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“Your home from home in a land far far away” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Al Mamoune
Ranked #218 of 1,176 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Moraira, Spain
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16 reviews
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“Your home from home in a land far far away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We just returned from our 5 day stay at Riad Al Mamoune in the suite Alf Lila Wa Lila. The room was very spacious, the 4 poster bed very comfortable, the bed linen was of superb quality which was changed daily. The bathroom had everything you need, hair dryer, miniature toiletries, good shower and the excellent quality of the towels deserves a special mention, as they put my own from Harrods to shame! Not only the room, but the entire Riad is very clean and has a nice feel, especially at night when a multitude of candles are lit throughout. The owner Manu is really nice and easy to talk to (english), his beautiful wife Zaza not only helped to buy a stunning kaftan in the Souk, but also gave us a cooking lesson. This meal, which was served to us in the evening on the roof terrace by candle light with a nice bottle of Morrocan Rose wine, remained the best tasting and quality meal of our entire trip (we are foodies and paid up to 900Dh - Al Fassia - see review)
And last, but by no means least there is Hamid, the manager, who seems to have the amazing gift of guessing your needs before you have chance to express them and genuinely cares for your well being. He speaks english, is most helpful and has lots of suggestions of where to go, how to get there and what to do, without being pushy in any way. If you have your own agenda like we did, he will just aid your arrangements to streamline things. A really nice young guy, who will let you down gently when realisation strikes that you grossly overpaid for one of your treasures in the souk :-), we will always remember him fondly (talk to him before you buy anything!)
Previous reviewers have mentioned the 'scary' alley leading to the Riad. It's true that the last 150m between the spice square and the Riad can be of various degree unpleasant & smelly depending on the time of day or night, (take a mini torch if returning late) but by no means threatening. In summary we believe that this Riad is excellent value for the price you pay if you wish to stay in the Medina.

Room Tip: Can only comment on our suite as mentioned above, slept like babies, didn't even hear the early...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Ok so when we arrived here I was like nope this areas dodgy , it was dark and dingy and overflowing with cats but then you come to the riad door and your left speechless , beautiful original architecture , clean and just amazing. Spacious courtyard on the bottom floor with 2 bedrooms and a chill out room for all guests and a kitchen...then 2nd floor where we stayed in the largest suite with our own balcony and living room we were a family of 4 and even then it was well priced and then theres the massive gorgeous rooftop where you enjoy a simple filling traditional fresh breakfast every mornng. Manu and Hamid become like family , so comfortable to be around and guranteed you'll miss them when you go back home and the guests there are super friendly met a couple from paris and a singleton from switzerland
And another older couple from UK and they are all like your best friends ...miss everyone and want to come back home to riad al mamoune :)

  • Stayed March 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We were recommended by friends to go to this delightful riad in the maze behind the souks. It was very interesting finding our way back to this place after dinner - we had memorized our way with landmarks, and it was an adventure to find it - in a good way. Amazingly quiet, this riad is a great experience. Hamu and his wife are lovely people, and made us very welcome. Their employee Hamid is a good guy with an aggressive personality that appeals to young people, and Hamu is a humble person that relates better to mature people. Fresh squeezed orange juice and delicious Moroccan crepes for breakfast with tea and coffee were wonderful on the rooftop terrace. Our room was very clean, the bed was comfortable, and the shower was so cute, a conical little hive. We left the riad to go sightseeing after breakfast and came back after dinner. We met some of the other guests and made some friends quickly.

Room Tip: We had a room on the ground floor, My husband is a big guy with a love of open spaces, so he felt sl...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for a week in this WONDERFUL and relaxing riad. It's beautiful, the people who work there went out of their way to help with everything (even went shopping in the souqes with us to insure reasonable prices).
Breakfast was good, as were the dinner we had one night.
Good rooms, great staff! It has a homely feel in the best possible way. Absolutely recommendable! Will be going back:)

  • Stayed February 2013
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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Really nice riad perfectly located right in middle of the Medina. The staff is very professional and friendly. The breakfast is really rich and delicious and the rooms are very tidy like all the riad.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Hubby and I found some well priced flights and looked for a riad offering reasonably priced accommodation which would allow us to explore Marrakech and also take a few trips out. From the reviews we read, the Riad al Mamoune met our needs.

