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“A Magical Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Mur Akush
Ranked #28 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“A Magical Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Our experience with the Riad Mur Akush from the moment we booked from our house in the UK to the moment we left was exceptional. Maria, the owner, is so friendly, approachable and helpful that we immediately knew this was the place we wanted to stay. I can only describe the first moment we arrived there as a magical experience.

We arrived at sunset as the medina was just waking up for the evening activities, wheeled our suitcases down an ancient allyway to a small door, through which we were welcomed in to what i can only describe as a beautiful little palace, an oasis of calm filled only with the sound of the beautiful bubbling morrican tiled water feature and the sweet aromatic smells of incense and mint tea.

Maria upgraded us to the Grand Suite Amel after discovering that we were celebrating my birthday, and the staff were extremely helpful with maps, tips and advice for our stay.

The breakfast was authentic, fresh, delicious and generous every morning and we also opted one evening for a private dinner on the rooftop terrace, which again was exceptional, made even more magical as we watched the sunset and listened to the sounds if the evening prayer calls echo throughout out the city from the various mosques.

The Riad does not serve alcohol, as most Riads do not, however they do not object to you bringing your own and there are supermarkets in the city where you can buy wine or beer etc.

Marrakech s a wonderful city to visit, the hustle and bustle of the souks is exciting but combined with the heat of the african sun the days can be tiring. So, theres nowhere better way to begin and end each day of your stay there in your own mini oasis at Riad Mr Akush.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

After out two nights at the riad we cancelled our original plans to leave Marrakech and extended our stay! We found the Riad Mur Akush to be well situated and within walking distance from the main square and the new city! Without exception, everyone of the staff was immensely helpful. We were so well taken care of by with Muhamed and Raschid , and well fed by Layla and Zola who make wonderful fresh tagines ( order ahead) and breakfasts. The fresh squeezed orange juice and Morrocan pancakes were such a special treat! . The owner Maria went out of her way to assist me when I realized I had left something in the Riad after we had checked out. All of this so far is about the people! The Riad itself is lovely and breakfast a delight! On the finest days we enjoyed our meals on the rooftop terrace. Muhamed and Rachid arranged for an excursion into the Atlas Mountains. This also was a highlight of our stay. We felt so at home that it was difficult to say good bye to new friends and a wonderful city.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

From the initial email contact with the owner, Maria, to staying at the Riad itself proved to be a great experience. Careful study of Tripadvisor reviews bore out in that all our expectations for our stay were fully met. The service throughout was always professional, helpful and friendly.. Rachid and his staff could not have been more helpful or pleasant and provided some delicious evening meals from fresh ingredients bought on the day. The location of the riad suited us well; a quiet area but only a short distance from a very vibrant area full of shops and local life. The Jemma el Fna was within walking distance,or if you wanted to save your energy for the frenzy of the souqs you could take a readily available small taxi. Our room exceeded our expectations, beautifully decorated with quality finishings and spotlessly clean. What more could you ask.
Simply a great place to stay

