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“Oasis of calm and beauty in hectic Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Massaoud
89 Derb el Farrane | Quartier Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #738 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Oasis of calm and beauty in hectic Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

We stayed three nights in the riad's Suite Berbere, which opens out onto the beautiful and lush courtyard. It is a roomy, very tastefully decorated space, with a generous and modern bathroom. We appreciated the gracious serenity of the courtyard and rooftop patio, the extraordinary cleanliness, but most of all, the very special hospitality of the host Said and his lovely wife. Said was enormously helpful to us in many ways; we had come to his riad at the recommendation of friends, and our stay surpassed our expectations. As fr the food: after the first dinner and breakfast, we decided there was no point in eating anywhere else; Said's wife's cooking was the best we encountered in our 12 day stay. It is not hard to get lost in Marrakesh's large medina, so it is helpful that this riad is close to a street where a cart can meet one's car and luggage, and yet also within a short walk of the main square and many of the main sights, and very close to the souk. This was the ONLY place we stayed where the WIFI signal was free and plenty strong in the room itself.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

The place was a little difficult to find at first, but immediately after that I was very grateful to have a place tucked away behind the madness of the souqs to escape to. The Riad is in the north end of town, just off the main street called Riad Laarouss (which everyone knows and can direct you to when you get lost in the souq), but enough out of the center where some of the market stalls in the immediate vicinity are not for the tourists, but are clearly used by the Marrachis living in the area. This gives the Riad a bit more of a homey feel rather than a touristy one. During our stay there, we could feel a little bit a part of the neighborhood, as we kept seeing the same kids playing in the streets in the afternoon and saying hello to the same older families.

The Riad itself is beautiful and comfortable. There are multiple places to relax, from the shaded courtyard, a covered area with sofas, tables and chairs upstairs, and an open rooftop terrace. Our room was the Burbur suite, which was decked out in very nice traditionally carved wooden furniture and had a very spacious bathroom.

Bahija was extremely kind. Her breakfasts in the morning were very well done. They included different types of Moroccan crepes, coffee, mint tea, and different kinds of jam and honey. She also made us a wonderful tagine dinner of lamb with almonds and prunes. Bahija even gave us tips on how to buy our own tagine - go for the ones that are heavy and sound dull when you knock on them.

Siad was also very helpful. He often gave us travel tips, helped us linguistically, let us know how much was a reasonable price for certain goods in the market, and how much we could expect to pay for taxis to certain places. He also tried to help us set up a day trip out to Seti Fatima, but at 25 Euros per person, we found that quite steep. We stuck to public transport and paid about 5 Euros round trip per person.

During our 5 day stay, I only had two complaints. First, the bed in the room we stayed was not so comfortable. It was quite hard and lumpy, like it wasn't a mattress at all. There was no spring and no give. This made for a difficult night sleep on more than one occasion.

Second, even after Said's discount, the place still seemed a bit pricey to us, and it was necessary to pay in cash.

Both of these were not dealbreakers by any means, but things to consider for future travellers

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2006

Said picked us up at the small square of Riad Larousse, and we walked a couple of minutes to his Riad Massaoud, where we were served mint tea. Said is a very nice guy, he runs the place with his wife Bahija. He speaks good english, and was super helpful. The riad is very nice, old fashioned but refurbished and clean. Fatima and Rashida also work there and they were very welcoming and helpful too. Breakfast for me was 2 types of crepes with butter, honey and jam, VERY tasty and filling! My wife is coeliac and Bahija made milky cinnamon rice for her and omelettes, very very nice of her. Also coffee and fresh OJ. Great start to the day. The rooms have aircon and comfortable beds. The bathrooms are tastefully designed and with good hot showers. Nice terrace on the roof. They also looked after our bags when we went off trekking in the Atlas for 3 nights in the middle, and gave us a beautiful big room when we came back. Said even offered to drive us to his local hammam, which was typical of the level of customer service they provide. The riad was very quiet and peaceful especially after the madness of the souks, which are very close by. Djemma el Fna is also about 10 mins away if you go the right way, which takes a while to get used to. We had a great relaxed stay there and would highly recommend it.

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Address: 89 Derb el Farrane | Quartier Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #738 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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