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“Oasis of Calm in the Blur of the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Bamboo
Rue Dabachi Derb Hejra No46 | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #95 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Oasis of Calm in the Blur of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We have just returned from a 4 night stay in the Riad Bamboo in Marrakech and cannot thank Sonia, Simon and Brahim enough, as well as the 2 ladies, 'chef' and the 'chamber maid' who's names we cannot remember though we were introduced on arrival.
We found the Riad Bamboo via Trip Advisor when we looking to stay in Marrakech and the reviews were impressive and, as it turns out, very accurate. We did a tour of Morocco earlier this year, and in Marrakech we stayed in a modern hotel on the outskirts of town, so were looking for something much more personal, friendly and in the middle of everything.
Sonia and Simon met us in the Djemaa el Fnaa on arrival and took us on the 2 minute walk through the souk to the Riad. This was very useful as there are no accurate maps of the medina area that we have ever found and whilst it is very easy to find once you know, I think we would have struggled without that help initially. For the benefit of other travellers, it is on a small side street just off one the main roads off the north east corner of the square, so navigation back to your Riad is simple.
Despite being absolutely in the middle of the souk areas, the Riad is quiet, calm and a little haven in the hubbub. Beautiful, traditionally styled decor in the usual Moroccan style of being built around a central courtyard and all the rooms overlook the courtyard.
Sonia, Simon and Brahim were perfect hosts, ever helpful and attentive without being too obsequious, as can be the case in some bigger hotels - you were made to feel part of the family and thats exactly what this is, a 'family home' where the family just happens to change faces on a regular basis.
Breakfasts were perfect, various Moroccan pancakes, Sonias own homemade jams, homemade yoghurt, fresh french bread, freshly squeezed orange juice [not watered down], and teas or coffee. We also had dinner in the Riad on our first evening and it was simply superb, very high quality.
The rooms are not huge, but plenty big enough for couples to enjoy a relaxing time and act as a base for exploring this amazing city, especially if you plan on doing it on foot. Each is decorated individually but all are tastefully done. We stayed in 'Rubis' and were delighted anew each time we stepped through the door, our own little bit of tranquility in a mad, bustling city.
The roof terrace is also a perfect spot to just sit and chill out as well as eating up there if you want to. In May the temperatures are already up in the mid to late 20's during the day, so breakfast on the terrace was a must do!
You will get some noise from the street, especially during the evening when Moroccans 'come out to play', but despite our room being on the street side of the riad, we never found the noise intrusive enough to stop us sleeping, it was merely a gentle reminder that you are in the middle of a busy city.
On our last day, before leaving for the airport, we had booked a Hamman in the Riad [they have their own], which was truly an amazing experience. A full Moroccan 'bath' and massage, cannot recommend this highly enough, a great way to finish our holiday.
Overall, a truly brilliant place to stay and we will definitely be going back.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Spent four great nights from 21st April in this wonderful Riad which ticks all the right boxes, stylish decor,spotless clean and peaceful.A relaxing place to be.
Sonia a perfect owner and hostess with good recommendations for trips etc.. Staff a delight Simon and Aziz extremely helpfull,and made our stay special. We had two memorable dinners on the rooftop which were delicious, thank you Nadia.
Hopefully can visit again as so special.

Room Tip: Our room was the Rubin Room it was perfect
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Fantastic central location and outstanding value for money. The rooms were tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. Staff all went above and beyond to ensure we had an enjoyable stay.
Would highly recommend as a perfect romantic retreat for any couple looking to explore a vibrant city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We knocked on the door without a reservation (little disorganized) but they looked after us really well, managing to juggle around a couple of rooms. Just a really nice Riad. Beautiful and interesting rooms and Sonia and Simon were just lovely and really helpful. Thankyou both very much!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Just back from a 4 night stay at Riad Bamboo. Fantastic place to stay - can't really fault it.

Really well designed room, comfortable bed and good shower. Very considerate and helpful staff, especially Simon who gets the balance between professional politeness and casual friendliness spot on. Lovely breakfasts on the roof terrace.

The location of the Riad is perfect. On a slightly calmer quieter side street, but just metres from a main thoroughfare. As stated, it is just two minutes from the Jemaa El-Fna and main souks (some of the maps on Tripadvisor seem to show it in the wrong place I think). All the main attractions in the Medina are within comfortable walking distance, and places further afield, the Jardin Majorelle for example, can be reached by a short taxi ride for 20 Dirhams (less than £2). This great location means it's lovely to be able to take the occasional break from the frenetic city outside, and the stylish courtyard or roof terrace are both lovely places to do so.

The only possible negative I can think of is that there is a bit of noise at night (both from outside and (only on one night) from others staying in the riad). This is just part and parcel of staying in a beautiful old building in the Medina though as far as I'm concerned.

Room Tip: We had the ground floor room which was perfectly good. Those on the upper floor have slightly more p...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Just back from 4 days in Marrakech where my husband and I stayed at Riad Bamboo. It was an absolute pleasure to stay at this charming Riad, we were incredibly well looked after by Sonia and her lovely staff and wanted for nothing. The room was spotless, the bed incredibly comfortable, and the riad just has a really calming, friendly atmosphere which of course is just what is required to escape from the wonderful madness outside. We had a fantastic hammam at the riad, a very special experience which gives you the silkiest skin imaginable, and massage. Special thanks to Simo, assistant manager, who looked after us magnificently. Perfect location 5 minutes from Djemma el Fna. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you riad bamboo!!!

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Hospitality as it should be, food as it should be and a great location.
In the heart of it all a few minutes away from the sqaure you feel liek you are living with the locals.
If you dont like noise then try not to stay on the ground floor as some guests can be noisy at breakfast or dinner!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Address: Rue Dabachi Derb Hejra No46 | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#77 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#82 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the detour of the derb Hejra , Riad Bamboo is ideally located into the heart of the medina, street Dabachi really nearby of the famous place Djema El Fna.Sonia & Frédéric as well as their team will be very pleased to welcome you for a deserved moment of zen attitude after the turmoil of the souks.Bamboo gets 5 lovely rooms with charming and traditional decoration. ... more   less 
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