Myself and partner stayed in the Bel Haj for 3 nights in April 2011. We were meant to be staying at another Riad, however one week prior to our stay we were informed that they were overbooked and we would need to find alternative accommodation. Despite a panic at the time, I'm now secretly delighted because our stay at Bel Haj couldn't have been more perfect.
Situated down a side street, as soon as you step into the Bel Haj it is as if you have stepped into a secret oasis - away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. On arrival to the Riad we were greeted with mint tea and biscuits. We were then given a map, advice on where to go and shown up to our room. We stayed in the Meknes Room and I absolutely fell in love with it. Authentically Moroccan, it was beautifully finished and we couldn't have asked for more. Great value for money.
After spending our first day wandering the souqs and squares of Marrakech, we returned to the Bel Haj where we had arranged to have a meal on the roof terrace. The meal itself was absolutely beautiful, consisting of several courses of traditional Moroccan cuisine. It turned out to be one of the best meals we had in Morocco and I would highly recommend anyone staying here (or at the sister Riads) should try at least one meal here. Mid-way through the meal my boyfriend proposed (after 9 years of waiting!) - so it turned out to be a perfect night all round!
The rest of our stay at the Bel Haj was faultless, starting with beautiful breakfasts on the roof terrace consisting of breads, jams, yoghurts and mint teal. The location of the Riad is also perfect – a mere 5 minute stroll from the main square and souqs – exactly where you want to be to take in the main sights and sounds of Marrakech.
We fell in love with Marrakech. We stayed there for 3 nights before heading up the Atlas, but managed to cover most of the main sights and get a real feel for the place. Wandering the souqs in an absolute must, as is a visit to the Jardin Majorelle (beautiful), a trip to the Jeema el Fna at night to watch the entertainers and having a traditional Hamman. We pre-booked a Hamman and massage at Les Bains du Marrakech which was one of the highlights of our stay. It's pricier than other spas (as most of the other reviews suggest), but worth every penny in my opinion!
Overall I cannot recommend the Bel Haj enough. Before we went to Marrakech I had spent hours researching the various Riads and I can honestly say that the Bel Haj was perfect - the perfect location, beautiful rooms, great food and wonderful staff. We can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cool, calm riad situated only moments from the bustle and excitement of the Place Jemaa el Fna, Riad Bel Haj is a haven of peace and tranquility in the Medina of Marrakech. The riad has been lovingly renovated and beautifully decorated to create a contemporary yet comfortable home for visitors to Marrakech. Traditional Moroccan materials and craftsmanship have been used to great effect and there are all the modern refinements guests would expect such as air conditioning, free WiFi Internet access and iPod docking stations. The riad is perfectly located in a well lit and easy to find derb, close to Bab Ksour and only two minutes from the Place Jemaa el Fna or the entrance to the souks. The nearest vehicular access is 50 metres from the front door and Riad Bel Haj is also close to the shops and restaurants of modern day Marrakech in the Gueliz district. ... more less