After staying in several riads throughout Morocco, I can say without any hesitation that Dar Sholmes is absolutely exceptional. The riad is perfectly located, in a quiet neighborhood a 5-10 minute walk from the heart of Marrakech. Luc and Sarah are the most welcoming of hosts, who we now regard as wonderful friends. In addition to personally showing us around the surrounding neighborhood and the Place Jemma Fna, they organized a session at a fantastic hammam (spa), helped us pay non-tourist prices in the nearby souk by accompanying us on our shopping trip, arranged transport for us, gave us indispensable advice for the rest of our travels, etc. The rest of the staff at Dar Sholmes are lovely as well, and couldn't be more helpful or friendly. In addition to the incredible hospitality, the riad itself is wonderful -- a picturesque courtyard with a fountain is surrounded by tastefully appointed, spacious rooms. Everything has been recently redone - the bathrooms in particular have a luxurious quality. Upon arriving, we were served complimentary mint tea and led to our room (which Luc upgraded for us on a complimentary basis as they were not at full capacity). In addition to the beautiful rooms/courtyard, the terrace is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy breakfast, have great wine hand-picked by Luc during the evenings, or relax in the jacuzzi. Our last night at the riad, we decided to dine in-house with a few other people we had met who were also staying there. This couldn't have been a better choice - the food was fantastic (great tagine and couscous, as well as delicious desserts made on site), and the service was akin to that of a high-quality restaurant. In general the service at Dar Sholmes is five stars, on par with or even surpassing that of the fanciest hotels due to the personal warmth and welcome you also receive. Our stay in Morocco was highly memorable and relaxing mostly due to Dar Sholmes, Luc, and Sarah. I can't recommend this place more.
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- Marrakech accommodates you the open arms in the one of its more invaluable jewels: Riad Sholmes. Near from Jamaa El Fna place, Koutoubia. A name which reflects its environment: luxury of the decoration worthy of the residences of the pashas combined to subtlety and Western sobriety. ... more less
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