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Riad Menzeh
34 derb El Arsa | Sidi Ayoub, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #15 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Sheffield
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“Ditto....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Unable to add anything that previous reviewers haven't already commented on, but with a special mention to the quality of sleep. The room was very dark, quiet and cool and the bed was very comfortable. Slept like a log every night.
Great stay and would unreservedly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I loved my stay at Riad Menzeh. The place is decorated in a gorgeous authentic Moroccan style and the host Bernard is extremely hospitable. He really makes you feel like family and always goes the extra mile to ensure you have the best possible stay. As a first time visitor to Marrakech, I would especially recommend Riad Menzeh to other first time visitors, as I found his expert local advice and directions to be indispensable. I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 18, 2013

I adored staying at this incredible 16th century riad. Nothing was too much trouble for our host, Bernard. He painstakingly walked us to the enormous square giving us tips so we could get back alone, which we managed to do. My room up on the second floor was cool and comfortable and I loved lying in bed listening to the call to prayer. The pillows were the best I slept on in Morocco. . We enjoyed 2 dinners at the riad which included a fabulous traditional vegetable and chick pea soup. Wifi was great in the salon area. I cannot wait to return to Morocco and when in Marrakech would not think of staying anywhere but Riad Menzeh. Just go and you will love it !!

  • Stayed November 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
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Bernard and Jamal made our holiday so much more than it would have been if we had stayed in a bog standard hotel out of town. It was an experience and I agree with all that Christine has said so eloquently. Christine and Sean it was a pleasure to meet you. I hope you made the Gatwick express OK.

Room Tip: All the staff were so kind and really looked after us.
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  • Stayed November 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Exceptional hospitality along with great accommodation and food make Riad Menzeh very special.

The warm, friendly welcome began before we reached the front door, when Bernard came to meet us at Sidi Ayoub square from the taxi he'd arranged for us from the airport. We were familiar with the short walk to the Riad from the video on the Riad Menzeh website, and once we'd arrived it was easy to take literally Bernard's statement that 'this is your home in Marrakech'.

Jamal made us welcome straight away with mint tea and biscuits in the central courtyard, and the first of many conversations. His ability to listen, be attentive to our needs, and to share useful information and advice in a gentle, friendly and unobtrusive way hugely enhanced our experience of staying in Marrakech.

On our first foray into the streets of the medina Bernard walked with us to the central square, Djemaa el fna, (about 10 minutes walk when the streets are busy), pointing out landmarks on the way so that we could easily navigate by ourselves the next time, and stopping every so often to greet his friends and to answer a raft of questions from us.

Our room was the spacious, cool 'Suite Menzeh', on the first floor, with a huge and very comfortable bed, a sofa, and a really good size bathroom with very grand looking bath and a good over-bath shower. Everything was spotless and worked perfectly. This room has the 'menzeh' after which the riad is named - a latticed window over the central courtyard below, from which the women of the Pasha's household would have looked out unobserved to see his visitors. It's a lovely feature which lets a certain amount of daylight, but not heat, into the room, and preserves a sense of privacy at the same time.

We'd requested dinner for when we arrived and, in the courtyard again, were treated to a real feast of Moroccan specialities including a light, frothy traditional avocado dessert, (avocados are regarded as fruit not veg in Morocco). As vegetarians we often expect that there will be limited options, but when we ate at the Riad for a second time later in the week, Madame Karima made a point of making completely different dishes from our first night, including Harira, (soup), and a traditional Berber wedding feast dish, which we enjoyed immensely.

Up on the Riad's peaceful roof terrace it was possible to take in the sunshine and an amazing view across the rooftops of Marrakech - lots of satellite dishes, the Koutoubia Mosque minaret and faint traces of the mountains on the horizon - and after dark a brilliant view of the smoke rising from the vast number of Djemaa el fna food stalls.

As part of our 'package' at Riad Menzeh, ('packs' are listed on the website), Bernard arranged for us to travel to Amizmiz, at the foot of the atlas mountains, and to stay overnight with Berber mountain guide Ali Bella and his family. Ali is immensely experienced, but was happy to accommodate our wish to do just some light walking. It was a great opportunity to enjoy a little of the Atlas Mountains scenery and Berber culture, and this was a good break from the frenetic pace of Marrakech. The hospitality and food were excellent .

Also included in our 'pack' was a couples hammam treatment in the Riad's own small hammam. It isn't something either of us would usually choose to do, but we're both really pleased we overcame our reticence. Madame Rachida, who oversees the ablutions, ensured we came out with skin softer than a baby's and washed cleaner than even our mothers ever got us! I'd recommend giving it a try, even if you're a bit nervous about the idea.

We would gladly stay at Riad Menzeh again and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 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 November 8, 2013

Nicely managed riad in an authentic part of the Medina. Caring stuff who organized everything perfectly: pick up service from the airport, free water, fresh orange juice etc. Specially to mention is the maybe smallest hamam in town. We highly recommend it!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Based on trip advisor reviews, we booked Riad Menzeh for the beginning of our honeymoon this October. Right from our first email correspondence with Bernard, we knew we were in good hands. Before we'd even arrived, he had arranged for us to take a tour from Marrakech, through the mountains, to the desert to do a camel trek (he booked us through Noble Tours which was an EXCELLENT recommendation - everything went seamlessly & we had an amazing time!).

Bernard made us feel immediately welcome and helped us navigate the chaos of the old city in Marrakech. It was an easy walk (once we'd done it once) from the Riad to the central square, Djemaa El Fna.

Bernard & his assistant, Jamal, seemed to have a sixth sense about what we would need - our breakfast table was always laid out for us no matter what time we sauntered down to the delightful open inner courtyard of the riad. The decor of this riad is lovely, the lighting beautiful and everything very comfortable.

When we got back from our 3 day trek through the mountains and desert, we were welcomed "home" with a steaming cup of mint tea. We were sad to leave but would HIGHLY recommend the hospitality of Riad Menzeh to anyone visiting Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 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
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Address: 34 derb El Arsa | Sidi Ayoub, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Menzeh is located in a small and peaceful street in the heart of Marrakech old city. 10 minutes walk from the well known Marrakech main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Menzeh is the perfect place to enjoy this amazing city. Bernard and his staff will be happy to help you discover Marrakech the Red City of mysteries, sounds, smells and flavors. Activate your senses in this unique part of the world. Above all, we'€™d like to share with you our passion for this stunning and colorful city and its people, incredibly nice and friendly. Indulge yourself in a traditional spa massage over a steam bath and warm pore cleansing with scented black soap and ghassul (clay) in our private Hammam. ... more   less 
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