Cool and nice Riad, with helpful and friendly staff. Quiet and ideally located, next to Jamaa El Fna, it can accomodate up to 8 people. Beautiful patio and cool terraces overlooking the medina and the Atlas mountains. Rented as a whole.
LOCATION: The house is next door from Jamaa El Fna square, which makes it easy to access and find, and a very good starting point to both discover the rest of the medina and access the shopping districts of the new town, such as Gueliz or the Hivernage. It is very close to the Koutoubia, the Gardens of the Koutoubia Hôtel and the Club Med compound.
The house is a 19th century Riad, with many original features, such as cedar doors and ledges, wooden ceilings.. The Riad is U shaped, wrapped around a 40 meter square patio with bougainvilleas and a small pool, heated and filtered.
At the ground level, there are two lobbies "en suite" leading to the patio, a b'hou (an open living room overlooking the patio), a more formal living room with a fireplace and a painted ceiling, a visitors' bath and restroom, and a kitchen (please note that the use of the kitchen is exclusively reserved for the house cook).
On the first floor, a 2m wide open gallery runs on two sides of the patio and opens, first, onto a green bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom en suite. Next, the gallery leads to a service room, which is not available to guests, and finally to the blue room, with a queen sized four poster bed and an adjacent bathroom (large tub). Both bedrooms are fitted with air conditionning.
On the top floor there is a U shaped terrace with a sun bathing space and two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each bedroom and its bathroom is an independent unit fitted with air conditionning and can be accessed directly from the terrace. On top of the building housing these units there are two upper terraces. The larger one is set up as a summer living room with a pergola and offers nice views on the Koutoubia and Marrakech fabulous sunsets. The other one is used for service and not accessible to guests.
The patio and its filtered pool, the first floor gallery, the lower and upper terraces, and the b'hou
Each bedroom is fitted with a A/C unit. Linen (sheets, towels, bathrobes..) and usual amenities such as hairdryers are provided in each room and bathroom. The house is also equipped with two beds for toddlers or young children.
There is a French speaking guardian who also understands and speaks a little English, and a French speaking female caretaker, who is also an excellent cook. Both are totally reliable and highly professional people who have long been employed byf the owner of the house.
Please note that access to the kitchen is restricted to the house staff. Breakfast and other meals can be arranged for an additional fee if travellers want to eat at the house. Breakfast includes home made yogurt and Moroccan pancakes, fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange juice, cake, jam and butter.. and costs 4,5 euros (50 dirhams) per person.
Lunch and dinner cost 15 euros (160 dirhams) per person and per meal. They include an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. Among the available specialties, I strongly recommend the pumpkin-orange-carrot soup, the artichoke based salad, the Sfaa (sort of angel hair pasta with meat, a traditionnal wedding dish), the couscous, the fresh vegetables tajines, the chicken with lemon tajine, the briouates (sort of delicious dumpings), and an astonishing array of cakes and pies.
INTERNET AND MEDIA:
The house also provides free internet through a wifi connection accessible from the ground and first floors, a free access computer and its printer, satellite TV in the living room.
We can arrange for a private shuttle to collect you from, or take you to, the airport. It can acommodate up to 6 people. Its price (each way) is Euros 20, which is more or less the price of a cab for the same ride, in less comfortable conditions. It is also a good way to check the quality of both the driver and the provided vehicle, which are the very same we recommend for any sightseeing trips you might want to make around Marrakech (Ouzoud waterfalls and the valley of the Ourika are two very nice possibilities for instance).
Les voyageurs ont accès à l'ensemble de la maison à l'exception de la terrasse de service (utilisée pour le séchage du linge et les équipements de gestion de l'eau) et la cuisine, qui est le domaine exclusif de la cuisinière.
Other Things to Note
I rent the house to families and seasoned Airbnb members (ie: members with more than 2 positive comments from previous hosts). If you are new to Airbnb, please tell us about your groupe and the purpose of your trip. Thank you.
1- The main rule is to treat the people working in the house with the consideration and respect they deserve for working hard to make your stay pleasant.
2- Any meal taken in the house is the responsibility of the cook, meaning that travellers do not have access to the kitchen for cooking. Breakfast, lunches and dinners are optional and have to be paid directly to the staff. The cost of breakfast is 4,5 euros per person. Lunch and dinner cost 15 euros per person and per meal.
3- To prevent any problem related to the payment of meals, they have to be paid for in advance, the very same day for lunch and dinner, the day before for breakfast. Sorry if it sounds harsh, but that is the result of experience.
Merci Pablo, Bouchra et Anas!!
Il soggiorno della mia famiglia presso il Riad Ababil di Pablo è stato ottimo e ci siamo sempre sentiti come a casa nostra, sicuri e protetti.
