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Riad Magellan
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   62 derb el Hammam | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #56 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Swansea, Wales
2 reviews
“A winter wonder break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

For a couple of pensioners deciding to stay in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech was always going to be a bit of a step into the exotic other, but the Riad Magellan turned out to be as welcoming as we could have hoped for. Everything was just right – the comfortable en suite with festively scattered rose petals for arrival, the wonderful (and healthy!) breakfasts in the courtyard, the roaring wood fire for the cold evenings, the view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains from the roof terrace. Best of all was the help and advice from Philippe and his staff. Our arrival after a snow delayed flight from London was much eased by a waiting taxi and a porter to negotiate the maze of alleyways to the Riad and our departure by bus to Agadir was similarly facilitated. In the meantime we were given all the information we wanted on what to see and how to get around Marrakech, including a guide to escort us to the excellent Villa Flore Restaurant after our arrival. Altogether it turned out to be a very rewarding step into the unknown.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It was a lovely riad with really friendly staff. I wish we had more time as we would have happily stayed there much longer.
We even got a free cooking class where we learnt how to make amazing salads and a beef tajine, which we had for dinner at candle light near the fire place on our last night. It was wonderful!
It's location is perfect to get around in the Medina.

  • Stayed February 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Just back from a 5 night stay at Riad Magellan. We had a wonderful trip and loved the Riad so much that my boyfriend proposed on the stunning rooftop late at night!

The staff were attentive without being interfering and the breakfasts were filling, fresh and delicious! We also had dinner in the Riad on our last night which was the best tagine I had in Marrakech and also got to sample some very good Moroccan rose wine.

The Riad location was central, only a few minutes from the main square, but offered a tranquil place of calm. We enjoyed several afternoons relaxing in the Riad, making use of the scabble, chess and books there!

I would definitely recommend to all and I'm sure we'll be back to celebrate an anniversary in the future!!

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carbondale, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are going to Marrakech we highly recommend Riad Magellan. First the Riad is gorgeous and the rooms and common areas stunning. Rose petals float in the fountain in the center of the Riad. The staff is all service and good humor. My son and I are traveling the world for 100 days with the search for the source of the finest spices and herbs as our thread. We stumbled on Riad Magellan, Phillipe and Stephanie's dream riad and lucked out. Phillipe was so generous in helping us find the markets and out lying areas where spices come from and are sold in the souqs. The staff took care of our every need. We also are applying our new found understanding of spices by cooking along the way and we let Phillipe know so the first night he hooked us up with Amina and we helped her prep dinner. Phillipe made sure we got the recipes too. Dinner was THE best meal we had in Morocco. Nothing like home cooking. The atmosphere in the Riad is one of friendship and family and we interacted with the other travelers there as well., We shared day and night time treks out into the souqs and into the city and exchanged stories late into the evening, by the fireplace with wine, of everything from dealing with touts and monkeys on our backs to other places traveled to. One couple from England scoped out all the rooms before they left so they could plan a return to fill the place with all their friends. I can't say enough good about Riad Magellan. Don't miss it.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 January 25, 2013

Clean, uncluttered balance between traditional Moroccan and contemporary design. Convenient for Djemma el Fna with that important extra of kind and helpful staff and service - and a lovely fire place - believe me you need it on those January nights. Will return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It was a smooth journey from the airport to the Riad, having let the owner (Philippe) know in advance the day before on email. Upon reaching we were immediately greeted with tea and snacks and given a run down on possible places to visit, general tips for travel and a helpful answer to our many many questions. The Riad is located very close to the Medina (about 5 min walk) and although the little roads can get confusing we were provided with a map that helped us navigate our way around. The rooms were very comfortable and the only small problem we faced was the heat of the water from the shower which fluctuated between cold to scalding. Apart from this, breakfast was wholesome and delicious all three days, the guard Mohammed was a star with any little requests we had post dark and it really is a beautiful building. I don't think I'd visit Marrakech again but if I were to, I'd stay here. Thanks Philippe!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Having never experienced anything similar to Marrakech before it is fair to say I was a little intimidated at first. But from the moment we were greeted by our luggage porter (the Riad is in the heart of the Medina so our transport was met at the nearest gate) I started to relax. His beaming smile and open gestures meant that despite only understanding some of his French we knew we were in good hands.

Weaving through the streets and alleyways we started to marvel and wonder at our surroundings. The dark wood door of the Riad opens into a light and airy courtyard and once inside the hustle and bustle of the Medina is replaced by tranquil trickle of the water feature. We were warmly welcomed (plenty of mint tea) and settled in and also provided with maps, directions, a few highlights and importantly, a couple of key identifiers to help us get back to the Riad.

Our room (the Red room) had a comfortable 'lounge' area downstairs along with a bathroom that housed the biggest bath I have ever used. A staircase led up to the mezzanine bedroom. Everything about the room was great - comfy bed, clean and tidy, good lighting; I could even get on to the wifi from the room (very useful for planning our day's activities). Back to the bath - honestly, it is huge, so much so that I thought there would never be enough hot water to fill it, so we put it to the test. Needless to say the tap never ran cold and a relaxing, bubble filled mega-bath proved the perfect unwind after a day in the souks.

We met Philippe the owner on our second day and he made a point of introducing himself and making sure we were settled in. He subsequently helped us with several touristy queries including researching and booking a hot air balloon flight, all without fuss. It is always nice to stay somewhere that the owner is involved, there is much more care and attention and Philippe was the epitome of that. We didn't dine in of an evening but we filled ourselves on the breakfast each morning.

Despite our initial reservations about Marrakech we left having loved our few days and are sure that a big part of that was our great experience at Riad Magellan.

Room Tip: Didn't see any room but ours (the Red Room) but as mentioned, the bath was impressive.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Address: 62 derb el Hammam | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #56 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Magellan 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant Riad located in the best district of the Medina (Mouassine), 6 minutes walking distance from Jemaa el Fna main square: 6 en-suite rooms in a casual atmosphere mixing traditional elements and contemporary furniture. ... more   less 
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