and jam and fresh orange juice and coffee.
there are only about 5 rooms, the doublerooms are bigger and most of the days the roof terrasse wasn't obend.
People are very kind, but beside the youngster, they speak only arabic.
The beds were so hard that we only hardly could sleep.
We were happy there, but for this price, we would could find better in this area.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank naflex
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Adelaide, South Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2011

I stayed 5 nights here and enjoyed the laid back , quiet no-fuss atmosphere...the walk from the main "square"...the sounds...the view from the rooftop...and especially Youssef and his help right from the moment he met the tax in the back lane, and with ideas about where to go and how to get there.
I can't wait to find my way back to this peaceful oasis in the medina of a wonderful city!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ruggiero54
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2010

The Riad contacted me before I arrived and offered to organise airport transfers and excursions (on which we took them up). They were very quick to reply to my emails and clear about prices. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and general quiet atmosphere of the riad, given it's very central location (about 5-10 minutes walk to the Jmaa El Fna). There was occasional noise from the dawn chorus that kicked off about 6am every morning in the riad's courtyard, but we got used to this after the first night. The staff were friendly, unassuming and helpful and left us to get on with our stay (and because I'm not usually a demanding guest, this suited me fine), Breakfast was simple but adequate. On one of the days, the riad had organised a walking trip to Imlil (including taxis to and from Imlil, a guide and lunch). This cost 150 euros for two people, but was well worth it (particulalry for beginnner trekkers such as me). The guide, Mohamed, was very patient and experienced. Overall, I would heartily recommend this riad, as it is right in the heart of the medina, but far enough away from the noisy areas to allow you to have a decent night's sleep. Staff are courteous and pleasant.

Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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uk
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2009

Based on the information provided and reviews on another site (all glowing) we booked this riad as a treat, as it was more expensive than we paid elsewhere. One of the reasons we booked it was the swimming pool. This is actually more like a pond in the reception area. You could swim in it (lie about it in rather than actually swim) which would have still been fine, but it hadn't seen chlorine for quite a while and was going green. Plus it was a bit awkward the concept of wearing ones swimsuit in reception... And isn't in the sun (shady in internal courtyard). The room was very ordinary, but comfortable and clean. The ensuite was fine, other than that the shower backed up which is one of my pet hates, and that there was just a white muslin curtain instead of door to the ensuite, which would be OK with your partner, but as it was a twin room and we were 2 friends it was a bit weird to say the least. The roof terrace again was disappointing. Just 2 sunloungers that weren't so clean, part of the roof set up for the hotel laundry and the other part mostly covered in shade cloth. Plus we had to squeeze past spare beds on the landing to get on to the terrace. No view. There is a nice little salon area off reception that would be a nice place to read a book, sit and chat. The hotel prices everything in euros rather than dirham which was a bit difficult as we aren't familiar with euros. The prices were very high. A meal was 36 euros for 2 people, where as we ate at one of the most popular and best places in Marrakesh, with entertainment, for 190 dirham for the 2 of us including 2 drinks each (about 17 euros I think) and the next night paid 135 dirham for the 2 of us (about 12 euors I think) right on the square to have delicious tagine (the best we had in 3 weeks), canned drinks, a huge pot of mint tea and watch the world go by in the square. A hotel transfer was 15 euros (about 160 Dirham), where as we paid 50 dirham, which is the rate on the board at the airport that you should pay to the square. The riad is basically impossible to find and the hotel give no real directions. I've been to Marrakesh five times and have a great sense of direction and I had not a hope of finding it. It has no proper sign - just a small plaque on the door, it's in a bit of a dodgy area off the main square. A moroccan guy basically insisted that we follow him despite us telling him no, then got aggressive with us as he wanted money - we were happy to give him some money, but he wanted a lot of course. If the hotel staff were willing to be texted and meet you at cafe france (big cafe on the square) the first time then I would recommend that. I wasn't too happy that the hotel staff let this guy in the riad to argue for more money, altho they did eventually sort it out for us and apologise. The staff are absolutely lovely and are helpful, but just not there most of the time. Early breakfast was a problem for them, and there was just no one around most of the time. I am being very negative, but it wasn't really so bad - it just didn't meet up with our expectations, and certainly was not worth the price we paid compared to other places we stayed in. We paid about £44 for the 2 of us, where as the night prior we paid less than £10 for the 2 of us and the place was certainly not as nice, but not bad at all and a better location. We paid £40 for another riad just off the square that was in another class altogether and was truly a treat. This riad did have some nice thoughtful touches with decoration, reasonable towels, hot water, comfortable beds with bedside lamps. It is not quiet however as the call to prayer sounds like it is coming from a loudspeaker just outside your room in the early hours....

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Al Faras
Address: 35 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #893 of 1,176 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Al Faras 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional Moroccan house is located close to famous Jamaa El Fna Square (five minutes walking), in the heart of the best neighbourhood of the old Marrakech: The medina and its souks. This Riad has 6 rooms stylishly decorated to combine simplicity and comfort. The helpful staff at the guest house will be happy to organise a range of activities on your behalf such as cooking lessons. The staff members enjoy welcoming travellers from all over the world : lovers, families, friends or groups. Each room is decorated differently with charm and authenticity and has private bathroom and toilet facilities. The whole upper-floor is air-conditioned. You will appreciate the swimming pool in the patio and the nice roof terrace, where you may relax or enjoy some meals. Services : WiFi free access Meals (lunch or dinner) available on request Snacking Airport transfer available on request Blankets, fresh linens, pillows & towels are provided Activities in the Riad : Moroccan cooking lessons, diners with classic musicians, introduction to oriental dance, … Bedrooms: “Croissant de lune” : twin room, with 2 single beds, on the upper floor “Ciel d’ailleurs”: double room on the ground floor, “Caravane”: double room on the ground floor, “Etoile du Sud”: double room with four-poster bed, on the upper floor, “Reve d’Orient”: suite with four-poster bed, on the upper floor, “Deux mille et une nuits”: suite with four-poster bed on the upper floor. The staff could also help you for organizing activities such as excursions, horse-riding, hikes in the Atlas mountains or the desert, golf, hammam . . . Groups & Exclusive Use The Riad can receive up to 15 guests and can be hired exclusively, whether for a corporate event, hent party, birthday, or just a great opportunity to escape with family and friends. ... more   less 
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