Abbiamo trovato il Riad estremamente confortevole, conforme alle descrizioni, pulito e ben organizzato. Bouchra ci ha deliziato con ottime colazioni ed una buona cena, mentre Anas, sempre discretamente presente, ha provveduto a soddisfare ogni nostra esigenza, trasfert puntuale da e per l’aereoporto e reperimento di una guida per la visita della città.
La posizione del Riad è eccellente, tranquillissima, facilmente raggiungibile, al limite della medina ed adiacente alla piazza Jamaa el Fna
Ottima e diretta anche la comunicazione con Pablo prima e durante il soggiorno e come un ottimo padrone di casa si è preoccupato di contattarci per sapere se tutto andava secondo le nostre esigenze e le nostre aspettative.
Sicuramente una esperienza da ripetere e da consigliare.
Ancora grazie e quando torneremo a Marrakech speriamo di essere nuovamente ospiti nel Riad Ababil!
Vincenzo, Laura, Angela, Valeria, Mauro e Lorenzo
Beautiful Riad right in the centre of the medina area which allowed us to fell we were in the heart of the city.
Friendly relaxed staff fluent in French with little English although we had no problems with communication despite our limited French.
We took two of Pablo's evening meal recommendations and they were fab.
Altogether a fabulous stay in an inspiring city.
Amazing riad in the center of Marrakesh! Pablo and his staff are really nice and helpful. Highly recommendable!
This is a lovely property in an excellent location. The design is quite pleasing. The systems (power / water) could use some updating. The staff speaks French only. It would be good to be clear about their roles before booking.
Our family of 2 children (2 years and 4 years) and 7 adults had a truly memorable time over the Christmas and New Years period in Marrakech. The riad was beautiful and very well run by Bouchra and Anas. Every room was uniquely decorated; the living areas were comfortable; we loved basking in the sun on the terrace on lazy afternoons; and the kids got to use the pool a few times. Bouchra's cooking was exceptional: of our 13 nights in the riad, she catered for 7 of our dinners and every breakfast. We bought wine from a local supermarket (ask Anas for directions) which we enjoyed with some of the best food, and definitely the best value, in the city. Bouchra showed us how to use the washing machine which we utilised quite a few times. The grandparents were initially cold and this was remediated when Anas set up space heaters throughout the house. In the evenings, we lit a fire in the living room and watched a movie, read or surfed the Internet. The location could not be better: we walked everywhere and saw all the major sights. We took trips to Essaouira and the Ourika Valley; and a few of us took an overnight trip to the desert. These trips away were arranged by Anas for us. My husband is very allergic to cats, so make sure all the doors are closed if you don't want the felines of Marrakech to follow you into the house (they even come in through the terrace!). What a wonderful holiday: many thanks for the fond memories, Pablo.
We were very grateful to Pablo for the comprehensive and useful information pre-trip. Anas was very helpful and Bushra's hearty breakfasts were a welcome treat.
The Riad is wonderfully situated: far enough from the noise, but close enough not to get lost. It is very stylishly decorated, and is very clean. We were not quite expecting Marrakesh to be so cold in the evenings, so we found that it wasn't really suitable for lounging around later in the evening, as it is basically open to the world (save for plastic sheeting over the patio dining area), but this is a common design for Riads .
We would re-visit, but next time we'd be a bit better prepared with e.g handwash.
Place was great and Pablo was very quite flexible and accommodating when out travel plans were interrupted by torrential rain outside Marrakech
Welcome to my listing. I am a 45 year old US educated dual citizen of France and Spain. I work in international development, which entails a fair share of travel in Northern and sub-saharan Africa. I went to Marrakesh a few years ago and fell in love with the place, to the extent that I bought this house in the medina (old town). The house is rather nice, but what I actually like the most about it is that it is incredibly peaceful. Like all traditional houses in the medina, it is designed to shelter its dwellers from the outside world, providing them with a very serene environment. The mild weather enables you to basically live in the patio, enjoying the opening onto the sky and the soothing noise of the water in the fountain. When you feel as if you were getting a little too much estranged from the real world, you just have to leave the house, walk a minute or so, and let yourself be overwhelmed by the bursting activity of the old town, with plenty of people on the move and a fascinating array of smells, colors, noises, shades and lights.. I am not sure about how much this tells about myself (this is supposedly the "describe yourself" section), but that is what I like to do when I stay in Marrakesh. I do hope that, if you pick this house, you'll be charmed in the same way. In any case, do come to Marrakesh: it is beautiful, laid back and has one of the most beautiful lights I have encountered in my travels. Wherever you decide to stay, I wish you a very pleasant time here.