10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from a fantastic long weekend in Marrakech staying at Riad Dollar des Sables. The Riad is in an excellent location in the Souk a few minutes walk from the main square. We found the owner Cathy very friendly and helpful as were all the staff, particularly smiley Mouna & Abdell. Slight downside was the noise. As of Jan '09 there is another Riad being built from scratch ajoining this building and banging started between 7 & 7.30am each morning. We would expect this to go on for some months. Having said this, due the location most building work will have to be done by hand so the noise isn't excessive if you are an early riser. As with other reviewers, we would recommend you book the airport transfer for your arrival as it would be very difficult if not impossible to find but for the return you can easily get a taxi to the airport for 100dirams. Would definitely recommend the hop on hop off open top bus tour, the hotel Grand Tazi just off the square for a sneaky beer and the restaurant Tanjia for a great night in amazingly lit surroundings and belly dancers."
- Travel date: 8th January 2009
"Perfectly located, authentic little French run Riad with English spoken. Very comfortable and reasonably priced with delicious Moroccan cuisine and very helpful staff who gave us great recommendations on where to continue our trip."
- Travel date: 7th December 2008
Remarkable Riad in Marrakesh
"We really enjoyed our stayed in this riad back in 2007. The staff were really friendly and the kind hostess went as far as to lend us her own hair drier. The location is quite convenient once you locate it. I cannot recommend more."
- Travel date: 21st September 2008
Best Riad - location, hospitality and service
"Our stay in this Riad was wonderful, the staff were fabulous and provided an amazing service. The breakfast was delicious, the owner recommended restaurants for the evening - making our reservations for us. We were walked to our restaurant by the NightGuard. The Riad is seconds away from the Medina. I would advise that you try and book a transfer from the airport to the Riad, as it is hard to find the first time. We also booked an evening meal at the Riad which was one of my best meals - I would highly recommend this Riad."
- Travel date: 25th March 2008
"We stayed at Riad Dollar des Sables around New Year 2008 and used it as a base for travelling to other locations in Morocco. Cathy, the owner, was friendly and helpful, and her staff were the same. Everyone was willing to help us with reservations for restaurants, provide information about the area, store our luggage between visits, and even guide us to our restaurant since the Medina was so confusing! The location was great, right in the heart of the old Medina, but also a quiet, calm spot to relax in. We had the deluxe room which was comfortable and clean. Cathy also responded promptly to emails and even followed up to confirm our flight arrival. The credit card equipment wasn't working when we checked out so we had to pay cash (ATM nearby), but that seems to be expected with accommodation in Marrakesh."
- Travel date: 8th March 2008
Great Retreat nearthe Medina
"This was our first trip to Morrocco and we were initially taken back by the bustle of activity surrounding the Marrakech Medina. I'd definitely recommend calling Katie (the extraordinarily courteous owner of the Riad) to set up a guide from the Medina to the Riad--as finding Riad Doller des Sables for the first time is difficult (a day or so of navigation and you'll have no problems finding your way). Adel, Katie's guide, bent over backwards to help us carry our luggage. Adel's taking English classes at a local college and aims to be involved with hospitality. His manners and demeanor were impeccable. Don't be dismayed as Adel weaves you through the 300m or so walk along back alleys to reach the Riad, because the reward is worth it. Upon opening a non descript wooden door off of one of the Medina alleys, you'll find yourself transported into a true Morroccan Oasis. Dollar des Sables is a true Riad--meaning it is small, a single "extended family" house. Pale blue and white tilework meets you past the door and is consistent with the Riad's "beachy" theme. Katie had spearmint tea waiting for us in the guest area, and we had a long meet and greet experience with her, adel and her cook. Post introductions, Katie showed us to the suite upstairs. She had surprised us by strewing rose petals across the floor and bath. The decor was tasteful, clean and worthy of a couple looking for a special retreat for their first wedding anniversary. The riad water pressure is a little low in November (Marrakech water restrictions), but Katie makes up for it with her traditional roof top morroccon steam room. The steam room seems to have been around as long as the Riad (a couple hundred years) and is a two person structure. It's very clean and actually runs on wood. Very refreshing. I wish I had one at home. Katie extends your Morroccon experience by offering savory Morroccon cuisine (extra charge upon your notice). My wife and I visited two 5 star restaurants while in Marrakech and we both agreed that Katie's fare was as good, if not better, than the restaurants. So if you want great Morroccon cuisine at a much more reasonable price, stay at home--you won't be disappointed! After Des Sales we made another visit to the more famous Dar Roumana (rated Top 5 in Morocco) in Fez. Dar Roumana's interior was astonishingly complex, and this was also an excellent experience. But Katie has put her heart and soul in Riad Dollar des Sables--and it shows. You may find more elaborate Riad's, but Des Sables has a personal touch that makes you want to head home after trekking around the dusty Medina. I'd go back every year if I could."
- Travel date: 29th January 2008
A very nice experience!
"We spent lovely Christmas in Marrakech at this beautiful Riad in the heart of the Medina. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the Riad a quiet hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the old city. Highly recommended!"
- Travel date: 25th January 2008
nothing wrong with this one...
"We stayed at this riad in December. We stayed at another Riad that we absolutely loved before we moved to this one, and this one paled in comparison, and could be clouding this review a bit. This Riad was fine - the location was good, the staff friendly, the food (breakfast) good, but we were a bit disappointed. The Riad is owned and operated by a French woman, it unfortunately lacks the true Moroccan style. We found the overall reception to be a bit cold, although we did note that other guests were given a much more warm welcome. May have simply been the fact that we do not speak french. The down points, in our opinion, was the overall ambiance; the decor was a bit too pottery barn; the music that was played throughout during the day was not to our liking... it was the ambiguous music they play in trendy spas. Since we stayed during the winter, the courtyard was covered and the cooking smells trapped within the rooms. In addition, they would not give you a key to the Riad so we had to knock on the door everytime was wanted to re enter. We were also concerned to find that you could not exit the Riad late night/ early morning without finding the owner/manager as they lock the door from the inside after all guests return for the night. This is a fine place to stay for those looking for a clean hotel with just a touch of moroccan flavour, but if you are looking for a more authentic place, I'd go elsewhere. I would recommend this place for the older traveller looking for a safe clean place, but not for the younger more adventurous."
- Travel date: 16th January 2008
A great find! Lovely riad, perfect location and charming host
"A review on the Guardian website recommended this Riad. And it was absolutely right. A special place - small, stylishly decorated, with a lovely relaxing atmosphere and a charming host and friendly staff. The location was perfect too - hidden away just 5 minutes from the main square (Jemaa el Fna) and 2 minutes from the souks/markets. We will definitely return."
- Travel date: 8th December 2007
"MontrÃ©al, Qc June 2007 The walk towards this riad inside the medina was worth the trip. Who would have thought such a tresor was hiding there ? From the moment we stepped in the riad, our experience was a complete delight. I had invited my daughter to Morocco for her 21st birthday and we spend 2 wonderful weeks traveling across the country. Part of the experience was having spend 3 nights at the riad Dollar des Sables in Marrakech. The host and owner Catherine is such a kind, sweet and devoted person. You had not experienced Moroccan food until you taste Mouna's cuisine. Every breakfast was a pure delight and dinner at the riad with Mouna' s cooking is an experience by itself ! Abdel beautiful smile greets you every morning and he will bent over backwards to help you and accomodate you in any way he can. All that by itself would have been enough ... but the hammam session followed by the massage on the roof terrasse was the icing on the cake. We both wished we were still there ..."
- Travel date: 18th June 2007
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