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“Wonderful Riad - true taste of morroco” 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 #174 of 1,053 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Eastleigh, Hampshire
2 reviews
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“Wonderful Riad - true taste of morroco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

As per most of the other reviews this is a charming Riad - maintained to an excellent standard with an eye for detail. The owners and their staff quite rightly take pride in this lovely building and the service is welcoming and friendly - they will aim to meet every need.

We ate at the riad on a couple of eve's/lunchtimes and the food was superb - could not fault.

We had a tour arranged with two other guests on our first morning to get our bearings around the souks and museums - and also to find out way back from the main square where you invariably end up after a day meandering through the souks and streets - this was an excellent choice and really informative and full of hints and tips. The Thompson rep was not meeting us til 11 am the day after we arrived so we chose to do this trip starting at 9.30 and get our holiday underway and did not regret it. They were also on hand to arrange taxis or drivers or recommend local companies for trips.

We do plan to return to marrakech and this will most definitely be our first choice to stay on our return. We based our choice on other trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed.

Sybille gave us a tour of the house and showed us the other rooms - the suites would be lovely but to be honest all the rooms are decorated to a really high standard with a lovely welcoming feel. One word of warning - you will be woken by the call to prayer at 5am as there is a mosque in the next street - I took earplugs and slept right through it after the first night!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My wife and I travelled to Marrakech with the excellent Thompson Holidays and chose Riad Dar Sbihi based on yes, Trip Adviser. I knew the city was famously unchartable and had read the tales of many lost tourists, quickly picking up the knowledge that this Riad was owned by the very trusting and knowledgable Saad & Sibil.

Arriving in the Medina you are transported back in time to a place that moves the soul and awakens the senses.

Saad was fantastic and a really conscientious host, never straying from our request to experience this ancient city in real style. Saad organised a local guide and the first morning we accompanied other four other guests on a city tour through the Souks and Museums with one of the city’s most charming and interesting official guides it was fantastic (A must).

Saad then later that evening arranged for a local Taxi to show us to the newer French Quarter and suggested an excellent Restaurant & Grill to end the most amazing day ever.

The Raid is original, it is Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Just returned from raid dar sbihi in Marrakech what a wonderfull place was very worried as never done this sort of holiday before. The owners could not do enough for you,made you feel very at home it was like home for home.never had any problems they arranged trips and we kept same drive all the time there food was brilliant and the staff could not do enough for you

Room Tip: Sybil showed us all the room does not matter what room you have all lovely
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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 March 12, 2013 via mobile

What an excellent holiday at this Riad. Sited in the northern part of medina only 20+ minutes from the Jemaa El Fna square, although as Cybille pointed out, the first time will take a couple of hours. The Riad is as you see in the photographs, each room is uniquely designed & decorated, oozing with character. Cybille & Sa'ad are perfect hosts, offering plenty of advice but without pressurising you. We're very independent and found their advice helpful. As others have commented, you don't get a key and you can't lock your room door, but why would you want to? Staying here is more like staying in a family home, so we felt perfectly safe & relaxed and it was no hardship ringing the bell to get in. We ate here twice & thoroughly enjoyed the food & the craic.
There is so much to see in Marrakesh that we plan to return & stay at Dar Sbihi, but we'll go for a suite next time, just for added luxury!

We would unreservedly recommend Dar Sbihi to anyone who wants a very special holiday in Morroco.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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 March 3, 2013

A truly wonderful and rare experience. Calm and serenity in the middle of the busy, bustling and unique northern part of the Medina. Birds, sounds of water and the periodic call to prayer replaced the sounds of the Souk and everyday comings and goings of the city. Cibille and Saeed were a joy, welcoming everyone into their home and nothing was too much trouble. If you can, while all rooms are comfortable, upgrade to a suite as its worth the extra seating area. Traditional Moroccan food with a nod to Cybilles Belgian heritage is highly recommended and bring your appetite as there is plenty to eat. Ask Cybille to arrange a half day guide around the Souk - we had Aziz who was a mine of information and gave us tips for getting around the Souk. We're looking forward to a repeat trip next year

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Many will I am sure be tempted to stay in a modern characterless hotel in the newer part of Marrakesh. However, if you are looking for a more genuine experience of the hectic time warp that is the Medina then this Riad is pretty well placed especially when taking a taxi home late at night. Previous commentators have described the extraordinary peace it offers combined with good levels of comfort and the very highest standards of service and friendliness. Take the owners advice when it comes to tours and guides. I agree that a meal or two at the Riad is a wise move as the food is wonderful. I cannot imagine anyone not being bowled over by this particularly spacious Riad. It well deserves its place as one of the 20 best to stay in the city.

Room Tip: There is a good selection and certainly one has a BATH. You will be less disturbed by the early morn...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This Riad at the Northern end of the medina is a jewel. From the ridiculous noise and energy of Marrakech to the sublime of peace, calm and tranqulity when you walk through the door of this Riad. The owners Sybille and Saeed will do all they can to make your stay as relaxing as possible. They will arrange guides and taxis should you require them ( recommended ) who will not rip you off as you expect most to do in this city.
The rooms are excellent, the grounds are stunning, the staff are so helpful. There is a terrace on which you can relax or have breakfast, its ideal.
If you want to stay in Marrakech, stay here....simples!

Room Tip: We upgraded from a basic room on arrival for an extra 40 Euros per night, may be worth doing when yo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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: 25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #174 of 1,053 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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