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“Beautiful Riad, very friendly and helpful staff”
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Riad Merstane
Ranked #543 of 1,171 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 9, 2011

I want to say thank you to Riad Merstane. We had a brilliant time and Rachid was so helpful. The room was amazing and everyone did all they could to make us feel comfortable. I have told everyone about how brilliant it was and would recommend it to anyone. The Riad is a 10 minute walk from the main square and the walk through the souks was a great way to see more of the medina. The Riad was a welcome calm and quiet place to relax after a days walking around and seeing the sites. We had a lovely breakfast in the courtyard every morning and a brilliant dinner on our last night. Marrakesh is a lovely place with friendly people and a brilliant place to spend a week away.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

Perfect relaxation and blissfull break from hot dusty streets of Marrakech! Friendly, helpful staff. Spotless and comfortable! Would deffinately return.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

We had a very positive experience at Riad Merstane. This riad gives excellent value and I highly recommend it. If you would like to experience a riad stay in the medina, this is a good option. It is a little tough to find but that's half the fun, and Rachid draws an excellent map. :)

We were very pleased with the service we received and the room was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed relaxing in the common areas during the evening. The riad is beautiful and has a very pleasant atmosphere.

If you stay at Riad Merstane, I highly recommend that you eat dinner there. Rashida is a fabulous cook and will make the food to order (you inform them in the morning) ~ this was not only the best meal we had in Morocco but one of the best meals of my life! We had the lamb tagine with almonds and prunes, and it was divine.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2010

I stayed in the Riad for five nights with my mother and sister in late October/November. From the moment we arrived the staff and owners (who were also staying at the time) were so helpful and warm and made us feel at home. Nothing was too much trouble and we were got so many helpful recommendations for sight-seeing, days out and also directions (essential in Marrakech!). The riad is beautifully decorated, rooms are comfortable, and the place is so relaxing after a busy day out in the main square (especially the lovely roof terrace). The food was also great, we enjoyed our breakfasts and one night had a lovely evening meal which was, like the other posters say, best meal of our trip. We thoroughly recommend staying here, excellent value for money and great experience.

Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Stayed 4 days in this fabulous quiet riad in the northern medina - a very residential rather than touristy area. Made to feel so welcome from being met at airport, to chats over tea, lovely meals and best of all Rachid's map guide to the medina. The place has lots of nooks and crannies that you can grab a quiet moment or read a book from the vast library; lovely roof terrace for much the same thing. Couldn''t fault anything at all.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Thank sch_10
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

We had never been to Marrakech before but we knew we wanted to stay somewhere in the old city. To be in the heart of this ancient city. This place was a gem.

It felt like a bit of a cheat but discovering the owners are English was a huge bonus and made, payment, sorting transfers from the airport and getting any questions answered a doddle as they couldn't have been more helpful. The accommodation was wonderful, the staff so helpful and obliging. We felt so comfortable there and it was very relaxing.

We had the best food of our stay in the riad. We ate the best food outside the riad in the places the staff recommended - our own choices were a bit disappointing. It's definately more of an adventure to stay in the old city and inevitable that you'll get lost. I have to say though, that although you get hassled (whoa betide you if you get your map book out to check where you are! hehe!) that's all part of the fun and the culture. We never felt threatened or intimidated while we were there. Sure you have to be sensible and keep your wits about you - but where don't you have to take care?! It's just very different from home and that's what makes it exciting and fascinating.

My only criticism of Marrakech would be of the historical attractions. We were really interested in the background and history of the city but most guides within buildings were in arabic or french. Perhaps should have looked something out before we went!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

We flew from Sevilla to Marrakech, where we were collected and delivered to our Riad (the word meaning a small glimpse of paradise) near to the city walls, in the north of the Medina. Alone we would never have found our way through the tortuous warren of narrow secret alleys which lead to an impressive studded door.
A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house, generally built around a central patio with rooms opening from tiers of balconies. Our Riad Merstane was an absolute delight.
Rooms were furnished in sumptuous local style with a myriad of interesting artefacts and antiques. Sheer curtains, draped beds, carved chairs, low divans with jewelled cushions, heavy doors, shuttered and latticed windows. With every glance, the eye caught something of interest. The patio and roof terrace were lush with thick foliage and tumbling bougainvillea. There was a wonderful library, music collection and charming helpful staff. The perfect hideaway after the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s souks and bazaars.

The town is not beautiful, although the colour of its walls and buildings is striking. The souk is a buzzing maze of narrow alleys, lined with toppling piles of vividly coloured goods of every description. Herbs, fruit and spices, clothes textiles and jewellery, leather, wood, and metal goods, the tatty and the precious in a glorious jumble. Unlike our previous experience in Tangiers, traders, although keen to sell, were not harassing. We heard from several sources that there are many plain clothes tourist police who are on the lookout for hustlers. It certainly felt safe.
The huge square, Jemma el Fna, was unimpressive in the daytime although there was good people-watching to be done. Little groups of fortune tellers, henna hand painters snake charmers and the odd handler of depressed looking performing monkeys were dotted about, but the juice sellers stalls provided colour and delicious refreshment. At night the place is transformed into the largest outdoor BBQ ever seen, housed in intricate pavilions that seem to be conjured from nowhere in no time at all. Twinkling lights, colours, calls, smells and tastes to stimulate all the senses.

As non-Muslims we were not permitted to visit Mosques but we visited palaces and the Medressa, two exquisite Islamic buildings with intricate carvings in plaster and wood in soaring marble halls.
Much of our time was spent exploring the maze of the souks.
Several went to a hamman for a luxurious couple of hours of steam baths and pampering massages.
Our final visit in the city was to the Majorelle Gardens (latterly owned by Yves Saint Laurent and opened to the public since his death.) They were superb beyond description, luxuriant, mysterious, peaceful with fascinating interplay between lush dense greens and riotous colours, arid spectacular cactus beds and cool ponds and rills. Surprisingly small but absolute perfection.

We took a day trip to the Atlas Mountains. The area was surprisingly verdant, there was snow on the peaks and we wound our way along a valley by a racing river, visiting a traditional Berber house, a herbalists garden and cascades.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 13 Derb El Merstane | Riad Merstane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #543 of 1,171 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $52 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Merstane 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad has 5 double bedrooms all ensuite and individually decorated with traditional finishes and furniture set around a tranquil plant filled courtyard garden. There is a large roof terrace with High Atlas Mt views, sunbeds and seating and a comfortable sitting room with an open olive wood fire in winter. There is also a separate cosy dining room. The riad is fully staffed with friendly and helpful staff and an excellent cook - cookery sessions available on request. All bedding is smooth Egyptian cotton and towels and hairdryers are provided. The riad is in a historic and authentic area of the medina a short walk from the souks and through them to the square of Jemna el F'na also near several museums and sights as well as having good access through the walls to the new town. ... more   less 

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