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Riyad El Cadi
Ranked #225 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
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“An experience I will never forget”
Reviewed 25 December 2011

My family and I stayed here for 3 nights last Janaury as part of a 1.5 week tour of Morocco. Each hotel was very different, all memorable, but Riyad El Cadi stands out as one of the most interesting and comfortable.

We arrived in the late evening after a long drive from Fes. One of the bellstaff met us with a handtruck at the entrance to the medina (the medina is pedestrian and motorcycle only) and led us on our way through what you could consider the Times Square of Marrakech. While it seemed like a long walk through the fascinating yet anxiety provoking jam packed medina (and I say this as a native New Yorker), you eventually arrive at a long maze-like allyway that serves as one of the many residential corridors for the medina leaving all the hussle of the Djema el fna behind.

We were greeted at the door by one of the hotels extremely hospitable multi-tasking staff who led us to a room that served as the check in desk. He was extremely helpful and very happy to see us. The hotel is small but there are tons of corridors and nooks to get lost in as the hotel is a combination of 3 beautiful villas from many centuries ago. The owners (brits if I remember correctly) decorated each room with artifacts both domestic and abroad giving the hotel a very eclectic warm feeling.

Our rooms were small and only contained space heaters to warm them up (winter doesn't last very long here as you can imagine) but they were definitely cozy with some cool art on the walls. The rooms were clean and just a little rustic, and the bathroom was spacious with modern bathroom amenities.

The hotel staff invited us to warm up in the hotel's living room area and they let us know that the hotel chef had prepared a late dinner for us. We ate in what turned out to be a private dining space and the food was excellent. Like most hotels in Morocco they will serve wine if you ask.

The next morning we woke up and really discovered the charm and the calming nature of the hotel. Breakfast is served on the hotels rooftop featuring great morning sunlight and views of the medina and minarets beyond. Besides the occasional plane flying overhead and some powerlines the city looks as it would have 6 centuries earlier. The breakfast was delicious and a perfect way to start the morning.

The hotel can assist you with setting up tour guides, private shopping trips, or any other kinds of adventures you may be looking for. Everyone on staff speaks at least beginners English and seemed to speak a variety of other Western languages as well, however the key is to ask for what you need. Most cases, whatever you ask for can be arranged.

Learning the way back to the hotel from the medina can take a bit of concentration but once you do it a couple of times you will realize how convenient it is to get to the vibrant heart of the medina from the tranquility of Riyad El Cadi.

We left the hotel after two nights to venture out to some other areas of the country and returned several days later before our return trip back to New York. All the staff were friendly, remembered our names, and it truly felt like we were comng home.

There are numerous Riad options to choose from in Marakech and being the hotel nut that I was, I was a little aprehensive that we could choose the right one. The value compared to some of the more fancy and refined Riad's drew us to El Cadi and I was a little concerned that we were sacrificing something for the value, but we definitely made the right decision, and I can't wait to go back.

Thank you to the staff of El Cadi for making our vacation a tremendously memorable experience that I will never forget.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We spent 5 nights in Marrakech with our two young daughters (7 & 4), staying at the Riyad El Cadi. We stayed in the Blue House which is perfect for a family of four. The Riyad is an oasis of calm - simple, clean, relaxing, interesting; a joy to come back to after a day in the vibrant and intense environment that surrounds it. The staff are fantastic, making you feel that nothing is too much trouble and serving breakfast everyday like it was for the first time. Special thanks to Ali who was always on hand to help with anything and who speaks impeccable English. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

stayed there in December 2006, amazing location, great mysterious walk to the hotel through dark narrow Allys, knock on a door and you're inside something unexpected

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

I can recommend the Riad el Cadi without any hesitation. It lies very close to the main place and is yet hidden in a very quiet place accessible through small alleys. Before arrival you should give the concierge a call and they will pick you up at the main square and lead you the Riad. This comes in handy when you arrive after dusk. The neighbourhood seems to be safe thou.
Service wise the Riad left no wishes unanswered. The crew speaks English fluently. It is very clean. The stylish decorating within the medieval structure is also very appealing. Breakfast is very well served either in the court yard or on the roof terrace. A small drawback is that the Wifi only works in the courtyard or at the reception. But that will give you time to leave everything behind, when you submerge into thrilling marrakesh.,.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We looked at many riads and it was very difficult to choose, I'm so glad we decided on Riyad El Cadi!

The location is very handy for the bustling main square and souks and the riad is exactly what I dreamed of - an elegant, calm haven tucked away down one of the many narrow laneways of the Medina. The buildings are fantastic with pretty courtyards linked by narrow corridors and windy stairs and beautiful details - art, textiles, furniture, carved wood, stunning doors, rose petals in the fountains...

Julia, Khadija and Ali were incredibly welcoming and helpful hosts, and we were always met with big smiles by all the staff.

It was easy to take it easy on the first day and we enjoyed an excellent lunch in the courtyard and an afternoon by the pool. Breakfasts were a treat every day in the cool of the courtyard or on the sunny roof terrace drinking fresh orange juice surrounded by bougainvillea.

We had booked the Aleppo Room (which opens directly onto the main courtyard/dining area) but we were very kindly upgraded to the the wonderful Korea Room with its huge carved doors and Berber hangings (and a more quiet location in another courtyard).

Our stay at Riyad El Cadi was an absolute pleasure. We have already been telling our family and friends and would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in style in Marrakech.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

We simply love this place! We have stayed there three times in 2011 and every time has been pure pleasure. From the wonderfully decorated rooms to the exquisite patios and the excellent staff. This is understated luxury at it's best. And the locations is simply excellent. From the three different entrances you can walk to any place in the Medina within 5 minutes. Thank you everybody at the Cadi - we just love you!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

We stayed in the blue house. We could not fault the staff accommodation or the food. Thank you

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riyad El Cadi
Address: 86, 87 Derb Moulay Abdul Kader | Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#85 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#91 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#125 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Riyad El Cadi 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riyad El Cadi - an oasis of calm welcomes the sophisticated traveller. Riyad El Cadi is a like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Spread over 6 houses, the riad is an elegant 'home from home' - a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around courtyards, corridors and alcoves and you'll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures - a true feast for culture-vultures. ... more   less 
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