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Riad Princesse du Desert
Ranked #34 of 1,172 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Marrakech was the last stop on our 20 day trip to Morocco. We were hoping that it was going to live up to the rest of our trip, which had been fantastic. We needn't have worried, we loved it!!
From the moment we arrived here, we knew it was going to be perfect. Mustafa was there to greet us with his welcoming smile, tea, and sweet snacks. He and the staff are the kindest, most friendly staff I have met anywhere.
Our rooms were just gorgeous. The owner, Samira, who we met several times (and who was most concerned that we were comfortable and happy) has impeccable taste. It makes all the difference to walk into a room that is so beautifully decorated. And the pure white, spotlessly clean and fluffy embroidered towels felt like pure luxury!
The riad is set back from the hustle and bustle. There is no problem about finding your way. Once you are there Mustafa will walk you to the square, showing you things to look out for to help you find your way back. He also gives you a card with the name and phone number of the riad just in case you do become lost! His directions are so clear, we never had a problem!
The courtyard area is also beautifully decorated and was a most welcoming place to spend our only rainy afternoon of our trip.
We were lucky to have an evening meal here during our stay, which we ate in a small private room just off the courtyard. Delicious food served by the ever attentive Mustafa.
The lovely girls (who work tirelessly in the background), took us to the local hammam. Truly a wonderful experience which I would highly recommend. This was a highlight of our trip. The girls took such good care of us, bringing along everything that we would need. They rubbed and scrubbed us till we were cleaner than we had ever been! Don't miss this. A massage back at the riad completed this wonderful experience.
It's all the little things that makes this a really special place to stay. Samira's eye for detail, Mustafa's quiet efficiency and friendly, welcoming, "can do" attitude and the lovely staff who all make you feel that this is your home whilst you are there.
We loved our stay so much that the goodbye hugs felt so genuine, we almost cried that we had to leave!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Had a most wonderful stay here. The riad is cozy & tastefully decorated and our rooms were very beautiful! Our stay at the riad started with a welcome drink of Moroccan mint tea & cookies, after which Mostapha, the manager, brought us on a tour of the Medina. Mostapha & Samira, the owner of the riad were excellent hosts. All our needs were promptly attended to and they went above & beyond to ensure that we have a wonderful time in Marrakech. Not only did we experience Moroccan hospitality but excellent food as well! The dinner at the Riad was the best of our entire trip and my mouth still waters at the thought of the fish tagine & other exotic dishes prepared by the team at the riad. Thank you Mostapha & Samira for a most wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stayed in this beautiful riad during my first 2 nights in Morocco. I must say I was impressed by the charm and interior decor of this riad. It is immaculately clean and is located near the action of Marrakesh but is on a quiet street which is a BIG plus. Moustafa is an excellent host and he is very helpful if you have any questions. He is extremely hospitable. He let me choose which room I wanted and helped me with all my luggage. He was very accomodating and wanted to please you and make you feel at home. My room was GORGEOUS! Very luxurious with a good heater, good shower, and lovely interior decor. You will feel like royalty. Also, the food is EXCELLENT! Breakfast was fresh and plentiful and dinner was DELICIOUS! I ate the best lemon and olive chicken tagine in all of Morocco at this riad. I highly suggest eating dinner in the riad. You will not be disappointed. This riad exceeded my expectations and I would definately return! If you want a real Moroccan experience, do NOT hesitate to stay in this charming place.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank MediterraneanSeabird
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed here two nights over the Christmas holidays during our first trip to Morocco. It was a tranquil, beautiful oasis in the middle of the bustling medina. The manager, Mustafa, was so warm and gracious and went out of his way to make us feel welcome with mint tea and traditional cookies. The rooms were lovely and the decor of the whole place was elegant. The cook made wonderful, delicious meals for us. We also enjoyed amazing massages at the spa. The service was first rate! We felt lucky to have stayed here and definitely would recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Mostapha was a wonderful host! Although small (which is expected of a room in a riad), our room was decorated very nicely. Even though we had to report the shower head was broken on the first day, Mostapha promptly had a new one installed. The location is really convenient and breakfast was enjoyable.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tinasaurusx
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Had such a wonderful time staying here. The riad was beautifully decorated and the staff couldn't do enough for us. Located in the heart of marrakech we had a really Moroccan experience!! Would recommend to anybody

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

We were alittle worried when we walked a long journey outside of the Medina to the Riad and boy when we reached, the smiles and warmth of Mustafa is just so contagious! He guided us to the square and helped us exchanged money with his friends with a helping smile all the time. The rooms were not big but the service was great. Knowing that I am afraid of cold and that the heater was not working too fine, he offered to bring in a portable heater and more blankets! Breakfast was plentiful and we had some lovely eggs there! We cannot forget the homemade moroccan yogurt we tried which was the best. Overall a really fantastic stay and we cant wait to return again soon.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: No 67 Derb Habib Allah | Quartier Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 1,172 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $59 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Princesse du Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Princesse du Desert Nothing is too good for her. Equidistant from the " Jemaa El Fna " and " Door Dar El Bacha " , the location of Riad Princesse du Desert is exceptional especially since it offers beautiful calm and tranquility. Nestled in the Medina, the small alley that leads to the riad is a wonder with warm colors that contrast with the blue sky and vegetation that is rare in the Medina which can give the feeling of a Provence in Marrakech. Additionally beautiful decoration, attention to detail , arches , columns and moucharabiehs , lace white stucco ceilings, zellij ( tiled ) walls and featuring an alchemy of colors and smells with refined bath products (jasmine and amber ) make this a wonderful place to be . Additionally, not forgetting comfort alongside the beauty, each of the 6 rooms feature air conditioning, soft bedding and luxury linens. Breakfast is included in the price and we offer complimentary Moroccan mint tea and coffee with homemade cookies at all times. ... more   less 
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