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Hi Loek

I wanted to thank you for everything that you have done for me. I very appreciate it, because you helped me a lot. Next time that I come to Morocco I will not hesitate to contact you.
with best regards,

Marek,  January 2017, Czech republic


I had a wonderful stay in your Riad. I very much appreciated the quick pickup from the airport, the great food that was served, the Moroccan wine and good company. It was a great stay and I really enjoyed it. I wish I had had more time to relax and explore, but even for staying for work was good. Thank you!

Camilla Nov. 2016 Norway


Loek was supremely welcoming and lives in a gorgeous Riad that shows the great love he has put into its restoration and maintenance. His knowledge of the area, and interactions with the community are also fantastic. Definitely recommended!

Dominic,  Sandbach, Cheshire, England, May 2016

Myself and Malou's 2 night stay with Loek turned into 4 due to the great time we had and because of his superb hospitality.
I had such an enjoyable time chatting with Loek about his building of the Riad Aicha and about some of his cycling travels in Iceland and Cuba.

Baz, Wexford, Wexford, Ireland, Apr 2016


I had a great stay with Loek. After getting lost trying to find his place (its RIAD Aicha not DAR Aicha!) he was able to pick me up from my taxi driver and take me to his beautiful riad. He looked after me and we shared a very interesting conversation. I only wish I had more time to spend with him but I had a friend to meet the next day and so had to leave. Loek has a lot of great stories to tell, it was a wonderful experience to share a drink with him and talk in his library.
Thank you so much Loek for letting me stay with you, you have worked so hard on your riad and it really shows, I hope to visit again and stay with you so we can spend more time chatting!

Shilpa, London, United Kingdom, Apr 2016


We had a great time staying with Loek in Marrakech. He is a very nice man with an amazing house. Many people go to Morocco for the impressive architecture, but in its own way, Loek's home was as beautiful as anything we saw during our trip. Great location, near to all the activity, yet outside of the tourist area. I enjoyed playing chess with him. He won the first, I won the second -- hopefully we'll cross paths again one day for the championship!

Tom and Sol, Kansas City, KS, United States,  Mar 2016

(Sol disigned this for me! Thank you!)


It was a pleasant stay at Loek's riad. He took me out for dinner to the square and we had a nice walk going back home. His place is beautiful, we had long interesting conversation about many things and he let me to cook in his kitchen learn how to cook come Morrocan foods, that was epic!

Kartika, Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands,  Mar 2016

I stayed at Ryad Aicha in Marakech for one night ( September 20th ) i was impressed with Loek's Ryad , it is so calm, Relax, cozy, and real Morocain Traditional House, and Loek is so nice, giving the efforts to be a good Host, i appreciate it Loek , and we were having a Morocain dinner with other guests from Netherland in same table and making warm conversation at that moment, it's such as beautiful moment in my first experience becoming a couchsurfer in beautiful country Morocco...the real hospitality in the world.
Hope to revisit Marakech and Morocco and meet you again in another day
Thank you so much for everything Loek.....!!

Debro, Jakarta, Jakarta Special Capital Region (Java), Indonesia, Oct 2015


Getting off the plan in Marrakesh, you instantly know you’re not in Kansas (or Paris) anymore, you can feel it in the air. Our first few nights were spent with a wonderful coach surfing host, Loek, a Dutch expat who lives in Marrakesh and runs a beautiful bed & breakfast inside of a riad. {A riad is a traditional Moroccan home with an interior courtyard} Loek is an avid traveller himself, both inside and outside of Morocco. His place, Riad Aicha, was an incredible respite inside the medina walls. {The medina is a walled historic section of the city with narrow and winding streets, like a maze} He remodeled the riad himself and it really captures all of the charm and mystique you associate with Moroccan design. With no outward windows, it’s like being in a different world. Outside the riad door was the chaos of the city. Honestly, the first few days walking around the medina of Marrakesh made me question if I could spend an entire 3 weeks in Morocco. The constant verbal hustle, the sounds of motor bikes racing up behind you in tight spaces, the smells – some good, some bad, coupled with the unrelenting heat made for an overwhelming experience. However, I did have two favorite times of day. The first was waking up in Riad Aicha. The morning air is cooler, the sunshine is bright and the vibrant colors in the riad invoke good feelings, it’s impossible to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Loek treated us to the most delectible breakfasts with eggs, fresh fruit, Moroccan pancakes, jam, honey and yogurt. There is no better way to start the day. My second favorite time of day was at sunset. The air cools and the medina center comes alive with pop up food stands, fortune tellers, henna artists, live music and dance performances. It’s a unique and lively scene to take in. Riad Aicha was our home base as we stayed there at the beginning, middle and end of our trip in Morocco.  

