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Hotel Highlights

  • Quirky and eclectic design
  • Fabulous rooftop terrace
  • An intimate home from home

Overview

This traditional riad in the Marrakech medina feels less like a boutique hotel and more like a peaceful private house. P'tit Habibi has a library with iPod docking station and Arabic music, as well as a Moroccan salon and DVD library. Films can be shown on an outdoor projector and the terrace with views over the rooftops is perfect for sunset drinks.

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Here's what you get for booking P'tit Habibi with us:

Free airport transfer on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at P'tit Habibi

4 nights for the price of 3

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five, including two suites.

Check–out

You can check in at any time between noon and 7pm (please arrange with the manager if you're arriving outside these times – nb, check-in after 10pm costs an extra €20); check-out can be flexible, depending on availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $120.38 (€91), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast and mint tea. The whole riad is available for €450 a night in low season (high season, €540), with a minimum stay of three nights.

At the hotel

Library with Moroccan salon, DVD library and iPod docking station with Arabic music. Films can be shown on an outdoor projector.

Our favourite rooms

The Wangarata Room is playfully decorated with an eclectic mix of Americana pinball mirrors, Sixties Moroccan photographs and even a Swedish moose. Peruche has a bird motif in warm shades of pink and aubergine; it also has the largest vaulted bathroom. The White Room is the largest in the riad and has a balcony overlooking the courtyard.

Poolside

There is a small pool on the roof terrace.

Packing tips

Bring your iPod for the docking station.

Also

The hotel can organise airport transfers for a small fee.

Children

Welcome. However, the hotel's traditional architecture and pool mean young children will need to be supervised. A cot is available. Babysitting can be arranged for €20 an evening.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There is no separate dining area. Breakfast is normally served in the library. Lunch and dinner can also be prepared and are served in the courtyard or on the terrace.

Hotel Bar

The house has a selection of alcoholic drinks. Guests may be requested to carry the drinks themselves during Ramadan out of respect for local religious sensitivities.

Room service

Food and drinks can be served anywhere in the riad.

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Dress code

As you like.

Top table

On carpets in the courtyard.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel can arrange a driver to take guests on a day trip to Essaouira on the coast, with a detour to the lovely beach at Sidi Kaouki. It's possible to ski between November and April at the Oukaïmeden ski centre in the Atlas Mountains.

Local restaurants

For a guide to Marrakech and insider tips on what to get up to while you're away in Morocco, click here.

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Marrakech medina

P'tit Habibi

59 bis touala Sidi Ghanem, Zaouia sidi bellabes Bab Lakhmis, Marrakech, 40030

Planes

The nearest airport is Marrakech’s Menara Airport – fly there from the UK and elsewhere in Europe with British Airways (www.ba.com), Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com).

Trains

The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (www.oncf.ma), runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee an air-conditioned journey in summer.

Automobiles

Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis (www.avis.com) desk at the airport. To reach the hotel, follow Avenue de la Menara to the city centre.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Hannah Lohan , Designer and director

As we bumbled through the endless back streets of Marrakech in a taxi, we were doubtful that the driver was ever going to be able to find P’tit Habibi. I had certainly lost all sense of direction, but was reliably informed that we were in the northern part of the medina, near to the popular local flea market. (Even armed with a trail of breadcrumbs, I didn’t fancy my chances at retraci…
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P'tit Habibi

Anonymous review by Hannah Lohan, Designer and director

As we bumbled through the endless back streets of Marrakech in a taxi, we were doubtful that the driver was ever going to be able to find P’tit Habibi. I had certainly lost all sense of direction, but was reliably informed that we were in the northern part of the medina, near to the popular local flea market. (Even armed with a trail of breadcrumbs, I didn’t fancy my chances at retracing our steps to get there, though.) My first impression as we sped along the alleyways was one of total bewilderment: I had been expecting Marrakech to resemble a scene out of Hideous Kinky, and the dusty, down-to-earth blur of what I was seeing did little to suggest beautiful and fascinating sights still awaiting my discovery.

After a few near collisions with mopeds, donkeys and other equally disorientated tourists, the taxi came to a screeching halt. My French leaves a lot to be desired, but the driver assured me that this underwhelming spot was definitely our riad. A very smiley man came rushing out of a big wooden door and suddenly it started to feel right. Abdelouafi announced that he was delighted to make our acquaintance, and was eager to show us round our new home. Translated, P’tit Habibi means ‘little darling’; it’s a fitting moniker; the white-washed courtyard, streaming with bright light, made a fresh and surprising contrast with the less-than-pristine street outside. It may have been Moroccan, but we could instantly tell that this was a place with more than a little influence from the contemporary European world.

Our room, one of four, was called Wangarata, and was stylishly decorated in black and white with a large pair of deer antlers over the bed. It had a small window overlooking the courtyard, and a fireplace stocked with wood for chillier nights. Each room is uniquely decorated with stunning hand-painted furniture and eccentric touches; our bathroom mirror was created out of an old pinball machine. Rather a strange experience to be brushing your teeth face to face with a Space Invaders alien, but an imaginative quirk of décor that complemented the more traditional pieces. The design comes courtesy of the owner, an architect who lives in Norway but sees P’tit Habibi as his second home, and who has doused it with a touch of Scandinavian cool.

