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Riad Zehar
Ranked #138 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

It was our first time in Marrakech and the kindness of the staff (Youssef and Aysha) made as feel very wellcome and made things easier.
The riad is beatiful, clean and has a homelike atmosphere, its location is great, near to the main square (Jema el Fna) but in a quiet street.
Youssef advices were very useful and he was always ready to help, and to chat a little.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This Riad is very nice and clean . It was a bit complicated to find because is located in the Medina where all the little street are similar but after 1 day you get use to it. The Manager Youssef was very nice and always available to help and give advice.There was a nice Lady as well to clean and help Youssef . In the Riad you will feel like at home (with Internet) .
The only advice I can give from my experience are:
-be prepare that if are in the Medina everyone will try to sell everythings .Always open and try before buy otherwise do not buy ! Bargain always !
-If you ask information in the Medina few people will ask for money to be your guide but this is illegal.Ask someone else and you will find a nice person.
Visit the New Marakesh that it is very nice ,modern and you can find everythings you need in a big city .
If you want to buy food the nearest Supermarket is Carrefour ..go there and you can use your credit card as well with not extra charge . No one in the Medina will accept Credit or debit Card and if they do they will charge 5% extra for the cost

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CharlesFaris
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

After dreaming of going to Marrakesh since my late teens, it was exciting to now have the opportunity to visit with my husband and my 2 children aged 10 and 6. We looked into staying at a hotel but were drawn to the idea of the 'riad' the traditional Moroccon home. As there were many to choose from I avidly read all the trip advisor reviews and plumped for 'Riad Zehar'. It was a fantastic once in a life time experience. As soon as we arrived we were sat down with mint tea and little cookies to eat. Youssef manages the riad and nothing is too much trouble for him. Aisha works alongside him and cooks and cleans. As Youssef said, we are a family so make yourself at home and ask for anything you need. The riad is beautiful. Bedrooms are basic (there is no TV - yes!) but it is clean and the rooms have heating which is needed on the cold winter nights. Because Marrakech can be an over whelming place, Youssef was a God send. He can advise, guide and even haggle for you as he did for us. Make use of his expertise, he isn't pushy he is friendly and caring and wonderful with children, (particularly our youngest who is a fussy eater). The sun shone and breakfast was served on the roof terrace. In the evening, if you ate at the riad, supper would be served at a little table surrounded by candles and incense burning. Next time we hope to attend the cookery class that Aisha and Youssef run. Their food is plentiful and delicious. We ate out only one night and much preferred the food we at Zehar. All in all a wonderful break and we the right choice was made, riad over hotel so that you can really experience Marrakech, the sights, sounds and smells.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Rosalie70747
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

My friend and I stated at Riad Zehar for 3 nights at the start or our trip around Morocco. It was a great introduction to the warmth and hospitality of the Moroccan people! When we arrived we were greeted by Youssef with yummy mint tea and biscuits, then he showed us how mint tea is made! On the first night he showed us how to get to the medina and recommended a great place to eat.

We both loved the cooking course with Youssef and Aisha! It was lots of fun to go to the markets to buy ingredients and come back to cook up a feast! Also don't miss a trip to the Hammam (Turkish bath) with Aisha. We loved how it was a small place and we got to chat with the other guests and the staff - we would definitely stay here again

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  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Sujdee
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Princessedudesert, Propriétaire at Riad Zehar, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Dear customers

We are very pleased to read your comments ...Thank you very much

We will be very happy to welcome you again at Riad Princesse Desert.

Sincerely.

Samira and her team.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I stayed at this Riad 3 days and everything was amazing Many thanks to Samira, Youssef and Aisha who do à great Job to make your visit unforgettable:) My room was so cosy and I Wish I could stay more days there. Don't miss cooking lesson by Youssef and Hammam! Best regards/ Anahita

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Princessedudesert, Propriétaire at Riad Zehar, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Dear customers

We are very pleased to read your comments ...Thank you very much

We will be very happy to welcome you again at Riad Princesse Desert.

Sincerely.

Samira and her team.

