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Riad Meriem
Ranked #236 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed 11 June 2012

We and my parents in law stayed at the lovely riad meriem for 4 nights. This little oasis hidden in the alleys of the old medina, not far from the souks and main square is a really gem. The staff and owners are very friendly, nothing is too much trouble and they happily dispense as much assistance and recommendations as you need. The riad is very well maintained and beautifully furnished and decorated. We stayed in the ed and the Matisse rooms, both are superb and have lovely big baths. The roof terrace is fantastic and quiet, also great for catching a breeze to cool down while you have breakfast/drinks/dinner. It has plenty of room and comfy seats to relax. The food at he riad is really exceptional, we ate the first night and last night at the riad for dinner and it was all completely delicious. A truly wonderful place to stay, where you are really made to feel at home and we will definitely return one day. Thank you to all for making our trip brilliant.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

We stayed 1 week in Sept which was low season so we were lucky enough to be the only guests for our first 2 nights and were kindly upgraded to the best room. Our welcome and meal on the roof terrace the first night really set precedence for the rest of the trip and the raid lived up to it throughout the wk. Other guests arrived and we moved to another room, equally as amazing, comfortable and traditional, and we had good company for chilling from the intense heat under the canopies on the roof terrace and enjoying wine there in the evenings after bustle filled days out discovering Marrakesh.
Hassan and the ladies in the riad tended to our every need and provided a good source of recommendations for days and evenings out, and Cyrus' visit every morning always helped us plan our way. The only negative point I can think of is that the bill did mount up as we bought drinks in the riad so, as we had bought our own and were also being served them, we can’t really be sure of whether we short changed ourselves or not. We also found the day trip to the mountains very expensive but I wouldn’t change it as we had such a lovely day... apart from the fact that we lost our driver and were stranded waiting for 20 mins in 45 degree heat with no shade!
I don’t know if we'd go back as I do always like to try somewhere new but I would highly recommend the riad for anyone else considering it. A well needed and truly lovely holiday. Thank you Hassan and Cyrus, and to Madeline for helping us out of a pickle when I accidently booked another hotel with a similar name in error, you were on hand to help us sort our reservation at the last minute and while you were closed and on holiday yourselves!

Room Tip: The owners were very accommodating and as we were there in low season, we booked one of the cheaper...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

My husband and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary in this Riad. We had the most fantastic 3 nights stay! Having arrived in the evening when it was dark and dusty and after following a lovely man with a cart containing our luggage it was amazing to arrive at the Riad! It was down windy alleyways, which looked a bit scary at first but wasnt once you were used to them. We arrived at a big dark door and were blown away with the sight behind this door, a peaceful haven. We were greeted by Hassan and Abdul and had a lovely meal waiting for us. Our room was lovely and just what we had imagined it would be. The bath was massive and ideal for two and to drink champagne in!! We arranged a guide for the next morning (through the Riad) who took us on a walk around the medina and showed us areas we would never have seen before. We would highly recommend this as we never got lost getting back to the Riad after this! Did a trip to the Atlas Mountains and had a fab meal at the Foundouk Restaurant. The Manager Cyrus was really helpful and Hassan and Abdul were lovely, with Abdul even walking us to and from the restaurant so we didnt get lost! Would definitey go again and would recommend it.

Room Tip: The red room was lovely, large bed and large bath and very peaceful.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

This riad is hidden down a little side alley but is well worth the traipse past the mewling cats and playing children. It has been very elegantly done out and the rooms are are well appointed; it's a good mix of traditional Moroccan style with tasteful modern flourishes. The location is good, a sort walk to the main square, and the staff helpful (perhaps a little bit too much so. As experienced travellers we are happy to follow our noses and the English concierge Cyrus was a little bit full on with his recommendations and apparent belief that Marrakesh would eat us alive, albeit his approach would be perfect for someone a little less confident). All in all an excellent, good value place to stay, an oasis from the madness and perfect spot to finish the night with a relaxing shisha under the stars.

Room Tip: Each room is distinct; make sure you check out the photos on the website.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Just had 7nights at Riad Meriem I think it is Exactly what all the reviews we read say it is, positives are wonderfully helpful staff, will do anything to please, a real Marrakesh Riad experience with a warm friendly feel. If we had to find negatives then a little cold having dinner in the dinning room, and very Smokey on an evening when the fire has been lit.
But overall we had a wonderful time and maybe someday we will return.

