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“If you are going to Marrakech you must stay here” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Sbihi
25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #101 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Devizes, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“If you are going to Marrakech you must stay here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went for the week over Christmas returning on New Years Eve. We had read about this Riad in the Guardian a couple of years ago so knew we wanted to stay here. Lovely little Riad which is made more special by the owners Sybille and Saad, who were both welcoming and very attentive. We ate in a lot as the food was lovely, and did find the square a bit too much to handle! We had a hannah with the body scrub on site which was also very good. We would recommend a guide for a few hours, which Sybille arranged for us cost approx £25 for 3 hours. Cabs everywhere is a good thing only costing around £3-4 to the square, but make sure to agree a price before you get in, it is easy to get lost and local people will either send you the wrong way or want money for sending you the right way! Also it was a lot colder than we expected, although we did have three days of sunshine it was really cold first thing and the evening even on those days.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We chose this hotel due to the outstanding reviews, and we were not dissapointed. We were the only guests staying in the hotel, but were still treated to first class service. We ate in the hotel on several evenings as the food could not be beaten else where. It really was food worthy of writing home about. Breakfast on the roof was a peacefull way to start the day, because as soon as you step out of the door you're in for a day of chaos.
The rooms are lovely and the bathrooms very special (we didnt upgrade).
We couldnt have faulted anything about this hotel, and for us it was much preferable to stay in a traditional Riad in the old Medina, rather than a large 'European' hotel in the modern part of Marrakech.
We couldnt recommend this hotel highly enough.

  • Stayed December 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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winchester
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We needed a log weekend break after a busy autumn! Bookng three nights in Marrakech we were delighted with this Riad.
Sybil organised a taxi driver t take us to the main sites on Saturday morning and a walking guide to take us around on Sunday morning.

Like others we upgraded to the suite on arrival. we were the only guests - but treated with utter courtesy at all times.

We ate out in the night market each evening.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

When we were researching our holiday, we were swamped with information and choices for accommodation and activities in Marrakech. However, we had to retain a balance: enough information so that we were not disappointed in our choice - yet absorbing just sufficient reviews to be confident in our likely comfort, whilst still retaining some surprises. From our arrival in Marrakech, and most particularly the Medina, all our senses were kept very busy absorbing life around us. With so many new experiences, it was important to have somewhere to wind down and recharge the batteries for each new day.
Fortunately, we had made an excellent choice of accommodation. We didn't want a large impersonal hotel in the new part of the city. So after reading a description and some of the reviews from other holiday makers, Riad dar Sbihi, in the Medina, looked very promising. This was found to be very much an understatement when Sibylle and Saad welcomed us to their riad and showed us around. A calm and relaxed atmosphere was generated by the traditionally planted central courtyard with scented herbs and birdsong. The rooms surround this area: the en-suite bathrooms give a sense of indulgence. We were there for too short a time to make use of the pool as we wished to be exploring the Medina or on organised trips for most of the time. Any spare time at the riad was quite often spent enjoying the lovely views from the terrace: the Atlas Mountains were snow-capped when we were there.
Sibylle and Saad were so helpful, knowledgeable and available. Their staff, judging by their frequent smiles, were happy in their work.
After our first dinner here, we decided it suited us best to have most evening meals at the riad as the menu was so varied and enjoyable.
Our 7 nights spent in Dar Sbihi were simply perfect!
Jackie and Peter

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Staying at this Riad is like living on an exotic film set .... however when you go outside the doors its a bit different. Set at the far end of the Medina there are a lot of small alleys to negotiate between the main tourist areas and the Riad. This does mean you get a very local flavour of Marrakech – ours included several nights of drumming :) I loved listening to the early morning call to prayer start up quietly in the distance and echo around the city – one of the larger mosques is right behind the Riad but we didn’t mind this type of alarm call at all. Sybille, arranged for a guide and we took a half day walking tour which helped us get our bearings but we still managed to get lost many times. However, we couldn’t stop and look at a map because we were immediately surrounded by lots of people offering us directions (for a price!) – I later discovered they weren’t all telling us the correct way to go anyway!! That aside, our stay at the Riad was wonderful. We upgraded to a suite which was fantastic – we had bags of room and our own little sun terrace right outside the bedroom door. The beds are just so comfortable and there was plenty of hot water in the luxurious bathroom, with towelling robes, slippers and also gorgeous smelling toiletries which were replenished daily. We used the in-house hamman twice which was lovely with all the soaps and oils etc. We ate at the Riad in the evening on a number of occasions and although quite pricy was very good food indeed. Breakfast was included and taken on the beautiful roof terrace every morning – a lovely mixture of pastries and local delicacies as well as honey, fig jam etc fresh orange juice, coffee and mint tea. The owners and staff at this Riad cannot do enough for you – they are very helpful and friendly. I would certainly recommend this as a place to stay in Marrakech.

Room Tip: If you can upgrade to a suite do so - ours was lovely.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 November 29, 2012

If you are planning a trip to Marrakech then staying in a Riad is the answer so you can have a complete experience and feel 'local'. Riad Dar Sbihi was an Oasis in the middle of mayhem. Even the drums at night and local night noises were all part of the pleasure of staying in the Medina area of Marrakech. Sybille arranged all the excursions for us and the walking half day tour was brilliant as it showed you where to go, what to see and took away the initial worry of thinking you would get lost (which of course you do anyway). My sister and I loved it. The Atlas Mountains was a great tour and our taxi driver Abdul, although couldn't speak a lot of English (we did better with our tourist French) was extemely helpful and made us feel very welcome and pointed out the sights and generally was fantastic - an amazing driver as you wouldn't want to navigate the mules, motorcyclist, cars and people yourself. Saad and Sybille, the owners, and their staff were helpful and made us feel very welcome in their wonderful Riad.

Room Tip: All the rooms that I saw looked great - we had a twin and it was perfect to be able to open the door...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Riad Dar Sbihi Hotel
Riad Dar Sbihi Hotel Marrakech
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 #101 of 1,031 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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