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“The perfect place with the perfecto host!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Vanilla sma
166 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #32 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Madrid, Spain
1 review
“The perfect place with the perfecto host!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

When a place is as incredibly good as the Vanilla Sma, you doubt between sharing it with others or just keep it for yourself, but in this case I think all other tourists should know about this fanstastic place and Nelly (owner) really deserves a great opinion about her place.
Perfectluy situated (just 5 min from Jemma el Fnaa) but in a very quiet place with no problems of noise. Lovely decorated with the charm of an authentic ancient riad, but new construction and fully refurbished so you can enjoy all the advantages of a comfortable modern house and avoid the usual problems of other riads in Marrakech (such as bad smells or lack of haeting, hot water, etc). Incredible service from all the people there (not just employees but hosts), and specially form Nelly, the best host I have ever had. But, please, do not tell anyone! shhhh :-)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We had fabulous 10 days in Marrakech in this wonderful Riad.
All staff members are very helpful and friendly. Excellent and huge breakfast to begin the day.
Situated in a quiet road of the medina, our room was very clean and nicely decorated.
I will be back most probably in july, august.
Thank you again to Nelly, Redouane and Sultana.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We live here in Morocco and have traveled quite a bit throughout the country. I have to say, this is my favorite Riad in all of Morocco. Nelly and Redouan took great care of us. We can't wait to return! I'm telling all my friends that if they go to Marrakech, they have to stay here. It's a great little retreat, close enough to the square but in a smaller more residential area. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Marrakech!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Nellie and her team have created a comfortable, relaxing environment in this beautiful riad. My family recently stayed for three nights...exploring by day and returning to this sanctuary as suited our fancy. The decor is what I would call a modern day Moroccan style. Classy elements of Moroccan life that were not "cheesy" or overdone carefully existing alongside amenities that travelers from far places would hope to find. The place was absolutely spotless. The food was excellent and obviously chosen and prepared with care for the guests in mind. Our bath had AMAZING water pressure--no small thing. And, also no small thing--the riad always smelled good, which could not always be said about the environs outside. Nellie is a delight, and her side kick Reduon (sp?) always smiled and wanted to attend to any request we had. Thank you so much for making our visit to Marrakech so pleasant.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Numbers don't lie - look at these ratings. Nelly and crew at Riad Vanilla sma will take care of just about anything for you. Nelly knows just about everything from how to dress, to where to go for amazing food, what areas to avoid, and her staff knows how to cook incredibly well. She took care of all of our cabs, cart men to walk us to tour guides so we didn't get lost, organizing tours based on experience, hamamms (she has pros who come in house), dinners, maps, prices to pay at souks, yadda yadda. Her service and care for guests alone is enough of a reason to stay. Each room is unique and custom designed by Nelly. She offers a fully decked out terrace, amazing bathrooms, the best tea anytime you want it, the friendliest staff in Africa. Being an American and Aussie, she related very well and has great stories. Save yourself the time, stop researching, and book. If Nelly is all booked, her recommendations on other places to stay would also be top notch as she is very well connected and trustworthy.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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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
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Address: 166 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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 #32 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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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