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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This review is for people who visit Morocco and Marrakech for the first time as we did. Choosing a Riad in the Medina is great as it puts you in the centre of life in the city.

Riad Bamaga is fabulous. We had one room on the ground floor and one on the first floor. They were both spacious, clean and stylish. The roof terrace is a treat at the start of the day (breakfast) and at the end (glass of wine or mint tea). There are plenty of indoor sitting areas, too.

The staff were extremely helpful, including sorting out car hire for our onward journey to Essaouira and preparing an evening meal. Booking a meal is a good idea if you arrive late on your first day but remember to include this in your booking.

For us, the weather in March was good at around 20 Celsius, i.e. not too hot and for our following trip to Essaouira it was lovely to see a green landscape.

Here some "first timer tips":

- Get a taxi booked from the airport to the Riad. Many Riads are not easy to find especially when dragging luggage along, and it is not expensive to hire a cab. If you do it through your Riad when booking, you have a fixed price and will be met at the airport.
- Be prepared to walk to your Riad in the Medina as they are not usually near a road. For Riad Bamaga it is a 5 minute walk (if that) and you will get help from staff with your luggage.
- Not being near a road has the advantage of your Riad being quiet at night. We were amazed just how quiet it was apart from the Muezzin calls of course.
- Make sure to chose a Riad with a roof terrace.
- Alcohol is not served in many places, so you'll have to make your own arrangements and check out which restaurants do serve it. However, the mint tea is wonderfully refreshing.
- Have a map of the Medina and make a note of the name of the nearest car drop-off point for your Riad in case you wish to come home by taxi (or horse cart, or Tuk-Tuk); for Riad Bamaga it is the Riad Laarous square / area.
- Speaking some French is very, very useful.
- The Complexe d'Artisanat near the Kasbah: it apparently offers goods without having to haggle but there is simply too much merchandise. We could not cope and had to leave. Learn to haggle instead, it is expected of you.

Here the places we liked best (in this order). We only had 2 full days and of course there is much more:

Le Jardin Secret (do watch the video on how it was built and learn how the water system works; do book including tower - the views from there are superb; visit the terrace cafe and enjoy the views of the garden from above)

Medersa Ben Youssef (go early in the morning)

Jardin Majorelle (go early in the morning or late in the afternoon)

Tombeaux Saadiens (cafe with roof terrace opposite offered views of storch nesting)

Koutoubia and Jemaa el Fna.

Room Tip: Room on first floor gives you lovely view into the courtyard below and to the open sky above.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Our first stop in Morocco, we found the Riad to be a quite, safe and secure resting spot inside this crazy and amazing city! Our family room (2 adults and 2 kids) was modern and very comfortable for the two night stay. The hotel staff was outstanding and took care of everything from meals, transport from the airport and a tour guide of the Medina. Food cost at the restaurant are a touch on the high side but there are some great local options if you want to eat cheaper. Overall a great spot that we'd happily recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Denis was very helpful and friendly and made sure we had a pleasant stay. The check in took place in the terrace, located at the upper floor, together with mint tea, which made the experience unique and authentic.
The Riad is located close to a souk and just few minutes by walk to the main street where you can find many taxis.
The Room was nice, spacious and quiet. Would definitely recommend the place to friends and family.
Rebecca

