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Riad Samarkand
41, Derb Sidi Lahcen | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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From 230€ to 184€!!
Ranked #33 of 1,128 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

This was our second trip to Marrakech; the first was at hotel Mamounia right after it's reopening ( Very nice hotel with an exceptionally beautiful garden but unfortunately a service which didn't stand up to expectations). For our second stay in Marrakech we chose a Riad to really get an authentic feel of the city. And I have to admit that at first I was a bit skeptical when a chauffeur sent from the Riad came to pick us up and took us through a small winding road to get there. Fortunately my reluctance and worry were counterbalanced by the beauty of the Riad and to stay there. Cyril the manager welcomed us with extreme kindness, he was very attentive and charming. The Riad itself was a magnificent place with raffined furniture and decoration. The whole was very elegant and harmonious. The owner didn't want to do (like other riads we've visited) pack the place so much to get as much profit as possible. This big riad is composed of only 5 suites, giving you the sensation that you are the landlord. Big rooms and superb decoration have been very pleasant throughout our trip. Finally after visiting the very loud souks and hectic city of Marrakech, it's nice to kick back and relax by the pool while sipping on an authentic Mint Tea. Or soak up the sun on the rooftop terasse! Thanks again to Cyril for a wonderful trip, we will return!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

We cannot speak highly enough of Riad Samarkand. Cyril and all of his staff made us feel so very welcome and made every effort to make our stay comfortable and memorable. Our suite was just as described in the website and the Riad generally of a very high standard. We would have no hesitation in recommending Riad Samarkand as a base for exploring Marrakech and the surrounding countryside.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

Lovely Riad in the old town...quiet, peaceful...really lovely. Be sure to have dinner at the Riad one night, it was delicious!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

I have stayed at Riad Samarkand three times now - so clearly I love it. It's a gorgeously remodeled riad in a traditional style with a beautiful central courtyard. For me it's in the perfect location close to the souks, a quick walk to the main Place and easy access to Gueliz when you want a change from the medina. The staff is extremely courteous, the food quite delicious, and Cyril who's in charge, will do whatever you need to make your stay enjoyable. I have to thank him again for finding a moroccan cooking course for me to take. To me this is a true oasis in the middle of the sometimes crazy and chaotic medina.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

So peaceful, friendly and enjoyable !
This is a place to recommend to our friends.
A special thanks Cyril to answered all our questions.
We cannot wait to return.
Tristan from carquefou in L.A. (Loire atlantique ! :-))

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

This place is a true hidden gem, and great value for the money. Cyril and the staff are extremely helpful. When the wi-fi didn't work, Cyril even allowed me to use his office whenever I wanted. Cyril arranged a wonderful guide for us who gave us a spectacular day tour of Marrakech. Perhaps most importantly, you get to stay in the heart of the vibrant city without the saccharine barrier of a massive western hotel. Truly lovely.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Samarkand. Cyril is really kind and helped us in many ways getting orriented in the craziness of marrakech. They have very good taste - the riad is stylish, impeccably clean, calm, and altogether well done. A bit tough to find at first but once you get it, the location is good.

Also - some of the only softish beds we slept on in 10 days in Morocco.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
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Address: 41, Derb Sidi Lahcen | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #33 of 1,128 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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