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“An oasis of calm and style in the busy medina of Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Al Massarah
26 Derb Djedid | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #17 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire
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“An oasis of calm and style in the busy medina of Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

In January 2013 my friends and I spent our 5th winter holiday at the Al Massarah Riad in Marrakech. As always, Michael, Michel and staff gave us a warm welcome. The reason we keep returning is partly for the pleasant rooms and public areas, but also the whole ambience of the place. It is an oasis of calm after a day in the vibrant, frenetic city.

As with most riads, the heavy door in a back street gives no indication of the beauty within, but as you step inside and shut the door, you are struck by the stylish elegance of the decor, a mixture of traditional and modern, and the attractiveness of the central courtyard with plunge pool. The sitting room and dining rooms are also comfortable and welcoming with open fires in the winter.

Each of the bedrooms has a different 'feel', with clever use of colour and traditional furnishings. Though not particularly large, they are attractive and well appointed.

The food is excellent. Breakfast consists of home-made yogurt with fresh fruit salad, pancakes and Moroccan breads, different each morning. Eggs are also available. Evening meals can be booked and are of good quality local cuisine.

The icing on the cake is the roof terrace complete with sunbeds, parasols and comfortable sitting/eating areas. We had pleasant light lunches up there while enjoying the luxury of warm sunshine in the middle of January, looking towards the snow-capped High Atlas.

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: They are all pleasant but my favourite is Ambre because there is a bath!
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  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I stayed in this Riad with my wife and two teenage children for more than a week over the 2012/2013 New Year period. It is very hard to find fault with this Riad!! The owners and staff were very helpful and obliging. The bedrooms were excellent. The library/lounge is a perfect place for afternoon tea or pre-dinner drink. Breakfast was a particular treat, no stale crossaints and bottled orange juice here! We also had dinner in the Riad two or three times again excellent food and service. The roof top terrace is lovely with great views thrown in. The Riad is well located, handy to both the medina and the new town. All this and a very reasonable tariff as well. The attention to detail has paid off in this place and it comes with my hearty recommendation. Thanks Michel Michael and all the staff for looking after us so well.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

From the first moment arriving at the Riad until our departure everything was excellent. Riad is very beautifully decorated and full of nice details. Although situeted in Medina it is wonderful, quiet place in contrast to the lively Marrakech. It was always a pleasure to come back. We stayed 10 days in Dec 2012 and Michel, Michael, David and all the staff took a nice care of our well-being.
They have a lot of good tips and info to share and can help to arrange activities and things to do.
Rooms are comfortable and there is a nice roofterrace. "Jade"-room at the terrace level is superb with space, privacy and own fireplace. Breakfast is also very good and plentiful. Nice library room (lot of books) with fireplace. Location of the Riad was optimal for us, on a quiet street, but nearby there was a lively shopping alley to get food and staff. And just 5-10 min walk into heart of Medina. I advise to take airport transportation from the Riad, it´s easy and worth it.
This Riad I can warmly recommend.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice, but Jade room at the roof terrace is super nice! More spacious and because i...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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 January 13, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this Riad in August 2012. This was during a relatively slow week, as we were the only guests on our first night. Nonetheless, the Riad is beautiful with interesting and intimate rooms, and great common areas. The location is walking distance from Djemaa El Fna and other sites/attractions, but far enough to be a quiet retreat when you need some rest. The staff and service are great. We had one dinner at the Riad, and the portions were so generous we could not finish any single dish. Definitely worth a look if you plan on spending any time in the Old City portion of Marrakech!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Having spent 10 days in Morocco, Riad Al Massarah was by far my favourite place to stay. It is beautifully decorated, provides lovely breakfasts (on the roof terrace if it is not too hot!), great hamman treatments and the hosts are really helpful and knowledgeable. Upon arrival, Michael gave us a map of the local area, pointing out places of interest and good places to eat. He also called restaurants to make reservations on our behalf, which was really appreciated. Location is ideal, situated right in the Medina.
I'd recommend booking an airport transfer with the riad - it was a really smooth service and it would have been difficult to find the riad without them.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We went to Riad al Massarah for my wifes birthday & had 4 brilliant nights. What a cool and comfortable riad, friendly staff, good food and wonderful architecture and bedrooms. We were bowled over & will be returning. Its especially good being located in the Old City so walking everywhere is very easy and not at all difficult - getting a bit lost is all part of the experience! We enjoyed a 4 wheel trip to the hills and a long walk all organised from the riad.

Room Tip: All rooms looked fine to us.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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 January 4, 2013

Recently spent 4 wonderful nights at Riad al Massarah as part of our elopement 'wedding-moon'. Really appreciated all the personal attention my husband I got from both David and Michael during our stay. They were incredibly helpful coordinating our visit, providing excellent restaurant recommendations and arranging fun excursions outside of Marrakech.
Definitely recommend the airport transfer they provide because the Riad can be tricky to find if it's your first time navigating the medina.
We stayed in the Jade room and loved the privacy up on the rooftop. Fires every night and delicious homemade breakfasts provided a relaxing escape from the wildness of the medina.
Love the proximity of the Riad to all the tourist destinations in Marrakech. With the helpful map provided by the riad, we were able to walk to the Jemaa, Ben Youssef and museum, Majorelle gardens, etc without any problem.
Clean, quiet, convenient, wi-fi and amazing hospitality made this Riad a wonderful place to start our Moroccan adventure! Thank you Michael and David for the lovely time.

Room Tip: Michael was very helpful on a skype call before we booked helping us decide on the perfect room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Address: 26 Derb Djedid | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#136 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Responsibly run Riad with La Clef Verte accreditation and Travel Life Gold Award for sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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