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Riad Awa

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Riad was perfectly placed for exploring Marrakech. Located right at the Medina walls, it meant that the taxi could stop right outside rather then dropping you off in the main square and then having someone transfer your bags through the winding streets. It was still only a 10 minute walk from the main square and literally round the corner from the Saadian Tombs. The streets surrounding the Riad had a number of nice shops and places to eat without being overcrowded like some other parts of Marrakech. Inside the Riad the staff are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. They have a hammam and can organise massages or other treatments for you. Breakfast is simple but tasty start to the day which was served for us on the rooftop terrace. There is a small swimming pool and sun loungers on a two height rooftop. The rooms are quite small but comfortable. A very nice stay.

A group of 6 of us stayed here last year - one of the travellers was pregnant at the time and they treated us brilliantly. Mohammed was an incredible host - really friendly and helpful at all times. This place made my stay in morocco a lot more enjoyable and I will definately stay there again!! The photos do not do it justice. Thank you for such an amazing stay.

My wife, myself and a couple of friends stayed at the Raid Awa between 6th & 8th April this year. Wonderful service, great location - walking distance to most places you want to get to. Rooms clean and comfortable - a really lovely setting. We would definitely go back should we find ourselves in Marrakesh again.

We had a really nice stay at Riad Awa last week. The staff was very friendly and the hotel is nice. Breakfast was also good. Everything is in close walking distance, so you don't have to take a taxi very often (expect at night we prefered a taxi). I would come back to Riad Awa!

A beautiful stylish Riad blending old with new, perfectly situated at the edge of the medina, next to the Kings Palace and Saadian Tombs. The staff are warm and lovely: Bouchra and Mohommad will help you organise or find anything you need. We have the Riad mainly to ourselves and were able to relax on the rooftop terrace and swim in the small pool. They also have a taxi driver, who again is lovely, and can take you out to the Atlas Mountains, to find a camel or a carpet. We had the Grand Suite and it was perfect. The kids loved it. A brill place to stay.

This is a peaceful and beautiful Riad made special by the people who own and care for those who stay. Big rooms, rooftop views, on the edge of the Kasbah. Meals cooked in house or many options including Cafe Kasbah just around the corner and the Clock 5 minutes walk into the Kasbah.

Our experience at Riad Awa was mixed, but generally good overall. First, the good! We were picked up and dropped off from the airport which is invaluable if you are not familiar with Marrakech - this really made the whole experience less stressful. We were greeted by one of the two (we think) hostesses and offered mint tea (fair warning - this stuff is incredibly sweet but apparently, it is rude to refuse) while we filled out the city paperwork. The Riad is a cool and very quiet after the noise of the street, and our room was located on the ground floor. Other than another couple who left on our first day, we were the only people staying in the Riad. Breakfast was provided promptly at 9 each morning, unless we were not ready. The staff did not all speak English but some did and they were all friendly. There is a nice rooftop terrace, although it was partly closed up for winter when we were there – no rooftop dining. The pool is nice, but be aware it is not heated! There is a great view of the nearby mosque minaret and you can watch the stalks nesting and hear the calls to prayer. Lovely place to sit with a drink after a day out. We did not eat dinner at the Riad but they do have a menu if you don't feel like going back out again (no alcohol though, obviously, but you can bring your own wine back from the supermarket with you if you want). We did, however, arrange a day trip to the Atlas Mountains through the Riad. We were collected at 10am and returned at around 4pm – it was just the two of us rather than a big group. It was extremely interesting, and the walk to the waterfalls is good fun, though fairly short – less than an hour. The driver may offer to hire a guide for you (one of the local people) but you don’t need this, and they will want paying the equivalent of up to £20. There will be plenty of people walking up and the locals will point you in the right direction if you need it. It is steep and scrambly so don’t go if you aren’t steady on your feet! Now the less good: The riad, although beautiful, does feel slightly run down. It rained on the first night and the rain drips through the skylight in the main area and pools on the floor so they have to pull all the rugs back. I got very wet socks attempting to go to breakfast! Our room (the Leon Bedroom) had a shower / wet room corner but this leaked so we had to lay towels down to not get wet feet in the room. Also the door to the toilet did not shut – it did not even come close to shutting! Luckily I was there with my partner and not a friend. We had some difficulty with our breakfast requirements. They would lay out white bread, pain au chocolate, sweet sugary pancakes, honey and jam, a very small pot of chopped fruit and a very small pot of natural (unsweetened) yoghurt. This would be fine but my partner is type 1 diabetic and so the only things he could eat was the fruit and yoghurt. We had explained this (or thought we did) and so we asked maybe for boiled eggs instead of all the sweet food. We got a boiled egg each on the first day, and they kindly located brown bread as their traditional white bread is very sweet (maybe made with honey?) but the next day it was back to the sugar covered pancakes etc. We’re not sure why we weren’t able to communicate diabetic requirements clearly but every day, the breakfast would be slightly different but unfailingly very sugary. They never seemed to notice that we always left almost all of it. Maybe they just didn’t understand us, or maybe they have a different breakfast cook each day and forgot to tell them all - who knows! I would return to the Riad Awa if I were to return to Marrakech, but only if I could again book it at a discounted rate.

