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“Lovely staff- disappointing accommodation” 3 of 5 stars
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Residence Habiba
Km 8,7 Route d'Amizmiz (route du Barrage) douar Bougdira, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #200 of 1,054 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Lymm
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely staff- disappointing accommodation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We selected Residence Habbiba on a half board basis for 4 day stay over Easter after searching for 5 star hotels around Marrakech. Our choice was based on the description of a “5 star holiday village” and that the bathing area looked good.
The positives first. The bathing area was good, our room was very spacious with an enormous veranda with great views. The village was quiet which suited us and all the Moroccan food was very good. Most importantly of all the staff could not have been more friendly, fun and helpful.
We discovered that Habbiba was not a hotel; the accommodation was in the form of apartments. The village experience did not feel 5 star to us. Towels were available but other basics such as soap and shampoo were not. There is no shop on site so we had to use taxis (which the staff organised) to obtain them. Whilst the food was excellent; there was no choice. We ended up having two dinners at a 5 star hotel 600m away. Far from the expected 5 star experience we believed we had chosen and booked.
Rating our experience proved difficult. If you have come for a 5 star experience the rating would be low. If have come expecting 3 or 4 star holiday apartments and have a hire car you are likely to have a great time. Our rating is on the latter basis.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Strasbourg
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My family of 5 stayed at the residence Habiba for two days at the end of a 8 day visit to Marrakech and the surrounding area (Atlas mountains, Ouarzazate, the Dades de Boulmane and the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi). It was an oasis of calm and luxury after 6 days of super-stimulation. A great ending to our trip. Habiba, Jacky and Roman were fantastic hosts and took care of absolutely everything.
The chefs (Habiba and others) put together haute cuisine, both Moroccan and French, and were responsive to our preferences. My husband was suffering with flu-like symptoms and they not only prepared rice for him to eat, they ensured we had the medication we needed. They couldn't have done more.
The pools are gorgeous and very inviting for young kids (lots of shallow water). The billiards, foosball and pingpong kept my kids happy. We enjoyed the comfortable, shady bar area, and Jacky was generous in sharing his excellent cigars!
They are able to accommodate a variety of budgets, and are open to discussing options if you contact them directly. We went all out and had a three bedroom house for our two days, but were told that our friends (coming in June, on a tighter budget) could be accommodated in a smaller unit at around half what we paid.
The airport is conveniently close (10 minute drive), and cost 18€ (200 dihrams).
I have absolutely no negative comments about the residence or staff.
The houses and apartments at the residence are owned by individuals and the rental/maintenance is managed by Jacky and Habiba. Our house had a functional kitchen (which we didn't use, preferring to have Habiba cook for us!) but was missing a few convenience items such as soap. That is the only hiccup!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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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residencehabiba, Responsable relations clients at Residence Habiba, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Hello,
we have a great pleasure that you had a pleasant stay in our residence
and we hope to welcome you back to the Residence Habiba
during your next stay in Marrakech.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited Marrakech for the first time this summer, and stayed at Residence Habiba. It is almost newly built, and the apartments are beautifully decorated in true Moroccan style! We spend most of our time at the pool area lying on the nice sun chairs, when we were not going for a swim in the pool, or getting a cold soda in the bar! Even though we were 4 young people from Denmark, it was no problem to really enjoy our stay. Residence Habiba is suitable for a family with children, or if you are just a couple or some friends looking for a quiet oasis to relax. We didn't have a car while we were staying there, but that was no problem - either we could drive with some staff when they were going to Marrakech, or we could call our own "personal driver", who would then come and pick us up and drive us wherever we wanted to go (wether this was to the center of Marrakech, or to ride camels outside the city). Last but not least, we have to mention the always helpful staff! A big thanks to both Habiba and Jacky, who helped make our holiday memorable. It was especially great that Jacky could speak German, since danish people don't speak French very well :P We would definitely come back next time!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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eindhoven
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We have been to Residence Habiba for the first time and we did really enjoy!
If you are tired of all those enormous, commercial resorts and if you are looking for a very personal and friendly holiday you have to visit Residence Habiba.
The tasteful food of Habiba and the humor of Jacky together with their friendly crew
will makeyour holiday unforgettable. Au revoir Henriette, Eugène

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Residence Habiba is a wonderfull place, just outside Marrakech. We have been there twice the last 2 years and will certainly go back ! If you have spent the day in a hot and crowded Marrakech you are happy to go back to Habiba and Jacky and relax there. The children have a good time at the swimmingpools or playing tabletennis, snooker and tablefootball.
We enjoyed all the good meals from Habiba and her family , most of the time outside in the beautiful garden. Marrakech is a good place to go for families, besides the cultural highlights and lovely golfcourses there a many activities to do for children as well. Suggestion: the acroparc in terre d'amanar, oaseria swimmingpool with lots of slides, camelride and carts

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Km 8,7 Route d'Amizmiz (route du Barrage) douar Bougdira, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #200 of 1,054 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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