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“A taste of Arabian nights with all the luxury and good taste” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Meriem
Ranked #238 of 511 Hotels in Marrakech
Derbyshire
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A taste of Arabian nights with all the luxury and good taste”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2010

We stayed in the Riad Meriem to celebrate a special birthday. We wnted a Riad in the right location for visiting the sights, enjoying the atmosphere and to wander around easily. This Riad was perfect. You feel you will get lost or dis-orientated very easily, but this was not the case. Everyone will give you help.
The Riad met our expections from their website. Beautifully decorated, photographs accurate, the seating area next to the plunge pool and the room top terrace were beautiful. It was a bit of heaven and very secluded.
The advice we were given by Cyrus - where to eat, booking hammans, getting around was invaluable. He made everything easy by making reservations and arranging transport if required. We saw him every day, so even last minute plans could be sorted.
We had dinner in the Riad and a lunch served on the roof top, both delicious food and would recommend. The Morrocan rose wine also went down very well.
We would definately return and we would book here again.
Trish & Mike, Derbyshire.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bergamo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2010

The Riad is very cosy and beautiful, people are always very kind and helpful. The Riad is also very close to some major cultural points and to the souk: what else do you need from a Riad in Marrakesh? It has been a very pleasant experience!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

When looking for a riad to book for a 'special birthday' weekend we came across the Riad Meriem. The trip to Marrakesh was to be a surprise for my sister-in-law who is stylish, well travelled and expects only the best. We had therefor to choose our accommodation with care. After viewing the photos on the web site and long chat with Cyrus about guides, food and no hassles we made a booking. What a good decision it turned out to be. The promise on the web site was delivered with style.
The riad is perfectly positioned in the medina and gives easy access to the souks and the famous Place Djemma el Fna.
Marrakesh is like a film set and you feel you have travel back in time to an era of romance and excitement and so going returning to the riad after shopping or site seeing was like stepping back 300 years as it is reached by a succession of twisting red earthed alley ways and entered by an ornate doorway. The area is safe and the locals full of smiles and good wishes.They appear to have your best interests at heart and on more than one occasion the unprompted reminders that 'your riad is in that direction' made you realise the closeness of the community.
We had booked the Red and Star rooms which met all expectations offering a luxurious and cool escape from the heat and bustle of the streets. My wife and I were in the Star room where the effect of the many Moroccan lanterns has to be experienced as it is beautiful
Hassan was always on hand to provide a cooling drink whether it was tall glass of fruit juice, a bottle of the rather good Moroccan beer or a glass of the local white wine. Hassan also makes sure that you can easily find your way around either by providing detailed maps, drivers or, as happened one evening, someone to walk you to the nearest good restaurant (we managed to find our own way back!).
Breakfast was taken on the roof terrace where we found our fellow guests to be fashionable and engaging. The coffee was always followed with a swapping of experiences and recommendations that added to everyone's enjoyment. The roof terrace is also a great suntrap and somewhere you can relax on a lounger and top up your tan. Hassan will even serve you lunch there and we found the food to be really good.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that in April we returned. This time to celebrate a major wedding anniversary. To make a change we stayed in the red room and again the mood that the decor and lighting created was very special. The trip was another success with Cyrus arranging a day in the Atlas mountains with a driver who was knowledgeable and entertaining. OK, so there are some tourist establishments that you are taken to but if you don't know the country they are interesting and informative. As he knew the area we were taken to a country market which was an experience I will treasure as we were the only tourists there and actually did see 'the real deal' plus more donkeys than I have ever seen in one place. If there is something you do not want to see (we didn't want to visit the waterfalls of the area) or, alternatively, a special place that you want to visit then your itinerary will be tailor made to suit you. Just work it out with Cyrus or Hassan as you are in safe hands. They are both a mine of useful information especially when it comes to choosing where to eat as for us food was an important part of the trip. All restaurants suggested did not disappoint (you will have found them in your guide books) but it was interesting to see that Cyrus made different suggestions based on who he was talking to, for example the livelier bars were not recommended to all.
Will we go back? Oh yes the city will never fail to delight and neither, I am sure, will the Riad Meriem.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Warwickshire
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

