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Riad Picolina

3.0 out of 5.0

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We had a 5 night stay between 24 feb to 2nd March 2018. The negatives - the room was very dark (no natural light), no tea making facilities, no tv, no bedside phone, bedside light blew up on my wife, one room with a toilet separated by only an old curtain that didn't fit the doorway (no privacy), like a prison cell.Nothing to do in there and if you have children could be a nightmare. Breakfast very basic. The positives - Mustapha (manager) a nice man and very helpful although not always around as he managers other properties. Room cleaned well. An authentic look at how some live in basic Riads. It is down a long alleyway but you get used to finding your way in and out. There are sometimes men stood in the alleyway but they are fine. Very little to do outside of the Riad. Yes there is the famous market but after that there is nothing, just busy and quite dangerous streets, scooters parked on the pavement, crazy cyclists and drivers, phone shop after phone shop.We had to book a day trip just to get out of the place and maintain sanity. Overall pretty poor. If you must go stay 1 or 2 nights only, don't take children, expect very basic facilities.

My stay at Riad Picolina was such a pleasant. The riad was beautiful, with traditional Moroccan atmosphere. The room was very well decorated. The staffs were all super friendly and helpful. And compared to the price you pay to stay here, it was simply a bargain. The only drawback I have is the difficulty finding the place; though on a hindsight, that made it interesting I guess.

The riad may be a little difficult to find at first, the taxi will drop you off and from there you might want to accept the help of one of the boys who offer to take you (expecting a small payment). Once you're there it's very easy to find your way back to the main road and return to the riad. The location can seem intimidating at first, as the streets are very narrow, but we always felt safe, even getting back at night (we were 2 girls). It's at walking distance from the main square, but far from the chaos and noise, which is great. The staff are very nice and friendly, Mustafa showed us the important locations on the map after offering us mint tea upon our arrival, and was always available to help with doubts or arranging activities/transfers. We had a traditional dinner at the riad, which I definitely recommend. The breakfast was also very good, including bread, coffee, eggs, jam, fresh orange juice and something similar to pancakes (which was really good!). There's a nice terrace and a small pool you can enjoy. Expect to listen to the call for prayer every day, which is always an interesting experience. The bedrooms are nice but there's no bathroom door, which can be awkward if you're traveling with a friend. Expect to hear the other guests from your room, and to be heard outside. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience and would definitely go back.

Nice pretty hotel which from the outside looks like the door to someone's house but very pleasant once you step inside. Nice rooms. Very nice and helpful staff, they kindly loaned me a phone charger and arranged my taxi and took me to the main road to catch it at the end of the trip. I booked a couple of their trips also which where good value for money. Nice breakfast Drawbacks are the location, it's only 15 minute walk to the main square, and there is a nice interesting covered food market close by, however the actual area is a little rough and can feel unsafe for a lone traveler. It's located in a maze of tiny lanes which cars cannot get down so you have to walk yourself to find it, as the outside is no nondescript this could be difficult. Local boys will offer to take you but beware they will expect some payment. Also the pool, don't expect to swim in it! It's the size of a foot spa! More of a water feature for the main reception area/breakfast area than anything else (see the photo below). Also would recommend the spa which is close by and owned by the hotel, they do good treatments and very reasonably priced.

Upon our arrival in Marrakech, we had some difficulty adjusting to the loud and hectic streets, especially after getting ripped off by our cab driver (do not pay more than 100 Dirham for the ride from the airport to the city center!) It wasn't easy to find Riad Picolina in a winding side street, but the journey was well worth it. A few knocks on a small, easy-to-miss door in a twisting alley, and you're transported to what feels like another time. We were greeted by a charming host named Hassan, and a beautiful "hotel" that was actually a refurbished, 400 year old home. Our room was comfortable and eccentric, with nice, hot water in the shower, and a cleaning service each day. This riad is small and humble, but still comfortable with great service. Each morning, we wandered downstairs for a cute little breakfast with coffee and juice. Mustpha was also an excellent host, bringing us tea to our room and offering recommendations about Morocco. We always felt safe, and our location was spot on. We were extremely close to Jemaa el fna square as well as basically all other tourist attractions. Hint: there's a shawarma stand basically right outside for 13 DH a piece! If you have a room facing the road, as we did, you'll probably be subject to some noise, including kids playing and cats meowing. The windows don't do much against sound. Basically, if you're looking for an experience that feels extremely personal, authentic, and affordable, this is the perfect place. My boyfriend and I are from Norway and the USA (respectively), and we love to travel, but we're also on an extremely tight budget at all times. If you want a 5 star hotel, there are plenty of them nearby. We've had tea at a few of them (highly recommend La Mamounia!) They are wonderful in their own way, but I'd venture to say not as memorable. And if you're a backpacker, person (young or old) with a budget, or just looking for a bid of adventure at the end of a winding road, you've got to try the Riad Picolina.

