Marrakech, Morocco

P'tit Habibi

Rates from (ex tax)$108.28

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR111.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Riad retreat

Setting

Marrakech medina

More luxe residence than boutique hotel, P’tit Habibi promises privacy within its traditional riad walls in the centre of Marrakech. With its well-stocked library, traditional Moroccan sitting room and extensive collection of Arabic music, this peaceful hideaway has all the comfortable amenities of a private local home. After a day in the dusty streets, watch films outdoors courtesy of a projector or settle into the terrace for sundown drinks overlooking the golden-hued city.

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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 $108.58 (€101), 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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR111.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast and mint tea. The whole riad is available for €620 a night in low season (high season, €710), with a minimum stay of three nights.

Hotel closed

August.

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 and Drink

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Top Table

On carpets in the courtyard.

Dress Code

As you like.

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.

Location

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Address
P'tit Habibi
59 bis touala Sidi Ghanem, Zaouia sidi bellabes Bab Lakhmis
40030
Marrakech
Morocco

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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Decide how many dirhams you’re willing to part with, and wander through the Medina’s endless maze of markets, to haggle for everything from babouches to holistic potions to hand-forged chandeliers. Food stalls are fabulously cheap here, and in the main square Jemaa el-Fnaa there are often acrobats and musicians to stop and watch. When you’ve finished bustling and bargaining, hop in a taxi to Jardin Majorelle (+212 (0)5 24 31 30 47) to chill out among sculptural water features, sky-high cacti and flower-swathed pergolas. The bold-hued yellow and Yves Klein-blue villa at the centre was once home to Yves Saint Laurent, and it now houses a fascinating museum of Berber costumery. End your day watching a film in the hotel’s courtyard, where there’s a private cinema; and ask staff to order a pizza or burger from renowned local takeaway Beb Tar Zout, to be delivered to your seat. For an hour of serenity. Feeling adventurous? Take a day trip into the Atlas Mountains – a 90-minute drive from the hotel – to ride camels in the tawny-coloured valleys, hike up to paddle in the Ouzoud waterfalls or befriend Berbers in traditional villages such as Imlil.  It's possible to ski between November and April at the Oukaïmeden ski centre, and the hotel can arrange a driver to take guests on a day trip to Essaouira on the coast, with a detour to the sufer-beloved beach at Sidi Kaouki.

Local restaurants

A 10-minute drive away, Dar Zellij (+212 (0)5 24 38 26 27) serves up tagines, pastillas and creatively concocted salads in a romantic colonnade-flanked courtyard. A vivid mosaic-tiled pool is the centrepiece of Dar Moha (+212 (0)5 24 38 64 00) restaurant, 10 minutes from the hotel, but the fragrant tagines and delicately spiced desserts pull focus.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The excitement of the town, and the sanctuary of our gorgeous and quiet Riad. The staff at P'tit Habibi were incredible. So welcoming and friendly!

Don’t expect

I would not recommend this destination as a place to bring young kids.

Rating

Stayed on 24 May 2016

We loved

Everything! The hospitality was divine, so friendly and accommodating. The decor was exquisite and the serenity of the Riad was a lovely sanctuary from the medina.

Don’t expect

Be disappointed. The food was delicious as was the local knowledge to make your Marrekech experience perfect!

Rating

Stayed on 9 May 2016

We loved

P'tit Habibi is an oasis of calm in the hectic hubbub of the Medina in Marrakech. Styled with an appreciation of Moroccan design and some lovely retro touches it is a place of hidden beauty that you would not expect from the modest wooden door at it's entrance. The charm and comfort of P'tit Habibi is only exceeded by the gracious hospitality of manager Abdelouafi. His enthusiasm for his city, desire to share his knowledge and to ensure that your every need is cared for, is a joy. Abdelouafi and his team make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. There is no better way to start your day than breakfast on the terrace or to have a break from the city with a dip in the roof top plunge pool. We would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone wanting to stay in comfort yet experience a taste of the real Marrakech. We loved Le Jardin restaurant and would have loved to have time to visit Nomad and the Cafe des Epices which are part of the same group. Also Cafe Clock in the Kasbah area of the Medina. Dar Zelijh has a lovely roof top terrace for drinks and in the new town beyond the Medina next to the Majorelle gardens Kaowa is a lovely juice bar, cafe and craft shop.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 25 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything was wonderful, the people, the food, dinner and breakfast, the place, the architecture, the pool on the roof

Rating

Stayed on 13 Apr 2016

We loved

The design of this charming riad. Every accessory is well thought out and matches perfectly. Breakfast is typically Moroccan: fresh juice, home made jam and bread. Super to take breakfast on the top terrace. The little swimming pool has lovely clean water, no bad smells at all in the whole riad. Excellent bed, wardrobes and a good shower. Very kind and helpfull staff! The warm welcome with a Moroccan mint tea. Abdel who leads you through the streets to show how to get to Jema el Fna. The location of the riad – not in the centre of the medina, but in walking distance of Jema el Fna. It is so charming to discover the normal Moroccan life in the streets around the souks. All this with good price quality! Thanks to Abdel and his whole staff for this wonderful stay. We'll come back!

