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“Atmospheric rooms and fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Riad Ayadina

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Riad Ayadina
Ranked #150 of 1,130 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Kent
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“Atmospheric rooms and fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2009

We stayed here in spring 2007, so I am a little late with this review. However, I wanted to say that I think that this Riad deserves to be much higher in the popularity index. Our room (Alicia) was the most atmospheric room that I have ever stayed in. When we arrived, this was enhanced by the smoky atmosphere from the incense that was burning. There were also fresh flowers and fruit. The Riad as a whole was beautiful.

Breakfast on the roof terrace was delicious but the evening meals served in the courtyard even better. We tried a number of the 'best' restaurants in Marrakech but the food in the Riad far surpassed them. The hammam was a great experience, leaving my skin in better condition than any expensive spa treatment I have had previously. Staff were all friendly and helpful. As for the location, you can take a taxi or enjoy the experience of getting lost!

  • Liked — The food and the atmosphere
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2009

Going to Marrakech in the middle of August is an adventure on it's own. My girlfriend and I got there after a long 7hrs train ride from Fes. It was 5pm and 47oC!!!!! That's 126oF for those who don't know the metric system. The heat was unbearrible durring the day, limiting our visits.
This being said, we were extremely happy to stay at the Riad Ayadinna. The rooms are gorgeous, we stayed in the Antigua suite, the main areas are also very well decorated with alot of great details. The roof terrace is an oasis with it's small but sufficient bathing pool. The pool is a necessity in that type of heat. We spend almost all of our afternoons by it's side.
The staff was one of the most professionals we met durring our stay in Morrocco.
The breakfeast was the best. Great pasteries, imported cheese from france, good coffee... they even had yogourt and ham (yes ham in Morrocco!), lots of fruits ... you get the idea, it's way better then most.

The only negative is that it is a little far from the heart of the medina, it's on the northern tip. But you can easily walk or take a taxi to wherever you want to go.
The staff was very helpfull in informing us on the best places to see and the best places to eat. They also helped us organize an excursion out of the city, wich I recommend because not only was it beautifull, but it also gave us a break from the city heat.

Great place, I recommend.

Enjoy Morrocco.

Tip : Marrakech taxis are known for being the worst crooks in the country. Sit in front like the locals and insist they turn on the meter. If they refuse, get out and get another one. If you don't, don't be surprised when they try to charge you almost 10 times the normal rate.

  • Liked — Gorgeous decorations and peacefull atmosphere. Helpfull staff. The best breakfest
  • Disliked — Location far from place Djamel el-Fnaa
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2008

This stay surpassed my wildest dreams... but I have to be honest, the dream gets challenged as you are dropped 50 metres away from the Riad infront of the Medina wall, which also serves as the outer wall of Riad Ayadina...not pretty! But, hey, that said, I think it makes for even greater excitement once inside the riad and also gives you an early indication of what Marrakesh's old city is all about...

Once inside the riad's courtyard, our faces lit up and we were greeted by Christina (proprietor and very 'hands on' general manager) and her fantastic staff. The suits we stayed in were excellent with plenty of Moroccan charm and space - much as the photos on the website depict and the roof terrace was chilled and relaxing too. Infact everything was lovely. We ate fabulous breakfasts every day and a lovely Moroccan dinner one night, having agreed the menu with our host Christina. We didn't use the spa facilities, but they looked pretty good considering the size of the riad (max. capacity 20 guests)

What more can I say - trust in the website and trust in Christina and her effortlessly strong crew! In terms of value for money - can't think of a way to enjoy such great service in such idyllic surroundings at such an affordable price - not India, not Thailand - no, I think Marrakesh is where it's at and Riad Ayadina must be amongst the top 10 of the endless supply of riads in this romantic haven!

OK the bad news:

1. Don't go expecting to swim in the roof terrace pool, it is only a bathing pool... and that is as bad as it gets!

2. If you are walkers, you will need to use a map to get comfortable with the best route into the heart of the Medina. It takes a good 25 minutes and to be honest, after 3 days, I still was a bit disorientated with directions.

3. Change up some currency (small denominatons) - once you're outside the riad, the begging 'kicks off' and doesn't end until you are back inside again. Keep the big tips for the staff in the riad - you will want to tip them well s you head back to the airport and waive goodbye to the ultimate in short breaks!

Stayed March 2008
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2008

This Riad looked very nice on their website, but with a question mark over it's location, which is on the very Northern tip of the Madina, and therefore quite a distance from the main Square. Upon arrival, we were very pleasantly suprised at how close it was to the Madina gate, meaning the distance from taxi to Riad door was just 30 metres. This is defnnitely noteworthy, because cars are not permitted into the more central parts of the Madina, and can result in a long walk with luggage.

The alley that leads from Madina gate to Riad door is rather narrow and scruffy, but don't let that put you off.....once inside the decoration of the lobby area is stunning, and when we got to out room for our 3 night stay, it even exceeded our high expectations from the website pics. A bowl of fruit, bottle of water, and some Moroccan sweets added to our welcome. The bathroom was very authentic with brass washbasin and slate bath. In order to make the evenings comfortable, when in winter the weather can get a little chilly, the bedroom had a radiator linked to the A/C, and the bathrrom had a very efficient hot air blower.

