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“The best possible place to stay in Marrakech. Period.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Safar
Ranked #389 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The best possible place to stay in Marrakech. Period.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2009

The Riad Safar was absolutely amazing. The Riad itself was beatiful. The room we stayed in (the Pacha suite) was fabulously decorated and entirely adequate to our needs. And, to boot, the bed was extremely comfortable. Though we were from the States and there was a little bit of a language barrier, the staff's accomodations were suberb. Our flight was delayed and we didn't get in till 3 am, but Hamid was there to take our luggage and make us mint tea to soothe our travel woes. The location is excellent: about a 5 minute walk to Djamaa El Fna square. It's a little bit reserved from all the action of the square, but as you walk through the alleys that lead up to the square, you encounter a bunch of small shops and venders that makes you feel as if you've lived in Marrakech for years. Also, Riad Safar will set you up with your own on call taxi driver (Rahim I think) to take you to see the various gardens of Marrakech, and a tour guide (Mohammed, he's the man) to lead you through the square and show you all the souks and give you the inside scoop to the shops. For only 30 Euros, this guy catches you up to speed on what's what in Morocco and is an absolute necessity to anyone visiting Marrakech. With him on your side, you get special treatment at all the shops...like massages in the pharmacies and Berber whiskey while you are delivered an excellent sales pitch by a man trying to sell you rugs and tapestries (one of which we bought).

Anyways, back to Riad Safar. While our entire 3-day stay in Marrakech could be indirectly linked to the Riad Safar since it had all the transportation and tours set up for us, our last day was spent exclusively in the Riad, which was absolutely amazing. Every day you get a wonderfully arranged breakfast which consists of traditional Moroccon cuisine: freshly squized orange juice, some kind of delicious pancakes with multiple fresh jams, and croissant-like breads which are amazing, and mint tea to boot! However, you also have the option of having the lady of the house prepare a meal for you, which I would highly, highly recommend! You need to do this a day in advance to allow her to gather fresh ingredients from the marketplace, but it's definately worth the wait. It comes out to about 40 Euros, but it was one of the Top 5 meals I've ever had! My wife was a vegetarian, and when they came out with a huge salad bowl and two fantastic vegetarian dishes, I thought we were done. However, she soon brought out an enormous tagine dish, a Moroccon pot used to cook a variety of customary dishes. This one was a type of chicken stew, spiced to perfection, and by far the best meal I had in Marrakech. It was enough food for probably 5 people, and to say it was delectable is an understatement. If that wasn't enough, we then had a dessert of freshly diced strawberries in some kind of Morrocan spiced sauce, a perfect light end to the meal. If it wasn't so good, I wouldn't have eaten it because I was absolutely stuffed.

After this fantastic meal with a few Moroccan beers (Especial), we decided to have a Hammam, or Turkish Bath, in the Riad. This was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. The Riad has its own room used for the hammam, and I would highly recommend this pampering to anyone about to embark on the long trek home. My wife and I didn't really know what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised! After an initial cleansing, we were exfoliated and re-rinsed within the marble room. When we were done, we went to the exquisite roof of the riad to dry off and take in our final views of Morocco. When it was time to go, we met Rahim and had him drive us back to the airport, thus ending our fantastic tour of Marrakech. I am definately going to return to this amazing city, and when I do there is no other place I would rather stay than the Riad Safar.

The location, staff, and amenities provided by the Riad Safar made our trip entirely epic. Without the Riad and its provided support, my wife and I would have felt lost and the trip would have been a hassle. Instead, I feel that we saw all of Morocco in only 3 days, and experienced all of what it had to offer. Even though our third day was spent entirely in the Riad itself, we got an insider's look into the best of Marrakech customs and cuisine. I would highly recommend the Riad Safar to anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful riad close to all the action of Djamaa El Fna square, while having all the amenities to create a relaxing vacation when you're not out exploring. The best possible place to stay in Marrakech. Period.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2008

Beautiful 18th century riad tucked away in the Mouassine district, which is very well placed. Five minute walk to medina wall where you can get a petit taxi to other parts of Marrakech and a 10 minute walk deeper into the medina to reach the djemaa el Fna. The little rooftop pool makes for a lovely way to relax - surrounded by colourful flowers. The couple running the riad, Laaziza & Hamid, offered perfect Moroccan hospitality. They were very respectful of a guest's personal space, yet always there when you needed something. The breakfasts in the courtyard were lovely. We stayed with our 4 year old daughter and the riad was very family friendly. At the end, Hamid very kindly got up at 5am and escorted us to a taxi at the medina wall. All round, a fantastic stay.

  • Liked — the hospitality of the staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank njohns
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Dublin
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2008

This Riad is great and very accessible to everything once you get your bearings. Personally, rather than accessing the Riad from the "big square" I found it easier to go via Rue Fatima (opposite the Mosque), you should find the Rue on a map. Continue up the street for about 200m or so and you will see an entrance to the Medina (an archway on your right with a pharmacy opposite). Then just enter the archway and go straight until you get to a kind of a junction, take a left and keep straight (Cafe Arabe is a good landmark, it's also in the Rough Guide which was a great help for travelling around Morocco). You will know you are one the right track if you see it on your left (I highly recommend it too and it sells alcohol). The turn into the little street for Riad Safar is about 100m away from Cafe Arabe. Again, just continue on straight all the way. Ask someone if you need help although you will probably have to drop a tip if someone shows you directly. 5 or 10 diram would work. Thanks to whoever left the chalk marks! They really helped us once we entered in the alleyways close to the Riad!

