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Review of Riad La Rose Du Desert

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Riad La Rose Du Desert
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Friendly Riad for singles, Straight or Gay couples and families.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

My partner and I were nervous about choosing a riad as we are a gay couple (illegal in morroco), I checked via email and was told we would be welcome at the Riad Rose Du Desert.

Upon arrival at 7pm on Friday 8th February 2013 we were a little concerned about the location of the riad, after an interesting taxi ride from the airport we thought we were being led into a trap....... How wrong I was, how guilty I now feel :-( Ok the taxi driver charged 50Dirham too much (250D in total) and I gave our guide from the taxi drop off point at Bab Doukkala Mosque to the riad 20D as a thank you, he didn't demand the money though.

I would recommend using the riads pre arranged taxi or transfer as it could save you some Dirham. If you don't you will still be perfectly safe :-)

The staff at the riad, Samira (Manager), Youseff who appears to be assistant live in manager (always around) and two other general staff are all very friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you with directions, meals in the riad or directions!

The Riad is amazing, I would only say it gets a bit nippy at night in the rooms but it is February! And that the in Riad Drink prices are a few pence more expensive than the take aways or Cafe's. There not extremely bad points but they really are the only downs.

Please don't be concerned when you arrive about the location or getting lost etc, passage ways are a little intimidating at first but the people really are harmless and you soon find your way around from day 1!

The Riad is perfect for visiting places such at jemaa el fna, the koutoubia mosque, the souks, the walls and gates, the saadian tombs, medersa Ben youssef, badii palace, majorelle gardens and the new city! Arset moulay abdesslem aka the cyber park is perfect for a quick hours relaxing with you iPhone etc.... Wifi is free and good signal and its only a few mins away! The wifi in the riad is ok too, if it doesn't work then just get Youseff to reset the router above office door, only happened twice so far.

Happy exploring, don't forget to learn "no thank you" in French for the souks and have a good time in morroco, we have 2 nights left at the Riad Rose Du Desert.

My partner and I really will miss the Marrakech people, they have all been lovely (apart from the henna ladies on the main Jemaa El Fna square lol oh and don't fall for 400dirham monkey photos lol we paid 20Dirham in total for 9 photos and that's only because I wanted to have them taken!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

We have spent in Riad Rose du Desert 4 nights. The service was very professional (multi-language), the ambient - amazing, the rooms - newly renovated, well-equipped and very clean. The hosts wanted us to feel like home and we really did :) I strongly recommend the setting to those who look for a place to stay which represents very decent balance between price and quality. The Riad is within medina district however not very close to Jemaa el Fna square. You need around 15 minutes walk to get there. Nice attraction for guests is arabic breakfast in the morning sun at the terrace of Riad.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nandogf
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

It's a great little riad. The location is perfect, in a quiet little street, but very close to main attractions. Walking distance to Jemma el-Fna square, Jardin Majorelle and all other main sights. No need to use taxis.
The riad itself is perfectly clean and recently renovated (it looks like it has been renovated this year - but we didn't ask). It has a truly beautiful patio and a roof terrace where you are served breakfast. There are also sunbeds on the terrace so you can relax during the day. Breakfasts are continental, with baguette, pancakes, honey, jam, orange juice, coffee and moroccan mint tea. Super tasty!
The staff is very kind and helpful.
Even though the price was really low, our room was cleaned and towels changed everyday.

Extras offered by the staff (like taxis, massage, tea) are paid extra with prices higher than in the street. I guess it is normal. If you really are on budget, it's better to catch a taxi to airport by yourself, rather than ask at the reception. Also, the airport bus 19 has a stop very close to the hotel (at Bab Doukala), so if you don't have heavy luggage, it is a pleasant 5min walk.

Other than that, it's a great value for money! I really recommend it.
It's a perfect combination of great location and high standard.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Maria M
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Additional Information about Riad La Rose Du Desert

Property: Riad La Rose Du Desert
Address: 181 Arset Aouzal Bab Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 276 Speciality Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad La Rose Du Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad situated right in the heart of the medina, in a district the most secure which is DAR EL pasha, and 10 min stands of the famous place(square) JEMAA EL FNAA, it is Riad which has the best value for money. ... more   less 
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