10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
At home in the heart of Marrakech
"The Riad Menzeh is a beautiful hotel in the middle of the Medina. Entering the hotel from the chaos of the streets is a relief and a pleasure. The rooms are each unique, with beautiful furniture, decorations and stunning bathrooms. The common areas in the main room and the rooftop terrace are comfortable and relaxing. I highly recommend the hammam -- it's an amazing, rejuvenating experience and you don't even have to leave the hotel. Bernard and his staff made our stay absolutely wonderful with their hospitality and kindness. Bernard's organization of day trips, his suggestion of restaurants and things to do were incredibly helpful and made our first trip to Marrakech even more memorable. I highly recommend staying at the Riad if you're planning a trip to Marrakech."
- Travel date: 9th July 2009
Bernard helped us appreciate and love Marrakech, it people and their culture
"I have read a lot of reviews about other riads in Marrakech. Although each riad seems to have its charm, I truly believe the host that makes all the difference. Bernard was simply the best host any visitor to Marrakech could ever hope for. Bernard built a bridge for us to understand Moroccan culture, helping allay the initial culture shock we experienced when we first arrived in Marrakech (e.g. dishonest taxi driver, and the chaos of the medina which is filled with very aggressive locals). Upon entering Riad Menzeh, Bernard offered us mint tea and a small breakfast. After telling him about our disagreeable impressions of Marrakech, Bernard explained to us Moroccan culture and ensured us that Moroccan people are really quite friendly and harmless. He personally lead us to Djeema el-Fna, and helped us get acquainted with the medina and its culture, which is by far the most exotic place we had ever been to. We soon became totally comfortable navigating around Marrakech and interacting with the local people by ourselves. (Orange juice stand #50 is by far the best stand on Djeema el-Fna. Be sure to check him out!) Bernard helped us appreciate and love Marrakech, it people and their culture. Thank you Bernard! Riad Menzeh is truly a wonderful inn. It is beautifully decorated and the staff is first rate. I highly recommend using Riad Menzeh's hammam and massage facilities, which are located on the roof of the inn. The hamman and massage are luxurious and the perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing. You will feel totally relaxed and refreshed after the hamman/massage, sitting on the top roof sipping mint tea while watching the sunset over Marrakech!"
- Travel date: 8th July 2009
Bernard is amazing and I loved Riad Menzeh!
"Ok so Bernard is actually the most hospitable person you will ever come across in Marrakech. We arranged an airport transfer with him and got dropped off pretty close to the Riad. He gave us a short tour of the jma el fna and was very happy to answer any queries or even guide us to unfamiliar or difficult to reach places. The rooftop breakfast was always amazing and we were offered mint tea and biscuits whenever we were found lounging around. We initially booked the family room as there were 3 of us but it was not available on the day so we were given two double rooms instead. This suited us better anyway as we got access to 2 bathrooms which is super useful if you are all girls! The bathrooms are lovely and have things like lots of towels, shampoo etc. The beds are comfy and we loved the lounge downstairs. Very homely, we spent a lot of time there late at night. I though Marrakech is a holiday destination is mediocre but our stay at Riad Menzeh made our trip totally worth it. Would recommend it to anyone. Btw, DO NOT go to the touristy hammams, the ones that you get flyers for barged at you at every corner. We went to Les Bains de Marrakech to get manicures and they were [ -- XXXX-- ]. The place looked like a tourist trap and although we didn't go inside the hammam, the site of it put us off completely. A couple of other guests staying there at the same time as us used the hammam at the Riad and they highly recommended it. It is more expensive than the hammams outside but it is more hygienic and the service you get is apparently excellent."
- Travel date: 22nd June 2009
beautiful riad and a wonderful host.
"bernard bernard bernard, well as u have already read from the other reviews he makes your stay at his riad an absolute pleasure, i was worried travelling with 3 small children , but bernard took care of it and made sure someone was at the airport to collect us, carry our luggage and be right at home, we stayed in the family room which was spacious and came with its own history, it use to be where the sultans wives use to stay.. overall beautiful riad and a commendable host who makes it his priority to make sure you have a beautiful holiday, recommend to all thats going."