Room Tip: I am sure all rooms are of a high standard but the Ivory room does have a window which was nice. the...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sirgustaf
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

This Riad has only 5 rooms which makes it very intimate. Within days you share your stories with other guests while having breakfast. As soon as the door opens in the alleyway, you really feel away from everything. It is quiet, relaxed and it looks beautiful. We booked the Aubergine room but were upgraded to the Star room. I think the latter is slightly bigger but I guess all rooms have their own ambiance. The interior of the room is not so much traditional but more comtemporary. Because it was freezing in the night we asked for an extra blanket and they later brought in a separate heater. Brilliant. The roof terrace is very nice and well decorated but the rattling dryer in the corner going on for hours every day was less amusing. One thing to bear in mind; the Riad lies directly east of the Souks which means that going to the Big Square is either via the Souks or via a busy through road (well, all roads are busy in Marrakech). The Riad lies at the end of a so-called Derb; you can't go any further. In the morning we had very good advice from the manager Cyrus what to do and where to go. During the day Hassan and his team took care of the rooms and the food. We had an excellent lunch they just whipped up on our arrival; very nice and delicious!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

In December, I had the pleasure of staying 3 nights at Riad Meriem. It was an excellent experience-a first class riad with beautiful finishes, charming ambiance, intimate and outstanding service. The website is beautiful and caught my attention. I often wonder if the website photos are updated and true to the riad but I must say what you see on their website is exactly what you get. When we were shopping for riads-which can be overwhelming as there are so many choices-Madeline was extremely responsive to all my email questions and inquiries and this was one of the reasons we booked Riad Meriem and did it directly through the riad.
We reserved both the Star room and the Red Room-both are beautiful and comfortable with luxurious bathrooms with plenty of hot water. It is quiet and I had my best nights sleep of my entire vacation in Morocco at Riad Meriem. These rooms are on the second floor and I'd say the best rooms in the riad. They have personality and are warm and welcoming. We absolutely loved our rooms. There are no locks on the doors other than a closing latch when you are inside the room or when you leave but you feel so safe there that there is no concern ab0ut no locks on the doors There are nice safes in each room.
The twinkling Moroccan lanterns in the courtyard were magical and the roaring fireplace in the Chimney room each night was perfect for unwinding after a day in the souks. There are fresh roses in the courtyard of the riad and small vases with red roses in the rooms. We had dinner our first night in the riad and it was delicious, bountiful and beautifully presented with tantalizing Moroccan flavors. We enjoyed it so much that we had dinner our last night in the riad and it was just as savory as the first night. At least one dinner in the riad is high recommended. Breakfast is served on the rooftop patio-fresh squeezed orange juice, hot coffee, a different fruit presentation daily, warm Moroccan bakeries and delightful hot egg item varied each morning. Food was great!
Cyrus-the manager-called to personally welcome us upon our evening arrival and arranged to meet with us the following morning to give us some Marrakech pointers. Each morning he would meet with us to answer any questions we may have and make suggestions and recommendations for shopping and restaurants which was greatly welcomed. The onsite staff of Abdul and Hassan were excellent. Unobtrusive yet always readily available for absolutely any of our needs. When I brought back a moroccan mirror I had purchased that was not wrapped very well for travel, Hassan wrapped it in bubble wrap and packaged it for me so I could travel with it. We wanted to go to the main square, Djana de Fna, for dinner one evening but I shared our concern about where to eat in the square as not to get sick as well as not to get lost on the way back to the riad and Hassan offered to go with us to ensure we got there safely and back and selected one of the vendors for us and ordered a variety of foods for us. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
I would highly recommend Riad Meriem as your own little oasis of calm after visiting the souks or touring Marrakech. The riad is breathtaking and the service over the top! It will make your stay in Marrakech a memorable one. I work in the travel/hospitality business and can appreciate wonderful accomodations and gracious outstanding service. Riad Meriem offers both. Stay as their guest and leave as friends.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: 97 Derb El Cadi, Azbest | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#126 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#151 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £48 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Meriem 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Meriem is (in his own words) "a labour of love" for the New York designer Thomas Hays. He has created it with the art lover in mind with a fusion of oriental textiles, exquisite paintings plus his own Fine Art Photography. This exclusive boutique hotel has been entirely crafted by Marrakchi artisans to ensure that it retains its authenticity whilst using the talents of the best local craftsmen. ... more   less 
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