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Riad Layla Rouge
Ranked #247 of 1,165 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

It really has a perfect spot right by the Medina, and all the bathrooms, towels, breakfast, computer, internet, rooftop terrace, and fun decorations you could want...

...but the reason I'm writing this review is, when we had an emergency cancellation problem with out flight back to the states and needed to talk at length with the airlines, their staff dropped everything and put the whole Riad at our disposal to help. Phone cards, their personal cell phones, their laptops, a landline to the internet so we could Skype...without them I don't know what we would have done. They went above and beyond their responsibility as a hotel.

I don't normally write reviews, because there are enough descriptions here about Layla's cool decorations and location... I'm writing this one because what you really need when traveling abroad is a staff who can help you out of a jam, and who is reliable and trustworthy. This is one of those places. Can't put a price on that : )

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

I enjoyed my stay with them a lot. the manager of the place is very helpful and even gave me his cell phone number, in case I got lost and couldn't find my way back to the Riad. Thankfully that never happened....
I was sleeping in the tent up on the roof which was a unique experience.
the atmosphere in the Riad was very friendly and familiar.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
Thank Claudia M
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Great cooking class for a reasonable price, we made tagine and it was delicious! Our teachers were awesome!! All the staff is very nice and hospitable and I definitely recommend!
We didnt sleep there but the next time we go to Marrakech we definitely gonna stay there!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank missivanam
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

My stay at Riad Layla Rouge was amazing. After getting an airport pick-up, that was organized by the hostel staff, I was offered tea, cake, and little assortments of deserts to snack on. I was impressed with the beautiful decoration and the little details that helped make the hostel feel more homey (like the book shelf with books of previous travelers). Breakfast was served fresh and efficiently by the staff. I slept in the 8 person dorm, and it was cleaned daily. The staff were very personable, chatty, and eager to offer advice on how to make my time in Marrakesh worthwhile. I wouldn't hesitate to book a room with this hostel again. Oh, the turtles on the roof were a nice surprise and definitely make checking out this hostel worthwhile.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank S M
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This is so much more than a hostel. No other hostel I've stayed in has served up a delicious local breakfast and coffee, and free green tea and cakes all day long. No other hostel I've stayed in provides fresh towels and fresh bed linen every day. And no other hostel I've stayed in looks this stunning!

I was bowled over by the hospitality, the friendly service and amazing people I met during my stay. I would heartily recommend this to a friend.

The only negative I had to say is that it is rather a noisy hostel, which is inevitable with all the tiles floors - noise is going to travel far. I averaged about four hours sleep a night! Guests were allowed to stay up into the early hours and chat loudly on the terrace (me being one of them one night, I admit!). Also there were a couple of nights when the staff themselves stayed up and chatted quite late, which was annoying for some guests who had to get up early the next morning for Sahara excursions. Top tip: bring ear plugs!

Aside from that - a most pleasant and memorable stay. Thanks Riad Layla Rouge!

xxx

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank AbbyHerefordUK
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Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

Layla rouge is a well decorated little riad in Marrakech. We only stayed one night here on our way to the mountains but it was excellent. The host (I forget his name sorry!) was very friendly and informative, including detailed directions in his emails. Very clean and comfortable riad.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank lsno6032
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Once we finally found this place we were pleased with what a little gem it seemed to be. Right in the middle of the Medina, only a 5 minute walk from the main square this is a perfect location for exploring the delights of Marrakech.

On arrival we were greeted with a pot of tea and a bowl full of lovely little coconut 'cakes', and an in-depth welcome talk from Abdel. The riad itself is very colourful and cosy, and seems to attract friendly travellers from all over the world.

We stayed in the tent (which has 4 single beds in it, a bit awkward if you are a couple that likes to share a bed) and it was adequate for our needs. We had to use the toilet and shower facilities in the shared dorm which was slightly inconvenient but it was still nice to have a bit of privacy without having to pay for an en-suite room. It was cooler in the tent than the dorm, another thing we were thankful for! If we could afford it, we would stay in the double rooms next time for the extra comfort of air conditioning and a private shower/toilet.

The terraces are lovely, the one at the top offering superb views of the rooftops of Marrakech and the Koutoubia mosque, and the lower terrace offering a bit of shade and a nice social area at night.

The breakfast was delicious and very filling each morning. I had a henna tattoo done by Hin (the lady who also does the cleaning) and it was gorgeous and a lot cheaper than in the main square. Abdel and Mohammed will go out of their way to accommodate you and answer any questions. The little tortoises on the terrace are so cute!

We booked our excursion to the Sahara through the riad (3 days, 2 nights) and it was very good value and an incredible experience. Beware the shorter 2 days, 1 night trip, as it is about 8-9 hours drive to Merzouga (where the sand dunes are) and I think you would lose a lot of enjoyment if the trip was not broken up.

Overall, we had a lovely time staying at Riad Layla Rouge and would definitely recommend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jacqueline S
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Additional Information about Riad Layla Rouge

Address: Rue el Ksour | Derb Rokni, 23, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #247 of 1,165 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £11 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1 Minute from Place D'Jeema el Fna in the centre of the souqs and possibly the first ever edible hostel riad. The free tea and cake – may stop you from trying to bite into the walls – or maybe not... Have a taste…Riad Layla Rouge breathes in the Mad Hatter’s tea party of colour that Marrakech conjures, and breathes out the nearby chaos – a gentler but still eccentric heartbeat. If Riad Layla Rouge could, it would cascade chocolate from the fountain in the courtyard, but the impact is truly mouth-watering nonetheless. Tea and cake, free all day – may stop you from biting into the walls – or maybe not…they may actually be edible. Only one minute from the main square, the 3 suites provide absolute privacy, the gorgeous mixed dorm encourages adventure sharing. All can enjoy the warm, communal atmosphere of the courtyard, Moroccan salon-dining room, and 2 flower and fruit tree draped roof terraces. All this enhanced by your own personal soundtrack with ipod speakers in each room. A small and perfectly formed family run riad in the centre of the souqs – Riad Layla Rouge breathes in the Mad Hatter’s tea party of colour and spices that Marrakech conjures, and breathes out the noise and craziness nearby – a gentler but still eccentric heartbeat. You cannot help but find your favourite colour here – by day Layla Rouge is a vase of flowers or a box of hand decorated chocolates, or an techni-flavour ice-cream stand; by night a treasure chest of glittering jewels, or a sparkling solar system. Use your imagination. Riad Layla Rouge wants you to get comfy in Marrakech; to feel safe and happy; imaginative and inspired – we combine a hostel spirit and atmosphere with that little bit of indulgence that you find in a luxury riad. Share your stories of travel and life. Laugh over tea and cake with other guests in our (almost) edible house. As the Mad Hatter said to Alice: ‘You could stay…What a mad, crazy, wonderful idea…’Whether you are travelling for the first time, or have done so for years – enjoy the rhythm of a city that transforms with the cycle of the sun. When you stay at Layla Rouge you can’t be anywhere else but the Wonderland of Marrakech. ... more   less 
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