We visited Riad Awa in October for 5 days and it was wonderful! We basically had the Riad to ourselves for the first few days of our holiday and it was so relaxing and quiet. The room was lovely and clean with fresh towels and gorgeous smelling toiletries available. On arrival we were given sweet mint tea which was so tasty! We were given a map and sat down to go through the city with the staff who were very informed of the local area and recommended local restaurants and places to visit. Whilst staff were around they were never in your space so you could approach them when needed and they always provided help when needed like when booking transport or needing refreshments. The Riad was very close to the Mosque and the call to prayer was amazing to hear whilst lounging in the pool. It was the perfect location for visiting the gardens and the Souks all within walking distance or a short taxi drive. They offered a lovely breakfast every morning on the roof terrace and also made us lunch on request that was divine! The Riad was clean and welcoming and felt like a paradise away from the bustle of outside and we would visit again and highly recommend it to others!

We had booked to stay at Riad Le Jardin D'abdou and arrived at about 7.30pm after a very stressful drive from the coast to be told the hotel was full and overbooked as you can imagine we were not best pleased, but the friendly staff rang round and found us space in Riad Awa which was everything we could have asked for. We were warmly greeted and shown round and even though it was 9pm by the time we got there they made us a great homemade Beef Tagine and were given a wonderful room. Breakfast was on the roof terrace which is an amazing tranquil deck with a quaint little pool so high about the hustle and bustle it was just perfect. I would very much recommend.

When I was planning a relaxing girl's long weekend in Marrakech a few months ago I was looking for the perfect riad to accommodate our needs. We needed a spa and a roof top pool. Riad Awa had all these and more : beautiful design (we are all architects), cleanliness, great location and a very attentive staff. Bouchra organised a pick up for the airport for us, greeted us with mint tea and useful information about our stay in Marrakech. She also organised for us to have a hammam followed by a really good massage. Everything was perfect. A big thank you to Bouchra, Mohammed and Amira for making our stay memorable. When I am back in Marrakech I am definitely staying at Riad Awa.

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Hotel highlights

  • Close to Jamaa el Fna and Ben Youssef Mosque
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Medina, Riad Awa is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Jamaa el Fna and Ben Youssef Mosque. This 6-room, 3.5-star riad has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Almoravid Koubba and Marrakesh Museum are also near this Marrakech riad.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. This riad has a restaurant where you can enjoy a bite to eat.


The 6 rooms are individually decorated and have safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer free toiletries and bathrobes.

Property features

Riad Awa offers an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and securing valuables. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a fireplace in the lobby.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 245 reviews