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Riad Ayadina
Ranked #157 of 1,185 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 April 2013

I've been to great hotels all over the world, including the best of the best in London. Ayadina truly beats the lot. The attention to detail, the stunning interior and exterior design, the personal touch of the French owner and the sheer and unique beauty of each of the rooms is breathtaking. It amazes me that this hotel is not number 1 in Marakech, let alone top 100, so this is real gem. If there are better riads in Marakech then someone needs to tell me!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Beautifully furnished Riad situated at the Northern tip of the Medina. Excellent service. Attention to detail was second to none.
Easy to park right next to the Hotel. Overnight a guarded car park a short distance away was recommended.
Hotel was easy to find. Having gone through the Medina wall the hotel can be on the right hand side of the alley a few yards into the medina. (No 35).
As the air con was not working in the room we had booked we were upgraded to a suite which was delightful.
Meals at the hotel where of a very high standard and well presented.
Other guests at the Hotel also said they had very much enjoyed the experience.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We arrived in Marrakesh for our first time and we decided to stay at the Riad Ayadina. It definitely lived up to our expectations, or actually thinking about it again it was far better than we could have asked. Christine (the owner) is a fantastic host and the staff are exceptionally welcoming and kind. 5* food is served and the breakfast is just delightful. Our room Alicia was very romantic, clean and it had an exotic look. We had an amazing time and people's kindness and helpfulness made our stay extra magical. If you prefer a 'boutique' experience with that personal touch, then I can't imagine a better place in Marrakech than this. We had seen some reviews questioning the location, but we felt it was an oasis of calm and it is never more than a £2 taxi ride from anywhere you would want to be. In fact, some of the other riads we passed were in locations that little too close to the action for our taste :)

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the smallest rooms, but it was more than adequate for our purposes.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We were fortunate to stay at the Riad Ayadina in September of this year. This review has been long over due. We can only say how beautiful this place was, made more so by the owner, friend-guests and staff. The food was delicious - every day breakfast and dinner were just a delight. Freshly and wonderfully cooked. The Riad was tastefully decorated with lots of little corners were you could sit and have a shisha and a glass of...the rooms were kept clean and v comfortable. I did not rate Marrakech as a holiday location at all but I am so glad that I had the privilege of staying at the Riad and would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who wants a wkend of R&R...the spa girls were fantastic.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, avoid the rooms that are on the side of the Riad that is next to the mai...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

We stayed at the Riad for five nights at the start of June 2011. The weather was mixed, warm but not overly hot, with light rain on one day.

The Riad is situated inside the Medina (historic core), against the northern most ramparts. For the Medina, it is a relatively quiet part of town, but the outside streets still have a lively hustle and bustle. Inside the Riad, however, it is one of the most tranquil experiences you will find.

We were made to feel very welcome. The friendly staff delivered impeccable service and the owner, Christine, was charming and incredibly helpful.

Breakfast on the roof terrace will be one of our treasured memories. It was always fresh and served quickly. Similarly, for the days that we wanted lunch in the Riad, this was no problem - substantial light meals, which were delicious. The evening meals were also a treat: one evening we ate on the roof terrace, and, on another, we were served in the sumptuous, open air internal courtyard. A magical experience. The food was excellent - authentic, local cuisine – and although there was no choice, this actually made for a home-from-home feeling, which we rather enjoyed.

On other occasions, we ate out, and Christine was helpful in recommending restaurants. That said, for us, the most memorable experiences were cheap – eating in the square and the side streets. No problems encountered, but maybe we were lucky!

Back to the Riad, our room was delightful (no problem with hot water!). The 'Alicia' room is very atmospheric and a joy to wake up in. Purple dominates the décor and the bed is superbly comfortable. Two sinks in the en suite bathroom, and a large bath. An incredibly comfortable superior room that felt like a suite.

The massages in the basement spa were the best that we had experienced. Definitely worth booking one in during your stay.

The Riad has some bikes available to borrow. We went out one morning for a ride around the nearby palmeraie, past a load of camels (technically dromedaries), and through the massive plantation.

Three and a half days in Marrakech is probably enough excitement, particularly for a first trip, so we decided to head out of town for one day. We organised an excursion, through the Riad but organised by a separate company, into the Atlas Mountains in a Toyota 4x4 (the "Japanese dromedary"!). A wonderful experience.

Overall, we would unreservedly recommend the Riad Ayadina. For a blend of luxurious comfort, convenient location, delicious food and welcoming staff, this would be hard to beat.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

I found the beauty of this riad breathtaking, really wonderful, organic, natural and better than I had expected from the small laneway where you enter.

I found the staff very helpful and the manager Christine was really fun, with good English. Breaksafts were good, nothing too exciting, but well made and fresh.

The spa and hammam was awesome, really an amazing experience, if you do stay there, don't miss it!

The only problem is the location. It's pretty far from the main square (although I found that to be a very dissappoining experience as it happens) at least a 30 minute walk IF you don't get lost... We like some adventure so were happy to wander around and get a little lost during the day, but it wouldn't be fun at night.

Beware of kids that offer you directions, we found some that said the knew the porters name so we assumed they were good neighbourhood kids, but when they got us to the Riad (a 15 minute walk from where we got lost) we offerered them the equivilent of a couple of pounds each they started shouting, saying they wanted the equivalent of £10 each and trying to get their hands into my partners handbag. Not cool. A taxi to town should cost about £3, so their demands were proposterous. Soon as the host came to the door we popped inside but could hear them shouting for a while after... still, it's all an adventure, right?

All in all we loved the trip to Marrakech, the markets are great fun, but there are many husslers in the tourist areas and everyone will try and direct you there, you really have to go against the flow to get off the tourist trail, but it's a lot more interesting when you do - probably the best thing about the location is that it is off the tourist trail - by quite a lot!

I'd recommend this Riad to people who like independent travel and a little adventure, it really is beautiful and in an interesting part of town away from the main tourist hussle.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

Christine and her staff really hit the top during our five days stay at Riad Ayadina. It was our second stay in Marrakesh and after a so-called "palace" experience in one of those large and famous chain hotels, we were willing to experience the real "Medina Life", we sure got it. Due to Christine's good advices, everything ran perfectly for us in the small Derbs. Within the Riad, we had much better Moroccan (and international) food than in the "tourists traps" where some taxi drivers want to take you to get their "bakkchich". We've been on a desert tour with one of the Riad's referenced guides, the guy was fluent in english and we discovered the life in the countryside with, once more a cheerfull welcome with berberian tea and local cookies. Back in the Medina, Aicha took care of us for the traditionnal "massage and gommage", another souvenir! Many many thanks Christine, we'll be back for sure, as soon as we can. J & R

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Ayadina

Address: Boulevard du 11 Janvier | In Fron of the Wilaya at the Door Bab Layadi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #157 of 1,185 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £50 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Ayadina 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A residence of true charater located a few minutes from the Palmeraie, and the JEMA FNAA saquare. The riad is directly accessible by car.Each of the riad's 9 fully renoveted guestrooms and suites is decorated in its own sophisticaded and personalised style.The riad can accommodate from 20 guests, and may be reserved exclusively.SPA/ HAMMAM/ MASSAGES/ SAUNA/ ESTHETIQUE/ WEEDING/ BIRTHDAYS/ PARTY/ ... more   less 
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