Press and Guidebooks

 
The ultimate feel-good hideaway.....
Lonely Planet - Marrakesh Encounters One of Top Five for cultural experience March 2008

 

Some of the six rooms in this recently refurbished riad feature fireplaces.... The small pool, hammam, and roof terrace encourage communal spirit.
National Geographic Traveler - Marrakech Hotels: Five Insider Picks March 2008
 
Stay like a star: There are hundreds of riads (homes built around an open courtyard), but one of the best is Riad Al Massarah owned by French-British couple Michel Contreras and Michael Mathews....
Weekly Australian OK! Destination Marrakech January 2008

 

...with six contemporary bedrooms... energy-saving measures and bespoke woodwork to suit the character of the house... It's a very intimate space and we take care of guests, who can find Marrakech a big cultural shock.
EasyJet Magazine - Property Focus January 2008
 
Real charm combines with great style at this neat budget option within walking distance of Marrakech's Majorelle Gardens...(the owners) have recast the house in cool, contemporary colours...very hands-on dispensing advice, mixing martinis...In keeping with the house party atmosphere guests eat at a long dining table in the dining area off the courtyard...a very comfortable sitting room with chess, solitaire and a wall of great books, and a roof terrace for sunbathing and relaxing. The rooms are decorated in cream with splashes of deep oranges, reds and greens.
Conde Nast Traveller - Intimate Marrakech - The best new riads in Marrakech November 2007
 

Guests

Thank you! So sad it was a short stay. You were so welcoming and the tea and desserts were lovely and delicious. Rosi, June 2012

 

You have all gone out of your way to provide us with everything that we could possibly need. Thanks for all of the fabulous restaurant suggestions and for organising our wonderful trip to the Atlas Mountains. We will return, Inshallah! Carly, April 2012

 

We have appreciated every attention to detail and care. We were right to choose Riad Al Massarah and would again every time. We loved the personal touch from all the staff with a lovely balance of professionalism, friendship and excellent care. We appreciate that this takes a lot of hard work and patience! David, March 2012

 

The entire experience was like none I’ve ever had, top notch.Full of attention to detail and personal touches. Loved it.  All was fantastic, a stay filled with personal attention, help and genuine atmosphere. Lynn, February2012

 

Your recommendations were always excellent and we appreciated the time spent to speak to us in person. The food was fantastic….Housekeeping very attentive and unobtrusive……Thanks for another fantastic stay. Ruth, November 2011

 

Service was excellent. We felt very well cared for, a very ‘homey’ experience.”Anonymous, October 2011

 

Everything far exceeded our expectations. Having travelled rather extensively I can say this is my favourite place I have ever had the privilege to encounter. Every person we encountered was charming, helpful and professional. This is an extraordinary establishment in every way. Excellent!!  Anonymous, September 2011

 

It was another perfect stay with you, I look forward to many more. Thank you to all the staff and to the hosts for making us feel so welcome again. Matthew, July 2011

 

Honestly from beginning to end our stay has been perfect. The Riad, the staff, the food etc were amazing. We are grateful to be your guests. Cheri, May 2011

 

Service, ambience and hospitality were all outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful visit. Emma, April 2011

 

You guys were very helpful, thank you. Everything is absolutely wonderful here. Although it is a Riad I felt I had the privacy I wanted with the right level of friendliness – thank you. I enjoyed it. Cari, March 2011
 
We really can’t speak highly enough of the Riad, the stay, the service and the whole experience. You have made this a special trip for us – thank you. Vanessa, March 2011
 
In every respect this is one of the best places I have stayed. The hospitality here is in a class of its own. Thank you for a most wonderful experience. We shall return. Emma, March 2011
 
Fabulous stay, very warm and hospitable service and delicious food. Thank you. Anna, March 2011
 
We were delighted with all the care and attention we received at this lovely place. We would gladly return or refer our friends. John, February 2011
 
Just wonderful. We will return. Gill, February 2011
 
Every morning it was like waking up in a dream! I had the most lovely of times. Vanessa, January 2011
 
You provide an excellent service and a perfect accommodation. You have great staff looking extremely well after the guests.... Karen, January 2011
 
Had a lovely stay and for once could not find fault in anything. Jade, January 2011
 
Riad is beautifully decorated and immaculately kept. Staff are attentive and professional. Angela, January 2011
 
Even if I thought really really hard, I would not be able to think of one way this experience could have been improved. It was exceptional on every level. Catherine, December 2010

 

Riad Al Massarah was a perfect introduction to Morocco & Marrakech October 2010

 

We have nothing but praise for the service / hospitality of all staff. Any question or request we made was answered and all with a smile. Will be recommending to any of our friends who are visiting Marrakech. Michelle, October 2010

 

Michael & Michel, Thank you, to you both and your superb staff for making my stay in Marrakech so memorable. I hope to return in the near future to enjoy the experience again. Your beautiful riad will be top of my list to tell all of my friends where to stay in Morocco. Kelly, October 2010

 

Everyone had been fabulous, rooms & facilities, breakfast & dinner, all wonderful! Helen, September 2010

 

It was the most amazing experience; probably the best accommodation we have ever experienced. As an overall package I wouldn’t change a thing. Roxanne & Andrew, June 2010

 

Well we have arrived home........ but we are also missing Morocco. What a wonderful country! I have to say that compared to the beach we would take Marrakech every time - it has so much more charm and colour. And I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed saying at your Riad. I think you have a very beautiful home (such great tassels!!) and are so welcoming, altogether a fantastic business.

 

Thank you so much for looking after us so well, I will recommend you to all our friends - the perfect place to chill out.

 

Thanks again and hope to see you again, Melinda and Basil, July 2008

 

Just wanted to thank you again for being such wonderful hosts for our time in Marrakech. Our stay wouldn't have been nearly as pleasant if we had stayed anywhere else. Virtually all of our favourite things in Marrakech came through your recommendations or reservations. The riad was truly an oasis from the chaos of the streets and we're very grateful to have had such a relaxing place to retreat. Miranda (& Joe), July 2008

 

Nick and I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge THANK YOU for the most wonderful stay in Marrakech. You honestly made our stay in Marrakech amazing and the Riad was just superb. We will definitely be back. Mandy & Nick, July 2008

 

Been back in the UK now for just over a week now and unfortunately all the de-stressing magic of Riad Al Massarah has begun to rub off... which means we will just have to come back!!! Both Kate and I cannot thank you both enough for your exceptional warmth and hospitality. I imagine there are many fine Riads across Marrakech but none with such welcoming hosts.... Ben & Kate, April 2008

 

Just a quick note to thank you both, and your lovely staff, so much for what was a very special and thoroughly enjoyable weekend at your gorgeous riad in Marrakech. We were always going to have a great time, (escaping as we were from our families for a full 48 hours!) but the experience of staying with you made it all the more fantastic. The riad is tranquil, beautifully furnished and a joy to stay at. Your team there were so helpful and courteous, and the food was really sensational. I shall remember our delicious meal on the terrace for a long time (any recipes gratefully received). Many thanks again and very best wishes for the continued success of your wonderful riad. Jo, April 2008

 


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