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“Beautiful riad- great value”
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Riad Baraka
Ranked #7 of 63 Chefchaouen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful riad- great value”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

Joe was a great host- helpful at figuring out how to get around Chefchaouen as well as travel to our next destination. The whole city is small, so though it's not right on the main square, it's both near the city gate and a short walk to the center. It's beautifully restored and the rooms were comfortable. The only complaint is that it gets a bit cold in the rooms since there's only heat in the central part of the building and not in each room. The restaurant around the corner from the riad was great with good service, but also a good landmark to find the riad when walking around.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

One of the highest rated riads in Chaouen found on another good hostel-website and we fully understand why! This riad, which is the cleanest ever, is run by a very hospitable British family who ensured a realy nice stay in Chaouen. The laid-back atmosphere suits this town perfectly. A nice breakfast kicks off your day and Joe and Trevor, who happen to be amazing story tellers too, are happy to give you loads of good info about where to go and what to do. At the time of our stay a few rooms were rebuilt and suited with their own bathroom, to serve them who are keen on having their own toilet and shower. I'll definitely recommend this place to anyone who's visiting Chaouen (also your bank acount will appreciate this riad). Thanks guys!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

We had just arrived in Morocco for a 4 week adventure and Riad Baraka was our first stop. It was so lovely to be welcomed by Ann the owner of the Riad and to be introduced to the ways of Chefchaouen and Morocco by an English speaking 'local'. The location of the Riad is right next to the hustle and bustle of the medina which we came to see yet being one street back it was so quiet. We thought it exceptional value for the newly renovated 6 room riad and had a great breakfast each morning. thanks for a great stay. Top marks to you Ann.

Room Tip: We were a family of four and Room 5 had 4 single beds
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

Having endured a rather tumultuous week in Morocco the Riad Baraka was a welcome slice of true hospitality - a place not only for getting your head down, but for whiling away whole days on the stunning roof terrace.

I could not speak more highly of the staff: Joe was a warm and attentive host that went well out of his way to help us on numerous occasions. Anne was as hospitable as I could wish for and cooks what must surely be the most authentic roast dinner in Africa! Mohammed was friendly and industrious in keeping the hotel immaculately clean and tidy.

The location is spot on; being a few minutes from the big square. The rooms themselves were big and nicely decorated.

Add to this the fact that the mattresses are proper sprung mattresses (best night's sleep in Morocco by our count), the free high speed WiFi and the delicious breakfasts and the Riad Baraka really begins to stand out.

While not the cheapest bed in town, it must certainly be the best value - especially considering the comfort of the facilities which are available all day long.

Drawbacks: the hot water is sporadic in the mornings (but this is Morocco, after all).

Joe has now stopped smoking inside at breakfast, a thoughtful riposte to the negative review below this one and evidence of the scope of this Riad's hospitality.

Could not recommend more highly, can't wait to return!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Oxford
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

This place was very clean indeed and had a great roof terrace with lovely views of the mountains. Good location also. However the classic peaceful riad atmoshpere was ruined by the very large TV on the ground floor which seemed to be on constantly and filled the internal court and lower floors' galleries with its noise (English premier league, Celebrity Masterchef etc). When people sat watching it on the sofa (which filled the internal court) and smoked, the noise, fumes and smell all rose up and made our first floor room quite unpleasant until after 10pm.

We were received by a rather brisk and unfriendly hostess in a dressing gown, and the breakfast was inferior to others we have had in Morocco (no bread&butter or orange juice). We took ours up onto the roof terrace but had to wait for it in a very smoky breakfast room where at the next table someone rolled a pretty large spliff and lit it. Room had no window, and we were overcharged when we left (but didn't realise at the time) because we'd already paid 10% deposit by booking online.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

As youthful 60+ travellers, we`d booked in elsewhere in Chef but were disappointed on arrival. Riad Baraka had been recommended at our previous accomodation at Dar Hafsa in Fes, so after a quick phone call, Joe met us with a taxi and had us transported to the medina. The minute the door was opened we knew we were in the perfect place for our 3 day stay. Great accomodation & facilities particularly the roof terrace, and Anne, Joe & Steve were excellent hosts, giving good advice when asked. The "little extras" available, eg wine, beer, toasties, cake, tea & laundry just put the icing on the cake. The price is unbelievably low, incredible value for money. Our only problem was that it was too hot to do the walking we wanted, but perhaps that might mean a return visit at some time. Excellent.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Joe, Trevor and their mother have done a wonderful job at Riad Baraka. The whole place is always spic and span and the beds are comfortable. For the affordable price I didn't expect to get such a beautifully decorated place and with breakfast included. The terrace is the main attraction with sweeping views of the city and a big pillowy chill out section complete with TV and DVD. I don't need to look anywhere else! Whenever I am in Chefchaouen you can bet I will be staying at Riad Baraka.

Room Tip: Pick the room with the double bed ensuite and your stay will be even better.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Riad Baraka
Address: 12 Derb | Ben Yakoub, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Chefchaouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar el Baraka sits just 70 meters from the Medina's main gate, centrally located to explore Chaouen’s ancient Medina. Dar el Baraka is an original six hundred year old riad converted into a comfortable guest house with six rooms, four bathrooms, various common areas and a stunning blue terrace. There are many corners in the riad to curl up in to watch satellite TV, read, talk, or simply daydream. ... more   less 
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