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“An oasis of serenity and calm in the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Safa
64 derb Lalla Azzouna | Kaat Benahid, Médina, Marrakech 40030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #71 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“An oasis of serenity and calm in the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

What a wonderful sanctuary away from the madness of Marrakech ... So many raids to choose from but there's no need to look any further.
This is not a place to go if you are looking for a standardised corporate soulless hotel room. This raids full of character and charm with lovely staff and owners. We stayed for the first 2 and the last day of our trip, it was great to get 'home' to the Riad after running the gauntlet of the mountain passes!

Thank you so much for lovely meals and the rose wine...much appreciated.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed lovely!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Marrakesh is the kind of city that can overwhelm the senses and choosing the right place to stay is a vital element to enjoying the exprience. Riad Safa has thought about this and they carefully ensure that their guests arrival, stay and departure is as smooth and hasle free as possible. They are just the right distance from the main square to offer tranquility but close enough to enjoy the hussle and bussle of the souks. The riad is located in the Nothern medina which has a vibrant and cultural mix of museums and galleries. The staff create a homely, welcoming atmosphere and owners offer excellent value and advice on the local area. "The home is your home" was a mantra repeated by the Manager, Saed, and he was certainly right! We stayed for 3 nights and would recommend it as an alternative to a hotel if you want a real taste of Marrakesh. I suggest reading the Rough Guide to Marrakesh before arrival where you will find a listing for Riad Safa.

Thank you to: Jean-Michel, Frederic and Saed who are the perfect hosts!

  • Stayed November 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Many thanks to Frederic and Jean Michel, the most kind and friendly owners of the Riad Safa for warm welcome, excellent service and attention provided to me! I had a great one week stay there and I recommend everyone to have this wonderful experience if you are thinking about going to Marrakech. Riad Safa is a peaceful and charming small palace in the center of the stressful medina where you awake up with the sound of the birds, followed by a complete and varied breakfast and you go asleep on the couch close to the cute cat called Kermit. I also had the chance to enjoy the nice home made genuine maroccan dinners I ever had. At Riad Safa all the kind staff make you feel really at home. I would like to thank once again to Said, who works at the evening. Said is a very well educated, polyglot and professional young man, who helps much in the excellence of this Riad. I highly recomment to everyone Riad Safa! Regards Fernando

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is one of the friendliest and loveliest places i have ever stayed at. The whole Riad had personality and the staff went out of their way to make sure that you had a good time. Jean-Michel and Frederic, the owners, are two of the nicest frenchmen i have met, they have charm and a wonderful wit about them and they have genuine interest in making sure that your stay is all it can be. Someone has described Saeed, the man who usally works at the evening as an asset for the hotell and i completely agree. He is well educated and mannered, completely commited to giving the best service he can and if youre interested in having a chat he genuinely asks questions about your day, your views on marroccan life and proves to be great company if you decide to eat in the riad (wich you abseloutely should, the food was the best i had during the week i was there.) The layout of the riad is great, your private room is clean and spaceous, charmingly designed with air conditioning and wifi and there are about five or six other furnished rooms in the riad wich is shared filled with books, decorations and of course the terrace wich is just in itself worth more than the small amount you pay for this place. If youre thinking about going to marrakech but havent decided where to stay yet, this is the place.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Can't thank the staff at Riad Safa enough for such a great stay... everyone was just so great and special mentions go to Saed, Jean-Michel & Frederic. Even though I was quite unwell from something I'd eaten whilst away from the Riad (we did a 4 day tour with another company to the sahara and mountains) we still had a great stay and Saed even went to the chemist and bought some 'Smecta' for me which really saved the day!

Nothing is too much trouble for these guys and they go that extra mile (and then some!) to make sure you have a wonderful stay. My wife and I felt completely at home in the Riad (which is stunning!) and often stopped and had great chats with Saed, Jean-Michel or Frederic... very enjoyable talking to them and you can tell they all have a great passion for what they do, and ensuring people have a fantastic stay.

Special thanks to Saed though who really is an asset to the Riad!

There's also Peggy the dog who is sometimes there and very cute and friendly, and Kermit the cat who erm well lets just say likes to try and bite! 90% of the time he is very friendly but he'll let you know if he's not in the mood for being stroked lol!

