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“It's just a perfect place to Stay in Central Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Vanilla sma
166 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #19 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“It's just a perfect place to Stay in Central Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Well - it's my first time to write a review on Booking.com. I have to say it has been a great experience living in this nice, newly refurbished Riad. The location is very central - just 3 minutes walk to Jemaa El fna. The room is nice and clean. Everything is very calming in the Riad. What's more, people in the Riad are amazingly helpful. We were offered mint tea upon arrival. I was treated like with care when unfortunately caught a cold on the first day. They also helped us to find another good Riad when we decided to stay another night in Marrakech, given the Riad Vanilla is fully booked for then. Most amazingly, we had a chance to enjoy the private Hammam and massage in the Riad. I would definitely recommend this to everyone ever visit Marrakesh.

  • Stayed March 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It's been a wonderful 4-day stay at the Riad. We couldn't have hoped for more. Nelly the owner is so nice. She accommodated all our needs in all possible ways (finding us hammam masseuse at last minute, booking us taxis, finding us another Riad when our travel plan changed suddenly and nearly ended up on the street, etc.) She speaks perfect English so don't worry if your French is a bit rusty ( or a lot rusty like me). The manager Redawan has certainly gone out of his way to help us. He prepared for us shisha at whatever ridiculous hour when we felt like it. My friend Stephanie got sick and Redawan made her the special pancake for which we were all so grateful. The hotel itself is traditional Moroccan style. The rooms are private yet you get a homy feeling which is totally different from that you get when you stay at a chain hotel. Everything is customerised and prepared just for you. It is seriously a wonderful choice for your stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Rad has just recently been complete restored by Nelly the owner she and her staff are charming and we where made so welcome. It is along trip from Australia but we where soon relaxed in the beautiful Kamar (Moon) room very romantic. It was clean and the bed was excellent it is only a few minutes walk to the Medina I can totally recommend this small but fine Raid. Nelly gave us directions to place that normally tourist would not see. Hope to go back there some day.

Room Tip: Go In the cooler months of the year it can get very hot in summer
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  • Stayed January 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
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Riad Vanilla sma is the perfect place for Americans in search of adventure in Marrakesh. We were referred by friends in Houston about this beautiful B&B in Africa, The quality and standard provided by Mrs Nelly and her staff were beyond our expectations...Upon arriving we felt at home immediately, and very safe.The rooms are very clean and nicely furnished. The food is very tasty and the breakfast just delicious. It's so nice to be taken care of by caring people.
Thank you for everything.. One of the best place I visited in Africa!!!!

Room Tip: Room Kamar was just perfect for us. The room have a nice window and a cute sitting area
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I've never written here before but have to recomend this place, it's brilliant. It's all about Nelly and her staff who make an often bewildering city a place you can relax and enjoy. Nelly sits you dwn and explains the city and tells you the cool places to go, something you would think most riads would do but none that my friends have stayed at did this. Plus everything here is lovely, the rooms, the bathrooms, the terrace, the breakfasts are all stylish and cool and modern, other riads look like a plastic disney version of morocco here you have all that is great about the city but in a fabulously cool setting, plus this is the warmest welcome in Marrakech. Oh and the beds are great!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

I cannot recommend this riad highly enough. Nelly and her staff were incredibly welcoming and made us feel at home straight away. Over tea, she sat and talked to us. She gave us a map and pointed out all the places to visit. This proved to be invaluable despite us having a guidebook. Her recommendations for places to eat were all fantastic. Marrakech can be a daunting place to visit and her riad offered the perfect sanctuary from the chaos outside. It's very rare that a proprietor takes such an interest in her guests and this was the standout feature of our stay. Our room (ciel), as with the rest of the riad, was spacious, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The location was ideal as it was only a five minute walk from the main square.

I would also recommend taking nelly up on her offer to arrange for a pick up from the airport. We were spared the nightmare of haggling with taxi drivers and weren't ripped off. A fantastic place to stay.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Fantastic experience staying here! Nelly and her staff are wonderful people, very helpful. Whether you need advice on restaurants or help arranging trips out of Marrakesh, Nelly is there to help you. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was really enjoyable and the dinner (egg tajine) that Mustafa prepared on one of the nights was excellent. The rooms and the entire riad are thoughtfully and beautifully furnished. Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: 166 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad has been renovated with passion, respect to authenticity into a peaceful, supremely comfortable, elegant oasis.Our discreet staff will be on hand at all the time to assist you, to make your stay unforgettable perfect in every way.We are just a five minutes walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna square. ... more   less 
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