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“Delightful!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Zara
Ranked #119 of 1,170 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Livonia, Michigan
1 review
“Delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Monique was the epitome of a gracious hostess - offering excellent meals, welcome advice about navigating and negotiating the medina, and a lovely tranquil setting. Only one caveat - you may not want to leave!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We enjoyed our stay with Monique at the Riad Zara. It is in a great location, in the eastern part of the Medina away from the craziness of Djemaa-el-Fna. Monique decorated this Riad very tastefully and you can see her personal touch here. She is ready to share any advice and tips on Marrakech but also knows how to be discreet and stay out of your way if you need privacy. Only two negatives: it's not exactly a family oriented riad and if you have little kids it's probably better to stay elsewhere. Second, Monique did not have much help and often was spread out very thin dealing with customers, making breakfasts, etc. However, I would recommend this riad to almost everybody!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

This is my second visit to Riad Zara and Monique.
This time I was as pleased as last time. The Riad is situated near Bab Aileen (this is a gate) and in a quiet area. As quiet as it gets in the Marrakech medina.
Monique is as always the perfect host and friend.
Stay here if you need a "home" in Marrakech, it is a small but cosy Riad and Monique goes to great lengths to make you feel at home.
She will help you with everything from booking a fantastic trip to guiding you safely through the narrow streets of the medina. If you like an intimate atmosphere not more than 20 min walk from the Square. Then stay here.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This Riad is a beautiful oasis among the busy-ness of the Medina. Monique has thought of everything and is a wonderful hostess, providing helpful informaiton for the first time traveler to Marrakech. When you return from a long day, you feel like you're returning home. I felt taken care of and I was sad to leave. I highly recommend this Riad...

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

There is all we need to realize a nice trip, Monique is a real expert, her riad is wonderfull, and we eat so good. Our excursion in Atlas was perfect, thanks to her. we hope to return soon !

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

You can't go wrong with this riad: tastefully decorated, authentic atmosphere, impecable service and very well informed owner. One mention thought: this riad is not in the middle of the Medina but rather near one of the gate, in the middle of an authentic neighbourhood. Please consider about 15-20 minutes pleasant walk in order to reach Jemaa el-Fnaa. You will immerse in the daily life of people and no touristic trap will spoil your experience. Back to the riad now. Monique is an encyclopedia of details regarding Marrakesh, from nice restaurants to hidden shops, good hammams or wonderful spots around Medina. She can also advise and organise for you beautiful 1 to 2-3 days trips in the most scenic areas of Marrakesh (she is an experienced trakker). Murad (her assistant) is also extremely polite and helpful and also an excellent cook (so try to have at least one dinner inside the riad). You will also fall in love with the house's playful cat, Iala.

Room Tip: I would go for the rooms on the upper floor. Less noisy but might be warmer during summer.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

I keep coming back to Marrakech and... Moniques oasis in Marrakech. I love to stay in Riad Zara and if in anyway I can persuade you that this is where you should stay let me try.

Most important Monique makes it a RIAD - you're in a home with the kindest host possible. When you come back from your adventures in the medina you'll hear a ringing "bonjour" and Monique greets your return. Homely breakfast and wonderfull cooking for a dinner in peace and quiet - maybe you'll want to dine on the terrace with the spectacular view of the medina.
Secondly it's an oasis of peace and beauty - traditional and original, with the mosaics, the woodwork and craftmanship in the rooms.

You're in the true medina with morrocan life circulating as you step out from the riad, getting busier and busier as you approach the Place Jama el Fnaa. I've had nothing but friendliness from the locals around riad Zara, and impressions for all of your senses - just don't loose yourself in staring at the donkey so that you'll miss the moped comin from behind.

Let Monique organize a trip to the mountain. She'll take you safe and happy to a view and a lunch that will stay in your heart forever. We did it and sat on Ibrahims terrace with the sun in our face, the snow on the mountain in our eyes, wonderfull food in our bellies, the sound of the Berber children playing below in our ears and a feeling of being blessed by it all.

As you might sense, I like Riad Zara and Monique very much! and I truly would like you to feel as good and happy as I allways do when staying there!

Love and happyhorses on the trails!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Zara
Address: 294 Derb Ben Salek | Boutouil, Bab Aylen, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #119 of 1,170 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Zara 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"If you look only for authenticity, Riad Zara could be your place... Yes ! that is right, it is "my home" and I get great pleasure to share Zara's home, a guest house somewhere in the Medina... A home from home, Riad Zara, a cozy restored riad, is situated in the east part of the medina, in the old Bab Aylen area. A real oasis in the middle of the "coloured" life ot the medina (old city). ... more   less 
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