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“An amazing treasure hidden in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad El Mansour
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   227 Derb Jdid | Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #22 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
London, UK
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“An amazing treasure hidden in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We spent three amazing nights at the Riad El Mansour. Buried down the small alleys of Marrkech, and through a small wooden door, you're greeted by an amazing oasis away from the hussle and bussle of central Marrakech.

The staff were amazingly attentive to our needs and questions. They helped arrange a great day out to the Atlas Mountains and explained everything we needed to know about making the most of our time there. The hotel is a 15-20 minute walk to the main square or souks. You get a good chance to soak up some of the atmosphere on the walks. If I ever go again I wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 July 14, 2013

The service at Riad El Mansour is outstanding. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and at completely at home in this hidden oasis. On our first night we received a ‘lesson’ on navigating the craziness of Marrakech. This was followed by several more ‘lessons’ during out stay, all of which we were very grateful for as it’s not an easy city to navigate. Nothing was too much to ask for and all the staff were very helpful.

The Riad is lovely. From the exterior it’s unassuming, just a small door in an alley. But inside it’s a luxurious oasis with all the modern conveniences. There is a fast wifi connection throughout the whole Riad and a good selection of TV channels. The rooms were cleaned twice a day and there were fruit and nut platters for our entire stay.

The roof terrace is a fabulous place for the tasty breakfast or a quiet drink in the evenings. And the plunge pool is a great place to cool down in.

It's well located and is only a 10 minute walk from the top of the Souks and a 20 minute walk to the main square.

On the whole a fantastic stay. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed July 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
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I spent three glorious days at the Riad El Mansour (July 2-5), and I can't recommend it enough. If you want to stay in the Medina (the only way to truly experience Marrakech, in my opinion), then this is the place to stay. It's beautiful, impeccably maintained, and the employees are beyond helpful. You get the feeling that you could ask for anything, and they would make it happen.

While Riad El Mansour is difficult to find (hidden in a back alley), it's also conveniently located a couple blocks from a major taxi stand and bus station. The first day, we attempted to explore Marrakech on foot and got lost a dozen times, all while melting in the 105+ degree heat. After that, we took advantage of the nearby taxis and hopped in a cab to go wherever we needed to go. You have to negotiate the rate, and we managed to get most places for less than $5.

The breakfast (included in your stay at Riad El Mansour) is substantial and seriously delicious. We also had dinner at the Riad one night, and it was the best meal of our trip. The lovely woman who cooks is a genuine Moroccan grandmother, and you can taste the love and pride in her food.

I'm so glad we chose Riad El Mansour. I don't think our trip would have been half as special if we picked a different hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Azure room, which was beautiful. It did, however, receive a good amount of direct s...
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  • Stayed July 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 July 2, 2013

Riad El Mansour was magnificent. Marrakech was our first stop in Morocco and we were a bit shell shocked (the heat, the winding alley ways, the sounds and smells, the motorbikes whizzing by at high speed, the overall exotic nature of the city). This riad was a perfect home base for our family. It is tucked away, yet close to all the action in the medina. The riad itself is beautiful; the rooms impeccably decorated. The courtyard, the rooftop deck and the sitting areas provided a perfect spot to unwind and relax after a busy day.

While the beauty and tranquility of Riad El Mansour would be enough to warrant a top score, what really makes this place special is the service. Everyone was incredibly helpful, welcoming and went out of their way to see to it that we were taken care of. In a place as far away and different as Morocco, it was a comfort to know that we had a helpful team of people who were committed to ensuring a wonderful trip.

We were greeted at the airport by a driver to take us right to the riad (this is a small cost and is money well spent since there is no way we would have found it on our own). After a tour of the riad and settling into our room, we were given a detailed explanation of our surroundings, including a map and directions to local attractions.

Throughout our stay, the helpful and attentive staff took care of us. In particular, our 11 year old daughter had an upset stomach one day, and the entire staff was extremely kind and helpful--to her and to us. Then there's the food. In addition to the hearty breakfasts, we ate dinner at the riad twice. All our meals were wonderful. We had cookies and tea in the afternoon. They helped us with reservations to restaurants, transportation, and arranged for an on-site henna artist for our daughter.

