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... prices our waiter was wearing a nice black suit and tie.
Having stayed as long as we could at the restaurant we decided to just head for the train station. On the way we realised we were actually quite close to Starbucks which was quickly deemed a much nicer place to wait out the day than the train station. Surprisingly it was one of the nicer Starbucks coffees I have had which was probably due to the fact that they had flat whites on the menu.
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Great little Riad
We booked this Riad through their own website, and when we arrived, they had a taxi waiting for us at the airport , despite the fact that the flight was quite late. He took us to the centre of marrakesh, at least as close as a taxi could get, and the riad manager was waiting at the roadside to help with our bags and escort us through the streets and alleyways to the Riad. He spoke English, French, Arabic and German and made us very much at home. The Riad is comfortable and although the room itself was quite small, it did have its own basic bathroom , and there were plenty of places to lounge throughout the 4 floors available, including the roof terrace. Breakfast was served every morning up till about 10.30 and was continental breakfast +++.
This Riad is placed about 200 metres from Djemba al fna square and everything that you could wish to see in Marrakesh, is within a 20 min walk. Only the Hotels and Macdonalds are any distance, and the Tourist bus (£8 for 24 hour ticket) leaves from just off the square on its hour long circuit and will take you there.
All in all We would book this Riad again at its very reasonable prices.
My wife and I wanted to go somewhere we had never been before for our first wedding anniversary, so we booked a 3 night weekend break at the Chouia Chouia.
We arrived on the Friday at about 9am local time after a "middle-of-the-night" flight. We had arranged a taxi from the airport through the Riad and the bags were taken by an old man with a cart through the narrow alleyways that lead to the Riad; our first taste of Morroco.
We were greeted at the door by Masoud, the Riad's manager who speaks French, English, German and Dutch amongst other languages, and, because our room wasn't quite ready (it was early after all), after the welcoming pot of berber whisky (mint tea), he gave us the complete tour. The room was made available to us shortly after, hours before your room would be ready in a western hotel.
The whole stay was wonderful and was very much enhanced by the attentions of Masoud, who seemed genuinely concerned that we were happy at all times and by Becker who only spoke French but who was always around and would bring much welcome cans of ice cold soda or more berber whisky.
The rooms were traditional and well appointed. The bathrooms were spotless and ensuite. We ate there for our anniversary and the food was also traditional and excellent. Breakfast was served wherever you wanted it (we chose one of the terraces) and was also simple but wonderful.
The Riad is very close to the main square of the medina with all the colours, smells and sights that affords. Even so, the noise from the Medina doesn't seem to make it to the Riad and we found it peaceful, tranquil even.
I am disabled, have limited mobility and need to walk with a stick, but I found the stairs traversable even though they were steep in places.
All in all, we would recommend the Riad Chouia Chouia to anybody without a moments hesitation. We could be selfish and say that we hope too many people don't start going there, as we would like to know we could get a room there ourselves when we go back to Marrakech, as we are planning to do this winter.
We stayed at Riad Chouia Chouia during our visit to Marrakakesh on Feb 21, 2007. We booked directly with the owner over the phone, and from the get-go he was extremely nice and accomodating on the phone. The riad itself is beautiful, and very close to the square and the souk. The rooms are excellent, the breakfast is excellent, and the staff is just outstanding! The owner, Olivier, is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and he truly made our stay extremely enjoyable. I would recommend this riad to anyone who wants to get a true experience of the Marrakesh Medina, while staying in a beautiful, comfortable place with excellent service!
Found this cool little riad online
It was my first time in Morocco and i was spending my honeymoon there.The riad is hidden away and our airport pickup ,arranged through the riad 10 euros,bought us to the riad we honestly wouldnt have found it without Abduls help.
The first night was teriible ,raining,dark,gloomy very scary ,we got in and sat down with the french speking becker and enjoyed a lovely mint tea,3mins into our stay the ceiling directly beneath our room where we were sitting enjoying out mint tea collapses,a giant lantern comes crashing down anyone underneath would have been instantly killed.By know me and my wife are not impressed at all.However once we went out into the magial heart of marrakech (5 mins away) all was forgotten.
The next morning we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite at no extra cost,this room would have set us back 4 times what we payed for our original room,a nice gesture by Olive the hotel manager who is a real dude always asking how you are and if you need anything top guy along with becker and masood.
