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“Lovely little Riad”
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Riad Barroko
Ranked #341 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“Lovely little Riad”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

We stayed here in October 2010 and really enjoyed it. It's a very small riad with approx 6 rooms, with a little pool ( didn't venture in but looked nice!). The rooms were nice, pretty basic but perfectly adequate considering you don't spend too much time in your rooms. The staff were extremely friendly and helfpul, breakfast was minimalistic but we enjoyed all the local pastries and cakes provided. Nicely located, however down loads of little alleys so hard to find at first!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

I have just returned after a 4 night stay here with a friend. I had read reviews, good and bad but decided as I always do, find out for myself. I'm glad I did. The Riad was lovely, the staff very helpful. There is obviously a language barriar but if you can speak pigeon French you can get by. We had clean towels on the 2nd day. There was plenty of hot water. The breakfast was pleasant, tea, coffee, juice, bread and pastries. We had breafkast 30 mins before the normal time on our last day so we could leave for the airport. The Manager arranged a transfer from the airport for us. When we arrived we had a welcome drink and a chat with the manager to find out about the local area and where to visit. We didn't waste any time, got changed into something more appropriate (38 degrees) and found the main square where we got the tour bus. I can recommend doing this. There are 2 routes and your 24 hr ticket covers both. All the tourist attractions are relatively close to each other and it is easy to get around. We had quite a bit of trouble getting taxis and when we did, they wouldn't agree on a price, trying to charge way over the correct amount. On our last night the riad arranged for their driver to take us to a local restaurant (Al Fassia - run and owned by women, highly recommended) and I wish we'd used their driver all the time. A few times we didn't get our change back after a meal, the staff obviously just presumed that the change (quite a bit) was for them to keep. The hassle received by the locals, shop keepers, taxi drivers, men standing on corners of street, men standing outside the entrance way to the alley for the Riad was very tiring and sometimes intimidating but, once the door of the riad was closed shut, you could relax. We booked a trip through Discover Ltd to Kasbah Toubkal which is in the Atlas Mountains, well worth the visit. We had a lovely stay.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

Travelled here with friends, and must confess to be being a little nervous after some of the reviews - this is a superb Riad, the owner organised our pick up and drop off at the airport, the trips which we wanted plus recommending others all cheaper than we could find on the internet. we ate at the Riad on the 1st night - the food is delicous, breakfast was also good, besides pancakes you would get cakes, bread rolls jams etc. The owner came to see us on our 1st full day (we arrived in the evening), he speaks excellent english, told us to treat the house like our own including putting our own wine in his fridge! You can buy alcohol at the Riad, we took ours with us and that was fine, we could sit around the splash pool relaxing or on the balcony, (you dont have to drink in your room!) I would highly recommend this Riad and as per the owners recommendation if we do go back will book directly with the RIad . All of the staff are very friendly and helpful - loads of hot water (despite some comments from other reviews) each room individual/authentic - loved this RIAD

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leefdaal, Belgium
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Reviewed February 4, 2011

We just loved this lovely riad ! We were a bit frightened after reading some bad reviews on Tripadvisor, but it was a nice surprise when we arrived in this riad. We preferred going in a riad, above going in a big hotel outside the city center, and we never regret it !!!
The location is great, a 10 to 15 minute walk from the central square, in a narrow and quiet alley. Entering in the riad brought silence after the business of the city. Even on the roof you could only hear the birds singing...
The staff was really friendly and helpful, where possible. We had a lovely room, decorated in an authentic way. Loved the cosy bathroom ! (even if some parts of the raid could use a little painting or renovating)
The breakfast was a little bit annoying after a couple of days, but we understood that a 'real' moroccan breakfast doesn't exist. And at least the pancakes were original :-)
For one who does prefer authenticity above big luxury, this riad is a good choice !

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wroclaw, Poland
1 review
Reviewed January 24, 2011

First of all, anyone writing bad reviews must have had unrealistic expectations. It is a Riad, not a Grand Hotel. That means it's a house. That said, it's a nice house, with a beautiful courtyard, and the service was very pleasant.

If you take the airport pick-up, you won't have to worry about finding the place the first time. After that, the Riad is not hard to find and walk home to. Overall it was a good location, within walking distance both the main square and the newer part of town.

The manager upgraded our room to one with a big bathtub for the first part of our stay.

There were a few technical issues with the place: some cracks in the plaster, leaky toilet tank, and a power outage one morning. But I guess that is to be expected in the Medina.

The service was excellent, and an interesting microcosm of Moroccan society, with an Arab manager and Berber servants.

Breakfast was fine and always served with a smile. Expect Moroccan pancakes and rolls/croissants/bread with butter/jam, very nice orange juice, and coffee/tea.

The first evening we ordered dinner, which was delicious, but a little expensive compared with the other dinners we had in Marrakech. I suppose you pay for the convenience and comfort of eating in your hotel . . .

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Out'n'About
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

I'm not sure what other people expect of Marrakeshi Riads - maybe they expect the clinical precision of yet another soulless western hotel; the same as every other western hotel anywhere in the world. That might explain some of the other reviews here.

This Riad was clean, fairly well located (walking distance) to all the sights, provided breakfast and WiFi and had an organised driver if you needed to book trips further afield. Sure, there were doors that didn't close absolutely perfectly, the hot water ran out when a bath was only half drawn and some of the tiles and fittings weren't perfect, but it all still worked. It was pleasant to return to after days out and they organised a trip for us and a transfer to the airport at the end of the stay when we requested it, so no real complaints.

As for the dark alley - it's not a problem in this area. People are friendly in Marrakech, if you learn a word or two in Arabic (or French) and try to interact with them rather than assuming the worst. Sometimes it's dark at night but we always felt safe. For specific directions to the Riad - start at the mosque Bab Doukkala and make sure you're on the south side on Rue Fatima Zohra. The riads street is Derb Zaouia and there is a small sign of the street name just inside it near the mosque. (it's the next Derb north (or away from the main city) from the Maison d'Arabe one). Go down the derb for about 100m to the second right and follow that one. After about 25m take the left and then the riad is about 10m on your right. If in doubt just keep looking at the numbers above the doors and you'll eventually find number 26. Also, look it up on Google Maps and you'll have a picture in your minds eye at least.

Oh yeah, and go into the mini Bab Doukkala souk to pick up fruit, nuts and water at much cheaper prices than Djema el Fna.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

We stayed at this Riad for 7 nights and had a great time. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and the Riad is perfectly placed to explore Marrakech. I would recommend booking the airport transfer via the Riad as it is quite diffcult to find (down some alleyways) when you first arrive. The Riad has a very relaxing atmosphere, however as soon as you step outside you are in the hustle and bustle of the city. I would not advise people with disabilities to stay here as I would imagine it would be very difficult to access. Lone female travellers may also not like the dark alleyways and unwanted attention they receive. Having said that, we did not encounter any trouble whilst we were there, so I think it is a very busy (but relatively safe) area. The Riad organises trips for its guests, one of which was through the Atlas mountains, which was very good value for money.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Barroko
Address: derb zaouia 26 bab doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#194 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Barroko 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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