We arranged to be picked up from the airport as we were arriving around 6pm and weren't sure of where to go etc if we found our way into the city. At 150 dirham (approx €15) it's not cheap but you are driven to the main square (taxis cannot get further into the medina) and met by a member of staff. Ali came to meet us and walked us to the riad, and it's true to say the souks are like rabbit warrens.

Breakfasts are basic but good - fresh juice, bread, jam, honey, pancakes and tea or coffee. You can eat indoors or on the roof if the weather allows. As our stay was in December, eating up there at 8am was chilly but on our last day we took breakfast on the roof at 9am and it was fine.

I think I should say that the main square (Jemaa al Fnaa) is like a noisy party that starts around 9am and carries on till late. The day is full of snake charmers, monkey handlers, water sellers, fortune tellers, henna painters and fruit/juice vendors. In the late afternoon the worlds biggest barbecue starts as the open air stalls set up. I noticed an earlier reviewer suggesting she hadn't eaten on the square because she thought her stomach wouldn't cope - I would suggest that its fairly safe to eat here but safer not to use the plastic plates/cutlery some places offer because you don't know how dirty the washing up water is. A lot of the stalls offer food directly onto bread or paper and the food is cooked as you want it, so it's not standing round or being reheated. We ate there and drank orang juice daily without any problems.

The square is so hectic and noisy, and the souks so packed and busy, that when you get back to the riad it is perfectly quiet by comparison. We lay in bed (room Tam Tam) and apart from a couple of guests talking quietly to Ali, there was no sound at all between about 10pm and 7am.

I had read that some guests felt uncomfortable with walking to the riad and that they had been told someone would lead them back if they felt lost but that this didn't happen. I don't think this is the riads fault, as on our first night, Ali wrote his number on one of the hotels cards so that we could call him if we were struggling to find our way back but we were fortunate and managed to work it out.

We did a trip to the High Atlas with Manu driving, stopping off at Richard Branson's Kasbah and walking to Kasbah Toubkal - which was beautiful - and at €100 for two of us it was cheaper than booking with a tour company. We also did Essauoira by bus which cost €20 return each and made a pleasant trip.

I would certainly recommend Riad al Mamoune to anyone thinking of staying in Marrakech. Ali was courteous, helpful and always available, Manu was a good driver and excellent as a guide, and the rooms are clean and comfortable. The riad is next to Spice Square so you're in the souks and ready for actionas soon as you're fed and watered.

For location, cleanliness, service and value for money, Riad al Mamoune rated pretty high on our scale and is ideal if you want to be in the heart of Marrakech.

  • Stayed December 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

We have just returned from three nights at Riad al Mamoune and would recommend to others who are looking for central, good value for money and welcoming accommodation in Marrakech. The Riad is located just off the main El Fna Square, takes about 5 minutes to walk there from the square. The Riad is not accessible by car, so be prepared to walk the last bit of your journey. The owner, Manu, came to meet us so there was no problem finding the place...... It's quite tucked away! The hotel staff are very attentive and special mention must be given to Ali who works in the Riad doing a great job of welcoming guests, giving local info, arranging trips and excursions, making tea and generally keeping everything going. There are six rooms, some quite small but we stayed in elf Lila wa Lila room which is very large and has a seating area in addition to the bedroom section of the room. The bathrooms are small and rustic with plenty of hot water. Overall, the rooms are rustic and traditional. There's air conditioning, a must in the 45 degree heat of July, and safe for valuables. There are no locks on the outside of the bedroom doors, that took a bit of getting used to! Once inside the room, you can lock from the inside. Breakfast was simple but nicely done, with green tea or coffee, pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice with eggs as an optional extra. We went on an excursion to the Atlas mountains one day which was a good trip, make sure you wear good walking shoes as does involve some climbing. We also did the hamman bath and massage which was a fun experience!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Al Mamoune
Address: 140 Derb Aarjane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #218 of 1,176 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Al Mamoune 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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