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“Beautiful place; excellent staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Maison Belbaraka
Riad Laarouss Derb Asafrou Sidi Bouamer No 242, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #74 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful place; excellent staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Riad Belbaraka is a beautifully restored, traditionally styled riad; set in the heart of the old town (Medina). The staff, led by the manager, Charlotte, are as charming as the place. The atmosphere is homely and friendly, and the fact that there are so few rooms make the 'hotel' feel much more like a 'home'. Charlotte went out of her way to help us and was as generous as the days were sunny. You can walk comfortably - through the souks - all the way to the main square, and once you get your bearings, it is easy to find your way back on your return. The roof garden is an additional attraction - where breakfast is served and evening meals as requested - and it serves perfectly as a sun-bathing spot too.

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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Friendly, helpful staff and very authentic feel to the riad. Very quiet but relatively close to the main square. Lovely roof terrace with a wide range of breakfast foods - try the fig jam. Rooms could do with better lighting and the room doors, although lovely big wooden ones, are very difficult to lock.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

In summary: I will be recommending this beautiful place to all of my family & friends!
My boyfriend and I stayed for 5 nights and had an amazing time. Charlotte and Rachid were wonderful hosts (very friendly and incredibly helpful) and really made us feel at home. Said and the women who work there were also very lovely and attentive.
We were lucky enough to enjoy two delicious, 3-course dinners on the rooftop of the Riad - the best meals of the trip. I definitely recommend eating here at least once!
The rooms are lovely. Spacious and very clean and comfortable. The central courtyard and the rooftop are also lovely places to relax in. The Riad is perfectly located a short stroll from the souks and square, but far enough away so that it's quiet (you'll need quiet after spending the day in the square!)
We were also lucky enough to go on a 3 day/2 night tour with Rachid, which was incredible! I highly recommend it if you have the time. The scenery outside of Marrakech is extraordinary and definitely worth exploring. Rachid is a good tour guide and a very safe driver!
For me, the most impressive part of my stay here was when I got sick on the last day. Although we'd officially check-out, Charlotte and Rachid put us in a room and even bought me medication from the pharmacy to help manage the symptoms! When I couldn't fly and we had to stay an extra night in Marrakech, they were very accommodating and even booked an appointment at a doctor - and even drove me to the appointment!! Their thoughtfulness and generosity really made such a huge difference for us as getting sick overseas can sometimes be scary.
I also recommend asking Charlotte and Rachid to book an airport transfer for when you arrive. We were taken door to door and I can imagine that otherwise it would have been hard to find.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Riad Maison Belbaraka is such a lovely place to stay. We felt so comfortable while staying there we truly felt like we were at home or staying with close friends. Charlotte and her staff are very kind. During our stay, my husband got sick and Charlotte arranged a last minute doctor's appointment, she is so helpful. The riad is situated in a quiet neighbourhood yet only a short walk to the craziness of the medina. The rooftop is a nice relaxing terrace to soak up the sun and read a book without a care in the world. The rooms are super clean and the breakfast is big enough to keep you going till dinner! We can't wait to stay there again!

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

From the nightmare of the airport, to the chaos of the streets, down through the alleyways into the tranquillity of Riad Maison Belbaraka.

Being our first time in Marrakech, arriving early evening and not knowing how adventurous we would be feeling we had arranged an evening meal with Charlotte, it was excellent and caused a dilemma every subsequent night – did we try the various city eateries or stay in the Riad knowing we would receive an excellent meal.

Our room (Pigeonnier) was lovely, extremely clean and welcoming – all the rooms looked like they were to the same high standard.

Breakfast every morning on the terrace, at whatever time we chose to get up, was wonderful, no pressure, excellent food and Charlotte’s team happily provided any extras requested.

Charlotte spent time with us the first evening with a map and her invaluable knowledge, advising of both the pitfalls and the highlights of the city, making sure we knew where to find the things we really wanted to see. Rachid was there waiting for us the next morning to guide us from the Riad onto the main road ensuring we noted the various markers so we could easily return to the Riad. With our map, set of keys for the Riad and list of phone numbers ‘just in case’ we were off.

What a wonderful city.

For us Riad Belbaraka was the perfect place to explore it from – within the Medina, so easy walking distance to everywhere, but outside the souks so once the Riad front door shut the noise and chaos of the streets completely disappeared. There was always somebody there to welcome us back in, no matter what time of day or night we arrived and nothing was ever any trouble.

We will one day return to Marrakech and will absolutely be staying at Riad Maison Belbaraka again.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

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!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 June 24, 2013

This riad is lovely. Ok the previous comment said there was no water in the fountain which was a shame but there is a big water problem in Marrakesh at the moment. The rooms are beautiful. the beds are super comfortable. Said and the other lady host were very helpful. We relished the quiet and soothing atmosphere where nothing was too much trouble. We breakfasted on the roof and sunbathed there too. It was just right for us. A lovely place to stay.

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  • Stayed June 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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Address: Riad Laarouss Derb Asafrou Sidi Bouamer No 242, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #74 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 5
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