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Riad Ilayka
Ranked #93 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for five wonderful nights. It was our first trip to Marrakech. The riad's central location in the Medina, was perfect for walking to all of the major sites. When we arrived the riad arranged for our transport from the airport and the staff walked us directly to the riad. We would recommend doing this for arrival to any riad within the Medina, as it can be a maze, and overwhelming when you first arrive!

The staff were always pleasent and extremely helpful. We can not sing their praises enough! One morning during breakfast they asked what we were planning for the day and after we told them where we were going and expresssed a bit of concern about getting lost in the Medina, they then walked us to our destination to ensure we did not get lost! From the moment you arrive they make you feel right at home and like a part of their family.

Moutaa made all of the arrangements for a day trip into the Atlas Mountains, which was a fantastic day. When we said that we also wanted to take a cooking class, she took us into the Median to shop for fresh veg in the morning. Then with her wonderful direction we cooked a small feast, and eventually enjoyed it for dinner. Both were fantasitic experiences and tons of fun.

The riad was a perfect oasis within the Medina. Quiet and relaxing, the rooms were all wonderfully decorated and beautiful. The breakfast was great and always left us full, and they are happy to serve you anywhere, on the roof, balcony, or garden.

This is by far the most wonderful place we have ever stayed and would recommend it to anyone!

Room Tip: All rooms are stunning and unique. We stayed in Tazerine, which was right off of the 2nd floor balco...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Guest

We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and taking time for such a detailed and positive feedback.

You perfectly pointed and measured all the efforts made by the whole team to please and satisfy every guest at Riad ILAYKA

We are involved on a daily basis to keep on improving the quality of our services and bring the passion in every single detail.

Looking forward to have the pleasure to welcome you again.

Kind regards,
Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Riad Ilayka is a wonderfully restored ancient house in the heart of Marrakech, close to Djeema al Fna Square. It has seven exquisite decorated rooms furnished with real antiques. You feel at home there. Manager and personnel try at every moment to please guests. Rooms are very comfortable to provide guests a perfect stay. My wife and I were very happy to stay there and enjoy its intimate ambiance. We had dinner every night in the Riad, the food and attention was perfect. Two days before our arrival they sent us a e-mail offering a complimentary pick-up at the airport and at check out they also provide us with a complimentary taxi transfer. The location is perfect for visiting all tourist attractions. Very good breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the dining room or your room at your choice. WiFi is also free of charge. We will stay again at Riad ILayka should we travel to Marrakeck again.

Room Tip: All rooms are unique and nice. We prefer those in the upper floor but all of them are quiet and very...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Client

It is such an achievement for us to be able to share the Moroccan hospitality.


Indeed, we aim guest satisfaction in everything we do, and we take as exemples best hospitality pratices worldwide.

We look forward to your next visit.

Kindly,

Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a three night short break at this wonderful Riad. The staff could not have made us feel more welcome. Their superb hospitality, the wonderful open air breakfasts and the unforgettably unique rooms made our trip a memorable experience. The Riad is buried deep inside the main market and provides an ideal location for exploring Marrakech.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Keith E
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Guest,
On behalf of the whole team, we would like to thank you for sharing your very positive experience at Riad ILAYKA
Indeed, at the Riad we deliver a custom made service to our guests, to exceed their expectations and make their stay the best possible.
We will be pleased to have the chance to welcome you again, and share a little bit more of Marrakech and Morocco delights.
We wish you all the best.
Kindly,

Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We loved everything about the Riad Ilayka.
The atmosphere, the staff, the look, the placement. It was all amazing. Nadia, Moutaa, Abullah, Hassan and the girls made the stay unforgetable. The rooms are all like the rooms of an arabic palace. It is located in the perfect distance from Jamaa El Fna.
The Riad can be difficult to find, so it is a good idea to arrange transfer with the Riad from the airport or you can take a cab from the airport (Haggle about the price. They will say 200 dirham, but you don't have to pay more than 80-100 dirhams) the taxi can not drive all the way to the Hotel so you will be dropped of somewhere. Somebody will for sure ask where you are going and offer to show you the way. Agree on the price before you agree to go with them (20 dirhams must be enough).
The breakfast is so nice, a lot of different things to choose from and something different everyday. And fresh juice.
On the roof is a berbertent with a view all over the city. Romantic, cosy and authentic.

We will recommend Riad Ilayka to everybody we know and we will surely come back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice. You can se the different rooms at the homepage. They each have a special nam...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Client;

Thank you for writing a review about your stay with us. We are glad to see that you have enjoyed at Riad ILAYKA
we hope to welcome you back in the very near future.

Kind Rgards

Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Wonderful staff in a wonderful hotel in a wonderful location!

Escorted from our bus through the square, via the Souk to narrow passages and then the magic door to the Riad. Behind the door exceptional service, lovely rooms and great food.