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a few days. Property was quite nice but quite a long way from centre. Food okay but basic. Sheets were covered in bits. Poor toiletries. Overall pleasant but average. Wouldn't go there again.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Deborah E
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Denis L, Propriétaire at Riad Bamaga Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2016
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Chère Madame Déborah,
Je tiens à vous remercier pour votre commentaire et sur le fait que « La propriété était assez agréable ».
Par contre, je suis très surpris que vous trouviez que nous sommes assez loin du centre. Bien au contraire, nous avons le très gros avantage de nous situer à mi-chemin de la place Jemaâ el Fna et des jardins Majorelle, dans un quartier particulièrement calme de la Médina. Je ne sais pas ce que vous appelez centre ? Est-ce la place Jemaâ El Fna ou Gueliz ? Mais si pour vous le centre est la place Jemaâ El Fna, sachez qu’il n’y a pas que cette place à visiter à Marrakech, et que nous sommes à 5 minutes à pieds des remparts qui nous séparent de Guéliz. Par contre, si vous trouviez que faire 15 minutes de marche à pieds est un gros effort, vous aviez à 150 mètres du Riad des petits taxis qui vous y emmène pour 10 Drh (1€) la course. Peux de Riad ont une station de taxis à 150 mètres.
Vous avez trouvé que la nourriture était basique. Il ne vous pas échappé que vous êtes venue dans une Maison d’Hôtes, pas un 5 étoiles. Dans ce genre d’établissement, il vous est servi une cuisine familiale, cuisine typiquement Marocaine. Menu que bons nombres de Marocains n’ont pas la chance et le plaisir de manger. Toutefois, Je me permets de vous faire remarquer que si la nourriture était basique, celle-ci vous a été servie en bonne quantité (1/2 poulet par personne pour le tagine Poulet). Et puis, pour que tout soit clair pour vous, lorsque votre centrale de réservation, me donne 7,53 € par repas, il ne m’est pas possible de vous servir du foie gras ou du caviar. J’ose espérer que vous aviez remarquée que vos petits déjeuners étaient composés, de confitures maisons, de yaourts maison, de cakes maisons, de msmmens maison (crêpes marocaines), de jus d’oranges 100 % naturelles, seuls le pain et la viennoiserie nous sont fournis par notre voisin pâtissier. Je vous invite à aller dans un hôtel (Tous encore plus loin du centre, car hors de la Médina) vous verrez comment sont composés vos petits déjeuners ! « De produits industriels », et vous me direz ce qu’il en est du jus d’oranges !
En ce qui concerne les articles de toilette, vous êtes venue au Maroc. Comme vous le savez, le Maroc est un pays en voie de développement. Ce qui fait que vous ne pouvez pas prétendre retrouver le même confort que chez vous. Lorsque l’on quitte son pays, il faut accepter ces différences.
Je pense que tout mon personnel et moi-même avons tout mis en œuvre afin de vous rendre votre séjour agréable. D’ailleurs je vous invite à lire le commentaire laissé par un Notable Espagnol, c’est une famille qui a occupée la même chambre que vous, et ont eu les repas que vous, sous l’intitulé :
“Qué es el lujo para ti” ou en Français : "Qu'est-ce qui est luxe pour vous"
Je pense avoir été utile de vous préciser ces petites choses, afin que vous ne restiez pas sur une idée négative du Riad BAMAGA, et sachez que nous aurons toujours plaisir à vous recevoir.
Très Cordialement,
Denis, Propriétaire du Riad BAMAGA
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Dear Madam Deborah,
I would like to thank you for your comment and the fact that "the property was quite nice".
However, I am very surprised that you think we are quite far from the center. On the contrary, we have the very big advantage of being located halfway between the Jemaâ el Fna square and the Majorelle gardens, in a particularly quiet area of the Medina. I do not know what you call center. Is it the place Jemaâ El Fna or Gueliz? But if for you the center is the place Jemaâ El Fna, know that there is not only this place to visit in Marrakech, and that we are 5 minutes walk from the ramparts that separate us from Guéliz. On the other hand, if you find that doing 15 minutes of walking is a big effort, you had 150 meters of the Riad small taxis that takes you there for 10 Drh (1 €) the race. Riad's can have a taxi rank 150 meters away.
You found the food to be basic. It did not escape you that you came to a guest house, not a 5 star. In this type of establishment, you are served a family kitchen, typically Moroccan cuisine. Menu that good numbers of Moroccans do not have the chance and pleasure of eating. However, let me point out that if the food was basic, this one was served in good quantity (1/2 chicken per person for tagine chicken). And then, so that everything is clear to you, when your central reservation, gives me 7.53 € per meal, it is not possible for me to serve foie gras or caviar. I dare hope that you had noticed that your breakfasts were composed of homemade jams, homemade yogurt, homemade cakes, homemade msmmens (Moroccan pancakes), 100% natural orange juice, only bread and pastries We are provided by our neighbor pastry chef. I invite you to go to a hotel (All even further from the center, because out of the Medina) you will see how are composed your breakfasts! "Industrial products," and you will tell me about orange juice!
As for the toiletries, you came to Morocco. As you know, Morocco is a developing country. Which means that you can not pretend to find the same comfort as at home. When you leave your country, you have to accept those differences.
I think all my staff and I have made every effort to make your stay enjoyable. Besides I invite you to read the comment left by a Notable Spaniard, it is a family who occupied the same room as you, and had the meals you under the heading:
"Que es el lujo para ti" or in French: "What is luxury for you"
I think it was useful to tell you these little things, so that you do not stay on a negative idea of Riad BAMAGA, and know that we will always enjoy receiving you.
Very cordially,
Denis, Owner of the Riad BAMAGA