Trish and Dennis (San Francisco, September 2015)


Hi Loek!

I feel at home when I stay at Riad Aicha. For me, Loek, Karim and Zara are a part of the family. The wonderful Karim’s food, the friendliness of Zara and the availability of Loek are impossible to forget. It's my home in Marrakech!
I wish all the best to you, Karim and Zara.
Thank you for everything!

teresa Medeiros  (Lisbon, April 2015)

Riad Aicha is the cosiest and very traditional Moroccan riad in the heart of the Medina. Traditional Moroccan colours and design was perfectly integrated with contemporary amenities. Riad has rooftop terrace for the breakfast with stunning view over Medina's roofs. Rooms are cozy with air conditioning which are necessity in July and August. Riad has a very friendly and helpful administrator which showed us the way to Jemaa-El-Fna square and overall was very helpful whenever we needed him. This riad deserves recommendation for everyone!

Rasa and Mintautas (Lithuania,  August 2014)

Dear Loek,

Marrakech is an amazing city, and staying at the Riad Aicha means you'll enjoy it even more.
I was in town for only three full days, with wife and toddler. It was the first time we travelled with our little boy so we didn't want to run any risks with accommodation. The Riad really exceeded our expectations. It's simply beautiful, the room was very cozy and well decorated. It gave us a real taste of what Morrocan architecture feels like. Also, Karim and Fatima were absolutely wonderful – I still miss Fatima's crepes and Karim was always so thoughtful. The Riad is just a little “off the beaten track” but the upside of this was that we got to see a part of the old town that's not “made for tourists”. And it's still only 15min from the main square.
We three are very happy to recommend Loek's Riad!

Best regards, Paulo  (London, January 2014)
A very nice Riad with a very attentive staff. Karim is the Housekeeper and he is very friendly and helpful that we lacked for nothing. My traveling companion was sick a couple of days, which made one day we had to stay to eat at the Riad, and it was definitely the best meal I've eaten in Morocco. 
If you can, stay one day and make a lunch at the Riad and order the Chicken Tajin Karim... Delicious!!! I would definitely return to this Riad.

Thank you for everything!!!  (Sept – 2013)

This is a great place to stay in Marrakech
I have been in different Riads – Hotels around the City, but this one was definitely de loveliest one. With many details nice rooms, the best working shower in Morocco I had, and a spa. Having breakfast on the top of the roof is the best way to start the day in this town.
The person who runs this place is Dutch and knows much about the region, he can help you to organize interesting trips around Marrakesh.
He takes the time to tell you where to go and what to do in this so beautiful city. 
A place that makes you feel like home.
I did travel Morocco over two month and this place became one of my favorite ones.

Thanks, Johannes (Giessen Germany, underway to South Africa on his downhill bike!)


The location was nice, it was the oldest part of Medina (old city). It was such a labyrinth that I draw a map for myself and learned a route getting out ( to Jemaa el fna). I did four nights in this place and then booked two nights in the center (gueliz). And for me it worked. The host/owner of this place, Loek. Is a really nice Dutch person who was helping to show the way out from old old city, made a nice new years eve party etc.

Raine (December, january 2013, Helsinki, Finland)