More about Le Riad Monceau
An Oasis of calm and beauty!
We stayed for 2 nights in this lovely Riad and, when we arrived, we were delighted as soon as we stepped out of the alleyway into the main reception hall. It was like coming out of Hell and stepping into Paradise.
The proprietor and staff were all charming, very helpful and very welcoming, with a sense of humour too. Riad Monceau is really like an oasis of calm, quiet and beauty........a far cry from the hustle, bustle, noise and smells of Marrakech. We have no hesitation in recommending this lovely Riad.
A beautiful Marrakech experience
We had a fantastic short stay at the Riad Monceau last November.
The Riad is beautiful ad feels very personal.The staff were very kind, welcoming, attentive and always full of useful advice for our first visit. The food was superb. The team made us want to come back to this amazing town. A real treat if you are after authenticity and relaxation in beautiful surroundings. Will go back with no hesitations.
Absolute relaxation guaranteed!
When you arrive, you are greeted by a large wooden door. But once inside the hotel, it is absolutely breath taking! Each room is beautiful, all around you is style & ellegance. Everyone there is so friendly, and they cant do enough for you! Restaurant serves delicious morrocan food. The wonderful thing about this place, is you can wander round the streets & markets of Marrakesh. Then return to such relaxing environment. The terrace is fab too, it really is a little paradise! Thank you all at Le Riad Monceau! We will look forward to returning!!
a real gem
How lucky we were to get a room at Riad Monceau - we had left it until the last minute and after reading the reviews on trip advisor I tried several riads before getting lucky here. I have stayed at several other riads in Marrakech before, but none (more expensive or otherwise) could match the warm welcome and wonderful service we received here. Nothing was too much trouble and all the staff seemed genuinely to want to make our stay an enjoyable one. The food was also excellent both at breakfast and dinner - so much so that we ate in the restaurant every evening enjoying a range of well executed dishes all cooked fresh that day. On a final note the riad has a great location, so close to all the hustle and bustle of the medina, but once behind its door an oasis of calm, I would deffinately return
Delightful, delicious , delovely
We have had the most delightful stay at the most delightful riad. The Riad Monceau is situated perfectly for exploring the old medina of Marrakech and for taking longer trips out. The riad was spotlessly clean and the staff ever attentive and great fun to talk to and help to improve their English. The breakfast was typically Moroccan and plentiful and the dinners we had in the evening were very pleasant. The facilities of the roof terrace and covered areas to sit out were a great addition and the whole ambience of the place was just what we had wanted.Reception staff which often includes the proprietor were extremely helpful and will organise any trips you require.
We would thoroughly recomment this delighfully run riad to anyone wanting a stay in Marrakech.
A beautiful tranquil gem
We stayed here for 3 nights and were impressed by the location, the beauty of the riad, the helpfulness of the staff, and the food, which was better than many of the restaurants in our guide. The whole riad has been beautifully restored with taste in a way that corporate hotels cannot ever aspire to.
The location is just off the Jemaa El Fna and walking distance to the souks and tanneries, the Badii palace and the Saadian tombs. Although close to the main square the riad is a tranquil haven after a hard day walking round the town and the sun terrace was a perfect place to relax away from the bustle of the town.
If we were visiting Marrakesh again we would definitely stay here again.
Fabulous accommodation, perfect location
Great Riad right in the heart of the Medina. Perfect for visiting any of the many sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech, less than 100 meters from the main square Jaa el Fna. Very nice rooms, excellent restaurant, very good service. Beautiful, peaceful roof terrace. An oasis of calm in a bustling vibrant city. Highly recommended.
We came for a last minute week away before Christmas to do some shopping and explore Marrakech, after reading reviews on Trip Advisor.
This Riad is beautiful and all the rooms individual. There were plenty of lovely places to just read a book or have a drink if you just wanted to chill out. The staff are so very friendly and helpful. Not many of them speak English, but why should they? They speak Arabic and French and get by in English. They can help you find restaurants or anything you want to do. They organised massages and day trips to the mountains for a couple of guests who were there at the same time as us.
The food and their wine were excellent, we had dinner there one night and I had a great fish tagine and aubergine starter. For breakfast it was a mixture of French pastries and Moroccan cakes or pancakes with homemade jam and honey. Very good coffee or tea and freshly squeezed orange juice too.
I would definitely recommend this Riad and stay there again. Very central and easy to get to everything.