The only suprising ommission was a TV. Well, there was a nice LCD Tv in the room, but it only played pay for view movies or a selection of MP3 songs. It could not play any type of live TV picture, for that you needed to go to the lobby recetion area, where admitedly there was a very nice (larger) LCD TV, hooked up to a multichannel, multi language satellite reciever.

Luckily, I had my laptop with me, and the Riad has free wireless internet which although I couldn't reach from our 1st floor bedroom, was easily available all over the ground floor, so that was my method for keeping up to speed on the News, and English footbal results! :)

To get into the centre of the Madina is admitedly more difficult than the more centrally located properties. It's a 20-24 mins walk, which we found easiest to go back outside and Madina, turn left, and hug the perimetre wall until reacing one of the main side gates to where all the action is. A taxi can take you 80% of the way for 30-40Drs Max, but we found getting one from the Northern gate a challenge. By contrast, getting a taxi from near the big Square home was much easier. The advantage of NOT being more cnetral is it''s more peaceful. Several people we met who were staying centrally, complained about the constant noise, particularly from the hoardes of mopeds speeding up and down the narrow alleyways late into the night, and from the small hours of each morning.

We should mention that the food was very good too. The included breakfast on the roof lovely, and for New Years Eve we opted for the specialset meal in the private funtion room. It was a little expensive at 70 Euros per head, but very much in line with other restaurants prices for the busiests night of the year.

All in all an excellent Riad and one we wouldn't hesitate in using again.

  • Liked — Authentic decoration and fittings
  • Disliked — Lack of proper TV, in room slight tardiness in replies to emails/phone calls
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2007

It was an excellent riad. Great location (I liked the way it was right next to a gate, so it was a short taxi ride anywhere), very personable service (the owner Christine is lovely and very genuine), great views from the roof terrace, an excellent rooftop pool, well-designed and very luxurious room (we stayed in the purple room). Just what I think a Moroccan riad experience should be!

  • Liked — Location, room design
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Durban,Sout Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2007

Travelling to Morocco for the first time,we were a bit sceptical about staying in a riad.Throwing caution to the wind, we decided to stay at Riad Ayadina. Our taxi stopped near the entrance and as we walked down the alley leading to the riad, my husband and I thought silently “Oh my goddness,where on earth are we staying ?’’ …..the door of the riad was opened and in we stepped. To our pleasant surprise we were greeted by delicious,exotic scents and an oasis of calm and colour, as opposed to the dusty,deceiving exterior.
Khalida welcomed us with mint tea and sweet treats…..we were taken to our room which had 2 single beds, we could not get another bedroom as all were already occupied. Our bright blue bathroom comprised of a deep tub and we towels were supplied as well as a hairdryer and soap,lotion and I think a shower gel. We stayed in the Athina suite and it comprised of a tv,good selection of movies, an extra blanket in the cupboard and an aircon with cooling and heating features. A fruit basket and sweet treats were laid out on the table. We had no problems with noise and slept like a king and queen.
Breakfast was served on the rooftop which also has a long swimming pool,it was clean and well maintained.
My husband and I had massages at the spa and felt relaxed and rejuvenated.
Lunch and dinner may be served at the riad but you are required to inform staff in advance of what you would like to eat and at what time you would like it to be served. We had dinner one night in the lounge area and it was rather cosy…..a very relaxed and intimate atmosphere as compared to busy,bustling hotels. If you ever travel to Marrakesh, a stay at a riad is a must, obviously doing your research at which riad to stay at.
The staff were polite and friendly and even tho English is rarely spoken,we were able to communicate…..Jamal was exceptionally friendly and made our stay even more enjoyable.
Through the riad , we organized a day trip to Ourika valley and even stopped at an authentic Bereber house and had mint tea with the house occupants.
Riad Ayadina is not centrally situated but it is a short taxi drive away to most tourist places.
When in Morocco, try the orange juice as it it fresh and always sweet……..the pastries are also divine and those with a sweet tooth should indulge in ‘millefeulle’….it is very rich but don’t worry about plying on those kilograms…after all you are on holiday.
It was a short 2 day trip to Marrakesh but one that we certainly enjoyed. The people are friendly and warm and welcoming. It is an exotic,enticing country filled with mystery and charm, one that we will always associate with fond memories.

  • Liked — quiet,intimate set uo
  • Disliked — stuffy bathroom with no window or proper ventilation
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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lovebeinginger
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2007

I would love to write about how wonderful my stay was at this Riad however irrespective of how fabulous it might have been one of the most important prerequistes for an unstressful holiday is for your belongings to feel secure. This Riad operates an unlocked door policy where you are asked to leave the key hanging outside your door - i totally buy into this if the Riad is safe however as we discoverd this is not the case and during our stay there had our mobile phone stolen with over £300 of phone calls run up on it. I might add that the phone was left in the room when we checked out however i called as soon as we had left to report it missing - the Riad told me they had the phone and reassured me it was safe and i could collect on my return to Marrakech - five days later i duly called up to arrange to pick up only to be told they didn't have it afterall!! This missing five day period resulted in the massive bill which we had to pay despite promises from the Riad that they would look into the matter 'seriously'. This promise was made over a month ago and despite contacting them numerous times since we have not heard a word back - my advise would be to steer clear of this riad as there are far safer places to stay and an experience such as this can ruin a holiday.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 #150 of 1,130 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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