My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Bel Haj on what was our first visit to Marrakech. Hidden away like many Riads down an alley behind a solid front door the Bel Haj reveals itself as a quiet oasis away from the nearby madness of the Medina and Place Jemaa el Fna, itself only 5 minutes walk from the front door. The ground floor of the Bel Haj features a quiet tiled area with small plunge pool, squashy leather pouffes and table for enjoying mint tea on arrival or a quiet drink from the honesty bar in the Salon. The Salon on the ground floor also has Satellite TV and DVD for guests use if they feel the need to catch up with the real world during their stay, plus comfy lounging sofas and a selction of reading for thse quiet moments. There is also a small dining room on the ground floor where you can take breakfast or enjoy an eveing meal as an alternative to the roof terrace. The roof terrace has a number of sun loungers together with a berber tented area underneath which we enjoyed breakfast while listening to the sounds of Marrakech waking up and the nearby Koutoubia Mosque calling devotees to prayer. Our bedroom, the Rabat room, was nicely furnished with king size bed, soft cotton bedding and throw, plus lovely big soft pillows. There was plenty of wardrobe space, a safe for your valuables, and an iPod dock for your entertainment. The bathroom featured traditional Tadelakt walls and a huge bath/shower that delivered a wonderful soak at the end of a dusty day in the Souks. The staff at the Bel Haj were always bright, cheerful and attentive to your every need, preparng breakfast on request at seemingly any late hour, and providingmint tea or coffee at any time of asking. Aziz, the night staff, was especially helpful to us when we returned to the Bel Haj unexpectedly after our return flight was cancelled due to the ash cloud and we were forced to spend an extra 3 nights in Marrakech. Aziz contacted the manageress Amal for us and after finding us a room at the Bel Haj sister property the Riad Adore, Aziz escorted us there personally, making sure we were clear on where we were in the Medina and how to find our way.
Overall our stay at Riad Bel Haj was very enjoyable. There are many Riads in the Medina, at every price range and in every style, but if you are looking for a small property (Bel Haj has only 4 rooms) in a great location (2 mins walk from Bab Ksour gate and taxi stop) and with loads of traditional style and great staff at a very competitive price then Bel Haj should fit the bill for you. We will be recommending to family and friends!
- 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