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“Great place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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1.0 of 5 Guest house   |   25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, | Zaouia El-Abbassia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #184 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Milton Keynes
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We just got back from a week in Marrakech and we stayed here for our visit. It was a great place to stay if you really want to experience Marrakech as you are right by the Souk and about 15 minutes from the main square on foot, in fact you can get pretty much anywhere in the medina on foot want to. We were greeted by Sybille and Saad on our arrival, they settled us straight in and gave us mint tea and little home made treats to eat. It's like a sanctuary as the streets outside are so noisy but as soon as the door closes behind you you can't here any noise and all you can smell is the incense from the courtyard. They also offered us a full on dinner even though it was past 10pm! Sybille took us through the check in and Saad arranged for a guide to come the next morning and show us around the souks. We would definitely recommend taking them up on this, Aziz was our guide and he was fantastic! He makes sure you know how to get to certain landmarks so you always know how to get back to the riad and he teaches you a few tricks of the locals as well. The rooms are really well kept and you have everything you need, the plumbing in the medina is really old so you have to make sure you leave the plugs in the sink and bath when you go out or you'll be able to smell the drains when you get back! This isn't just the riad, this is anywhere in the medina. The roof terrace is a lovely place to relax, there are wild birds and pet birds in the courtyard of the riad all day and they sound lovely when your sunbathing on the terrace above them. The staff are really nice and helpful, they will do anything they can to help you and make you feel welcome. Saad knows everybody in the area and is really proud of the medina so he'll tell you anything you want to know and can arrange anything you need from taxis into the new town to a 2 day excursion into the mountains. Definitely would recommend this as a place to stay if you visit Marrakech. The only thing I would say is that it's probably not worth paying much extra for a suite as we did this and other than a seating area we didn't really feel there was any particular advantage as a couple, if we had children it would obviously be a different story but not worth the extra for just two people.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have just returned from a magical trip to Marrakech made more magical by staying at the wonderful Riad dar Sbihi. Run by the most professional yet warm and friendly couple - Sybille and Saad.Riad dar Sbihi is in a residential area of the ancient medina and is like being transported back to mediaeval times, sometimes you do almost feel you are intruding on a way of life unchanged for centuries just by walking through, I certainly felt it was appropriate to dress in a manner respectful to the Muslim community here by covering shoulders and legs when passing through this area.
The Riad is peaceful, beautiful, food amazing and has an attentive yet discreet approach to hospitality, I stayed here over my birthday and it was one I will never forget . Would never stay in a hotel in Marrakech having stayed in such authentic and atmospheric accommodation.
Thomson (who we booked through) were non existent, we were given a number for the rep if we needed him rather than him coming to see us, so we booked a guide and driver locally which was a far better experience than an organised coach trip to see the sights. We could manage our own time and visit places at our leisure. Thank you Sybille and Saad for a fabulous time we hope to see you both again before too long .............

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

A true taste of the fascinating city of Marrakech awaits any visitor to Riad Dar El Sbihi. The open courtyard beautifully laid out with a symmetrical garden (including lemon & pomegranate trees) and surrounded by two balconied levels of authentically designed and furnished rooms made me gasp with delight on arrival! The passion and commitment of owners Sa'ad & Sybille to providing each & every guest with a true taste of Marrakech was evident in the service - from the meticulously presented breakfasts each morning on the roof terrace to the advice & help with trips around the city. It was evident in the ambience - from the magical Moroccan architecture and decor to the tiny songbirds who visit the courtyard throughout the day. This venue is the Grand Design and dream of its owners, and my goodness it shows. We were presented with a choice of delicious Moroccan cuisine for dinner including tagines and couscous, and the mint tea & freshly squeezed orange juice which accompanied delicious pastries for breakfast and Moroccan sweets at any other time were a true delight. The owners live on site and so are always available to respond to requests (and nothing is too much trouble), to advise and arrange trips and to chat about local culture. They will change currency at a very good rate, arrange taxis, make restaurant recommendations and bookings amongst many other essential holiday services. A magical experience.

  • 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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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

What's the best thing about this Riad? For some, it is the unobtrusive, efficient staff. For others it's the delicacy of the wonderful breakfasts on the terrace. The magical hidden garden which is the centrepiece of this arabian delight, or the delightful ( and highly professional) owners who cannot do enough for you must surely feature on anyone's list of things that make this a wonderful place to stay.

Come and visit and see what enchants YOU most.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Myself and my husband just returned from a stay in this beautiful riad! It was so nice to stay here, the staff were so kind and helpful and the owners Sybil and sied looked after us like we're family ! I would highly recommend letting them arrange day trips etc, we did a trip to the Atlas Mountains arranged by them and it was perfect! We did not have a guide for going out in the city and although we got lost a few times and hustled a few times we felt very safe! Would definitely stay here again, but maybe not in August as it is beyond HOT !!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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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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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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 #184 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Riad Dar Sbihi 1*
Number of rooms: 10
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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