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Riad Altair

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It is a nice place to stay. Calm and quiet, situated in the middle of the highlights of Marrackech (Medina, palast and gardens). Very friendly personal who is also very helpful if you need some help, good food and rooms are very clean. We stayed a few days in the Riad Altair and we have lots of good memories of that place.

We stayed at Riad Altair for four nights in February and the service was fantastic. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and they arranged a tour to the Atlas Mountains which was the highlight of our trip. The breakfast was delicious and varied each day. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Great location to explore. Would definitely recommend.

This is a small Riad boutique style, very comfortable beds. Nicely located in the Medina, but close to mosque so can be noisy at 4:30am, Staff are exceptional, so friendly and helpful. Wifi ok, breakfast excellent. Would stay here again

We had the airport transfer arranged by the Riad Altair which was a great idea because Riads are often down alleyways that you may not find the first time and this Riad is not different. You are greeted always by a smiling face of one of the staff. Once inside, the beautiful courtyard is calm and has two sitting areas directly off and a plunge pool to the side. We had a one of the room upstairs and it was really lovely. The bed was extremely comfortable placed at one end of the room with the en suite the other. Our en suite was a completely wall to ceiling terracotta with a shiny shell shaped sink. The staff very kindly put the heater on in the bathroom which made it cosy at night! Breakfast was served in the beautiful courtyard with juicy fruit which was different each morning with super yoghurt. We had various breads and pastries to follow with as much coffee as required. The breakfast was a lovely start to the day. From Riad Altair you can easily walk into the main square, explore the Souks as well as the palaces and Jardin Majorelle. We did get lost finding the Palace Bahia one day but that is Marrakech. We had a trip organised by the Riad into the Atlas Mountains which was very interesting and not to be missed.

Even as you transfer from the airport you get a sense of the chaos and noise that characterises the Medina in Marrakech, but the moment you are met and taken through the back alleys to the Riad Altair you are in another world. The Riad is an oasis of calm - all noise, including the ubiquitous mopeds, was left behind as we were greeted with a mint tea and a tour of this beautiful riad. A small courtyard had a huge palm tree in the corner and a small pool with a room for relaxing on one side. Our room was one of four on the first floor overlooking the courtyard and behind the big wooden door, was a room dominated by a big bed as comfortable as any I've slept in. Behind more wooden doors was the bathroom with a beautiful marble bath and plenty of room. We took breakfast each day sat in the courtyard, although the roof terrace was also an option, and each day was something different, combining fresh fruit, bread, eggs and yoghurt, a wonderful start to each day. The location was superb, the alleyways may seem intimidating, but were perfectly safe and the locals were wonderfully friendly. The souks are a matter of minutes away, so be prepared for any and all selling scams and be ready to keep saying no thanks! The great square is also just along the road with a totally different experience at night compared to day. All in all we really enjoyed our trip to Marrakech and couldn't have found a more relaxing and comfortable base than Riad Altair

Spent 3 night at Riad Altair and had a very peaceful and tranquil stay. The staff where extremely helpful when ever I sought them out. The location of the Riad is very convenient for anyone on a short or long stay. It's very close to the Souks and other popular sights. You'll hardly need to fetch a taxi to see most of the attractions Marrakech has to offer. I highly recommend this Riad and will happily go back again because of the attentive staff and location.

This is a Riad with few rooms which adds to the very homely feel. There is a lovely roof top with a view of the Medina, the new city and also the Atlas mountains, perfect for relaxing after a hectic day. The location next to one of the oldest mosques in the Medina, is helpful for navigation when returning back to the Riad. Amazing staff too who are gunuinely friendly and go out of their way to tend to any needs you may have. We will definitely be going back!

I had a few days spare and itchy feet. Marrakech had always beckoned but I had never been before. I booked through British Airways so was hoping that this riad and its area would live up to expectations. I struggled to find a taxi at the airport, it's a scrum with everyone shouting. Finally I got one (half the original fare quoted) who delivered me to the nearby mosque and wheeled my case to the door (this riad is situated a few steps down cobbled alleyways) I was greeted by the smiling Yassime and Abdil who brought me delicious fresh mint tea and sat me down in the quiet oasis that is Riad Altair. My superior room was on the first floor, simply furnished, clean and quiet. The bathroom was entirely hewn from shiny warm black rock with beautiful hammered silver basin. The water was slow but piping hot so I sat and read for half an hour as the bath filled. It was well worth the wait, incredibly comfortable. There are two roof terraces with great views of the city and comfortable sun loungers. There is a hammam next door, I attended every day and was thoroughly spoiled, washed, steamed, exfoliated and massaged by lovely polite staff in a beautifully relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was served by the plunge pool in the lobby under the bougainvillea. When the staff realised I only eat fruit and yoghurt they went and bought in extra sorts especially for me (thanks!) Abdil and Yassime are constantly on hand to see you in and out and to advise on places to visit and prices to pay. This riad is ideally situated for Le Jardin Majorelle, the spice souk, the main square and all its attractions. It is clean and comfortable and good value for money. The locals are smiling and friendly and respectful of women. At no point did I feel uncomfortable or worried even though I wandered freely around all the areas even late in the evenings. The riad is easy to find as it is close to a mosque that can be seen from some distance away but the drawback to this is that the call to prayer happens every morning at 0420. Personally I don't have an issue with this, it's culturally interesting and I can always fall back to sleep but it is important to know it happens. Apart from breakfast I didn't eat at the riad (but you can, the menu changes daily, all freshly cooked and reasonably priced) I opted to eat mainly street food as the Moroccan salads, juices and brochettes are delicious, inexpensive and available on every corner. All in all, this was a fabulous trip. I was so lucky with the weather, the people are charming and Riad Altair is an oasis of calm and tranquility ideally situated for exploring the medina. I will definitely be back.

I booked Riad Altair on the BA website. The staff were brilliant to the extent that Abdel ( the manager) helped me book a last minuet trip to the Atlas Mountains that really enhanced my trip. Breakfast offered a good choice and was brought out whenever you were ready. The Riad itself was very well kept and offered a number of well kitted out communal areas with a fireplace in the main lounge. It was my first time to Marrakech, so unsure how it compares to other Riads, but the staff made my trip really memorable.

Marrakesh itself did not suit us at all, but the Riad Altair was excellent - a quiet oasis in a busy and sometimes not very friendly town. The staff were very professional and friendly and the food was excellent - we ate there each evening, initially to avoid the hassle of finding somewhere in the Medina, but then for the rest of our stay, because the food, service and ambience were so good. Breakfast was different every day and more than we could cope with. Be prepared to be woken at 5.00am (and 6am) by call to prayer from the adjacent mosque. I recommend using them to arrange transfers to and from the airport - we used BA and, although straightforward and efficient, it was expensive. Similarly, consider using them to organise a visit to the Atlas mountains, but look also at HipMarrakesh. We had an excellent day on their Grand Tour.

21 Derb Zaouia Marrakech

Riad Altair places you in Medina, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Jamaa el Fna and Koutoubia Minaret. This 4-star riad has 6 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's also close to Souqs and Ben Youssef Mosque.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at ALTAIR, the riad's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


All of Riad Altair's 6 individually decorated rooms provide private yards, free bottled water, and safes. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Property features

Guests staying at Riad Altair enjoy an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, self parking is MAD 50 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for MAD 200 per vehicle one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, coffee/tea in a common area, and a library.

Room options

Superior Double Room (Altair)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room (Sirus)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room (Deneb)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room (Isar)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 536 reviews