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Riad 58 Blu
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb Jdid 58 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #38 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Devon, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“A superb oasis in bustling Marrakech.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We had a really nice stay at this Riad In october for three nights. Paolo, Mohammed & Ishmail were great hosts and nothing was to much trouble. Very central location, Although i don't know how but we always managed to find our way to the main square but on every occasion coming home we got lost!
After the hustle and bustle of Marrakech it was so nice to come back to this riad & relax, on the roof in the sun or in the cool courtyard downstairs. The candles etc in the evening created a beautifull calm atmosphere.
I would highly reccomend Riad 58 Blu it was great for us for 3 nights but being slighty picky if we had stayed longer a different choice for breakfast may have been nice. But all in all a wonderfull experience.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

My first time to morocco and stayed in Riad 58 Blu. A beautiful authentic riad very close to the central square. The manager was extremely helpful and courteous - arranged a trip for us up to the Altas mountains - don't miss this! The Riad itself was so peaceful and calm - candles lit at night and a beautiful roof top terrace to relax. We were upgraded to a suite on our arrival which was absolutely gorgeous. Very recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

If you are looking for something a bit different from the usual tourist hotel experience then Riad 58 Blu provides authentic, comfortable accommodation coupled with personal, friendly service. Paolo, the owner, assisted by Mohammed and 'Smile' make guests very welcome and go out of their way to see new arrivals quickly familiarised with their surroundings.

The included airport transfers are a welcome essential in getting to and from Riad 58 Blu with our driver waiting for us for over an hour due to a delayed flight and walking us to the door of the Riad with our luggage. Within an hour of arrival at the Riad we were served with a welcome mint tea and guided by 'Smile' through the narrow streets and alleys to a money change facility and then to a recommended restaurant off the main square.

When staying in the Riads around the Medina be prepared to rub shoulders with the locals and experience life in the raw. Expect to be wakened by the Muezzin's call to prayers at the nearby mosque and dodge the constant flow of scooters, bicycles and donkey carts which stream around the alleyways. Whilst we always felt safe, the enclosed alleyways and streets can be intimidating at first and 'Smile's' introductory walk to the big square was a reassuring help in navigating to and from the Riad.

In summary Riad 58 Blu provides a welcoming, peaceful and comfortable resort from the bustle and heat of Marrakech.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

