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Riad Abaka
21, Derb Roukni | Laksour - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #180 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
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“Great staying at riad Abaka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My wife and I spent 4 nights at the riad Abaka, not knowing quite what to expect, as this was our first trip to Morocco. Philippe had arranged for us to be picked up at the airport, and we were charmed by the place the moment we stepped in and saw its quaint little courtyard and pool. Our room was on the first floor, up a winding staircase, and done up in Moroccan style, but with an air-conditioner tucked away discreetly. That night, we had the most delicious dinner we 've had in Morocco, whipped up by Younis, who does the night shifts.

We spent quite a bit of time in the riad, relaxing in the courtyard or the open terrace over cups of mint tea, but the riad was very close (2 - 3 minutes walk) from the souks and the Jemaa el Fnaa at the heart of the old city. In spite of this, it was quiet and peaceful, and we slept well in the comfortable room.

The best thing about the riad, however, are the staff - Younis, Adil and the girls, Muna and Scheherazade - always smiling and cheerful, ready to help with advice or things like arranging trips to the hammam, or a pot of mint tea (I love the stuff!). A big thank you to all of them, and we would definitely recommend the Abaka to anyone visiting Marrakech.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Excellent location and very friendly hosts. Lovely little riad close to all the sites. Good breakfast and nice roof terrace away from the bustle of Marrakech. We had the two ground floor rooms which meant we also could use the entire groundfloor as a bit of an extension to them. Early waking guests meant there was a bit of noise in the morning but that is probably always the case when the rooms are around a central courtyard.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms excellent for families - you have the whole courtyard to use as an extension. The...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Forks, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

riad abaka rocks!!!!A true oasis in the middle of the action of Marrakech....quiet and tranquil with the best staff on the planet....staff super helpful and accommodating....rooms large and well appointed but the gem is the rooftop in the evening for reflection of the days events....when in doubt, eat in as the food and service is awesome and great value...p.s. ask for driver P/U at the airport as it can be hard to find for the uninitiated...

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We had a lovely 3 night stay in this delightful riad. Staff were so pleasant and helpful, everything comfortable and clean. Beautiful breakfasts served on the roof terrace, and we had a evening meal out there as well which was amazing. So convenient for the square and the souk, where we eat several times. Would certainly recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

It is rare when a property combines affordability and the necessary sensibilities to accommodate business travelers. Riad Abaka has it all -- from free wifi and breakfast to tastefully decorated and comfortable rooms and a great location. The staff was nothing short of amazing. My only regret was in not staying longer.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Glan-Münchweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This Riad was an oasis of tranqulity within the hustle and bustle of the Marrakech medina and the nearby (2 minutes walk) Djemaa el-Fna square. It is well appointed with a knowledgable, caring and gracious staff. They even arranged reasonably priced personal day trips for us.

We chose to dine in several times while staying. It was well worth it. Their cooking talent is a point that that they should advertise more. The tajines presented by the Riad far exceeded any offerings we found while we were out and about.

The room we stayed in was sized just right for my family and was well decorated and cheery. The bath offered hot water with good pressure. The bed was beyond comfortable and was, quite possibly, one of the best I've ever slept in - this is not an overstatement.

All in all our stay in Marrakech was enhanced by staying at the Riad Abaka. I would reccomend this locale to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

When we arrived in Marrakech, we were off to a good start in the first 30 minutes with a whole bucket-full of scams and touts, sprinkled with some harrowing driving. We didn't have a lot of patience left, but forced ourselves to check out three riads before deciding. This was the best one.

Riad Abaka's courtyard is cool and beautiful, with flowering vines and live birds swooping in and singing. There's also a plunge pool and a private (no views) rootop terrace. Since this was the last stop on our trip, our bartering skills were in fine form. We got ourselves a nice suite for less than the usual room price (it was off-season, too, which helped).

The staff is super friendly. Breakfast (included) was excellent. I really can't think of any cons for this place.

I can't imagine staying anywhere else while in Marrakech. This was literally steps away from the souks, and about a 1 minute walk from the Djemma el Fna. That meant that, when we needed to use the restroom, cool off, or take a break for any reason, we could just stop by our room. We could get some lamb (cut off the beast right before us) and olives, bring them back and eat on the terrace. Or, when I inevitably got overheated wearing my westernized hijab, we could sit with our legs in the pool and take a three-hour siesta before bracing for the Djemma el-fna circus.

Believe me, I love adventure and down-and-dirty backpacking, but Marrakech - as amazing as it is - goes down best with a spoonful of sugar. And the sugar is Riad Abaka.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
Riad Abaka Marrakech
Address: 21, Derb Roukni | Laksour - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#46 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
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