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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 #37 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Still here on a week's break. Paolo and his team, Ismael, Mohammed and staff, really go out of their way to make you welcome and to help. Room is great. Everything works. Riad is just a short distance from many of the main sights, but is quiet and cool and peaceful.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Just back from an impulse short break in Marrakech - it was fantastic! A late email to Paulo and he immediately confirmed that we would be met at the airport. We were arriving quite late so asked if we could eat - no problem. We asked for lemon chicken tagine as I had read from another reviewer that it was good. Ishmail met us from the taxi, took us to a lovely suite and set a romantic table for us. Lovely. Breakfast served by Ishmail (does he ever sleep!?) on the terrace in the morning was delicious and plentiful. Paulo booked an excursion for us for the following day to the Atlas Mountains and a 'Hammam' at the fabulous Bains de Marrakech before personally walking us to the Djemaa el Fna and showing us the signs to lookout for so we could find our way back. We ate dinner at his Italian restaurant in the new city. Delicious and excellent value. He had not pushed it at all - I had read that he also ran an Italian restaurant so asked if we could book a meal. All in all we had a fabulous stay, unlike a previous reviewer, felt perfectly safe walking 'home' at night and found our way easily by following the signs. The warmth and helpfulness of the staff at the Riad could not be faulted. We shall definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 March 14, 2013

Down a tiny alleyway, where builders are working, you'd have no idea what lay behind that wooden door at 1st glance! We contacted the owner, Paolo, a week or so before our trip and free transport from the airport was arranged. We were settled into our suites in this beautiful, individual Riad and were the only people there for 2 nights, so we truly felt spoilt, especially by Ishmail, who looked after us like our own personal Butler during our stay. We also had a lovely meal at the Riad on our 1st night. Paolo walked us to the main road and gave us directions and once you have your bearings, it is very easy and safe to get around. Everything is walking distance from the Riad if you stay within the medina and you can easily cab or take a horse drawn carriage to other sights like Morjorelle Gardens. We can also recommend La Maison Arabe for a special meal and a wonderful setting. Kozybar is lovely for a sundowner. We also used the Hammam 'Les Bains de Marrakech' - sheer luzury! The Jewish quarter is also very interesting. Be warned that you'll be advised that different routes are closed or the way to the El Badi Palace is that way, then left, then right... all with the intention of sending you via their shop... but we found it all light hearted and without the hard sell. All in all a great stay and the Riad surpassed our expectations.

Room Tip: We had rooms on the ground floor, the room by the plunge pool is the nicest
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Riad is very well placed, being easy walking distance to all the sights but far enough from the centre to be peaceful - very neccesessary after a day in Marrakech. All the staff are friendly and helpful, and quick to sort out any problems/give advice. Mohammed's guidance on finding the way to and from the riad was essential!
The rooms are comfortable and breakfast on the roof terrace was most enjoyable. You do need to come to terms with curtains across the doorway during the day but this soon seemed quite natural. You are also reliant on quiet guests, as sound travels in the open courtyard very easily.
Unfortunately, the bath is only intended to be used as a shower tray and does not have a plug.
The rooms are quite gloomy (riad style) but bright bedside lights were thoughtfully provided.
Marrakech is frenzied and we spent too much time lost in the souks and alleys, as the tourist maps are totally inadequate. This is fun at first, but another time would buy a proper map from a map specialist before leaving UK.
There are many exceptional things to see in Marrakech, all in the guide books. A day in the Atlas mountains provides a good contrast with the town

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

February is low-season, the evenings are cold, the riads are not full, and rates are lower. So we were upgraded free-of-charge to suites. The rooms are very comfortable and they have heaters. Portable heaters heat the bathrooms. This mid-range riad is very tastefully done, and has a lovely terrace where breakfast is served. There is a gorgeous inner courtyard with a fountain that is candle-lit every night. We had complementary transfers to the airport and it is best to clarify that in the rate beforehand.

The location is good as it is a short walk to the medina, Djema Al-Fna. We walked to Saadian Tombs, Dar Si Said, Bahia Palace, the medersa, Museum of Marrakech, souks, tanneries, etc. There are numerous locations to change money and ATMs for cash withdrawal (get better rate through ATMs). There are plenty of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. The outstanding Pepe Nero is a five-minute walk and Mohammed will happily make a reservation (must reserve for this popular place).

The riad is owned by Paolo, who is very pleasant and run by Mohammed and Ishmail. We had exchanged e-mails with Paolo before our visit for various things such vegetarian meals, rates for car/driver/guide, side-trips. Mohammed checked us in, explained everything, and took us to the medina/square so we could find our way without asking anyone. He showed us where to change money. He arranged for a car and driver for a dinner in Ville Nouvelle and for Valley Ourika. It is almost certainly cheaper to arrange for a Grand Taxi for dinner from a taxi stand for 3 or people as the Petit Taxis only take up to 3 passengers. But this was convenient as we were tired and it turned out that the restaurant (Cuisine de Mona--an excellent Lebanese restaurant) was not easy to locate, so an English-speaking driver was very helpful. You really do not need a guide to go around and in fact the guides can be a nuisance taking you to shops more than the sights. It is not difficult to get around the old town, it is safe, and a guide book is enough.