well as we always do these days we booked this riad after reading the reviews on here and i must say they are pretty accurate. From the moment we arrived by cab just 100 meters from the riad we were tricked into having our bags carried by a couple of young lads claiming to work for the riad, they as you have guessed ended up taking us on a half mile de tour before getting to the riad. once at the riad we were greeted with a warm welcome by mohammed. once inside mohammed correctly stated that nothing in marrakech is free this turned out to be very true, while inside the riad we felt very relaxed, the moment we left each day we were on our guard ready for on coming scams.
In terms of value for money marrakech is a strange place as some things like cabs can be very cheap with fares as low as £1 to the new town..however if you, like us like an alcoholic drink or three..this can be expensive...in particular nicki beach, pacha, bars near the casino rose bar etc etc....here expect to pay £10 for a 250ml bottle of lager....or £ 125 for a bottle of there "cheaper wine".....if im honest food quality around the medina square is poor and this forced us into higher end resteraunts none of which were cheap....so back to the riad excellent service, clean rooms, beautiful decor etc, expensive kick back trips (shop owners pay your driver or riad? to viit them etc) we visited 10 on 1 trip! but best of all was mohammed and his team who treated us like family from start to finish...i would recommend this riad to anybody who wants to be at the centre of the old town in the action ! once again thanks to mohammed and his team !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Just returned from Riad 58 Blu, after staying 5 nights.
Excellent pick up/drop off airport/hotel transfers (included in the price). The Riad as everyone else has said is lovely- clean and feels spacious inside, very calm and almost tranquil atmosphere. Stayed in the Emerald suite, ground floor next to pool. First impressions were a large room with comfortable sofa and nice authentic décor. A few niggles- the safe didn’t work properly- we took to locking the wooden wardrobe door and hiding that key and the room/city advice sheet- in French only (poor considering number of British/Italian visitors).
The service by staff was excellent. Ishmael couldn’t do enough for you, he seems to work day and night, and remained extremely helpful throughout our stay. Mohammed assisted in booking the day trip out to the Atlas Mountains Note: cheaper than booking through a tour company (however realised that chap who took us was a taxi driver (who took us back to the airport!)
We had booked the half board option- which I now wish we hadn’t. You couldn’t fault the location; the roof terrace or the service (Ishmael), however we did find the meals disappointing. Breakfast was the same everyday- no choice (as others have said- different styles of pancakes/bread. Evening meal- again no choice. The first two days were fine starter- salad, main- chicken or lamb tagine then fruit basket. Subsequent nights the quality of the meals reduced still soup/salad to start, then either a tagine loaded with large chunks of root vegetables (no meat) or couscous again with large chunks of root vegetables. I must admit neither myself or my husband enjoyed these meals (however that may be because we like spices/flavoured food). I think that I wrongly thought seeing this Riad had an Italian owner we may have been offered slightly different fare- obviously not.
Unknown to us before booking this holiday, Ramadan started on our second day. However there was no problem drinking/eating out. Some shops/restaurants shut early, however the biggest problem was finding places to go during the day as lots of major sites were closed, including the main hammans.
Marrakech- we found exhausting. No one has mentioned yet- the number of motorbikes/scooters that race up and down all the alley ways and unbelievably inside the souks. You take your life in your hands every time you step out of the door, and you’re on your guard all of the time. We also found the shops and souks frustrating; we’ve been to Souks before so are well aware of the bartering, but the continuous and constant harassment received from not only shop keepers but it seems everyone you pass wears you down after two days. We felt we were continuously saying ‘No ’ and this took away the enjoyment of the whole experience.
Back to the trip to the atlas mountains- Good value, but beware you’ll stop at a house, and told take pictures of mountains from the roof terrace as good view. Before you know it you’re guided into this shop and again- the sales men have got you into their trap. Then further along the road, you stop again at a natural pharmacy- again you’ll be escorted round some gardens, then you will be expected to sit through a sales pitch for spices/creams etc again with a view to buy something. Once at the river- we hired a guide (very cheap) to take us up to the waterfall- take sturdy shoes as expect lots of climbing. We travelled with a lovely Italian couple who noticed that the driver tended to phone ahead to alert people of our arrival!
All in all, I’d say that Marrakech has fallen typically into the tourist trap ( my husband whose recently been to Fez and northern Morocco says its more relaxing up there with none of the continuous hassle from hawkers- so may be worth considering).
Don’t go expecting a relaxing holiday- but yes you’ll have an adventure, and Riad 58 Blu is a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights, but for a longer stay I would certainly look at staying in one of the outlying hotels- away from the hustle and bustle.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We stayed at this riad for our first trip to Marrakech.
We were met at the airport (all part of the service!) and our driver walked us the last 50m to the door. It was 4.30 in the afternoon (and 44C!) and we had the warmest of welcomes from Paolo and Ismail with the coldest of beers! Blisss!
Our room was gorgeous, with stained glass windows opening onto the courtyard and pool. Beautifully decorated and air conditioned!
Paolo walked us to the square so we could get our bearings (about an 8 min walk) and left us to our own devices. We employed a guide for half a day (Khadija, lovely woman and only 350dh... ask Ismail) and did the sites and the souk. A great idea otherwise we would have got lost for sure!
The little shops on the junction where the Porte du Monde restaurant is (on the way to the square) are MUCH CHEAPER than the souk. You have been warned!
P du M is a perfectly nice place to eat, but do try and spoil yourself at the Grand Cafe de la Poste in Gueliz (a short cab run) or at the Tanjia (15 min walk).
Riad 58 Blu is simply marvellous, Ismail could not work harder to make your visit a joy (and brews a mean pot of mint tea!). Paolo is the ultimate host. Drinkie poos are available in the riad (including a very acceptable local red, served chilled).
Check in, shoes off, chill out. If there's anything you need, just ask. Ismail's brekkie omelettes are the only way to start the day!
We'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

Great service from very friendly staff. From the moment we arrived nothing was too much trouble - even escorting us to the main square on our first venture out so that we did not get lost. Peaceful, quiet, great decor and a lovely little plunge pool to cool off in at the end of a hot noisy day. Chilled beer ready and waiting for you too! Would very much recommend this Riad.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Jdid 58 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#24 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#37 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#83 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad 58 Blu 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enter Riad 58 blu, discover this little treasure, this relaxing oasis in the very earth of the lively medina, just a few steps from the excitement of the famous Jema el Fna square.Let yourself be captivated by the magic of its Moorish style and by the warm welcome of Paolo and Cinzia: Paolo Lombatti, its Italian owner who, after ten years experience in Morocco, will suggest you to take advantage of your stay in Marrakech and how to discover its surroundings. ... more   less 
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