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“Intimate raid that ticks all the boxes” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Al-Bushra
14 Derb Snan | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Intimate raid that ticks all the boxes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We've just returned from a short break in Marrekech in Riad Al-Bushra and can't thank the owners enough. Having arranged our transfers from the airport, we were transported to a beautifully restored riad - a real oasis of calm - and the grey English winter rapidly became but a distant memory. We were treated to lavish breakfasts, which we chose to have have on the roof terrace - an excellent place to recover from the joys of coffee, croissants and a fresh fruit salad to die for. The roof terrace also served as an excellent place to see the sunset, hear the muazzin and review the day - all over a glass of wine. Nothing was too much trouble for our host, whether it was providing directions, breakfast / lunch requests to arranging excursions; we thoroughly recommend the balloon trip which was well worth the early start.
In summary, we had a great time and are now looking at the diary for when we can go back to Riad Al-Bushra.

  • Stayed February 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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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. It is much appreciated. We are both delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you had a good time in the city. You are the second guest to specifically mention the balloon trip. We believe this is a great experience and following your review we will continue to recommend this trip.

You mention that you will return. You will be most welcome to join us again and I hope on your next visit that we may both be present and able to host you. Thank you.
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Riad Al-Bushra. The Riad is beautiful; tastefully decorated with thoughtful use of the space providing different areas within which to relax. We experienced fantastic hospitality from Gary and Steve, the owners, who were incredibly helpful in making our stay a very special one. The highlight of every day was the amazing breakfast feast that was served on the roof terrace; local fruit, pastries and Gary's wonderful cooking provided the perfect start to every day.

The Riad was perfectly located, just a short stroll from the main square and yet in a very quiet area of the medina. Once inside the Riad, the hustle and bustle of the city felt a million miles away and it was very easy to relax and enjoy the facilities along with the complimentary hot drinks.

During our stay we wanted to visit Essaouira and Gary very helpfully gave us the transport options with the various costs and comfort. With their local knowledge and experience, Gary and Steve were able to provide us with information so that we could get the most from our stay and we are already planning a return visit.

  • Stayed February 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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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and thank you for the positive feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the Riad and it is fantastic to read that you are already thinking of a return trip. You will be most welcome .

Thank you for specifically mentioning Gary's cooked breakfast. We have tried to make breakfasts an outstanding element and we are both pleased that this worked well for you.

Thanks again and see you next time.
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed in Riad Al-Bushra during a romantic getaway to Marrakesh and Essaouira. We can absolutely recommend this gorgeous riad, run with passion and enthousiasm by the English owners. The riad is ideally located, in a nice part of the Medina, near Jemaa El Fna square, yet wonderfully quiet. The rooms are tastefully decorated, spacious, and very comfortable (quality mattresses, a real luxury!). Every morning a lovely fresh, abundant breakfast was served (on the roof terrace, in the middle of winter!). One evening we had dinner in the riad, which proved to be one of the best meals we had in Morocco: a lamb tajine with caramelised tomatoes that still makes our mouth water nostalgically...
For those who have a few days in Marrakesh, an excursion to Essaouira is well worthwile, the owners were very helpful and arranged transport for us.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to wrote a review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for noticing the mattresses. We bought the best mattresses available in Morocco. We are glad the investment paid off.

Everyone who goes to Essaouria seems to enjoy the experience. I recall you spent several days there before returning to us for your final night in Morocco. We also like Essaouria and are delighted you also enjoyed it.

We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon. Thank you.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This Riad has been beautifully restored and offers a tranquil base from which to explore the amazing Unesco World Heritage Site of Marrakech old town, and a retreat to return to after a days exploration. When the senses need a rest, the roof terrace of Riad Al Bushra is the ideal location to watch the sun set. The Riad offers amazing cooked breakfasts and a traditional Morrocan Feast can be arranged by appointment, which I thoroughly recommend: the most amazing food. Our hosts were available to meet any need and to offer guidance and arranged a trip to the coastal town of Essouira for us, which offered further insight into Morrocan life.
Small private pockets are available throughout the Riad, where you can read, catch up with e-mails or just relax, without feeling you have to limit yourself to your room. However should you choose to relax in your room these are the height of comfort too. We will certainly return to Riad Al Bushra again and recommend anyone heading to Marrakech check it out too.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you for your taking the time to provide a review. We are delighted you enjoyed the Riad and found it comfortable. We have found that everyone who goes to Essaouira enjoys the experience and based on your feedback we now recommend this easy day trip to our guests. Once again, thank you for choosing us and taking the time to provide feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We were wowed by the sumptuous surroundings and attention to detail of the recent restoration of Riad al Bushra by its English owners. Daily cooked breakfast was a real treat along with a varied selection of local breads and pastries and gallons of freshly brewed coffee.

