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Riad Al Faras
Ranked #865 of 1,144 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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236 reviews
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“Well Worth It to Stay Here!”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

This riad is lovely in that it is charming and authentic! It is also very clean and has a lovely atmosphere.

The breakfasts were also really good and the location was perfect...right in the medina and close to everything.

What made it special was Youssef...kind, relaxed and pleasant host, and always wanting to help. In addition, there is also a lovely lady working there, her daughter and her granddaughter. They were all really lovely.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

My boyfriend and I only intended to stay at Riad Al Faras for a few days but actually ended up returning there towards the end of our trip- we loved it! Yousef was unbelievably helpful, not only in picking us up when we got lost (free of charge) but in providing us with a lovely breakfast and information on where we could find the places we wanted to go. The room was clean and the bathroom had a great little dipping pool. Access to the roof terrace was available at all times, which is spacious and quiet- a wonderful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the medina.

It may not have been as glamorous as some of the other riads we stopped in but it was still absolutely breathtaking to walk in and find such a beautiful place hidden away in a seemingly normal street. For the price and experience it was by far our favourite.

(Do take Yousef up on his offer of picking you up from the airport- the taxi drivers at the airport will charge you three times the actual fare and ours dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. Yousef to the rescue!)

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ibiza, Spain
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

A welcoming host Yousef, lovely rooms, comfortable sleep, beautiful decor and excellent central location in the medina. Thank you!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We stayed 3 nights at this riad and it was great, we would recommend it. The rooms are nice, prices are reasonable. In general it is a good value for money. The staff are nice, they arranged a taxi for airport transfer. Thank you again
Emma from UK

  • Stayed November 2011
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Baden, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The Riad is quite small, we had a long room on the side over the door. the room was a sort of gangway, not very big. there was no door from the bathroom to our room, but we got used to it. The bathroom id very nicely furnished and they clead every day our room. the breakfast was simple with bred and jam and fresh orange juice and coffee.
there are only about 5 rooms, the doublerooms are bigger and most of the days the roof terrasse wasn't obend.
People are very kind, but beside the youngster, they speak only arabic.
The beds were so hard that we only hardly could sleep.
We were happy there, but for this price, we would could find better in this area.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Adelaide, South Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

I stayed 5 nights here and enjoyed the laid back , quiet no-fuss atmosphere...the walk from the main "square"...the sounds...the view from the rooftop...and especially Youssef and his help right from the moment he met the tax in the back lane, and with ideas about where to go and how to get there.
I can't wait to find my way back to this peaceful oasis in the medina of a wonderful city!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

The Riad contacted me before I arrived and offered to organise airport transfers and excursions (on which we took them up). They were very quick to reply to my emails and clear about prices. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and general quiet atmosphere of the riad, given it's very central location (about 5-10 minutes walk to the Jmaa El Fna). There was occasional noise from the dawn chorus that kicked off about 6am every morning in the riad's courtyard, but we got used to this after the first night. The staff were friendly, unassuming and helpful and left us to get on with our stay (and because I'm not usually a demanding guest, this suited me fine), Breakfast was simple but adequate. On one of the days, the riad had organised a walking trip to Imlil (including taxis to and from Imlil, a guide and lunch). This cost 150 euros for two people, but was well worth it (particulalry for beginnner trekkers such as me). The guide, Mohamed, was very patient and experienced. Overall, I would heartily recommend this riad, as it is right in the heart of the medina, but far enough away from the noisy areas to allow you to have a decent night's sleep. Staff are courteous and pleasant.

Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Al Faras
Address: 35 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #865 of 1,144 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Al Faras 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional Moroccan house is located close to famous Jamaa El Fna Square (five minutes walking), in the heart of the best neighbourhood of the old Marrakech: The medina and its souks. This Riad has 6 rooms stylishly decorated to combine simplicity and comfort. The helpful staff at the guest house will be happy to organise a range of activities on your behalf such as cooking lessons. The staff members enjoy welcoming travellers from all over the world : lovers, families, friends or groups. Each room is decorated differently with charm and authenticity and has private bathroom and toilet facilities. The whole upper-floor is air-conditioned. You will appreciate the swimming pool in the patio and the nice roof terrace, where you may relax or enjoy some meals. Services : WiFi free access Meals (lunch or dinner) available on request Snacking Airport transfer available on request Blankets, fresh linens, pillows & towels are provided Activities in the Riad : Moroccan cooking lessons, diners with classic musicians, introduction to oriental dance, … Bedrooms: “Croissant de lune” : twin room, with 2 single beds, on the upper floor “Ciel d’ailleurs”: double room on the ground floor, “Caravane”: double room on the ground floor, “Etoile du Sud”: double room with four-poster bed, on the upper floor, “Reve d’Orient”: suite with four-poster bed, on the upper floor, “Deux mille et une nuits”: suite with four-poster bed on the upper floor. The staff could also help you for organizing activities such as excursions, horse-riding, hikes in the Atlas mountains or the desert, golf, hammam . . . Groups & Exclusive Use The Riad can receive up to 15 guests and can be hired exclusively, whether for a corporate event, hent party, birthday, or just a great opportunity to escape with family and friends. ... more   less 
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