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“1. night in Marrakesh”
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Riad Menzeh
Ranked #84 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
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Berlin, Germany
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“1. night in Marrakesh”
Reviewed 25 November 2012

Had spent only 1 night there because I booked 5 nights in another Riad in advance.Great perfectly reliable pick-up service in the night, very nice welcome, great clean room, wonderful breakfast and transfer with Bernard to the next Riad.GREAT.Thx Bernard

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

After 5 weeks of backpacking through Europe my daughter and I came to Marrakech for the last leg of our adventure and was met by Bernard in the busy square next to the Riad. We were made to feel at home immediately and enjoyed the oasis that Riad Menzeh is amongst the heat, hustle & bustle of Marrakech. Bernard and Jamal are both wonderful hosts and very helpful with their advice on getting around in Marrakech and what to see (& what to pay for trinkets & souvenirs!) Bernard helped organise a lovely day's hiking in the Atlas Mountains and also a day spent cooking (& eating) a 3 course traditional meal at a nearby Riad... especially memorable was the arrival of 2 very soft pillows purchased especially for us following our 'complaint' over breakfast that the pillows were a bit hard. OK we admit to being Princesses!! I found booking a Riad very confusing due to the number available to choose from but can say that I couldn't fault Riad Menzeh and Bernard & Jamal!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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minnesota
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

Thanks Bernard! My husband and I had the Menzeh suite and our son was next door. Great service, food, location. He hooked us up with Paracours Quad for a buggy raid that was a blast, and an Atlas Mountain tour with Nouradine who really clicked with our son; Facebook friends. Construction outside was noisy but looked pretty temporary. Wish we would have had Bernard recommend a hammam, since Mythic Oriental was overrated and expensive. Next time!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Malibu, California
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

This was our first visit to Marrakech and thanks to Bernard and Jamal it will not be our last. Initially, Marrakech is a shock to your senses....the congestion, the crowds, the poverty but once you meander through the alleyways and come to Riad Menzeh's simple wooden door you walk into an oasis, a home away from home. A place where you feel energized each morning to begin your adventures and a welcome relief to come home to after an exhausting day! The Riad is centered around an open courtyard and tree, hence the term Riad, and the gleaming tile floors and whitewashed walls make this a perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and even dinner. The rooms are located upstairs surrounding the open courtyard below. Our oversized room was lovely, with a small sofa covered in Moroccan cloth, washed sienna colored walls, firm bed, a huge bathroom with double sinks and an inviting tub, with shower, plus heavenly bath products, made in Marrakech.
Bernard was born to be a host. This is his home. You never feel like a paying guest but more of a friend coming to visit. He's thoughtful, knowledgable and interesting, and will always point you in the right direction when you get lost...which, if you don't lose your way you haven't taken full advantage of visiting this city!
Jamal is a huge part of the Riad Menzeh family too. He's always present, asking after you, offering tea, advice and help. He helped us buy spices near the Riad and always answered our silly questions in regard to bargaining in the Medina, shopping, etc. If Bernard doesn't have the answer, Jamal always does!
We were fortunate enough to eat dinner at the Riad on 2 evenings and these dinners were by far the best we had in Marrakech. All local, traditional dishes made with outstanding flavors and spices. Breakfast is simple...good Moroccan coffee and tea, local breads, homemade jam and cake! A perfect way to start the day.
Riad Menzeh also has a small hamman which we took full advantage of. I felt like a child being scrubbed, bathed and massaged. The hamman has heated walls and floors which add to the enchanting ambiance.
I can't imagine a better introduction to Marrakech than Riad Menzeh, Bernard and Jamal. The Riad is a true gem with fantastic hosts. Our memories of Marrakech will always revolve around our stay there. Remember this is old Marrakech and part of the experience is staying in the local environment. If you're expecting a big sterile hotel, with all the extras and endless options then a Riad is not for you. Stay in new Marrakech, about 20 minutes outside the Medina area, with its golf courses, shopping centers and casino and you'll be one of those travelers who say they've been to Morocco yet just never experienced it!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

My wife and I spent just 2 nights (unfortunately too few) in Marrakech recently, and were lucky enough to get a last minute booking at Riad Menzeh due to another booking being cancelled on us. From the moment we met Bernard at the front door, when he rescued us from the unwelcome and overwhelming attention of an "unofficial" guide, we knew we had found an oasis in a city that we were totally unfamiliar with. He has to be described as the "quintessential host", so welcoming, so friendly in a totally natural way, so charming and so helpful. Thank you sincerely Bernard, we will be back, and if we have anything to do with it, so will many of our family and friends.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 13 October 2012 via mobile

I was compelled to write my first Trip Advisor review because of the phenomenal service we received from Bernard and Jamal at Riad Menzeh. We arrived to the Riad and were greeted with mint tea and cookies. After we were situated, Jamal walked us to Djemaa el-Fna and oriented us to the Medina. Bernard also provided us with excellent restaurant suggestions during our stay (try the tride!). The hotel truly is a peaceful and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. The Riad is beautifully decorated and is clean and comfortable. Bernard helped us plan our itinerary for our time in Morocco, including arranging a guide for our 5-day Atlas Mountains/desert excursion (which included unique and lovely hotels and a friendly and safe driver) and purchasing our bus tickets to Essaouira on our behalf while we were traveling. Bernard also brought a henna tattoo artist to the hotel so I could get my tattoo from a reliable and extremely talented woman. One evening I had a bit of a stomach bug and Bernard had his staff prepare a plate of buttered rice for me as I couldn't go out for dinner. Talk about amazing service!
I highly recommend this hotel. From the service to the great location to the beautiful decor, you will not be disappointed!

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

We had an amazing stay at Riad Menzeh. Bernard and Jamal could not have been more helpful during our stay. In addition to being perfect hosts, they were literally our life savers by coming to our aid when we were lost in the maze that is the old city! They also helped us to organise a day trip to Essaouira, suggested places to eat and took their time to walk us to our destination in Marrakech.
Coming back to the Riad after the craziness of the Medina was always a pleasure with Bernard and Jamal's excellent tea and friendliness providing a more than needed recomforting feeling.
Breakfast was another higlight of the day with a special mention to the selection of jams and crepes.
The room we had was beautifully decorated and very clean.
If you are looking for a place that can immediatly feel like home then you do not need to look further as this is The place.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Menzeh
Address: 34 derb El Arsa | Sidi Ayoub, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #84 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Menzeh 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Menzeh is located in a small and peaceful street in the heart of Marrakech old city. 10 Minutes walk from the well known Marrakech main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Menzeh is the perfect place to enjoy this amazing city. Bernard and his staff will be happy to help you discover Marrakech the Red City of mysteries, sounds, smells and flavors. Activate your senses in this unique part of the world. Above all, we'€™d like to share with you our passion for this stunning and colorful city and its people, incredibly nice and friendly. Indulge yourself in a traditional spa massage over a steam bath and warm pore cleansing with scented black soap and ghassul (clay) in our private Hammam. ... more   less 
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