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“Excellent Riad.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riad Merstane

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Riad Merstane
Ranked #511 of 1,162 Marrakech B&B and Inns
leicester england
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Riad.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2007

I stayed here for three days. This was my first visit to Marrakesh. Prior to going I was quite apprehensive. I am a 61 yr old woman and travelled alone.The Riad is beautifully restored and very comfortable. The English owners and Manager are extremely helpful, very well informed and very good company. With their help I had the most wonderful time in Marrakech. They have a very good cook too! The price is very reasonable. I was so happy I am going back in September with my daughter.

Stayed February 2007
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4 Thank tania2006
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Staffordshire, England, UK
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2006

We found this property through the much-used Alastair Sawday guides (--). I wanted to stay in a high-end Riad with a pool, my wife wanted to go for something more 'cost-effective'. She won ... and I'm glad she did as we didn't want for anything.

This is not 5-star luxury in the usual sense of the word - and the rooms are not quite the largest available from Riads in Marrakech - but the hospitality shown by Rashida (the Berber maid and cook), David (the Scottish hotel manager), Omar the affiliated taxi driver, the owner (in London) Alan, and all those who popped in during our visit, was of the highest order and more than make up for something as inane as room size. Even if we couldn't communicate directly!

The courtyard is pretty and functional, the living areas well-stocked with games and books - one even has a CD player and a reasonable selection of music - the top-floor terrace gives a reasonable view of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains (and provides a great place for breakfast/lunch/dinner), whilst the entire Riad oozes the relaxed air one requires after a day at Place Djemaa el Fna and the Souk(s). And Alan has kindly left a superb selection of travel guides for Marrakech, including Lonely Planet, Time Out and National Geographic, together with some maps (not that they're much use once you're immersed in the alleys!).

The downside: it's a little tricky to find your way back to the Riad from the Souks or the main square - just head toward Bab Tagzhout and it's relatively easy from there (but beware the school-kids at 18:00 offering to help you find your way and the Petit Taxi who will only drop you at Bab Tagzhout) - but getting lost is all part of the fun ... just make sure you leave yourself an extra hour some nights!

Oh, and the alleys leading up to the front door don't always smell the best! But that's Marrakech for you really: new sights, sounds, smells - all the senses are tested.

The fact that the Riad is not right in the middle of everything (it's to the North of the Medina) is actually an advantage: it's a peaceful oasis after a hard day's bargaining and forces you to take in more than you would normally of Marrakech! Lazy you cannot be ... nor do you want to!

Take Omar up on his morning tour of the main tourist attractions if you're only in Marrakech for a short while; at 200 Dirham, it's a steal and fits everything in.

And let Rashida cook you her lamb with prunes and almonds or, to be honest, anything else she offers to cook you: her tajines are memorable and the starters so fresh: good, honest, Moroccan food ... and exceptional value-for-money! We didn't use a restaurant once for an evening meal! And who'd have thought Moroccan wine (red) could taste so fine?

My wife, 3-year old and I stayed in the Amber and Jasmine rooms - the former has a bath, the latter is extremely tastefully decorated in relaxed greens - both are perfectly acceptable and traditionally attired.

The whole place is all you're led to believe Marrakech has to offer ... and more. Well worth a visit. Coupled to discounted flights from the UK right now, 3 nights' stay for 3 can be yours for less than £300. Now that's what I call a bargain!

Firmly recommended!

  • Liked — The hospitality.
  • Disliked — The alleys leading up to the Riad.
  • Tips/Secrets — Prepare to do a lot of walking!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank SteveECrane
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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2006

In the north of the medina well away from all the tourist this little riad was an oasis of calm.The interior is simple and beautiful,what I would define as 'shabby chic' not too perfect but stylish and charming.There are four rooms and two salons with a roof terrace to relax on.The breakfast was simple and filling and the manager from scotland charming and a wealth of infomation.
We could not have chosen a nicer place for our romantic week away,if you want to have privacy and enjoy a simple ,pretty but comfortable stay this is the perfect place I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Liked — the pretty courtyard and very comfortable bed!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
6 Thank Sally L
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Additional Information about Riad Merstane

Property: Riad Merstane
Address: 13 Derb El Merstane | Riad Merstane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #511 of 1,162 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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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