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“Wonderful home cooking in a very chic Riad” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Samarkand
41, Derb Sidi Lahcen | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #38 of 1,114 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Conwy, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful home cooking in a very chic Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Riad Samarkand is a beautifully restored building - it's sublime after the hustle of the streets of Marrakech. The garden in the courtyard is peaceful and relaxing, the rooms are stunning, the décor perfect. We had expected a beautiful hotel, but what we hadn't expected was the wonderful evening meals we were served. The cooking was some of the best we had in all of Morocco - including some very well known 4 and 5 star hotel restaurants and incredible value too. Pierre is a very welcoming host as are the rest of the staff in the Riad - and the children were welcomed too - as they were throughout Morocco. A wonderful stay - I hope we'll back back. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We had the Samarkand Suite which was a very impressive, very large room with a big balcony overlooki...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Our second visit to Riad Samarkand. It is the perfect oasis with fabulous attentive service, the most beautiful furnishings and garden. Our host Pierre is incredibly helpful and courteous and we will be back!

Room Tip: The Samarkand Suite is enormous with the most beautiful bathroom
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Aften 7 days at Riad Samarkand we rate it 5 plus plus. We have been to Marocco several times but in the future we look forward to return to Riad Samarkand. We had booked dinner for the night of arrival and loved it so much that we ate at the Riad 4 times. The manager, Pierre, is a fantastic host. On our first day he walked with us for an hour to show us around in the Medina. Lots of praise to him and indeed to all the staff at the Riad Samarkand.
Anne and Ole Volfing. Aalborg, Denmark

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We arrived after a long journey in the late afternoon.
To go through the narrow dark alleys and end up in front Aladins beautiful black door as was opened by smiling friendly staff and a Riad which was lit by candlelight gave us a proper feeling that we had really come to the real Samarkand. The rooms were like a dream and the staff aswell. We got a lot out of your stay thanks to him as I was in contact with ahead of our journey.I have been in Marrakech before but plan the journey ahead toghether with Pierre made this trip smooth and copius. As well as everyone at the Riad was prepared up on our arrival of our desires and requirements for a four nights stay.In other words, our stay was full of beautiful impressions and wonderful experiences. A highly recommended Riad!

Room Tip: Suite Isphan and Suite Mazagran
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  • Stayed April 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 November 12, 2013

We had a fantastic time at Riad Samarkand - the central garden with the pool (and tortoises) is cool and soothing, our room was amazing (huge, beautifully decorated, comfortable bed) and the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff (especially Pierre) was the icing on the cake. We stayed five nights and had dinner in the riad three times - wonderful food.

Room Tip: We had the Damas suite - which was gorgeous and very big. My parents had the Mazagran suite which w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Cessy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Riad Samarkand is a beautifully restored Riad in the Bab Doukkala area within easy reach of the souks and place Jemaa el Fnaa on foot. The staff were friendly and helpful. The dinner we had on arrival was excellent and the breakfast good, though lacking variety after 7 days. Nevertheless, we felt it was missing that special attention to detail you would expect in this price range. Some days no facecloths, one day the lights tripped in the bathroom and stayed off all day, breakfasts contained gluten despite prior notification of allergy, nobody to carry the cases down on departure...Nothing that couldn't be fixed with some attention from management.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Behind a shiny black gate away from the bustling Souks within the Medina lies Riad Samarkand.The courtyard is an oasis of palm trees, lush greenery, water-fountain with colorful rose-petals, small swimming-pool and a tiny lazy turtle, blissful quietude occasionally interrupted by birds. Our rooms were large and decorated in warm dark tones authentic to North Africa, cozy and rustic at the same time. Up on the rooftop were plenty of lounge chairs and hot sunshine. The meals, breakfast and dinner, were delicious and the whole experience was enhanced by the warm ambiance and the respectful and attentive service. Pierre, the handsome manager, was helpful showing us around the souks, answering questions and arranging transportation.
An enchanting Riad highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #38 of 1,114 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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