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“Home from home” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Ida Ou Balou
127, rue Bab Taghzout | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #593 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Home from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is the second time my wife and I have stayed at this riad, the first time was during our honeymoon back in April 2012 and we enjoyed our stay so much we promised to return. Jean-Pierre, his staff and the cats make this riad what it is, a relaxing and tranquil place to stay. The rooms are nicely decorated and very comfortable. Although it is not in a tourist area you benefit from seeing "the real" Marrakesh and it is only a short walk to the medina.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Initially, we were only booked to stay here for 3 nights, but after enjoying the Riad so much we extend our stay. The location is excellent and the rooms are comfortable and clean.

The staff went above and beyond, even taking us on an orientation walk through to the main square via the Souks. No request was too much and the staff were always friendly and attentive. We felt like we were at home.

This place is a must stay for those wanting an authentic taste of Marrakech with a quiet haven to come home to!

  • Stayed May 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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Nijeveen, Drenthe, Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Very nicely furnished, small hotel, with extremely helpful owner and staff, french and english speaking. Good breakfast, great dinner (to be ordered in the morning). Very nice location in non-touristic area, with very friendly inhabitants (also for women), great to enjoy the real Marrakshi daily life! Very quiet in the night, though. Main touristic sights are on walking distance, but there's a very good public bus-connection or cheap taxis. There's enough to be seen in Marrakesh and surroundings to stay at least one week!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mill, The Netherlands
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We are just back from our holliday and stayed for 10 days in this nice small riad. The service coudn't be better. We ate our breakfast there every day which was OK. The dinner we had for several times was very good. Hafida, was the woman who cooked the delicious traditional dinners in this riad for a low price( €10 to €15 pp). Sophiane was the host of this riad and helped us with all kinds of things like arranging excursions, serving the breakfast and dinner etc. All things we asked were possible. He always tried to help us out. We stayed in the Sahara room with a double bed, TV and shower and airco. The room was big enough and looked very romantic. The room was cleaned every day and if you needed a clean towel you only had to ask. The bathroom wich looked very nice was small but OK.
Before showering you had to turn a red switch to get hot water. The riad has a nice roofterrace with sunbeds but during the day it was too hot to stay there. It has no swimmingpool which was no problem for us. Because of Ramadan it was noisy on the street at night till 4 o'clock in the morning. But this is only during Ramadan. The riad is located in the Medina about 15 minutes walk to the Djema el Fna square. But it took us a week to find the way because you easily get lost. You can always take a taxi for about 20 to 25 Dirhams.

Room Tip: The Sahara room has a TV and a window and a good bed
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chemnitz, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

Our stay at this little riad was so relaxing. It is situated in a typical moroccan
residential area, but nobody took notice from us. We were like at home there. Jean-Pierre,
the owner of the riad is a very nice and humble and uncomplicated man, very friendly and helpful.It was a feeling like being a guest of a good old friend. When we left our room for going to the city we left the doors widely open and did not care about our laptpos or cellphones or passports-no problem.the rooms and bathrooms were clean, also the towels were fresh and white, wich is not always natural in every guest house. Breakfast was tasty with fresh squeezed orange juice. Wi fi is available for free. The room maid is a diligent and friendly woman and and the house assistant is a very tactful person. I can recommend this riad without any doubt.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

The Riad was serene and quiet, rooms were spotless, comfortable beds, Roof garden was a haven of beauty and tranquility and then there was the breakfasts...freshly squeezed orange juice and a selection of morrocan breads and spreads. The owner of the Riad was french and he spoke really good English. He and his colleague made us totally welcoming without being invasive. They gave us tips on how to get to the square, lessons in haggling and even bought us mint for our teapot.! I would definately go back a real hidden gem. 15 minutes away from the square and getting lost was part of the adventure. When you get too tired a cab is always on hand. Perfect!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 127, rue Bab Taghzout | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #593 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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