Riad Chouia Chouia
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely hidden surprise
"We approached the front door with much apprehension, the 'alleyway' does not install a feeling of luxury more one of fear. Then surprisingly though the 'low door' - watch you head if over 4 foot tall, a hidden little gem is revealed. Rooms were basic but perfect for the whole experiance of Marrakech. Massoude and his team are VERY helpful and accommodating. The orange juice with breakfast was very nice, freshly squeezed and pure. We had the full riad for a group weekend and didn't use the pool enough. Sun/roof terrace was great for any time of the day or night. If I'd have gone anywhere else, like a fancy hotel I would have felt robbed by not staying in a riad. Great location with regards to the main square and souks. Brilliant trip, brilliant riad."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of November 2007
Great manager but a few problems
"after booking in august we found out three weeks before going that Riad couldn't honour booking.Massoude (manager) did everything to sort it out, including phoning us in England.He is a great man, genuine and helped sort out phoning UK when our Visa card didnt work.
Rooms basic, and very noisey due to shape of building (probably same for all Riads).
Roof garden lovely,brekki great.
Overall ok due to rooms being basic,if u want an authentic Riad this is one of bettter ones but would not reccomend with younger kids(our were 10 and 9).Great for couples and singles as so well located to main sq 2 min walk away."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of November 2007
"We really wanted to stay in a Riad as opposed to a chain hotel but quickly realised that we had made a mistake. Not that the Chouia Choiua is bad - it is clean and the breakfast is great. However, we reserved the biggest room with en-suite bathroom and the room was still small. Bathroom had a shower that did not adhere to the wall - so we ended up having to take showers while holding the shower head above our heads.
Bed was not comfortable and the alleyway that lead to the Riad really had a terrible smell (emanating from a restaurant on the corner) every night.
The thing that lets this Riad down is the price - it is far too expensive for what you get. Location is great - 100m from Djem al Fna."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of October 2007
Amazing! A little haven right near the main square.
"Well, what can I say? I loved this place. From the ideal location (only 5 mins from the main square, Djemaa el-Fna) to the tranquil atmosphere (the crazy noise of the nearby souks is inaudible here) to the most welcoming and hospitable manager in the world!
You can chill out and read your book on the roof terrace or take a plunge in the splash pool - it's not deep but it is so refreshing after a day spent bartering your way around the souks. This doesn't claim to be a luxury riad so don't expect power showers, but it is sooo charming and what's more, reasonably priced! Me and my friend didn't want to leave and will definately be visiting again."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of September 2007
"Myself and my two daughters stayed at this riad for four nights in August 2007. First time in Morocco so we weren't sure what to expect but we really couldn't have wished for better accommodation!
From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, this tranquil riad was just a few minutes walk from the main square but it seemed miles away. Its very peaceful and the plunge pool was lovely given the heat. The roof terrace was fab at night and I can't praise the staff higher!"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007
Reccommended, wonderful place to stay!!!
"I stayed at Riad Chouia Chouia for 5 nights as part of an 8 night holiday in Morocco. From the outset our stay here was awesome. With the accommodation being located deep within a pedestrianised area, the owner came to meet us at our airport taxi and showed us the way. Massoud, the owner or the boss at least, is a very cheery and polite gut who speaks perfect English. Anything you need is 'no problem'!!!
The Riad itself is exactly what we were after. The price reflected the quality and the location and proximity to the main square was spot on. The theme decor to the Riad is very cultural and only adds to the experience. I was part of a group of 5 very English lads. English in the sense we enjoyed nothing more than a relax on the top terrace drinking in the sun.
If you are off to Marrakech and want to stay somewhere fun that is clean and of excellent quality with a great location then I urge you to stay here.
Furthermore, if you want a day at a top quality swimming pool/bar & restaurant then I suggest 'Plage Rouge'. But take your wallet!"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2007
A great place with great staff!
