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“Hidden paradise!”
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Riad Clementine
Ranked #71 of 1,170 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 August 2017

My partner and I visited Morocco for this first time a couple of years ago and choose to stay at Riad Clementine as the photos and reviews really did stand out from other Riads we looked at.

I can assure you that when arriving we were not disappointed! We were greeted at the front door by the owner and when stepping inside it felt like a hidden paradise.

The service, food and facilities were exceptional. This is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed at and we will definitely be returning at some point!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Riad clemtine is a small paradise in marrakech. Ideal place to discover the city or just have a relaxing time a the pool to recover for your next trip. breakfast is very good and the rooms are held in oriental style.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

I stayed at Riad Clementine for three nights together with my husband and two year old daughter.
The staff at the Riad is extremely helpful and they all made us feel very welcome.
The Riad is beautifully decorated, and both the courtyard and the terraces where great places for relaxation. Also, the pool is - unlike many other riads - placed in a sunny spot.
We stayed in room no 6 and had plenty of space, also for our daughter's cot.
The Riad is very clean.
Simple, but good, breakfast with homemade pancakes.
From the Riad there is a 10 min walk to the souks and approximately a 25 min walk to the Jemaa El-Fna.
We booked our transportation to the airport through the Riad, and we were picked up by new, large car.
All in all - highly recommendable.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

There are not enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe Riad Clementine adequately. My wife and I stayed for ten days recently in Marrakech, half of the time in a riad in the Kasbah, on the south side of the Medina, and half at Riad Clementine, on the north side, near the souks and Ville Nouvelle. The first riad was a wonderful place, which I would not hesitate to recommend, but Riad Clementine was so much nicer in so many ways.

It is an authentic riad, with a quiet and inviting courtyard in the center with a fountain and citrus trees. The courtyard also has canopies to provide shade and was a delightful and relaxing place to be at any time of day. There were also cool, peaceful rooms at the perimeter of the courtyard where, more than once, my wife and I sat and shared a bottle of wine after dinner.

The owners, Angela and Antoine, were on the premises every day and were thoroughly engaging and tremendously helpful — with directions, maps, suggestions for restaurants, instructions for negotiating with taxi drivers, and all sorts of useful advice. Although Riad Clementine operates its own restaurant, it was happy to make reservations elsewhere.

There is a small rooftop pool and ample space and lounge chairs for sunning.

Our room was spacious, airy, and bright, with ample AC (which we could easily adjust) and had a very pleasant sitting area, a fireplace (which I assume could be used during colder months), a large bathroom, and very large tub. The bed was a genuine king and extremely comfortable.

The location was perfect. It is in the Medina, but only a few dozen yards from a main street (Rue El Gza) that heads directly east through the Medina to the Ben Youssef Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa, and the souks, which are all only about a ten-minute walk away. There are no complicated turns and no chance of getting lost on the way. (This is a MAJOR advantage over many other riads in the Medina. Some riads are enmeshed in the maze of tiny, crooked streets and their location can make the simplest, shortest walk a chore.)

In the opposite direction, to the west, Riad Clementine is at most a hundred yards away from the western edge of the Medina and the principal taxi stand that is located there, outside the Medina wall, at Bab Moussoufa. Taxis, by the way, are ridiculously cheap and, in our experience, safe and clean. At most it should cost 10-20 MAD to go anywhere in and around the Medina or Ville Nouvelle, with a little upcharge at night. Briefly, starting from Riad Clementine, you can get anywhere you want to go quickly and with no hassles or inconvenience. The neighborhood to the north of Riad Clementine, by the way, is mostly residential and my wife and I found it a pleasant place to walk in the mornings.

A real highlight is Riad Clementine’s restaurant. The meals we had at the Riad (and we had occasion to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there) were all wonderfully prepared and absolutely delicious. Everything was significantly better than any of the moderately-priced restaurants we tried. (Be aware that some of the moderately-priced restaurants serve pretty mediocre, bland fare.) Unless you dine at one of the nicer restaurants in the city, you’re not going to have a meal anywhere near as good as what you’ll get at Riad Clementine. At dinner, there is a three-course, set menu that changes each day. The staff buys fresh ingredients every day. To make sure that it has enough for the evening meal, all we had to do was to let them know by the middle of the afternoon if we wanted to eat there that evening. They have a small wine list, but all reasonably priced and the two we had were excellent (one, a Moroccan brand “Eclipse,” is a blend of sangiovese and syrah and was especially good).

The breakfast, by the way, is lovely. It consisted each day of freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, fruit cocktail, coffee or tea, crepes, a selection of jams, fruit butter, and honey, and a small plate of ham, hard cheese, BonBel, dates, and a sweet cake of some sort, plus Moroccan bread. Eggs and omelets, among many other items, are available for lunch.

If / when we return to Marrakech, we would, without hesitation, return to Riad Clementine.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms might be noisy and lack privacy. I'd recommend rooms on the 2d or 3d floor.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

A beautiful riad set in the midst of the medina. Perfect for the modern city to the north of the medina - easy to pick up taxis just outside the gate. Calm and cool. Reasonably handy for the stroll through the medina to Jemaa el f'na. I found a handful of arabic phrases enough to deflect almost all of the pestering, which was mild. Lovely Cosmopolitan city.

Stayed: November 2016
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Additional Information about Riad Clementine

Address: Derb Sidi Messaoud 38 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 1,170 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: €87 - €147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Clementine 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad History The house was built in the eighteenth century, in 1880, a hundred meters inside the ocher walls of the twelfth century, in the famous and lively Bab Doukkala. The house has always been inhabited by the family El Belaidi, which gave it the name of Riad El Belaidi. Acquired in 1999, the building was restored in the traditional Moroccan architecture, with the standards of modern hospitality. To preserve the original architecture, including the large traditional patio with glowing light, the pool was built in the 1st floor terrace. This rare choice proved to be extremely wise because the pool today enjoys the utmost privacy; the patio is a place to be. ... more   less 
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