The Riad has lovely character,beautiful views from the roof,small pool but nice for cooling off.It has a cosy feel to it and has a chill out room with books tv,games.The walk from the main street back to the riad is a little scary especially in the evening through the narrow ally ways back to the riad you hear footsteps of others behind you and there isnt much lighting,my wife diidnt enjoy that part much.
Breakfast is excellent fresh orange juice a selection of breads and pancakes,english tea coffee and a variety of spreads,you wont be dissapointed especiialy sitting on the roof top enjoying the lovely view soaking the sun.
The guys at the hotel are very helpful and the cleaners are very friendly and do a great job every morning,this place is spotless.
highly reccomend this riad for every budget.Dont forget to visit the most amazing bakery when you come out on to the main street from the riad.The bakery is directly opposite you,the staff are friendly and the food and drink is amazing and will cost you next to nothing,try a Asser Looz( almond milkshake) gorgeous or sit in a try one of there many tasty cakes.
The best view in Marrakech
This riad has several levels of terrace from which to chill out or look at the view of the Atlas mountains, which are framed by palm trees in the foreground. Masoud the manager is a genius who speaks all major European languages, and is consistently reminding his guests that they are on holiday. The pool is heated until March so is good for winter swimming. There is not a sound of a car or an industrial noise, all you hear are the birds singing during the day, and at night you can hear music from the main place, Djema el Fna, which is less then a five minute walk away.
Stay here, stay here, stay here - it is AWESOME!
Wow! Wow! Wow!
A group of us (13) just spent 4 nights at Riad Chouia Chouia and I am kicking myself that I did not arrange a few days more off work to stay on longer.
I was looking forward to Marrakesh, but as a reasonably experienced traveller I always harbour a small amount of scepticism for any new city, accomodation or venue.
I was delighted to discover that Marrakech, and specifically Riad Chouia Chouia far exceeded my expectations!
Our host (Musoaud (?)- spelling - sorry!) arranged taxi pick up from the airport. We were greated by friendly young guys who had a nice reasonably new and road worthy mini van vechicle. They drove us into the city and delighted us by allowing us to pick the music and turn up the volume - setting the mood for the weekend.
We were then greeted at the gates (part of the city is pedestrian only) by Musoaud himself who lead us the short walk to Riad Chouia Chouia. It would NOT have been easy to find by yourself. It is down a fantastically traditional series of tiny alleyways which only add to the charm.
On arrival we were lead to the terrace for mint tea and a quick and eloquant de-breifing on how the place works, what rooms we were in etc. Musoaud encouraged us to treat it like our home and we couldn't have felt more welcome.
My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to stay in 2 different rooms, and between our group we managed to take over most of the place! I saw most of the rooms and they all looked georgeous. Decorated in traditional moroccan colours with lots of ornamental art to capture your eye and imagination you will be impressed.
The best part had to be the roof terraces. Large lounging areas, lantern lit at night, umbrellas and all only a short sprial stair case from the ground floor pool. It was HEAVEN!
The location is fabulous. Less than 1 minutes walk from the main square and markets it is really easy to find once you venture out. I felt safe at night with my girlfriends - even when we stumbled back from a bar at 4am alone!
I recommend you purchase your alcohol at duty free, or arrange some beer through Musouad as it is hard to get hold of in the city. Soft drinks and snacks are best purchased at local stores and there is a fridge at the Riad you can use. Go out to eat and come back and enjoy the roof terrrace for a night cap or two in the Moroccan moonlight.
This is THE place to stay as far as I am concerned. The pictures don't do it justice and the atmosphere can't be captured on film.
Book it now! It is the perfect base for a fabulous weekend (or more) in Marakech!
First of all they helped arranged our taxi. Breakfast (a hearty morrocan breakfast with freshly squeezed juice) included. Spotless rooms, amazing rooms, all decorated with lots to look at, and different themes. Amazingly priced. The people that work there, are so helpful and friendly, although not everyone speaks English so brush up on your French (but they still are awesome and thats half the fun of going on holiday!)
The riad building itself is beautiful. The roof terrace gives great views and you can see far over the city, including La Koutobia, which is right close by, great for hearing the call to prayer. If the weather is nice you can have breakfast up there too!
