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Riad Maison Belbaraka
Ranked #125 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A truly authentic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Situated in the heart of the medina, we knew we were in the heart of Morocco when our taxi stopped and handed us over to a porter waiting with a handcart to guide us through tiny lanes to the hotel, situated about 500m away. Closer to a B&B experience than a hotel, we found the riad to be a little oasis in the hot and hectic city surrounds. Our room was situated on the ground floor with a private bathroom. We didn't have a/c but because of the architecture, the stone walls keep the building cool. Thr third floor opened out to a large terrace with tables for breakfast, sun loungers and small private tents to relax. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating, and while breakfast was ok, a private dinner we ordered ahead was probably the best food we ate during our stay. You need to be comfortable

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Namur, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

Riad Belbaraka, a haven after walking in the souk. As you approach the noise disappears until the door opens on a marvelous hideaway. Luxury furnishings, personal and refined touches. Rachid and Charlotte are great at welcoming you in the riad they run. Together with their staff, they not only provide great local dishes on request, they will cater to your every need, answer all the questions you may have about the country, provide you with excellent tips and even give you precious advice on how to tour. This is a place where one sits down to breakfast for enjoyment. Would certainly recommend it eyes closed and are already planning to return soon.

Room Tip: We had the elephant room which was lovely with a bath. But all rooms looked great.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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constanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We have stayed at Riad Maison Belbaraka for 2 weeks in January.It was beautiful!We have been greeted on the airport after a long flight. After we reach the Riad , wich is easy to find, we had some mint tea and moroccan pastries in a cosy atmosphere and then a good moroccan dinner.I cannot recomand this hotel enough.It has a very good location , just 10 minutes walk to Jeema El Fna and Kotubia Mosque.
Charlotte and Rashid, the managers, were so kind to us. WE were treated like sultans in there.The Riad has a nice architecture ,it makes you feel like you have travelled back in time, especially when you stay on the terace drinking a cup of mint tea and listen the calls to prayer 5 times a day.We absolutely recomand to take them for a tour around Morocco.We have been on an Atlas mountains grand tour , 4 days to Merzouga desert and 1 day to Esouira.All are different and worth a visit if you are there.
I should not forget the nice ladies who are preparing delicious breakfast for us and Hassan wich we alrady consider a friend already.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cupertino, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

I booked another Riad and it happened that the Riad did not have more room for me so they moved me to Maison Bel Baraka. It was a nice surprise! The staff are friendly and helpful and Hassan always accomodate my schedule for breakfast, no matter how early it is. Thanks Charlotte for letting me stay here and thanks Hassan for his great work. I will stay here again next time when I go to Marrakech!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank plinfr
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed in the Belbaraka for 4 nights in October this year as a couple and had a wonderful time. The decor of the riad is beautiful throughout and, in particular, the Cafe room which we stayed in. The staff could not have been more helpful, including the manger Charlotte, who greeted us with delicious mint tea and pastries on our arrival and talked us through where we should visit during our stay. Hassan, the night porter was very accommodating including arranging breakfast for 6am one morning we were leaving early!

After 3 nights at Belbaraka, we left for a 3 day excursion into the desert, but wished to return to the riad for one more night after. The staff could not have been more helpful in this by allowing us to leave our luggage in the Cafe room while we were away and to pay for the total visit at the end.

All in all Riad Maison Belbaraka is located a short walk from the djemaa el fna (which we were guided on by Charlotte the first night) and so is perfect for a short visit to Marrakech. The riad itself, the staff and the atmosphere are all excellent and we would recommend Riad Maison Belbaraka to anyone!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

We booked an out-of-town hotel for our week in Marrakech as we felt that the pool and other facilities would be better suited to a long stay. We wanted to experience a night in a Riad so after literally hours of researching online, I found this Riad and what a find it was! We paid around £45 for B&B for one night and would have happily spent double this!