Our hosts were on hand to provide local information and helped us book a trip to the seaside town of Essaouira which is well worth the day out of Marrakech. We also took advantage of the opportunity to have a home cooked Moroccan meal prepared for us by a member of the Riad staff which was a wonderful experience.

Our thanks to the Riad al Bushra team for making our first impression of Morocco such a favourable one.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank your for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and agree that Essaouira is a great place to visit. We will continue to recommend this to our guests. Thank you.

Our cook also thanks you for your comments and appreciates the positive feedback. The meal (feast) takes a whole day to prepare and we are all extremely pleased it proves to be worthwhile. Thank you.

Thank you for your visit. We enjoyed hosting you and your friends and hopefully we will see you soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

My first visit to Marrakech was for 7 nights over the 2013 New Year and staying in Riad Al Bushra was definitely the right choice.

Firstly the location is superb - minutes from the big square and the Lakspur Gate and we were able to explore the old city on foot.
The riad has been beautifully restored and the attention to detail in the classic Moroccan decorative paintwork and plasterwork is breathtaking. Each room is distinctive, luxurious and comfortable and the en suites combine modern efficiency with classic Moroccan colours and furnishings.

Our hosts prepared marvellous breakfasts of freshly prepared fruit juices, fruit salad, a cooked course which varied daily (highlights included an egg tagine), baskets of pastries and cafetieres of good coffee. We enjoyed these in leisure on the glorious roof terrace, which also has a shaded area with traditional sofas, where I enjoyed birdsong and peace as I read in the afternoons after returning from sightseeing.

A massage was booked in house from a Moroccan and a trip to the fishing port and seaside town of Essouira was also arranged for us so we were able to relax and didn't have to negotiate these for ourselves.

Our visit began and ended with the attention to detail which was the hallmark of our stay, being transported between the airport and riad efficiently and with a warm welcome and farewell.

  • Stayed December 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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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that our Riad met your expectations and that you enjoyed Morocco. It was a pleasure hosting you and your friends. We appreciated the late breakfasts, it gave us a later start, but more importantly it enabled us to serve you on the roof terrace which makes all the difference. We are delighted you enjoyed the breakfast egg tagine and the fresh pastries.

We passed your comments onto our masseur and she is delighted that you enjoyed the experience. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Having stayed in Marrakech several times before, we had high hopes of another delightful break in the sunshine, but the Riad Al-Bushra exceeded all our expectations and proved our most delightful experience yet of this uniquely-Moroccan holiday time. After an exciting, though hot and dustry, day enjoying the delights of tMarrakech, it is hard to describe the sense of peace and relaxation that hits you as you get 'home' to the beauty of the Al-Bushra. The English owners of the hotel, Steve and Gary, have created a haven of tranquillity in the heart of the bustle of the Medina in this ancient City. Not only are the rooms sumptous, tasteful and luxurious, but the roof terrace provides the perfect sun trap for topping up tans with some late winter sunshine, and the hospitality and friendliness of the hotel makes you feel more like an honoured house guest than a paying visitor. Bets of all was Steve and Gary's willingness to share their intimate knowledge of the wider city. Their restaurant suggestions proved invaluable and gave us some of the best meals we have ever enjoyed here - matched only by the Al-Buhra's own exotic evening feast that they provided for us on our first night in the riad. Good food, spotlessly clean and beautiful surroundings, and welcoming English hosts. What's not to like? Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that we compare favourably with the other trips you have made to Marrakech. We notice you found the Riad peaceful and relaxing. We chose this area of the Medina as it does offer a more relaxed feel within a busy city and we are glad this was a success for you. Thank you for chosing Riad Al-Bushra. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Address: 14 Derb Snan | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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