Typical Moroccan riad, with a nice courtyard surrounded by rooms. A little hard to find, especially if you search it with the suitcase, surrounded by street boys who want to 'help' you and then ask you exorbitant tips.
The riad is beautiful and well furnished and decorated, with elegant and comfortable rooms, even if a little cold in winter: I suggest you to switch the air conditioner on as soon as you arrive and keep open the bathroom's door, so as to heat it as well.
There is no window on the street: it is definitely an advantage for privacy and tranquility, but, in this way, the room is a little dark and it is difficult to change the air. Bring a tablet with you and take advantage of the free wi-fi, because there is only one satellite channel in English.
The door of the room is not insulated, so you'll hear the noise from the courtyard (one night we were woken up by some guests a bit noisy). The breakfast is good and the rooms are tidied up often and well, even though we would have liked some fresh towels more.
The staff is friendly and polite, but you get used to the Moroccan rhythms: then you should not be in a hurry! Also, expect that they try to sell you something, as every good Moroccan: eg. the hammam of the hotel, which we think is a bit expensive (we suggest the Koutoubia Spa, on the road from the riad to Jemaa El-Fna). However, any request by our side was always met with great kindness.
We made little use of the beautiful terrace because of the cold air, but the view over the city and surroundings is very very beautiful.
The riad is little away from the Jemaa El Fna square, but don't let that scare you: it's worth doing some nice walks in the alleys of the city!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for good value accommodation Riad Bahia is the best choice to spend a memorable vacation and delightful comfort.Its original style and decor that unites Morocco with the Far East takes you back to the warm of oriental nights. Ideally located in Marrakech, at the heart of the old Medina, just 10 minutes on foot from the magical palace of Jamaa el Fena and the Souks and very close to the Museum of Marrakech and near to the old jewish square Mellah, 50 meters from the Bahia Palace, 5 minutes walk far of Saadian tombs. Also just 5 minutes in car to reach golf royal palm ... Its seven spacious rooms are built around a luminous patio. Decorated in a highly Oriental atmosphere.The rooms are extremely proportioned and generously provide all the refinement and prestige that a visitor would expect . Savour the finest Moroccan cuisine experience, the restaurant is informal and excellent, with typical Moroccan dishes cooked and served to perfection. Our SPA is available for good treatments done by courteous and well-trained people. In all our treatments we use fresh natural products and always of excellent quality. Enjoy a moment of pure pleasure in traditionnal moroccan hammam with relaxing massage makes Riad Bahia a piece of paradise on earth. Available to traditional treatments. Finally a sunny terrace a marvellous environment for relaxation offers panoramic views of the Medina's roofs and the famous Atlas Mountains. It's a solarium during the day and a cool heaven at night where you can enjoy a romantic dinner by candles. Riad Bahia is situated in a calm quarter in the Medina, well suited for a stop and an ideal starting point for exploring the city on foot ( just 10 minutes on foot from Jamaa el fena square ). ... more less
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