Location - We did struggle at first to find the Riad (and were duped by some children looking for cash) but once we knew where we were going, we got back to it no problems. It is in the Riad Larouss area of the Medina and if you can navigate to the area's square (a big car park with some official looking buildings), the Riad is down a couple of small winding alleys from there. Best to email for directions in advance! The lovely owner Charlotte walked us back to the square once we'd found our way and showed us some points of reference so that we could easily get back later that day and at night. The Riad was well placed to visit all of the sites and was within easy walking distance to the Majorelle Gardens and the main square. A taxi to the square cost less than £2/EUR2.

The Riad - Quite simply a beautiful place! It is a traditional layout with the rooms built round the courtyard. There are only 5 bedrooms and there were no other guests when we stayed so it was very peaceful. There is a fab roof terrace, on which we enjoyed a couple of beers late afternoon, despite the thunder and light rain. The staff were all very pleasant, especially Charlotte (the owner) who was really kind and full of great tips about the city and the area and the night porter who went out of his way to ensure we were happy (offering us beer when we arrived home from dinner at night - which we enjoyed on the roof terrace again!). We were served mint tea and pastries upon our arrival and the breakfast in the morning was a selection of pancakes and pastries with coffee and juice served in the living room (it was raining, otherwise we woudl have eaten it on the roof).

The Room - We chose the Cafe room and of all the rooms, I think it was the best. We saw the other rooms when we arrived and they were all different and very nicely decorated. We were on the ground floor with windows out to the courtyard and a giant wooden door which I took great glee in bolting shut (I felt like I was in a palace!). Our bathroom was amazing, fully tiled with soft towels and toiletries. The shower consisted of a large basin built into the floor - a great alternative to a bath! We had a great night's sleep and although we heard the call to prayer, it didn't bother us. There was a safe in the room and plenty of room to hang clothes. The room was quite small so might have become a little cramped for a long stay but for a few nights, would be perfect, plus you are made to feel at home in the Riad and can use the living room and roof terrace at your leisure.

Overall - As I mention above, this was a one night stay in the middle of a week in Marrakech and was by far the best part of our trip. We chose to get our hotel's shuttle in to town in the afternoon and return the following evening. During our night away we visited the Majorelle Gardens, went for cocktails at the Mamounia, had dinner at Al Fassia and then spent the following day in the souks and round the main square. We found this experience much less stressful than our one-day visit to the centre earlier in the week as we could easily nip back to the Riad for some peace between our activities. I found the noise and bustle of Marrakech very stressful and quite daunting but the Riad was a perfect haven. The transport around the city is so quick and cheap (which we hadn't realised the first day we visited).

I fully recommend staying in a Riad for your trip to Marrakech, either for your full stay or for one night like we did and I would whole heartedly recommend Maison Belbaraka, Charlotte and her team. Without this night, our trip would have been much less enjoyable so many thanks to them for making it so special.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

we went to marrakesh for a short trip to celebrate my birthday and after long research I found the Riad Belbaraka. I emailed the riad directly and got a better deal than what it was advertised on booking.com. we also had the airport transfer arranged through the riad(highly recommended) as you won't be able to find the riad if not escorted on your arrival. The location was great as well, 10-15 min to the main square, but still away from all the hassle and noise. Also if you ask Rashid he will direct you to two nearby restaurants which were amazing also. The staff is more than friendly and attentive. We were welcomed with mint tea and Moroccan pastry, which were all delicious. The rooms were clean, cozy, without any modern amenities like tv or phone, which made the atmosphere even more authentic to the old spirit of the city. Breakfast was more than amazing, freshly baked Moroccan pancakes and amazing jam made out of figs. This was served on the roof terrace where you can enjoy the sunshine and the quietness of the surroundings.
If you want a place where to relax after long days of walking around the souks this is the right place.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Maison Belbaraka
Address: Riad Laarouss Derb Asafrou Sidi Bouamer No 242, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #125 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Maison Belbaraka 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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