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Riad Dar Sbihi
25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #119 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

What can I say! This Riad has it all, location, in the heart of the true Marrakech, walk outside into the real city not some fake area where one could be in any city in the world, yet when you return after a day of sightseeing you have the peace, joy and tranquility you need to relax and recuperate, ready to go out again in the evening.
This wonderful couple who can organize anything you want, a great meal in the Riad itself, a cool bottle of local blush wine, a bit of a Hammam upstairs to bring life and vigor back into your bones, a great restaurant booking for your eveing, a fabulous kind taxi driver who will take you wherever you want and await you after each stop off, an incredible local guide who really knows his stuff for a day walking around and really seeing this amazing city.
The Riad itself is clean and authentic, fabulous rooms with everything you need while keeping with a Riads true architecture and style, luscious smelly stuff in your bathroom with a hint of rose water, YES you are truly in Marrakech here.....
Yummy breakfast, sweet gentle quiet staff. We simple want to go back.
Do yourself a favour if your looking for the real deal without pretension or exorbitant over the top prices, THIS is where you should stay. Sylvia and Erez Shalev

  • Stayed August 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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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

The beauty of the Riad contrasted sharply with the poverty of the area. Sybille & Saad's beautiful home took our breath away each day. The room was as we expected, clean and authentic. Sybille was a wonderful hostess who could not do enough to help and advise. Her English is perfect! Breakfast on the roof terrace was delightful (recommend the lemon and quince conserves). We also recommend you try Sybille's classic lamb, prune & almond tagine-you won't regret it! Sybille arranged guide Aziz for us (a reasonable daily rate). We had so much custom and local day to day Moroccan life explained to us, much more than we would have been able to read in a guide book - highly recommended. Sybille & Saad were very welcoming and the perfect hosts. We would happily return. John & Sandy

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This Riad is simply wonderful. Sybille and Saad were the perfect hosts. It was our first time visiting Morocco, and whilst you can do as much research as you can, books and the internet do not prepare you for the wonder, hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We arrived in the early hours due to a flight delay, yet Sybille welcomed us with some fresh mint tea - it was just what we needed!

Marrakesh gives a whole new lease of life to the term vibrant, and is a 'busy' city. Riad Dar Sbihi provided a haven from the hustle and bustle. In fact, it was hard to believe the business and activity just a stones throw away from the accommodation once you were inside, it was tranquillity personified. Sybille was very helpful in helping us to arrange to take some trips with local guides, so we really did have an authentic and mind blowing experience. We felt very welcomed in Marrakech, along with its rich history and culture made for a fantastic trip.

The accommodation itself was clean, functional and stylish, providing an authentic taste of Morocco. The products that are free to guests to use in the bathroom contain that wonder Argan oil, and being an aromatherapist, I know my oils and this was very good grade and quality product. The air conditioning was a blessed relief, as the temperatures were incredibly high and not for us pale skinned, cold weathered Brits.

We also ate at the Riad, as some days after a busy day trekking about (or indeed just lounging in the sun on the roof terrace), it was far more preferable to eat in. The food was simply divine, all freshly made and prepared that day. Of course, there are many different restaurants and café's nearby, so there was plenty of choice.

I'm not sure what else I can say about this Riad, beyond the fact that it is quite lovely, a haven of tranquillity, with the most generous and wonderful hosts. We will absolutely recommend this to our friends and it is a cert that we will be back again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We have just returned from our first visit to Marrakech, the Riad Dar Sbihi was fantastic, a very authentic Moroccan experience. Saad and Sybil made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. We arranged a guide with them for the first day of our trip, the guide, Assize (excuse the spelling), cost 50 Euro for the half day. He was excellent and showed us a short cut from the main square to the Riad, which was worth the 50 euros alone. The Riad itself is delightful, the staff are very attentive and polite and Saad and Sybil excellent hosts.

The rooms are lovely, we had a suite, huge double bed, nice big bathroom and plenty of wardrobe and storage space. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace, freshly squeezed orange juice, croissants, breads, jams, cheese and lovely local delicacies. We had lunch and dinner twice at the Riad, beautiful food, freshly prepared every day. The attention to detail is lovely, cotton napkins, beautiful crockery and glassware. The whole place is an absolute joy.

Marrakech itself is very hectic, you do get hassled by locals but its part of the experience. The call to prayer three times each day was fantastic to hear. We found a nice bar 'Bar Arabe' which was only a ten minute walk from the Riad, nice food and cocktails and a lovely roof terrace to watch the sun go down.

Thank you Saad and Sybil for a wonderful stay at your beautiful Riad, it was Paradise.

We will always remember it.

Room Tip: The suites are much bigger than the standard room and are definitely worth the extra charge.
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great riad, super clean with very friendly staff. The owners Saad and Sybil really looked after us giving us directions and advice whenever we needed it. This really helped us have a holiday of a lifetime! It was just easy and nothing was too much trouble for them at all. Marrakech is of course a bit chaotic so it was great to get back to the realxing riad and chill out on the sun loungers or dip in the pool, idyllic! Every morning we had the ultimate continental breakfast on the roof terrace which was very tasty and slightly different everyday which was excting, this included mint tea which I now love and was beautifully presented. The attention to detail in the riad from the breakfast, rooms was consistently to a high standard throughout.

We arrived later than expected as our flight was delayed so we got to the riad about 1am in the morning. Sybil was there to greet us with mint tea which is just what we needed. We then had a choice of three rooms they were all spacious and lovely.

We also had some other yummy meals at the riad, including kebabs for lunch and tajine for an evening meal etc. The food was the best Sybil is an exceptional cook!

We also had a hammam in the riad which was fun so i would recommend that service also.

I was very sad to leave marrakech after my amazing 7 day break with my boyfriend and would go back in a heart beat. I would definitely recommend staying in a riad, this riad, rather than a western hotel so you can experience the reall marrakech and have lots of fun!

  • Stayed May 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 May 15, 2013

Just returned from the Marrakesh where we stayed at the Raid Dar Sbihi which was absolutely amazing. Saad and Sybil ensured we wanted for nothing, the staff took such pride in the presentation of the table settings and food. The Riad was a stunning - the detailed mosaics, different species of greenery, painted shutters and sumptuous furnishings - it could not be improved upon! It was clean, the food great and the Hammam is definitely worth the cost. If you are planning a trip to Marrakesh try and stay here.

Room Tip: The Raid is near to a Mosque so be prepared to hear the call to prayer early in the morning!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Antwerp, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This riad has all the comforts you'll need for your Marrakesh excursion and it delivers them in a western Europe standard of cleanliness without compromising on the authentic Morrocon styling.

Only negative is that you will pay a premium price for it all.

Excellent for an im between luxury stop.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #119 of 1,043 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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