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“Veristic & quiet tasteful spot in Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Ida Ou Balou
Ranked #547 of 1,170 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Warsaw, Poland
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Veristic & quiet tasteful spot in Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Amazingly located in the middle of bursting real city Marocan life therefore out of often fake touristic spots. In the heart of medina though quiet and home. Cheap and fresh variety of food available just at the doorstep of the Riat. Absolutely warm and friendly staff ready to help at any possibly occasion. I do love the breakfasts and evening mint tea sessions. Cozy, stylish and comfortable lobby area which is in fact internal patio. Perfect location, few minutes walk to major attraction such us Ali Ben Yusuf Madrasa, museum of Marrakech, Museum of Photography, on the way to suks and Jemma el-Fnaa. Definitely recommend that place for people seeking for peaceful and veristic at the same time place in Marrakech.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Shalvia
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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews
56 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A brilliant stay in Marrakech, if your looking to stay in a Riad look no further.
The place is clean, has all the facilities you would ever need and the staff are amazing.
Jean-Pierre, a Frenchman is the owner and he will go out of his way to assist, Hashim( my apologies for the spelling)who works there is fantastic, helpful and street wise so he will be able to give you an idea of prices if your going to do some shopping.
I have reviewed a number of places all over the world and this place falls into my top 2 or 3 places to stay. Marrakech can be daunting, especially if your French is poor or non existent but this is somewhere you will enjoy staying.
Read the rest of the reviews of this place, everyone who has stayed here gives positive reviews...I can be a bit pedantic at times, but I rate this place 100%, but if your even more pedantic than I am,you will still rate your stay here very highly.
It is about 15 minutes from the main square, close to the markets....there is bus number 2 that will drop you next to the square, and on the way back 50 metres from the Riad, just get your bearings before you take the bus especially if you don't speak French.
The Riad is in a very working class area of Marrakech. It's fine I felt totally safe here.
However if you want to see a sanitised, pasteurised version of Morocco this place may not be for you. This is a working class area with all the life, the passion and the character of the Moroccan people.....if you want to see and experience the pulse and life of the real Morocco outside your door, stay here. If you want the sanitised version stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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2 Thank Ziggy154
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed three nights at this Riad and our host Jean-Pierre was most helpful and courteous, as was his staff. My grandson loved to play with the cats and kittens too. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable - so quiet amid the bustle and activity of Marrakech. Mint tea provided was so refreshing and the evening meal is to be recommended. Altogether a lovely experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Sylvia P
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Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Very friendly, helpfull staff, perfect location in the medina. Although on a busy square, inside your room and on the great roof terrace there is no noise. Perfect spot to stay in Marrakech. The first time you go there it might me hard to find on your own. Google maps will help you out (when you're walking, not by car). The airport pick-up we used was very comfortable and not expensive.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Runneeee
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is the second time my wife and I have stayed at this riad, the first time was during our honeymoon back in April 2012 and we enjoyed our stay so much we promised to return. Jean-Pierre, his staff and the cats make this riad what it is, a relaxing and tranquil place to stay. The rooms are nicely decorated and very comfortable. Although it is not in a tourist area you benefit from seeing "the real" Marrakesh and it is only a short walk to the medina.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jeremy H
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Initially, we were only booked to stay here for 3 nights, but after enjoying the Riad so much we extend our stay. The location is excellent and the rooms are comfortable and clean.

The staff went above and beyond, even taking us on an orientation walk through to the main square via the Souks. No request was too much and the staff were always friendly and attentive. We felt like we were at home.

This place is a must stay for those wanting an authentic taste of Marrakech with a quiet haven to come home to!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank P W
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Nijeveen, Drenthe, Netherlands
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Very nicely furnished, small hotel, with extremely helpful owner and staff, french and english speaking. Good breakfast, great dinner (to be ordered in the morning). Very nice location in non-touristic area, with very friendly inhabitants (also for women), great to enjoy the real Marrakshi daily life! Very quiet in the night, though. Main touristic sights are on walking distance, but there's a very good public bus-connection or cheap taxis. There's enough to be seen in Marrakesh and surroundings to stay at least one week!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Monique H
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Property: Riad Ida Ou Balou
Address: 127, rue Bab Taghzout | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #547 of 1,170 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 4
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