The Riad Massin was wonderful, a true Moroccan Jem!! For 4 female friends on a tight budget it was perfect; a beautifully traditional riad with a roof terrace and shisha tent, a lovely en suite room right by the courtyard in the middle of the riad, a tasty breakfast of pancakes, breads with jam, coffee and fresh orange juice for only 22 durans, wonderful staff that made us feel right at home, and only a 20 minute walk from the main square, close to new town's supermarket, a small market selling fresh bread and the train station.
A few things could be improved on. Our bathroom became slightly flooded after showers and the sink blocked. Toilet paper ran out a lot so we bought our own and we had towels given to us but they were not cleaned so we had dirty towels for the whole of our trip. Only our first shisha was free, we had to pay after this and it was often a struggle to get the staff to prepare us one most nights, it was also broken. I would suggest heading out if you would like a shisha!! We were able to help ourselves to ammenities in the kitchen but often cups were dirty. Great that we were more than welcome to wonder in and help ourselves though, we were able to keep our food in the fridge, which was always safe, and could help ourselves to cutlery.
Other than these minor things the Riad Massin was wonderful and the staff were so warm, welcoming and caring. The ladies of the riad took us for a hamam which was an amazing experience, they are so kind, friendly and helpful, wonderful women!! Aziz and Brahim were fun and always chatting, in all the staff made us feel so welcome and safe.
We booked a 2 day excursion at the Riad with MoroccanViews which I would highly recommend, our tour guide and driver were wonderful throughout our trip, a brilliant experience. Included in the price was an evening meal and breakfast, and stop offs along the way meant you could buy lunch and water. Lots of photo opportunities too! During the desert trip our bags were kept on us at all times and we always felt safe.
The Riad Massin is perfect for friends and individuals as the hostel is very social and can be quite lively. Be aware that all rooms are shared with 2 bunk beds and most rooms do not have an en suite. All rooms also look over the courtyard which can get quite noisy late at night and early in the morning but we were the closest room and did not find it too unsettling. We met lots of brilliant people during our stay and were able to socialise on the terrace and in the courtyard.
For the price this is a wonderful hostel, beautiful and great for those wishing to experience the less touristy side of Morocco, would recommend to anyone and hope to visit again.
Rhiannon Davies, 22, Cardiff
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Massin is a magnificent 19th-century Riad, it stands alongside the ramparts (historical wall surrounding Medina) of Marrakech. Our beautiful Riad is located just a few minutes away from the famous Jamae alfnae square and the souks. It stands just ten yards away from the historic Bab Doukala gate, and offers direct access to motor vehicles (attended parking available). With its inventive and delicate cuisine, this magical Riad is the ideal place to degustate the delicious flavours of Morocco. You can relax in the patio with the fountain sounds or on the terrace, and enjoy the unbeatable quietness of the Red City and the snow-covered Atlas mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Massin Hotel Marrakech