"This riad was a place we found by searching on TripAdvisor. We found it to be exactly as promised, convenient to the Jemaa El Fna and the Souk. You can easily walk to the square and back in just a couple of minutes. Its located close to the Koutiubia Mosque. Kind of in the middle between the square and the mosque. The person in charge of the riad was named Masseoud and was great! He made us comfortable from the start by being responsive to our email for information, arranging a taxi from the airport when we arrived (Euros10) and meeting the taxi to show us to the riad which is a bit off the road. The other staff was terrific, smiling, and helpful whenever we wanted anything. The room was a bit narrow, but with a private bath and a nice bed. The rooftop terrace was a selling point in the Web reviews we read, but was even better when we arrived. A cold beer and watching the sun go down after a long hot day in the marketplaces and the back streets of Marrakesh was very welcomed. You have to pay in cash or there is a 10% surcharge, so come prepared. Don't miss a chance to stay in the heart of where so much is happening. We look forward to going back again!
Mark & Lesley (Barcelona)"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of July 2007
I can't recommend this place enough
"We stayed in the first week of June, and had an incredibly enjoyable time at this Riad. The Riad itself is very picturesque, with all of the comforts that you would expect from a hotel of a very high standard (spotless, air conditioning etc)it still retains its Moroccan character and charm. The location was literally 3 mins walk from the main square, and yet all you could hear was birdsong. We were amazed at what we were getting for our money. We were staying just across the road from the main Riad, in an annexe that we had practically to ourself, decked out in the style of the main annexe. Our bedrooms were wonderful, and we had a rooftop terrace to ourself! What really made our stay special, however, was the attitude of the staff. Although we never met Olive Gendrot, he was very helpful when we were booking on email. There was a driver waiting for us at the airport in a very comfortable and air conditioned car, and Masoud, the Riad manager, was waiting to welcome us when we arrived. Masoud was a legend. He speaks 5 different languages, which must be a godsend if you cannot speak French. He bent over backwards to accommodate us and any requests that we might have, and gave us very sound advice, helping us to get cheaper deals and enjoy a side to Marrakech that may have bypassed us. He arranged for us to have a trip to Essouaria, with the same driver who picked us up from the airport, for an incredibly reasonable price, and a very friendly driver. For three young women travelling alone in Morocco, he made us feel very safe, and even accommodated my request to sleep on the roof one night!
All in all, a great place to stay, made even more special by the friendly attitude of the staff."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2007
"Lovely comfortable yet authentic Riad with great service and really helpful and friendly staff. Fully recommend a stay here as the location is also fantastic!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 10th of June 2007
Great place, great location, great price!!!
"we stayed at this riad for 3 nights from the 9th May, couldn't have asked for anything better for the price.
Booking - emailed the owner and he confirmed with us, we didn't even pay a deposit.
Arrival - they arranged for someone to pick us up from the airport and for the manager Massoud to meet us at the taxi drop off point, as the taxi cannot get all the way to the hotel. Then our first taste of mint tea mm mm!
Room - twin room, single beds, comfy with traditional moroccon furniture and fittings. Bathroom across the hall, hot shower and clean.
Breakfast - pancakes, fresh bread, jam, honey, coffee, tea, orange juice. Plenty to start the day and served until half ten anywhere in the riad, either on the roof terrace or in any of the other chill out areas.
Pool - bit cold but nice and refreshing after walking around dusty hot marrakech.
Roof terrace etc, nice selection of seating areas for sunbathing, getting out of the sun or taking a quick nap.
Staff - very friendly although for non french speaking people only massoud really speaks english. His is perfect though and he was SO helpful, arranging for a trip to cascade d'ouzoud (highly recommended) and getting around etc in Marrakech. We also had a night after our desert trip where we had no where to stay. Massoud arranged for us to stay in some accommodation across the street as the riad was fully booked. This annex was also very well decorated, clean and relaxing.
I can't recommend this place enough, location is perfect so close to the main square, yet once you enter the riad you feel like you're a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
Please contact me with any questions"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of May 2007