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Riad Houdou

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a wonderful stay at the riad. The atmosphere was so peaceful, the room was lovely and the staff so friendly and helpful. This Riad made our holiday to Marrakech, if we return to this city, we will definitely stay here again, (the food was great too).

Everything written about Riad Houdou is spot on, the beauty of the property, the attention to detail, the warmth of the staff. But what sets Riad Houdou apart from the I’m many choices you have in Marrakech are the personal touches of Didier, Eric and Abdel: walking us to the main square, guiding us to marvellous sites, homemade yogurt every morning, greeting us every morning and welcoming us every evening with a genuine smile. Riad Houdou is a labour of love and you feel it. We would like to thank Didier, Eric and Abdel along with all the staff for your hospitality and making our visit to Marrakech so special. We wish you great success. P.S. The app is brilliant don’t forget to ask about it, it will make getting around Marrakech SO much more accessible and stress free.

My husband had stayed at Riad Houdou a few years back and was desperate to take me there but unfortunately (and fortunately for the Riad), they were fully booked. So we decided to visit just for a meal. The owners of this riad are endearing and so welcoming. The chef cooked us up a gorgeous delight and Aziz kept us entertained with some excellent conversation! When we come back, we will ensure we book early enough to stay!

My husband and I were so grateful to Eric and Didier and the entire staff at Riad Houdou. I use the word "staff" loosely as it really felt like those who provided services were really welcoming you into their home. Thank you to all who shared their talents to provide us with such a memorable trip. ( I also loved the unique and creative way the Riad was decorated! A very inviting space!)

If this is your first visit to Marrakech then this is the place to stay. We were met (reassuringly as arranged) at the airport and dropped near the Riad. Our luggage was loaded into a cart and after a short walk through the bustling night streets we were delivered to a door in wall. Once over the threshold we were inside a wonderfully scented tranquil space. Our charming hosts Eric and Didier were most welcoming and attentive as were all the staff. We were greeted with mint tea and shown to our beautifully decorated and comfortable room. Breakfast varied each morning and was a healthy offering of fruit, homemade yoghurt and preserves, local bakes and eggs. Our first morning, Didier explained local etiquette and customs, where we could change currency, what to expect from taxi drivers and personally guided us through the bazaars to the main square. Nothing was too much trouble and after a long day in the hustle and bustle of the city returning to Riad Houdou was like coming home.

From the minute we arrived (the Riad arranged for us to be met at the airport) to leaving, the whole stay was just great. The care and attention provided by Eric, Didier, Abdel and all the staff was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble. The Riad was stunning and our room, although one of the cheapest and not enormous, was beautifully decorated and the bathroom very attractive. Breakfast on the roof terrace (different every day) with home made bread, yoghurt, fruit and different jams was absolutely delicious. Couldn't fault it.

We had a fantastic stay in Riad Houdou. From the very first moment, we felt welcome and the staff was very friendly and warm. The atmosphere was great and you had the feeling that the owners Eric and Didier have put a lot of heart and soul into this Riad. The rooms were very tidy and nicely decorated. The breakfast was also delightful and we enjoyed the marvelous view over Marrakech on the terrace every morning. We can absolutely recommend this Riad and we will gladly return next time we visit Marrakech!!! Thank you, Nina and Kathi

Booked 2 rooms in December. Although it would be fair to call them "compact", the rooms were functional and the beds comfortable. The evening meals were of good quality and quantity. It is understandable that the kitchen caters for a mixed bag of guests and seem to aim for a sort of neutral/middle-of-the-road taste experience. Personally, we would have preferred to have tasted more of the many local spices in our food. If we revisit this Riad, which we very much hope to do, I am sure they would only be too pleased to cater to our taste-buds ! Breakfast, on the roof terrace, was on the sparse side but of good quality and varied slightly each day. The owners and staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. We were treated like a cross between honoured guests and not-so-distant relations... which is perfect for this type of establishment. The list of WHY you should visit this Riad is quite long, too long to list here. The list of negatives is so short as to be not really worth mentioning. The bottom line is that, for a short break/long weekend, the Riad Houdou is an ideal base from which to visit the streets of Marrakesh and a haven of semi-private peace to return to at the end of the day. The layout of the building means that noisy guests severely disturb all the other occupants of the Riad. We were lucky on 2 nights, not so lucky (with 2 loud-mouthed drunk American "ladies", who were oblivious to the fact that no one but themselves were interested in their nonsensical midnight conversation... an intervention by the management wasn't forthcoming would have been welcome) but this can, and does, happen everywhere but in a place as small and this with inner courtyard-type areas in which every sound echoes, one should be aware that late-night disturbances are a possibility. Lastly, we can recommend the expert masseuse... you just need to be book a day or so in advance. All in all, reasonable value for money. The main attribute is, without doubt, the wonderful staff - a reason in itself to visit the Riad Houdou.

Riad Houdou was great. Didier, Eric and their team are the perfect hosts. We really loved staying there. Breakfast on the rooftop was wonderful, everything was fresh and delicious. We also had a great dinner when we arrived. Everything was really clean and you can see everywhere how much love they have put in every little detail of the riad. It was really quiet in the night, but in a perfect location really close to most attractions in Marrakesh. It was also great that Didier went to the big square with us on our first day. He showed us some landmarks on the way so we didn't get lost on our way back. I would highly recommend staying there and we hope to get back soon.

I don't think we have ever had a better experience in another hotel, riad, flat or whatever. Eric and Didier are amazing hosts who will make you feel home the moment you arrive. The staff was amazing and so was the food. We highly recommend staying and dining in this riad, and calling it Home while you're experiencing the amazing Marrakech.

54 Derb lhammam, El Moukef Marrakech

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Souqs and Jamaa el Fna
  • Free wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Medina, Riad Houdou is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Marrakesh Museum and Almoravid Koubba. This 6-room, 4-star riad has a restaurant along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace. Souqs and Jamaa el Fna are also a short walk from this Marrakech riad.


Explore the riad and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Riad Houdou's 6 rooms provide ceiling fans and safes. Guests can stay connected with free wired Internet. Rooms also include free toiletries.

Property features

At Riad Houdou, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and spa services. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle. A multilingual staff is on hand to help secure valuables, and offer sightseeing advice. This riad also has a library.

Room options

Double Room, Private Bathroom (Ch��chia)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom (Tajines)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin Room, Private Bathroom (F��s)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Family Triple Room, Private Bathroom (Théières)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 881 reviews