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“Oasis of calm in the midst of the medina”
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Riad les Hibiscus
Ranked #416 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 16, 2011

While slightly tricky to find (we found our way with ease having checked other TripAdvisor's advice), the riad is a true oasis in the midst of a city that is very hectic. We stayed three nights and could not have been looked after better. The staff really make an effort to make you feel welcome, and really make an effort to speak English if you do not speak French. The rooms are nicely decorated and extremely clean. If you're after privacy, book the rooftop suite. Otherwise request a room on the first floor, as they are more quiet than those on the ground floor. Breakfast is basic (breads and Moroccan pancakes with jam/butter/cheese) but filling. We had dinner one night in the riad and it was the most enjoyable meal we experienced in Marrakech!

Room Tip: If you're after privacy, book the rooftop suite. Otherwise request a room on the first floor, a...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Me and my partner stayed here for four nights in October.

Good Points:
Great location, literally a 3-4 minute walk to the main square.
Close to the souks and shopping areas.
Spotlessly clean inside.
Well presented staff and helpful when required.
Calm welcoming atmosphere when in the Riad, and a very relaxing quiet stay away from all of the hustle and bustle.
In the evening time, beer, wine and champagne are on offer for sale in the Riad. Beer is 30D, wine about 140D and Champagne 500D approx I think. Cold and refreshing after a day haggling for goods!!
Breakfast good. Moroccan pancakes, bread, cheese, butter, marmalade, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. Breakfast can be taken downstairs around the pool, or on the roof. In both areas, the table is set for you and breakfast is served to you at your table. Nice touch!
If you are after a late check out, ask the staff if this is possible, as when we stayed, they let us check out late and charged us nothing extra. Very helpful and very much appreciated!

Bad Points:
None really - the only thing that might put some travellers off is, the Riad is located on a quiet alley off of a main busy street. This may alarm some especially if arriving by night or late evening as we did. However, it did not seem threatening in any way, so do not be put off by this!

Some advice:
When arriving at the airport, taxis outside charge about 150D to get to the main square. I think they charge a little more at night. Take one of those, and they will drop you near the main square. You can walk yourself if you wish with your bags, of kindly ask a 'barrow man' to carry your things for you. He will charge about 25D for his troubles. He will also lead you directly to the door of the Riad.

In the airport when you arrive, there are money changers. Good rates to be had by all in my opinion. There are also money changers in central Marrakesh. The Riad doesn't offer money exchange to my knowledge.

Overall experience:
I would highly recommend staying here at this Riad. Myself and my girlfriend really liked the place and would definitely stay here again if we were to return to Marrakesh. We paid in the region of 75 euros per night and for that money, we were more than satisfied!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

This is a very firendly and quiet little oasis amongst the madness that is Marrakech (a fun assault on all the senses!).

Rooms were fine but the aircon was poor which made sleeping difficult. The little pool was very refreshing after a day outside in the heat. Breakfast was ok but not substantial.

This Riad is difficult to find but if you follow the steps below you can make it less stressful when you arrive:
i) Make your way to the far north east corner of Djemaa el fna square, where the street off to the right is called Rue Dabachi;
ii) Stay on this street for about 70-80 meters max and you will see a vertical neon sign for "Pharmacie" on the right hand side;
iii) The alleyway on the right hand side is Deb Sidi Ben Aissa - it may look dark and narrow but it's perfectly safe. Families live down here and there's no danger;
iv) Go down the alleyway and just before the end on the right is Les Hibiscus - ring the buzzer and hey presto!

Room Tip: Avoid the ground floor room.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Staying right in the big square is, too be honest, a bit too hectic in the hottest time of the year but I'm a city girl and decided to chance it. I choose to stay in a Riad over a hotel to allow a more intimate access to the people of Morrocco as my main goal is to learn about the locals and their way of life. I will mention that we purposely chose to go during Ramadan as we felt that first hand experience of this holiday would be the most accurate, unbiased way to learn about something very unfamiliar to us. First and foremost, the staff in this Riad were some of the most accomodating staff I've EVER met (and I work in tourism). Not only did they have the patience of Saints, they went above and beyond. They answered our thousands of questions regarding customs and way of life. They gave us midnight lessons as to how to make proper mint tea, advised on the best tea pot to buy and prices we should expect to pay, and even picked up a box of the proper tea for us (since it was written in Arabic!). I actually became quite ill from the air conditioner near the end of our trip (NO fault of the Riad at all! just typical me!) and they even went out of their way to find me in my room or hiding in a dark corner somewhere to bring me the fresh orange juice, mint tea and ask me if I'd like a little something to eat! While I cannot possibly rave enuf about the fantastic staff, the Riad itself was at the same very high standards! VERY clean, and so unbelievably peaceful in the middle of all the rush of the Djemaa el Fna square. I would definitely go back here again!

