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“Exceeded our expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Princesse du Desert
No 67 Derb Habib Allah | Quartier Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #32 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
“Exceeded our expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Firstly, the prices were so reasonable that I did not expect to get as great service as we did.
The rooms and Riad are beautiful and the air conditioning at the end of a long walk around the souks most days was very welcome! We spent most days having breakfast on the roof terrace, and occasionally dinner, which was very peaceful and serene.

We then come to the food: I had tagine in three different places in Marrakech and the Riad's tagine was by far my favourite and the portion sizes were very generous.
Breakfast was lovely and was especially nice to start each day eating al fresco on the roof terrace. My only critism would be that I started to get bored of eating the same breakfast every day, although there was still some choice: Pancakes, crepes, cake (yes, cake!), fig/apricot jams, honey, yogurt, fried eggs, butter, etc and occassionally fruit.

The service from 'the girls' as we called them, was great. They couldn't have been more polite and helpful and nothing seemed to much of an effort for them. We ordered dinner one night after an excursion and they had even laid rose petals on the table, which is the attention to detail that really makes trips like this special. The only problem we had as lazy english people was the language barrier, a few of the girls spoke enough english to get by but I saw this more as a fault on our behalf that we didn't learn more of the language before we went.
You could tell the girls would have been more friendly and talkative if we could understand each other better so if you're french is up to scratch, this won't be a problem.
Oussama however, speaks English fluently and was extremely helpful in difficult situations for us (our pet bearded dragon at home had gone missing and we needed to arrange a search party but had stupidly forgotten a travel plug to charge my mobile phone) and he let me use his laptop to contact people in England and even lent us a phone for the rest of the week so that we could contact friends and family easier.
We also had an excursion booked with a different company and we asked if he could do a better deal and he knocked 12 euros off the price.
The excursion we took through him was the best day we spend in Marrakech at the Cascades L'Ouzouds.
Point being that they all went the extra mile to make our stay as hospitable as possible and I would happily reccommend this Riad to anyone I know going to enjoy Marrakech.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Whilst arranging our trip to Marrakech I researched Trip Advisor with great interest trying to discern which riad had the best reviews but was still in our price range. Luckily I opted for the Princesse du dessert as it was exactly what we wanted. Brilliantly situated near to the Souks and the main square we were able to find our way around easily (once you get used to the tiny streets and alleyways that is!)

The staff were all fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and they really did their best to ensure that we got the most out of our short stay. First a cooking course then a guided tour around the city was arrange both really great experiences giving us a real feel for the cuisine and an understanding of the city that we might not otherwise have had. We then arranged a trip to the Berber which was very interesting.

We didn't meet Samira but Oussama was fantastic translating everything we needed and helping us plan whatever we wanted. Breakfast was always a lovely experience too, sat up on the roof terrace breakfast was always bought quickly and efficiently no matter what time we got up. I can not speak highly enough about the staff.

If you are heading to Marrakech I would highly recommend this Riad. A great place to stay.

Room Tip: We staying in the turquoise room and it was really lovely, a good size with a lovely bathroom. As sa...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 June 25, 2013

We were a little anxious about ending our 2-week trip in Marrakesh, thinking we would be inundated with touts and that it would be a big, loud city. Luckily, we stayed at this Riad and quite enjoyed walking down long dusty alleyways to the warm welcome of this Riad. Oussama was a wonderful host who made sure we were happy. Fatima and her sister provided good meals and helpful service. It was wonderful to come home here after bargaining our hearts out in the souks! Thanks, Oussama!

  • Stayed June 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 June 23, 2013

This was our first stop after we arrived in Morocco. From the first moment, everything was terrific: tea (of course) served with bisquits/cookies, and the kind support of the staff were equally welcoming. Oussama and Fatima were generous hosts, smiling and helpful at every moment. Breakfast was great; the rooms and all the public spaces were gorgeous and clean. I had tassels on my bed! The peaceful riad is a great escape from the intensity of the souks. The roof is quiet and a lovely place to start the day with a plentiful and delightful breakfast. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: The two rooms I saw were one flight up and both excellent.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in June 2013 and we were extremely impressed with the staff , especially manager Oussama, who run a warm and welcoming riad in a great location. There was no inquiry or assistance that was not provided . Oussama arranged a hire car at a great rate and helped us get to it whan it was delivered outside the medina. They made great suggestions as to where to eat in the mwedina , and where to tour outside Marrakesh.The owner , Samira , can take credit for employing such excellent staff .
Of course the riad itself is also excellent and great value for such high standard accomodation.Our room was spacious and beautiful , and the rooftop area is great for eating and a drink.

  • Stayed June 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Having just returned from Morocco, I would be remiss not to single out Princesse du Desert and the wonderful staff there. It is obvious from the minute you walk in that these people love their job and strive to make your stay memorable. In spending several nights in many riads, the large spacious room was well appreciated. After asking for wine glasses for us to share a bottle on the nice quiet terrace, we were greeted with a variety of olives and other tasty treats to enjoy with our wine. I can not emphasize enough how much the staff aimed to please. One would have to be foolish not to make this riad your first consideration when staying in Marrackech. Cudos to Riad Princesse du Desert!

Room Tip: They are all good and the staff makes them even better
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 May 30, 2013 via mobile

Great reception which included getting to the Riad through small alleys. Design is as expected from a well refurbished, decorated Riad in the traditional style. Nice mosaic fountain feature. Welcome tea was served before we unloaded in our bedrooms. The bedroom, mine was King, was absolutely gorgeous, big four poster bed, wonderful bathroom. Traditional deco. Spend some unforgettable moments in this room...

Food was fantastic, drinks on command, sight seeing on request, Shisha :)

Recommended 100% all the way !!! When I go back, this is the Riad for sure :)

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #32 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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