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Riad Dar Sbihi
25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #118 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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11 hotel reviews
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“Faultless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Before visiting Morocco we checked out the reviews of the Riads. Apart from the duds, they get similar plaudits. 'Little bit of paradise', 'Our little secret' etc. Truth is that they are probably all pretty similar. They look nothing from the outside and inside they are gorgeous. Here, where we stayed and Pepe Nero are the only ones we saw inside. Both beautiful.
That said I really cannot fault this one, the service was impeccable at all times of the day. Breakfast on the roof terrace was a particular pleasure. The one evening meal we had was lovely, the only reason we didn't eat here again was that we like experimenting. The room and bathroom well appointed. The owners Saad and Sybille always concerned and careful. They organised all of our trips at a fraction of the tour operator prices and each time with a personal guide. It is really difficult to say how anything could have been improved.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms are on the west side not next to the alley. We had a bigger room because we were there...
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  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Do not be worried by the approach via the chaotic street market, the jumble of people, donkey carts, cars, taxis and dozens of motorcycles spewing out clouds of unsavoury exhaust, nor by the cobbled street with its gaping pothole on the Derb Taht el Khochba a few yards from the Riad door.
Once through that modest door you enter another world. Sybille, Saad and their staff are always there to welcome you and you do get treated as personal house guests. The courtyard and inwardly facing rooms provide a quiet haven from the bustle of life outside. Sybille is particularly good at catering for guests requests, providing excellent meals and arranging tours. She is an excellent conversationalist in English or French as well as other languages.
Days can start early with the call to prayer from the neighbouring mosque at or before sunrise and a chorus of birds chirping in the courtyard. Breakfast is served on carefully laid out tables inside or outside according to the weather. The choice of fruit juice, yoghurt, pancakes, bread and pastries along with coffee and mint tea makes a light but refreshing change from the fried breakfasts and cereals offered in many large international hotels.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Clenchwarton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

"Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two"


Paradise is the best word I can use to express our stay here. From the very 1st time we were welcomed in to the most beautifull and unique of Riads. Forget about 5* All Inc' in out-of city developments. For sheer position this scores 5/5. But it's the fact that it is owned and run by two amazing people who welcome you into their own home and treat you like old friends. Perhaps family run sums up our experience. You wake in the morning and go upstairs to the terrace {The roof} No sooner have you sat down and one of staff {Abdul as a rule} brings up a tray of breakfast. It's simple mint tea,Coffee,a selection of pastries,Yogurt,Bread and cheese and Fresh Orange juice. Once you have finished Sybille arrives and has a little chat and asks if your eating at the Riad that night. If you say NO you will miss out on her wonderful cooking. It's all excellent and the range is varied from traditional Tajine fayre to Moussaka and Spag Bol' all cooked to a very high standard and served by another memder of staff called Layla. To put it another way, we never suffered any illness eating at the Riad unlike a few other people we met who had eaten out and paid the price.

As I said the position of the Riad is perfect. Right in the north end of the Madina close to the Souk and the main square.

http://www.riaddarsbihi.com/en

Because there are only 10 rooms it's like you have a private Riad with your own staff.

Sybille and Saad are very friendly hosts and can organise a guide for your 1st day so you can get a feel for the area. They can also arrange tours and taxi hire for you.

I would recommend that once at the Riad you upgrade, if possible, to a suite as this adds that little bit more luxury. Also check out Saad's vinyl collecting he has got a few gems in there.

We had a great time and will return in a couple of years. Please, for a laugh, read the negative reviews on T.A. Having stayed here and having the experiance I think the negative feed back is probably more spite than constructve.

At the end of the day this Raid ticked all the right boxes and our only moan was that we couldn't have stayed longer.

Room Tip: upgrade to a suite if you can
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  • Stayed October 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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Brighton
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

OUR LITTLE HAVEN

We can’t recommend this beautiful, peaceful and friendly riad, in The Medina enough. Saad and Sibylle are so welcoming that you feel like one of the family, as are all the wonderful staff. Everything is done with such care and attention, breakfast on the terrace or lunch/dinner in the courtyard, nothing is too much trouble. They also play very groovy music that meets the ambience just right. I even managed a wee bit of dancing much to Saad’s delight. It is amazing how peaceful and relaxing it is after coming back from the cacophony of sound and movement outside. Sibylle also does a mean Moussaka and Spaghetti Bolognese, as well as traditional cuisine. We would recommend that you book all your trips via them, especially if it is your first visit, as it can be very daunting if you try to go it alone. We would go again in an instant.

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  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for a week and really enjoyed it. Our first visit to Marrakech it was important we could have a nice environment to stay in and this was certainly it. It is spotlessly clean and very quiet in stark contrast to the bustle just outside.

We ate at the riad a few times and the food was always excellent. We found some nice restaurants as well just a 10 minute walk away (kafe souk, les jardins, cafe arabe, Terrasse des epices). I don't know what it is like to stay in the more modern parts but I am glad we stayed in the medina. It takes some getting used to but after a while you realise it is safe and you can always retreat to the riad or a restaurant if you want to relax.

The staff are just lovely and makes you realise what nice people the locals are. Always attentive but never intrusive. Nothing was too much trouble. The owners Sybille and Saad made us very welcome and Saad's dry humour made us laugh.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 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 September 18, 2012

Me and my husband have just returned from our honeymoon here and we can honestly say we have never stayed anywhere better.
The riad is very traditional. Lovely courtyard and you can even see the Koutoubia Mosque from the rooftop. The service is amazing, Sybille and Saad can not do enough for you. The food is very reasonable priced and better than anything we had elsewhere (not traditionally moroccan, but the spaghetti and lasagne are both amazing). Sybille was even able to arrange for guides for any trips we wanted.
Miss the place already !

  • Stayed September 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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london
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

we have just spent a week at the riad dar sbihi, we were looked after so well by sybille and saad the owners, they couldn't do enough for us, once outside the beautiful riad you have to embrace the madness of the souks and the square, just keep walking and don't stop! even if your lost, if all else fails just give saad a call. the staff at the riad are also superb, look forward to returning in the near future. while on your stay ask saad or sybille if you can listen to some uncle tom!, they will know what you mean.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #118 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Large classical riad (1st category) offering 5 rooms, 3 mini suites and 2 suites around a central courtyard adorned with a fountain in the middle of 4 gardens. All traditional rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, safe, phone, hair dryer. Heated pool (5m x 3m), hammam, meals on request, parking. Personal service by the owners who live in their riad. ... more   less 
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