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... tea. How we are going to get everything we've bought home, I don't know! Heading to the riad we had a dip in the pool before our traditional Moroccan hammam and massage. The hammam took place in a room like a sauna, the lady began by washing the body with warm water then black soap. Once she'd done this we were left in the sauna room for about 10 minutes to sweat it out and that we did. She then entered and using a mitten scrubbed the body from ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiad Al Massarah Marrakech
This is a beautiful Riad in the old Medina. Bustling back alleyways, so much colour and the senses are heightened on every level!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Al Massarah Marrakech
Luxury and style in the Medinah
We spent 5 fantastic nights at this superb Riad. There was a taxi waiting at the airport and then the owner Michel was there to guide us through the bustling Medinah to the Riad.
First impressions always last. This Riad has been completely renovated with with beautiful stone floors, stylish bathrooms with powerful showers and extra comfy beds with fine cotton sheets. We even got to see a lunar eclipse from the roof terrace!
Michel and Michael (the owners) were fantastic hosts from start to finish and nothing was too much trouble. Their local knowledge was invaluable (Dar Mohar and Maison Arabe are great restaurants and only 5 mins walk away). And on the night that we did not venture out Fatima cooked as good a tagine as we had in Marrakesh.
Morocco may not be known as a popular golfing venue (yet!) but I'm sure it will catch on soon. It's half the price of resort courses in Europe (including a caddy!) and only 15 minutes by taxi from the centre of town to a choice of 3 courses with stunning views of the Atlas mountains.
When we next go back we definitely be staying here. Thank you Michel and Michael.
A fantastic place to stay!!!
We have just come back from Marrakesh last week after spending 5 days in Riad Al Massarah and will be definately returning soon! We were collected from the airport and taken to a nearby Mosque and met by Michael one of the co-owners who directed us to the Riad. We could not believe our eyes after the front door to the Riad opened - what a beautiful place which has been lovingly and very tastefully restored by the 2 owners Michel and Michael. We were very well looked after and felt totally spoilt and pampered. The bedrooms are georgeous and full of lovely little touches - this is a very homely Riad - which includes a cosy log fire and library which is lovely to retire too after dinner for drinks or a day out. Food is excellent all prepared freshly by their own cook Fatima and the staff looked after us really well. The owners have lived in Marrakesh a few years and are extremely helpful in recommending places to visit, restaurants and assisting you with any questions you may have! Not only is this a beautful place to stay, we were really made to feel at home with their very warm hospitality. I would highly recommend staying here and definately try having a hamman and gommage (body exfoliation) for a total relaxing experience.
Shut the door on the souk!
I've just returned from a 3 night stay at Michel's equisitely refurbished and restful Riadh. Perfectly located in the Medina (old town) on the outskirts of the souk, this Riadh is truly a haven from the madness outside; shut the door and enter a different world. Michel is an incredibly attentive and caring host and he and his excellent team really made our stay. He even put me on the bus to Essouaira and then called in the evening to make sure I'd got there! There's a hammam should you prefer to experience your first 'gommage' outside of the public baths and the food we ate here was the best of our trip (the homemade yoghurt at breakfast and the fish tagine a particular highlight). There's a great library to browse, open fire to curl up to (it can get chilly in the evenings), terrace for sunbathing as well as very comfortable and beautifully furnished rooms. Don't hesitate to book, this place will do well.
The door to the magic garden
Having decided to go to Marrakesh, we wanted to stay in the medina. We found Al Massarah and are so glad we did!
The Riad has been lovingly renovated as a more contemporary version of a traditional Marrakesh house and the predominately neutral tones (with the odd splash of colour) contribute to the peaceful atmosphere found within. And it is certainly a contrast and on some occassions a welcome relief from the amazingly colourful, yet hectic scene found in the souks and other parts of the medina.
Without question, our trip wouldn't have been what it was without the efforts of our host Michel. From his wonderful collection of music which filled the Riad every day, to the home made yoghurt with breakfast, his marvellous pre dinner martinis and the great tagines served in the evening, everything was pretty much spot on.
Nothing was too much effort for him or the staff. By the second or third day of our trip, we really felt as if we were visiting a great friend and the riad really began to feel like a home from home.
Marrakesh is a great place and should be on the list of things to do before you're past it. But without Michel's local knowledge we would have taken much longer to familiarise ourselves with the medina and would undoubteldy have missed out on many of the local treats, such as eating fried fish in the square in the evening.
Go and enjoy, and tell Michel we said hi!
A beautiful calm oasis in the madness of Marrakech!
I have recently returned from a wonderful 5-night break in Marrakech, which I visited with a good friend. This was somewhere that I had always wanted to visit and it certainly did not disappoint.
Marrakech is an exciting and exotic city with some of the most beautiful interiors in its restaurants and Riads, which are like something out of Wallpaper Magazine.
We stayed in the wonderful Riad al Massarah, which had been recommended to me by somebody that I met in London. It can only be described as an oasis of calm and beauty within the madness of the Medina! It's a beautiful white washed building, with its own Hammam and treatments room, small pool and roof terrace with views out to the Atlas Mountains.
We were picked up at the airport by the Riad al Massarah's driver and greeted by our host Michel who is one of the 2 co-owners. He offered us mint tea in the courtyard whilst our luggage was taken to our rooms by Ftah and was immediately welcoming and charming.
