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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 #21 of 463 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“highly recommend!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

As two girls on our first visit to Morocco, we can't say enough good things about our stay at Riad el Mansour. Marrakech can be overwhelming but the Riad made everything as comfortable and easy as possible. They arranged our pick up at the airport and the driver walked us to the door (which we would very much recommend as the Riad might be hard to find on your first visit!); we arranged to have dinner in the Riad the night we arrived - it was delicious and they had no problem accommodating a vegetarian; and Abdess was extremely helpful, providing us with an annotated map and plenty of recommendations. He also helped us organize a dinner reservation and transport home from the restaurant, as well as a day trip to Atlas (at an extremely reasonable rate!). The staff of the Riad really made Marrakech welcoming and helped make it a great visit.
The Riad itself is really beautiful. Our room was full of authentic details - maybe small by western hotel standards, but we definitely didn't feel cramped and there are plenty of common areas in the Riad where the guests can relax, including the ground floor dining room, where is stayed especially cool, and the roof terrace, where under the umbrella even the August heat was bearable. Inside the Riad it always felt really peaceful - a needed contrast after you've spent the day out in hectic Marrakech! The breakfast in the courtyard each day is also worth a mention as it kept us going for much of the day. Overall would very much recommend the Riad and would definitely return on another trip to Marrakech!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We just got back home after a 3 night stay at Marrakech and only have very good things to say about this hotel and it's members of staff. We booked the place direct after some searches on tripadvisor and other homepages from other various Riads in Marrakech. The staff are completely concerned about your satisfaction and customer service here leaves us british somewhat embarrassed about our standrads at home! Nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast on the terrace is scrumptious. There are always fruits and nuts and always a bottle of fresh water in the room. Fabulous!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Stayed at Riad El Mansour for 5 nights and had the best experience. Even though it was Ramadan and the staff must have been tired and starving due to the fasting, they always greeted us with a smile and were as helpful as can be. We were welcomed with a detailed lesson on the do's and don'ts in the Medina as well as a complete guide of recommendations on places to visit, restaurants to dine and how to navigate through the hectic Medina.
The rooms were spacious, impeccable and full of small details like a huge bottle of water (perfect for the hot summer days), fresh fruits and nuts. Also loved the body lotion and the soaps.
The rest of the Riad is just lovely, full of small details and decorated with absolute taste. The place is a gem and a perfect escape after a full day out on hectic (but lovely) Marrakech.
We had dinner at the terrace one night and it was amazing. Definitely one of the tastiest meals we had during our stay plus we were served on the terrace on a starry night... can't ask for more.
Can't compliment Abdess, Mustafa, Wadi and the cleaning lady (forgot her name) enough. They were just superb and really know about service (I wish I could bring them all home with me!!)
We also had the pleasure of meeting Robert (one of the owners) and could clearly understand why the place is so special. Can't thank you enough Robert!
Feeling at home when you are thousands of miles away is priceless. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Marrakech.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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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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Sydney, Australia
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
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.

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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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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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#15 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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