So Mohammed is a very useful and helpful resource--he can be moody and it is best to ignore it. In Morocco everything is and should be negotiated (rates, car, driver, guides, certain meals, shops). Ishmail served us our breakfasts very graciously. He loves to chat and it was fun to hear his views and get an insight into life in Marrakech. The breakfasts were lovely consisting of coffee/tea (mint tea as well), almond-flavored yogurt, various Moroccan breads, orange juice, and a little fruit. Between Mohammed and Ishmail, the riad can feel like home away from home. It was also very pleasant to meet other guests.

For vegetarians, Riad 58 Blu has by far the best vegetarian tajine. It was nothing like the bland standard fare with seven vegetables--there were so many fresh, flavorful vegetables and they were perfectly cooked and flavored with tons of fresh herbs. We had to order dinner ahead of time as they normally don't serve meals. We ordered three between the four of us but two would have been plenty. The meal was one of our best on the trip and Ishmail was so wonderful in serving us. So even if you happen to stay elsewhere, do call and book a vegetarian dinner--the setting, the food, and the service are perfect. If the veg food is so good, the chicken and lamb dishes have to be superb as well.

The only thing that could be mildly inconvenient for people is the lack of shower curtains that make the bathrooms really wet for the next person. Also keep in mind that riads are the equivalent of havelis in India--there are few or no windows, and the windows overlook an inner courtyard. So rooms tend to be dark. Our ground-floor suite had huge, really pretty stained-glass windows which overlooked the pretty courtyard but the room was dark. They are built for very hot summers more than the short, but cold, winters. This is true of all riads as they are traditional homes/big houses that have been renovated. They have far more character and charm than a standard hotel.

We highly recommend this riad as we had a great time.

Room Tip: All the 5 rooms are different. The two first-floor rooms are great as is the ground-floor suite away...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

After a long day travelling to Marrakech, a change of planes at Casablanca, a short taxi ride from the airport and trundling our cases down a few alleyways I must admit we did feel a bit daunted at the prospects of what the Riad 58 Blu would be like. On arrival at the ornate but indistinct door (accompanied by our taxi driver) we did wonder what lay behind.

To our surprise, when the door was opened by Ismail it opened into a wonderland of Moroccan architecture and we felt instantly at ease in what was to be our home for the next 4 days. The next day we met Mohammed the manager who was very obliging in giving us advice about where to go in the city and offered to arrange taxis, restaurants etc.

From arrival to leaving our stay was well catered for even to the extent that Ismail took us on our first day to the main square and pointed out landmarks so that we could find our way back through the myriad of alleyways which all look the same. He and the rest of the staff were extremely friendly, eager to please and were very concerned when my partner took ill and remained in bed for the day on our second day there even to the extent that they kept checking up on his progress and offered him breakfast in bed. The rooms were meticulously cleaned on a daily basis and the bed one of the most comfortable I have slept in in a hotel.

The roof terrace is quirky to say the least and is a fabulous place to eat al fresco but in the winter can be a bit chilly. The breakfasts consisted of the tastiest yogurt we have eaten, fresh fruit and fabulous local bread all freshly prepared with an assortment of jams. There was also the option of omelette if required.

Toufik the driver who took us up into the mountains (1300MAD approx £100) was also an excellent source of information and took us to the ski resort which my partner, who skis, did say was beyond rustic and was quite rough to ski on, compared to European resorts. There is also no piste map so a guide is recommended but doesn't come cheap which is the same for ski and boot hire. After his rough ride down the mountain and my rickety ride to the top in the chairlift we were ready for some food and were presented with what was the tastiest soup and tagine we had during the whole holiday. All in all our day in the mountains was very interesting and breathtakingly beautiful. One word of caution though is when you are taken to see the waterfall which is pretty but by no means breathtaking decline the offer of a guide as it is very easy to find but one hell of a climb over rocks (take good walking shoes). The guide was expensive at 200MAD and really not necessary.
We would definitely recommend the Riad 58 Blu to anyone who wants a little bit of luxury and rustic charm while holidaying in Marrakech.

Our thanks to all the staff for making our stay a very special one and one which we will always remember.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

To properly experience Marrakesh you have to stay in a Riad. Riad 58 is first class and ALL the staff and Paolo are very helpful.
Of course you have to work out how to find the Riad in the maze of little streets but it is not difficult and fun. At least you can rub shoulders with the locals ( literally!).Mohammed and Ismail were helpful in their advice and were willing to take you to local restaurants. Toufik the local driver is very helpful and always at the right place at the right time.
Cannot fault the Riad and would stay there again.
For visits, Ourika valley and Essaouaira are musts as well as the Majorelle gardens.
Restaurants, Tanjia, El Fassia, , Peppenero are first class - you get what you pay for.
Dancing displays in restaurants equal mediocre food and high price.

Room Tip: Suites on first floor are best
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
#36 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#82 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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