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“Marrakech Riads - Living Like A Pasha”

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Hotel & Spa Riad Al Jazira
Ranked #59 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Aix-en-Provence, France
2 reviews
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“Marrakech Riads - Living Like A Pasha”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I recently had the good fortune to revisit Morocco – this time Marrakech (last time Essaouira). On the recommendation of a friend I chose to stay in a riad in the Northern part of the medina, managed by a Moroccan company called Marrakech Riads (www.marrakech-riads.com);

Wending my way down narrow alleys with cobbled stone and low-hung beamed arches, I finally arrived at the door of “Al Jazira,” to be welcomed by a smiling young man who then led me into the first of three courtyards in this beautifully elegant yet pure and simple riad.
Before retiring to my equally elegant and tranquil room I benefitted from the table d’hôte service and to my surprise was served dinner for two (I was not alone!) in the principal and largest courtyard, which I can only describe as akin to Greco-Roman splendour.

This courtyard is of palatial proportions with a raised dais overlooking the inviting aquamarine water of the plunge pool below, the perimeter walls furnished the entire length with sofas and cushions for true Pasha lounging.

It was upon this dais at a candlelit and rose-petalled table that my partner and I sat with wine glass in hand, feeling not like the King and Queen of some quotidien earthly country but rather Emperor & Empress of the universe!, so “grand” was the feeling of this simple yet voluminous and noble space; with the night-sky casting its benevolent and balmy warmth above us.
Yes folks, we were in heaven and continued to feel so for the remainder of our stay.

Hardly surprising that we decided to sample two other offerings of this company; Dar Cherifa – Café Littéraire/Gallery and lunch-time restaurant in the heart of the Medina; and for evening dinner “Dar Zellij” restaurant, a stone’s throw from the riad and continuing the simple yet epicurean taste in both décor and cuisine.

Dar cherifa is one of the oldest residences in the medina, dating back to the 16th century, with an unsurpassable ambiance of luminous peace and serenity. We ate a delightful lunch of delicately spiced Moroccan salads followed by an absolutely “scrumptious” desert of fruit-filled briouates (crispy filo-like pastry) with the proverbial but refreshing mint tea.

We then whiled away an undisturbed hour on the sun-kissed roof-top terrace with our current “read” before heading off to the turbulence of the souk. To assuage the inevitable effects of an afternoon of baiting, bartering and bantering we showered off back at the riad, dipped in the plunge pool, dressed to the nines and headed for dinner at Dar Zellij - within rolling distance should we have had one glass too many of champagne!

I will cut to the quick here and unequivocally state that we passed a thoroughly memorable evening; with flawless service and cuisine amidst a refined yet unpretentious and relaxed ambience in yet another splendid and lovingly restored example of Marrakech’s fine architectural heritage!

Mabrouk (congratulations in Arabic) to the Patron “Abdellatif Aît Ben Abdallah” for both the vision and commitment to seeing his dream through!
I have to confess to having eaten here a second time with a French friend of mine who turned to me half-way through dinner to say “pinch me, I need to check I’m not dreaming!”
What more can I say?

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarrakechRiads, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel & Spa Riad Al Jazira, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
What a lovely review, so gratifying to read your fantastic review, you don't forget anything, thank you very much. Abdelatif is very happy about this, the dinner with you in Dar Zellij was a plaisir for him, we hope that you had a wonderful time in Essaouira. we will be happy to see you again in the futur.
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I could not have asked for more as this peaceful luxury riad sits like a hidden gem deep in the Medina madness, and so offers each guest the perfect base to relax and enjoy everything the city has to offer while gifting you a sanctuary to unwind in, just moments away from the crowds. The staff went out of their at every turn to accomodate whatever we wanted including looking after some clothes I left behind and taking such great care of them. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. Great food, wonderful staff, and fabulous rooftop to spend time relaxing on and all hidden away in peace next to the colourful rat race of the Medina.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This riad was recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. Don't be fooled by the long, dark alleyway that leads to this riad. Once you open the ominous door, there is a delightful, authentic riad. The staff are very attentive and the food is outstanding! Try the soups and vegetable dishes. Hamid, the manager, was very helpful and resourceful at all times. He recommended two superb tour guides who showed us all around the medina, giving us great historical information. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Pistoia, Italy
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

After a difficult start (in fact we had a reservation for another riad) we gathered at the dar al Jazeera ... we were hesitant but given the discomfort made ​​us choose the room we preferred ... as most of the riad is hidden but once you learn the way becomes easy ... the riad is beautiful and fragrant, clean rooms and all morning waiting for us a 'good breakfast ... unfortunately the weather did not allow us to take advantage of the terrace and the pool .. . were blown away ...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were treated like the most favorite relations of Hamid, who literally did everything for us. He always had a welcoming smile, was patient with our thousand questions and waited on us hand and foot. We felt so peaceful and relaxed that we decided not to leave for dinner and had our evening meals every night in the beautiful courtyard of the riad. The food was amazing and so was the hammam and massage! They also arranged our airport transfer and tour guide and driver. Complete service with a smile. I highly recommend this riad!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

This stay was a family trip of 28people. We had pre-ordered food for the three nights, and entertainment. The whole stay was fantastic as the Riad were helpful and and attentive. There was only two staff so sometimes we had to wait for ertain things but considering there was 28 of us they did a great job. The rooms are simple and nice. I would recommend this riad for a large group.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife and i were bumpd from another Riad into this one due to over booking. Access is only by walking the very narrow streets and probably takes 10mins from the nearest drop off point.
Another reviewer, "sleepysteve" has accurately described the access, rooms and also the 3 courtyards. In addition there is a wonderful roof terrace where there are sunbeds and towels and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours soaking up the rays.on the last day.
We found the staff courteous and enjoyed breakfasts of yogurt, bread, omelette, orange juice and coffee or mint tea.
Wifi was unusable in the evenings but in the mornings it worked OK.
About 25 metres away is an excellent gourmet restaurant the Dar Zellij which we endulged in the first night and the food excellent if a bit expensive
Best tip is to remember where the hotel is and take a local map as we failed to take the map and got lost on the way back.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel & Spa Riad Al Jazira
Address: 7, Derb Mayara | Sidi Ben Sliman, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel & Spa Riad Al Jazira 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
15 spotless, blisteringly white guestrooms are hidden behind heavy wooden doors and layers of linen drapes. Airy central covered courtyards have comfy seating areas: red rugs on golden brick floors, leafy palms over wooden chaises and – spectacularly – a colonnaded swimming pool in a setting reminiscent of great Carthage. Colourful accents are provided by red or purple cushions and kilims, and artfully arranged rose petals. We like this riad. ... more   less 
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