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“Great location, friendly staff, pool on the roof makes a difference! A few drawbacks though...” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Jona
Ranked #42 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great location, friendly staff, pool on the roof makes a difference! A few drawbacks though...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

I liked this riad. From start to finish, staff were courteous and helpful. The room was lovely, nicely decorated. The hammam experience at the riads own hammam was great. The fact that it serves a beer is a real plus in the medina and actually is was one of the cheapest places we could have a drink. What made it ever better was that you could drink it in the pool on the lovely roof terrace - great after a day walking round the city.


A few minus points - the bathroom was only separated from the bedroom by a curtain. Not good if you are uncomfortable to using the loo in front of traveling companions. Also we had a ground floor bedroom and as the windows were only shuttered, I was not comfortable while suffering from a stomach bug to find guests breakfasting outside the bathroom window (I will spare the graphic details).

Secondly, breakfasts were plentiful but tended to be very carb heavy. While I'm not expecting bacon in a muslim country, I found myself craving eggs by day 3.

Finally and probably worst for me, I wanted to do a days walking in the mountains, and I had read that thus was perfectly achievable fr to Marrakech. The riad really was not clued up on this sort of thing and instead sold us as trip to the 7 waterfalls from setti Fatima that was a complete waste of time and money. The guide was rubbish, barely prepared to engage in conversation. I guess the riad would get commission for the booking but I didn't feel that they were very helpful or prepared to assist with something considered to be out of the ordinary.

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London
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We arrived at the Riad early in the morning after our flight from UK and having been guided there by a local guide through the maze of streets. We would never had got there otherwise and the luggage cart was essential in the heat. The riad was ever so slightly disorganised but the staff were delightful and brought us the first of many mint teas to welcome us. Our son loved this and has been a mint tea drinker ever since. The suite was spectacular when we got in- completely strewn with fresh rose petals everywhere...which looked pretty but was rather over whelming by the quantity.By the end of our visit the staff said that they wished we could be a part of their family and they certainly looked after us in a way that was exceptional, making our son feel that he would be warmly welcomed wherever he went to in the riad. The owner came to see us on the second night. He was very pleasant but not as pleasant as the staff, He saved his warmth for his fellow frenchmen. The plumbing is slightly inconsistent- the water that comes out the taps is scalding when it is hot, the toilets don't flush quite as well as they might and there is not a limitless supply of hot water as we discovered when I got the hot bath and the boys did not...Notwithstanding this was a great place to stay and being able to eat on the terraces upstairs looking at the starts was just magical, at least on one evening.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 4 days at the beginning of our trip. The location is superb, less than a 10 minute stroll to Jemaa El-Fnaa square where the bustling Souks begin, and the evening street food market gets started at about 6pm.

Our hosts were so friendly, and obliged our every wish. We had the room on the roof terrace, which was divine. Opened our doors in the morning to look across the rooftops to the Atlas Mountains, and could jump in the little rooftop pool before anyone else had even woken up.

The food was also excellent, definitely the best we had during our stay

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Marbella, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is definitely the Riad of Roses! Your welcome is assured from the moment you walk into this richly decorated Moroccan hotel. The greeting is warm and genuine, you are invited to sit around a rose petal filled fountain and offered traditional pastries and sweet mint tea. Your bedroom is strewn with rose petals, one single gorgeous bloom decorates the washbasin in the bathing area, the perfume throughout the riad is divine.
Breakfast is served on the roof terrace where the breeze softens the air, every moring the fare is different, thick fruity yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, a variety of pastries, crepes, toasted bread, preserves, cheese and large pots of tea and coffee.
Dinner is available too, pre-ordered, delicious tagines, couscous, Moroccan salads.
Not particularly child-friendly, the riad is situated in a typical medina walking street (no vehicle access) and does not have an elevator so if you find stairs a challenge this may not be the place for you.
We were in the Wardle room on the ground floor. The en suite bathroom facilites were located at one end of the room behind a three quarter wall that did not reach the ceiling. Although the shower/handbasin/toilet were divided by walls there were no doors, a curtain could be drawn to provide some visual privacy, but no real privacy if you wanted a good fart!

Room Tip: When you are making a reservation ask if the en suite is seperated from the bedroom by a door.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

my daughter and I stayed at Riad Jona for 6 nights, it was the 2nd best part of our trip (the 1st was our hammam) from the 1st instance we walked in, the welcome of both Julien and this staff we knew this was going to be great, every morning we would have our breakfast when and where we requested and it was always wonderful, our room was so beautiful and peaceful, we arrived when it started getting very hot, so in the mid afternoon we would seclude ourselves in the AC of our room while getting ready for our evening adventures. the Riad is about a 5 minute walk from Jemaa and even thou we were two women and my daughter a beautiful 27 year old walking back to the riad late, we felt safe, it is so well situated just off a main road leading to the plaza. the upstair terrace was a santuary were one can go to read or just relax after a day of sight seeing. being in the travel business for over 25 years, i must say that this is one of the best adventures we have been on, and staying at this lovely riad was our highlight.

Room Tip: we stayed in musc on the ground level we loved our room it was great for the two of us
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Riad Jona. We were warmly welcomed and both the Owner Julien and all staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Our room was beautiful and roomy with a lovely bunch of flowers. Breakfast on the top terrasse was delicious and the pool was most welcome after a long day walking. We had dinner twice in the riad and there again the food prepared was delicious. A great address.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We immediately felt like home at this lovely riad. It is beautifully decorated, and the rooftop terrasse is simply amazing. We enjoyed our breakfast up there every single day while gazing at the Atlas mountains. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful with fresh orange juice, although very bready, which seems to be the norm in Marocco. It is situated 10 mins from the square, providing a calm and relaxed escape from the chaotic life in the souks. We stayed in the Musc room at the gound floor. Although facing the common area, we felt we had our privacy, so I would recommend it if you are on a budget. However next time I will choose one of the (more expensive) rooms at the first floor. All in all I highly recommend this lovely riad.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Jona
Address: Riad zitoune el kedim | 34, derb jdid, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #42 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Jona 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Jona is very well located at five minutes by walk from the famous place "Dejma el Fna" and at few steps from the most emblematics monuments of Marrakech.This riad is recently renovated with traditional style and a cosy atmosphere ... ... more   less 
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