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

My husband booked our 5 day stay at Riad Zehar based on favorable reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. We loved that it felt like an intimate home, greatly helped by our good fortune that we were the only guests there at the time. The connecting two rooms worked great for our young family (kids age 7,4 and 3) and every meal we had at the Riad was delicious. My only thought was that for us, lunch and dinner, was a bit too pricey since our kids are picky eaters. It made more sense at times to feed the kids when out, put them down, then have dinner for ourselves, which worked perfect since their rooms were right over our heads. And breakfast was the same all 5 days, but the kids would eat it so that was ok.

One of the best parts of our stay was the warm, friendly service from Samira's (the Riad's owner) staff: Aisha and Mostaphae. Aisha was sweet and helped us with any food needs and Mostaphae helped organize day trips for us (with vendors that were all reasonably priced and nice people) and helped lead us to places in the medina we never would have found looking at a map. They went out of their way to ensure we had a lovely stay and were incredibly loving and friendly to the children. Made us feel very "at home".

Zehar is also located in a good spot. It takes 2 minutes to walk through an alleyway to get to a main road of the souk, so it's convenient but distanced so it's not so noisy at night. It's also a 5 minute walk to Djemma el-Fna.

The rooftop terrace was quite nice as well. As I said, we had the good fortune of having the place to ourselves (although it would only accomodate another 4 people at most). If we had to share the terrace, it could have gotten crowded I guess. We spent a good deal of down time at the Riad since we have little kids, so the kids were on the terrace, inside the tent quite frequently. It was nice to be able to do that as it reserved the kids' energy for the day trips.

The two day trips set up through Samira and Mostaphae were great as well. We did some hiking in the Atlas Mountains (nothing major as our kids are little) and did a day in Essouria. I ended up wishing we could have spent a night in Essouria as the vibe there is quite relaxed and tons of restaurants in it's medina would have been nice to explore further. We went in Feb when weather was in the 60's F, but in warmer months, more time in Essouria would be better since you could have more warm, sunny beach time as well.

The only negative of our experience at the Riad was some limited hot water and a shower that didn't work too well, but we never complained. I think if we had, we would have been directed to a different shower in the Riad that worked better (unsure any difference with hot water). So as gross as it is, we didn't bathe alot while there, but we didn't much care, we were enjoying ourselves so much.

The only other negative, particularly with young kids easily scared, is the agressiveness of the vendors and/or street performers in the Djemma el Fna. Beware if your a tourist and go there during the day and look around making eye contact with people. We started to avoid the square unless at night where you didn't stand out as a target quite so vividly. Or if we had to go there during the day, we went around the area of the street performers and looked straight ahead. If you have young kids, it just may be good to warn them of this ahead of time . And we found the best way to handle it was to act like you didn't hear them and look straight ahead. Which wasn't hard since many would try to speak to us in French, a language we don't understand. If you turned your head, you were a goner.

But again, regarding, Riad Zehar, we'd recommend it highly to anyone.

Room Tip: If you had a big enough party or family, you could rent the entire Riad which would give what we exp...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank brusie
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Princessedudesert, Propriétaire at Riad Zehar, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Dear customers

We are very pleased to read your comments ...Thank you very much

We will be very happy to welcome you again at Riad Princesse Desert.

Sincerely.

Samira and her team.

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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We stayed in this Riad for two nights when we were travelling through Morocco and really enjoyed it. Especially the terrace looks amazing, and the rooms are basic but nice. When we were there the aircon wasn't working, but I think that was just bad luck for us. And the staff is very friendly, and they provide an excellent breakfast. We would go back there any time.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank llobke
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Address: 79 Derb Habib Allah Mouassine | Quartier Mouassine, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #138 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $50 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Zehar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Zehar Luck is a luxury " ZEHAR = Luck in Arabic !!! " Staying at Riad Zehar is an opportunity that you should not deprive yourself of. Not only because "Zehar" means "luck" in Arabic, but because this riad is a place full of charm and variety. The patio at the entrance is original and as magical as the panoramic terrace giving you a wonderful rest area to enjoy this charming place. Relaxation is a luxury that can be found in every detail of this place. Between the Chambre Eden, Chambre Menara and not forgetting the Toubkal Suite, you will be assured to have a truly unforgettable stay. You can wander through some famous streets of the Medina around the neighborhood " Mouassine " and arrive at Riad Zehar , conveniently located only five minutes from the " Jemaa El Fna " and it is truly magical. ... more   less 
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