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“Marrakech Marvel” 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 #122 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Marrakech Marvel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had always wanted to stay in a Riad if we visited Marrakech and there are loads to choose from but you can't go wrong with this one. From the moment you step through the unassuming front door into the Riad and down some steps into the courtyard. You enter a haven of peace & tranquility. The birds in their cages chattering away, the lovely green garden courtyard where all rooms face onto is a joy. The Riad has been totally refurbished in traditional Islamic decoration & is very nice. The owners live in & are always around to assist & greet you when you return from your time spent away from the Riad. The staff are very friendly, smiling & attentive. Located in the residential area of the Medina it is quiet. We loved the breakfast up on the roof terrace or if the weather is colder in the lounge on the ground floor. We did eat in a few times, & the food was always fresh & a great experience to try Moroccan food. Loved the tagines... We visited the new part of Marrakech & the hotels are lovely but you could be any where. It is more expensive staying here granted but if you want to visit authentic Marrakech, than do not give it a moments thought , stay here, you won't regret it & worth every penny !

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

a lovely place to stay, beautifully restored and furnished. The continental breakfast + is a nice start to the day whether on the roof terrace or, if cloudy, in the salon downstairs - we were faintly stunned to see a review complaining about no hot breakfast, this is a Riad not a one size fits all tourist hotel in Spain, so enjoy what is on offer. The service is beyond excellent and when we chose to eat in the lunch and evening meal freshly cooked and most enjoyable. I was faintly embarrassed to come back from breakfast to find my pile of jumpers neatly folded, the bed made and fresh towels. Not cheap but this is a small Riad with a high staff ration providing individual service - it is certainly excellent value for money. The call to prayer at 5.30 is a bit of a shock the first morning but if you insist on travelling you will find people do things differently to at home!

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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

As a single female travelling by train via Casablanca, I felt at times guarded during my trip (naturally). And while I never felt in danger or in any harm of sorts, Riad Dar Sbihi served as an oasis during my stay in Marrakesh. At Dar Sbihi, I could relax completely and just enjoy all the intricatcy and beauty that is this awesome country. From the moment I left the train, I was greeted by a driver who took me to the Riad, where I was feed fabulous vegetarian food and then whisked off on a tour. Its a place literally in the middle of it all, which in itself is amazing but to add to that, within the walls of the riad, one feels very peaceful and enjoys beauty all around. And it's very clean and well kept.

The owners and staff are very kind and professional, helping me with whatever I needed. Highly recommend whether solo or with someone, taking a tour with Azziz, had an amazing day of souk adventures and sightseeing. Will return once again with my husband soon.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 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 January 11, 2014

Step straight into the magical pages of 1001 Nights. This jewel of a riad, with its rooms all facing into a central garden courtyard, has been carefully restored and furnished in traditional Islamic style. The roof terrace is a lovely spot for breakfast, and is a sun-trap throughout the day. Service is attentive but discreet.
You pass through street markets and the Souk on the way to the Main Square, so there is every opportunity to experience the bustle of the real Marrakech.
We are so pleased that we didn't stay in the sterile modern part of town.