- Travel date: 10th June 2009
Why in Marrakech you go to a Riad not a Hotel
"The Old City in Marrakech is an experience! And staying in a Riad is a vital part of that experience. Arriving in the mayhem of old Marrakech you need a bit of reassurance and that is precisely what you will receive when your taxi pulls up in a small square but with Bernard from the Riad Menzeh there to meet you. A brief walk down alleyways that will become familiar brings you to a door behind which everything changes. Calm, peace and quiet returns. Bernard offers his Riad as your home and for the length of our stay he was a charming host. The bed rooms are a good size, comfortable and well appointed. The entire home is a haven of tranquility not least providing an excellent breakfast. Bernard took us for our first excursion, suggested and arranged restaurants, recommended visits and organised a trip to the mountains for us. In twenty years of weekend visits to different cities I have never experienced such hospitality or been made to feel quite so much at home. For anyone planning a visit to Marrakech - and you haven't been unless you've been to the old city - I can thoroughly recommend Riad Menzeh."
- Travel date: 12th May 2009
Beautiful Riad witha great staff
"The riad itself is really gorgeous. The rooms are great, good size and beautifully decorated with very nice bathrooms.The best part was coming back to the peace and quiet of the riad after a day in the bustling, loud, turbulent medina. Bernard was very welcoming and the rest of the staff were really wonderful, especially Jamal who even showed us around. I would definitely recommend getting dinner here too. They served us the best meal we had in Morocco. Would definitely love to stay here again."
- Travel date: 9th April 2009
Jewel in the Medina
"This riad was a an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the medina. you are transported into an other world once you enter this riad. the host Bernard and his staff could not have been more helpful or accommodating .We were pampered and spoiled in our stay with them from the great breakfasts to their arranging taxis , hammans and offering suggestions on things to see and do. We would highly recommend this riad as a place to stay in Marrakech It's a "10""
- Travel date: 14th March 2009
"stayed there from friday for 3 nights with my hysband to celebrate our 10th year together. bernard and his staff esp Jamal, have been fantastic! the whole experience with the Riad was fabulous. lovely room and bathroom and we have the whole balcony and roof terrace to ourselves!!! the whole riad was soo cute and lovely. you will be surprised how quiet it was there. good night sleep is guaranteed!! it's our first time in Marrakech and riads. we were absolutely pleasantly surprised to find Riad Menzeh cozy and welcoming. the staff makes even more a pleasant experience to our stay. you should try jamal's avocado shake, the very best, it was perfect!!! bernard booked a special restaurant in the new city for us, Le Sabal, it was spot on place to have fab dinner! attentive staff, great and very very tasty food! my husband and i had a wonderful romantic dinner there and all thanks to bernard for suggesting the restaurant. As for Marrakech experience, it certainly was fun for us. We enjoyed haggling in the souks and we had dinner once in the street food stalls. We were a bit worried at first but it was nice and lots of locals eat there too and the menu was pretty easy and simple and very cheap. enjoying coffee and tea at the few cafes there, it can be very entertaining, the waiters have a habit of ignoring customers and walking off, customer service is pretty non existent in most eating places but i suppose you just ignore it. You should pay Le Sabal in the new city a visit for fine dining. we had a wonderful dinner there. going on a bus tour is a good idea too to see some sights aside from just the souks. oh yes, don't forget to ask Bernard to book you a hammam and the works, it will make you feel soo smooth and like a baby. all you have to do now is book your hols and this riad. enjoy!!!!"
- Travel date: 6th March 2009
A wonderful oasis of calm
"Possibly one of the loveliest city hotels I have ever stayed in. The subdued, elegant charm of the Menzeh is a tonic for the soul and an ideal antidote to the bustle of the city outside. The service is exemplary and owner Bernard went out of his way to make our stay a wonderful experience. Truly a hidden gem."
- Travel date: 26th January 2009
This is a gem
"Riad Menzeh was fabulous. Bernard, the owner, went out of his way to treat us like royalty. The place is lovely, the room small but very attractive, and the breakfasts fantastic. Our favorite place in Morroco."
- Travel date: 26th January 2009