We arrived late evening at the Riad after being met at the airport by a driver arranged by the riad. Initial apprehension on the approach to the riad proved to be forgotten on walking through the front door into a haven of tranquility and style.
We booked the Meknes and Rabat rooms,both located on the first floor. The rooms were tastefully decorated,immaculate and uncluttered. Our bathroom (finished in tadelakt, a Moroccan polished plaster) was fine,consisting of a large shower,washbasin and loo.
Lovely fluffy towels, a hairdryer and toiletries including locally handmade soap.
Breakfasts were taken on the rooftop terrace (apart from one day when rain prevented this) and were a great start to the day.
On our second evening we ate on the rooftop terrace. Our meal was absolutely superb - first course of Moroccan salads,followed by tagines (Lamb&prune with almonds,and Lemon chicken),then a fresh fruit salad to finish. All of the meal was outstanding, and excellent value too. Also worth mentioning is the way the staff took my partner's food allergy into consideration,at both this meal and breakfast too.
Staff at the Riad were fantastic-discreet yet attentive at all times. The riad had a quiet and peaceful ambience, which was fantastic when returning from the madness of the souks! Ideal for those people searching for a tranquil getaway.
We were appreciative of the riad's location - barely 10 mins stroll from the Jemaa El Fna and the souks. Do not be put off by the walk, it is fine and safe. Just keep a look out for mad moped/cycle/car drivers who thunder down the crowded streets!
Overall a fabulous 4 night stay in a superb riad-would heartily recommend to anyone.
- 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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