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“Great family, great place - definitely stay here” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Baraka
12 Derb | Ben Yakoub, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #13 of 45 Chefchaouen B&B and Inns
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“Great family, great place - definitely stay here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Where to start? The place is super clean and very nicely decorated. The family that owns it is English and actually lives there. All the other places we stayed in Morocco were owned by foreigners, and they did NOT live in Morocco...most of those places were run by locals. As other reviews have said, it is nice to get real, unbiased opinions. They are so helpful - restaurants, activities, prices...you name, they have info!

They have a wide variety of rooms...some en-suite, some spacious, etc. The terrace has several places to hang out. Even if there are a lot of people up there, you'll find your own space. The family has designed and decorated the whole place.

Breakfast is included and delicious. Wifi is fast and steady. Atmosphere is chill. Even if this place didn't have all these little pluses, the family is what really makes this a great place to stay. We came for 3 nights and stayed for 9. This place was our Baraka.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

This place was amazing. Clean rooms, breakfast included, the family that runs it are very nice and helpful as well. The terrace is GREAT. Clean, and with a great view of the city.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

The manager of our hostel in fez declared if we didn't like chefchaoeun he'd give us our money back and packed us in a bus to stay at Baraka, the entire family made us feel so at home and we stayed longer than scheduled.

Nothing was too much trouble to organise and help and advice from Joe was invaluable. Mohammed the friendly local helped with negotiations, organising taxis back to Fez and to Akchour (a local national park which comes highly recommended). As we only speak broken French this was incredibly useful for the details and saved attempting to haggle in sign language.

With two celebrations whilst we were visiting, Riad Baraka was a perfect home away from home to do so. Accurate resteraunt advice and tourist friendly directions assisted us in exploring the town. The stunning roof terrace is a great place to watch the sunset and to relax on. It has all the modcons not easily found in Morocco including English Tv, wifi, ipod doc, on top of all that it was spotlessly clean.

Thanks, we hope to return soon, needless to sat we returned to fez happy and glad we split the week in half.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 2, 2011

Excellent one night stay with Anne and her sons, Joe & Trevor. Having had 2 weeks in Morocco, we decided to reduce our nights in Fes to have our last night in Morocco at the raved about, Chefchaouen. Incredibly happy that we did. The city is very beautiful, quiet and just what you want after the madness of Fes and Marrakech. We were pleasantly surprised by the minimal street vendor hassle too.

And Dar Baraka is seriously a great spot to stay. Very good location, safe and because the owners are English, you get great un-biased recommendations on where to eat and walk (so you can cut through the hassle on the street from restaurant vendors!).

They were also very helpful in helping us organise our commute to Tanger (talked us through the process-v easy). We'd had a lot of trouble finding accurate info on the net about ferry times etc. (Another option that I had wished I had known earlier is that there is a €50 7 minute helicopter from Ceuta to Algeciras! Try book more than a day in advance so you can get seats at a good time). We ended up taking the ferry from Tanger to Tarifa, cost us €37 each. Helicopter would've been unreal! Ask Joe how to organise or google it.

Bedroom was very clean and really nicely set up. Bed very comfy. Both slept like a logs!

Breakfast was excellent, great fresh fruit and awesome French patisseries (we were over eating dry/stale bread everywhere else!)

I highly recommend to any fellow travellers.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

The highlight of our trip to Morocco was our stay in Chefchaouen and this was in no small part down to the hospitality and wonderful surroundings at Dar El Baraka. Jo, Trev and their Mum are fantastic hosts, extremely welcoming and gave us a fascinating insight into life in Morocco. We didn't know that this place was run by English people - which may have put us off initially - but I can honestly say that we are so glad we stayed there, partly as our chats with Jo and Trev really helped us to understand much more about Moroccan heritage, customs and general day-to-day life - something we would not have had otherwise. The Dar itself is absolutely spotless, newly refurbished with extremely comfortable rooms with excellent showers. The prices were extremely reasonable and we loved it so much we decided to stay another night. It's central location is fantastic and Jo and Trev were great at helping us to decide what to do to make the most of our stay in beautiful Chefchaouen. Of all the places we stayed in Morocco - and we stayed in some very fancy Riad's in Marrakesh and Fez - this was our favourite and we are really keen on returning to stay at Dar el Baraka in the future. It just seemed that Jo and Trev were willing to go the extra mile to make their guests stay as enjoyable as possible e.g., Trev walked us to the taxi rank on the day of our departure, just to make sure we didn't get lost and got a good price, which we were really grateful for. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Dar El Baraka whatsoever! You'd be crazy to stay anywhere else!!! Have already recommended to friends and one of them has stayed there since and had an equally good experience. Laura & Spencer x x x

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

Dar Baraka is run by a british familty so we got a different perspective on Morocco and Chef from our hosts. The rooms are clean, riad is charming and the terrace is to die for for relaxation and the view. Joseph took my son to a hammam and was very helpful. The breakfast is more european which could be welcome change. Price/value ratio is excellent so very much recommended for independent travellers

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

What a nice place to stay, lovely family, good service, very clean, and an astonishing view..Price and quality better you cannot get.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 12 Derb | Ben Yakoub, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Chefchaouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar el Baraka sits just 70 meters from the Medina's main gate, centrally located to explore Chaouen’s ancient Medina. Dar el Baraka is an original six hundred year old riad converted into a comfortable guest house with six rooms, four bathrooms, various common areas and a stunning blue terrace. There are many corners in the riad to curl up in to watch satellite TV, read, talk, or simply daydream. ... more   less 
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