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“VERY beautiful; great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Princesse du Desert
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   No 67 Derb Habib Allah | Quartier Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #40 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“VERY beautiful; great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Overall, I loved this Riad. We had originally booked another Riad managed by Samira, but our last minute date change resulted in us being moved over here. And it worked out great!

Our room was beaaaauuuutiful. I completely fell in love. So romantic. The bed is hard, but so is every other bed in Morocco. Even the upscale hotel we stayed in later had an even harder bed. The courtyard was beautiful. Roof terrace very pleasant for breakfast. The bathroom was good. The shower drained slowly, but it was fine (and honestly I experience that I've had in many hotels). Western toilet.

The location was great...once you knew where you were. Because you can't drive into the Medina, we paid a man that the taxi driver asked to lead us to the riad. Best money spent on the whole trip. There is no sign notating the riad, so the address was key. Just make sure you pay attention so you can find your way back later! Which we were able to do no problem (and I took pics with my phone of each turn we made just to be safe lol). But you get the mix of a quiet side street, but the proximity of the square a short 5 or 10 minute walk away. Loved it.

The one warning I would give is that the 2 primary staff members do not speak English. The woman in the kitchen was very sweet and cooked a great breakfast. Hand signals worked fine. The other woman, Fatima, spoke a few key words and was able to help us with very basic questions. But if you want more extensive help you need to talk to Samira, who I believe is in the other Riad she manages down the street. The ONLY reason I'm rating this a 4 is because we were not warned that no one there would speak English and had to wait for a while when we first arrived for Samira (BUT this was largely our fault probably, as our arrival time changed significantly at the last minute). There was no way to really communicate "Where is Samira?" or "When can I talk to Samira?" If you speak even a tiny bit of french you'll be fine. Otherwise, talk to Samira before hand about how to reach her when needed. We never really understood how to reach her, so that's why I'm giving a 4 (but only barely!).

Unlike many experiences on our trip, our original price Samira quoted when we booked our stay was honored. And it was a great deal! I also liked that she replied to emails much more quickly than many other locations and tour guides I tried to communicate with, making it an easy experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

The rooms in this recently decorated Riad are beautifully decorated in sumptuous Morrocan style and Samira the hostess and owner is incredibly charming and helpful. Very central and were able to arrange traditional Hammam and massage

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

My partner and I had a lovely stay at Riad Princesse du desert.

It's a beautiful Riad right in the centre of the Medina in Marrakech a short walk from the main square.

Samira the owner was very friendly,beautiful and lovely ! welcoming us with mint tea and biscuits

I would recommend this Riad to anyone wishing to visit Marrakech the friendly service from Samira and her team, the lovely Massages,Hammam,breakfast, diner with bally dancing and cooking class...All was AMAZING !!!

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely Riad

If you want to make a tour around Marrakesh Samira organise everything.


Stay at this riad and enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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
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Additional Information about Riad Princesse du Desert

Address: No 67 Derb Habib Allah | Quartier Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Princesse du Desert 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Princesse du Desert Nothing is too good for her. Equidistant from the " Jemaa El Fna " and " Door Dar El Bacha " , the location of Riad Princesse du Desert is exceptional especially since it offers beautiful calm and tranquility. Nestled in the Medina, the small alley that leads to the riad is a wonder with warm colors that contrast with the blue sky and vegetation that is rare in the Medina which can give the feeling of a Provence in Marrakech. Additionally beautiful decoration, attention to detail , arches , columns and moucharabiehs , lace white stucco ceilings, zellij ( tiled ) walls and featuring an alchemy of colors and smells with refined bath products (jasmine and amber ) make this a wonderful place to be . Additionally, not forgetting comfort alongside the beauty, each of the 6 rooms feature air conditioning, soft bedding and luxury linens. Breakfast is included in the price and we offer complimentary Moroccan mint tea and coffee with homemade cookies at all times. ... more   less 
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