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Reviewed 20 November 2016

My partner and I stayed at Riad Bamaga between November 8th and 12th and had a lovely time there. The Riad provides a very peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of the souks and the Jemaa el Fna square (it’s located very close to the souks and only a 15 minute walk from the square).
Denis (the owner) and Simo (the night porter) were so helpful. Denis speaks French and our command of the language is limited, but Simo’s English was good enough for us all to understand each other.
Our room was on the ground floor and opened on to the courtyard (as all the rooms do) and was nice and big with a sofa in it and a very comfortable bed. There is plenty of hot water in the bathroom (you do have to let it run for a while), but the shower head does need attention as the flow of water is not very good – you do get used to it, though. The towels were a good size and robes were also provided, which was a nice touch.
There is a very informative brochure in the room, but unfortunately (for us!) it is in French –an English version would be nice!
Breakfast was served on the roof terrace and this consisted of bread, lovely jam and a different sort of pastry each day. Orange juice and a pot of delicious yoghurt was also served, along with mint tea (without sugar if preferred) or coffee.
We had dinner in the Riad one evening, cooked and served by Simo. The food was lovely and very well cooked. As mentioned in other posts, it was a little more expensive than eating out, but it made a nice change one evening to just walk across the courtyard for our meal rather than going out to a restaurant.
I would recommend using the airport transfer service (well worth it for 15 Euros each way).
If you take the excursion to the Ourika valley and walk up to the waterfall, make sure you wear sensible shoes and take a rucksack rather than a shoulder bag as you will be clambering over wobbly rocks – well worth it, though.
We loved our stay at Riad Bamaga – largely due to the excellent service provided by Denis and Simo - and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this Riad to others.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Denis L, Propriétaire at Riad Bamaga Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2016
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Bonjour et merci pour votre chaleureux commentaire.
Mon équipe et moi-même sont toujours très touchés à la lecture de ce genre de commentaire, car il est vrai que nous mettons tout en œuvre pour que votre séjour au Riad BAMAGA reste un excellent souvenir.
Notre satisfaction, est VOTRE SATISFACTION.
J’ai pris note de vos deux petites remarques, et je peux vous indiquer qu’il eut été dommage que vous ne m’ayez pas informé de votre problème de douche, car après vérification, j’ai constaté que la douchette était tout simplement cassée.
En ce qui concerne, le book mis en place dans les chambres, il est vrai que celui-ci bien pratique pour la visite de Marrakech, mais en Français. Nous allons y remédier très rapidement afin de faire une version en Anglaise.
Je vous remercie, également d’avoir appréciés les petits déjeuners qui sont 100 % maisons et le jus d’orange 100% Naturelles. Pas de produits industriels chez nous. (Très rare). Merci aussi d’avoir appréciés notre service transfert, vous avez pu remarquer que nous avons pensé au détail, afin qu’il soit le plus efficace possible. Vous avez évités le harcelement des taxis et des jeunes à votre descente sur la place à 150 mètres du Riad.
Merci encore, et nous espérons vous revoir lors de votre prochain séjour à Marrakech
Très Cordialement,
Denis, Propriétaire du Riad BAMAGA
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Hello and thank you for your warm comments.
My team and I are always very touched to read this kind of comment, as it is true that we make every effort to ensure that your stay at the Riad BAMAGA remains an excellent memory.
Our satisfaction is your satisfaction.
I took note of your two small remarks, and I can tell you that it would have been a pity if you had not informed me of your shower problem, because after checking I found that the shower was simply Broken.
As for the book set up in the rooms, it is true that this one is convenient for a visit to Marrakech, but in French. We will fix it very quickly in order to make an English version.
Thank you, also for enjoying the breakfasts that are 100% homemade and 100% natural orange juice. No industrial products. (Very rare). Thanks also for appreciating our transfer service, you may have noticed that we thought about the detail, so that it is as efficient as possible. You have avoided the harassment of taxis and young people at your descent on the square at 150 meters from the Riad.
Thank you again, and we hope to see you again during your next stay in Marrakech
Very cordially,
Denis, Owner of the Riad BAMAGA

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