We stayed just one night at Riad Samsara (having had the previous night at Douar Samra, in the High Atlas mountains, in the village of Tamatert). Both Riad Samsara and Douar Samra are run by Jacqueline Brandt (whom we did not meet).
Riad Samsara is in the northern part of the Marrakech medina, a good 20 minute walk from the main square, Place dJemaa el-Fna. Milouda, the cook at the riad, met us on arrival and was very friendly, providing us with a map and explanation of the route (in French). The riad is furnished to a high standard, very clean, and with great attention to detail, giving an overall impression of luxury. There are 3 rooms, and we stayed in Ibiscus. The large bed was very comfortable. It’s exactly as depicted on the website, and as the room was a little cool on arrival we were pleased that the heater/aircon worked. Large deep marble bath and good shower. Dinner was an intimate candlelit affair, set on a low table, in one of the alcoves on the ground floor, which requires diners to be seated on low pouffes (footstools). The meat and vegetable tagine dinner served up by Milouda was hot and tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary, and not great value at €18 per person (not much meat in the dish for 4 people). Breakfast was in the same place, perfectly adequate, but nothing exceptional: fruit juice, breads and jam, and tea/coffee. It would have been nice to have access to cold drinks on returning to the riad after a hot morning of sightseeing, but this facility was not provided. The central courtyard of the riad is beautiful, and the small roof terrace was a quiet space to sit and relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Samsara is a traditional riad, full of charm, quietly nestled close to the heart of the bustling Medina. Jacqueline, your hostess, welcomes those travellers in search of an authentic experience, to her meticulously hand-renovated palace. The three opulent bedrooms each have their own individual style and are full of small touches to make your stay extra special.One of the most beautiful and original homes in Marrakech. Tailored for personal service and space, this is your own secluded sanctuary, a home from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Samsara Marrakech