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“Overpriced, overrated.”
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Riad 58 Blu
Ranked #33 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Short break after business trip in Morocco. Given the huge expectations created by the almost universal high ratings on Trip, perhaps disappointment was inevitable. I guess you either like riads or you don't , but this felt more like a 2/3 star guesthouse charging 4 star prices. The staff were helpful, but the room ( referred to as a suite) was damp and dark. Check out entailed an extra charge for mineral water of 40dh per bottle. It was 6dh from corner shop. This was cash only i.e. not on bill. More positively, the atrium and stairs are beautiful and I can see how other guests have been captivated. The roof top view is good and Ishmael made a good omelette.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Riad 58 Blu was such an amazing find. The personal service offered by the manager Ishmail (and the personal attention of Paolo the owner) far exceeded all of our expectations and put many large, expensive 5 star hotels from around the world to shame. Staying in this Riad was an inspired choice and one that made our seven days and nights in Marrakesh unforgettable. Our suite was superb and the Riad an absolute peaceful haven from the beautiful craziness that is Marrakesh. From our base at Riad 58 Blu we were in the heart of the medina and able to really feel like we had gone some way to embrace Moroccan life. We felt safe and were able to explore the side streets and souks to our hearts content and experience the real Marrakesh, all the while knowing that we could relax in style and comfort back at our Riad.

Room Tip: There are five rooms - all beautiful and unique in their own way - and all worth spending a night in...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mr_and_Mrs_CousCous
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

I travelled here with my girlfriend at the end of August. We stayed here for three nights. I was very pleased with our choice. The staff were very helpful even before our arrival and had communicated well via email in response to our questions. An airport transfer was included in the price, which was great and breakfast was also included. Room was t the very top of the Riad and was perfect. Great AC, very quiet and just a hop across the roof to get to the terrace for breakfast in the morning. I saw a recent review saying this is not close to the Medina but I do not understand this as it is less than 10 mins walk away from Jemaa el Fna.

Staff were extremely helpful and Mohammed looked after us from the minute we arrived. He drew us a map showing us how to manage the crazy winding streets, recommended good places to eat, warned us of the pitfalls of Marrakech, lent us some money to pay off the locals should we need to, lent us his guide book, organised taxis, tours etc. etc. Everytime we came back from somewhere he enquired as to how it was and was anxious that we were ok. Himself and Paolo also went and got our bus tickets to Essouira while we were off on a tour and did so without requiring money upfront. Very helpful.

All in all, I would highly recommend this Riad to anyone. We really enjoyed our stay and was a good start to our trip around Morocco.

Room Tip: We had room 107 apparently (I say apparently as the room list says this is the kitchen!!) which was...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Our room at this Riad was beautiful and comfortable just like all the other reviews stated. However, there are a number of beautiful riads in the Marrakech area. I would recommend going some place else. I must state that separate from our experience the location of the riad is not as close as I would prefer to be to the center area of the Medina. Now this just may be our experience but we felt extremely ripped off when we left for a few reasons.

1) We arrived late at night and wanted some food - we were about to go out when the riad head - told us he will get us Lamb sandwiches - with this being our first night in Morocco we didn't know any better - but he charged us almost 12 US dollars each for sandwiches specifically ones we could have bought for less than half the price even with tip for him. He took advantage to us being new in the city.
2) Both of us lost our baggage on the way over and expected some help from the riad since we did not speak the language. The riad was less than helpful and even made us feel awkward about using their phone. At the time we believed this wasn't weird but when later riads offered a lot more help we were more disappointed in our first experience.
3) Paying - the riad operator made us pay in cash (specifically Euro). We were expecting to us credit cards but none of our 4 credit cards worked. However, they work everywhere else - never any problems. Then he charge a few dollars more than listed in the items in the mini bar.
4) Finally, we asked the operator what we should pay for shoes and clothing around the city (since we didn't have any clothes due to our bags) - the prices he told us to bargain for were extremely high! I was told after that the prices were even higher than tourist prices.

Bottom line: Try somewhere else for the cost!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Stephanie G
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Booking this Riad was the best decision we made on this trip. With Marrakesh being the biggest hustle in the world you need a calming place to relax. This Riad offers all the atmosphere you need after fighting your way through Marrakesh. The staff is extremely friendly, polite and helpful, the rooms are spacious, beautyful and cleaned every day and some delicious breakfast and tea is offered on the rooftop of the Riad with view over Marrakesh. Tours can be organized by the Staff and the driver we had is a very good driver and very friendly.
Located only five (walking-) minutes away from Jermaa El-Fna this Riad is just in the middle of everything! The area seemed to be safe and you shouldn't get problems there. As it is hidden in some calm backstreets , you should make use of the Riads airport-transfer to make sure you'll find it. We can recommend this Riad without hesitation!! Been there July 2013

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

The Riad is exactly as described in the description. What is not described is the fantastic hospitality that the Manager Ishmael and the owner Paolo provide without any prompting. Airport transfers are included in the price for your stay and we arrived at the Riad to find an elegant and well maintained property right in the centre of the Medina but, an Oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina,.

My Wife is a vegan and as a result we often do not have any standard dining options. Paolo contacted us and asked us if we wanted a meal on arrival. I explained my Wife's dietary requirement and when we arrived the most sumptuous 7 vegetable tagine was prepared for us.

Ishmael was very helpful in advising us of local attractions and the best advice was to take a tour guide for the first half day to take us around the Medina. Which was very useful.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 102 which was on the ground floor next to the plunge pool. This also has a table...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Beautiful riad. Quiet and calm. Lovely suites renovated to a very high standard. All suites overlook the central enclosed courtyard with a decorative pool and sun loungers. Breakfast, served on the roof terrace, was good, with yoghurt, local breads, fresh squeezed orange juice and omelettes on request. Ishmail, the manager, was very helpful, as was Paolo the owner. A bit tricky to find but you soon get used to the alleyways that lead to Jemaa el Fna square. A ten minute walk. Beer, wine, snacks were available on request but were pricey. All in all, a very nice, peaceful stay in the chaos that was Marrakech.

Room Tip: First floor suites are probably quieter and more private than the ground floor.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Derb Jdid 58 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#35 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#41 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#75 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £56 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad 58 Blu 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enter Riad 58 blu, discover this little treasure, this relaxing oasis in the very earth of the lively medina, just a few steps from the excitement of the famous Jema el Fna square.Let yourself be captivated by the magic of its Moorish style and by the warm welcome of Paolo and Cinzia: Paolo Lombatti, its Italian owner who, after ten years experience in Morocco, will suggest you to take advantage of your stay in Marrakech and how to discover its surroundings. ... more   less 
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