Boutique Riad (Guesthouse) in Marrakech, Morocco - Located in the Medina - Private Roof Terrace
Riad Al Janoub
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About Riad Al Janoub
I am a primary school teacher and I live with my husband and 2 children just north of London.
Riad Al Janoub purchased this House in 2009
Why Riad Al Janoub chose Diour Jdad
There are many parts of Morocco which we love but Marrakech has always been special to us. It's a great place to wander and there are so many chic restaurants and bars in which to spend the evenings.
What makes this House unique
When we first saw Riad Al Janoub it was love at first sight. It's an ancient merchant's house which has been renovated in traditional Moroccan style with a courtyard and small fountain but with all mod-cons too. The 4 bedrooms are all ensuite with air-conditioning and iPod holders. We also have a lovely roof terrace which is completely private and great for sun-bathing or an early evening sun-downer!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Beautiful and spacious riad in Marrakech
This is a really lovely house and conveniently located for seeing the sights in the medina and elsewhere. The owners were very responsive with information and Brahim and Amina were very kind and super helpful. Everything was clean and comfortable and very pretty.
So glad you had a good time, Alexa! Welcome back any time!
Lovely Riad Situated In The Old City
We had wonderful time at this Riad, the rooms are well appointed and the beds are comfy.
Breakfast was simple but wholesome enough to give us a good start each morning to explore Marrakesh.
Jama El Fina is about a 20 min walk from the Riad.
Brahim was the best host ever ! he was there each morning to help and support, he arranged a city tour for us, advised on what to see, where to eat and where the best exchange rates were.
Brahim was also kind to take us to his home for a lovely Eid breakfast and invited us to participate in Eid festivites with his family. He is a true gentlemen with a heart of gold. Brahim really did go out of his way to make Eid memorable in Morocco.
Amina prepared breakfast each morning at a time of our choice, the only sour point for us was the 5 Euro per wash (yes Euros!!) to use the washing mahcine. Given this was supposed to be self catering accomodation and there was no mention in the listing we were taken back by this. We did explain to Amina that we would be purchsing our own laundry detergent etc. but she was insistent the charge was still applicable.
Thank you for your kind review. You and your family would of course be very welcome to stay any time again!
Charming riad - 15 min walk from main square
Our family of two adults and two teenage girls had a wonderful stay at Riad al Janoub for a week. The riad is located in a quiet area, just inside the medina, and far enough away from the chaos of the souks. The rooms were beautifully appointed, the beds very comfortable, and the breakfasts prepared by Amina simple but sufficient to get our days off to a great start. And the rooftop terrace was a perfect place to spend the evening, after an exciting but often tiring day exploring the wonders of Marrakech. Indeed, we ended up ordering several takeout dinners from Kech Foods, about a five-minute walk away, so we could soak up the nighttime quiet and atmosphere. But we also patronized the Riad al Sinbad restaurant just steps away, and had a terrific meal. The only thing travelers should bear in mind is that it can be hard to find your way back from the souks, especially at night. Also, the WiFi can be a bit slow, but this is true wherever you stay in Marrakech, so it's really not a big deal. Still, the riad has a secret weapon, in our view, in Brahim, who was an excellent resource and fixer for our various overnight and day-trip excursions. Thank you James and Carolyn and Brahim and Amina for making our trip so wonderful and memorable!
Thanks, David. So glad you enjoyed your stay.
And, yes, we are so lucky to have Amina and Brahim!
You are, of course, welcome back to Riad al Janoub anytime.
James and Carolyn
charming friendly place 15 min walk from sq
It's a lovely relaxing place to stay and Amina will if asked cook the most amazing dinners as well as breakfast. We have been numerous times as have other friends and we love it.
Nice Riad in the Medina in Marrakech
We enjoyed our stay at Riad al Janoub and especially found Carolyn and James incredible helpful with a host of information before our trip.
Brahim and Amina are extremely friendly and helpful and Amina cooked us fresh bread, pancakes and/or cakes every day for breakfast (different every day) which was delicious. One thing we weren't expecting though was that Brahim (the caretaker) would be staying in the riad every night so we never felt that we quite had our own space, which for some people might not be an issue at all but for us was a little disappointing. In some ways this meant it felt a little more like staying in a hotel, but this may be welcomed by other guests. Certainly Brahim and Amina were delightful and welcoming so it's in no way a comment about them.
It's a fair walk from the main square (about 25 mins) which meant that once we'd left for the day we tended not to come back until the evening. Consequently we made very little use of the lovely roof terrace except for breakfast. It's an easy and interesting walk in though so it wasn't really a problem for us.
It was quite cold in the evenings during our stay so we were very grateful for the heaters in the bedrooms. The communal sitting space downstairs though is an open courtyard and we had to keep requesting firewood for the evenings as it would have been very cold without a fire.
Cafe Arabe, on the way into the square was a great place to stop off for drinks, and we also enjoyed the Marrakchi on the edge of the square. The food from the stalls in the square was good, inexpensive and with a great atmosphere. And don't miss the gorgeous coconut 'macaroons' sold in the square (usually by women with a single tray) for 1 DH each, which were absolutely delicious and eaten in fairly large quantities by the four of us!
All in all, a good authentic experience of staying in a Moroccan house in the medina in Marrakech.
Many thanks to Carolyn and James.
Thanks for the review and very glad you enjoyed your stay.
As for Brahim staying overnight, this is what happens at most Riads which are in effect Moroccan-style B&Bs - in other words, staffed accommodation. Sometimes our guests prefer not to have the staff on hand in which case Brahim is very happy to leave in the evening - if you book exclusive use it really is a matter for the guests at the time.
February can indeed be cold - glad you made use of the open fireplaces!
Many thanks once again for staying with us.
RIAD AL JANOUB
A great Riad to stay while in Marrakech
This was a great Riad to stay in. It has a very family like atmosphere, located in the Madina very easy to finad. The hosts are awesome and will meet you with hot mint tea upon arrival. The breakfast if fresh every day. The accommodations are very nice with private bathrooms. There is a terrace on the roof that can be used when the weather is good. We enjoyed our stay there and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic stay in Marrakech. I know that we will stay at this Riad next time we come to Marrakech at a very reasonable price. The owners also arranged for us to be picked up and dropped off from airport so that we do not have to worry - and the price for this service is super reasonable.
Thank you for a wonderful hospitality.
Many thanks, Alex!
Riad Al Janoub
Special interest holidays:
Desert safaris, excursions to the Atlas mountains, and quad-biking all available on request.
Essaouira is about 3 hours by car. The blue and white coastal resort has its own medina and is acquiring an increasing reputation for surfing and wind-surfing. Transfers (for either day trips or overnight stays) can be arranged on request.
Marrakech Menara (RAK) is a modern international airport and just 7 miles or 10 km away from the medina. We are happy to arrange transfers to and from the airport on request.
Riad Al Janoub is in the heart of the medina, just a few minutes walk from the bustling souqs and the amazing Jemaa El Fna. We are close to a number of chic restaurants and just 2 minutes from Yacout, perhaps the most famous restaurant in the whole of Marrakech.