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“Traditional Friday couscous” 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 #197 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Traditional Friday couscous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I had a lovely lunch at this lovely riad in the heart of Marrakech's teaming medina. Couscous is a traditional Friday lunch for Moroccans. I must admit that while I have had couscous in the past it is not a favourite dish and certainly not one I would have ever thought to order. But when in Morocco...

Imagine my surprise and delight to discover a delicious meal. The dish was served with an assortment of slow cooked vegetables, and a crisp bread with which to scoop up the meal. The veggies were tender but far from over cooked and the dish was so plentiful I could not finish it. The meal concluded with orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon. Light, healthy and flavourful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I spent the most special week at Riad Bel Hag, you are made to feel that this is your home and the ladies that work there making breakfast and keeping the place spotless are very very lovely.
The location is just right and the roof terrace is amazing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a fairly small Riad, just four rooms. Decor is tasteful, rooms are not huge but enough room for storage etc. There is a nice size plunge pool, and a nice upper terrace for relaxing.
The staff are fab and nothing is too much trouble. The Riad does offer dinner and while tasty is expensive compared to elsewhere.
Location really is five mins from the main square, also close to car access so not too far to carry luggage.
I would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Our family of 4 spent 3 comfortable and enjoyable nights at Bel Haj. The staff were warm and welcoming. From the delicious home cooked roof top lunch upon arrival, to restaurant and tour guide bookings. Their attentiveness was much appreciated. ((They even helped out when our son was sick!)
The Riad location could not be beat. Close to the major sites, easy access to taxis, safe and comfortable to simply meander to and from. Our suites were comfortable, fresh and clean. The small size of the Riad made it feel like it was our own home away from home.
Mandy was immensely helpful. Providing local tips, engaging conversations, and a responsive last minute airport taxi booking. We would not have made our flight without her help.
We have already recommended your Pure Riad to friends back in Canada. Thx very much.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

An outstanding personal service enjoyed at Riad Bel Haj , Friendly attentive staff, who never found anything too much trouble. Luxurious furnishings, lashings of hot water, and great attention to detail throughout.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Azzouna, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Riad Bel Haj. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we are delighted that you had such a good time. Your kind words about our staff will be passed on to them and they will be delighted. We hope to see you again in Marrakech before too long.
Best Wishes, Stuart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed at another riad in the Pure Riads group but did come to visit this lovely riad which is located so close to the square and the souks - quite perfect. The owner, Stuart, invited us here for a drink before dinner on the roof terrace. It is a beautiful riad and we would not hesitate to recommend it . Thank you for a great evening !

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Azzouna, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Angela,
Thank you for your lovely review of Riad Bel Haj. It was a pleasure sharing a drink with you on the roof terrace and I do hope that, next time you come back to Marrakech, you will stay with us at Riad Bel Haj.
Best Wishes, Stuart, Owner - Pure Riads
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Stayed here with friends in April and had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect - from the superb locaton to the superb staff, the plunge pool and the rooms with excellent levels of comfort. Dined at a big dinner at Riad Adoreand had a hammam and massage at Riad Tzarra - both places owned by the same people. Also had a sublime driinks evening ion the roof terrace of Dar Hanane - possibly the best views of Marrakech. All in all, a great experience - huge thanks to Stuart and Mandy for organising such a great trip - we will be back !

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Azzouna, Owner at Riad Bel Haj, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a lovely review of Riad Bel Haj. We well remember your stay with us and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. The dinner party on the roof terrace of Riad Adore was memorable for us too. We are so glad that you managed to visit all our other riads and particularly happy to hear that you were able to take advantage of our hammam and massage experience at Riad Tzarra. We hope to be able to welcome you back to one of our riads again in the future.
Best Wishes, Stuart, Owner - Pure Riads
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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 #197 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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