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“Home from Home” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Samsara
6, Derb El Aarsa | Tarzout -Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #16 of 1,092 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
1 review
“Home from Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Jacqueline has lovingly decorated this Riad in traditional style, it is beautiful and feels like you have entered another world when you step through the huge wooden door. She welcomes you like an old friend and offers mint tea and gave us our own key to come and go as we pleased.We stayed 2 nights then went on a trip to the Atlas mountains and desert and back to J`s for 1 night before heading home.It was worth coming back for another of Milouda`s breakfasts, she arrives with fresh oranges and bread every morning.We used a compass to go south to El Fna square and north back to the Riad, it is a fascinating walk through the narrow passages, we did visit the new part of town but preferred being inside the medina walls where time seems to have stood still.Would definitely stay here again and visit another of J`s properties too. It was very easy to email to book and choose our room, thankyou Jacqueline.Susan & Cem

Room Tip: We chose Jacaranda with aircon as it was cold in december.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, April 6, 2013
Thank you so much for your kindness, our pleasure is making you feeling home. Hope to welcome you longer ..... Jacqueline
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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Bucharest, Romania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

A magical atmosphere… Jacqueline offers an extremely welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Our room had welcoming rose petals on the towels. The rooms are wonderfully furnished and decorated. The location is ideal, situated in the heart of the ancient medina. It really felt like our home and the delicious breakfast and evening meals were the most memorable. The roof terrace was a sun trap most of the day. Afternoon mint tea on the terrace a delight. would definitely recommend riad - outstanding!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JacquelineMarrakech, Propriétaire at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Dear Friends, thank you to take time to write so nice words, it makes all staff very happy. We hope to welcome you very soon in Morocco Very kind regards Jacqueline
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London, United Kingdom
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Riad Samsara is a real oasis - beautifully decorated with gorgeous public space and a wonderful introduction to the architecture of Marrakesh. The rooms are exquisite - Jacqueline has wonderful taste. My only concern is the location. To walk from the riad to the central market and bazaar area of Marrakesh takes at least 40 minutes and that is if you don't get lost. We found it impossible to find our way back at 930pm and had to pay someone to guide us back, and even he got lost and then it was quite intimidating to arrive back with a tribe of young kids all demanding money for guiding us. The area where the riad is located is very quiet and very local. This is good and bad. There are few tourists around. No one had mentioned this issue of distance and difficulty to navigate in any of the reviews I read. The property needs much better signage and a much better map.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JacquelineMarrakech, Owner at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you for your so kind review about us, you are right, the old city is a " LABYRINTHE " ......so magical to discover walking ! that is part of the charm of the North African cities. Very kind regards Jacqueline
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

It is hard to explain when you come across something so perfect.
And to do so would spoil it for others so i will keep this short and let you experience it for yourself we stayed in jacquelines berber village house and the riad in marrakesh and both places felt like home you are treated like you have been away for a while and welcomed back with open arms.
as for jacqueline you could not ask for a better host and makes you wish that she was part of your family.

We are already making arrangments to return but this time four of us and i dont normally like to
ever go to the same place twice.

  • Stayed December 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, December 23, 2012
Dear John, Of course you'll come back !!! you have two houses now in Morocco. Thank you so much for your kindness and lots of love from Morocco. Jacqueline
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

My family and I had a fantastic week with Jacqueline in her lovely Riad. We were 6 people and had the Riad for ourselves.

As a family we felt really at home and enjoyed our stay in the lovely Riad. The staff an especially Miluda was fantastic and made at great breakfast every morning. When we went back in the afternoon there was arranged Tea with cookies.

Season meant that there was a bit cold in the rooms. :0( and the heater doesn’t work in one of the rooms - It took 3 days before it works.

Thank you for a lovely week in Riad Samsara.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JacquelineMarrakech, Propriétaire at Riad Samsara, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
i am so happy you enjoyed your stay at home with us. We are lucky to have the reverse air conditioning for less than 1 year at samsara because many homes do not! i can only apologise that our first requirement for more gas for the system to be efficient coincided with your stay. In Morrocco it is impossible for an engineer to arrive on a sunday, it is the life! as soon as the problem was reported the company was called and we were given their first appointment to fix the system for monday afternoon. I am sure you enjoyed suitable compensation for the inconvience! We hope to see you again in morocco soon.
Jacqueline
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London, England, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This Riad is absolutely beautiful and the large room we were given was really something special. The staff here are excellent and take care of you as if you were family. They give whatever help you need in navigating your way around the maze which is Marrakech and the taxi driver they booked for us was the most helpful we had in the city.

We ate food in the Riad one night and it was by far the best meal we had in Marrakech.

The Riad is about a 20 minute walk from the city central square with the medina so you'll either have to like exploring the city or be prepared to pay for taxis if you stay there. I would definitely recommend as I could not imagine staying in a better Riad.

  • Stayed November 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, December 23, 2012
Dear Lovely guests, it was a pleasure to welcome you, Milouda and all staff send you lots of love from sunny Morocco. Jacqueline
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Encinitas, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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 #16 of 1,092 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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