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Riad Vanilla sma
Ranked #24 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“We wish we could go back soon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

It's been a wonderful 4-day stay at the Riad. We couldn't have hoped for more. Nelly the owner is so nice. She accommodated all our needs in all possible ways (finding us hammam masseuse at last minute, booking us taxis, finding us another Riad when our travel plan changed suddenly and nearly ended up on the street, etc.) She speaks perfect English so don't worry if your French is a bit rusty ( or a lot rusty like me). The manager Redawan has certainly gone out of his way to help us. He prepared for us shisha at whatever ridiculous hour when we felt like it. My friend Stephanie got sick and Redawan made her the special pancake for which we were all so grateful. The hotel itself is traditional Moroccan style. The rooms are private yet you get a homy feeling which is totally different from that you get when you stay at a chain hotel. Everything is customerised and prepared just for you. It is seriously a wonderful choice for your stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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St Albans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Rad has just recently been complete restored by Nelly the owner she and her staff are charming and we where made so welcome. It is along trip from Australia but we where soon relaxed in the beautiful Kamar (Moon) room very romantic. It was clean and the bed was excellent it is only a few minutes walk to the Medina I can totally recommend this small but fine Raid. Nelly gave us directions to place that normally tourist would not see. Hope to go back there some day.

Room Tip: Go In the cooler months of the year it can get very hot in summer
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Riad Vanilla sma is the perfect place for Americans in search of adventure in Marrakesh. We were referred by friends in Houston about this beautiful B&B in Africa, The quality and standard provided by Mrs Nelly and her staff were beyond our expectations...Upon arriving we felt at home immediately, and very safe.The rooms are very clean and nicely furnished. The food is very tasty and the breakfast just delicious. It's so nice to be taken care of by caring people.
Thank you for everything.. One of the best place I visited in Africa!!!!

Room Tip: Room Kamar was just perfect for us. The room have a nice window and a cute sitting area
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I've never written here before but have to recomend this place, it's brilliant. It's all about Nelly and her staff who make an often bewildering city a place you can relax and enjoy. Nelly sits you dwn and explains the city and tells you the cool places to go, something you would think most riads would do but none that my friends have stayed at did this. Plus everything here is lovely, the rooms, the bathrooms, the terrace, the breakfasts are all stylish and cool and modern, other riads look like a plastic disney version of morocco here you have all that is great about the city but in a fabulously cool setting, plus this is the warmest welcome in Marrakech. Oh and the beds are great!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ian R
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

I cannot recommend this riad highly enough. Nelly and her staff were incredibly welcoming and made us feel at home straight away. Over tea, she sat and talked to us. She gave us a map and pointed out all the places to visit. This proved to be invaluable despite us having a guidebook. Her recommendations for places to eat were all fantastic. Marrakech can be a daunting place to visit and her riad offered the perfect sanctuary from the chaos outside. It's very rare that a proprietor takes such an interest in her guests and this was the standout feature of our stay. Our room (ciel), as with the rest of the riad, was spacious, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The location was ideal as it was only a five minute walk from the main square.

I would also recommend taking nelly up on her offer to arrange for a pick up from the airport. We were spared the nightmare of haggling with taxi drivers and weren't ripped off. A fantastic place to stay.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

Fantastic experience staying here! Nelly and her staff are wonderful people, very helpful. Whether you need advice on restaurants or help arranging trips out of Marrakesh, Nelly is there to help you. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was really enjoyable and the dinner (egg tajine) that Mustafa prepared on one of the nights was excellent. The rooms and the entire riad are thoughtfully and beautifully furnished. Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Blue B
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

I stayed at Riad Vanilla sma for 2 nights on 11th and 12th of September alone. The room was quite huge which was compared with another Riad which my friend stayed at and very clean because of new! And it was very unique. Because all rooms were based on the nature of the earth. My room was "Cloud" in blue which I like. (Room had a big bathtub !) Ms Nelly, owner, was amazingly helpful and flexible for the guest. She sent answered quickly against many my inquiries and questions. Even last minutes dinner request in RIad in the late evening, she just said "OK" with smile. The chicken tagine with olives was just amazing more than I expected. They are cooking a certain and fresh one. I strongly prefer to come back to Riad Vanila sma when I travel Marrakech again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Vanilla sma
Address: 166 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad has been renovated with passion, respect to authenticity into a peaceful, supremely comfortable, elegant oasis.Our discreet staff will be on hand at all the time to assist you, to make your stay unforgettable perfect in every way.We are just a five minutes walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna square. ... more   less 
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