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Riad Dar Bamileke
17, Derb Dabachi Derb Jemaa, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #395 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Just Perfect - So close to everything yet so peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Great place. I spent about 2 weeks whittling down the riads in Marrakech via Trip Advisor, Guide Routard and Footprints and despite ending with 3 to choose from opted for Dar Bamileke. What an inspired choice. We are still here for 2 more nights but can't wait to tell you how good this place is. Our room, Dogon, is vast (about 40m sq) and has a double with a single and a large sofa (about 2m long). A full bathroom with shower/bath. Breakfast is lovely and served on the roof terrace. Simone (our Italian host) is great, he took us to his Spa today and my wife and I had a traditional Hammam experience for 400dh each (including 1 hour massage). The walk to Place Jemaa el fnaa is about 5minutes. If your thinking of staying in Marrakech, with the vast quantity of places to stay, I'd advise for the money, you'll be hard pressed to get a better place than here.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The host, Simone, made our stay in Marrakech an awesome experience. Four of us booked 2 rooms for 3 nights for a long weekend holiday. We organized a pick up from the riad rather than getting the general taxi despite being more expensive and it was worth it. The car cannot go directly to the riad because the roads to the square is blocked and Simone came and greeted us at the square and led the way to the riad. The rooms are very nice, big, clean and comfortable. There are no air con but the fan does the job ok. Throughout our stay, Simone led us around Marrakech, showing us where the palaces are and also recommended hammam baths and dinner nearby. This is truly above and beyond expectation! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed in the Bamileke for 5 nights. We had the room on the ground floor with a little window to the tiny alleyway outside. Although some noise from outside could be heard we slept very well. The rooms are very clean, the ladies serving breakfast are nice and so is Simone, the guy who is in charge of the Riad and who will do anything to help you make your stay in the city most pleasant. On the roof of the Riad you will find a partly covered sitting area and some deck chairs to relax. Inside the Riad there is peace and quiet, although you are only a few steps away from the souks and the Grande Place. Simone arranged a pick-up service for us twice, which was well-organised either way and cost 15 Euros one way.
So so not hesitate to go there, you get a maximum for the money you pay.

Room Tip: If you are used to sleeping in very large beds, remember that the usual size of a double bed is 140x...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed there 5 nights with my girlfriend. What a marvellous stay! It's a small Riad so the environment was very intimate and relaxing. After spending the day wandering in the chaotic alleys of marrakech, it was nice to have a quiet and comfortable place to recharge our batteries.
We got a free upgrade to the biggest suite, which was a nice surprise. The room was very big (really, huge), charming and well decorated. Nice indirect light passing through the skylight (window on the ceiling) in the morning. Big bathroom with bathtub. Breakfast, which we usually took in the lovely sunny terrasse, was very delicious. Composed of orange juice, fresh bread, tea/coffee, morrocan pancakes (sort of), different jams, white cheese; all freshly made by the cook, a morrocan lady.
This was already really good, but the very personalized service provided by the staff was absolutely superb! The two managers, Mateo and Simone, were incredibly nice and really went out of their way to help us. They spoke, at least 4 languages, German, Italian, English and French, so we had no trouble communicating (we're from Brazil). From the day of our arrival they were extremely kind and took us for a walk nearby to make sure we wouldn't get lost showing us the main services like exchange bank, taxis and other useful stuff. Throughout the days, they recommended and reserved very nice restaurants and other places, as well as the guided tours and excursions we demanded. They showed us the map and Simone actually personally took us to the old jewish neighborhood (Mellah) and two museums, just because it could be a little difficult to find it on our own.

Overall, one of the best places i've ever stayed in. Very good value for money. Strongly recommend it. No complaints at all; zero.

Tip: If you can, book their Transfer from the airport to the Riad. You will probably end up paying more for a not-so-trustworthy taxi, which won't (for sure) leave you at the door of the Riad. He'll leave you, at best, in the entrance of the market, which is close. If it is you first time in Marrakech, by then you will be lost with you luggage and will be, for sure, harrassed in the street. We made that mistake, so we know.
If your in a extremely tight budget, then you will end up taking the bus at the airport. That will leave you near the Koutubia Mosque. So draw a map in advance for when you have to walk to the Riad, so you won't get lost.
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I think you won't regret choosing this Riad to stay! Very pleasant experience!

Room Tip: Got the biggest room in the Riad; very comfortable and romantic. Nice indirect sunlight by the morni...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

It is a wonderful place to stay here. We were in trouble at the 1st day we arrived Marrakesh, they helped us a lot and also my friends who didnt stayed in their riad!! We could really feel their hospitality & kindness!!

For the riad and room, they are spacious and decorated in Moroccan style, with amazing lighting at night, and we enjoyed sunbathing on the Terrance in the breakfast time too. We stayed 2 nights and 2 different rooms here, we prefer the room at the ground floor.

Room Tip: Prefer Yoruba Suite
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

My wife & I stayed here for 4 nights and it was absolutely lovely. Very peaceful & quiet - just what we needed! However, to get here is another matter - as it's hidden away in little alleys and not so easy for the first time traveller. You can ask almost anyone within the square (who's a local) and they'd be happy to guide you - some will charge for this service so pay no more than 20-25 MDH. We were ripped off (but I won't say how much).

Breakfast was the same every day, so do venture out into the streets to find an alternative. The staff were extremely helpful & friendly and even offered maps as well as take you out to some of the local tourist sites. The maid was also helpful and I had to dig out my school French to have a basic (& I mean a very basic conversation) with her.

We occupied the ground floor room (one of the largest) and it was quite spacious and very clean. There was an oil heater that we had to use all night as it did get cold (well it would around beginning of February).

Overall a great experience that we'd love to do again.

Room Tip: We occupied the larger of the ground floor room's. Bear in mind that the A/C doesn't work (I...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here in May 2011 for 4 nights. Tge riad is a hidden gem- literally- took a while to find it. Wooden doors that lead into a peaceful and beautiful riad. Staff were helpful and gave us maps and told us how to around. Breakfast was limited. Short walking distance to the square. We stayed in the ground floor suite...it was beautiful!!!

The airconditioner in the room was not working- oil needed changing we were told. They bought us a pedestal fan which I was happy with.

The raid is peaceful and it was so nice to escape to from the busy square and souks. It was so nice staying here. We would definately return.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17, Derb Dabachi Derb Jemaa, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #395 of 1,043 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Dar Bamileke is a Guest house located in the heart of the medina of Marrakech, just a few minutes walking from Jemaa el Fnaa main square and from souks. It has 3 very nice double, triple or quadruple suites, each nicely and sober decorated, each with its own private bathroom and massage area. The terrace and patio are the right places for breakfast or just relax. ... more   less 
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