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Riad Princesse du Desert
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All reviewsmint tearoof terraceel fenaexploring marrakeshbustling medinathe main squarespent two nightsan ideal locationhome away from homethree nightsrooms are beautifulbeautiful place to staycrepesquiet oasisairport pickbreakfast and dinnera lovely stay
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My wife and I and a number of friends stayed in the Princess Du Desert for three nights. The booking was very straightforward and the subsequent arrangements for transfer from the airport to the hotel were all taken care of by an easy email exchange with Abdul at the Riad, and all arrangements turned out to be utterly reliably executed.
Taxis can not get inside the old city walls within which the Princess Du Desert is located, so the latter part of the airport transfer involved being lead through the narrow streets of the Medina (the old walled city) by a chap, who had met the taxi at one of the gates of the city wall, with our luggage in a wheelbarrow. I mention this not as a criticism of the location of the Riad (on the contrary) but simply to point out that you wont be able to go to the taxi rank at the airport and ask the driver to drop you outside your hotel. Ask the staff at the Princess Du Desert to take care of the arrangements for you and you will be well served.
The hospitality from the moment we arrived to the moment we left was impeccable.
The food was absolutely delicious. I expressed an interest in how the gorgeous Msemmen pancakes were made, that had been served for breakfast, and I had a cooking lesson demonstrating how! Just exceptional service.
I can not rate the Princess Du Desert highly enough.

Room Tip: All the rooms are clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We had a fantastic holiday at the riad. All the staff were extremely warm and welcoming and we have many great memories. Thank you to Samira and all for a wonderful time and we will hopefully be back again soon!!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AlunDL
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Spent 3 nights at this riad and left feeling like part of the family! Youssef was a great host - we had great conversations, he provided us local recommendations, and most importantly, he treated us like friends or family visiting his home, making sure we had everything we needed for a great stay. The staff was phenomenal, especially Samo. When one of our friends was not feeling well, they catered to her just like family would.

Rooms were clean and comfortable. Food was excellent - everything felt like a homecooked meal. It was surprising checking out, as the riad became 'home' for us.

Highly recommend this riad for the quality and value.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank RichNFu24
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We stayed two nights at the Princesse du Desert Riad in Marrakech. The riad has an ideal location, just a few minutes walk from the main square, but down a tiny alleyway which ensures a peaceful and quiet stay. Our room was small but very comfortable and quiet, and the riad had a great rooftop terrace which was ideal for breakfast, dinner and relaxing late in the afternoon. By far the highlight of this riad was the staff. Led by Youssef, every person at this riad showed a true enthusiasm and welcoming attitude for the guests. Simone's smile makes a whole room light up. We truly felt at home here and sorry to leave. If you are a fun-loving and open person, you can't go wrong with this place!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank plongeurcaraibes
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

My husband and I visited Marrakech on our honeymoon and this riad made our experience both magical and memorable.

Youssef, Simu, Khadija, Samira and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make this experience a great one. They were all so kind and friendly.

I e-mailed the riad months in advance to organize events and activities, to include a spa visit, temporary henna tattoo, lunches, dinners, tours, and belly dancing shows.

When we arrived in Marrakech, a driver met us at the airport and took us to the riad where Youssef and Khadija greeted us with traditional Moroccan mint tea and cookies which were incredibly delicious. Youssef then gave us a map and then gave us a guided tour around Marrakech where he made suggestions about where to and not to go. A few hours later, the entire riad was treated to a traditional Moroccan dinner and show, as we pre-booked this activity.

The show was absolutely amazing, as were the traditional Moroccan tagines. It was our first time having traditional Moroccan food and we were not disappointed to say the least! The food was so flavorful and the meats were cooked to perfection. We were treated to appetizers, tagines, deserts, and drinks during dinner. Once we were almost finished eating, the show began. The dancers came in and performed for a few minutes and then encouraged the entire riad to participate. One by one, the dancers shared a dance with every riad guest who wanted to participate. It was essentially one big party where the entire riad was invited. We danced well into the night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. To let the older couples sleep, we took the party upstairs on the terrace and still had a good time.

The next morning, we ate a traditional Berber breakfast and it was delicious. Khadija and Simmu served breakfast to every couple individually and were not upset when we asked for more or less of something. They were very accommodating with all meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We stayed in the Suite Rubis which was absolutely beautiful. It was nicely decorated and was incredibly charming. It was located on the first floor and was very spacious. We even had a small A/C unit in the room when it got too warm, but we really did not need to use it, as the temperature was just fine. The room also had its own private bathroom and the doors opened into the courtyard on the ground floor.

This is a wonderful riad for couples looking for romance and charm. There is even WiFi access! Although there is no spa or jacuzzi in this riad, they have them in their sister riads which are within walking distance. They will even let you partake in these amenities in their other riads as long as you inquire about them and no one else is booked for the jacuzzi or the spa at the time that you want to go.

Overall, all of the staff went above and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable and had everything that we needed. There was no request too big or too small for the staff. We even asked to use their washing machine, as we did sweat through a lot of our clothing. My husband preferred a very specific type of juice and Simmu went to the market to get it for him each time he asked. I even asked Youssef to teach me how to write my name in Arabic.

If you are ever in Marrakech and looking for a place to stay with charm and a lovely staff, this is definitely the place for you!

This will be the only place that we stay whenever we return back to Marrakech in the future!

Room Tip: The Ruby room is absolutely beautiful and on the first floor!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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