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Riad Basma
Dabachi, Derb Jamaa 22, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #237 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Would definitely stay again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I really loved it here. The staff were extremely friendly. Location was great right in the souks and near the main medina, but so quiet and peaceful.

Rooms were gorgeous and the breakfasts were great. Wifi was fantastic.

I've noticed a few people have mentioned the drain smell, I've been to Morocco before and its extremely hard to avoid this smell in any riad, unfortunately its very common. We just kept the plug in the shower and the toilet seat down and it was fine.

I'm definitely heading back to Morocco and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Charlotte H
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Austria
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Everything was alright. One little exception: german users, when reviewing the "final page" directly prior booking, the statements about the taxes are incorrect. As stated in the description of the Riad, those are not included in the price and have to be paid on arrival, contradictory to what you read on that summary page before booking.

We can highly recommend this Riad! The staff is friendly and helpful and the location is also perfect, close to the main square and to the souqs - still quiet and calm on the roof terrace and the inside during evening and night. Everything was clean and tidy, there was just one odd thing we noticed: a strange smell in the bathroom (other travellers have also told about that). Since you most probably won't find the Riad by yourself, we can recommend the airport pickup service. The breakfast was also good. Definately a good choice if you are looking for a nice place close to the tremendously fast-beating heart of Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I enjoyed my stay here. Airport pick up and meeting us in Place Djeema El Fna was really appreciated. The only reason I've marked it down for cleanliness was that our room had an unpleasant damp smell which was noticeable in other parts of the Riad too. When we got to our next destination it had got into my clothes, which was not so nice. The room was also very dark and a bit stuffy. Overall we were happy though.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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penzance
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Highly recommend this Riad, Great value for money, clean and comfortable. Very friendly and helpful owners. Right in the middle of the Souk but quiet and peaceful. Lovely roof terrace to sunbathe and relax. There was a plastic bag stuffed down the shower plug hole when we arrived, which we thought was strange so removed it. However soon worked out that this is the best way to avoid the " funky smell" as mentioned in previous review. Very good Hammam (spa/steam bath) just as you turn left out of the alley way definately an experience not to be missed!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This riad was lovely and a great value for the price. The bathroom in our room had a funky smell but I am giving 5 stars because of the kindness of the staff. I was violently ill in the middle of the night and ran out of water and the guy went out at 4:30am to get me water. Nothing was open and he woke up a guy to open up his store (my boyfriend went with him and said he also put a blanket over a homeless man in the street). If you get sick in Marrakech, this is the kind of place that will look out for you. A+ service

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011

My husband and I stayed here in December 2010 to celebrate my 40th Birthday.

The location is superb, just a few minutes walk from the main square down a winding alley. Despite being so near the square the riad is quiet and tranquil, which is a relief after the hustle and bustle of the city.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, a basic knowledge of French is very useful as the day staff have very limited English.

The manager, Hasna, was very helpful and we particularly appreciated her help after we were stranded in Marrakech when our flights home were cancelled due to an air traffic controllers' strike in Spain. The bonus was that we got to spend a few more days in this fascinating city.

You will see lots of riads which are more swanky, but this riad is excellent value for money

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Very nice Dar. Although its called a Riad, its actually more a Dar as its not large enough or with a garden to be officially a Riad. Great location about 5 minutes walk from main square, but on a quiet street so nice and peaceful. Nice rooftop terrace for a drink or breakfast. Room was comfortable & clean although shower drain wasnt great so couldnt shower for more than a few mins before it nearly overflowed. Breakfast was simple but comparable to other Dars we stayed in. The manager was fantastic & spoke English, French, Spanish and was incredibly helpful about anything we asked. Only downside was room wasnt cleaned on 2nd day. Maybe that was normal in Morocco, but not everywhere we stayed. But would definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Wazdoggy
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Property: Riad Basma
Address: Dabachi, Derb Jamaa 22, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #237 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Basma is a nice and relaxing place, placed in the medina of Marrakech a few minutes walking only from the main square Jemaa el Fnaa and the souks (markets)The Riad is composed of 5 double rooms (Iris, Perla, Ambar, Agata and Zafiro) each one equipped of an en-suite bathroom, a central Patio decorated with Moorish furniture, a nice living room with TV and DVD player and an open air living room corner cool in summer time and very cosy during winter season.The Riad also has a nice terrace where to enjoy breakfast under the Berber tent or simply sunbathing and drinking a refreshing cold-hot Mint tea.The typical Moroccan style that has been used for the details and furniture gives to this Properties a real Moroccan soul.We are located close to the main square Jemaa el Fnaa about 3 minutes walking, once you are on the square ask for derb Dabachi and count 3 small streets (derbs) on the right turn right and keep on until nr. 22. ... more   less 
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