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“Perfect Stay in the Perfect Riad - 10/10!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Bel Haj
60 Derb Moulay Abdellah Ben Hssaine | Ksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #195 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Perfect Stay in the Perfect Riad - 10/10!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

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!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Azzouna, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, July 21, 2011
Dear Guests. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely long review of your stay in Riad Bel Haj. We could not be more thrilled to have provided the ideal location for a proposal! Congratulations to you both. We are delighted to hear that everything more than lived up to your expectations and hope that you will come back to visit again soon - maybe your honeymoon? Best regards Nikki and Stuart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights and had a truly amazing time at the Riad Bel Haj. The Location is great with close and easy access to both the place de jemaa el fna and the souks. The staff were lovely and beyond helpful, with the manager Amal able to answer our questions and recommend restaurants and the lovely owners Stuart and Nicky always on hand if you need anything else. I would recommend the Riad Bel Haj or any of the sister Riads to anyone. Thank you for a lovely holiday, Tom and Jem

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear Thomas and Jemma, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Riad Bel Haj. We are delighted that you had such a great time and would like to say that you were lovely guests. We hope to be able to welcome you back to Marrakech in the future. All the best Nikki and Stuart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011 via mobile

Stayed between 27 - 31st may, the riad was amazingly beautiful, very clean and the staff are very nice and helpfull.

Emma the manager speaks perfect english and the night porters english is very good as well. While we were there the night porter walked us to a restaurant and emma organised the transfers to the airport.

There is also a honesty bar in the riad which is very cheap €3 for a beer and €15 for a bottle of wine (which is much cheaper than the restaurants.

On the third night we ate in the riad the food was great there was lamb tagine with prunes and chicken tagine and a starter salad. Which cost €20 per person.

I would definetly suggest you eat in the raid one night expescially if you are not arriving till late. We ate in a different restaurant on the first night in the same street which cost roughly £65.00

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear guest, we would like to thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and are delighted to hear that you felt your dinner in the riad was both delicious and reasonably priced because we take great pride in our cuisine at Riad Bel Haj. We really appreciate your kind words about the food, the riad and the staff and we hope to welcome you back to stay with us again in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

The moment we walked in to this beautiful serene oasis we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the riad and the warm welcome from the staff there. Mohammed the night guard was wonderful during our stay and was such a pleasure to see in the evening.
The other staff were so pleasant and helpful and were more than happy to give us the lowdown on where to go and what to do in Morocco.

We were lucky that we happened to be the only guests in the riad during our stay and it was perfect! The rooms were so spacious and clean and nothing could be faulted. The calm feeling of the riad along with the complimentary Moroccan tea was always a welcome haven to come back to after the hustle and bustle of the souks and the square.

Being a young group of travelers we really appreciated how safe and welcome everyone at the riad made us feel. They treated us with the utmost respect and were always more than happy to try and fulfill any request or answer any questions we had!

I can't stop telling my friends that they must visit this beautiful city and there isn't anywhere else i would more highly recommend than Riad Bel Haj.

Thank you for the most magical holiday x

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear Chantelle, We would like to say a very big thank you for writing such a lovely review of Riad Bel Haj. We are delighted that you had such a great time in Marrakech and we know that our staff enjoyed having you as guests in the riad. Please come back again or send your friends to visit - we will make sure they receive a warm welcome! Best regards Nikki and Stuart
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

Riad Bel Haj is a hidden serene haven, from the moment we arrived we were all mesmerized by its traditional aesthetic. The staff were beyond helpful and extremely friendly and courteous. They provided us with a map and in detail told us where we should and should not go. This, as a group of young first time travelers, was extremely helpful. The Riad is situated perfectly (a few minutes walk from the souks, but hidden from the hustle and bustle of the Square). I would highly recommend this Riad to anyone going to Marrekech.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear Mel, thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review for Riad Bel Haj. We are so pleased that you and your friends had a great time in Marrakech and that the riad more than lived up to your expectations. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and we hope to see you again at Riad Bel Haj. Best regards Nikki and Stuart
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

i recently stayed in Riad Bel Haj for 4 nights, from the moment we arrived we recieved the best care and service from the staff. Our transport from the airport was previously arranged and could not have been easier, as we arrived in the late evening on the first day we had a 3 course dinner cooked for us by the Riad's staff, this was an excellent dinner to start our perfect stay. the staff always went above and beyond their call of duty for us, explaining the best places to go and helping us arrange camel rides (a must for anyone visiting morocco). The room sizes were perfect and you could always guarantee returning to a room cleaned to the highest standard, the Riad was such a relaxing place to come back to after spending the days exploring the city, we could not have asked for more from this brillaint Riad, here you experience everything you hope for ,while in morocco. Cant wait to visit again, and hope to very soon x

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear guest, we really appreciate your kind words about Riad Bel Haj and are delighted to know that you enjoyed staying with us. We are very proud of the riad and our wonderful staff so it is lovely to hear that we managed to live up to and even exceed your expectations. Do come back again soon! Best regards Nikki and Stuart
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

were to start?! Marrakesh itself is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich places i have experienced. the Riad Bel Haj was a beautiful luxurious relaxed haven away from the hussle and bussle of the city , the Riad has everything you need and more , a real treat. every detail of the Riad had been carefully considered with attention to detail .when we arrived we couldn't believe it , the Bel Haj was like something you can only imagine , a perfect place to stay for our Moroccan adventure , the staff were incredible so lovely ! , nothing was too much to ask , they are on hand to help make your stay perfect , and always ensuring you are safe and happy and feel completely at home. from information about the city , trips and excursions they are most helpful in all areas. we really couldn't have asked for a more perfect holiday !

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stewie56, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Dear Tommie, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to leave such a lovely review about your stay at Riad Bel Haj. We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful holiday and that the riad and staff helped to make your experience of Marrakech so memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Riad Bel Haj at some time in the future. Best regards Nikki and Stuart
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Address: 60 Derb Moulay Abdellah Ben Hssaine | Ksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #195 of 1,043 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 

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