Room Tip: Get upper floor rooms so the public wading area wasn't right outside your bedroom door!
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We stayed a week at Riad les Hibiscus and were very happy with our accommodation. Our bedroom (Jasmin) was very comfortable and we slept so soundly, we had to set an alarm each day! We were glad of the air conditioning, as temperatures reached 42C while we were in Marrakech. We borrowed a hairdryer for the duration of our stay. We handed a bag of laundry in sometimes and got it back washed and pressed that evening (it cost about £6)
The staff was excellent. They were so courteous and friendly and we became fond of Azzedine, Lahcen, Yacin, Karim and Melika. Yacin and Azzedine were good at recommending restaurants and hammans and booked things for us. The riad was very quiet and had a grown-up atmosphere, where everyone provided their own entertainment .There is a plunge pool, in which we cooled off daily.
Breakfast was Moroccan pancakes and bread, orange juice and tea or coffee. We didn't particularly like the coffee, which was kept in a Thermos flask.
With only 8 rooms, we did get to know some of the other guests and that added to our enjoyment of the holiday. There was a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, akin to staying in a particularly attractive and elegant house.

Room Tip: Jasmin has two single beds which we pushed together, so it was probably 2 metres wide. The room has...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

We stayed at Riad les Hibiscus for 4 nights on our first visit to Marrakesh. As others have said, at first it is very difficult to find, our taxi dropped us only in the square & we were immediately lost! We were very fortunate to meet a genuine man who helped us to the door without expecting or demanding money, I now think how amazing this was! I would recommend, as others have, to arrange direct transport with the riad beforehand.

Having knocked upon the beautiful door we were led into the open central courtyard & given a much welcome refreshment. The interior is really very beautiful & we felt instantly comfortable & welcome. Our room was very clean, with air con & beds made & fresh towels daily, there is no safe in the room however.

The daily breakfast was simple as others say, but authentic & plenty & made a good start for the day. The service from all staff was very polite, helpful & genuine & I feel the real quality of the riad is with the people, opening the door at any time of day or night, always with a quiet smile & a polite enquiry of our day.

We would certainly recommend the riad les hibiscus for a marrakesh stay, if you do wish to be in the heart or the souk & really feel the city. It may not suit all to be in the centre but I'm most happy we had the experience!

Thanks again for our stay,
Best wishes, Emma & Keith, London

  • Stayed: July 2011
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2  Thank emms20
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

The riad is extremely quiet and relaxing, which is surprising because it's located just a few steps away from the burning Jamaa el Fna. The location is so great!

We recommend a map to get the riad easilly.

We loved the little swimming-pool, because it is truly refreshing and we can have a coffee, drink coca-cola or the typical orange juice being in there. It gives the riad a charmous environment.
The rooftop is typical and nice to tan.

Our room was small, but very confortable. The air conditioning in Alamanda room worked very well. The breakfast is simple, but good enough. The staff is helpfull. The riad is very informal and familiar. Sometimes it's your riadmate that opens the door of the riad for you!

The only bad thing: we ask the riad ro reserve us in an excursion enterprise an one day round-trip to Essaouira and they did it for 40€/person. In the mini-bus we discovered that the other tourists paid only 20€/person. We suppose the riad charges a comission. Then we reserved a round-trip to Cascades D'Ouzud (the same distance to Essaouira) directly with the excursion enterprise and we paid 20€/person (200 DH).

Room Tip: We stayed in Alamanda. It's a little room, but for the price is really really great!
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Derb Sidi Ben Aissa No17 | Dabachi, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #416 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $67 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad les Hibiscus 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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