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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Riad Saba is a pearl with a friendly welcoming caracter and a perfect location in the Medina of Marrakech. The hospitality is excellent and all the staff really make you feel at home. The top terass has a fantastic view and we had breakfast there every morning. We got help with choise of restaurants and other tip that made our vacation even better. The tour to Atlas mountain was special, made with special care.

Date of stay: February 2013
Trip type: Traveled with friends
1  Thank Lotta K
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babouche99, Manager at Riad Saba, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

Dear Lotta

Thank you for you kind words. It was very nice having you in Riad Saba.
We hope your sunbatteries are loaded for another few weeks until spring comes to Sweden.

We wish you all the best!
Kind regards
Maria & Jabrane

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Malcolm & Therèse

My wife and I travelled to Marrakesh for a quick honeymoon in the sun.

We had had many emails to Riad Saba before we left and everything was beautifully arranged for us with a driver picking us up at the airport making our arrival smooth and easy.

The Riad itself is lovely, and our room was large and comfortable. It felt very private and cosy in the cool January evenings. Breakfasts on the terrace were great as was afternoons sitting up there with a glass of wine taking in the sunshine.

From the Riad to the main square where all the "action" is was only a short walk and we found the location very convenient. The staff were friendly and were available 24 hours and always smiling.

The Riad owners Maria and Jabrane we excellent hosts and arranged some of the things we wanted to do before we arrived, like a guided tour of the markets and a trip to the Atlas Mountains. Actually the trip to the Atlas Mountains was the highlight of our stay and is a MUST....one of the best experiences of my life!

We had a wonderful Stay at Riad Saba and recommend it highly. If we ever return to Marrakesh, we will definately stay there again.

Many thanks to Jabrane, Maria and the friendly team there for our great honeymoon and great memories.

PS don't miss having lunch on the roof of the Photographic Museum.....best meal of the trip with a view to die for :-)

Date of stay: January 2013
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1  Thank Malcolm L
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babouche99, Owner at Riad Saba, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

Dear new friends!

Thank you for your kind lines!
We are so happy that you were satisfied with your Marrakech trip!
I will definitely try the lunch at Photographic Museum, that sound fab!

All the best to you!
Warm greetings
maria & jabrane

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We had a pleasant stay in Riad dar Saba. Mohammed is friendly and helpfull.
Most of the sights/atractions are on walking distance. Nice restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. We will come another time .

Peter & Jolanda

Date of stay: January 2013
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Thank Johanna D
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babouche99, Owner at Riad Saba, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

Dear Peter & Jolanda,

We are happy you liked your stay at Riad Saba.
It was very nice meeting you in Marrakech

Kind regards
Mohammed

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

New Years this year was an extraordinary event. Myself, my husband and our two sons (8 and 5 years old) spent it at the delightful Riad Saba together with the other guests, mostly families with older children, and the hosts Maria and Jabrane as well as the Moroccon staff living and or working there. A perfect end to our 5 day stay in Marrakech after Christmas. I would recommend Riad Saba to anyone who wants to explore the old city of Marrakech and possibly combine it with a bit of adventure as Maria Sebnat, the host, is also very helpful in tailor making your trip to your interests and needs. She had arranged for us to be picked up from the airport and taken to the desert camp Scarabeo, less than an our from Marrakech, where we spent one night in a fairy tale landscape far away from the bustling market of Jma el Fna. The tents were certainly de luxe style and the tagines that our Morrockan hosts made for us to die for. A great experience for the whole family. Maria had also organised a day trip to the highlands of the Atlas Mountains with lots of climbing and play for the kids. Marrakech and Riad Saba was the perfect place for us to get some sun and rest in the middle of winter.

Date of stay: December 2012
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Thank Anna N
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babouche99, Manager at Riad Saba, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

Dear Anna,

Thank you for you kind words!
It was such a pleasure having you and your family over new year!

We wish you a wonderful year and happy travelling!
Best regards
Riad Saba team

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Riad Saba is located quite centrally to the old town. We found it an easy walk to both the main square (Fna) and the Bahia palace. There are also a few neat museums nearby.

As I guess is the point of a riad, as you enter the guesthouse you step out of dusty, noisy chaos of the city and into a place of tranquility. It was always an extreme relief to pass through the doors!

The rooms are larger than I expected, and all have an en suite (shower only, as water is in short supply in Marrakech). A small roof terrace offers a pleasant place to sit in the warm and read a book, and if it gets too hot there's a good sized living room on the ground floor too. I couldn't fault the accommodation.

Breakfast is a fruit salad, yogurt, a selection of breads, apricot jams, some chive and garlic cream cheese and (on most days) some fried egg. This was just what we needed to set us up for the day, but might become rather repetitive had we stayed a whole week. Coffee comes on demand, which is ideal! We took breakfast on the roof terrace when it was dry, and in the courtyard when raining.

We also tried dining in the riad one evening, and it was actually the best food we had in the whole holiday (beating Tobsil and Pepenero for taste and atmosphere). It was also really relaxing to dine in the charming courtyard, and the gentleman serving us had a great sense of humour and warmth even if we could not speak with him in English.

The remainder of the staff were also all friendly and eager to please, and Maria and Jabrane in particular were sure to come at breakfast time to check we were happy and all was in order, which it almost always was. They also arranged taxis for us to and from the airport (all of which was just added to our room bill), which made haggling with the drivers a non-issue.

If we ever went back to Marrakech (which I don't think we would...) I would definitely stay here again, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere with great rooms and friendly service but which is a bit more relaxed than the larger hotels.

In terms of local spots, note that Pepe Nero is a highly rate Italian/Moroccan restaurant about 2 minutes walk further down the alley from Riad Saba, while heading towards the main square it's about four minutes' walk to 'Dejeuner de Marrakech', a cafe with a nice roof terrace and great snack dishes (sandwiches, salads, soup, etc.)

Room tip: You may wish to ask not to be in 'Room Chocolate' as it looks out over the main square. On our first night there was a drumming festival and bonfire in the square until 5am, and on other nights children played football loudly until late at night.
Date of stay: November 2012
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1  Thank Rick D
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babouche99, Manager at Riad Saba, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2012

Thank you very much for your detailed review!

I was slightly surprised to hear that you didnt like the big square of Marrakech ( Jemaa el Fna) But after I read you review I saw it with new eyes anda agree that it can be an exhausting place...

The first night you stayed at Riad Saba it was the Achora fest that occurs once a year, when every single child gets a drum....the result is quite noisy. I suppose it is a way to keep the drumming tradition alive.

It was such a pleasue to have you at Riad Saba, I hope you filled you sun batteries with some energy.

Live and travel well!
Kind regards
Riad Saba team

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