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“An oasis in Magical Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Samarkand
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   41, Derb Sidi Lahcen | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #51 of 1,169 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Marrakech, Morocco
1 review
“An oasis in Magical Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We arrived after a long journey in the late afternoon.
To go through the narrow dark alleys and end up in front Aladins beautiful black door as was opened by smiling friendly staff and a Riad which was lit by candlelight gave us a proper feeling that we had really come to the real Samarkand. The rooms were like a dream and the staff aswell. We got a lot out of your stay thanks to him as I was in contact with ahead of our journey.I have been in Marrakech before but plan the journey ahead toghether with Pierre made this trip smooth and copius. As well as everyone at the Riad was prepared up on our arrival of our desires and requirements for a four nights stay.In other words, our stay was full of beautiful impressions and wonderful experiences. A highly recommended Riad!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We had a fantastic time at Riad Samarkand - the central garden with the pool (and tortoises) is cool and soothing, our room was amazing (huge, beautifully decorated, comfortable bed) and the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff (especially Pierre) was the icing on the cake. We stayed five nights and had dinner in the riad three times - wonderful food.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cessy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Riad Samarkand is a beautifully restored Riad in the Bab Doukkala area within easy reach of the souks and place Jemaa el Fnaa on foot. The staff were friendly and helpful. The dinner we had on arrival was excellent and the breakfast good, though lacking variety after 7 days. Nevertheless, we felt it was missing that special attention to detail you would expect in this price range. Some days no facecloths, one day the lights tripped in the bathroom and stayed off all day, breakfasts contained gluten despite prior notification of allergy, nobody to carry the cases down on departure...Nothing that couldn't be fixed with some attention from management.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Behind a shiny black gate away from the bustling Souks within the Medina lies Riad Samarkand.The courtyard is an oasis of palm trees, lush greenery, water-fountain with colorful rose-petals, small swimming-pool and a tiny lazy turtle, blissful quietude occasionally interrupted by birds. Our rooms were large and decorated in warm dark tones authentic to North Africa, cozy and rustic at the same time. Up on the rooftop were plenty of lounge chairs and hot sunshine. The meals, breakfast and dinner, were delicious and the whole experience was enhanced by the warm ambiance and the respectful and attentive service. Pierre, the handsome manager, was helpful showing us around the souks, answering questions and arranging transportation.
An enchanting Riad highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We sort of stumbled upon this place, since the Riad we had tried to book was full and passed us on to the Samarkand. The building and renovation is beautiful, and really captures the elegance of the structure and the beautiful garden, whilst offering the facilities we all seek these days. What surprised us was the quality of the food: whilst it is not cheap by local standards, it was by far the best food we had in Marrakech (better even than the famous Al Fessia in the new town...) The walk to the Djemma El-Fnaa and the souks is 10 - 15 minutes, which can be tedious to do every morning but is interesting in itself. Highly recommended!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed with our 3 year old daughter in Riad Samarkand in the run up to Easter. It was our first visit to Marrakech, and it was absolutely superb. The riad was delightful, as were all the staff, who babysat for our daughter on two nights. The room was lovely with a gorgeous semi-private terrace. The riad is a ten minute walk from the main square, so not as central as some, but we liked that, and made access to the new town just as easy - and the new town is not to be missed, especially the restaurant Kechmarra. A better shower, omelettes for breakfast might improve things a little, but the place is so close to perfection that would be churlish to ask for!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We absolutely loved Riad Samarkand. From start to finish, the experience was magical. We were met at the airport by our driver and we were led down the winding derb to the riad door. Inside, a beautiful, tranquil and candlelit courtyard greeted us. We had asked for dinner on our first night and were given a rose petal strewn table with candles in front of a roaring fire. The Riad owner, Cyril, came to greet us personally, as did the fantastic manager, Pierre. Pierre made us feel extremely welcome and as if we were friends, not just guests. He recommended places to eat and visit and marked these on a map for us. Pierre even gave us a tour through the souks on our first day to help us not get lost. The staff were all very helpful and attentive and we felt so relaxed in the riad we did not want to leave. The food was fantastic too. I would recommend this riad without hesitation

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Samarkand
Address: 41, Derb Sidi Lahcen | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #51 of 1,169 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Samarkand 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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