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“Magical” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Samsara
6, Derb El Aarsa | Tarzout -Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #23 of 1,126 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Encinitas, California
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“Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

After a long, hot and dusty day in the medina or its outskirts, kissing snakes or whatnot, arriving back in the soothing calm of the Riad was truly a magical experience. Immediate balsam for the mind. Jacqueline and her trusty, quiet but always smiling and helpful assistant create a magical atmosphere taken right of some oriental sheherazade story. We stayed for dinner right in the riad as the food was so incredible delicious and the ambiente dream-like. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean and tastefully set up. We will never forget the immediate transition from the hustle and bustle outside to the quiet and peaceful sounds of a water fountain as soon as one passed through the main door. Unforgettable. Thank you Jacqueline.

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Dear Friend, thank you so much for your kind words, it helps us. We hope to welcome you again in Morocco. Very best wishes and happy Xmas. Jacqueline
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The Riad Samsara has been beautifully restored, the rooms are authentic and beautiful, the garden an oasis and the roof provides for a comfortable and relaxing respite from a day out in Marrakesh. The warm hospitality of Jacqueline, Malouda and Toure made our stay. Malouda's breakfast is excellent and her dinner tagine wonderful and she looked after us like a mother would. The Riad can be tricky to find so ask Jacqueline to book you a car from the airport and pre book one any evening you plan on coming back late.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Carolyn, thank you to visit us at Riad SAMSARA in a realy authentic area ! the old city : the medina, is another planet ! it was a pleasure to meet you. Very kind regards Lots of love from Milouda and Touria.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Jacqueline sees to every detail. You are met at the nearest Gate to the medina and escorted to the riad. The tiled courtyard has wonderful rose and other climbing bushes, which attract birds morning and dusk. Votive candles and the soft aroma of incense make evenings a delight as you lounge about in the plush Moroccan couches. Our room had welcoming rose petals on the towels. We had the smallest room available but there was everything we needed, and a separate shower and toilet (although watch you don't splash too much water around with the handheld shower head!).
We ordered dinner and had a gorgeous array of vegetables and a meat tagine.
Very hospitable and an oasis from the surrounding alleyways and medina!

Room Tip: Olivia is the smallest room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Hello my lovely Kiwis, thank you so much for your kindness. Milouda and all staff send you lots of love. Very kind regards Jacqueline.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Having met Jacqueline 5 years ago in her wonderful mountain retreat at Doura Samra in the Atlas mountains my wife and I were driven by a desire to stay at her riad in Marrakech.At last on 9th october after a long journey from Cardiff our taxi driver delivered us to the door of Jacqueline's home! We were quite overcome by the beauty,furnishings,decoration and welcome we received.We were spoilt from that moment onwards until we went off to stay at Dourar Samra before challenging mount Toubkal with the guidance and help of a local guide sourced by Rashida who looks after the guests so well.
Having achieved our Toubkal goal and exhasusted by it we returned for more wine, pampering and recovery by Jacqueline, and Malouda whose cooking was quite superb.!! Unfortunately we had to return to Wales as the holiday was coming to an end but what memories!! I did not want to write this review from a selfish point of view as I know we shall have to book up further in advance now as visitors will want ro experience this most welcoming riad in town! Enjoy.

Room Tip: rooms on first floor are all super
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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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear beautiful friends, thank you so much to back to visit us again, you know that you are our Family. Thank you for this kind review. With our Love Jacqueline and all team.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Staying at Riad Samsara is a truly amazing experience. It is a beautifully furnished and styled house, and the personal touch that you get staying with Jacqueline makes it without doubt the most wonderful experience we have ever had staying in any accommodation, anywhere. Along with her wonderful housekeeper Malouda, Jacqueline offers an extremely welcoming and friendly atmosphere. After exploring the amazing and intense sights of Marrakech, returning to Riad Samsara offered the perfect place to relax and recharge before venturing out again in the evening. And sometimes we just wanted to stay there enjoying Malouda's fabulous cooking or a drink on the beautiful roof terrace.

Room Tip: Jacaranda is a lovely room.
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  • Stayed September 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear David, Milouda is a pearl, you are right, we had so nice time with you. Thank you for your kind words. See you soon in Morocco.........Jacqueline
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zürich
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Riad Samsara is one of the most wonderful places I have stayed in. The rooms are wonderfully furnished and decorated. Just the way you would imagine in a fairytale! The house is a great place to relax from a hard day of shopping in the medina...;-) Milouda, the housekeeper, is a wonderful cook. One day we also had the change to "assist" her, while preparing the chicken with prunes and almonds. A truly great experience. Apart from cooking, Milouda has been wonderful throughout all of our stay, helping us wherever she could (laundry, last minute shopping, transport arrangements). We also met the owner, Jacqueline, who made us feel so welcome in her home. All in all: I cant wait to go back!
Please also check out the incredible place in the Atlas Mountains Jacqueline has built: Douar Samra.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Steffi, You have a house now in Marrakech, Riad SAMSARA and all team are waiting for you, see you soon. Very kind regards Jacqueline
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Port Angeles, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

As someone who has traveled all over the world, I can honestly say that this is the most wonderful hotel I have ever stayed in. The magnificent restoration of this traditional home provides authentic Moroccan ambience in the lap of comfort and luxury. Upon my arrival, the unreal beauty of the courtyard alight with candles blew me away. The fountain, tiling, and intricately carved woodwork wrapped in flowering vines are nothing short of magical. A warm welcome, delicious snacks, and glass of wine were the perfect introduction to Morocco after a lengthy flight. Retiring to my room, I found myself feeling as I might when staying in the home of an old friend with excellent taste. 


The location is ideal, situated in the heart of the ancient medina. When I returned to the hotel late at night after touring the country, hotel staff stayed into the wee hours, coming to meet me where I was dropped off, to ensure my safety. As a woman who was traveling alone, I found this very reassuring. 


I cannot imagine a better base for exploring Marrakech than this gem of a hotel. The value for the money is excellent and Jacqueline, the proprietor makes every effort to accommodate the needs of her guests. And all of this in the most incredible setting you can imagine!

Room Tip: They are all fantastic! Atmospheric, comfortable, and beautifully appointed. There is not pool by th...
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Susannah, thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to welcome you and made you happy in this special holidays in Morocco. You miss us. Lots of love from all staff
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Address: 6, Derb El Aarsa | Tarzout -Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 1,126 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Samsara is a traditional riad, full of charm, quietly nestled close to the heart of the bustling Medina. Jacqueline, your hostess, welcomes those travellers in search of an authentic experience, to her meticulously hand-renovated palace. The three opulent bedrooms each have their own individual style and are full of small touches to make your stay extra special.One of the most beautiful and original homes in Marrakech. Tailored for personal service and space, this is your own secluded sanctuary, a home from home. ... more   less 
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