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“luxury stay in the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Shemsi
194 Derb Chtouka, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #237 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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1 review
“luxury stay in the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Riad Shemsi. Abdellah was really helpful and informative. On the first evening he sorted the meal in the riad and helped us choose and book a restaurant for the following evening , he then walked us up to the square which is a must see at night but a mad place ! The following day he helped us plan our route around some places of interest. If you don't like bartering you might want to ask him where "Harrods" is. Our last evening was spent at a fab restaurant just round the corner called jardin in the medina. We could definitely rec this riad even at 46 degrees the pool was cool and the bedrooms comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Yamba, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

This is a haven in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. The riad is very quiet and has a lovely plunge pool for cooling off after a day in the heat of the city. The staff are extremely helpful, Abdellah in particular, and nothing was ever too much trouble. They provided lots of useful information and helped with organising tours, taxis etc. The rooms are very comfortable and well decorated. Breakfast was very nice and with plenty of variety.
Marrakech is a fascinating city and well worth spending two or three days minimum exploring the souks etc. Djna el Fna at night is an amazing spectacle and its great place to eat at the stalls. Delicious food at very reasonable prices. From the riad it is about a 15 minute walk to the centre.

Room Tip: We had rooms on the ground floor near the pool which meant we didn't have to carry heavy bags up...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We stayed here for just one night, the last of our holiday. The riad is lovely, with the suite we stayed in large, and comfortable, with a very nice bathroom. Abdellah, the manager, could not have been more helpful. The location is in the "posh" end of the medina, handy for the palace and Kosybar etc and its easier to negotiate than the northern Medina. The score reflects the price relative to other riads we have stayed in. Lovely though it is, you can rent a 3-4 bed riad in its entirety with similar high levels of service for the same price (though you wouldn't get a swimming pool which in the heat was a real luxury). So it is perfectly good value relative to most hotels- with the exception of our final lunch which we did find a little steep (€28 for 2 omlettes & salad). Overall, we were not dissapointed with our stay, but with so many options available, you could get better value for money.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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shemsiMarrakech, General Manager at Riad Shemsi, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
Dear Ruby,

Thanks for coming to stay, we're glad you and the children enjoyed our lovely riad and especially the swimming pool. It's a unique feature of Riad Shemsi and the reason many guests book with us.

Thanks also for your kind words about Abdellah.

The suite you chose was the only room that could accommodate your party of 4 people. It is the most expensive room, but we have other equally gorgeous double rooms for half the price.

Lunch for 4 people was priced at 7 euros per person - we think it's probably a fair price.

Kind regards, Peter
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Aktau, Kazakhstan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We went to Marrakech for a 4 days short trip. Tried to have it all, staying in the Riad, touring the souks, visiting the mountains, bit of trek. The stay was pleasant, something we never tried before. Actually coming from India and living in a villa amidst slums was not very relaxing, a hotel would be more suitable. The place itself was not the issue. The Riad was definitely very well done, clean, welcoming staff (Noura, Nadia, Abdella) except Mr Rude Badr. I think Mr. Badr was upset because we did not take his recommendation for restaurants. The simple rooms with nice colours, thoughful art decor are all very charming. Small nice terrace. Lovely welcome with mint tea and rasted almonds.

Breakfast should really be upgraded since the cost is like any hotel. Even homemade stuff can be served well, if done with more care and attention. The place is close to necessities, and easily accessible.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Thaxted
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

A quiet, relaxing Riad amongst the hustle and bustle of the Kasbah. A very warm welcome from Badr and the rest of the staff - nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Riad Shemsi is a lovely oasis of calm and elegance within the natural hubbub of the Royal Kasbah. We spent four nights staying in the chocolate suite which, like the rest of the riad, is beautifully appointed and furnished. The staff, especially Noura and Badr, took care of all our needs, including providing us with a lovely breakfast each day, and provided information on where to eat and visit in Marrakech. I would recommend the trip to Imlil and the Altas mountains, which are stunning. Altogether a great first venture to a truly vibrant city staying at a top notch venue. Marrkech is a very different city and it takes a bit of time to get comfortable with how it operates but we must trying to do it again, and soon!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sawbridgeworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This was our first trip to Marrakech and Riad Shemsi was recommended to us by family friends, who had stayed there a couple of times, so we thought we would give it a try, even though we were a little apprenhensive as we usually always tend to stay in large hotels. We were far from disappointed and had a fabulous stay. The riad was lovely and the staff, Nora, Nadia, Kadija and Bader so very kind, nothing was too much trouble,
they were very attentive yet descreet at the same time. We stayed in the Chocolate suite, which is located on the lower terrace. The room was very spacious and had a very comfortable bed, good shower with bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and personal safe. Although it was warm and sunny during the day, the temperature did drop at night but our room was heated and Bader, the guardien, would also lite a fire in our room for us every evening.
We had dinner at the riad one evening and it was probably the best tagine we had during our stay.
The riad is located in the Royal Kasbah district and about a 20 minute pleasant walk to the main square. I'm glad we didn't stay too close to the square as it is very noisy and the Kasbah area is accessible by car and the streets seem wider and better lit than other parts we visited.
Marrakech is great but very full on, so after a long day in the souks and sight seeing, it was just so wonderful to get back to the peace and quiet and relax either by the pool, or up on the sun soaked terrace! Heaven!
We shall certainly be recommending Riad Shemsi to all our friends and family and we don't think we will ever stay in a large hotel ever again!

Room Tip: Chocolate suite is amazing.
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  • Stayed February 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 194 Derb Chtouka, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #237 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Shemsi is a beautiful and elegant Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. Situated in the Royal Kasbah, it is in easy walking distance of all the principal sites including the main square and the myriad souks. All the suites are delightfully presented in traditional Moroccan plasterwork and Marrekchi furnishings. The views from its elevated terrace are stunning. The celebrated Shemsi cuisine is sourced locally everyday from the freshest ingredients. ... more   less 
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