With so so many choices of places to stay in Marrakesh, it's almost impossible to decide from a distance. So like most of you, I spent hours looking at pictures of hotels and riads in the area. I ranked the candidates by TripAdvisor review and read so so many of those reviews. My wife and I picked Riad dar bahi, for several reasons. First, it is beautiful! The design is clean and simple but elegant and stylish, NOT GARISH LIKE SO MANY, and very Moroccan. The black floor tile throughout, the glistening pool, tall sweeping curtains, and the finishing touches on the walls make it A feast for the eyes. The several small living areas, sun porch, and roof top view and furnishings are magnificent! We also considered price, and while it is not the cheapest, it is by far not the most expensive. Finally, we were very concerned about location. We did not want to have to walk a mile to things, nor did we want to be in a touristy hotel on a busy street. Dar Bahi fit our wish!
The location very close to the governor's residence is safe and feels very much like the traditional Moroccan setting we had hoped for. When we arrived, we found that vehicles cannot actually go to the door. So we were let out at LBoucha, a very well-known spot with cabs across from the entrance to the governor's palace. Then we walked an amazing quiet picturesque 5 minutes through back streets and alleys under archways and around corners to the beautiful door of dar Bahi. at first this concerned me, because I worried that I would not find my way the next time. But in the end it was a plus! It made us feel that our place was something very special, and the quiet of those walks was remarkable. if you have lots of luggage, you will want to hire one of the young men where you are dropped off to take them for you. But we easily carried our two suitcases.it would probably not be ideal for someone who has difficulty walking at all or who is in a wheelchair. but given that most riad's are multiple levels, this could be a problem in almost any.
The showers and beds and decor are designer perfect. Every detail is in place, and everything scrupulously clean.
The owner, Fred, was very responsive in my emails back and forth for weeks before we arrived. this was particularly important because we plan to be there two nights then leave for a 3-day desert trip and return for one night. I worried the gap would cause problems. But it did not and everything went seamlessly. In fact when we returned they upgraded our room to the best in the Riad. The breakfasts were excellent and served in the courtyard with kindness and graciousness. On our final night, we requested a meal in the Riad and it was served in the beautiful dining room, worthy of any elegant home, and was delicious. Couscous with raisins, tagine of chicken, apple tart for dessert, olives, bread, and classic eggplant in tomato sauce.
But by far the best part of the whole experience was the staff! Both Hamza and Suleimani could NOT have been more accommodating or more friendly or more gracious. These young men made us feel as though we were the most important guests they had ever had.
I COULD NOT RECOMMEND A PLACE MORE HIGHLY.
Our family stayed here just recently for our vacation. The room was wonderful. The kids loved the fact they could swim late considering we didnt get back to our room til late evening. Multiple different breakfast choices were very nice. Staff was wonderful. i would definitely stay again.
We had a reservation for 3 nights through Expedia. Ten days before our stay we had a short stopover in Marrakech and had the time to visit the Riad. A very nice member of staff showed us the whole place, even the room AYA we would stay in a couple of days later. The whole Riad was very new and neat and kempt. We were looking forward to our upcoming stay.
About 3 days before arrival, we got a message from Riad Dar Bahi said that they are contacting us about our booking. They informed us that they are obliged to do some renovation work in the room we booked and cannot honor our reservation.
I replied that I cannot believe what they are saying since I had the chance to see the Riad a week ago and that it was very new and there was absolutely no renovation nessessary.
They replied, that they wanted to send me pictures of the renovation but we never received a pic.
Then we booked a different hotel in Marrakech. During the days in Marrakech we once again visited Riad Dar Bahi and asked, wether they would allow us to see the Riad what the very nice staff enjoyed to do.
During this visit we saw a couple of guests and again had the chance to peek into the open window of the room AYA. It was occupied. No renovation, no nothing.
That was the proof, that all they wrote was untrue.
Apparently it can be the case, that, if You book this Riad and as soon as something, let's say "unforeseen" happenes, Your room might be cancelled without hesitation.
Believe it or not, but yesterday an employee of the Riad sent me a WhatsApp and begged me to delete the comment because it would be bad for them.
He appologized for what they have done and offered us free dinners first, and since I showed no interest, free nights if we cancel the rating.......
We are not interested in any kind of compensation, we just want to share our experience with Riad Dar Bahi with the travel community.
The truth must be the truth.
The Riad Dar Bahi was our second Riad in Marrakech. The Riad had a very modern face lift which was beautifully done and gave it a nice contrast. Especially that first time entering from the dusty, narrow and intensive smelling streets was fascinating. The entrance is kept dark with a lot of black which was nicely highlighted by lanterns. An oil incense burner spreads a wonderful scent, providing an olfactory shower. And then you walk into the splendid court yard...
We enjoyed our stay but there where a couple of issues we encountered. Our room was on the ground floor and the windows provided all most no sound insulation. Every morning from about 8am onwards the sound of the staff preparing breakfast and the guests consuming it. The hammam was broken during our stay which was a big upset for us, as we planned to use it. Hamza and Suleiman (uncertain of the spelling) were our two hosts. Their services were at times a bit lacking, but they did try their best and in the end provided a great experience.
The Riad is in the northern western part of the Medina and ideally situated, an abundance of great restaurants, walking distance to Djemaa el Fna, but situated in a quiet area. The view from the roof top terrace is stunning and offers all the sun or shade you could want.