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“Oasis in the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Herndon, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Oasis in the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this charming little Riad thru TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. We stayed here three nights. A traveler quickly learns Riads are an oasis from the noise and stress of the outside world. This is because they are located in the labyrinthine alleys that constitute the Medina. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but a traveler quickly gets over the anxiety of getting lost. The challenge was made simple due to Yassine, who was in charge at the Riad during our visit. He was the consummate hotelier -- arranging a complimentary hired car to pick us up at the airport, providing us tea whenever, recommending restaurants and phoning in reservations, orienting us to the Medina with The Map (framed) and a pocket version, with address/ phone listed, and even walking us to a main street when we first set out to explore. He provided a shisha pipe on request, and drinking water as needed.

The Riad is located at the eastern side of the Medina, and although it was about 15 min away from the main Jemma al Fna square, which can be a tiresome trek several times a day, it was easy to find after the first excursion out. Its location is great for getting to the souks; trying different routes should not cause alarm, because signs generally lead to the square. (Travelers should avoid asking locals for directions, unless they are prepared to pay for an eager "guide" to walk them around. Shopkeepers are a better source of info.)

The Riad itself is an incredible place -- a large inner courtyard with a central palm tree that provides quiet, shade, and cool ambiance, augmented by the Diana Kraal and other mellow sounds on the sound system downstairs. Please note: you must be able to climb stairs here, and they are a bit steep. The rooms are on second and third floors, and have separated bathrooms from sleeping areas. Our air conditioner worked nicely. No TV -- but the wifi worked great. The upstairs terrace is another area to enjoy, and the downstairs has a side sitting room and lots of English and French-language books, including guide books of the area. Breakfast was served daily, and it was correct -- breads, eggs, fruit, yogourt, and coffee or tea.

Bottom line: for hospitality, charm, and relief after a day in the city, you'll enjoy this little oasis, as long as you don't mind walking to the Medina or climbing stairs to and from your room. We had a great time and know the Riad Menzeh helped make our stay in Marrakech even more memorable.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After a five day trek in the Atlas Mountains and requiring respite from the hustle bustle of Central marrakech this Riad was perfect.

Bernard, Jamal and Yassine looked after us fabulously. Breakfast was tasty, water and mint tea in good quantities when you needed it and recommendations on sites to visit was forthcoming.

Rooms were air conditioned and showers were excellent.

To top it all, the walk from here to main square (10mins day - 30 mins night) let us experience the real Marrakech people living their normal lives rather than those on show to tourists in other areas of marrakech.

The visit to this Riad has really helped us enjoy our visit more.

Thank you.

Stayed August 2014
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Danville, Kentucky
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our family of 5 stayed at this Riad for 3 nights. Jamal and his staff were AMAZING! We felt like family the whole time we were there. They helped arrange day trips for us and gave us information about local attractions. The food was amazing. We ate every breakfast and dinner at the riad and were glad we did. The accommodations were excellent! Very Clean and Very comfortable. A/C was available in each room. We enjoyed the roof-top terrace. We would recommend this riad to everyone. I am VERY particular about our accommodations and this riad was exceptionally clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stayed here for three nights and had a wonderful time at this beautiful Riad. It is an oasis of calm and relaxation after navigating the hectic souk's. Yaseen, Jamal and Bernard are exceptional hosts and provided me with an itinerary that made my holiday a memorable experience. From trekking the Atlas Mountains to quad biking in the desert Riad Menzeh ensured my trip to Marrakech would be an all time highlight. Breakfast is delicious and plentiful with the dinner I had the best I had in my time in Marrakech. Looking forward to returning to this exceptional Riad.

Stayed June 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Riad Menzeh for a few nights before traveling to the coast and then returning to stay at a different riad in Marrakech. Menzeh was comfortable enough, but after reading the outstanding reviews I have to admit I was underwhelmed. The riad was very difficult to find (we were driving, so perhaps not a problem if you're being picked up at the airport) and while many sites were within 20 - 30 minutes walking distance it was a bit removed. The room was nice enough, though the door to the bathroom did not close completely. There were really no amenities on the property, it was very basic. We did eat dinner there one evening and it was good, and breakfasts were also decent. Overall it was comfortable and a good value, just not necessarily a "wow" experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What can I say apart from an incredible place!
Bernard and the staff really make you feel so at home, with helpful advice, tips on where to visit etc. The food and drinks we had there were perfect and yummy.
I can't say much more apart from perfect. Great location too, about a 15 minute walk from the main square but really peaceful.
Finally it is insanely good value!
Definitely have a relaxing hamman and/or massage too if you have a chance.
We would definitely return.

Room Tip: We had the top floor room, which was very private and great to wake up and be on the roof terrace to...
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Trondheim, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our trip to Marrakech would not have been so pleasant if we had not stayed at this Riad. When we arrived the staff, Jemaal and Yaseen, sat down with us and asked what we wanted to do while in Marrakech and helped us setting up a schedule of what we should do. This was so helpful! They scheduled a day trip to the Atlas Mountains that was so wonderful and we got to see a different side to Morocco than just the busy streets of Marrakech. One of the nights they invited us to dinner on the house and served one of the best meals that I had during our trip. The roof terrace of the Riad is very pleasant, has a great view of the city, and is perfect if you just want to take an afternoon of and just relax.

The Riad was very clean, rooms were nice, although the bed were perhaps a bit to hard for my taste. So if you are going to Marrakech this is the place where you should stay!

Room Tip: We had a room on the second floor, which I think is better than on the first floor since those rooms...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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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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