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“Pre Chrismas break” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Shemsi
Ranked #237 of 1,171 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chichester
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Pre Chrismas break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

After deciding to take a break before the madness of Christmas, we settled on Marrakech as our destination. A friend recommended Riad Shemsi so we checked it out on line and booked it up 18th - 23rd December.

We were picked up from the airport and as we drove to the Riad, I did have to question had we made the right decision, which was reinforced when the driver stopped in a busy, seemingly run down part of town, without speaking, got out of the car, dragged our bags out and headed of into the maddening crowed! Keeping up with him as he ducked down ever narrowing allies I did start to worry. After a few minutes we came to a dead end with just a big door in front of us.......All my fears were allayed once we entered, Riad Shemsi was a beautiful, peaceful haven far from the chaos we had encountered outside.

We were greeted by Noura and served mint tea with nibbles by the pool then left to relax and take in the calm before she came back to provided a map,several recommendations for places to visit and take us to our room.

The room was a little on the small side but perfectly adequate, although we did have a few issues with the heating not working and the electrics playing up but that didn't detract from our enjoyment, and the staff were very helpful in resolving the issues without delay.

We could not have been better located, once we learnt our way around we found we could walk to the Square, Souks and New town, also it is in a quieter part of the Medina, which you will appreciate as Marrakech gives new meaning to the words "hectic" and "chaotic", but don't be put off by this you really do learn to embrace the madness and roll with it.

The thing about Marrakech is that you never know what is behind the rundown facades and trust me you will always be surprised by the opulence it hides. It was a great place to visit full of sights and smells (not all good!) and never a dull moment. Alcohol is pretty much banned in the old city although there are a few hotels that serve drinks but you will pay a hefty price for the privilege - around 140 dirhams for a bottle (same wine costs about 8 dirhams at the airport) , in fact one place we went into charged 130 dirhams a glass.....yes a glass! and the Riad does not have a bar. Needless to say it was a very health holiday lots of walking and little alcohol, and one we truly enjoyed.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at Riad Shemsi for three nights, 30 November to 3 December 2013.

The riad is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean but it is the lovely service that takes it to the next level. Noura and Mohammed and so friendly and make you feel so welcome during your stay. They are there if you need them, nothing being too much trouble, or you are left to relax and enjoy the peace if that is what you want.

The riad is an oasis of calm in hectic Marrakech and it is great to return to of an evening after the day wandering around. Noura provided a map on arrival and we stumbled across a number or recommendations in our wanderings; all of them great.

Highly recommended and would definitely return. Helped make the holiday in Marrakech a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Orange Room as a twin and it worked great for friends travelling together who wante...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My future wife and I spent 3 days in march 2013 and loved everything about this place. We walked to the shops, restaurants and attractions everyday. The staff were fantastic. Mohamed was the kindest guy you could meet. Will defo go back. 10/10. Paul and pauline

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Paul M
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Bergen
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at Shemsi from the 2nd to 6th of July, in the middle of Moroccan summer (hot with a capital H). We were expecting alot from this place due to all the good reviews by previous patrons, and we were thoroughly suprised. Riad Shemsi is a true oasis in the Medina, and far exceeded our expectations! The staff are very attentive, uninstrusive and could offer genuine advice on places to eat and see. We stayed in the Chocolate Suite which is by any standards a lovely room, and the rest of the Riad is equally immaculate and well appointed. The swimming pool was greatly appreciated, and although not olympic in size, it is a genuine pool and not a converted fountain.

On arrival the AC was faulty, and after 15 minutes a repairman showed up. I assume he could not fix it as he was given a (descrete, but audiable) ear ache from the woman in charge, and shortly afterwards another man showed up and to fixed the fault after a good hours work. I am familiar with ear ache regardless of culture or language...

The location is perfect as it is easy to find after a walk round the Souks, and also because it is in a quieter (and cleaner) part of the Medina - which you will really appreciate as Marrakech gives new meaning to the words "hectic" and "chaotic".

The food and drink offered are of good quality at a fair price. Water, english tea, mint tea and juice were offered FOC (all day and night) as well as light breakfast (served upon request) consisting of maroccan pancakes, baguette, jam and natural yoghurt with a choice of tea or coffee. My only comment would be that the seasoning is suited to european taste, which will suit most, but probably not foodies.

Finally, I must add that I am a rather spoilt traveller, who usually stays at rediculosly over priced resorts and hotels - and I'm usually rather dissapointed. Riad Shemsi is by any standards, world class. We will definately return again soon.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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london
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We stayed in riad shemsi for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. It was clean, light and really well decorated, with a pretty courtyard and a small roof terrace for breakfast, sunbathing or a refreshing mint tea after a hectic day in the souks. Noura and Mohammed looked after us so well booking taxis, restaurants and nothing was too much trouble. It is well located in the South Medina, 10 minutes from the main square and near many good restaurants. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank loumcp
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed at Riad Shemsi from 11th to 22nd March 2013. This Riad is very attractively furnished and the staff are charming, good humoured and could not do enough to be of help and assistance. The rooms are decorated in the Moroccan fashion and are very comfortable.We were served an excellent breakfast every day. We thoroughly recommend this Riad. It is situated off the rue de la Kasbah inside the Medina and most sights are within walking distance..It was delightful to stay there.

Room Tip: The pink Berber rooms although charmingly decorated have very small bathrooms.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MerlieLondon
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Girls trip, we had the riad to ourselves. It is beautiful! From the rooms, the pool to the breakfast quarters to the lounge on the roof!

I loved the mint tea and the flat bread served for breakfast.

The staff were quite friendly and helpful.

It is 10 mins away from the city and costs a few dhirams by taxi. You could get lost walking back as its in a maze and very secluded spot. But beautiful inside, worth the stay

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Riad Shemsi
Address: 194 Derb Chtouka, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #237 of 1,171 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Shemsi 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Shemsi is a beautiful and elegant Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. Situated in the Royal Kasbah, it is in easy walking distance of all the principal sites including the main square and the myriad souks. All the suites are delightfully presented in traditional Moroccan plasterwork and Marrekchi furnishings. The views from its elevated terrace are stunning. The celebrated Shemsi cuisine is sourced locally everyday from the freshest ingredients. ... more   less 
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