We got the airport transfer and it's a bit odd as the guy doesn't speak any english and when you get to near the Riad he stops, gets out of the car, signals for you to stay inside and then pulls out his phone and rings someone... all a bit weird and we didn't know what was going on... it was fine though as he was juts ringing the Riad to get someone to come and meet us. The streets leading to the Riad are too narrow for cars so the taxi has to stop a few minutes away and this was what was going on. Be prepared for stepping out of the taxi though as nothing hits you like the noise, smells and atmosphere of Marrakech!

Inside the Riad is like an Oasis of calm and it's truly wonderful place to relax and chill out. We had the Tobago room which was lovely and very comfortable.

Thanks to everyone at Riad Safa and I would recommend this place to EVERYONE!

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

We had a lovely stay at Riad Safa. The rooms were very comfortable and our daughter was accommodated in her own room at no extra cost. A warm welcome and excellent service was provided by the owners Jean-Michel and Frederic and their night manager Said. We enjoyed the lovely breakfast served on the roof top terrace and took advantage of the splash pool. We had an evening meal there that was excellent and very generous.
The only negative comment was the distance from the square that in spite of maps provided we had difficulties navigating. Unfortunately the young local males near the Riad were quite aggressive especially toward our 22 year old daughter. This was not a reflection on the Riad but the surrounding locality.
All transport and accomodation requirements were dealt with in a friendly and professional manner and we recommend the Riad as good value for the cost

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

From the moment we were picked up by the helpful smiling driver we felt relaxed and at home. The warm welcome and attention to detail that Jean-Michel and Frederic offered made our stay holiday in Marrakech stress free and enjoyable beyond our expectations. Riad Safa is just North of the centre of the Medina and not further than a 15 minute walk from any sight that we wanted to visit and the maps that Jean-Michel had put together were perfect in helping us find our way round the labyrinthine Medina. From a location perspective the Riad is excellent.

We had dinner in the Riad on the first night which was fantastic, punctuated with personal service from Saeed, the Night Manager who is a warm, friendly soul with a genuine interest people. Attentive and helpful, we welcomed speaking to Saeed on an evening.

The Riad itself is an illustration of the same care that the hosts, Jean-Michel and Frederic take of their guests. Bright and clean with an intimate feeling given by the limited number of rooms, the Riad has plenty of space to either enjoy by yourself or in the company of the other guests. We chose to have dinner in the courtyard on the first evening followed by breakfast on the roof which was amazing. The breakfast was different every day, prepared with passion and served with care.

Riad Safa was a recommendation from a friend and while I don't very often leave reviews on tripadvisor I wanted to share this gem with anyone looking to stay in Marrakech.

Riad Safa is definitely amongst the best properties I've ever stayed in thanks to the oasis and intimate surroundings that the owners have created and the genuine friendliness that they and their staff showed. In my experience it isn't often that such a wonderful property comes with such wonderful hosts and we're looking forward to returning already.

Don't book anywhere else - you won't find such a property with such friendliness for anywhere close to this price!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Zanzibar room which had the benefit of being on the first floor but I saw all the r...
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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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Address: 64 derb Lalla Azzouna | Kaat Benahid, Médina, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 1,071 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome at Riad Safa, a true haven of peace in the exciting Medina of Marrakesh.Riad Safa is located in one of the last authentic parts of the old city (medina), with some of the major cultural institutions just around the corner, and ten minutes by foot from the famous Jemaa el Fna square.Safa means serenity or pureness in Arabic, and it is our aim to provide you with a feeling of pure wellness during the longer or shorter time you stay with us. The atmosphere therefore, is very quiet. Even at the moments that the Imam of the neighbouring Mosque spreads his prayers over us; then you feel the mistery of the East and the presence of the languorous city.We speak English, French and Dutch and we love to help with everything you would want to be assisted with; whether it is a transfer from or to the airport, the booking of an excursion, or to have you accompanied safely home through the myriad of narrow alleys by our helpfull staff, after a 1001-night dinner in the medina.We want you to feel comfortable, and at home with us.Affordable luxury, that is what we want to offer you.Marrakesh is a bustling and buzzy city, so it is nice to know that after a tiring day of shopping in the souks (covered markets) or a visit to one of the palaces, you can immerse yourself in the lovely quiet of our Riad, and relax in one of the intimate "salons" or, during spring and summer, cool down at the small rooftop pool with a dewy glass.At night we offer a delicious "table d'hotes" in a romantic setting on the roofterrace, or indoors, just as you prefer.In-house hammam & wellness • we have a small hammam on the rooftopterrace, which you can book• on demand we can arrange for scrubs, massage, facials, pedicure and manicure. ... more   less 
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