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“A place of silence and rest in the heart of a bussy and exciting city” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Porte Royale
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   | Zaouia Al-Abbesia, Medina, Marrakech 40030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #188 of 490 Hotels in Marrakech
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“A place of silence and rest in the heart of a bussy and exciting city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Just finished our stay in marrakech, me and my girlfriend stayed for 4 days in the riad, and we have only good words to say about it.
I will start with the only issue we had, we were meant to be greated by a taxi arranged by the riad but when we arived he was no where to be seen, quite a scary for us as we are a young couple (21) and this was our first holiday away together, but anyhow i managed to get us a local taxi out side after the taxi drivera fought over who would take us, the taxi driver spoke no english but some how i managed to get him the phone number of the riad who then called ahead, so when we arrived at the edge wall of the medina we were greated by mohammed, who was a welcome sigh as he spoke perfect english, at last i could relax.
Mohammed kindly took us through the narrow passages until we areived at the riad, as we walked in we were both a little taken back, wow this place is beautiful, so peacful, mohhamed apploigised for the disruption and for this he kindly offerd us the bigger room for no extra charge.
Once we had gone to our room for a little lie down, Mohamed prepared dinner for us, (which i do suggest you do on your first night if you are arriving late, if you have never been to Marrakech before you will get lost, i promise you will, so be sensible and eat In the first night) the dinner was fantastic,
Five plates of different salads, and then the tagine of lemon chicken and olives, i have to say it had to be the beat tagine we had of the trip. We brought our own wine from the airport as it was on offer but the riad can source some wine if you notify them before your arival.

As it was late mohhamed left us alone and said good night, we had the place to ourselfs, a little scary but it gave us a chance to have a look around the riad, and plan our day ahead.

All off the rooms are beautifully decorated, we stayed in the douiria which is on the first floor overlooking the courtyard, i do suggest booking this room as it is slightly larger than the afican room and the idn batutta room on the ground floor, and more private as it has its own little staircase, but i would have been happy in any of the rooms.

The next morning we awoke to the chirping of the birds on the tree in the courtyard, dont worry the birds are not annoying at all :) the room was still nice a cool, downstairs the housekeeper had prepared us breakfast, which i can tell you is amazing, fresh morrocan panckaes (msemen) youghart, bread honey coffee tea freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh omletes surved in a little tagine all in all you wont need lunch if you finish it all. (My advice dipp the pancakes in the yoghurt, dont dismiss it till you try it :) )

After breakfast mohammed brought us out a map on which he directed us where to go and where we were on the map, i promis you it takes some time getting to know where you have to go and where the riad is, once you walk it a couple of times you wont need the map. Mohamed the kindly walked out of the allyways to the main road and directed us how to get to the jemma el fna( the big square). I was confident in my map reading skill but no we got lost, thankfully a kind local said he would take us there not before we stopped off at his sisters chemist and were given a lecture on argon oil and stuffed some random black powder up my nose, but hey ho he showed us the way.

The riad itself is located about a 20 minute walk away from the square, it is in a quieter part of town away from all of the tourists, this is to its Advantage it provides you with a quiet oasis away from the madness of the souks which i promise after a long day bartering will be a welcome rest.

Being away from the toruisty bit provides you and insight into local life and another side to morroco,

I will defiantly go back, next time with more people as the riad got abit quiet with just me and my girlfriend, maby next me and all my friends and rent the whole place

I recommend visiting the yeves sait Laurent gardens, and the palaces

  • Stayed April 2012
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Thank Luke M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights (2 + 2) in January.

Had arranged pick up from Marrakech airport and taxi was there with sign for hotel (100 MAD).
Met at hotel by staff and meal had been requested due to late arrival. Excellent food, tangine, salads, veg, almost too much and all important bottle of wine.

Staff sourced us a decent map of the city and we realised that without our pick up we would have struggled to find this riad independently with info sourced at airport or from guide book.

Riad is located inside the northern corner of the walled city in what appears a largely residential area. Access to it is through a warren of initially daunting lanes and sometimes poorly lit passages.
However once having seen the "touristy" part of town this is seen to be the norm for small street layout.
Final access to the Riad is by foot with maybe 200 yards or so of walking from the small pedestrian gate into the walled city.

Rooms simple and elegent. Due to chilly winter nights extra blankets and heater made use of.
Breakfast provided was v good and continental in style. (bread fresh cofee/ tea, yoghurt juice spread, jams, honey). Additions varied with fried eggs, pancakes drop scones.

We walked everywhere within the walled city and found no problem or ever felt threatened while doing so even on the dark streets at night. You have children playing old men and women stood outside chatting the streets are their common area so they're used.
It is NOT in the main tourist centre so as such all the fancy restaraunts and tourist tat etc is NOT on your doorstep. It is only 10-15 minutes meander away.

Due to the riad being quiet and not all rooms occupied when we left for a couple of days, in between stays, we were able to leave some luggage and took the front door key with us to allow us to return without the staff being called out to greet us.

