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“Magical stay in wonderful Riad”
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Riad Al-Bushra
Ranked #6 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Riad Al-Bushra is the perfect choice if you want to stay in a beautiful Riad, situated in a great location with a warm and friendly host. Our room was spotlessly clean and comfortable whilst the wonderful breakfast served on the roof terrace really was the perfect start to the day. Gary provided us with some great restaurant recommendations and was only too happy to make the reservations for us. The location, whilst only minutes from the hustle and bustle of the souks and sights, always felt safe and welcoming. We booked direct to take advantage of the free airport transfer which was definitely a big bonus! Would definitely recommend Riad Al-Bushra!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is much appreciated. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for highlighting the free airport transfer for people who book direct. We believe this takes the stress out of arriving in a very different country. Highly recommended. Hopefully you will return again in the future.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Riad Al-Busra is a gem and very close to the bazaar. It is very lovely decorated and very, very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of 4 nights. Gary and Steve were lovely hosts. Always ready to help with our reservations, transport, to provide coffee or tea at any hour, etc. I guarantee you a lovely experience and we will be back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Yes please, do come back. We look forward to welcoming you again. Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is most appreciated.

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

In late April this year we returned for our 5th visit to Marrakesh. There’s something magical about Riad Al-Bushra that keeps drawing us back and every time we return, we discover a subtly different and more charming side to the city.

Marrakesh has become one of our favourite short-trip destinations. Five days seems to be the perfect length of time to stay - plenty enough for us to wander through the souks, eat in El-Fna at sun-down, take lunch at our favourite cafes, venture to the Majorelle gardens, walk round the medina walls and get out of the city for some great road biking (see my other TripAdvisor review for great bike hire - “10/10 - Fantastic Bike Hire in Marrakesh”). All wrapped up with a relaxing spot of sun-worship and a cheeky G&T or two on the terrace.

So why do we choose Riad Al-Bushra? Well, the standards of service, friendliness and comfort on offer are simply second to none. Gary, Steve and their housekeeper Fahti make us incredibly welcome every time we visit - it’s always lovely to see them and they look after us so well. Breakfast on the roof is something else - make sure you try the pancakes, and leave space for a pastry ...or two!

The riad is perfectly situated in the medina to have easy walking access to all the city sights and cafes - Cafe des Epices and Cafe Souk are two of our favourites and take less than 10 minutes to reach. The riad is beautifully decorated in authentic Moroccan styles, with each room individually themed. We normally chose to stay in the blue suite which never disappoints. It is spacious and luxuriously decorated, offering comfort and respite from the busy medina tempo. Subtle new embellishments to our room demonstrate how Gary and Steve continually refine the riad, making sure it remains one of the top-rated establishments in Marrakesh. We honestly think you’ll be hard-pressed to find one better.

Another highlight to share from this trip is the medina Secret Garden. It doesn’t look much from the outside and we had walked passed many times, not thinking to venture in. But what a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon. Inside, the gardens look like they might only take a half hour to wander round, but take a moment to sit and enjoy the whispering grasses, and seek out the audio/visual presentation playing near the rear of the second garden which shows the painstaking effort and team work that went in to creating this amazing space. The cafe serves lovely mint tea and sweet Moroccan desserts.

We’re planning another trip to Marrakesh next year, this time in the Autumn, to see yet another face of the city. No prizes for guessing where we’ll be staying - there’s really only one choice!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Fifth trip...! Thank you so much for your continuing support. It is really appreciated. There is such a lot of choice in Marrakech and we are delighted you decide to return to Riad Al-Bushra. And also thank you for posting such a great review. You hint at a sixth trip. Fantastic...we look forward to welcoming you again. See you in 2018.

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We really, really enjoyed our visit. Gary is a wonderful, friendly host who really goes the extra mile for guests; the room (Azrak/blue room) was beautiful with wonderful, considerate touches here and there. Complimentary mint tea / coffee was always a great welcome back after hours wandering the medina or surrounding area. The complimentary airport pickup and dropoff service (as compared to the charged services offered by most other riads) makes the rooms an even better value than the rates themselves imply (we're surprised they're not a bit higher). Breakfast was always a treat -- great coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit in particular.

The next time we're in Marrakech we'll definitely be back at Riad Al-Bushra.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you so much for creating a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you found us to be good value. Guests booking direct definitely get the benefit of the transfer from the airport as it makes arrival so straight forward. Thank you for highlighting this. You refer to "next time"...we truly hope there will be. So, see you next time. Thank you.

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

I can't recommend Riad Al-Bushra highly enough. I had the most wonderful stay, just resting in various parts of this beautiful riad; on the terrace, by the shady pool, on the sofas. I made occasional trips to the souks and the Bain Blue hammam, which are just minutes away.. Nestled in the heart of the medina, the riad is quiet, clean, beautifully arranged and with stylish decor. Gary is a wonderful host, friendly and helpful, great attention to detail. He gave me several great recommendations for eating and sightseeing and even gave me some helpful tips of negotiating prices in the market. Riad al-Bushra is now officially my 'happy place' and I shall return as soon as possible.

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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SteveLennox, Owner at Riad Al-Bushra, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to describe your "happy place". We are delighted you see the Riad in this way. We have tried hard to provide a peaceful retreat where people can feel relaxed and at home. Thank you. Hopefully you will find the time to visit us again in the future.

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Additional Information about Riad Al-Bushra

Address: 14 Derb Snan | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $163 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the UNESCO world heritage Medina of Marrakech and less than 5 minutes from the main square Riad Al Bushra is English owned and offers excellent accommodation, a high standard and friendly service at a reasonable price. We believe we offer the very best value. ... more   less 
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