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“Boutique Riad near the Souks” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Meriem
97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #111 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Boutique Riad near the Souks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

This Riad has only 5 rooms which makes it very intimate. Within days you share your stories with other guests while having breakfast. As soon as the door opens in the alleyway, you really feel away from everything. It is quiet, relaxed and it looks beautiful. We booked the Aubergine room but were upgraded to the Star room. I think the latter is slightly bigger but I guess all rooms have their own ambiance. The interior of the room is not so much traditional but more comtemporary. Because it was freezing in the night we asked for an extra blanket and they later brought in a separate heater. Brilliant. The roof terrace is very nice and well decorated but the rattling dryer in the corner going on for hours every day was less amusing. One thing to bear in mind; the Riad lies directly east of the Souks which means that going to the Big Square is either via the Souks or via a busy through road (well, all roads are busy in Marrakech). The Riad lies at the end of a so-called Derb; you can't go any further. In the morning we had very good advice from the manager Cyrus what to do and where to go. During the day Hassan and his team took care of the rooms and the food. We had an excellent lunch they just whipped up on our arrival; very nice and delicious!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

In December, I had the pleasure of staying 3 nights at Riad Meriem. It was an excellent experience-a first class riad with beautiful finishes, charming ambiance, intimate and outstanding service. The website is beautiful and caught my attention. I often wonder if the website photos are updated and true to the riad but I must say what you see on their website is exactly what you get. When we were shopping for riads-which can be overwhelming as there are so many choices-Madeline was extremely responsive to all my email questions and inquiries and this was one of the reasons we booked Riad Meriem and did it directly through the riad.
We reserved both the Star room and the Red Room-both are beautiful and comfortable with luxurious bathrooms with plenty of hot water. It is quiet and I had my best nights sleep of my entire vacation in Morocco at Riad Meriem. These rooms are on the second floor and I'd say the best rooms in the riad. They have personality and are warm and welcoming. We absolutely loved our rooms. There are no locks on the doors other than a closing latch when you are inside the room or when you leave but you feel so safe there that there is no concern ab0ut no locks on the doors There are nice safes in each room.
The twinkling Moroccan lanterns in the courtyard were magical and the roaring fireplace in the Chimney room each night was perfect for unwinding after a day in the souks. There are fresh roses in the courtyard of the riad and small vases with red roses in the rooms. We had dinner our first night in the riad and it was delicious, bountiful and beautifully presented with tantalizing Moroccan flavors. We enjoyed it so much that we had dinner our last night in the riad and it was just as savory as the first night. At least one dinner in the riad is high recommended. Breakfast is served on the rooftop patio-fresh squeezed orange juice, hot coffee, a different fruit presentation daily, warm Moroccan bakeries and delightful hot egg item varied each morning. Food was great!
Cyrus-the manager-called to personally welcome us upon our evening arrival and arranged to meet with us the following morning to give us some Marrakech pointers. Each morning he would meet with us to answer any questions we may have and make suggestions and recommendations for shopping and restaurants which was greatly welcomed. The onsite staff of Abdul and Hassan were excellent. Unobtrusive yet always readily available for absolutely any of our needs. When I brought back a moroccan mirror I had purchased that was not wrapped very well for travel, Hassan wrapped it in bubble wrap and packaged it for me so I could travel with it. We wanted to go to the main square, Djana de Fna, for dinner one evening but I shared our concern about where to eat in the square as not to get sick as well as not to get lost on the way back to the riad and Hassan offered to go with us to ensure we got there safely and back and selected one of the vendors for us and ordered a variety of foods for us. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
I would highly recommend Riad Meriem as your own little oasis of calm after visiting the souks or touring Marrakech. The riad is breathtaking and the service over the top! It will make your stay in Marrakech a memorable one. I work in the travel/hospitality business and can appreciate wonderful accomodations and gracious outstanding service. Riad Meriem offers both. Stay as their guest and leave as friends.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

It was certainly an amazing experience staying here. The staff were INCREDIBLE the rooms had a sensual decor and the riad was very relaxing. I highly recommend this Riad. Thank you for the amazing stay! we will definately be returning.

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  • Stayed December 2011, 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 November 15, 2011 via mobile

We have just got back from Riad Meriem and it was the best place we have ever stayed at. Cyrus the owner provided invaluable advise and helped us choose places to eat and visit, arranging reservations and transport. I must say the food at the Riad was superb. His team were attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Well worth a stay

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011 via mobile

I say that as Barrhead Travel were hopeless , however despite their mistakes Madeline and the team went out of their way to make this the most wonderful holiday!

The Riad is set in a perfect location, just minutes from the heart of the action ! Let the Riad organise the airport transfers and you will then have a seemless arrival into this hectic and vibrant city. Arrival here is very exciting so many people, mopeds and donkeys on the streets, very intense and culturally overwhelming!

Marrakech has lots to offer, guidance from Cyrus and Hassan is well observed plus they will organise bookings for dinner and the essential hammam experience.

Breakfasts are delicious, dinner at the Riad on the first night is a must do. Really anything else on that first night is just too hard and the dinner in the Riad is absolutely excellent.

In summary, we were very quickly made to feel at home and the service here is equal to the best I have ever received anywhere. Book with complete confidence.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 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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Somerset, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Riad Meriem was all that we hoped for and more - a beautiful, tranquil space. It casts a spell when you walk in - it felt like entering a secret garden, another timeless world which goes back centuries We were walmly welcomed on arrival by Hassan with drinks in the courtyard, followed by a delicious meal on the roof terrace. The courtyard is dominated by an amazing cascade of bougainvillea and two elegant palm trees, but the focus is the ornate plunge pool, which is surprisingly deep and very refreshing.

An impressive array of plants in pots line the roof terrace - scented jasmine, plumbago,rosemary, pomegranate and even olives. The terrace is spacious with separate areas for shade and privacy. The entire riad is exquisitely decorated with traditional materials - plasterwork, tiles and wrought iron - not ostentatious or pretentious, but very tasteful. Dappled lighting from traditional brass lanterns is subtle and subdued, creating a magical atmosphere. Our room was clean and the shower a delight.

The food was excellent, the best we had in Marrakech - we particularly remember a wonderful lunch served in the courtyard after a dip in the pool and also a romantic meal on the terrace by candlelight. Breakfast, served on the roof terrace, were delicious - freshly squeezed orange juice in abundance and fresh breads and pancakes and home-made fig jam. This was also a time to meet fellow guests and compare notes.

The staff were always available without being obtrusive - when you needed something they were there and were always very relaxed, helpful and with a ready sense of humour. Cyrus provided guidance and suggestions at breakfast time and gave us his mobile number so that if we had any problem we could contact him. The riad is very well-positioned in the midst of the Medina, close to the souks, and with Cyrus's directions we were quickly able to orientate ourselves and find our way around.

We strongly recommend the Riad Meriem as a beautiful oasis where you can experience the best of Morocco's tradition of hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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 October 3, 2011

I can't imagine a better place to stay in Marrakech than Riad Meriem.

Right in the heart of the medina, the Riad is a tranquil oasis away from the mayhem of the souks.

The staff is exceptional, our room was great (Matisse), and the food was great.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Address: 97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#120 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Meriem is (in his own words) "a labour of love" for the New York designer Thomas Hays. He has created it with the art lover in mind with a fusion of oriental textiles, exquisite paintings plus his own Fine Art Photography. This exclusive boutique hotel has been entirely crafted by Marrakchi artisans to ensure that it retains its authenticity whilst using the talents of the best local craftsmen. ... more   less 
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