The Riad Porte Royale was an oasis of calm within a potentially hectic city. Simple, elgegent quiet, helpful, ideal.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Whitley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Stayed in this Riad between Christmas and New Year with family members ranging from 4 years to 70 and we all had a ball. The Riad has charm , interesting rooms , great sun terrace to breakfast or 'chill out' with a book. The food is excellent and the staff are pleasant and helpfull .
A hidden gem in a lively exhillerating City . A Big thanks for a holiday that will provided us with fond memories on cold damp days .

Room Tip: The rooms on ground floor offer a unique experience of Africa and Asia . Light and Airy as the they...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Lynn L
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I had a lovely stay at the Riad Porte Royale in Marrakech. It is located in one of the quieter neighborhoods in the medina but only 10 minutes away from the busier areas and sights. It is very close to one of the gates to the medina so very easy to get back to after a day of wandering. The decoration is basically white with gorgeous pieces of artwork and furniture. The courtyard is cool and relaxing. The manager Mohammed was informative and very helpful. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs are a little further away from the communal areas and therefore more private.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank catherine m
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We booked the whole riad for a week in May. We were two families with three children between us (aged, 5, 4 and 2). It was everything that was promised, although possibly even more lovely, than the website suggests. Everything was thoroughly scrubbed by Najet each morning, the rooms were cool and spacious, the breakfasts each day were a highlight and the attention and assistance from Mohammad, Hagiba and Najet was outstanding. They were a delight. There was an added attraction of two resident tortoises on the roof terrace that the kids loved to 'play with' (they survived the week). The pool was freezing, but that didn't deter the children from getting in at every opportunity.

The only downside to the trip was that the temperature exceeded May averages by 10-15 degrees! The riad really was an oasis on those hot 40+ days (as we still felt compelled to sight-see each morning) and the rooms remained cool. We only needed the AC on the final night and only in the upstairs rooms. Philip had suggested that we spend a day at the very beautiful boutique hotel called Jnane Tamsna. It was truly relaxing (and comparatively cool) lounging around their beautiful pool and enjoying a fantastic French lunch. We returned for a second afternoon and stayed for dinner this time which was also wonderful.

We indulged in a hamman and massage at Les Bains Des Marrakech which was truly divine and highly recommend. You need to book well in advance and Mohammad arranged this for us.

We celebrated my husband's birthday whilst in Marrakech and Mohammad arranged a great restaurant meal for us whilst Najet babysat (only took us about the first 5 mins of meeting her and Hagiba to feel comfortable leaving our children). However, we only took advantage of the babysitting that one night as the food at the riad was superb so we stayed in a lot, feeding children early and then adults eating after the kids were in bed - very civilised.

It was a truly wonderful and memorable trip and we loved Riad Porte Royale.

Room Tip: I have to say that it took us 5 nights before we were able to sleep through the Call To Prayer and r...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We stayed, as a family of four, in June 2011, for one week. The Riad is a cool, calm oasis, and situated in a quiet part of the Medina. Yet fantastic restaurants, beautiful gardens and the maze of souks are all within walking distance. You can allow yourself the luxury of getting a bit lost as help is only a mobile call away. Our teenagers weren't well while we were there, but we were able to leave them at the Riad, knowing that they were perfectly safe, while we explored the Medina. The breakfasts were amazing, leaving us too full to eat anything else until the evening. Mohammed and Nagiba's warm hospitality made our stay so very pleasurable.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Porto, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We just returned from a mini holiday in Marrakech.
What an interesting and vibrant place to visit - you get to look into a way of life and culture completely different to anywhere in Europe.
We stayed at the Riad Porte Royal, an ideal vantage-point for discoveries into the Medina an other parts of Marrakech.
The Riad, situated in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Medina, is like an calm oasis you can retreat to, enjoy and relax in, and plan new adventures.
Make sure that you that you take time to get the "heartbeat" of the Riad, and to enjoy the sounds of everyday life from the surrounding houses.
This is not like a hotel, just for accommodation, staying in the Riad, and enjoying the place, added an extra dimension to our holiday.
The staff is extremely helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: | Zaouia Al-Abbesia, Medina, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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#46 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Porte Royale 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We practise ethical tourism and are legally registered as a 'Maison d'Hôtes Deuxième Catégorie' no.288/2015. Featured in the international press and guidebooks, Riad Porte Royale was build around 250 years ago close to the ramparts in an historic quarter of the medina, a short walk to major monuments, the souks, the Majorelle Garden and well-known restaurants. Renovated with traditional materials, the white walls are accented with rugs, rare textiles and artefacts from the caravan routes of Africa and Asia. All five bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and the pure Moroccan style make the atmosphere dreamy and zen. Breakfast is included, Wi-Fi and filtered drinking water is free and our Bio shower gel and shampoo contains argane. Meals at the riad, transport and excursions can be arranged. Riad Porte Royale is a perfect place to unwind with a drink or mint tea after a day of sensory overdose in Marrakech! ... more   less 
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