The riad was featured in The Times Travel on 23 February 2013, "The 20 best riads in Morocco" and in the August 2014 issue of the fashion and beauty magazine, "Emerald Street".
Riad Merstane has 5 double bedrooms all ensuite and individually decorated with traditional finishes and furniture set around a tranquil plant filled courtyard garden. For 50 GBP per night you could have either the Amber room or the Jasmine room. Breakfasts are included in the price. Both rooms are large bedrooms each with a large four poster bed. The Amber room is off the cool courtyard and has a bathroom with an antique roll-top bath. The Jasmine room has excellent views of the courtyard and has private seating outside on the couloir. The riad has a large roof terrace with High Atlas Mt views, sunbeds and seating and a comfortable sitting room with an open olive wood fire in winter. There is also a separate cosy dining room. The riad is fully staffed both day and night with friendly and helpful staff [See Tripadvisor!] and has an excellent cook - cookery sessions are available on request. All bedding is smooth Egyptian cotton and towels and hairdryers are provided.
The riad is in a historic and authentic area of the medina a short walk from the souks and through them to the square of D'Jmna el F'naa, also near several museums and sights as well as having good access through the city wall to the new town.
There is a CD player, a well stocked library and Wi Fi as well as a taxi rank, guarded parking nearby and many local shops.
Airport transfers are arranged, and the helpful house manager will give advice on all aspects of the city as well as booking excursions, official guides, spas and Hammams as well as restaurants etc.
Massages and special meals with musicians and dancers can be booked for parties and celebrations.
The whole riad can be booked for families and groups or by the room.
Whole riad: Contact Alan and Kate, the owners, for rates.
Please contact the owners for any discounts, special prices etc.
New guests can only use their rooms after 12 noon on the first day but early guests will be offered breakfast and can use the facilities of the riad while they wait for their rooms. On the last day, rooms must be vacated by 11am but guests with late flights can stay at the riad with their luggage placed in a secure place.
There is no smoking in any room but smoking is allowed in the courtyard and on the roof terrace.
Dear Alan & Kate,
We enjoyed every moment of our staying in the Riad Merstane.
The service and support was perfect, cleaning every day in our rooms, we've got delicious English breakfast every day, like as in a five star hotel. It was very exciting to discover Medina's places and return back to this peaceful place. Rashid was waiting us every day with hot mint tee and fire in the fireplace.
We'll return to Marrakesh in the future and highly recommend the Merstane Riad for everybody.
Andrea & Kornél & Kori & Ami :)
We had a wonderful time at Riad Merstane. The Riad is beautiful, has a great terace and cosy rooms. The staff was very kind and gave us great advice on places to go. Friends recommended us this place and we'll definitely do so!
It was good to meet you and your girlfriend. Thank you for your kind comments about the riad and the staff. We are lucky with our staff, they are always friendly and efficient; certainly an asset to the riad. If you're planning another short trip to Marrakech, it would be great to see you again. Alan & Kate
Our time in Marrakech was just magical. We (Four women) felt safe at all times.
Allan and Kate were already very helpful before our trip and answered all our questions.
The riad is just beautiful and very peaceful. The whole team made our stay very pleasant. We especially enjoyed having breakfast and tea at the roof terrace in the sun. Rachis was very helpful, showed us around and assists us with booking restaurants, trips and a hammam visit.
We would definitely come back.
Thank you very much for the unforgettable time.
Everything was absolutely amazing. The Riad is beautiful, organised, safe, and welcoming. My friends and I were warmly welcomed by Rashid, who checked on us everyday and took us all around Marrakech. They provided us all the information we needed and their food is incredible. Our experience was incredible and I would recommend this place to everyone I know. Special thanks for Rashid!
We have passed on your special thanks to Rachid and are about to sample yet again some of Rashida's delicious cooking (sardine tagine). We want to take her back to England with us! You'll be glad to hear that it has stopped raining but we are still waiting for the Sun. But when you visit again, we will make sure that the Sun is waiting for you!
great place to stay. rachid(s) and team were on hand for everything we needed, and nothing was too much to ask. we stayed in lavender room, which was ample size and beautifully done out. 20mins walk from main square or 20 dirhams in a cab (after the obligatory haggle). tasty breakfast and the would recommend eating a typical morrocan dish there too - the home cooking is great. there's great street food available 5 mins away from bab taghzoute, or a lovely restaurant called limoni for something more upmarket.
cant wait to go back in the spring!
This riad is just magical! It has a lot of common space where you can spend your time outside of your room and enjoy your time in the riad:a beautiful yard full of flowers lit with candles in the evening, a cosy 'grand salon' to play games and a lovely sunny terrace on the roof with a mountajn view (though you vae to stay on your toes to see it;)) rooms with little but perfectly arranged bathrooms and most comfortable bed sheets we've slept in!;) breakfast are huge and delicious and the best service in morocco! The English speaking house mangers Big Rashid and Little Rashid took excellant care of us! Showed us around, helped with many useful tips and were really friednly guys;) I'm sorry that you were not there Alan and Kate, I wish I could meet people who arranged this place:)
It's great to hear that you enjoyed our riad. We have tried to make it friendly and comfortable, as it is our holiday home as well as a business. Glad you liked the breakfasts; we do too and we always put on lots of weight when we are there. Rashida is a wonderful cook and next time, you must try one of her dinners - delicious. We are lucky to have the two Rachids. They are great guys and an asset to the riad. We will be back in December - can't wait. Alan & Kate
I enjoyed it so much the first time that when my travel plans changed unexpectedly I decided to come back at the end of my trip. I wasn't disappointed. It's a lovely spot and I recommend it!
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Hi - we're Alan and Kate Elliott and fell in love with Marrakech 12 years ago when we bought and restored our beautiful riad. We enjoy helping other people to experience exotic Marrakech with it's hidden riads, winding lanes and warm and welcoming people and we especially love the mix of traditional and contemporary in the city.
Our staff also love to share their city with guests and nothing is too much troub le for them.
Come and experience this fascinating city and culture for yourselves