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Riad ABHAR
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   4, Derb Toubib Rahba Kedima | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #41 of 187 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Riad Abhar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

A fantastic, traditional Riad. As a mother and daughter travelling to Marrakech for the first time we have been very happy with our accommodation. We wanted to do as traditional a holiday as we could and this place gave us the opportunity. The food was fantastic and we didn't have the same breakfast or dinner on any occasion. The staff were friendly and helpful when asked anything though the language barrier was an issue sometimes. Our room was cleaned, beds made and fresh towels left every day. A wonderful guide was arranged via the Riad, for free, to give us a tour and this was superb. To find a wonderful clean and welcoming place in the heart of the souks was amazing. Will definitely go back.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We returned here this year after an amazing stay last February. Last year had been a magical trip, staying in Riad Abhar with a lovely room, access to the superb roof terrace and the lovely breakfasts. We were really looking forward to returning. Had read reviews about people being moved to neighbouring riad when over-booked so emailed, wrote by mail and then emailed again to confirm we would be in the original main Riad. When we arrived, we weren't. We were across the street in a much smaller riad without the beautiful atrium area, seating and superb terrace. We were so disappointed, especially after the efforts I had gone to try to secure a room! The manager knew immediately we were really disappointed and offered to move us the next day into the main riad. Sadly this was then not possible, so we stayed where we were. He offered us a guided tour and free evening meal to compensate, which was really thoughtful. Sadly, we just really wanted to stay where we had booked. Being in the other riad you have to go to Riad Abhar for breakfast. The breakfasts were still lovely though. Unfortunately our room at the neighbouring riad, although lovely in style, was not serviced at all during our stay and there was no waste bin or toilet paper. It was also extremely cold. On departure we were offered a free transfer to the airport and the opportunity to return again to stay in the main house- would definitely take them up on this as it is stunning. A disappointing trip this time, but a lovely Riad- just check you are getting a room in the Riad you book!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 nights in Feb, was a little dubious when we were shown down little alleyway but once inside it was a very pleasant surprise, dinner was waiting for us (we went on a half board KGB deal) and a warm welcome with a map (showing exactly where we were) was provided. We has two glorious sunny days where we made most of roof terrace (there was a jacuzzi for use in summer I am guessing). Room was great and very very clean.. In fact the whole place was spotless. Breakfasts were varied each day with fresh orange, bread and pancakes, definitely enough to keep you going until lunch. Cannot complain about anything and would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at the Riad Abhar for a week on a kgb deal in late January/early February. We were met at the airport as agreed and thank goodness for that... we would never have found the Riad by ourselves. It is down an unmarked alley in the heart of the souks, but don't be frightened off by that. It was a lovely place to stay. Very clean and we enjoyed both the breakfasts and evening meals which came as part of the deal. There was a different tagine every night. Breakfast consisted of bread and cake or pancakes with jam and honey, as well as yoghurt and orange juice. Our deal also provided a tour of the medina which was very helpful and interesting. We discovered we were only about five minutes from the Jemaa El Fna square. The hammam visit was excellent, as was the massage (all included in our deal). We were offered advice on trips by Abdul. We did not actually go on any of them as we wanted to make the most of seeing Marrakech itself. We found the Riad very comfortable and quiet and felt safe in the city. Our room was quite dark and my husband found it difficult to shave with the amount of light available. However, that is only a small issue. We spent some time on the small sun terrace where there are some sunbeds and tables/chairs. We would certainly go back there in future.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Brought mum and dad with us for something quite different: we'd been before but never stayed in a riad.

Really nice base for a central Marrakech stay.

The place is clean and well run by very friendly team with very efficient routine.

A little disruption whilst some early season maintenance works went on but no real issue.

Rooms a little compact (narrow rather than small) but that's probably unfairly comparing with more typically proportioned, purpose-built hotels - this is essentially a traditional home now given over to guest rooms - perfectly comfortable with air con and ensuite.

Food was nice, authentic and varied.

Went with KGB - great VFM!

Included tour, massage and hamam experiences. Plus additional excursions available.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

You would never imagine such a quiet and clean place in the heart of the Souks. A perfect location for first time visitors to Marrakech and everything within easy walking distance. As mother & daughter travellers, we found this a great place to stay. Friendly, relaxed and very comfortable for such an excellent price. We did not do any of the tours and instead spent 5 days exploring the whole of Marrakech ourselves. Everyone was incredibly friendly and if we did get lost, there was always someone to assist. It took us a day to get used to the bartering and learning how to avoid the numerous bicycles and mopeds that insist on flying through the Souks! We were going to hire a car to see some of the outlying area.....I drive around 20,000 miles per year and am used to driving on the M25, M1 and the M6 as well as in central London, I drive regularly in the USA and driven extensively in France......but Marrakech.......I just couldn't have done it as there appear to be very few rules, other than every car and man for himself!! Pleased we went in January as it was such good weather but without lots of heat which meant we could be outside all day and even eat outside at night! We also managed to avoid all of the snow back in the UK!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Spent 3 nights here and found this little riad to be both clean and friendly. The food was of a good standard at both breakfast and evening meal.Also included in the price of our stay was a walking tour and trip to a local hamman which were both excellent. As a budget riad right in the heart of the souks this is a great place to stay !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4, Derb Toubib Rahba Kedima | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 187 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad ABHAR 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Guest House is 200 year old and consists of:4 double rooms and 2 family suitesAll are equipped with bathroom, toilet, air conditioning, additional heating (on request), hairdryer, safe, great bedding, wireless internet access throughout the house.Featuring a large patio with a fountain in the middle, Riad Abhar offers a large living room fireplace with a beautiful terrace solarium with panoramic views over the medina. ... more   less 
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