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“Impeccable Decor and Style and Exceptional Hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Bleu Du Sud
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   DB Tbib, No 46, Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #639 of 1,054 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Impeccable Decor and Style and Exceptional Hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

On returning from a 6-day trek in the High Atlas Mountains, the riad we had stayed in earlier was booked, so they referred us to Riad Bleu du Sud, around the corner. From the moment we entered, I was blown away by the exquisite attention to detail. I have to admit that I LOVE blue (our home in the U.S. is called Blue Heaven and I am writing this review from Chefchouaen, the blue town in northern Morocco.) Khadija warmly welcomed us considerably earlier than check in and led us to the sitting areas that we could use for some online appointments. Our room won over my heart immediately when I found the rose petals strewn over the bathroom, the bath towels perched on the sink in the form of deep blue swans, and beauty everywhere I looked. The breakfast, which they agreed to serve at 8 (half an hour early) included an amazing selection of freshly baked Moroccan specialties and real, fresh-squeezed orange juice. I was able to meet the Italian owner of the riad, and to chat with him a bit about how perfectly he had decorated every single space. It was clearly a joy to him to do so. As we were leaving, I noticed that a couple of dinner tables were set remarkably with white and blue napkins twisted upwards gracefully sitting in the empty wine glasses. Just lovely! And I can add that the riad was very quiet and easy to find. I highly recommend it!

Room Tip: We loved our room. I don't remember the number, but it was directly across from the sitting area...
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a really beautiful, traditional, smaller riad around a 10 minute walk from the main square, Jemaa el Fna. It's not one of the easiest of places to find first time, so we would definitely recommend arranging a collection from the airport. The benefit of it's location is that it is a relatively short walk to the sights and markets, but out of the way enough so that you are not disturbed by the noise and bustle of the medina (particularly the mopeds and motorbikes).

Our rooms were a reasonable size, well furnished and spotlessly clean. Hot water was a little intermittent, although there was usually enough for a shower if not a bath. More importantly, the riad had a very homely, friendly feel and all the staff were welcoming and wonderful.

We would definitely recommend Riad Bleu Du Sud, although would probably not return to Marrakesh. The lack of any apparent restrictions or controls on mopeds and motorbikes in the Medina's narrow alleyways and lanes really spoils the atmosphere and environment. Putting aside the risk of accidents with pedestrians, the constant noise and fumes/pollution make for a particularly unpleasant experience. You are constantly distracted from what the Medina has to offer. This place must have felt so different before mopeds and motorbikes....

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a wonderful three nights at the riad during December 2013. The service was friendly and polite and never intrusive. The room was beautiful and breakfast was great. The pastries and tea/coffee were lovely. We had a really peaceful night's sleep and would definitely recommend the riad!

  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Marrakech at the beginning of December 2013 for 3 days. We organised our transfers with the owner of the riad, she was very helpful but there is a language barrier if you do not speak french or arabic. Our transfer was waiting for us when we reached the airport and took us to the main square where we had to get out and were met by a man who works for the riad who put our bags in a cart and accompinied us to the riad. I am glad that we booked our transfers directly with the riad as no taxi would have been able to fit down the small walkways of Marrakech and there would have been no way that we would have found the hotel by ourselves.

I was a bit sceptical when i saw the reception of the riad as I have only ever stayed in chain hotels, but when taken to our room my opinion quickly changed. It was one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever stayed in. The attention to detail was amazing, from the roses on the toilet paper, towels made into swans and even the decorations on the light switches. It was very romantic. The four posted bed was very comfortable. However during our stay our room did not get cleaned at all, the bed wasn't even made and this is something that you expect of any establishment. We were not given clean towels and had to ask for them but they were brought up to us within seconds. Apart from ourselves there was only one other couple staying in the riad and on two occasions when showering we found that the hot water ran out.

Breakfast was lovely. A selection of pastries, juice, coffee and tea. The staff ask you what time you want breakfast at and prepare everything so it is warm when you wake up.
One of the boys that worked there was particularly helpful and personally showed us how to get from the riad to the main square and even showed us to a delightful restaurant.

