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“If you have stumbled across this RIAD then you have found a hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Meriem
97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #142 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
1 review
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“If you have stumbled across this RIAD then you have found a hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

This RIAD gets 5 stars from me... Beautiful interior with the attention to detail that only an interior designer does Thomas Hays.... But what makes this stand apart from the crowd are the people... Cyrus and his wonderful team where nothing is too much trouble... From organising a birthday meal on the roof top of the RIAD to tips on where to eat the best street food for a traditional experience... To trying Hammam's that are amazing but don't break the bank... Question should you book it?.... You'd be foolish not toooo......

  • Stayed September 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed four nights in the Riad; first time to get into the riad might be a little scary but you get used to narrow, dark back streets of Medina so it is definitely not a deal breaker!
There are 5 rooms only and they are all decorated by the interior designer owner in different aesthetic. Each room is equally beautiful, very chic! I read some people complaint about the way to the riad, darkness of the rooms... then go and stay in a very western way decorated chain hotel! The Riad is in top 5 boutique hotel list at Elle Magazine and definitely deserves it. Very peaceful, great decoration, serves best dinner - we ate in other places too - but the most important part of the riad is Hassan and Abdul! they are amazing!! they are ready for any help 24/7! I hope the owner appreciates their hard work...
the only down side is wi-fi is not ayri g at the riad. I could not get any signal in the room. Breakfast was very decent, diner was superb!
I strongly recommend this riad for those who like to experience life in Medina but. still stay in a chic place!
Use their transportation service cause it's difficult to find the hotel first time, plus you can't carry your luggages by your self that far cause cars can't go in that far into streets.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful place!!! Thanks one more time to Hassan and Abdul!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 September 11, 2012

wonderful stay.stylish and cool designs.great place to chill out in the evenings.quiet and tranquil.DELICIOUS food!and a super friendly service!if I ever decide to go back to Marrakech it's going to be riad meriem again!

Room Tip: only 5 rooms in the riad.all of them excellent!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Initially, when we were looking for accommodation in Marrakech, we thought it was a bit pricey as there were many cheaper hotels around. However, upon arriving and staying in the hotel, the service we have received, the place itself, food and quiet location is worth the money. It felt like being at home after coming back from the hectic city of Marrakesh. The staff, Cyrus the manager, Hassan and Abdul went out of their way to help us with anything we want and always with a smile. Nothing was too much for them. Our first night, we had a traditional Moroccan dinner at the Riad and it was by far the best food we had in Marrakesh. This hotel sets precedence in terms of service, design and food for us. Thank you so much for making our stay a memorable and wonderful.

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We and my parents in law stayed at the lovely riad meriem for 4 nights. This little oasis hidden in the alleys of the old medina, not far from the souks and main square is a really gem. The staff and owners are very friendly, nothing is too much trouble and they happily dispense as much assistance and recommendations as you need. The riad is very well maintained and beautifully furnished and decorated. We stayed in the ed and the Matisse rooms, both are superb and have lovely big baths. The roof terrace is fantastic and quiet, also great for catching a breeze to cool down while you have breakfast/drinks/dinner. It has plenty of room and comfy seats to relax. The food at he riad is really exceptional, we ate the first night and last night at the riad for dinner and it was all completely delicious. A truly wonderful place to stay, where you are really made to feel at home and we will definitely return one day. Thank you to all for making our trip brilliant.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We stayed 1 week in Sept which was low season so we were lucky enough to be the only guests for our first 2 nights and were kindly upgraded to the best room. Our welcome and meal on the roof terrace the first night really set precedence for the rest of the trip and the raid lived up to it throughout the wk. Other guests arrived and we moved to another room, equally as amazing, comfortable and traditional, and we had good company for chilling from the intense heat under the canopies on the roof terrace and enjoying wine there in the evenings after bustle filled days out discovering Marrakesh.
Hassan and the ladies in the riad tended to our every need and provided a good source of recommendations for days and evenings out, and Cyrus' visit every morning always helped us plan our way. The only negative point I can think of is that the bill did mount up as we bought drinks in the riad so, as we had bought our own and were also being served them, we can’t really be sure of whether we short changed ourselves or not. We also found the day trip to the mountains very expensive but I wouldn’t change it as we had such a lovely day... apart from the fact that we lost our driver and were stranded waiting for 20 mins in 45 degree heat with no shade!
I don’t know if we'd go back as I do always like to try somewhere new but I would highly recommend the riad for anyone else considering it. A well needed and truly lovely holiday. Thank you Hassan and Cyrus, and to Madeline for helping us out of a pickle when I accidently booked another hotel with a similar name in error, you were on hand to help us sort our reservation at the last minute and while you were closed and on holiday yourselves!

Room Tip: The owners were very accommodating and as we were there in low season, we booked one of the cheaper...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

My husband and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary in this Riad. We had the most fantastic 3 nights stay! Having arrived in the evening when it was dark and dusty and after following a lovely man with a cart containing our luggage it was amazing to arrive at the Riad! It was down windy alleyways, which looked a bit scary at first but wasnt once you were used to them. We arrived at a big dark door and were blown away with the sight behind this door, a peaceful haven. We were greeted by Hassan and Abdul and had a lovely meal waiting for us. Our room was lovely and just what we had imagined it would be. The bath was massive and ideal for two and to drink champagne in!! We arranged a guide for the next morning (through the Riad) who took us on a walk around the medina and showed us areas we would never have seen before. We would highly recommend this as we never got lost getting back to the Riad after this! Did a trip to the Atlas Mountains and had a fab meal at the Foundouk Restaurant. The Manager Cyrus was really helpful and Hassan and Abdul were lovely, with Abdul even walking us to and from the restaurant so we didnt get lost! Would definitey go again and would recommend it.

Room Tip: The red room was lovely, large bed and large bath and very peaceful.
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  • 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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Also Known As:
Riad Meriem Hotel
Riad Meriem Marrakech
Riad Meriem Hotel Marrakech
Address: 97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#114 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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