Moutaa, manager and now friend, looked after us, shopped with us and generally spoilt us.

When we return to Marrakech there will be only one place to stay. Riad Ilanyka.

They couldnt have done more for us!

Brilliant

Bob and Dorothy

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear BOB & DOROTHY ;

I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Riad ILAYKA. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and have shared the feedback with our staff.

Many thanks and looking forwards welcoming you again

Kindlly

Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Riad Ilayka for 3 nights in mid January. We were both a little worried about the timing of our trip at this time of the year. As it turned out our worries were unfounded as the weather in Marrakesh was superb - sunny but not overbearingly hot - and the centre of Marrakesh was bustling but not overwhelmed by crowds of tourists. Due to bad weather at Gatwick our flight was delayed and we did not arrive until late in the evening. It was then that our fantastic Riad Ilayka experience kicked in. We were met at or taxi drop-off point by Hassan and Abdou who are ever present to offer help. They carried our bags as we negotiated the narrow alleyways of the medina and souks to the door of our Riad. Totally impossible to find with a map and very reassuring to have our guides show us the way. As we entered the large wooden door of the Riad we were warmly greeted by the proprietor Nadia and offered our first of many tastings of delicious Moroccan tea. Our bags were taken to our room while we settled down in the peaceful courtyard dining area for a delicious late evening meal of traditional Moroccan food including a delicious chicken tagine and a bottle of wine. The food in the Riad is possibly the best you would find anywhere in this exhilarating small city and it is one of the few places in the Medina where it is possible to get an alcoholic drink.
We were shown to our beautiful room, one of eight individually decorated in traditional Moroccan style giving an overall appearance of a palace straight out of 1001 Arabian Nights! After an excellent night’s sleep it was down to breakfast cooked by Halima and Bouchra whose smiles radiated around the Riad. We spent our first day strolling around the Souks and square sidestepping the snake charmers, storytellers, gymnasts and many others that night and day gravitate towards this world famous square and once again Hassan and Abdou were on hand to familiarise us with the locality where it is so easy to get lost.
Our second day was in total contrast to the first. We were taken by our guide Azziz into the Atlas mountains by our own 4x4 Camel for the highlight of our trip (adil.camel@gmail.com) We delighted in the fantastic scenery, visited a Berber market, a women’s co-operative where Argon oil is produced by hand and had lunch with a Berber family in a remote mountain village. An unforgettable experience and a must for any visitor to Marrakesh.
All of the staff at the Riad Ilayka are super friendly and no request is too great, including asking for an open log fire to be lit in our room – surely something that would not be allowed in any Western hotel but entirely safe and cosy in our Arabian Palace! On the rare occasion when one of our questions could not be answered by Nadia a phone call was made to the Riad manager Moutaa who was on holiday in Paris and we were able to discuss our needs with her across the continents. Such service and attention to detail is in my experience unequalled. Thank you to everyone for making our stay so perfect.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are of an excellent standard
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank John W
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Client;

Many thanks for your nice review! We were very happy to welcome you with us at Riad ILAYKA
and we hope to see you again

Best wishes

Hanane & Nadia

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My family and I booked 2 rooms and were very pleased with our choice to stay at Riad Ilayka. Navigating the narrow backstreets we arrived at a modest entrance and were delighted when we saw the beautiful decor that opened up. The furnishings made us feel part of the exotic locale and were much more interesting than the usual hotel room. Breakfast was delicious, the beds comfortable and the marketplace is mere minutes away. We could not have expected more - but more is what we got!

As delightful as the accommodations were the best part was clearly the exceptional service. From the moment we arrived, everyone on the staff made us feel genuinely welcomed and were constantly alert for any unmet needs. From arranging transportation, helping us locate sites of interest (yes, on several occasions a staff member walked with us to sites we had difficulty finding), and providing those little conveniences like an electrical adaptor, Moutaa and her staff went to great lengths to ensure that we enjoyed a most pleasant stay. I'll gladly recommend Riad Ilyaka to my closest friends.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank James J
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NADIA J, Responsable relations clients at Riad Ilayka, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear James;

Thank you for your nice feedback! It was a pleasure to welcome you warmly.
We are very happy to know that you went back home with good memories, and we wait for your next visit at RIAD ILAYKA.

Kind Regards

Hanane & Nadia

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Address: 78 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #93 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range: $121 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Ilayka 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Ilayka is ideally situated for a perfect holiday in tranquil surroundings. You will be given a very warm welcome in this lovely, calm, spacious house. It is very close to the Djem Al Fnaa square and all the shopping souks. Experience Marrakech from the inside by staying with us. Riad I layka offers very good value for money and large open spaces. Staying at Riad Ilayka you will experience Marrakech from the inside. ... more   less 
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