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“Lovely, Large Riad with a Great Pool” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Shemsi
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   194 Derb Chtouka, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #212 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Lovely, Large Riad with a Great Pool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We traveled with our 2-year-old to Marrakesh in October and were delighted to find that Riad Shemsi met our family needs perfectly. We've heard that small riads can be tough to have toddlers in (since sound carries so well), but this was a lovely riad with the perfect sized pool and terraces for a little one. The staff was fantastic with our daughter and made our stay that much better. Breakfast on that beautiful terrace is wonderful!

We took a wonderful cooking class with the sweetest, kindest chef and shopped for all ingredients beforehand with the staff. They also arranged for a tour of the city with an English speaking guide which we thought was wonderful - but didn't realize they charged by the person and ended up paying twice as much as we expected. Oops! And don't let the guide not walk you home, telling you the riad is 'easy to find'. We were lost for a good hour at night before we found our way through the winding medina back to Riad Shemsi. This location is in the newer part of the Medina (by new, it's not 'new' - you're still in authentic Morocco) but is a short walk to the main souks. Out of the hustle and bustle. Our only criticism might be the decor - very classy and modern but I was hoping for something much more Morrocan (the boxy velvet furniture could easily be updated with authentic decor). Overall we felt incredibly safe and were happy to have found this riad!

Thanks to Peter for helping to arrange our stay! And for joining us for part of the cooking class!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

This Riad is recommended for the ones who are tired from a busy, dirty and noisy Marrakech. The location is a little nit far from Jamaa El Funa (15 minutes walking) and there is no bank or ATM near this Riad. But the Riad has a small but a nice swimming pool and all rooms are with air conditioner. Then the staffs of this Riad are a little bit shy but very polite and helpful, very different than the people on streets of Marrakech. Home made yoghurt in the breakfast is very tasty. Mineral water and Moroccan tea are free of charge if you ask to the staff.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Stayed four nights we had two rooms, the Orange and Berbere. As others have said provided relaxing tranquility after the hustle and busle of Marrakech.
The staff are very friendly but not intrusive. The breakfasts are good and arrives when you are ready.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Yamba, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 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.

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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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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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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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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 #212 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Shemsi 3*
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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