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Reviewed 28 July 2010

When we booked our trip to Marrakech, everyone told us that we would only be able to stand 2 days as the city is too hot and hectic but because of Riad Ali Baba, we left the city feeling happy and rested. I can only rave about this hotel. The rooms have been well designed and thought out. The staff are excellent and appear to genuinely enjoy their jobs. The dinners are great and the breakfasts are generous. The little plunge pool is a joy to come back to in the afternoon and the location is central but still quiet. Best of all, unlike the other riads in Marrakech, the hotel is just north of the museums so you don't have to trek though the souk every time to get to them. I highly recommend the newly opened Museum of Photography, just a hop, skip and a jump from Riad Ali Baba. Finally, in terms of value for money, we thought this hotel was spot on. They didn't overcharge for beer, juice or water like some European establishments tend to and were happy to provide advice for how to bargain for cabs. When in Marrakech, we would stay here over and over again. Thank you Riad Ali Baba!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank australiantraveller0
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

i have visited marrakech on a number of occassions and this riad is by far the best place i have stayed in the city.picked up at airport, walked to the front door,handed a cold beer....happy days.the staff at baba ali are amazing.matthieu is the ultimate host and cannot do enough to make your stay enjoyable.you can really relax here.mohammed even went to get myself and my friend a takeaway while we watched football on tv. we stayed here twice on this trip beginning and end and will stay there again.we had our laundry done on the last day so went home clean! and the tagine that the girls prepared just before we left for airport was superb.the rooms are beautifully decorated as is the roof terrace and it is so quiet with the exception of the nearby mosque....i quite like the call for prayer as it reminds you where you are. djemma el fna easy 15 min away.la fondouk restaurant 5 min away and cafe arabe also very close. area totally safe.the local kids according to a dutch reviewer annoying you are just being kids...you need to relax man.if you want a place to chill after a crazy day in the city this is it.have a beer food wine by the pool.....shukran bezeff matthieu mohammed and the lovely staff!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank bluecornIreland
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

I stayed here while in Marrakech. Even though i only booked for one night they were more then welcome to extend my stay when i requested. And when they did not have availability they helped me locate another raid.

All the staff were friendly although they predominately all spoke French ( i speak basic french).

The riad has views of the surrounding area. It has a great stylish/modern take on the traditional riad. With deep earthy and mystical tones personalised for each room. Overall a great retreat from the busy Marrakech souks etc (about a 10-15min walk)

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled solo
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Thank Globetrotter123456
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Reviewed 2 April 2010

Baba Ali was the first of two riads we stayed in during our trip. The riad experience in this general price range seems to be similar across all the different options. Beautiful decor, first class service, great food, comfortable rooms, etc.

Best part about Baba Ali is the service. Anything you need or want, you get, quickly and with class. The staff and the manager went above and beyond what good service requires to take care of us.

The other best part is the food. Fatima cooked up the best meal we had in Morocco. You pay a bit more to eat in the riad, but the quality of the cooking is so much better than you get anywhere else.

The rooms are a bit on the small size (comparing them to the other riad we stayed in) but comfortable and well decorated. The courtyard and rooftop terrace are nicely done.

The location is very good, about a ten minute walk to the square if you don't get lost, but you will get lost.

Negatives: The Baba Ali mosque is right next door so you will wake up at 5 am to the call to prayer. The bathroom does not have a door, so you sacrifice some privacy. The decor is more modern than traditional, if you are looking for something more old city-ish. The picture map given to get you to and from the square is a very nice effort, but not very effective. Photos are too small and spread out between landmarks with no distance markings.

Overall, I'd stay here again in a heartbeat. Beautiful, classy, relaxing riad with great food and even better service.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank AugustWest07
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

We stayed at Riad Baba Ali in March 2010 for 5 nights. After weeks of searching for the most traditional, authentic, beautiful Riad we could find, we settled with Riad Baba Ali. Upon arrival we were picked up by an airport transfer organised by the Riad which was excellent and after walking through a maze of streets, past donkeys and local children, we were taken right to the door of the Riad. Finding your way to the Riad is fairly unnerving the first time you try on your own however after doing it once or twice you become very comfortable finding your way around. Once inside the Riad we realised immediately that all of our Tripadvisor research had paid off! The Riad is beautiful and acts as an oasis outside of the hustle and bustle in the Medina. After a days walking around the Souks there was no better feeling than to get back to the Riad and retire to the roof terrace to enjoy a pot of mint tea and talk about the days events.

The staff were also first class and for us demonstrated the reason you stay in a Riad and not a hotel. We had booked on a tour which set off early in the morning and we were unsure of how to get to the office where we would meet our tour guide. Mathieu was kind enough to walk us there and back to make sure we knew where we were going the following morning. Mohammed was also an excellent host, he looked after us very well and made sure we were looked after and were having a good time. We practised our French with him and in return would help him with his English which was good fun.

We also ate dinner at the Riad which was excellent. Locationwise the Riad is around a 15 minute walk to the main square (Djamaa El Fna). If you can get someone to show you the way to the square on your first day this would be invaluable. It took us a couple of tries to get the hang of it but once you have been shown the way its pretty easy. Also if you try to find your own way the locals are very adept at spotting lost tourists and will kindly show you the way to the square however will often be looking for a small fee (10 or 20 Dirhams).

Overall I would not hesitate to recommend the Riad Baba Ali, I stayed there with my girlfriend and we both had an excellent time. We spent hours on tripadvisor looking for the best place to stay and it clearly paid off. We had a fantastic time in Marrakech and a large part of that was due to the hospitality and beauty found at our Riad.

P.S. The photos on the Riads website are great and we felt they didn't do the place justice.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tom J
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