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“More then perfect stay in a calm place. ” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Baba Ali
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   74 Derb Baba Ali | Moukef, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #190 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Leiden, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“More then perfect stay in a calm place. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend stayed in this riad for 3nights. We had to get used to the fact that you have to wander trough a small maze before you can enter the riad. But it turns out you'll remind it quite easy (3 rights, 1 left). It's true that there are allways some children hanging around and they will always try to 'help' you, by showing the way although you know it yourself. We never gave them money, always told them when they were coming along that it wasn't necsesary and just ignored them. Seemed to work, because we never had problems with them.

Beside this, the riad is a very nice play to stay. You won't notice anything from the hussle and bussle of busy Marrakech. Our room was realy cool, quiet and dark at night. It looked and was also very clean.

The staff was very polite and kind every time and nothing was too much asked. One night, we wanted to go to a restaurant, but we only had the adress. So we asked the owner of the riad to call a cab. He offered to bring us, because going by cab would be expensive and would take some time because of a complicated route. We told him it was to much, but he insisted. So we agreed and we took of. We rode trough Marrakech by night with two scooters (a friend of him came too) trough a maze of alleys and finally arrived at the restaurant. When we finished we just had to ring him and there they were again! It was a very cool experience and way more then he needed to do.

So, to sum up: if you just have the guts to tell the kids at the door no, you will have a wonderfull time with a more then friendly owner and staff.

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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

My sister and I stayed here in early June and it was one of the best parts of staying in Marrakech. It was a little quiet oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the medina.

The rooms are gorgeous and clean and lovely and a nice size. We had the room at the very top so we felt like we had the whole rooftop to ourselves.

The lovely Marouane who works there, brought our breakfast and dinner up there every day, and it was absolutely amazingly delicious. We totally fell in love with him by the way, he was so sweet and helpful and always told us if we'd spent too much on a scarf or pair of shoes after a hard day of shopping and bargaining.

The Riad itself is beautiful, with a little pool in the middle of the courtyard, wireless Internet down in the lounge area so we could upload our photos every night to make people terribly jealous on Facebook, while Marouane made us tea.

We thought it was in a great location as it allowed us to go for a walk to the main square every day (and get lost pretty much every time) and stumble upon beautiful places. Like a carpet shop which happened to have previously been a palace.

It's also crazy how when it's 35c and hot and dusty outside you walk into the Riad and its lovely and cool inside. It's amazing how the houses were designed.

Marouane helped us plan where we wanted to go, how to get there, how much it should cost. And he also helped shoo away the throng of neighbourhood kids who would follow us to the riad, singing the whole way. Presumably rude songs about us but oh well.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Riad Baba Ali!!!!
Beautiful, friendly lovely people, great value for money, amazing food.

One tip about Marrakech in general - have a coin purse full of change ready otherwise you will spend $100 a day giving people money for "helping" you turn left when you were turning left anyway, and to give to the beggars. Oh and watch out for the henna ladies in the main square. They will grab your hands and start painting even when you say no, and then get abusive if you don't pay up.

xxx

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Myself and my wife are well travelled and on the first day of our trip we couldn't find this riad. A guy offered to show us the directions, when we got to the large brown door of riad Baba Ali he asked for 2000 Dirham. We couldn't pay this money as we didn't have it on us. The lady Nicola came out from the riad and told us to run inside. We experienced this throughout our trip in the madina. The riad has no directions and has kids begging outside on the steps. I strongly recommend you staying outside the madina. We ended up moving to the new part of Marrakech and just travelling in by taxi.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I would not stay in this hotel or ever recommend it to anybody looking for an enjoyable stay in Marrakech. After being told by the owner and his Partner that our rental car would be secure and safe, we set out to enjoy Marrakech. On the second day I decided to check the car and relised it had been scratched on every panel, mirror and back wippers broken. As we had been told by the owner Mathiue it was a secure place with security, he accepted responsibility and said "what ever the cost he would pay it". He then said " he spoke to the police and we would not have any cost". when we returned the car, the total damages came to 500 Euro. We have not been able to contact him since by email or phone. The location of this riad is very dangerous especially for women!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

