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Riad Houdou

4.0 out of 5.0

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The Riad Houdou is an oasis of care and order on the steps of a vibrant and authentic part of the Old City. When you step out of the Riad you will be immersed in the narrow streets and the vendors to the regular residents -- carts of eggs, fruit, sides of meat rather than crafts and touristy items. Abdel takes his guests on a personal walk from the Riad to the main square explaining the landmarks that will get you back quickly. Walk in the other direction and there are a few small museums (we liked the Photography Museum) and the serenity of the Secret Garden. Definitely sign up for dinner. It was one of the best meals eaten in the city and the lemon trees in courtyard where the meal provide shade and fragrance. All appreciated is the excellent wifi.

My mom and I stayed stayed in two different riads in Marrakesh and a few other hotels/hostels elsewhere in southern Morocco. Riad Houdou was by far the best among all of these: Didier and Eric (owners/hosts) were friendly and super helpful in terms of providing us information on local attractions, directions, places to eat, local traditions, etc. The staff were also incredibly warm and professional. The riad itself is superbly decorated, features a rooftop pool, and has a nice library/patio. It is about a 15.min walk from the main square, but closer to other points of interest such as the International House of Photography. Def recommend it!

We stayed two nights at the extraordinary Riad Houdou for our (far too short) time in Marrakesh. Abdel was a consummate host, and greeted our arrival with such warmth and care that we truly felt at home. The entire staff were exceptional, with a special thank you to Azziz for guiding us through our first dinner in Marrakesh, taken at the Riad, one of the highlights of our trip. The food is excellent, the riad is both well-appointed and very cosy, and I cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. If you are arriving from the airport with no Moroccan currency, the Riad can arrange a private airport transport (taxi) which you pay when you settle your bill at check-out - a nice touch we took advantage of and greatly appreciated. As well, wine and beer (very reasonably priced) were available at the Riad, which was also a perk.

The Riad Houdou above all is focused on exceeding the expectations of its guests. From the moment we booked the Riad Houdou, Didier answered all my questions in detail and was so accommodating for all our needs. He was away during our stay, but the staff of Abdel and Aziz, were so incredible and customer oriented and had a constant smile on their face. If you want an authentic experience, stay at this Riad and you will be in an oasis of calm. The rooms have great air condition, are well appointed and the ambience is charming. The rooftop plunge pool is great to cool off. Best of all were the meals. The breakfasts had a good assortment of yogurts, fruit, pancakes and breads. The dinners were freshly cooked each day and highly recommended. Marrakech is one of the most unique cities you will visit with great architecture, energy and people. The Riad will help you book daily excursions outside the city to see more of Morocco. The three valley tour in the Atlas mountains is one of the most memorable experiences you will encounter

The Riad Houdou is a great place with such welcoming staff. We arrived at night had arrranged airport pick up and this worked well. We were driven to an entrance to the medina that was fairly close to the Riad. There a fellow with a cart loaded our luggage and led us to the Riad which was only a 5 minute walk away. We were welcomed by one if the owners in the central courtyard where we enjoyed mint tea and delicious home made sweets while checking in. Each room is decorated in a different unique style. Our room was the Fez, one of the smaller room with two twin beds and delightful decor including more than a dozen Fez hats of the wall. Everything was clean, the beds were comfortable and we slept well. Breakfast on the roof top terrace was outstanding, French crepes , homemade yogurt, fresh strawberries, eggs, bread, fresh juice. All very good. After breakfast the owner took us for a walk to the main square to help us get oriented and that was so helpful. We also booked a tour to the Atlas mountains through the Riad and that worked quite well although it was somewhat different from what had been described. But nevertheless we had a very good guide and private driver which gave us lots of flexibility to spend as long as we wished at the various stops.

Very nice experience. Location is a bit far from the central square, but still safe and easy walking distance. The host is very warming and accessible and is available to help you with anything you need. Breakfast is very good. Pool is small but still great to freshen up from that Moroccan heat ;)

Perfect Riad in perfect location. Thankyou to Abdel and team. You made us feel welcome from the moment we checked in. The rooms are comfy and excellent. 5 star experience! Food is superb. We recommend you eat dinner here. Couldnt recommend anymore when you visit Marrackech. Next to the main part of Medina and 10mins walk or less to all key sights! Safe and beautiful location!

A friend and I stayed for 2 nights and had a great stay. The staff are fantastic - I was given a quick tour to the main square shortly after arrival to make sure I didn't get lost! Nice breakfast and overall excellent service. Decent WIFI, free filter water. Thanks guys :)

Wow! Riad Houdou is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. We experienced amazing customer service from the owners and the staff. The riad is located within easy walking distance of the main square and Eric and Didier provided us with directions and information about all that Marrakech has to offer. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast on the terrace each morning. The highlight of our stay was the dinner we had at the Riad. One of the most beautiful meals I have ever eaten! A stay at Riad Houdou is a must when visiting Marrakech!

I ended my ten days Morocco trip at the Riad Houdou and it was a perfect ending. Eric, Didier and all the staff at the Riad were wonderful. From the beginning, Eric welcomed us into his home and spent time getting to know us. He also showed us how to get around the Médina which was very helpful as it can be overwhelming to navigate on your own at first. The riad itself is beautifully decorated and so peaceful. I looked forward coming back to the riad after a long day of exploring. My favorite spot in the Riad is the roof top area as there are swimming pool and places to hang out. The food is delicious and reasonably price. I recommend eating at least one meal there. All in all, I had a wonderful stay here and I would recommend this Riad to anyone visiting Marrakech.

54 Derb lhammam, El Moukef Marrakech

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Jamaa el Fna and Marrakesh Museum
  • Free WiFi 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 an outdoor pool along with free in-room WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Jamaa el Fna and Saadian Tombs are also nearby.


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 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Safes and free toiletries are also standard.

Property features

At Riad Houdou, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with securing valuables, luggage storage, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include a library and a garden.

Room options

Superior Double Room,Private Pool, Private Bathroom (Chechia)

Full 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 959 reviews