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Having been let down by another Riad this was our second choice and rather last minute as a result but that is doing Riad Mur Akush a disservice because I am SO SO glad we stayed there instead. Maria who owns the Riad is based in the UK and sorted out the booking and airport transfers, made sure there was a hair dryer in the room etc etc. We arrived later than expected due to a flight delay but our driver was waiting to whisk us through the Medina to the Riad where Rachid greeted us with mint tea and sweet pastries. First impression was how peaceful and beautiful the Riad was and Rachid was uber helpful and continued to be throughout our 5 night stay. I can honestly say that for Rachid and the team nothing was too much trouble. Our every need was catered for - there was no time limit on when we had breakfast ( a mix of pastries, yoghurt, fruit and pancakes with honey) the dinner we had one evening was delicious and cooked on the spot, Rachid even went to the supermarket to procure some wine to go with it. He organised an excursion to Essaouira (a must see) with Sharif our multi lingual driver and ensured I got to see the goats in trees!
Our room (the Yassmin suite) was traditionally and tastefully decorated. The bathroom had what looked like an original brass shower and sink and was huge. we had a change of white fluffy towels mid week and there was always plenty of hot water. The roof terrace with sun beds and swing chairs had a view over the city and was somewhere quiet to relax, it was possible to have breakfast up there too.
The Riad is 10 mins walk from the main square and you can also reach the northern area of the souks by cutting across the top of the Medina so we walked everywhere and avoided using the taxis.
All in all a fantastic place to stay, perfect in every way. Rachid, if you are reading this, thank you for looking after David and I so well :-)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I did a fair bit of research before choosing this Riad and my choice was spot on!
It lived up to everything we have read about it or were expecting.
Location - 15 min walk away from the Jamaa el Fna Sq - thus we could get away from the hustle and bustle and see the local life as we were walking to the more tourist places.
Location wise, you can also take a short cut to the Medersa and the Larousse area, which I highly recommend - quieter and more interesting shopping, not like in the souks.
Room - Yassin suite highly recommended. There is aircon/heating in each room if you need it, we did not. Cleanliness - to the level it should be.
The Riad is very close to Bab Dukala Mosque, so light sleepers should have this in mind. This did not bother us, on the opposite - added to the charm and authenticity of the experience.
Breakfast - prepared on the spot, sumptuous - rotating local pancakes with other local "stuff", fresj orange juice the norm.
Staff - the young man at reception was very friendly and informative. We did not use the riad's tourist services as we travelled by rentacar. There is a parking lot nearby, easy to find, inexpensive.
There is a hammam close by - I tried it - more of a tourist experience, would recommend a local one, there is one near the Medersa.
If we visit Marrakech again, we plan to stay at this Riad again!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

It took some time to choose the Riad for our stay in marrakech with so many on offer but based on the great reviews of Mur Akush and it's central location we went for it.
From the time of enquiry the service was friendly and professional. On arrival the driver was waiting for us and we received a warm welcome from Rachid when we arrived at the Riad. We were shown to our room, Room Meli which is on the second floor. it was lovely and despite not having the title of suite like the other room of the Riad it is a luxurious, very large room with a seating area, fireplace and lovely bathroom.
Nothing was too much trouble for Rachid who served us breakfast wherever we wanted whenever we wanted it, answered all of our questions and help with everything and anything we could possibly need.
We had arranged to change rooms for the last night and went to one of the suites on the first floor. it was still a lovely room but we preferred our room Meli. The suite was a little darker as its on the first floor with no direct sunlight.
I cannot recommend the Riad enough, it is a perfect oasis of calm and friendliness to escape from the hustle and bustle of marrakech.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

For my 70th birthday treat we decided to spend 7 nights in a riad in Marrakesh with 2 long standing friends. After much research I chose the Mur Akush, and what a find that was! From the moment we were met at the airport to the time of our departure we were spoilt. Everything we enquired about or requested was there in an instant. We were treated with kindness and courtesy by everyone working in the riad.
The Mur Akush is tucked away down a little back street in the Medina. An oasis of cool amid the chaos that is Marrakesh. We had two suites that were very comfortable, traditional and exceptionally clean. We spent time on the roof terrace lounging on sunbeds and swinging hammocks enioying the winter sunshine. We ate several times at the riad; beautifully presented dishes, tagines, couscous and kebabs, all cooked to order. Breakfast set us up for the day's exploring. We booked a day's excursion into the Atlas Mountains with our own driver and guide. All arranged by Rashid and Mohammed. A wonderful experience and very reasonably priced. Riad Mur Akush was all we asked for and more. The whole team made us welcome and did everything to make our stay memorable. I would recommend this riad to anyone contemplating a visit to this vibrant city.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Riad Mur Akush
Address: Derb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#45 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in one of the most historic areas of the Marrakesh Medina, Riad Mur Akush offers a magical experience (with road access in 30m). The relaxed and comfortable environment ensures a perfect stay and with 6 rooms the riad feels very private. With a large sitting and dining room, large patio and terraces, one is spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to have a meal or read a book. Our hospitality is legendary. ... more   less 
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