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“A charming riad”
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Riad Argan
Ranked #19 of 1,139 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“A charming riad”
Reviewed 25 September 2012

I spent 2 nights at this riad. It is very well located inside the Medina, in a peaceful and “hidden” alley, 5 minutes walk from the main square. The riad is really accurate, superbly decorated, with a beautiful courtyard where there is also a small pool. The room where we stayed was impressive, so beautiful and elegant! The breakfast is good, with the typical Moroccan pancakes, jams, bread, butter, fruits, orange juice, yoghurt and tea and coffee. We had once a dinner in the roof terrace, which was ok. The owner, Francoise, is very nice. She gave us many suggestions about the city of Marrakesh and the day we arrived she brought us to the Jamaa El Fna, explaining us where to go and what to do.
The only down point is the fact that, as in other riad - the rooms open into the central atrium space and during all the day you hear the people coming and going, talking in the courtyard (which is quite annoying early in the morning).

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This riad was the highlight of our trip to Marrakech. We stayed in the Pearl room, on the ground floor. it was one of the larger rooms in the riad and the bathroom was lovely, tall waterfall shower and a good mix of modern and traditional. It had a gorgeous carved ceiling and was very relaxing. On the whole the place was quiet, but we heard everyone's comings and goings as we were near the front door. Also the staff tended to talk in the kitchen area, which was close to our room. I must say, that was the only down point of the whole stay. The location, just south west of Djema el-fna square, walkable in 5 mins. We found a great restaurant near this riad if you get on to main road outside the riad and turn left, it's called Un Dejeuner a Marrakech, and we ended up going their twice in our week long stay. Another nearby place good for lunch and coffee is barakshi cafe.
The riad staff will bring beer on request, mint tea And small snacks are usually lso provided, which are very tasty. The owner, Francois booked us a taxi to and from the airport, and met us from the taxi, thrn walked us to the car when we departed which made us feel very looked after. The weather was still in the high 30s when we were there and our room had brilliant air con which was very much appreciated.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My family of 3 stayed in two rooms for 2 nights from Aug 30- Sep 1 at Riad Argan and a third night at the related Riad Alaka from Sep 2-3. Riad Argan is truly a home away from home. Initially, we had wanted to stay at the same riad for all three nights in Marrakech. But Riad Argan was only available for the first two nights and Francoise offered the third night at Riad Alaka. We did not regret our decision. It was the top accommodation and one of the highlights of our 24 days Europe/Africa trip.

Elegantly and tastefully remodeled and decorated by Francoise over a two-year period, we felt we were in a surreal and dreamy world upon our arrival in the early morning hours the first night. Riad Argan is only a few minutes walk from Jamaa El Fna. It is a relaxing and comfortable respite after venturing to the square, souqs, and museums.

Francoise saw to our every need, including arranging for a private 4x4 taxi to and from the airport, and for our overnight excursion to hike in the High Atlas Mountain in Imlil. (Our flight was delayed and we arrived at Marrakech at 3:30 am instead of 1:00 am. By the time we got our luggage and cleared immigration, it was 4:30 am. To our relief, the taxi driver was there to greet us.) Francoise provided information on the highlights of Marrakech, tips for shopping and bargaining at the souqs, and even arranged for one of the staff to purchase argan oil at the "local" price for us. The three sisters working at Riad Argan also provided excellent service. We only carried our overnight clothes in a backpack for our trek at Imlil. Francoise arranged to move our luggage to Riad Alaka and also greeted us there upon our return from Imlil.

Riad Alaka is also managed by Francoise and we enjoyed our stay there as well. It is located on the northwest side of the medina, closer to the new town area.

Upon our departure from Riad Alaka, Francoise and her husband also bidded us farewell. We have never come across a more graceful, organized, and thoughtful host as Francoise and her support staff at both riads.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My wife and I stayed in four riads or dars in four cities of Morocco and this was the best. Beautifully decorated, clean and quiet, friendly and helpful staff, ideal location. The owner/manager arranges a taxi pick-up, meets you on arrival and gives you a guided tour of the medina upon arrival. I would stay here whenever I come back to Marrakech.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Street, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Five of us planned our trip to Marrakech with high expectations based on previous reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! We were allocated the three rooms on the first floor which were all beautifully decorated and very clean, well appointed with comfortable beds and good air-conditioning, essential for a good night's sleep as even the nights were hot!
The Riad is in a perfect location in the Medina, only a short walk from the main square and a calm oasis away from the bustle of the streets outside. We loved the cool plunge pool in the inner courtyard, sipping a beer on returning from trips around the city.
The service we received from Francoise and the lovely family she employs to look after us was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and we would recommend it as the perfect place to stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

I love this place! Franciose is fabulous!! The adorable girls that work at the riad are darling! They are soo sweet and attentive! The rooms are clean, spacious, and incredibly comfortable. The location is perfectly near the main square and lots of restaurants. I am so happy with this place! I highly recommend it. Also I can't forget Sallah the young guy that works at the riad and helped me get wifi on my iPhone..

This place is wonderful! There is nothing I wasn't happy with.

Great job everyone at Riad Argan for making me feel so at home!

Cynthia Miranda U.S.A (New York)

Room Tip: I had the room on the ground floor on the right and it was beautiful!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This little Riad is tucked away down a little street in a fantastic location just a few minutes walk from the main square. We couldn't have asked for more from this perfect B&B. The rooms were clean & beautifully decorated. The staff were attentive & made a superb breakfast. The roof terrace was perfect in the morning & the little pool in the courtyard was much appreciated in the July heat. I would definitely return here & have recommended it to everyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Argan
Address: 33, derb Zenka Dika | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 1,139 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Argan 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Argan is situated in the heart of Marrakech one of Morocco's most important cultural centers, walking distance to the famous place Jemaa El Fna. Accommodation: Ground floor: 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, dinning area, living area and dipping pool. Second floor: 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms Third floor: a beautiful spacious roof terrace which one can enjoy the evening breeze; Our cooker can prepare Moroccan dishes at your request. It's decoration and spirit will make you feel in harmony and a profound feeling of tranquility. ... more   less 
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