Watch out, if you have problems with stairs and don't have an onsuite bathroom, we didn't mind, but it isn't easy going down the winding stairs to the bathroom (if you have say bedroom 3 that shares a bathroom with bedroom 1 on the ground floor.)
The pool is small but perfect for cooling off in peace away from the bustling Medina. It's in a perfect location, but as another review said, you'd need to maybe contact the riad about finding your way there from the airport, any newcomers to Marrakech might be a bit shellshocked, as I was, also the alley gets pretty narrow and the further I went down it, the more I wondered where I was going... and to what.
But seriously this riad is brilliant. Soon as we arrived we knew we had chosen a brilliant place, and by the end we were sad to leave. We're definitely going back to Chouia Chouia!
If you want to see any photos of the riad,, they aren't great, because I am not a great photographer, but let me know!
On ne peut que recommander ce magnifique riad. loin des riads aseptisés qui pullulent a Marrakech. Vraie ambiance chaleureuse, messaoud s'occupe de vous avec disponibilité et gentillesse, lalla zora vous fait découvrir les subtilités de la cuisine marocaine et olive vous accueille avec sa bonne humeur.
Siroter un bon thé a la menthe sur la terrasse avec vue sur la koutoubia est un vrai bonheur. J'y retournerais, ca c'est sur....
Loved Chouia Chouia
Can't recommend riad chouia chouia enough
We stayed on the middle floor on the left, originally booked as "bedroom 2", for 3 nights in november. the room was clean and spacious, and was great staying in this beautiful riad.
we had breakfast served up on the roof terrace every morning in the warm winter sun - fresh juice, moroccan tea, hot chocolate, and bread and pastries.
The friendly hotel owner Olive is French, and he doesn't speak much English. However Massoud is the on-site manager, and speaks 5 languages fluently, and will help with any hammam reservations, problems etc!
We booked the riad through the website -[--]
A word of warning - you will not be able to find this riad on your first day, and you cannot drive past the square as it's all pedestrianised, and the alley way that the riad is on is about 1 metre wide. book an airport transfer through the riad!
we got a taxi from the airport, and our 'guide' who randomly picked us up from the square couldn't find our riad for 1/2 hour! if you do decide to do it on your own........
if you're standing in the square, go to the north of the square, to the far left corner by the mint sellers. follow that road down, and the zelfriti alley is on the right, opposite a tiny bakery. there's a couple of steps and a ramp on the right. whatever you do don't walk down that ramp in flip flops... i had a nasty accident on that on the last night!!
anyway, walk down the alley and keep going as it twists and turns. keep right, and the tiny wooden door to riad chouia chouia is on the right.
stay here. you'll have a great time!
A pleasant surprise
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights on our arrival in Marrakech. We stayed in the Zwina room, which is on the ground floor next to the pool. It shares a bathroom but this is located directly across from the room in a private curtained area. We never actually saw anyone else using this bathroom, although the riad seemed to be full to capacity!
The staff were great, very eager to provide advice or to help with anything we needed. The pool was larger than we expected and a welcome relief in the July heat. The room was not air conditioned (although I think some rooms in this riad are), but as it was on the ground floor with just one window it was not terribly hot, and there was a fan provided.
This was the cheapest accommodation we stayed in during our trip but actually the most impressive. The riad is well run and in a fantastic location just 2 minutes walk from Jemaa el Fna square and the Koutoubia mosque, yet set back from the main road (a little hard to find when you arrive!) so it's incredibly quiet. Don't expect a 5-star finish but if you're looking for an affordable, convenient and welcoming place for your stay in Marrakech I would definitely recommend this riad.
Also - we ate at Palais Jad Mahal on the basis of a rave review from a tripadvisor member. It is quite an impressive venue but the set menu is very pricey by Moroccan standards (500 dirhams per person for 3 courses, tea and sweets - drinks were extra). We were the first to arrive, at 8pm, and the action was all just beginning as we finished our meal at 10pm. We had a similar meal (with more tourists and less locals, albeit) at Marrakchi a few days later for a quarter of the price. Both restaurants have entertainment (belly dancers etc) and a beautiful setting. I'd recommend stopping into the Palais Jad Mahal for a drink at the bar, but unless you're feeling flush you can find an equivalent meal for a much better price elsewhere.