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Riad Al Massarah
Ranked #91 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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Los Angeles, California
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“The best”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

Riad al Massarah is one of the best properties I have stayed at, ever. Staying there is a truly amazing experience.

The entrance is dramatic--after your car enters the city walls, your host meets you and you walk into the meandering passageways to the riad. There, behind a closed door, you are seated with mint tea and sweets in the courtyard away from the hectic scene in the streets. Your blood pressure drops 10 points as you are lulled by the quiet of the courtyard.

The room was lovely, with beautiful decorations and an indulgent bathroom that was strewn with rose petals when we came. The hospitality was amazing--our host was warm, knowledgeable and exceedingly helpful with recommendations on where to go, how to navigate Marrakech and even gave us a few helpful Arabic phrases. I felt that any questions I had were efficiently and competently answered. When I returned and was unable to stay at the Riad, our host arranged for us to stay at another fantastic property.

The location of Riad al Massarah was great--as soon as you exit the front door you are in the passageways of the medina. The central square is an interesting and entertaining 15 minute or so walk.

Breakfast on the roof was wonderful and indulgent with a spread of juices, mint tea, bread, yogurt and honey-covered Moroccan "pancakes". The massage and in-house hammam were wonderful. Overall, I give my highest recommendation Riad al Massarah for a truly unique and relaxing experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed at this Riad for a long weekend and cannot fault the helpfulness and comfort here, it really was an oasis in the hustle bustle of the Medina in Marrakach and the patrons helped us make the most our stay with their own guide map and tips on establishments that they have found to be of good value and quality.
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Room Tip: The web site shows all the rooms, I believe there are only 6 and they all look good.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed 6 nights with friends from London April '12 and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The peace and beauty of the Riad is in complete contrast to the world outside and most guests breathed a sigh of relief every time they came through it's door. We stayed in the Jade room, very private on the roof terrace and one of the most lovely hotel rooms we have stayed in anywhere. Michel has exquisite taste in the way he has decorated the place. Michael and David, in fact all the staff, were extremely charming and helpful as other reviewers have noted. We will always remember the beaming smile and pride with which Abdul the cook would announce what he had cooked for us. His meals were excellent and equalled if not bettered some of the well known places we also ate at. Highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Riad Al Massarah was our final hotel for 3 nights at the end of a 19-day trip in Morocco. What a wonderful way to end our trip! It seemed there was nothing the gracious hosts, Michel, Michael and David, would not do to make our stay comfortable - they were accessible, fun to talk to and delightful people. When we arrived in our car near the riad, Michele came out personally to greet us, a wonderful touch that made us feel immediately at home. The breakfasts, taken on the rooftop deck, were first rate. Our room, on the rooftop, was beautiful and light. I dined there once, a delicious lamb tagine. The riad is beautiful, a sleek, clean rendering of a traditional riad, serene and elegant. I used the hammam on the last day there, got a great scrubbing and massage - perfect way to loosen up for the long trip home. I have to agree with most of the other 5-star reviews offered. A highly memorable experience!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Marrakesh is such a busy, noisy, confusing place and it was great to have such excellent advice and guidance from Michel, Michael and David about what there was to do and what we should expect to pay for it! And the Riad itself is so beautifully laid out, that it felt like a real pleasure just spending time around the place - and the dinner (which the hosts did nothing to try and 'sell' to us), was great too!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The Riad Al Massarah was one of the most pleasant hotel experiences we have had anywhere. Michel and Michael have created a beautiful, authentic home away from home for travellers. Everything about the riad is appealing, the location, the rooms, the roof top terrace, the peaceful atmosphere (much valued after a day on the streets of Marrakech). And the food! The young chef Abdul is a world class cook.

We found the staff very friendly and helpful. Michel also came to our rescue after our rental car broke down an hour out the city - by arranging for a replacement that arrived promptly. Definitely beyond the scope of duty for most hotel owners.

So we would recommend staying here to anyone. Hope to return in the future.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

I stayed at Riad al Massarah during February 2012.  Every element of the stay was superb - Michael and Michel clearly love what they do and it shows. 
 
Everyone says that riads are a calm oasis from the madness in the medina - and it's true.  In this case, there's an amazing atmosphere - you feel entirely comfortable sitting on a lounge chair downstairs, grabbing a book from the extensive collection, sipping mint tea (or a beer) and taking it all in.
 
The attention to detail in terms of furnishings is superb - the rooms are beautifully put together, the linen is lovely, the bathroom products are great - they've thought of everything.  It's very bizarre staying in a hotel where you don't have room keys - it's much more like staying at a friend's (amazing) house.
 
And then there's the food - Abdel is Morocco's answer to Jamie Oliver.  His food (breakfast & dinner) was a real highlight - he makes so much of what is on offer (even the jams & yoghurt) - every meal was a delight.  We also took a cooking class with Abdel which was another highlight - you get such a different insight when you shop for produce with a local - buying fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, bread - and asking questions along the way - was a fantastic way to spend a morning.  Then to come back, and learn how to cook it all - brilliant fun (and a great dinner, too!).
 
Finally, I'd definitely recommend a trip to the local hammam (which again the Riad will organise, with someone to go with you) - seeing first hand local women in the hammam, and watching their rituals (many had grandma, mum and daughter together, washing & scrubbing themselves) - was fascinating and again a great way understand much more deeply the local culture.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Riad Al Massarah
Address: 26 Derb Djedid | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#49 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Responsibly run Riad with La Clef Verte accreditation and Travel Life Gold Award for sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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