On our first night we got lost trying to find the riad which is extremely easy to do as all the streets look the same and there are no street signs. It was approaching midnight and there were a lot of shady characters about, I began to feel unsettled as we had been walking around lost for a while. We were approached by a man who said he could show us the way, we were extremely weary about following him but after walking around for almost 45 minutes we had no other option. Thankfully he took us to the right place but when the hotel door was opened too us the owner of the riad seemed to have an argument with him and we were told not to take directions from anyone.

Overall our experience at the riad was very pleasant. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful although we had a major problem with communicating but managed to get by.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

For the second time we have spent our X-mas holidays in the Riad Bleu Du Sud in Marrakech.What else is there to say? See my first review. Khadija and her team as well as the owner they are not just "Riad-Keepers". They are a team which you seldom can find in places like this. We are proud to have become a part of the "Riad-Family" and we will join this family as soon as it is possible in 2014.The service, the attention to every special wish and the personal warmth you get is just wonderful.
Who needs posh outside hotels, when you are in the middle of the bustling Medina, just a few minutes of walking to the famous Place Djemaa El Fna. You have to live the life of inhabitants, see how they use to live in their real houses. Otherwise you cannot understand the culture and the soul of those people.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 August 14, 2013

This has to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed in! We stayed at the Riad for 4 nights. The attention to detail is impeccable and the service of the staff is excellent. We absolutely loved everything about the riad. The rooms were immaculate and the staff followed out coming and goings and made sure to clean/make breakfast around our schedule. They waited until they saw our lights go on in the morning to turn the music on, and waited until we went to bed to turn the hall lights off for us. Very good attention to detail.

The room itself was amazing. So lovely. We had a spacious bathroom and very comfortable shower. Literally everything in the room is decorated in some way- even the shower curtain rail, the toilet paper covers and the light switches!

The communal breakfast area is wonderful as well and we were happy to have breakfast every morning there. They changed the linens and flatware daily, so we had something new to look at. The breakfast consists of nice pastries, mint tea (of course), coffee, and yogurt/fruit/egg depending on the day. Everything is fresh, and they ask each night what time you'd like to be served at. so everything comes out nice and warm. For me, the breakfast is very.very sweat, but that is the Moroccan way :)

The terrace on the roof is peaceful and clean- we sat there from time to time reading or playing cards. It is possible to bring alcohol in to the breakfast area or the terrace....just don't be loud and obnoxious about it.

The owner is very friendly and helpful, but she speaks French predominately and only speaks a little English. This does not mean that she will not try to understand you- we communicated everything we needed during our stay without issue (in English and our very bad French). The boys working there were all helpful and went out of their way to be friendly.

The location of the Riad is perfect! We were so happy. It is down a side alley which for the first time can be difficult to find, but after you do it once, you will not forget the way. It is a fast 2 minute walk to the jemaa el fna which was very convenient. Of course there are many shops/cafes along the way, so you will not have any trouble eating/shopping. There is also a small parking lot nearby which was great for airport pickup/drop off, and pickup for tours we booked.

The only thing we did not 100% like was the price/service of the airport pickup/drop off. We booked their service to pick us up when we arrived into Marrakech (for 15 euro) which worked out well because we were tired and didn't know where the Riad was and didn't want to argue with cab drivers about the price.I recommend pickup from the airport. On the way back to the airport though we were told that the same driver and same car would pick us up. We were picked up by a different driver in a different car...which if you know about Marrakech is not ideal. Many people sit in the parking lots claiming to be your driver and you can run into trouble if you are not sure who you are supposed to get in a car with. I was travelling with my husband, but had I been alone I am not sure I would have gotten into the car. The drive to the airport is about 10 minutes- you can get a taxi for about 50dhm...we paid 15 Euro...hmm...

Highly recommenced- I cannot stop talking about this place! When people ask us about our tip to Morocco I immediately tell them first about the beautiful Riad we stayed at :)

Room Tip: There are only a few rooms...we stayed in the one closest to the front desk- it was great.
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  • Stayed August 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 April 8, 2013 via mobile

We were more than pleased with this riad, to be honest we didn't expect this much! Very attentive and professional staff, cosy and very clean rooms, the only thing we are sorry about is that we didn't get to try dining there, I m sure it would be an amazing experience as well :) Highly recommended!

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Address: DB Tbib, No 46, Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
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Ranked #639 of 1,054 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Bleu Du Sud 4*
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