10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wonderful riad, great service!
"My husband and I, both Americans in our late 20's, stayed here for 4 nights in May 2006. The location is great - about a 5 minute walk to the Djemaa el Fna and close enough to other sights in the medina. This riad is gorgeous and the staff is English-speaking (for the most part), and attentive but discreet. The decor includes modern and traditional artwork from all over the Middle East and North Africa, blended with modern and traditional furnishings - very chic. The food is also great - we stayed in for dinner one night and had a terrific 3 course Moroccan meal with wine in the garden - make sure you do this if you stay there. The wine list is extensive, and the riad also has beer and liquor on hand should you want it. Staff was also very helpful when recommending shops in the medina (I know that they recommend their friends, relatives, etc. but this is not always a bad thing) and sent a guide along with us to help navigate the souks, which is a huge help since it is so easy to get lost. Great riad, great staff, great experience. We highly recommend it and will definately stay with them again."
- Travel date: 28th October 2006
Enjoyable stay at this stylish riad
"Despite initial problems in locating this riad - the address is no use at all and we had to ask several passers by for assistance - we were grateful to arrive at this lovely riad. Our room was on the ground floor and a little smaller than we had hoped, although the bathroom was huge! The riad is deceptively large and there are lots of inter-connecting corridors and staircases. The terrace is also large and breakfasts can be enjoyed there whilst appreciating the excellent views. I was disappointed by the pool - one of the main reasons for booking was because of this and it was very small and sheltered. On the other hand, the hammam was excellent and I can highly recommend organising this through the hotel. I had a massage in my room too and it was all quite reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and helpful and provided us with a much needed map. The location of the riad is very good - it is close to the main square."
- Travel date: 25th September 2006
Like nowhere else...
"We stayed at the El Cadi in June 06 and had an amazing few days. There were three of us so we booked the Blue House which is on three levels and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a terrace and a roof area. Photos don't do this hotel justice - there are several courtyards, one with a small pool and the central courtyeard (where dinner is served) is tranquility itself. Like other reviewers, I would recommend eating at the hotel as many nights as you can: in terms of food and ambience you'll find it hard to beat in Marrakech. Any other guests we spoke to said 'isn't this hotel amazing?' If you want to be in the Medina (who wouldn't) and want a tasteful boutique-style Riad then his one's a winner."
- Travel date: 3rd September 2006
Great little hotel
"Stayed here with a friend for 4 nights at the end of Jan 2006. Originally booked the Aleppo room for the shower and twin beds but as the couple staying in the room before us wanted to stay an extra night the hotel asked if we wanted a suite instead at no extra charge - the Chaouen Room, v nice, with air con / heating, seperate room with fridge, main room with double bed and small room off it with single bed and wardobe and a fire which they will light for you if you are inept like me ! As the weather was rainy somedays and sunny on others we had breakfast both on the terrace, where on a clear day you can just make out the mountains, and downstairs in one of the courtyards. Food was decent, tried dinner once and that was v nice - soup, tagines etc. The hotel is very clean and is like a maze trying to get from your room to one of the lounges which added to the excitement. The hotel is literally a minute from the square. Be warned that if you arrive after 1pm, the hotel car has to park at the furthest end of the square so you may have a 5-10 minute walk through the square BUT the hotel porter trolleys your bags - for the trolley alone I would strongly recommend booking the hotel transfers. The hotel has 2 entrances - one bringing you to the square, the other entrance leads you out at the Ben Youssef musuem , at the other end of the souks. This is great as you get to go through the souks / medina from different directions. Staff do ask if you want ideas / directions and helpfully give you a map and umbrella (if necessary) but never try to force ideas or a guide on you. As two females we were never hassled but after a spending hours walking around the museums, souks and the square, it was great to come back to a hotel that is an oasis of calm and quiet for a mint tea or an orange juice (all non alcohol drinks are free). We did have lunch at the Jardins de Koutobia one day but whilst it was beautiful the lunch service was v poor, especially compared to the El Cadi."
- Travel date: 2nd February 2006
Places like the El Cadi have made Marrakech better than ever
"This was my 10th visit to Marrakech since 1969. The city has changed a lot and, unlike most places, entirely for the better!!! The hotel scene is way better too and I'll never stay at the uptight, over the hill Mamounia again now that Marrakech is bristling with these awesome, cool, FRIENDLY riads! The el Cadi was completely fantastic-- wonderful people working there, great attitude, real personal. And the place is beautiful and right in the heart of the medina. Staying there made me feel I was LIVING in Marrakech, not just a tourist passing through."
