shukrannumberone - Marrakech, Morocco
Just lovely - Sep 30, 2019
No words needed! This Hotel ist just wonderful! Beautiful. Authentic. Peaceful. Well maintained. Friendly. Gorgeous. Pleasant. Organic. Anti Modern. Green. With turtles. Great service. Wonderful breakfast. All in all. Our favorite spot in Marrokko.« less

   Luffy077 -
A wonderful riad you don't want to miss - Jul 10, 2019
I and my wife stayed in riad Jardin Secret on 16 Jun. We had already stayed in a couple of riads in the other cities but we felt they are the best. The riad is well designed with many beautiful detials. Manager Hajji was very kind and friendly to us. I felt sick that day and Hajji made some hot tea for me without asking. We also had the honor to meet the owners which were a kind French couple with an adorable baby boy. We enjoyed the stay so much and hope can return in our next trip to Marrakech.« less

   MissSatine - Ghent, Belgium
A magical place with an amazing staff - Mar 5, 2019
It was my first trip to Marrakech and I think I couldn't stayed at a better place than this gorgeous riad. Absolute beauty in every corner and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. No request is to much for them and "Mr Happy" is always smiling! A real joy to stay here.There is a mosque very close so the call for the morning prayer is quite loud very early in the morning but that adds to the charm of Marrakech once you get used to it.The owners of this place are European and it shows in the subtile fashionable accents everywhere.« less

   Natalie P - New York City, New York
Wonderful Experience - Jan 23, 2019
My friends and I stayed at this Riad during a three day trip to Marrakesh and we had a wonderful experience! The inside of the Riad is ornate and charming, and the rooms are just lovely. In addition, the staff is extremely accommodating and kind. If you are traveling to Marrakesh, stay here, you will love it.« less

   jkobilka -
Beautiful riad, but uncomfortable Studio - Jan 13, 2019
My wife and I stayed at Riad Jardin Secret for 3 nights over the New Year holiday 2018/2019 as part of a three-week tour of Morocco. We discovered the riad through dozens of beautiful photos shared by guests and the official account on Instagram, and we were excited to have a comfortable and relaxing home base for our adventures, while enjoying the accessibility of Marrakech’s historic medina, or old town. As advertised, the riad is impeccably designed, with intricate Moroccan architectural details, plasterwork, and tiling, seamlessly meshed with tasteful photography and modern touches personally curated by the riad’s French owners. The lush greenery of the courtyard are surrounded by several casual sitting areas where you can enjoy mint tea or a unique vegetarian meal, provided for you by an eager and friendly staff. Hajib, the day manager while we were there, was an amazingly helpful and attentive steward of the riad, personally attending to almost everything. The trademark pink rooftop terrace provided an especially gorgeous sanctuary from the noise and bustle of the medina.Breakfast was lovely; the traditional Moroccan riad breakfast consisted of an assortment of pastries, fresh fruit, juice, and yogurt. There are a few other treats to order as well, such as healthy blended fruit and nut bowls, pancakes, or oatmeal. We were also excited to try lunch and dinner — several other reviews had us excited for innovative, healthy, vegetarian cuisine (a rarity in Morocco!) but, unfortunately, the day we saved to dine in happened to coincide with the chef’s day off. This wasn’t communicated to us in advance, so our plans sadly fell through. Definitely inquire about lunch/dinner availability well in advance so you don’t miss out. Our biggest issues centered around our room, the Studio. Billed as an apartment for periodic artists in residence, the photos online show a comfortable-looking bedroom connected to a charming studio/study by a patio/lounge area. In fact, the space is quite roomy and well-designed, as with the rest of the riad, but on our first night, several shortcomings became uncomfortably evident. The first questionable thing was that the Studio is actually comprised of a section of the floor that was never intended to be a cohesive unit; in fact, it’s only separated from the rest of the riad by a makeshift plywood division, with a “door” cut out. The door’s sturdy latch can be sealed from either side with a padlock, so security is not an issue, but the plywood division doesn’t even seal off the full height of the archway into which it’s fastened, letting in noise from the rest of the common space. The end result feels very makeshift, like one is staying in a friend’s backyard shed rather than in an intentionally and consciously crafted space. Further, the patio/lounge area connecting the various rooms is indeed unique and eclectic — but it’s also very open. The railing looks over a (cute and well-designed) seating area used primarily by kitchen staff, and noise from the kitchen works its way through at all hours. There is no angle that allows other guests or employees to see into the Studio, but it is still unsettling at night — not to mention cold. An illusion of privacy can be had by unwrapping the thin, gauzy curtains, but they do very little for noise or heat retention. A single Moroccan rug in the hallway provides little comfort when making a chilly run to the bathroom.The bedroom simply isn’t comfortable. The bed itself is hard, springy, and sagging, while the sheets are stiff and scratchy. The door to the bedroom helps retain heat in the winter (provided by a portable space heater) as well as shuts out noise from aforementioned open areas, but the door handle is temperamental and difficult to open in the middle of the night. The Studio itself is lovely, a collection of art and tools for a working artist. It’s certainly not something that can be found easily anywhere else. It unfortunately, however, isn’t very functional for non-artist guests. The bathroom is functional and charming, but tiny. The shower provided daily challenges with temperature management and splashing. The sink leashed leaked a little into the garbage can below. As a residence for artists, the Studio make sense. However, as a comfortable sanctuary for paying guests, it falls short. As a result, we never truly were able to relax at the riad, which was particularly frustrating after a hectic day at the souks. Many of our issues could be fairly straightforward fixes: a new bed; a more permanent (and full-height) entryway; some heavy curtains to cover the patio; some additional rugs; and general basic maintenance would go a long way to making the space more homey and inviting. However, as it currently is, I’d certainly caution guests who expect a comfortable, relaxing stay.« less