Myself and partner stayed in the Bel Haj for 3 nights in April 2011. We were meant to be staying at another Riad, however one week prior to our stay we were informed that they were overbooked and we would need to find alternative accommodation. Despite a panic at the time, I'm now secretly delighted because our stay at Bel Haj couldn't have been more perfect.
Situated down a side street, as soon as you step into the Bel Haj it is as if you have stepped into a secret oasis - away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. On arrival to the Riad we were greeted with mint tea and biscuits. We were then given a map, advice on where to go and shown up to our room. We stayed in the Meknes Room and I absolutely fell in love with it. Authentically Moroccan, it was beautifully finished and we couldn't have asked for more. Great value for money.
After spending our first day wandering the souqs and squares of Marrakech, we returned to the Bel Haj where we had arranged to have a meal on the roof terrace. The meal itself was absolutely beautiful, consisting of several courses of traditional Moroccan cuisine. It turned out to be one of the best meals we had in Morocco and I would highly recommend anyone staying here (or at the sister Riads) should try at least one meal here. Mid-way through the meal my boyfriend proposed (after 9 years of waiting!) - so it turned out to be a perfect night all round!
The rest of our stay at the Bel Haj was faultless, starting with beautiful breakfasts on the roof terrace consisting of breads, jams, yoghurts and mint teal. The location of the Riad is also perfect – a mere 5 minute stroll from the main square and souqs – exactly where you want to be to take in the main sights and sounds of Marrakech.
We fell in love with Marrakech. We stayed there for 3 nights before heading up the Atlas, but managed to cover most of the main sights and get a real feel for the place. Wandering the souqs in an absolute must, as is a visit to the Jardin Majorelle (beautiful), a trip to the Jeema el Fna at night to watch the entertainers and having a traditional Hamman. We pre-booked a Hamman and massage at Les Bains du Marrakech which was one of the highlights of our stay. It's pricier than other spas (as most of the other reviews suggest), but worth every penny in my opinion!
Overall I cannot recommend the Bel Haj enough. Before we went to Marrakech I had spent hours researching the various Riads and I can honestly say that the Bel Haj was perfect - the perfect location, beautiful rooms, great food and wonderful staff. We can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in the Medina, Riad Bel Haj is situated in the Ksour district, only 5 min walk from Jemaa el Fna square, the Koutoubia mosque and the Souks. Ksour is one of the most required districts of Marrakech for its peace, in spite of the closeness of Jemaa El Fna square. Riad Bel Haj offers an oasis of calm and serenity, rhythmic by the remote calls to the prayer of Koutoubia and birds song. The riad, recently renovated with taste and respect of the Moroccan traditions, offers nevertheless to the visitors a modern and comfortable place to remain in Marrakech. Magnificiently decorated and brightened up with artistic achievements and authentic Moroccan materials, the riad also has modern equipment such as reversible air conditioning, free WiFi access The riad is located in the middle of a quiet and well lightened derb and very easy to find, in Bab Ksour, very closed from restaurants and stores of Gueliz, Marrakech modern district. The nearest access for vehicles is 50 meters far from the Riad Bel Haj door. ... more less
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