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“A bit disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ryad Zahraa

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Ryad Zahraa
Ranked #17 of 43 Meknes B&B and Inns
Italy
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We were a group of 10 friends from Italy and stayed there on the night of 05 October. After staying in an exceptionally nice Ryad in Rabat, we found this one disappointing. The staff, who only speak Arabic, were unattentive and the 2 young men were far more interested in watching a football match than in looking after us. Two of the ladies in the Group were allocated a room with a dirty bathroom (with residual excrements) and therefore had to change rooms. The rooms in general are spartan but quiet so we all had a good sleep. The Ryad has some interesting old furniture and features but it definitely lacks care. Dinner and breakfast were average and during dinner time we felt that we were a real nuisance for the 2 young waiters because we sort of interrupted their enjoyment of the football match! It is located right in the heart of the Medina but we were still able to find our way in the intricate maze of streets! This Ryad could really be nice if properly looked after.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Very nice place. Definitely worth the money you pay. The rooms are clean, big and well decorated and the view from the terrace is just beautiful. I do agree with other reviewers that sometimes the service was poor or absent: apparently, when the older folks that own the place leave, the hostel falls into the hands of a cellphone-addicted teenager that doesn't seem to care much about the Riad.

Still worth it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hidden in the streets of the medina, we needed a guide to find the riad. Beautiful building, wifi is available, rooms are okay, nothing special. They did a real good job on the roof terrass. It is nice to sit here and enjoy the evening sun. Don't expect much of a view though.
The service is okay, they could try to do their best a little more. No advice on what to see or do, referred us to a tourist office which was closed.
All in all an average riad, we've seen better.

  • Stayed July 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

The reception guy was very helpful and gave us only good information. The room was couzy, however there was only one bathroom. The breakfast was very good. I would absolutelly suggest this hostel to anyone

  • Stayed April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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177 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

I'll admit, we probably let our imaginations get the best of us, but we were convinced that we were going to be murdered in the night at this delightful riad. The place is _gorgeous_, with tons of old-fashioned authentic decorations, furnishings, and archetecture. It's in the middle of the medina, and a little difficult to find, but so is everything in the medina. Our room was wonderfully decorated, with antiques, beautiful fixtures, and lovely furniture.
Here's the bad part: every other room was unoccupied, with the furniture piled in the corners. It made the riad feel spooky. We were greeted by and taken care of throughout our stay by a creepy young man, who often wasn't wearing shoes and whose hair was disheveled, who spoke little (in French or English; I'm fluent in both), and who lacked real personality. We were put off by his demeanor and I hardly slept thinking that the end was near for us.
I wish that someone else had been in the riad, as it's beautiful, well-located, and well-priced. The empty feeling and lack of welcoming professionalism by the caretaker, however, made this is horrible experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mt Martha, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

This was a delightful riad - one of the five we stayed in during our holiday in Morocco. The decor was lovely and the room we stayed in was very nice and large enough. The people were friendly and we were greeted with the usual mint tea. Getting to the riad through the maze of streets in the medina was interesting especially since this was our first time in any medina in Morocco - glad we had our guide! The early wake-up call at 4.30am from prayer time of the surrounding mosques wasn't too much of a disturbance and was really quite fascinating. This riad had an air of authenticity and not trying to be too over the top like others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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guildford
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

First place we stayed and after 3 weeks of travelling around it ended up being our favourite. Right in the middle of the medina but still nice and quiet (but surrounded by mosques so very loud at prayer times!) really well decorated.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Fiona G
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Additional Information about Ryad Zahraa

Property: Ryad Zahraa
Address: 5 Derb Abdellah El Kasri, Touta, Meknes 50000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Meknes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Meknes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryad Zahraa 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Zahraa is an andalusian guest house situated in the heart of the medina in Meknes, Morocco. Its proximity to hammams, souks, mosques... makes it an ideal place for cultural enlightenment. It is composed of two suites and four rooms, a pacio and a splendid terrace with a view on all the medina. Most of its furniture and decoration are deliberately intended to allow tourists discover real Moroccan arts. ... more   less 
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