This Riad was a lovely find! We booked it last minute, and were thrilled with what we got! We originally booked for two nights, but liked the place so much we extended by another night.
The Riad was very clean, and decorated in local style - beautifully done. The rooms were all uniquely laid out, and we would have been happy to stay in any of them! We stayed in 'Camille' - I would highly recommend it; for the bathroom if anything!
There is a great rooftop - with a great view of the city. We had breakfast on the roof, which made for a great start each morning. There are two covered areas on the roof, nicely furnished and decorated with sofas, pillows and throws - these provide great respite from the scorching sun in the summer months.
Said and his team were extremely friendly and accommodating. They were more than happy to help, and advise where to go/see in Marrakesh.
Maison Belbaraka is situated down a back alley (as many of the riads are) and a little bit hard to find at first, but please don't let that put you off. As soon as you've been there once, you'll find it again in no problem! We used the public bus to get into Marrakesh from the airport - the best place to get off is the bus stop, and then its a ten minute walk. We walked into the Medina along the road, and called Said, who came to meet us and show us the way. I might suggest the Riad's hotel service if you're not wholly convinced on you map reading ability!
The riad is situated about 15 mins walk along the main road away from the main square (Jemaa el fna) - I wouldn't say this was a bad thing, as it was quite nice to escape from the intensity of the square. If you don't like walking too far in the heat, there are plenty of small taxis around (usually Dh30). We walked everywhere, as it was a great way to explore the city.
We also felt safe walking around (being two young females), and even felt comfortable walking back at night (sticking to well lit areas.
We only had breakfast in the Riad, and it was great! A real hearty start to the day. It consisted of breads, Moroccan pancakes, jams, honey, cakes, yoghurt, coffee and fresh orange juice. The menu for evening meals looked good; but we just fancied exploring the food stalls in the main square.
This was a lovely place to stay in Marakkesh, and I would happily go back again. I would highly recommend it to my friends, if they were to visit the city.
I hope you like it too!
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