The riad is really beautiful and rooms are splendid.
It's very close from the souk and the Jamaa el Fna square so very convenient for sightseeing.The Home-made and fresh cooking was delicious. Moreover, the staff was very welcoming and friendly. We spent 2 wonderful nights. Unforgetable, that's my word !
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011 via mobile

Lovely riad, clean and beautifully decorated. Inside was very calm and quiet which was a welcome relief after a day negotiating the crazy streets of Marrakech. Staff were very polite, friendly and easy going. Top tip: book direct with the riad and take advantage of the complementary private airport transfers.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

I stayed here in August 2011 for seven nights and was sorely disapointed. This is due to the excellent reviews previous vistors have left on Trip advisor. During the first half of the stay the owner of the Riad Mathieu was away in France and the Riad was manned by the staff. I noticed a huge change of behaviour/service when he returned but I'm sure he would have been horrified to see what was going on when he wasn't there.

When I arrived at the airport I was met by the driver who would take me to Baba Ali as arranged with Mathieu as promised. I was pleased by this (30 EUR for return). On arrival to the Riad I was greeted by a young male who explained he would be looking after me during my stay and he would be spending nights in the Riad as he had night shifts.

He helped me to the Riad which is located in a maze of winding back streets. We finally reached the Riad where I was offered breakfast and refreshments and my luggage was taken to my room. The young gentleman then provided me with a map of Marrakech and a map of how to get back to Baba Ali from the main streets which proved very useful. The young gentlemen asked if I was going to dinner later and he asked if he could suggest a resturant which he knew and I allowed this. After we had eaten we had a look around the souks which are located approximately ten minutes away from the riad and as a well travelled person to third world Countries I knew what was happening... The gentleman was trying to obtain commission from shop keepers and resturant owners by bringing guests from the Riad to the businesses. I was most shocked/annoyed at this. Fair enough if the gentleman was a stranger on the street but he was an employee of the Riad. I am very sure Mathieu did not know about this. This added to the fact that there were always children outside the Riad who would pester you for money and hail cabs without your prior permission and try to grab Dirhams from you as the driver give you your change. My advice is not to give them anything as they become very aggressive and abusive. They are also somewhat a nuisence to the Riad as they constantly bang on the door and ring the doorbell.

I also found that the staff were quite rude and often spoke about me in French. What really disapointed me the most about this Riad was how unlucky I was to have stayed there while the owner was away because I had a very bad experience in this Riad.

There is a pool in the Riad which is very small and not heated and I noticed a lot of bugs and insects by it which was very unsanitary. On that note I also noticed a few hairs in my breakfast on several occassions and the food at the Riad looked and tasted very much so home made at restuarant prices.

The most positive thing I could say about the service was that the rooms were always cleaned properly by the lady who wears a head scarf... I think her name was Helema. She was always polite eventhough she didn't speak English. Although I was provided with one bar of soap for the entirity of my stay by the hand basin which was not replenished eventhough it was clear it was in need of replacing.

I would suggest to stay somewhere else other than this Riad as the location is very bad due to the children outside and the staff being so rude - playing loud music, laughing loudly early mornings, and even smoking in the Riad??!

I wouldn't recommend this Riad on my first trip to Morocco and would offer the advice that almost everybody I met there tried to con me or rip me off. Never take the first price they ask and barter it down to at least two thirds of what they have asked of you.

It's such a shame as the Riad relies heavily on it's reputation from Trip advisor...

- One very unhappy customer from London.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 74 Derb Baba Ali | Moukef, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #190 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Baba Ali 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Not far from Medersa Ben Youssef and the museum of Marrakech, after to have probably crossed the carrying ones bread, at the bottom of the derb Baba Ali “name celebrates in our imaginary”, you will find the door of your Riad. Strike, then… ... more   less 
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