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“A hidden gem!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Ilayka
Ranked #109 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Our very friendly Ryad, a converted 14th merchant's house, was tucked away in a maze of arched alleyways called Derbs and yet so close to the main square Djema El Fna and the souks.
Our bedroom, furnished in a traditional Moroccan style, opened onto a delightful enclosed courtyard with an attractive fountain, where we ate our breakfasts and dinners. We enjoyed an apéritif with olives every evening under the gazebo perched above the roof terrace while watching the sunset over Marrakesh and the snow capped Atlas mountains.
The food was superb (no need to go out!) and the servers Ibrahim, Abdoul and Mustafa were extremely courteous and "aux petits soins pour nous". Real stars! Abdoul even took us to the souks to buy a tagine the day before we left! How about that for service!
Nadia and Anna were also delightful, very chatty and full of good tips. Nadia gave us a small bottle of oil when we left, which was totally unexpected.
We would return to Ryad Ilayka without hesitation, but next time I would enrol on their own cookery course.
Merci de votre accueil si chaleureux!
Françoise et Andrew.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Biddulph, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We have just arrived back from an amazing stay at the Riad Ilayka, what a gorgeous place, behind the massive wooden door is a sanctuary of peacefulness and calm. Our room had a private terrace and was beautifully furnished and very clean to the extent that our stuff was tidied away each day! There is a cool tub (hot tub in reverse!) which is a godsend after a day out and cools you down perfectly.
Nadia and Annan and their team were the perfect hosts and really took time to understand our needs to the extent of escorting us to make sure we didn't get lost in the maze of the medina, they also made recommendations for restaurants however we would strongly recommend eating at the Riad Ilayka because the food is stunning and plentiful at a lower cost than the restaurants in the square. The chef and staff are very proud of their food and Riad and really went out of their way to make our holiday special. Next time we visit we will definitely go half board...but will need to diet beforehand!
Tip, contact the Riad Ilayka to pick you up and return from the airport (really low cost) as one of the staff will meet you and escort you to the Riad.
Thanks to Riad Ilayka we had a fantastic holiday and will definitely return :-)
Karl & Dawn (28th June to 2nd July 2014)

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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125 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riad Ilayka and Nadia and her team could not be more accommodating. Returning to the Riad each day was like coming back to an oasis- relaxing, attractive and luxurious. We loved our half day tangine cooking class and appreciated the great recipes we received afterwards. We would highly recommend this Riad! Thank you.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Lovely Riad, just as I imagined it would be. Hidden behind a big wooden door down one of the
many alleys, Ilayaka offered a peaceful, welcome with it's cool courtyard and lovely rooms. The food was great and the staff couldn't do enough to help. Truely a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the souks and the nearby main square.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this Riad for 4 nights and it was lovely. The staff were very attentive and polite and the manager Nadia was great. The food was very good and felt really relaxed here. Do not be put off by the shabby streets and alley ways as behind the Riad doors is a gem of an hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Leeds99
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Germantown, Maryland
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132 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We highly recommend this as a place to stay in Marrakech. The service was very attentive and we were always made to feel very welcomed. In addition to the breakfast service which was wonderful, we also had the fortune to have a tangine dinner on our first evening and the meal was extremely good. The rooms were well appointed and we especially appreciated the private safe in our room to secure our valuables. The location is very convenient to the medina and to other sights in the city. It was also a good site for accessing the main square. Would stay here again without second thought.

Room Tip: Rooms are a bit dark due to use of dark decoration colors, but very restful and comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank JohnF414
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NADIA J, Propriétaire at Riad Ilayka, responded to this review, September 10, 2014
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Cher John
Merci encore et encore pour vos compliments qui sont toujours très agréables à lire,
Au plaisir de vous revoir dans un proche avenir.
Nadia & Hanane
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The combination of traditional elegance, attentive service, central location and an attractive rate makes Riad Ilayka a top value and choice.
The riad is decorated in traditional Moroccan antiques and each room is unique and beautiful. Hanan and her team provided impeccable service. One important consideration is the quality of the outside services they recommend. We booked a city/monument tour through the riad and our guide, who teaches Berber architecture at the university, provided a fascinating tour. He also navigated us through the souks, taking us to artisans who were happy to discuss their process and sold high quality items. We needed to make some last minute changes to our plans due to weather and Hanan’s restaurant recommendations were enjoyable. It is also worth noting that Ilayka is unique in that they do not accept commission for bookings – they ask for any benefit to be passed on to the guest. The team goes out of their way to be helpful. We were walked to restaurants that would have been difficult for a visitor to locate. I inquired about an iron and Hanan offered to do any ironing needed!
The breakfast provided has many choices and is delicious. We also booked lunch the day we arrived at the riad and was impressed with the quality. We enjoyed a dip in the plunge pool and the views from the rooftop gazebo.

Room Tip: If you are comfortable walking steps, the rooms on the upper level provide more privacy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Riad Ilayka
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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