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Albakech House
Lot MH24 Rue Mohammed VI | Zone Touristique Agdal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #121 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
UK
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Best bit of our trip to Marrakech!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Beautiful hotel with amazingly helpful and cheerful staff. On arrival, we discovered that we wouldn't be able to change money locally (it was a Saturday) so Adam just pulled out his wallet and lent us some. How refreshing!

Our room was lovely - sunny balcony, four-poster bed & sumptuous linens. Separate bathroom & loo.

I had a hamman and massage in the hotel - very good and relaxing. I didn't dare try a local one so the 'safe' option suited me fine.

Breakfast was lovely, served in the sunny garden.

The location was fine for us - a couple of miles outside the medina, which was quite a relief. We used the hotel's car service during the day (or walked) & made sure we fixed a price with the taxi drivers before we got in a cab to come back at night (Adam advised on this, too).

We stayed by the pool during much of the day & ventured out at night. Sunbeds were comfy and fluffy towels were provided. The water was pretty chilly (it was February) but some hardy sorts ventured in. We went across to the Carrefour supermarket & bought fresh bread & salad for lunch, which we had on our balcony.

We enjoyed the El Faissa restaurant (very near the hotel) for dinner one night - lovely atmosphere, good food & nobody seemed to be smoking in the restaurant (we found this quite a shock in some places).

We would definitely go back to the Albakech and would strongly recommend it for a peaceful haven outside the craziness of the city.

Room Tip: Try to get a balcony overlooking the pool. We had room 17 - views of Atlas Mountains & pool.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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    4 of 5 stars
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed total of three nights. Luxurious rooms, friendly staff and out of the bustle of the medina. While it may be a couple of km out of town there are two restaurants within a couple of minutes walk (Al Fassisa was very good).
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Three things are wrong with the Albakech House: location, location, and location. Not that it's in a dangerous or ugly neighborhood: tucked behind a multiplex cinema and a huge, upscale shopping center, it could be in virtually any suburbia in the Western world. But it's a long way from downtown. True, there is an excellent shuttle service until 6:00 PM, but if you want to have dinner in the Medina (and you better had, because the Albakech House has no restaurant and there's only one or two in the neighborhood), you're reduced to haggling with taxi drivers who will insist they have to charge you two or three times the going rate because they'll have to drive all the way out to Agdal and then come back empty (poor babies!). So much for the negatives: otherwise it's a quiet, pretty, decent hotel made pleasant by a terrific staff, who are very anxious to help, although some have limited French and/or English. Although it's modern, it's been done up in the riad style: ochre colors, heavy doors and windows to protect against the heat, etc. It has some nice amenities - heating for cold winter mornings, multichannel TV, large showers with lots of hot water, pool - and lacks others one might expect in a boutique-style hotel (in-room coffee facilities, bathrobe & slippers, etc.). Warning: your taxi from the airport will *not* be able to find this hotel, even if you show him a map: ask to be taken to the Megarama cinema, the Al-mazar mall, or better yet the Red Sun restaurant, which are all next door, and do *not* pay the 300-350 dirhams they will ask you: 75 d. is a fair price.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool are best
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

Was only able to stay here for one night but wish we'd been able to stay longer.
Outside of the heart of Marrakech so a good place to stay if you want somewhere a little queiter than the medina. The area is still being developed sonar times has the feel of an industrial park but the facilities are good - there's a cinema comes within 100 yards as all as a huge gleaming new mall. Lively restaurants close by too.
The room we had was lovely, comfy bed and sat tv. The bathroom was a bit more basic than the room but adequate. The lobby is beautiful with fountain and comfortable furniture. The staff were lovely and keen to help with anything.
A lovely swimming pool which we didn't have time to use. No bar .
Would definitely recommend if you want a nice base for souk adventures!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Albakech House during the last leg of our two and half week trip touring Morocco. We found this hotel based on it's wonderful ratings, and during our stay the hotel met and exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a break from the hustle and bustle of Medina life.

Room Tip: If you would like a stand up shower, the junior suite isn't for you.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We were lucky enough to get the junior suite on a discounted price. The staff of this hotel was very friendly, and the owner, Adam, is very helpful and accommodating. By the time we arrived at the hotel we have been 5 days in Marrakech and knew our way around, but Adam would have been more than happy to help out with planning our stay. Our room had a lovely four post bed with a view to the Atlas mountain and a very cozy divan. The hotel itself was decorated in lovely colonial style, and it even has a number of books which you can borrow to read when lying in the pool, and you can even store beer in the hotel's fridge! There is a mall with a carrefour a hop and a skip away from the hotel and one or two restaurants, but other than that there is little else.
What made our stay so great is that despite the hotel being 10 minutes away from the Medina (which is actually a bliss, after a few days in the medina we really wanted to go away from all the crowd and noise) is that the hotel actually shuttles you back and forth to the Medina with no charge at all! We used the hotel's cell phone to call Adam each time we wanted to be picked up from the Medina - at one occasion I left my wallet in the hotel and only realized this after an hour walking through the souk, one phone call and I was back at the hotel to fetch my wallet, and driven back to the souk. Perfect service!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is one of those places you don't want to write about for fear that the next time you want to stay there it will be fully booked. This is actually my first review on Trip Advisor, but I am so happy with my stay there, I'd love to see this hotel become more successful.

First, let me say that the reason I booked there is because I didn't want to stay in the medina, but wanted to be close enough to go there daily without spending too much time in a car. The hotel provides a car service that will take you to and from the medina anytime from 11-18. Otherwise, if you plan on staying in town longer, a cab can be taken for about 4-5 euros. Since i was traveling alone with my 18 month old daughter, I was also looking for other ways to entertain her and the indoor play park (in the mall that is a 3 minute walk from hotel) was a perfect solution.

Now comes the bad part: 10 days out of 13 were absolute crap in Morocco because both my daughter and I got a horrible stomach bug the first day. So, we stayed, more or less, 24 hours a day at the hotel, venturing out to Carrefour (located in the basement of the mall) to get some water or fruit. The first few days were the worst and Abdelhadi (the night concierge) became our personal savior by bringing new sheets and towels, bottles of water and fruit, and anything else we needed while my daughter was non-stop vomiting the first nights. We even took a trip to the hospital due to dehydration which Sana (daytime concierge) arranged for us. Not fun, but made much more bearable and less scary by the staff at the hotel. When my daughter was feeling better and I started to get worse, Adam (the owner) cooked dinner for her so I didn't have to leave the hotel.
The only negative about staying here with small children is that there is no refrigerator in the room and the breakfasts are not so child-friendly. They could possibly make it better by having a buffet-type selection for breakfast, with some simple cereal and milk options. That being said, they accommodated us by putting anything I needed in the refrigerator for the baby.
I would gladly return to this hotel! My daughter talked about Sana and Abdelhadi the entire trip home! I could go on and on about how lovely the people there are!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lot MH24 Rue Mohammed VI | Zone Touristique Agdal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Albakech House, a British Moroccan owned luxury riad situated in the new Touristic area of Agdal, only 5 minutes from the airport, medina and new town. Situated right next door to Pacha Marrakech complex and the Almazar shopping centre which has lots of restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine. Come meet Adam and the team at this fantastic location with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the beauty of Marrakech, in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming setting. We offer excellent customer service and complete comfort. You'll never want to leave! Come and join us aboard the Marrakech Express, for a stay you will never forget! ... more   less 
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