We booked this relatively last minute and at a very good price, so wasn't expecting much, however was very pleasantly surprised with the entire experience! - The Riad is beautiful and the rooms are very comfortable - We really enjoyed breakfast every morning inside by the pool, as well as getting afternoon sun on the rooftop terrace - Located about a fifteen minute's walk from the main square, but also easy to get outside to the 'new city' - Most of all, the host Mustapha was extremely gracious and helpful! It was nice to have his input and guidance as we were new to Marrakech. While there we also booked a one-day excursion to the Ourika Valley through the Riad. We really enjoyed this trip and thought it was a worthwhile way to spend the day, something different than staying in Marrakech. Overall, great experience, and would definitely recommend to other travellers. (However, do note that it's not easy to find and Google Maps doesn't quite have the location right so take the phone number with you in case you need to call when trying to find it!).

The room and bathroom were a bit small but the service was great. We had a really nice time here. The breakfast was good and the welcomming diner on the roof was romantic. If you needed something you only had to ask and they arranged it for you.

Its a nice Riad at about 10 mins walk from the market square. Its a very peaceful Riad and has a lovely terrace which is perfect for dinner. This riad was looked after 2 gentlemen and nothing was too much for them. We were served refreshing mint tea whenever we needed and they were very friendly. We had a fantastic stay and would be more than willing to stay here when we visit Marrakech again.

This place was absolutely perfect and Yasin, the owner, was a dream. It's the most picturesque place with amazing breakfasts. The location of the riad is great if you want to see the real non touristy side to Marrakech. The souks are only a 15 minute walk away and getting to the new town is so easy as well. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better place to stay whilst in Marrakech. You're made to feel right at home from the moment you arrive. And the wifi is a great bonus! There's a beautiful roof terrace that we'd spend the evenings on playing cards and drinking Moroccan tea (thanks again Yasin)! The rooms are absolutely to die for, so clean and homely. All of the main attractions are so easy to get to from this riad, it's the perfect base for exploring! I will 100% return to this riad for my next visit to Marrakech. I was really sad to have to leave. Once again, an amazing experience and one I'll never ever forget!

Yes. I liked this one. The place was clean, the host Yasin was friendly and sincere (as far as I could tell). He showed us how to get to places and served our breakfast in the morning. Breakfast was wonderful. They change it every day but this was what we had: Fresh (mandarin) juice, strawberries, banana, some sort of pancake with fig and strawberry confiture and some cheese spread. Fresh coffee with some cinnamon through it, and a cup of milk. Also another bread was served. It all tasted nice and was a great start. Rooms are not really big but have everything you need. Beds are hard but that is kinda normal in Morocco. Wifi is private. Works great but you have to ask for it. Only downside was that it is located in a small alley and that the pool was not completely clean. Apart from that I would definitely recommend it. We paid 20 euro and booked on

56 Derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali Bab Doukala Marrakech

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Ben Youssef Mosque
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Medina within a short walk of Ben Youssef Mosque, Riad Picolina is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Jamaa el Fna. This 3-star riad has 5 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Marrakech and also close to Almoravid Koubba and Koutoubia Minaret.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Guests of Riad Picolina enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-in. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 50 per person one way, as well as an area shuttle for a fee. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly riad include express check-out, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 73 reviews