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“An excellent stay in a beautiful Riad” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Bahja
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24, Derb el Jdid , Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #179 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
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“An excellent stay in a beautiful Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We were travelling as a couple (29 and 30 years) and we really loved our stay at the Riad Bahja.
We booked the travel with the WTA travel agency including transfer with MTS from the airport, which was well organized (you just had to open your eyes a little wider too find the travel agencie`s sign showing the names of the clients!). The driver had to stop the car round 300 m away from the Riad because it is located in the old part of Marrakech, which cannot be reached by cars. After a short walk which was guided by the driver we reached the Riad located in a small alley. The pleasant Manager, Rafik, opened the door and directly served us a delicious mint tea while we relaxed in the stunning patio of the Riad which reminded us of an open-air lounge. After tea-time, Rafik showed us "our" room which was located in the ground-floor of the Riad. The room was absolutely clean and well arranged. After 2 days Rafik offered us the possibility to change our room so we could stay on the rooftop and enjoy the sun and the beautiful view over the medina to the Atlas mountains. Stunning! In all aspects Rafik and Mohammed (servant) were very attentive and relaxed and helped us to make our holiday even better. Thanks!
The breakfast which we had included was very tasty, substantial and clean (fresh orange juice, mint tea, coffee, sweet pastries, marmalade, cream cheese, crepes, butter, ...).
The Riad, in which we always felt a bit like home, is located in a small alley in the medina of Marrakech. All sights can be found easily and are accessible on foot, e.g. you can reach the famous square "Djema el Fna" in a 12-15 minutes walk.
All in all, it was an excellent stay in the Riad Bahja and we will surely come back one day!
Johanna & Sebastian

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  • Stayed March 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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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The riad was very quiet and nice. The room was big, clean and very comfortable. The breakfast was very rich. The city center is only 10 minutes away. The owner and his family were very kind and they helped us to discover the beatiful part of the city.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

stayed at riad bahja in july was meet by rafiq the manager who meet us and offered afternoon tea and pastries. room was out of this world overlooking the court yard. breakfast was to die for far to much from yogurt to pancakes. best orange juice around. rafi organised out tours around the city and around morrocco. cant recommend them enough.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bremen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This was definitely a great experience. We felt always like home, not just concerning the nice facilities with the patio, the rooftop and the furnishings. I must agree to Rosanna´s review: The highlight of this place were the people, that gave us the feeling of being home and sheltered. The price is very reasonable, the breakfast was always fine. I just can recommend this place to everybody, who looks for a decent place to stay within the Medina and who is not expecting exaggerated luxury.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The highlights of this Riad are the people who run it. Raffik (excuse my spelling) and Abdul were always available but never intrusive and made us feel very welcome and well-looked after. Their calm and understated approach made you feel at home instantly in this quirky little Riad within the old City walls.

The rooms were clean and generously decorated and the inner courtyard was shabby but chic. We stayed in November, so maybe if it was a little warmer I could imagine it being enjoyable to use the courtyard for relaxation but we found ourselves only using the Riad for sleeping and breakfast and were out for the rest of the time. For that it was perfect, but don't expect a typical European hotel experience with television and swimming pool, there is none of that here so bring your own entertainment or go out and find some.

As others have said, yes it's hard to find at first, but once you're orientated the Riad is in a brilliant location, 15 minutes walk from the main square, 5 minutes from the City walls and it's easy to grab taxis to the Kasbah and beyond. It's not in the usual cluster of tourist Riads and the surrounding 'streets' are pretty rustic places where the locals go to shop, so you might want to prepare yourself for the fish gutting and chicken plucking around every corner but it's worth it to also see the piles of herbs and fruits and Marrakesh residents going about their daily business. You also won't be pestered to buy things every five feet like you are in the more touristy ends of town. We felt quite privileged to be staying here when we walked past goggle-eyed travellers who had clearly journeyed to the area just to take some photos.

No toiletries, so do take your own and a word of warning - this seems to apply to nearly all indoor spaces in Marrakesh - it is very dark in the rooms so putting on makeup etc. can be a real challenge!

Breakfast was delicious every day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This riad is or the tourist route slightly but its very safe but like others have said it can be off putting first night. The welcome is supreme the staff attentive and warm. Marrakech is wonderful and for me this place straddles the balance between wanting to travel but not wanting to end up on the tourist route. Very good deals on laterooms including gatwick flights.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

I'm not going to lie - it is a bit dodgy getting to this place and the culture shock can take some getting used to. You'll need to take a cab from the airport to get to the Riad and it will drop you off outside the mosque. From here there will be a series of narrow streets - it's not hard to find your way once you get used to it but for first time travelers, forget it - you WILL need a local to show you where it is. Make sure you have some small change on hand or else they won't leave and insist that they will break your bills for you, which can be pretty stressful. If you're trying to find the place, keep your eye on the walls of the street where you can find some fish painted - the Riad is located down the closest side street and has a large black door with a little plaque that states its name.
The Riad itself is very beautiful but chilly inside so bring a sweater. Rafik, the owner, is really helpful and gave us some good insights for places to visit, local restaurants and even other cities to venture to. The breakfast was top notch and it was really wonderful to be able to come in after our flight and sit down to some mint tea. It is a bit expensive, especially considering we met a woman who was staying at the hostel for a quarter of the price, but it's a nice treat and it was really helpful for us to be able to chat with Rafik and learn more about the city and culture.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 24, Derb el Jdid , Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Casino Hotel in Marrakech
#73 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#73 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#194 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Bahja 4*
Number of rooms: 3
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