If I were to earmark my favourite corner, it would be the gorgeous little suite named the White Room; its private balcony and snug seating area would have you happy to stay in situ for the duration of your stay. A snoop around revealed another small double right on the courtyard and a fourth, equally stylish room upstairs. Clearly P’tit Habibi would be the perfect place to hire as a whole with a group of friends, especially as there is another room that can be turned into an extra double if need be. Sadly, you can’t have it all to yourselves – you do have to share the riad with Shukram the tortoise, who lives behind the pot on the stairs and only comes out when the housekeeper Fatima brings him his dinner of fine lettuce leaves.

The warm hospitability isn’t just reserved for members of the turtle family: P’tit Habibi couldn’t have made us feel more welcome. Whether we fancied a quiet day sunbathing on the rooftop terrace or a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by Fatima, nothing was too much trouble. We helped ourselves to drinks in the kitchen and played tunes from the iPod whenever we wanted. There was also an impressive movie collection. A highlight of our stay was having a film projected onto the large wall of the riad’s courtyard, and cosying up Moroccan-style amid giant floor cushions and flickering candles – the perfect wind-down after a busy afternoon negotiating the souk.

Hankering for adventure, we decided a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city was mandatory, and Abdelouafi was fantastically helpful in arranging a trip to the Atlas Mountains. For €80, we were driven in a swanky 4x4 for one hour up to Imlil, a tiny Berber village nestled below Morocco's highest peak, Jebel Toubkal.

On arrival, our guide saddled up two mules for us and we began our trek. To be honest I felt sorry for old Muffin, having to lug us up the rocky mountain paths, but apparently it’s all in a day’s work for these hardy animals. Our guide gave them a well-earned break and a bowl of water when we all stopped at his family’s mud-brick cottage for tea. We continued our trek up winding tracks to the Kasbah du Toubkal, and were rewarded with a magnificent pay-off: stunning 360? views of the valley. After devouring a delicious lunch of traditional lamb tagine, we opted to get a little exercise in, and descended the mountain by foot. I’m convinced I heard the mules breathe a sigh of relief.

Back at P’tit Habibi, following a quick de-muling scrub-up, we headed into the medina for our last night. Once again, Abdeloufi had played concierge, booking us a table at Le Marrakeshi, a lively, packed roof-top restaurant over-looking all the action. Perhaps our trip hadn’t been so dissimilar to the Kate Winslet film after all. The tagline for Hideous Kinky? ‘It's not just an adventure... It's a love affair.’ And this Moroccan escape had certainly been that.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in P'tit Habibi's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Abdul and his staff were so hospitable, nothing was a problem for them, whatever you wanted they could arrange. Abdul swops your big bank notes for small change currency, he booked our day trip taxi to Essaouria and also a half-day tour of Marrakech. As I am pregnant, he was very cautious about restaurants and recommend Dar Zellij and he also arranged for take away pizzas to be delivered to the riad one night, as well as providing afternoon snacks and drinks for us to enjoy on the roof terrace. Fatima's food was the best we ate in Marrkech – do book her dinner on the roof terrace; we wish we had eaten in on more than one occassion.

Don’t expect

A few more towel rails in the bathroom (black and white room) to hang towels/wet swimming costumes would be good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything really – room, decor, breakfast, rooftop terrace and pool, location and, most importantly, the staff, always extremely keen to help and attend to our requests, even when we arrived late wanting to have a drink at the terrace. The recommendations Abdel gave us were all spot on and I can't get tired of praising him and the rest of the staff. Oh and bear in mind that Abdel makes the best gin and tonic you'll ever have.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff was amazing, the food was the best we had in Marrakech and the design of the hotel is stunning.

Don’t expect

I would've liked a wider selection of wines, maybe.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's out of the way, quiet and beautifully decorated. I liked the very attentive staff ,especially the manager who made us extremely welcome and was very helpful with organizing meals and trips. Food in the hotel was much better than anything we ate out, and so much more relaxed. If we return to Marrakech we would love to take over the whole hotel!

Don’t expect

The plumbing could be better (we had to use a shower downstairs).

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

My girlfriend and I stayed here for four wonderful nights. The riad and the staff couldn't be more appealing and welcoming. We thought we might have been a little far from the action, but provided you have a little sense of adventure the walk to the main square is doable in 20 minutes (if you walk around the souk, the skies the limit if you go through it!). We stayed in the the white room which was brilliant, ice cold in the bedroom, nicely warm on the terrace. Lunch on arrival which was a superb selection of salads, battered vegetables and kebabs. Too much for us to finish, but every mouthful was so nice we certainly tried. As it was our first trip we wanted to sample as many places as we could so only had the breakfasts from then on (also superb and served on our terrace each morning), but other guests were raving about the food and it certainly smelt incredible. All in all a perfect escape from the craziness of the souks, and one we'd be happy to come back to.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Absolutely outstanding riad! Incredibly beautiful, the rooms are fantastic with amazing decorations with great attention to details; some of them feature a fireplace which is perfect for romance in the evenings. The staff are incredibly friendly; superb breakfast and food overall. Fatima, the cook at the riad, is absolutely outstanding and I would recommend to eat dinner as well as breakfast at the riad every day as it is by far better and more authentic than any other restaurant in town. The manager, Abdelouafi, is incredibly nice and kind and so helpful! Absolutely fantastic place. One of the best hotels we have ever stayed at.

Rating: 10/10 stars