Baba Ali was the first of two riads we stayed in during our trip. The riad experience in this general price range seems to be similar across all the different options. Beautiful decor, first class service, great food, comfortable rooms, etc.
Best part about Baba Ali is the service. Anything you need or want, you get, quickly and with class. The staff and the manager went above and beyond what good service requires to take care of us.
The other best part is the food. Fatima cooked up the best meal we had in Morocco. You pay a bit more to eat in the riad, but the quality of the cooking is so much better than you get anywhere else.
The rooms are a bit on the small size (comparing them to the other riad we stayed in) but comfortable and well decorated. The courtyard and rooftop terrace are nicely done.
The location is very good, about a ten minute walk to the square if you don't get lost, but you will get lost.
Negatives: The Baba Ali mosque is right next door so you will wake up at 5 am to the call to prayer. The bathroom does not have a door, so you sacrifice some privacy. The decor is more modern than traditional, if you are looking for something more old city-ish. The picture map given to get you to and from the square is a very nice effort, but not very effective. Photos are too small and spread out between landmarks with no distance markings.
Overall, I'd stay here again in a heartbeat. Beautiful, classy, relaxing riad with great food and even better service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not far from Medersa Ben Youssef and the museum of Marrakech, after to have probably crossed the carrying ones bread, at the bottom of the derb Baba Ali “name celebrates in our imaginary”, you will find the door of your Riad. Strike, then… ... more less
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