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“Left with the Feeling of Being Ripped Off” 2 of 5 stars
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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 #56 of 477 Hotels in Marrakech
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Left with the Feeling of Being Ripped Off”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Our room at this Riad was beautiful and comfortable just like all the other reviews stated. However, there are a number of beautiful riads in the Marrakech area. I would recommend going some place else. I must state that separate from our experience the location of the riad is not as close as I would prefer to be to the center area of the Medina. Now this just may be our experience but we felt extremely ripped off when we left for a few reasons.

1) We arrived late at night and wanted some food - we were about to go out when the riad head - told us he will get us Lamb sandwiches - with this being our first night in Morocco we didn't know any better - but he charged us almost 12 US dollars each for sandwiches specifically ones we could have bought for less than half the price even with tip for him. He took advantage to us being new in the city.
2) Both of us lost our baggage on the way over and expected some help from the riad since we did not speak the language. The riad was less than helpful and even made us feel awkward about using their phone. At the time we believed this wasn't weird but when later riads offered a lot more help we were more disappointed in our first experience.
3) Paying - the riad operator made us pay in cash (specifically Euro). We were expecting to us credit cards but none of our 4 credit cards worked. However, they work everywhere else - never any problems. Then he charge a few dollars more than listed in the items in the mini bar.
4) Finally, we asked the operator what we should pay for shoes and clothing around the city (since we didn't have any clothes due to our bags) - the prices he told us to bargain for were extremely high! I was told after that the prices were even higher than tourist prices.

Bottom line: Try somewhere else for the cost!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Konstanz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Booking this Riad was the best decision we made on this trip. With Marrakesh being the biggest hustle in the world you need a calming place to relax. This Riad offers all the atmosphere you need after fighting your way through Marrakesh. The staff is extremely friendly, polite and helpful, the rooms are spacious, beautyful and cleaned every day and some delicious breakfast and tea is offered on the rooftop of the Riad with view over Marrakesh. Tours can be organized by the Staff and the driver we had is a very good driver and very friendly.
Located only five (walking-) minutes away from Jermaa El-Fna this Riad is just in the middle of everything! The area seemed to be safe and you shouldn't get problems there. As it is hidden in some calm backstreets , you should make use of the Riads airport-transfer to make sure you'll find it. We can recommend this Riad without hesitation!! Been there July 2013

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice!
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  • Stayed July 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 August 8, 2013

The Riad is exactly as described in the description. What is not described is the fantastic hospitality that the Manager Ishmael and the owner Paolo provide without any prompting. Airport transfers are included in the price for your stay and we arrived at the Riad to find an elegant and well maintained property right in the centre of the Medina but, an Oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina,.

My Wife is a vegan and as a result we often do not have any standard dining options. Paolo contacted us and asked us if we wanted a meal on arrival. I explained my Wife's dietary requirement and when we arrived the most sumptuous 7 vegetable tagine was prepared for us.

Ishmael was very helpful in advising us of local attractions and the best advice was to take a tour guide for the first half day to take us around the Medina. Which was very useful.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 102 which was on the ground floor next to the plunge pool. This also has a table...
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  • Stayed August 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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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Beautiful riad. Quiet and calm. Lovely suites renovated to a very high standard. All suites overlook the central enclosed courtyard with a decorative pool and sun loungers. Breakfast, served on the roof terrace, was good, with yoghurt, local breads, fresh squeezed orange juice and omelettes on request. Ishmail, the manager, was very helpful, as was Paolo the owner. A bit tricky to find but you soon get used to the alleyways that lead to Jemaa el Fna square. A ten minute walk. Beer, wine, snacks were available on request but were pricey. All in all, a very nice, peaceful stay in the chaos that was Marrakech.

Room Tip: First floor suites are probably quieter and more private than the ground floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a great Riad, recommended for anyone staying in Marrakech!
- The rooms are very nice
- The terrace on the roof is amazing
- The Service was great
- Breakfast was very good
- The Riad is at a very good location, about 5-10 minutes walking from the Jemaa el-Fnaa square in a quiet side street of the medina. It is a bit hard to find though. I recommend to call in advance, the staff offered to pick us up at the train-station.

I would stay there again any time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights at the end of June 2013. This Riad is a haven of peace and calm amongst the manic and boiling hot Medina...it was 45c when we were there! Our ground floor room was gorgeous, the bathroom worked just as it should, the bed was comfy, and the breakfast on the roof terrace was a great way to start the day. At the end of a long hot sweaty day, it was wonderful to use the small but perfectly formed plunge pool which was literally right outside our bedroom door.
I can't say enough about the staff, nothing was too much trouble, from providing beers at 1am for us to have with our son and friend on the roof terrace, to making outstandingly good recommendations for restaurants.
The only thing stopping me giving Riad 58 Blu 5 stars is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room, otherwise this place is perfect!

  • Stayed June 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed at the Riad during May this year and had a truly wonderful experience. The accomodation was excellent and the staff extremely helpful. Delicious breakfast served on the Roof Terrace, followed by amazing trips exploring Marrakech and the surrounding area - including a very worthwhile visit to the Atlas Mountains. We found all the locals, very friendly and helpful, and at no time did we feel uncomfortable with them.
The only 'discomfort' we experienced was the sight of some English female tourists who were dressed in totally 'inappropriate' clothes for a Muslim City ie bikini tops and skimpy shorts which would have even looked out of place in London. When in Rome etc and a little respects for your hosts culture shouldn't go amiss.

  • Stayed May 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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#24 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#38 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#39 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#112 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad 58 Blu 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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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