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Le Ryad Boutique Hotel
Ranked #9 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Charming hotel, lovely owners and great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

The rooms are large and bright and clean,and decorated in the Moroccan style. The beds are comfortable and large. The bathrooms are fine although, typically for France, the bath was too small (squeezing 6'2" of Englishman into French bathtubs is a recurring problem in France).
The owners and staff are charming and couldn't be more helpful, nothing is too much of a problem.
The location can initially be underwhelming, however you are ideally placed for exploring the town with the main street running down to the Old Port just outside and good tram and metro links to the rest of the city. The area is also close to the vibrant food markets which are well worth a visit.
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not a luxurious hotel, it's a charming boutique hotel and it's fantastic value.

Room Tip: The first floor rooms are fantastic, with a great view out onto the garden. I'd recommend paying...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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dubai
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57 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

The entrance was kind of let down. The family was wondering if this time, i have got them a raw deal. But once we were inside, it felt better. A private home, once, seems to have been converted to the best that was possible.
Our Dupleix room was outside in the courtyard. The fresh paint could still be smelt. The stay was ok, nothing much to rave about or complain. For the cost that we paid, it seemed a bit over priced. But i guess that is the prevailing rate in Marseilles.
Saleem, the owner cum Manager did his best to make our stay comfortable. Prepared for us a decent breakfast. Showed us around couple of other rooms. Not bad for a short stay. But the atmosphere around the Hotel was uninviting.
will we come back? i am not sure.
will I recommend to others, maybe if they are not too choosy.
Marseilles city itself was a poor sight. Dirty and stinking, was imagining a much more elegant city, given its history and location near South of France.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Issaquah, Washington
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169 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Had to go to Marseille unexpectedly & booked this room because it got good reviews on tripadvisor. As some people say it's not for everyone. But we are seasoned 60+ year old
travelers so we aren't as picky & don't get as intimidated. Granted it's on a side street that
can be a little iffy. I was glad I had my husband with me at night. But then again at 8:30 in
the morning their were "ladies of the night" nearby. But you're right near the main street
that goes right to the port, which is great for restaurants & shopping right off it. The hotel
is great! The bed was the most comfortable we had in our 30 days in France. The linens
were excellent. We had a Nespresso machine in our room. Huge bathroom. Big couches
& a flat screen tv. All for $100 a night. The owners & the staff are super friendly & very helpful.
Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to try the breakfast. Heard it's really good.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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3 Thank Carla H
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Chicago
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155 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

I liked this hotel. It offered phenomenal value. It was exactly what I was looking for but I understand it wouldn't be the right hotel for everybody.

NOT the right hotel for you if:
- You are looking for a luxurious hotel,
- You have two kids, three suitcases and a stroller. The hotel is in an old traditional house with no elevator,
- You want a quiet retreat. The rooms facing the street can be noisy, given the central location.

The right hotel for you if:
- You are looking for a decently priced hotel in a central location,
- You want to experience the Mediterranean charm of a Moroccan owned hotel,
- You like simply furnished but stylish rooms,
- You want a small authentic boutique hotel.

Service was very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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4 Thank Laurent L
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Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We booked a night based on the reviews from tripadvisor and sadly it totally led us astray! The hotel is definitely not in a good location. In order to unload our bags we had to circle the block three times and throw them out of the car! This was really difficult with a child. The owners were very nice and helped us with our bags which was great. However, the room was not clean. The linen was fine but the floors and the bath were definitely not clean. We did not shower. The noise from the street below is extreme. You can also hear the other guests. Definitely couldn't fall asleep until well past 1 am. I appreciate the owners trying to start a new business but would not recommend at all.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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9 Thank Tricia C
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

We LOVED le Ryad. We stayed there in July of 2012 actually, a part of our 3 week honeymoon in France. Marseille is a totally overwhelming city, to be sure, and if you're expected to stay at the George Cinq, well -- stay in Paris. Le Ryad is totally gorgeous in decor, bed was great, bath and toiletries were unique and comfortable, great water pressure, and THE BEST breakfast of our entire stay in France/Amsterdam/Belgium. The garden is utterly calming, it's like a little oasis in the middle of the city. Would absolutely stay there again if we're lucky enough to get back to bubbling, bristling Marseille.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank phairgrrl
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

We travelled around France for several weeks in July & August camping, we stayed at Le Ryad for one night to recharge & sleep in a real bed and what a welcome we received. The owner was genuinely lovely and very helpful, even upgrading us because there was vacancies in the hotel. The room was beautiful, big and airy and the bathroom was well decorated and in keeping with the Moroccan theme of the hotel.

You take breakfast in the garden and everything is freshly made that morning. What a find!! We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Sarahfe
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Property: Le Ryad Boutique Hotel
Address: 16 rue Senac de Meilhan, 13001 Marseille, France (Formerly Le Ryad)
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Marseille
#16 Business Hotel in Marseille
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Ryad Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Le Ryad is a charming boutique hotel with only 11 rooms. This enables its team to provide tailor made service to its guests. Its original decoration inspired by Morocco and its interior garden make it an incomparable place in Marseille. The quietness of this hotel in the very city center and at short distance of the main places of attraction in the city make it an ideal place for a stay of one to six days . ... more   less 
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