We stayed at the Riad Abaka for 2 nights at the beginning of our Morocco vacation. We had a very good stay, but with hundreds of riads to choose from in Marrakech (and many of them cheaper), I'm not sure this is the "perfect" place to stay.
ROOM: We booked the cheapest room at Riad Abaka and due to it being low season during our stay, were upgraded to a larger room, which was quite comfortable. We had plenty of space with a double bed and large closet. There was a heater in the room which worked great, but was quite loud so unfortunately we had to sleep with the heat off. The bathroom had plenty of hot water and basic soaps.
REST: The bed was comfortable, but do be aware that as with other riads with inner courtyards, sound can carry. It was not busy and the other guests were respectful, so this was not really an issue.
CLEANLINESS: Our room was very clean, which we appreciated!
SERVICE: Everyone was accommodating at this riad, which I truly am grateful for. We had everything we needed, though we did not receive some of the personalized hospitality which other reviews have mentioned. Also, while many staff members spoke English, we did have one time when no one on location spoke English. We did okay communicating with my broken French, but it is something to keep in mind.
LOCATION: The hotel is in a wonderful location, about a 3-minute walk to the tourist souks and just further to the Djemaa el Fna square, but you'll never find it on your own. Pay for someone to pick you up upon arrival - it's worth it! You'll have no problem finding restaurants, banks, or shopping within a 5-10 minute walk and if you are up for a bit farther walk, you can also walk to most of the attractions and historical sites in the historical part of town. You will need to be able to walk from your taxi to the riad, as cars are not permitted to drive all the way to the riad.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast is included, and was a standard Moroccan spread of breads with butter and jams as well as yogurt, delicious fresh orange juice, and a hot beverage. Moroccan mint tea is widely available. If you ask for coffee, expect instant/Nescafe style and if you ask for a British tea, you may find yourself with a selection of decaffeinated herbal infusions instead.
WI-FI: The riad does have wi-fi available: be sure to ask for the password.
POOLS: The inner garden is beautiful and peaceful, and a lovely place to relax. There is also a small plunge pool for cooling off, but it isn't large enough for swimming.
PAYMENT: Our room payment was accepted in dirham or euros (your choice, at a fair exchange rate). Credit card payments incurred a surcharge (3%, if I recall correctly).
BOTTOM LINE: This riad was a nice place to stay and we had only minor complaints that in reality didn't really affect our stay. However, at the price we paid, we expected slightly better than adequacy. I'd give it a 3 out of 5.
How I rate my stays:
5 = Amazing hotel and would go out of my way to return
4 = Great hotel and recommended
3 = Average stay, no complaints but not special
2 = Would not recommend
1 = So bad we left early!
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Abaka Marrakech