Riad Merstane

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Address: 13 Derb El Merstane, Marrakech, Morocco

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.4

A lovely little house off the beaten track.

Riad Merstane is a small, English-owned house with five bedrooms near Bab Taghzoute in the north of the medina. A big draw of this dar is the unspoilt, residential neighbourhood in which it sits, tucked away in a quiet cul de sac – making this former lunatic asylum an appealing getaway from the hectic souks. Simply decorated in a traditional, homely style with vanilla and pink tadelakt and hand-pressed black and white cement tiles, the house has a relaxed air and is simply furnished. It can be booked in its entirety for as little as £200 per night.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

The Merstane is tucked away to the north of the souks at the far end of the Rue Bab Taghzoute, near the beautiful mosque of Sidi Bel Abbes, patron saint of Marrakech – 20 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes’ taxi ride from the Place Jemaa El Fna.

Bedrooms

The house has three double rooms and two twin rooms. All the rooms have ensuite facilities, although the Amber room on the ground floor has the biggest bathroom, featuring an antique claw-foot bath. The Amber and Jasmine rooms both have four-poster beds.

Public areas

Relax to the sound of birdsong in the airy, plant-filled courtyard, chill out in the first floor ‘grand salon’ in front of the log fire, or lie down in the sun or shade on the spacious terrace which has views of the Atlas Mountains.

Eating and drinking

Mint tea and pastries on arrival; great breakfasts of freshly baked bread, pancakes or crepes with a range of preserves, eggs, yoghurt, coffee or tea and freshly squeezed orange juice. Three course Moroccan dinners can be served, with wine, in the candlelit dining room, courtyard or terrace (if ordered in the morning). Buffet-style Moroccan feasts can be served for parties and celebrations – and musicians and dancers can be organised if required.

Leisure facilities

In-house massages and cookery classes can be organised; there is a local hammam around the corner and it’s possible to book lunch and use of the swimming pool at the nearby Villa Nomade. Wi-fi (works best on the terrace), library, board games and CD player.

Service

House manager Rachid has excellent English, is a fountain of knowledge and draws great maps…he’s happy to book taxis and restaurants and advise on places to visit.

Who stays there

Couples, families, groups booking the whole riad (up to 10 people)  Popular with English people

Price advice

Prices include tea on arrival, breakfasts and taxes.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Quiet, traditional neighbourhood
  • Rooms are fairly small
  • A trek from the main medina sights
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