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Riad Abaka
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

What a fabulous place, can't fault it. Perfect position in the middle of this amazing, crazy city, but once through the doors of the Riad you're transported to another time and place. It's calm and peaceful, with rooms built around beautiful courtyards . It's well hidden so you must arrange pick up at the airport by the Riad minibus/taxi, hassle free, reasonable price. Have dinner at the Riad on the rooftop terrace where breakfast is also served, it's the best food in town. Try some of the restaurants recommended by Adil the manager, and a guide will take you and bring you home again. And it does feel like home - wonderful. If the restaurant is too far to walk, the Riad taxi or minibus will take you. The Riad will also arrange trips to the mountains far cheaper than tour operators, and provide a lovely personal service.

Room Tip: the canelle room is so lovely
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank paula y
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

I cannot fault our stay at Riad Abaka. Top marks on all counts. Organising a trip for a group of 18 could have been a nightmare, but the support of the Abaka staff made it so much easier. Our group hired the entire riad. From the very start, their kind response to our various demands and their helpful suggestions ensured that everything went smoothly – and this extended to a range of services beyond the accommodation, from arranging taxis in advance to advising us on nightlife and being flexible with payment methods, not to mention prompt and patient answers to our constant stream of emailed questions.
They met us, as promised, at the airport and welcomed us to the riad with sweet mint tea and biscuits – a nice touch.
The riad is simple and stylish, authentic but sufficiently up-to-date with enough plug points, internet access, good plumbing etc! There are a range of rooms, all the same quality, just differing in size, all en suite. I found the firm bed really comfortable and slept very well while I was there. Everything was perfectly clean and beautifully presented; you can never have too many scattered rose petals..... They also have an extremely pleasant roof terrace where you can eat, catch some sun or just generally lounge about.
The atmosphere is very friendly and informal, although I suspect that the staff adapts according to the nature of the guests. The manager, Adil , invited us to treat it as our home, which we clearly did (including raiding their kitchen for wrong o’clock munchies!) and they genuinely didn’t seem to mind.
It was with regret and fond goodbyes that we left. I would love to go back to Marrakech and would not consider staying anywhere else but Riad Abaka.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank jodiefromlondon
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Reviewed November 26, 2010

We spent five(5) nights at this riad in two in tranches. The riad was in a very good location for the medina, only a couple minutes from the main square(Djemaa el-fina) , souks and close to some nice restaurants & bars (Villa Flores, Cafe Araba).

The riad itself was very clean and peaceful. There were two inside breakfast areas and a large roof top terrace. Breakfast was provided when we wanted it and was even waiting for us at 6.30am before leaving for a desert trip. We stayed in one of the cheaper rooms which was still a good size with a large comfortable bed. Breakfast consisted of freshly orange juice, coffee, yogurt, bread rolls and jam as well as something else which changed each day (pancakes, pan au chocolat etc).

The main negative was that they did not organise our transfer from the airport to the riad and unbeknown to us the address on the website was not complete so the taxi drivers at the airport were not able to take us. So we had a lot of difficulty trying to get the full address and then trying to find the riad once we got to the medina.

All the employees were friendly and welcoming, especially the main manager.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

Riad Abaka is a special place and was a highlight on our trip. In itself, it's a splendid specimen with all the usual features that make the better Riads memorable - beautifully converted, spacious, filled with light and features (plunge pool, hammam, water wall, roof terrace) and yet so intimate and personal, as everything looks onto and shares the same space.

Its location could hardly be more central - a 5-minute walk from the Djemaa al-Fna and in one of the smaller, hidden alleys of the Medina. Our room wasn't huge and, this being a Riad, overlooked the central courtyard, but it was plush, spotless, comfortable and warm (this was December, which also meant that the courtyard was covered at roof level by a plastic tarpaulin to shield any rain. Pity - no sky views from the ground floor - but standard practice as we discovered at other Riads we stayed at).

And yet, for all of these plus points (which, after all, you would expect from most other Riads in this price range), it's the service that we will never forget. I've experienced good and bad service before, but Mohamed, Mona, Walid and Sherezad the cook took good hospitality up a notch - we were lucky that we stayed there for three nights, which gave us time to savour it. They were genuinely interested in our Marrakech experience and wanted to make it as good as it could possibly be, going the extra mile without impinging or being indiscreet. When we asked about making the perfect Moroccan mint tea one evening, they took us into the kitchen and gave us a step-by-step masterclass. When we expressed an interest in buying a good tajine, Mohamed not only gave us the coordinates of the 'go-to' stall in the souq and the price we should expect to pay, but personally went out and procured some top-notch Ras el Hanout spices for us to take back with us for our Moroccan meal back home. Even though we spent very little time at the Riad, we enjoyed their company so much that a week later, after travelling to and from the desert and gorges, we passed by to say hello and were welcomed back like family and plied with tea, sweets and stories.

It was a snapshot of the Morocco we experienced - for all the staggering beauty, varied landscapes and culinary treats, it's the hospitality of the people that made us want to return.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Muzajz
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Reviewed November 24, 2009

Had a four night stay at Riad Abaka, absolutley fantastic. The rooms are lovely and the food delicious. The staff are so friendly and helpful, we wanted for nothing! Close to the square and markets. Will definately be going back!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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