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Riad Chi-Chi

Marrakech, Morocco

A very chic little riad tucked away in the central medina, with soothing rooms, a cool roof terrace and unbeatable prices

Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Marrakech's souk-land, this is the near neighbour and younger sister of Riad Ariha, whose combination of Zen-cool bedrooms, impeccable service and unbeatable value makes it one of our most popular riad hotels in the city. Riad Chi-Chi (don't be put off by the name) has all of these attributes and, being newer - it opened in 2009 after a year's painstaking refurbishment - the advantage of better availability. For now, at least.

It doesn't take long to realise that it is in every way the equal of beautiful Ariha. The 5 immaculately crafted bedrooms (2 on the ground floor, 3 on the first), finished in calming creams with accents of bright colour, look out - some of them through intricate wooden lattices - to a central courtyard with its tiny petal-strewn pool and cushioned b'hou (sitting alcove). Up top, a terrace with a canopied chill-out area, bathed in blue-green light at night, offers roof-level views across the medina to the peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

Guest Ratings

Room:
93%
Food:
88%
Service:
96%
Value:
95%
Overall:
93%

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Highs

  • This is a faultless restoration, from the screened menzeh (bay window) to the domed bathroom of the Ivory room
  • The service is top-notch; staff can arrange day trips, meals and massages, and will happily venture out to rescue guests who've got lost in the medina's maze of alleyways
  • The suite, Indigo, has plenty of space for 3, thanks to its sofa'd sitting area
  • We love the location, in a quiet cul-de-sac away from the crowds, but close to the Musée de Marrakech, the Medersa Ben Youssef and the souks
  • There's a firelit salon for cosy winter stays, and a beautiful open-sided loggia with cushioned daybeds

Lows

  • Like all riads, the bedrooms are narrow and the 2 ground-floor rooms lack a bit of privacy
  • The courtyard pool is tiny - just big enough to dip yourself in - and only open in summer
  • The dawn call to prayer from the neighbouring mosque may wake you, but it's all part of the Marrakech experience
  • Bear in mind you're 10 minutes' walk from the Djemaa el Fna, and a few minutes' from the nearest road access

A great value option...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailRiad Chi-ChiTucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Marrakech's souk-land, this is the near neighbour and younger sister of [h:MC024:Riad Ariha], whose combination of Zen-cool bedrooms, impeccable service and unbeatable value makes it one of our most popular riad hotels in the city. Riad Chi-Chi (don't be put off by the name) has all of these attributes and, being newer - it opened in 2009 after a year's painstaking refurbishment - the advantage of better availability. For now, at least. It doesn't take long to realise that it is in every way the equal of beautiful Ariha. The 5 immaculately crafted [r:MC051:bedrooms] (2 on the ground floor, 3 on the first), finished in calming creams with accents of bright colour, look out - some of them through intricate wooden lattices - to a central courtyard with its tiny petal-strewn pool and cushioned b'hou (sitting alcove). Up top, a terrace with a canopied chill-out area, bathed in blue-green light at night, offers roof-level views across the medina to the peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

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