- Travel date: 10th January 2006
Wonderful in every way
"From the moment we arrived (late 17 November), we were treated like family and led to our delightful, spacious room with excellent shower room. Then we were served a delicious 3 course dinner in a small room with just 2 or 3 other tables. The next day breakfast on one of their extensive terraces - delicious and very relaxing. Here we were in the middle of the busiest part of Marrakech but the place is SO tranquil - you could not hear a thing. Very tastefully appointed with lots of little nooks and crannies. A great massage and hammam. As much fresh orange juice, tea and coffee on the house as you want. Staff totally delightful. In between the hectic sightseeing we returned to have lunch which again was perfect. We cannot wait to return to this idyllic riyad."
- Travel date: 28th November 2005
Not quite what we were expecting.....
"We stayed at the El Cadi for 5 nights, and our hopes were high. We had already stayed as a part of our honeymoon for a couple of nights in Marrakech as a part of our trip at the Riad Noga before we went up country to stay at the Dar Ahlam in Skoura. So we were quite used to exceptional, but easy going establishments. We arrived a couple of days after the owner had her wedding there, and it honestly felt that we were intruding into someone else's home, where as staying at Noga you feel it IS your home. This impression persisted for me across the whole of our stay - I just wasn't comfortable there. The owner did introduce herself to us â but not what she was, so we honestly though she was a resident like us until one of the local staff put us right! Our room - the China Suite was very stark, white washed walls (in keeping with the colour of the court yards), with mounted examples of collectable textiles. The bathroom was huge and we did have a balcony of our own overlooking one of the court yards. The roof of the El Cadi was meant to be the sun deck, that said everything was just piled up in corners and those sofas that were available had their covers half off. It simply didn't compare with the sun deck at Riad Noga. We tried booking an early breakfast for 0700 one morning so we could get up and away early to visit the gardens of Marrakech. Nothing turned up, in the end we had a breakfast in the square for 5dh each (about 33p in UK money!). We did get an apology and a bottle of wine, but the damage had been done. On our last morning there we had similar problems with breakfast - breakfast was booked for 0645, so we came down expecting it at 0645 - nope that's when the chap started preparing it for us! So we end up having to bolt our breakfast down in order to catch our transfer. I think my point is, El Cadi aspires to be something in my opinion it is not. The only reason that it is not what it aspires to be is, is that it lacks polish in what it is and what they do. Unfortunately, El Cadi thinks it has that polish already given the prices they charge."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2005
Friendly and Charming
"A truly Marrakech experience, probably one of the best spots the city has to offer. Staff were incredibly nice. The Ryad belonged to the German ambassador in Morocco and his daughter is now in charge, she garantees a great service, attention to detail and a magic atmosphere. Well done!"
- Travel date: 15th August 2005
Home from home
"What a stunner! We arrived at Riad El Cadi in the Medina at 11pm at night after walking through the throngs of Jemma El Fenna. The winding narrow streets of the Medina are mirrored in the most charming, personal guest house you would ever hope to come across. The rooms are tastefully decorated; not too much fuss and the facilities are excellent. Don't bother eating out as you will not find better food in Marrakesh. The resident chef Mostapha, is bold with his flavour and there seems no end to the variety. In an unhurried, attentive manner you felt, above all, personally looked after by the seemingly tireless staff. As the riad is essentially a Medina 'city block' having been put together by knocking 5 houses together, there are convenient exits to the square, the souk and local attractions through the medival winding alleys. A very adult destination and highly reccomended. Last but not least, we must mention 'Speedy' the tortoise, who entertained us by chasing after our toes in the courtyard - a perfect pet for the setting."
- Travel date: 2nd July 2005
The best thing about Marrakech
"I am not a huge fan of Marrakech but I adore this hotel. It's beautiful, quiet, peaceful and perfectly located. Although a warning, you'll probably get lost finding your way to the reception area from your room. The hotel staff rescued me more than once roaming the passageways. Make sure to have dinner at el Cadi at least once. The food was perfection, the service very thoughtful and the dining area was gorgeous. Also, call a few minutes ahead before arriving at the main entrance to the Medina and they will send someone with a luggage cart to escort you."
- Travel date: 17th March 2005
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