Marrakech itself is an exciting and fascinating place. We enjoyed exploring and learning about this incredible city. I highly recommend Riad El Mansour as perfect place to experience the hospitality and warmth that this amazing city has to offer.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

An original Riad is the only place to stay when visiting Marrakech and the Riad El Mansour must be one of the best of them. Tucked away in a tiny back alley (impossible to find by yourself so take the very reasonable transfer from the airport provided) it provides the perfect base. Wander down the bustling streets and in 15 minutes you are in the Souk, and return (exhausted) and you are back in haven of peace and tranquility. With only 6 rooms the service is exemplary and there is nothing that is too much trouble for the amazing manager, Abdess, and his staff, from taxis ,maps and directions to arranging your own special dinner. This is an amazing place.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Marrakech was not going to be our first choice for a holiday but we are so glad that we did choose Marrakech and the Riad El Mansour!

Riad El Mansour is on the North West edge of the Medina and if you were to form your opinion of it from the local surroundings you would have no idea what awaits you.

We were greeted by Abdess, the manager, as we got out of the courtesy transport from the airport and he led us through a few narrow streets to a black door that, when opened, led into an incredibly peaceful and beautiful haven away from it all.

Abdess explained to us in perfect English some very much appreciated knowledge that makes your stay in Marrakech much more enjoyable and stress free. He supplied us with a very detailed map of the Medina, the New Town and surroundings which is marked out by him showing the main points of interest, places to visit and eat that avoid you having to search them out for yourself.

I am not going to go into detail about the inside of the Riad as it would spoil the surprise that awaits you.

We were actually on a belated wedding anniversary holiday and to our delight the Riad's cook had made an incredible chocolate cake, the quality of which you would only find in an upmarket patisserie, and this was served to us along with the traditional mint tea on the terrace area that afternoon. We had also pre-ordered a meal for that night to save us going out for one.
Word of advice, take a healthy appetite with you as the courses are huge!

The staff of Abdess, Wadi, Nadia, Zoudia, Mustapha and the cook cannot do enough for you to make your stay as memorable as it it could be. My wife took an immediate liking to Zoudia who must be at least 65 years old and works tirelessly all day, she is a little gem of a lady!
Abdess and Wadi have encyclopaedic knowledge of Marrakech and if you have no definite plans, they can assist you with any itinenary you can think of. Nadia always has a smile on her face as she serves breakfast every morning.

Flowers, fresh fruit and bottled water are always in your room and if you are only used to supermarket fruit, then you are in for a treat as it is purchased fresh everyday. The peaches and oranges are so sweet and juicy!

Would I recommend this Riad to anyone?

I certainly would because of the perfection of service from the incredibly kind and attentive staff that it offers. I have stayed in all types of hotels all over the world and have never experienced one that leaves you feeling so relaxed and 'holidayed' afterwards.

Our thanks to Abdess and his staff for such an incredibly relaxing holiday, it would not have been the same without you all!

Room Tip: The first floor is to be recommended purely for the view to the ground floor from it's terrace.
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  • Stayed June 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We have just arrived home from a 5 night stay at Marrakech and only have positive things to say about Riad El Mansour and it's staff. We booked this place directly after some searches via tripadvisor and other homepages from different Riads in Marrakech. The staff are totally concerned about your satisfaction and customer service here leaves us swiss somewhat embarrassed about our standrads at home! Nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast on the terrace is delicious. A lovely extra touch was a bunch of roses, fruits and nuts and always a bottle of fresh water in the room. The total pleasant surprise was the perfect city map with great tips and the drawn way from/back the sights to the Riyad made by Abdess.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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: 227 Derb Jdid | Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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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 Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#11 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#16 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad El Mansour 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad El Mansour is a six bedroom, award winning Riad. This boutique hotel is situated a short stroll from Place Jemaa el-Fna. We offer the highest levels of service and hospitality with a Jacuzzi, Spa, Hammam and GymWe have a full time resident cook and can arrange airport transfers for you. ... more   less 
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