  • Liked — Very friendly staff, lovely place with lots of thought and attention.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Kaz_d1234
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2007

I concur with previous feedback which is entirely accurate and on which I based my visit! The first thing I'd say is to make sure your passport has 6 months validity as we nearly got caught out with it on arrival at Marrakech. You instantly know you're in a different world when after arranging a transfer (absolutely essential by the way!), a cloaked man met our transport at the road side and whisked us off through a miriad of the medina alleyways and 10 minutes later, arrived at a simple blue door behind which was a very welcoming site indeed. Riad Safar is totally beautiful, stylish and traditionally Moorish. It's such a contrast to the 'outside' which is initally scary and 'medieval' - one would say is the charm of Marrakech. I was horrified to think I'd have to find my way out of the Riad but the staff at the Riad walked us to the square (5 mins away) and even offered to walk us back if we give them a call. We did this without speaking a word of French! Essential equipment to stay at this Riad is chalk (useful to mark on the walls your way home) and a good French dictionary (if you dont speak any like me). If you go in winter, remember Riads have open tops so if your a cold morsel, yuo could get a bit chilli. Stretch to the most expensive suite which provides a fireplace and living room area if you want total luxury. Dont leave without having dinner there. The staff are very hospitable, food quality is fantastic and compared to other restaurants in terms of quality and cost, this was excellent value, given you have such personal service. Dont miss Cafe Araba which is very close by. Fab food and one of the few alchoholic watering holes. Unusually, you can order a bottle of wine at the Riad as well. The Moroccan wine is actually quite good and well priced. In summary, I would say the Riad Safar is an excellent choice if you like exclusivity and a 'local' experience, in my opinion you've missed out on the whole point of Marrakech if you don't!

  • Liked — Totally traditional and so different from a hotel!
  • Disliked — Riads can be a bit cold in winter
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank juliewLondon
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2007

Stayed at Riad Safar for 3nts from 21st January booking through Maroc Selection. Emailed agents and arranged collection at airport (15 Euro for 2) and then met by Assam from the Riad who carried our luggage through the alleyways. For first time visitors this is highly recommended as many Riads inaccessible by car. It also saves the drama of negotiating the taxi fare for the uninitiated. The Riad is beautiful, spacious, light and tastefully furnished. The only slight disappointment is the roof terrace which is quite small, however, in January we only used it for sitting in for a short time so not an issue for ourselves. It is well furnished though and gives views over the rooftops to the mosques. The staff are very helpful, breakfast freshly prepared and served when and where you would like. We ate dinner one night which again was freshly prepared and a lovely experience. Staff will also arrange a Hammam or a massage, indeed anything you want they will doe their best to organise. One word of warning however some French is really essential if you are trying to arrange guides or outings as the staff do not speak any English. Take a good phrase book and smile a lot, however, and it shouldn't be too much of a problem. The Riad has 4 rooms, however, my recommendation would be the Nomade Suite which has a huge living area with open fire which staff will light on request. It is an easy 7/8 minute walk back from either the square or the taxi area and although the first time you think you will never remember the route it is actually really easy and there's always lots of children more than happy to show you the way for 10/20dhm.

I would highly recommend this Riad which has featured in Elle Decoration or for more info see the Forum pages.

Stayed January 2007
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london
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2006

stayed here for 4 nights, 3 nights in the pacha suite then the final night in the nomade suite which was huge, basically a living room area and a bedroom area. All the rooms has its unique style but all very lovely indeed. The breakfast was lovely either had it on the balcony or downstairs, the staffs were infact very helpful although its best if you know a little french. the riad itself is off the main walkway and you have to negotiate through some twist and turns before you get to your riad but the alleys are well lit and coming back in the evenings felt very safe, initially when you turn up you think where its leading too but after a day you will find your bearings. It is about a 10 min walk to the main square and nicely located. good views from the balcony and you can see all quite alot, as well as the atlas mountains. all in all we had a wonderful experience and its a lovely setting and very quiet as there are only 4 suites.

  • Stayed October 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
Helpful?
3 Thank chenga28
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Edinburgh
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2006

Riad Safar was a wonderful place to spend the hotter part of the day while in Marrakech. We had cold water and mint tea on the roof terrace within an hour of arriving. Breakfasts were a good way to start the day, ready whenever we made it downstairs from our room in the mornings. The owner was very appreciative & accommodating, although we found the non-english speaking of all staff very frustrating when asking simple questions & directions, etc. (Be aware that the ground floor room has no AC - unlike described on the websites) We had booked this room, and when we arrived to find no AC, they moved us into another room straight away. We'd reccommend the cooking classes at La Maison A'rabe, Cafe Glacier for a cold softdrink at dusk, a trip into the Ourika Valley & eating the snails in the square at night.

  • Liked — Service & Location
  • Disliked — Pool was too small
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure you book the room with AC if travelling in summer
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Tahnee
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Property: Riad Safar
Address: 29, Derb Ouihah Quartier Sidi Abdelaziz | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #389 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Safar 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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