Room Tip: We were able to peep into all the rooms during our stay. All are a delight, though the suites give m...
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  • Stayed December 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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Bewdley
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7 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We had considered staying in a stylish hotel 15 - 20 minutes from the Medina so that we could enter the bustling streets at will but then beat a hasty retreat as and when it suited us. After much contemplation, Instead, we chose this beautiful authentic Riad, located behind a heavy wooden door which leads directly out onto the streets of the old town. Sybille was able to arrange an English speaking guide (Azziz) to take us out for a tour of the old city on foot on our first day, directly through the souks and to Ben Youseff's Madrasa - College/museum (beautiful architecture, a real feast for the eyes). This I would highly recommend, Azziz is knowledgeable and he is able to offer advice on how to orientate yourself within the Medina walls and show short cuts to the main square.
Marrakech is vibrant and bustling and once you have ventured out it is wonderful being able to amble through the streets at will and then retreat to the Riad at leisure without having to rely on bus transfers or taxi's even as almost everything can be reached on foot. Dar Sbihi offers a peaceful haven which feels a world away from the bustle while still being on its doorstep.
Sybille can offer authentic Moroccan food or other alternative's if you prefer. The food is excellent although it does not come cheap!! the staff are very polite, efficient and helpful. There are also a selection of good restaurants nearby. Dar Zellij is definately worth a visit. The Riad can organise the booking and a guide will come in traditional dress and collect you and return you to the Riad after your meal. This is an experience in itself being guided through narrow windy streets at night, you would never find it on your own! The food, atmosphere, setting and service is exceptional but again doesn't come cheap, but if you like different experiences, then give it a go! There are cheaper places nearby for those on more of a budget.
Dar Sbihi offers Moroccan influenced rooms which are both clean and attractive, the garden centre piece in the courtyard is lovely and breakfast on the rooftop on a morning is a magical way to start the day.
While the big hotels away from the Medina have much to offer, I can't imagine that it would be like experiencing the 'real' Marrakech which is what we feel we have achieved here. The birds tweet quite loudly sometimes in the courtyard of a morning and the call to morning prayer can be heard, EARLY, but come on, this is what it is really about, real life!!!
We had a wonderful 3 night break to Marrakech and crammed a lot into our time, we would not have changed our accommodation, Sybille is very helpful in providing guidance and advice and nothing is too much trouble. The Riad can change currency for a competitive rate also. The only reason that I have not given this Riad 5 stars (and for the service alone it is worth it) is because the bed for me was quite hard and I struggled to sleep for a couple of nights and because we asked Sybille to arrange a trip to the Atlas mountains, which she did but unfortunately the guide (taxi driver) was not English speaking and we had an uncomfortable day in silence unable to communicate and ask questions. This being said,(this is not English arrogance) we would just liked to have been informed. However, do be mindful that the majority of people in Marrakech do not speak English or very little English so you cannot expect to rely on this and I think, using a few words in French can go a long way. For the trip to the Atlas mountains we wish we had booked though our tour operator but we made the most of it and still got to experience the diverse landscape of the Atlas mountains so you have to dwell on the good. (Do though as I said earlier book Azziz for a tour of the Medina through the Riad).
Overall a trip we will never forget, it had everything we wanted, a real treat for the senses and we met some great people at the Riad too. Thank you for an enjoyable stay Sybille.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Having just spent a wonderful week at Saad and Sybilles beautiful riad we can only confirm what the majority of fellow travellers already know. The riad is located in the northern part of the medina, away from the traffic and noise of central Marrakech. We were fortunate with mild weather and able to have most of our lazy breakfasts on the roof terrace.We also opted to have several lunches and evening meals in the riad all of which were fresh and authentic Moroccon fare. We really enjoyed our time in the Atlas mountains and recommend this trip.We ventured into the souks with Aziz our guide and enjoyed all Marrakech had to offer.A thoroughly enjoyable stay. Thank you Sybille.

  • Stayed December 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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Bucks
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106 reviews 106 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Riad has been rebuilt in traditional style - beautiful rooms and courtyard. Very tranquil although be prepared for call to prayer at 0530 every morning from next door mosque and motorbike noise if you have rooms next to the alley. Location is Bab Taghzout about 20 min walk north of Jemaa el Fna - not the location shown on TA's map. Service was fantastic - rooms were very clean. Breakfast was served on roof terrace - we loved it - orange juice, mint tea & coffee, yoghurt and pastries, bread and different jams which came in little tagines which were very pretty. Every morning there was also a little morroccan speciality to try - delicious. Riad has two lounge areas but they are not designed for dining although the couple of meals we had were quite good. Why four stars, not five? Mainly because it was very cold in the riad. This would be great and a plus point in the summer but not in late November. Our room was cold, the lounge areas were cold. The roof terrace was only just warm enough for a late breakfast. (Although wonderful later on for sun bathing). Supposedly, the air conditioning is reversible but it took about 3 days for our room to warm up and the cavernous bathroom was like an ice box. Sybille was kind enough to supply an electric heater which made it far more bearable. And it's no good waiting for someone to sit in the lounge and then put on the rather feeble reverse air-con. So we spent a lot of time shivering in our room under blankets. I caught a cold and the only english TV channel was BBC News! This would be a five star riad in the summer but I think they have to realise we need warm rooms in the winter.

Room Tip: Suites are larger with seating area. Rooms on alley side are noisier.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 1,040 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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