On our first night we were served a delicious fish tagine cooked by the Riad's cook Fatima. Each morning she would cook us wonderful breakfasts (different Moroccan pancakes, homemade yoghurt and fruit salad) and Michel even ensured that I had soya milk. (Something that is hard enough to get hold of in an English hotel but was no trouble in Morocco!)
Michel was extremely knowledgeable about Marrakech and was able to give us advice on where to do our shopping (e.g. the best places to go for spices and candles) and suggestions for fabulous restaurants. He even arranged for the person who made the bed covers in our room to come to the Riad so I could discuss having some made for myself.
If you haven't been to Marrakech yet, go there. And I'd defintely suggest a stay in the Riad Massarah.
An oasis of calm - not to be missed
If you have an opportunity to visit Marrakesh do not let it pass you by - it's a truly magical city and I think Morocco was almost as pleased to see me (for my spending power) as I was to see it!
But the highlight of my recent trip was the five night's accommodation at a remarkable Riad which caters for the traveller's every need. I believe words will not do it justice - you simply have to live the experience of a stay at the Riad Al Massarah - [-]. The host - Michel -is like a walking guide book. He is so experienced and happy to share his knowledge of the city and all it has to offer. Not only does he know the best restaurants, shops, cafes and sights (in Marrakesh and the outlying areas) to see he was also able to steer me away from the area in the main square where I may have come fact to face with a snake - almost a fate worse than death had it happened!!
We had several meals in the Riad, as well as eating in local restaurants, and the food was excellent. Not only for what it was but the sophisticated way it was served to us. The accessories around the property are superb - exquisite taste from the 2 owners is evident at every corner we turned.
The Riad itself is everything one could wish for and more. This is a new property but already feels like it has been open for a long time in its absolute comfort. The staff fulfil every guest's needs in that quiet, courteous, professional way we've all come to expect when staying in luxury. They are not intrusive in any way and are to be congratulated for the excellent way they carry out their chores, under the direction of Michel of course.
I urge you to use this Riad for your trip to Marrakesh.......you most certainly will not be disappointed.
An oasis of tranquility!
A friend and I have just returned from a 5 day stay in Marrakech and wished we'd stayed longer, due in no small part to this riad.
We were met at the airport by our driver who drove us to the Bab Doukkala mosque and dropped us off where our host was waiting to meet and greet us. He led the way to the riad, which is situated on a derb nearby (these are too small for cars).
The 3 course meal we had on our first night's stay was delicious and I would definitely recommend this for your first night. The riad's cook, Fatima, is excellent and also whips up yummy pancakes and cakes for breakfast (along with fresh fruit salad and home made yoghurt so you don't feel too indulgent!)
The owner has lived in Marrakech for a number of years, is really helpful on all sorts of information and couldn't do enough for us the whole time we were there.
The decor here, unlike some other riads, is quite neutral with accents of colour provided by silk covered chairs, bedthrows (which were so nice, my friend ordered 2 for home), candles and other carefully selected pieces. After the total overload of noise, smells and colours you experience wandering round the square and souks, it's total bliss coming back to this tranquil place.
I'd strongly recommend a stay here
Nous avons passé une merveilleuse semaine dans ce riad, réhabilité avec beaucoup de goût et d'authenticité, dans une atmosphère de calme et de sérénité. Chambres très agréables avec literie excellente. Les petits déjeuners sont excellents, copieux et chaque jour différents. Les dîners préparés par Fatima ont été très appréciés. Les propriétaires, très sympathiques, ont tout fait pour nous faciliter le séjour et le rendre très agréable.
Thierry et Dominique
Séjour du 27/12 au 3/01/07
Amazing Riad to Relax and Unwind!
My friends and I stayed in this beautiful Riad for four days in November (2 couples). It was an amazing place to stay and really made our time in Marrakesh memorable.
The owners of the Riad were incredibly hospitable and always going out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The decor of the hotel is gorgeous. The room we stayed in was very romantic with a fireplace to add to the atmosphere.
We ordered a brunch to be waiting for when we arrived which I highly recommend doing. We caught an early morning flight from London so we were quite hungry once we arrived. The food was incredible. Well worth having dinner at the Riad one night too. It was also great to have breakfast on the roof terrace when the sun is shining.
I would recommend this Riad to anyone thinking of going to Marrakesh for not only the service and atmosphere but the location was also perfect. The owners recommended an amazing restaurant to visit for a special night out, they were very informative on what to see and do.
My friends and I are definitely making this an annual getaway. We were all extremely relaxed coming back to London.
An affordable luxury no-one should miss!
I've just come back from a 5 day break in Marrakech. We stayed at the Riad Al Massarah. It has to be one of the loveliest places I've ever stayed in my life.
The Riad is situated in a local part of town within the medina walls. It's close to some very nice restaurants and is about 20 minutes walk from the main square. Taxis are easy to find around this area.
It's rare to go on holiday and actually want to spend time in the place you're sleeping in! Everything about the Riad was fab. It was a really relaxing, tranquil space. The people running it are very welcoming and helpful.
The food here was excellent, I'd recommend having at least one evening meal while you're there. Breakfasts are huge so you'll save yourself money by not having to buy lunch each day.
We also used the Riad's hammam, a Moroccan version of a sauna. It's a bit more interactive than going into a boring old sauna because you get to throw water all over the room. You can also exfoliate yourself using various soaps/scrubs provided. We did it on our last day and it certainly chilled us out before our trip back to London.
Don't waste your time and money staying in a boring hotel. Stay in the Riad and soak up the wonderful Marrakech atmosphere.