Arriving by taxi to the hotel was a surreal experience, having been dropped in the middle of a square our driver despatched our luggage to a man with a wheelbarrow! We followed through what seemed like caves to reach Riad Meriem a few minutes later!
Wow! Absoutely gorgeous hotel, the ambience simply blew me away. Everything about this riad is gorgeous, all rooms (like the entire city of Marrakesh) are quite dark so the photos on the website, although very nice dont quite capture their warmth or charm!
We stayed in the red room which if you find yourself opting for this room the bath takes about 90mins to fill although definately worth it!!
The food at the hotel is excellent, If you are planning on eating at the hotel you need to advise them first thing. We ate at La Mamounia during our trip which was lovely but rank the overall experience of our meal at the the hotel slightly above it.
Breakfast was great, the gardens provide a romantic background for a great start to the day!
All the staff at the hotel were delightful, particularly Hassan and taking time out to chat to riad manager Cyrus, was stroke of genius, he gave us some great tips, orgnaised drivers, restaurant reservations, saved us money all whilst entertaining the socks of us!
Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shooanna
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Solihull
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2010

We have just spent a great week in Marrakech at Riad Meriem and would highly recommend for others.

The city itself is quite an experience - not big on sights but more than makes up for this with atmosphere. The winding streets of the medina and the night market are quite something. It was also good that whilst there are very obvious tourist haunts, this is a working city and you are in the middle of it with somewhere you can retreat to and not hear a thing.

Riad Meriem was our first experience of a riad. A winding journey through the streets, passing a plethora or retailers (and cats) takes you to an apparently inauspicious doorway. If there really is a Doctor Who Tardis it is in Marrakech - through the doorway a full blown riad stands and it is hard initially to comprehend where the space has come from.

The photos do justice to the riad, it is a lovely space - we stayed in the Aubergine Room which was nice (only suggestion for improvement would be a bit more lighting). The rooftop terrace provided ample room for guests.

If you arrive late at night have dinner at the riad and save venturing out unit the morning. Dinner was lovely.

Hassan and the staff were extremely helpful and made for a relaxing stay. Cyrus provided good advice for us novices and sorted all our trips out - thanks.

Few recommendations / points:
- the square Jemaa el Fna really comes alive at night - we ate at the stalls one night and whilst food OK can't argue with price
- food wise the square is a bit of a culinary desert - the short taxi ride (20 Dhms) to Gueliz really opens up more opportunities. Recommend Cafe de la Poste and Katsura (Thai). In the medina La Foundouk was also good.
- cooking course at La Maison Arabe was good experience - lovely setting
- Les Jardins de Medina and Les Jardins de la Koutoubia both nice settings for lunch
- Ensemble Artisianal on Avenue Mohammed V is well worth it for those who don't like haggling and can get to see craftsmen at work
- visit Mamounia hotel. Have a look around gardens but don't buy a drink as they cost a fortune!! Staff also have a innate sixth sense which manges to spot that you are a tourist and not a guest and so they ignore you!! We waited the best part of 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us!
- we had no trouble at all with anyone hassling us. Be polite and say 'no thank you' and most people leave you alone. The route to the riad looks disconceritng but is absolutely fine. Just be prepared for people siddling up to you offering to show you to the square - again be polite and you should have no problems.
-Have a hammam - very relaxing and a great experience.

Would definitely recommend Riad Meriem!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard-and-Marie
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Shanghai, China
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46 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2010

The riad is very well located; in the center of the medina, just 2 min. from the souk entrance. The way to get to the Riad is a labyrinth and may be a little uncomfortable during late hours, especially if you are alone. However inside the place is very warm, quite and nice, a good combination between tradition and modern comforts. The best part is the terrace; while the rooms are a little bit too dark. The staff is friendly and helpful; they really help you to enjoy the stay as much as possible.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank littlesecret2
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france
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2010

What a beautiful place it is , the staff were very frendly and the host gave very good recomendations of places to go ,and we hade a lovely time there.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank audiotrix
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Property: Riad Meriem
Address: 97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#128 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#143 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Meriem 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Meriem is (in his own words) "a labour of love" for the New York designer Thomas Hays. He has created it with the art lover in mind with a fusion of oriental textiles, exquisite paintings plus his own Fine Art Photography. This exclusive boutique hotel has been entirely crafted by Marrakchi artisans to ensure that it retains its authenticity whilst using the talents of the best local craftsmen. ... more   less 
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