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Riad Nesma
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   128 Riad Zitoune Lakdim | Medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #122 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Highly recommend!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This riad was excellent from the moment we arrived. We were met from our taxi by a member of the riad staff and shown the way.

We had requested dinner on the night we arrived and the food we were served was amazing! Diner was served on the roof and consisted of a selection of 6 different starters, followed by meat and vegeterian tagines then a chocolate dessert. The food was of a very high standard, all freshly prepared and the setting on the roof terrace topped it off. Breakfast was also served on the terrace each morning and consisted of coffee, Morrocan pancakes and orange juice.

The location on the riad couldn't have been better, right in the centre of Marrakech and a 5minute walk from the central square, souks and all of the main sights. the staff were always really helpful and friendly making us feel welcome.

This was our first visit to Marrakech and I would definitely recommend this riad to anyone planning a trip as it was a great start to our holiday!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Downpatrick, Ireland
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stayed her in early January having returned from a trip to the desert. Staff were very excellent and offered us tea upon arrival. The room was lovely and so was the bathroom with nice hot water!! Breakfast was very good and upon leaving the guy on reception helped us with our bags to go and get a taxi. The street the Riad is on is not accessible by taxi however it is only a couple of mins walk to the main street. This Riad is also very close to Jamaa El Fna Square. Would def recomment

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We have just come back from 4 days in Marrakesh. We booked this riad because it was within our budget and we wanted a family room. If you are offered the above room for 4, don't take it. The fact that you can wedge in 4 beds does not make it a family room. We did also see the Idrissedes room however which is also a family room and much more spacious with a proper bathroom, choose that one instead.
We pre booked a taxi both to and from the airport. Much more than you will pay if you do it locally, but worth it in my view as it saves any hassle. The riad itself is french owned, and according to hotel staff seems to be the case of most Marrakesh property as locals cant afford to buy it. The two lads who worked the reception work ridiculous hours for 300 euro a month, yet were the happiest lads I've met.
The riad is well located, although you cant go wrong anywhere within the medina as it so small and walk-able. It feels like its down an alley, but its actually on a main drag and a 10 minute walk to the main square. The food-stalls in the main square offer great food. We ate there every night including the kids and nobody was ill.
The breakfast at the Riad is carbohydrates in every imaginable form, but the orange juice is fresh and the coffee great. Dont have high expectations for breakfast. Mint tea is available whenever you want it, but it wasn't to our taste. Bring some tea bags with you if you miss a cuppa either in the morning or afternoon. There is a sun terrace on the roof, and the TV has English news channels. All in all I would say the staff are fabulous and welcoming, the riad nice, but I'm sure there is better to be had. We enjoyed, but wouldn't go back as our room was cramped having to climb over beds to get to a tiny bathroom. Room fine if only 2 of you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We have a quadruper room for 3 nites in between our visit to Marrakech and Merzouga. The riad situated at the end of Zitoune Lakdim(not accesible by taxi). Easier if u get the taxi to drop u at other end of street, a little medina named "Babel Malah" which is less than 50 meter to the Riad.
The riad only has 7 rooms which make it very cozy and homely. Excellent front desk staff Kareem and Abdul whom speak decent English and brief u all the tricks dealing with local /touters and places to visit.
Breakfast and bed were made daily by the two excelent chambermaids.

Highly recommened!

Family of 4 with teenage son and daughter from Singapore stayed in Dec 9, 2012

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We have just spent 4 nights in the city of Marracech stopping at the Riad Nesma.After reading many reviews in Trip Advisor I chose this Riad as it fit in with our budget and and I have to say we were not disappointed.

Unlike some, the Riad is acually very easy to find, however again upon advice we prebooked a taxi through the riad before we arrived. If you are a first timer to the city I would strongley recommemend paying a bit extra and doing this.

The Riad itself was beautiful. I beleive it only has 7 rooms. Ours was was small but prefectly adequate for our stay.
Kahrim and the other riad staff went out of their way to make you feel welcome and answered any questions we had even down to recommending what they thought was a good price for items we were unsure aboout.

We met anotther couple staying in a different Riad who had paid twice as much as us. Whilst they had much larger rooms they complained of cold water and the location was far out and difficult to find.

I cannot recommend the Riad Nessma highly enough. Its clean, comfortable, perfect location for the market sqaure (5-10mins walk down one street), reasonably priced and had wonderful staff who made whole stay so much more enjoyable.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I stayed in this place with my friend and my family. The service is great. The place is super clean and very close/in old town. The staff is super friendly and helpful. I want to especially thank Karim and Abdessalam for being so friendly and helpful. the rooms were spacious. The breakfast was delicious. Overall a nice an convenient place to stay in.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The place is clean, service is frienly and it's close to the square.
There is a taxi station a few steps left of the Riad, but if feels like a tourist trap. The taxi there charge more than if you were to grab a cab a bit further away, 20DH instead of 50-90DH. Beware the taxi drivers next to that taxi station will try to pull your luggage into the taxi parking area.

The TV didn't work nor did the washroom door lock at the main floor. They have a safe where you can put your things, but the combination reset didn't work, so we had to use one of their keys (they have a copy of this key, so be careful).

We got our laundry done by them, and when asked how much it was, they said "don't worry, it is cheap" a small bag of clothes cost 210DH! That's way too much. They said it is because of the different colors and that cost more. It was quite deceiving.

The friendliness and the cleanness of the place is worth it.

The excursions booked at the riad was a good price, we found we paid 100 to 300DH less than others on excursions.

The sahara excursion is nice, beware of the nauseating car ride!
The mountain excursion was disappointing. The mountain had up to 7 cascades (waterfalls), the more you want to see the more you pay. The first 3 cascades are mediocre and small.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 128 Riad Zitoune Lakdim | Medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#113 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#121 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Nesma 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few steps from the famous Jemaa El Fna and two minutes of both Bahia and Badii Palace, a former hotel formerly named the Workers (1939) has been restored by the appeal to knowledge internationally known craftsmen of Marrakech.More than a typical hotel, Riad NESMA opens its doors on an exceptional place with its beautiful patio and 7 rooms that have been planned and studied with great care to offer quality services. ... more   less 
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