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“Perfect experience, amazing attention to detail” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Clementine
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Derb Sidi Messaoud 38 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #44 of 1,072 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Faringdon, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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“Perfect experience, amazing attention to detail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This was our first time in Marrakech, and it took us a long time to decide on which riad to stay at. Riad Clementine was the perfect choice for us. It was such a pleasure to come back to the riad after a long day exploring the medina (which can be overwhelming) and entering such a haven of peace and tranquility, and that lovely smell of clementine!
- Location: easy to find (which is quite rare in Marrakech!), in the medina but close to Ville Nouvelle
- Swimming pool: real swimming pool, huge extra compared to other riads
- Room: we stayed in room 6, which was huge and extremely well decorated. Mattress is of great quality.
- Breakfast: great quality. Freshly squeezed orange juice, toast, homemade jams, yogurt, cheese, dates, fesh fruits, and a surprise every day (we had a delicious orange cake one day, fresh peaches another...)

But the real extra in this riad is the amazing quality of the service, both by the owners and the staff. The owners, originally from Switzerland, are always available if you have any questions. They are very knowledgeable on the area. The atmosphere they created in the riad is magical, the attention to details in decoration is undeniable. All members of staff are truly amazing, from the cook (we had our best meals at the riad), to the cleaner (our room was cleaned twice a day). We visited other riads for eating out at dinner, but none had that homely feel we felt for Riad Clementine.

This is a truly magical place, look no further!

Merci Antoine et Angela!


Geoff and Marianne

Room Tip: Room 6 is the biggest in the riad, very close to the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed November 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a small, well-managed riad. The French owners live on the property, so you needn't worry about standards slipping. The staff were very professional and obliging. Another big advantages is that it is relatively easy to find, being near one of the main gates to the medina. However, we happened to stay at a slightly more upscale riad before arriving here, so I admit we weren't totally wowed by Riad Clementine. The breakfasts, in particular, were rather pedestrian in comparison.

We stayed in the room on the top floor balcony, which I think is bigger than others of the same price and more private. On the downside, since the room didn't have a phone, we had to walk all the way down to ask for something. Another oddity is the lack of shower curtains in the bath, which meant that the bathroom got quite wet whenever we had a shower.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

My girlfriend and I had an absolutely wonderful stay here in July/August 2012. Breakfast was delicious, pool was a great addition especially during such hot weather, and don't be fooled by other reviews - the walk to the central square (Place Jemma Al Fna) is a lot quicker than 30 min! (maybe they got lost?

Only downfall is that staff doesn't speak any English although the owners apparently do (they were not there when we visited)

Would highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bristol, UK
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We had an excellent 3 days at this riad in July and couldn't fault it. We were met at the airport (although the flight was late) and greeted by the owners with a refreshing cup of mint tea.
The owners were very helpful providing maps and directions. yes, it is about a 30min walk to Fna square but it is just two streets so easy to navigate. The rooms were extremely comfortable with fluffy white robes, slippers and nice toiletries.
Breakfast had everything including eggs cooked to order.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My wife and I spent 6 days at Riad Clementine in May, and we loved it. The staff, meals, and ambiance were great. Our rooms were clean and made up well everyday. The Riad location was a little far (30 min. dodging crowds and scooters) from the central medina plaza, but we enjoyed the walks and the chance to explore. We ate breakfast and dinner (four nights) in the Riad, and they were excellent. The dinners were worth more than the 25 euros per person charged, with a beautifully set table in the courtyard. The tagine lamb and the Cornish hen were the best. The upstairs dipping pool was nice and cool and good sized, but to reach the upstairs rooms you must use a very narrow, sharp turning and somewhat uneven staircase - par for these old buildings but a bit challenging for sixty+ year olds and/or those with knee problems.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Clementine and would recommend it, but check the following before you go: If you don't speak French or Arabic, make sure the owners will be there when you arrive. They were on vacation when we arrived and for the first three days it was all sign language with the staff. It would have been useful to have a general idea about how to get transportation, how much to pay to get to a couple basic spots, etc. But it is part of the experience. If this is your first trip to Marrakesh, I recommend a guide for at least a half day to get your bearings in the Medina. Guides are inexpensive and well worth it, but book a guide through the Riad and book ahead. We didn't and were left with an expensive guide who was not that good. Watch out for the heat! When we arrived in mid May it was 112 degrees F. but by the time we left, the highs were in the mid 60's F. So temperatures can be all over the map in May.

Note: the calls to prayer from the nearby mosque might wake you initially but are not unbearable. Combined with the sounds of the roosters crowing, you might actually get back to sleep!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms can take longer for AC to cool off on very hot days. Suggest that the staff turn on...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We've just returned from 4 days in Riad Clementine as part of our group holiday and I was amazed at the quality of all of the rooms, cleanliness, and hospitality of the staff. The owners in particular were very helpful. I cannot rate this riad highly enough and look forward to returning in the future.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed June 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is a fantastic Riad to stay at. It is full of character, clean, quiet and relaxing (we stayed in room number 7). All of the staff are friendly and helpful and make every effort to ensure you have a pleasant stay. The food at the Riad was the best we had of anywhere else we went to and reasonable in price too. The food was bought fresh that day so you had to let the staff know by lunch time if you were planning on dinning in the evening. The pool was a great bonus especially during the hot afternoons. The Riad is in a great location- 15 minute walk to the Souks in one direction and an 8 minute walk to the lovely Yves St Laurent memorial gardens in the other. A taxi rank is just down the alley to take you to the main market square. It would have been more helpful for us to be able to speak French as that is the most widespread second language spoken, nevertheless we got by! I would definitely recommend a stay at this Riad if you are going to Marrakesh!

  • Stayed June 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
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Address: Derb Sidi Messaoud 38 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #44 of 1,072 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Clementine 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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