10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
exceptional accomodation! unexpected in Marrakech
"exceptional hospitality! new structure, elegant, very well maintained. The cuisine is amazing and the owners very kind and helpful. something very unexpected in Marrakech"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of September 2009
Excellent riad - Serenity, tranquillity and peace
"Lovely riad and very good value for money. Rene-Jean is a perfect host with a super sense of humour, he made us feel immediately at ease
There is a great cook who makes delicious food and lovely cakes
Excellent service all round
Such a wonderful find, wish we'd found it earlier.
A great place to return to after the heat of the day and the hectic pace of Marakesh at night.
We will certainly stay here again when we return"
- Travel date: Sat 19th of September 2009
"Riad Noor Charana was in a great location, clean, cosy and Danielle and her husband were very friendly and helpful. All rooms are nicely decorated and the breakfast was great! I would recommend this Riad to everyone going to marrakech!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of February 2009
"Riad Noor is situated in the middle of the MÃ©dina and as such very good situated, near all hot-spots of Marrakech. We experienced a very warm welcome by Danielle. Rooms are very nice and cosy, and clean. Each morning we enjoyed a very nice and sumptuous breakfast. Very tasteful kitchen!
This Riad is highly recommended!"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of January 2009
Our new home in Marrakesh
"My sister and I (two Americans in our 20's) travelled to Morocco for the first time last month and selected Riad Noor Charana based on the price value and good reviews on this website. We stayed 3 nights and were beyond pleased with our choice.
The Riad is charming, cozy and well-decorated in authentic Moroccan decor. It is romantically decorated - when we had dinner the first evening in the riad (which I recommend) there were rose petals strewn all over the table. The bedrooms are somewhat small in size, but if you're in Marrakesh you won't be spending much time in your rooms.
We felt safe at all times here (which was a concern to us as young females traveling alone). The Riad arranged an airport pick-up (I recommend it) for 13 euros, and Danielle (the owner) was waiting to meet us as we got out of the taxi. The Riad is so deep in the medina that a taxi can't get down the streets, so we walked from the drop-off point with Danielle to the Riad (5-6 minutes away). We felt personally welcomed from the start, and felt that way until we left.
As far as the location of the riad, it is a relatively easy 10-15 minute walk to the Djma al Fna square. It would be shorter if not for the chaotic mix of people and carts rolling down the streets. I feel that the lcoation of the riad being so deep in the medina actually gave us a good flavor for the city, more so than if we had stayed in a riad right on the Djma al Fna square. And you can't beat the price...we paid 40 euros per night (including breakfast).
Danielle made us feel at home the whole time and actually ate breakfast (complimentary) with us on the roof each morning. She offered wonderful suggestions for our itineraries and actually booked reservations for us at a pool resort (on a hot day), a spa (Les Bains de Marrakesh), and even called a Henna lady to the Riad when we expressed an interest in getting henna tattoes.
Advice for anyone going to Marrakesh: I would reccomend you bring ear plugs, because riads are open air so they can be noisy if there are many guests, and the 5 daily islamic calls to worship could wake you in the night. Take immodium with you in case the spices/food upsets your stomach (it did for me). Bring good walking sandals-the streets are dusty and dirty. Also, it helps if you speak a little French. We didn't run into a single American during our entire stay...most of the "Westerners" there are French. We found many people (taxi drivers, shop owners) didn't speak English at all.
Over-all we had a wonderful time and will return to this riad if we have the opportunity to return to Marrakesh. You will not regret this choice!"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008
Brilliant. Forgot the chain hotels and have an authentic riad exp. here
"I've stayed at Noor Charana twice, in 2006 and 2007 and have recommended it to many friends.
Anyone who visits Marrakech MUST stay in a riad. The hotels outside the old medina, frankly, could be any hotel in the world. Riads are a historic part of Morocco.
This Riad is difficult to find your first time - but then so is anywhere in the Old Medina - but once you know where it is, its v quick and easy to the get to the Djeema/Place.
Both times I stayed here I stayed in the red paprika twin room. I loved the colour scheme in here, especially the red bathroom with a domed roof. The room is v clean and the beds v comfortable, just what you need after a long day haggling in the souks.
The breakfast (which is included in the price) is served on the terrace was excellent, and includes fruit, bahrir (pancakes) and tea or coffee. As with many riads, you receive mint tea and a small snack as you arrive.
There have been different staff during the two times I visited, but both were v friendly and helpful and nice to chat to."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of May 2008
"Stayed here for 4 nights and loved it.... Right in the centre of everything just a few mins walk from 'La Place' but once you're inside to quite and calm surroundings are much appreciated.
Rooms we stayed in although not huge were just what we needed and bathrooms were decked out with beautiful mosaic tileing.
Breakfasts on the terrace were very filling and kept us going well into the afternoon.. the array of jams on the table grew in number each day!
Danille was a brilliant host and always on hand to help out and have a chat and romeo the house cat was the friendliest I've found!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone wanting a home away from home and a bit of tranquility when in hectic Marrakesh."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of May 2008
Danielle is Best Hostess in Marrakesh.
"Danielle saved our vacation in Marrakesh. We lost our guidebook, our desert trek got canceled, we got sick... But Danielle opened the Riad like a home. She found us alternative desert trek, gave us her personal guide book and a list of wonderful places to see in Marrakesh, let us use her own personal computer and cell phone to make calls. We had a wonderful 10 days time in Morrocco and it was largely because of Danielle.
The riad is also beautiful, tranquil oasis within the Medina. Great food. Stylish moroccoan decorations. Nice rooms. Great views. Good chai. And bien sur a great hotess in Danielle."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of March 2008
Fantastic base to explore Marrakech
"We stayed here for 6 days in January and couldn't have wished for a warmer welcome or a more homely retreat in which to relax away from the madness of Marrakech. The riad is lovely with lots of comfy seating areas in which you can enjoy the traditional surroundings. The food was homemade and fantastic and we enjoyed a evening meal with the other visitors to the riad on the roof terrace, one of the many highlights of the trip. Gui had lots of great recommendations for places to visit and eat and took time to make sure we were happy and making the most of our time away, even organising a memorable trip to the Atlas mountains for us. All the rooms were clean and comfy and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this riad to anyone. If you looking for a 5 star clinical hotel with lots of gadgets then this isn't the place for you, but if you want your accommodation to be centrally located, beautifully traditional and full of friendly relaxed staff you must stay here."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of January 2008
Lovely and excellently situated Riad
"We were cordially welcomed by Danielle upon our arrival and were served wonderful mint tea while we filled out the paperwork. Danielle just took over this lovely little Riad in the Medina, located 5 min from Place Jma and easy to find once you know where it is. She is a very friendly and hospitable person who took the time to give us many handy hints and to sit with us at breakfast time. The rooms are lovely and beds comfortable. The terrace is fantastic, and Danielle organized a romantic dinner for us on the terrace, prepared by her talented cook. Two cats wander about and are playful and fun to watch. The courtyard is also inviting, although it is too bad the fountain is not working. On our last day, Danielle organized a lunch and pool deal in a gorgeous hotel outside the city called La Maison des Oliviers, where we also enjoyed the hammam (watch out - make sure you make it clear if you want a massage or not!) and massage (not planned but given anyway!), plus leg waxing. If you are looking for a simple and romantic, quiet getaway without pretence, Riad Noor Charana is the place for you."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of November 2007