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Riad Atman
Ranked #636 of 1,165 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 May 2014

As soon as we met Jamila, we realised we had made the right decision to stay at this Riad. It is a small Riad with only 4 rooms, so the experience is very personal. The rooms are a good size, air-conditioned and very clean. The bed was comfortable and there was ample space for hanging our clothes and storing our stuff. It is also a safe area and at any time of day you'll find residents having a chat outside or children playing. The riad is located close to Bab Doukkala which is a happy medium between living in the medina and being close to the newer part of the city and the main bus station. Jamila made our stay perfect, always ready to help us and give advice. Her lemon cake, which she served for breakfast was delicious, as was the rest of the breakfast and the dinner she cooked for us on arrival. We will never forget our stay in Marrakech and would highly recommend it to those who would like to stay in a small Riad and get an authentic experience of life in Marrakech.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We rented out the entire Riad for a week and thoroughly enjoyed having our own space whilst being looked after very well by our hostess Jamila who stays in a room within the riad as well. The riad itself is quite easy to get to and as we organised taxis prior to our arrival, we were met at the old gate by Jamila who escorted us to the riad. The riad itself is about a 10-15 minute walk through to Jemaa el-Fna square, and as you are already in the old town, you are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the market place that is also frequented by the locals in the area. The riad itself, however, is tucked away from this hustle, and asides from the cockerel crowing in the morning, you get a very good night's rest.

The rooms are of differing sizes, but the beds are very ornate, and the rooms are cleaned and tidied impeccably on a daily basis. Breakfast is pancakes with jam and tea which towards the end of the week was getting quite tedious, but we were only a 1 minute walk away from the other delights offered on the streets nearby.

Knowledge of French would make life a lot easier at this villa (and in Marrakech itself), as Jamila's English is very basic. We found that miming + A-level French worked fine, and she was more than happy to tailor things our needs. She was also able to make dinner for us as we wanted a home-cooked sit down meal and it was very good indeed. She was also very helpful with organising cabs and tours to nearby places.

Wifi was available, but patchy and not very fast.

I'm not sure how the villa would function if the place was shared with others, but I would imagine that the hostess would accommodate to the best of her abilities. Definitely worth hiring out completely if going with a large group (we were 8).

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Beautiful Riad, friendly staff, great location. Authentic Moroccan food available and made fresh. The food made at the Riad was delicious from breakfast right through to dinner. I would recommend dinner at the Riad especially if arriving late into Marrakech on your first night, when you might be a tad tired from your Ryanair flight! The Riad is the perfect place to completely chill out in the sun and I cannot wait to return for another stress free easy holiday! The housekeeper Jamila is very friendly and welcoming and was always on hand to help with anything from arranging taxi’s to restaurants – very helpful when your French is poor! Great location! It’s about a 15 -20 minute walk to the central Marrakech. I would recommend Niki beach and visiting a hammam whilst in Marrakech. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and all very individual. The Riad is most definitely well kept and very clean. The roof terrace was my favourite spot to relax in the sunshine with music and a book. I found the terrace very atmospheric during prayer calls which can be heard from nearby. On the whole a brilliant holiday and great Riad, looking forward to visiting Riad Atman again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Four friends and I stayed in Riad Atman in June 2013. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Not only was the price extremely reasonable, but the thing that sets this apart is the personal service provided by the housekeeper, Jamila. She very helpfully organised taxis for us, as well as a luxury hamam spa treatment. She also gave us directions/maps/advice for getting around town. The breakfasts were traditional (e.g. pancakes/fruit/mint tea) but were a great way to start our day and she was so accommodating when we requested to eat a bit later one of the mornings. Also, all four of the bedrooms were air conditioned which is somewhat of a rarity in most of Marrakech. I'd recommend using the taxi service provided by the riad - the driver waited hours for us if required and we very safe in his care.

Room Tip: All bedrooms are ensuite but one has a larger bathroom than the rest - it's the one under the ro...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

It's always very pleasant to go back to a place and to discover that it hasn't changed, so even better if it has improved in the mean time ! I am a big fan of Marrakech so after 6 months I was back in town staying at Riad Atman once again. The increased quality of service (including breakfast and guidance for restaurants & shops), the strategic location, the lovely decor and the excellent price/quality ratio makes Riad Atman a wonderful B&B.

Room Tip: all 4 rooms are lovely, my favorite is the one next to the terrace on the top floor
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

A fantastic riad! Perfect location : in the medina, just next to the Bab Doukala (where you can pick up a taxi very easily to visit the modern city), impeccabile service (you can ask Jamila, the housekeeper, to teach you a few tricks to prepare back at home local dishes), charming rooms (lovely local decor and very clean bathrooms), wonderful terrace to enjoy breakfast, sun bathing & relaxed reading sessions. We were also guided by the owner (Orietta from Rome who lives in London) for hiring a car to visit Essaouira on a daily trip. We also experienced the best hamman in mqarrakech : les bains de Marrakech and went crazy with shopping in the souk thanks to Jamila. A wondeful experience to repeat ASAP, at a very reasonable price !

Room Tip: all rooms are delightful I personally prefer the ones with ourdoors windows : raja and, maya on th...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Riad Atman. The house is beautifully decorated with a lot of attention to detail (little silver bottles filled with shampoo in the shower, lovely cushions on the four-poster bed etc). The housekeeper Jamila made our stay completely stress free, serving a delicious breakfast on the roof terrace every morning and cooking tajine for us when we were too exhausted to go out for dinner.

The riad is right next to a little market mainly used by locals rather than tourists, so it's good for picking up bread rolls and fruit in the morning or when you're coming back at night. It also means there are always a lot of people around so you feel safe. Just around the corner is the coach station (la gare routiere), which was really convenient for us as we took coaches to Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate and Essaouira (definitely worth a visit), and we just bought our tickets at the station in the morning. It's also a 10 or 15 minute walk away from the main souk and la Place, so it's central and easy to get everywhere but at the same time it's in an area where a lot of locals live, instead of being filled with tourists. If you're at home during prayer time, you can hear the sound of praying coming from the mosque round the corner, which is really atmospheric.

The owners of the riad also recommend a taxi driver Ahmed, who we used a couple of times to take us places, which is great because he's reliable and honest, so you don't have to worry about drivers ripping you off. Overall, a great stay - we would definitely recommend Riad Atman.

Room Tip: We stayed in Sattva - this was the best choice in our opinion. It was big and comfortable with an ex...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 12 Derb Alaka, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #636 of 1,165 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Number of rooms: 4

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