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“An oasis in the heart of the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Alboraq
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   49, derb taht sour lakbir | zaouia al abbassia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #64 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“An oasis in the heart of the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Wonderful Riad, beautifully presented with lovely and helpful staff. We went to Marrakech to celebrate a birthday and the experience in the Riad certainly added to a great trip. Marie-Josee made sure that we found our way around the city and helped us to book any restaurants or activities that we wanted to do. The night porter helped us to get taxis if we needed them and was often waiting for us in the car park when we got in for the evening to escort us back to the Riad. We ate in the Riad twice and they were the best meals we had of the whole trip - definitely worth staying in for! Overall a wonderful trip and we would recommend Riad Alboraq to everyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The most amazing staff we ever met! The Riad was very nice, beautiful room, seperate bathroom, and excactly as magical and maroccan looking as we hoped for. But what really makes the Riad what it is, is Marie-Joseé and her colleagues. Marie-Joseé showed us around, recommanded ans helped us book our acctivities, and gave excellent service over nice cups of morracoan tea. It really made the riad very homly and the oase you need in this city.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Our trip to Marrakech was made by our stay at Riad Alboraq. We were met at the airport by Abdou who transported us to the square near the riad. There waiting was Marie, who showed us to the riad to settle in and then to the main square to begin our adventure in Marrakech. It is said many times, that it is the people that make a place special, and this could not be more true in the case of Riad Alboraq. The highlight of my trip was the night that Sieda allowed me to help her cook the nights meal. The gesture meant so much to me and I will always remember cooking with her. I had read in earlier reviews that the riad was in a seedy part of town. The main thing to know is that everything inside the medina could be concidered a seedy part of town simply because the people living there are poor and live in second/third-world conditons. However, the people of Marrakech are very sweet - albeit sometimes extreamly pushy. To get the true experience of the area, staying within the medina and in the maze of streets is a must.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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El Sobrante, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

We can't say enough praise for Riad El Boraq and it's owner Yves and manager in training, Marie-Josee`. We stayed for 4 days in November of 2011. We were pleasantly surprised by the warm greeting by the driver who picked us up from the train station ( gratis) even though our train was almost one hour late. Upon arriving at the riad we were greeted by Yves and Marie-Josee` not as paying customers, but as long lost family. The Riad which has been beautifully remodeled by Yves and his wife , reflects both Moroccan and French decor. The riad is spotlessly clean, the staff was friendly and very accommodating and the service was impeccable.
Needless to say we highly recommend Riad El Boraq to anyone who is planning a trip to Marrakesh.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

the riad is very nice and clean even though not very big. our room was very cosy, not too big but very stylish. the riad is situated in medina but in the quiet part, so not far from the main turist attractions but with no disturbance from the streets.
the swimingpool is lovely, it still might be cold in spring (my son didn't care). the roof terrace is awesome! perfect place to relax.
the staff is amazing! yves gives lots of good advice.
totally recommended!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Riad Alboraq, which provided a wonderful base from which to discover Marrakech. Yves was particularly helpful with a number of appropriate dining recommendations to take our 5 children. The Riad itself was an oasis of calm, and we were very well looked after by the Ayesha also. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

My partner and I, together with two other friends, spent four nights at Al Boraq on our first visit to Marrakech.

The riad is very comfortable and decorated in a traditional and stylish way. It is only 10-15 minutes walk from the Museum and one of the main entrances to the Souk. The short walk provides the opportunity to see a more "real" and less toutistic area of the city with lots of local shops and a small local market every afternoon.

Yves, the owner, and the entire staff is extremely kind and helpful. He gave us a very nice introduction to Marrakech on our first day, walking to and through the souk with us. He helped us with restaurant bookings and taxis. Smiro is always smiling and always there to help day AND night (we tested it when our friends due to arrive in the evening arrived at 8 the following morning because of a delayed flight and missed connection - he stayed up all night to wait for them and give them advice on the phone). Aicha ensures that the rooms are impeccable and Saiida makes the best chicken and lemon tajine.
Last but not least, the transfer from the airport to the riad on arrival is offered by Yves.
The only thing we could not enjoy was the terrace, but it was nobody's fault - it just rained most of the time. So we will have to go back and will definitevely stay at Al Boraq again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 49, derb taht sour lakbir | zaouia al abbassia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 1,071 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Alboraq 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By opening our doors, we open the heart of the Medina with its mysteries, its magnetism and its friendly hospitality. Riad Al Boraq will give you a genuine experience in the heart of the Medina just 15 minutes from the famous “Djamaa El Fna”, in the Sidi Bel Abbes' neighborhood which was one of the seven saints of Marrakech ...The pure Zen style of the riad combines with a friendly and professional service to ensure you a memorable experience. ... more   less 
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