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“Good Hotel but Not Amazing” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Abaka
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21, Derb Roukni | Laksour - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #180 of 491 Hotels in Marrakech
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Good Hotel but Not Amazing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

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!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
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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.

Arpi and Suvo

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SuvoB
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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Thank David B
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Grand Forks, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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...

Room Tip: room 6 & 7 good options
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank robert s
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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
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Thank David N
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Erie, Pennsylvania
1 review
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
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Germany
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115 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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
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Address: 21, Derb Roukni | Laksour - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#80 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#92 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#156 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Abaka 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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