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“5 minutes away from Djama el Fnaa” 3 of 5 stars
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Dar Balthazar
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   32, Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #229 of 1,149 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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65 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“5 minutes away from Djama el Fnaa”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We spent two nights here. The first night was in the lower room ("Artaban") although we had reserved (and paid) for a better room ("Encens"). This room was noisy : people knocked at the door every 30 minutes (often some friends of the "night guard"), and the breakfast was prepared at 5:30AM (with the kitchen stuck to our room...).

We had to complain to get a better room ("Melchior") which was far better. Still, it was noisy due to the "night guard" friends that spent the night under our windows discussing and listening to music.

You also need to know that sometimes, you get stuck in the street, in front of the Dar, without being able to get in because the staff is not here : happened to us twice, once at night.

But the location is good : 5 minutes away from Djama el Fnaa and 4 minutes away from the Medersa.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank CapablancaTraveller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed in this beautyful Riad in total 6 days. Nice, quite and clean rooms and close to all Sightseeing points. The people that are working there are really friendly and helped us to find good places for shopping, diner and tours. We enjoyed staying there and would recommend this place.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Sandkorn82
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Porto Alegre, RS
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My daughter and I stayed at Riad Dar Balthazar for 4 nights and couldn't have wished for a best riad. The bedrooms were well furnished and spotlessly clean. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful Nothing was too much trouble. The courtyard and fountain were just great for relaxing with a cold drink after a busy day sightseeing.  It was an fantastic stay and very refreshing for us.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Alma M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Very nice hotel for a pleasant stay in Marrakech. The room was clean and and in very good shape. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the included breakfest is delicious! I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Rokcetcm
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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

A very authentic riad, matches Marrakech perfectly. From the noise and excitement of the narrow medina streets to the tranquility of the courtyards and roof of the riad.The staff was very friendly and very eager to help in any way possible. The breakfast was amazing. Its the ideal base to explore the shopping areas. Deffinately book the taxi transfers from/to the riad . excellent experience, very good value for money. If I ever happen to be at Marrakech again, I will definitely try to go there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jesse s
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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I can not recommend this Riad and it does for sure not deserve the superb rating. Just after booking i got an email asking for cash payment on arrival, a lot of text in big printed letters, what can be expected and what not *as there is no cheese in Morocco&* for example. Not very inviting and not also not corresponding to the text< book now, you will be charged by booking out.
I pay the invoice and got only a hand written invoice, not even the name of the Riad Balthazar was printed. The usual cards with a map of the place are not existing, even if the place is not easy to be found, especially not in the night, as a portal door is closed after dinner. It happend also more then once to me as well as to other guests that we had to wait at least 10 minutes in the night until the young man who should stay in the Riad to open the door finally heard the repeatedly ringing of the door bell, as he was in a house next door.
The very positive point in Riad Balthazar, apart of the lovely building as it self, is the manager, Nadja, who gave her best to make up for the disappointing fact, that not all room are air conditioned, despite the description on hotels.com. and with a temperature of 48Celsius in July this is a serious issue. After consulting per telephone the owners, two sisters living in Paris, i was offered an other room but had to pay extra 5 Euros per day. I was guest in the Riad Carina and the Riad Diana as well and can not understand the rating in relation to these other two Riads. The difference is huge.
I made some suggestions before leaving, that for example a welcome tea would be nice, as it is usual all over Marrakech. I would not get back to this Riad again and think that the text of all rooms are air conditioned is a serious offence and should be corrected.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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6 Thank the_freestones
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Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

That's incredible find a so calm place in the middle of cahotic moroccan medina. Riad is amazing, fresh and very clean. Rooms, beds, toilets and showers are confortable and calm. Air conditioning system works good. Room staff re-set the room every morning very well. Breakfast is enough and natural (no supermarket products or instant food). What is really wanderful and excellent is riad staff that make guest feel like in a morocccan family. The can speak several languages and are able to host different kind of tourists. They also gives to guest detailed touristic information maps and can arrange tours all around Marrakech area and also out of it! Manager is a young moroccan boy really kind and open minded. he can also cook very well moroccan cousine. We tried it and it was deliciouse and arranged in a romantic atmosphere room! Table set was romantic for a couple! I can recommend to try at least one time a dinner in riad. Finally considering prices are very competitive considering the quality of the service I can say that are not expensive at all.
If I have a good friend that ask me a place to stay in Morocco I can recommend Riad Dar Balthazar and I am sure I do good figure with him!
I am sure I will return to this riad in future!
Honestly, Luca(from Italy) and Maki(from Japan).

Room Tip: Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner. Quiet place. Very well organized riad's staff.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank GLM1972
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Address: 32, Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #229 of 1,149 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Balthazar 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Bab Doukkala in the Marrakech medina, Dar Balthazar is an elegant riad with personal service. It is a 10-minute walk from the souks and Jemaa El Fna square.There is a bathroom with traditional Moroccan tiles in every guest room. There are 2 rooms and 3 suites. The suites also feature air conditioning and a balcony that looks over the courtyard and fountain.Guests are invited to relax in the lounge with satellite TV, or around the fireplace. ... more   less 
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