One piece of advice for haggling on price in the Souks is whatever price you are given the price you should pay is about 1/3 of what they start with. It pays to look uninterested and walk away, don't be shy to come back with an equally low price to the crazy high price they start at!
Kosy Bar is great if you want a change from Moroccan and the Japanese chef makes great Sushi. Great place to watch the stalks nesting too!
The Foun Douk was a great Moroccan restaurant, hard to find but worth the search, with a great roof garden to eat in.
London, January 2008
Great place, lovely people
You leave the Jemaa square down a small sidestreet, and after about 100 yards turn left into a small, dark alley. I began to wonder what I had let myself in for when we stepped through the heavy door into a really beautiful courtyard, with palm trees around a small pool. It is exquisite.
We were asked to register, and as we did so, we were brought mint tea, and small pastries and sweets. We were then shown to our room, the Pacha. This is on the first floor, and takes up one side of the building. It has a comfortable bed, two chairs, a table and good storage, including a safe.
The bathroom is tall and vaulted, with a lovely tiled jaccuzzi.
The staff are really friendly and helpful. They arranged a guide for us, and were happy to help with directions. I spent my 50th birthday there, and they arranged musicians to play during dinner. When they brought me my cake, they broke into "happy birthday" in Arabic, French, English and Berber. I won't forget my birthday!
A slight niggle is that the jaccuzzi took all night to drain, and I could have done without the enormous TV in the room, which appeared to pick up only French tv. However, that really is a small niggle in an otherwise marvellous stay.
If you book the "Pacha" room, then be aware that people on the terrace could open the windows near the ceiling of the jaccuzzi, and look down at you in all your glory!
We booked the hotel through Expedia and read the reviews on TripAdvisor before doing so. We went over for a romantic weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday.
The hotel is absolutely lovely, as are the staff. It's in a great location and we couldn't find fault with the hotel at all. The room was perfect, nicer than the photos on the site, and the staff really can't do enough for you.
The only down side is the breakfasts are quite basic but that is way over compensated by the comfort, location, staff etc etc etc.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Marrakech. One point to note about Marrakech - it's very different to cities in Europe, obviously, apart from when it comes to eating out in nice restaurants, where you can expect to pay prices similar to London. Same with the night clubs over there - don't expect it to be cheap. Beer is £7 a bottle, admission a tenner - was like being in London!!!
Still Marrakech is a fantastic city and well worth a visit.
Marrakesh - Carpet Vendors (2009)
Santo in our cafe
The Old Fiddler, Djemaa el-fna square, Marrakesh
November in Marrakesh
Hi, im going to Marrakesh in mid November...not done much travelling so any advice would be handy, however i'd like to ask if anyone else is going around the same time, it'd be good to meet up with other travellers especially as im going alone. Oh and should i book a hotel online or will it be relatively easy for me to get a hotel near the djema in November?
RE: November in Marrakesh
I will be there on my own too.
Are you male or female? Anyway, we might do some stuff together? However, I also have to buy some leather for my business, so have to group the fun bits around that.
RE: November in Marrakesh
cant seem to post on the forum for some reason...
anyway im a 27 yr old male
i work as an employment officer
oh..and all things medieval i find fascinating!
i wouldnt mind meeting up, maybe compare diaries and see if theres somewhere we both wanna go...etc
personally i would like to get a real feel for the place, people and culture... im also thinking that it would be a good idea to get as many people together in Marrakesh and have a night out or similar...
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I will be in Marrakesh NOV14 thru NOV17. I am a 30-yr old Argentinian male, speak fluent English and Spanish (I have lived in the US for 15 years), friendly and interested in experiencing the culture. I'd love to meet up with other travellers!
have a great day,
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sorry, I had a few very busy weeks, work and fun.
Thought you might be into medieval stuff, considering your alias.
Maybe we could really do some things together in Marrakech. I plan to make a few excursions into the mountains, to the cascades, to Fez(oops that would be work- tanneries and shoemaking). I am not afraid of just going via ordinary public transport, but if there is a small group of us, maybe we can hire a taxi or 4x4, still dreaming of getting at least once in my life the chance to fall off a camel.
Good that you are based in Britain too.
When exactly will you be in Marrakech? I will be there 8-18 November.
You can email me at pearlthebuilder at hotmail dot co dot uk.
RE: November in Marrakesh
I'll be there from 29th november. I'd hook up with ya for morrocan tea etx!!!!!!