Don’t expect

A european buffet breakfast, but if that's what you want don't come to a charming Moroccan boutique riad.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Abdelouafi's impeccable hosting skills. He made us feel so welcome from the start and did everything in his power to make our time in Marrakech hassle-free and enjoyable. He also makes a mean G&T! Larbi was also so kind and welcoming and made us feel very at home. Our room was lovely and we particularly enjoyed having breakfast in the sunshine on the top terrace. 10/10

Don’t expect

A large swimming pool.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

Excellent for peace and quiet, an oasis of calm on the outskirts of the bustling medina. Wonderful simple breakfasts served daily on the roof with various Maroccan sweet pastries, fresh strawberries, yoghurt and excellent coffee and orange juice.

Abdelouafi the receptionist was charming and hospitable. Beautiful Moroccan decor with a touch of Scandinavian simplicity and contemporary irony. Very comfy beds - good firm mattresses and lovely duvets! Would highly recommend Dar Zellij for dinner, beautiful romantic atmosphere complete with live music and rose petal strewn courtyard and faultless food - they love a set menu, so gird your loins and prepare to be stuffed but smiling :)

Don’t expect

Room service, robes or buzz, this is a private and secluded haven which is well designed and meets your basic needs well.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Mar 2016

We loved

One of the luxuries was being picked up from the airport, especially as the Riad was right in the heart of the old town. As soon as we arrived at the Riad, we were met by the Manager Abdeloufi, who made us feel like honoured guests from the start. My husband and I stayed at the Riad for five days, every request of ours was met with a smile and dealt with promptly. He gave us very good directions in getting around and a good idea of what we should spend on taxis, and we did a lot of sightseeing due to his guidance. We ate at the Riad most days and Fatima the chef is a gem who took pleasure in serving different dishes every day; the food was amazing and tasteful. We were served the most amazing dishes, and loved the Lamb kofta and the harira soup and freshly baked bread was just so tasty. Each meal was served with several sides that were also special. The pancakes for breakfast were lovely! We were normally served by Larabi, he was so helpful in explaining all the dishes and would light a fire in our room every night. Aisha kept the Riad amazingly clean and always had a smile on her face. It is a very small team but they do make you feel special and I would recommend this Riad to anyone looking to stay in Marrakech.

Don’t expect

Any night clubs.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jan 2016

We loved

Abdel and the staff bent over backwards to ensure that we had a comfortable stay and helped with finding our way around the medina. The accommodation is a fantastic sanctuary from the chaos of the medina especially the rooftop terrace with plungepool. Breakfasts were fantastic. The Limoni Italian restaurant, only a 5 minute walk away, is great.

Don’t expect

Exceeded all expectations.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

The food that was served at P'tit Habibi was absolutely amazing! Me and my husband were very happy with the way the whole staff looked after us. We would definitely recommend this to all those couples who are looking for a romantic break in Marrakech. Me and my husband were very lucky to have the whole riad to ourself as no one else had booked a room during our stay. The other best thing is the privacy that the staff give you, we were pretty much left alone in the riad which was perfect. I would recommend staying on the balconies and having your lunch their as it is beautiful!

Don’t expect

A TV! Or a large swimming pool.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Sep 2015

We loved

The incredible decor of the riad, no nook had been overlooked. The staff were beyond compare and the food was some of the best that we experienced in Marrekech. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Complete privacy if you stay in the Peruche room as it opens onto the main courtyard of the riad and the door to the room has clear glass sections.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2015

We loved

The food was fabulous - dinner on the roof was the best meal we had in Morocco. The service was a perfect mix - the atmosphere was relaxed and we were left alone but when we asked for anything, from mint tea or directions to somewhere, nothing was too much trouble. Our host went out of his way to make sure we knew where we were going, how much to pay if we needed a cab and how to find our way back to the riad, His relaxed attitude set the tone for a perfect few days of peace and quiet in the midst of a pretty hectic place - which is a tricky balance to get right.

Don’t expect

Lots of other people around - it really is the perfect peaceful getaway.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jul 2015

We loved

The sun terrace and plunge pool - perfect for the hot summer weather. We didn't expect the Riad to be so quiet having driven through chaotic Marrakech but it was a hidden paradise.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jul 2015

We loved

We loved every moment spent in the Riad. We were welcomed with a lovely cup of mint tea and briefed on the surroundings. Absolutely loved the terrace, we had breakfast up there one of the mornings and spent many evenings cooling off in the pool. We loved the breakfast, loads of food we struggled to finish it but it was too good to leave a single crumb. On one of the days we had lunch at the Riad and it was delicious! one of our best meals during our stay in Marrakech. The design of the Riad is well thought-out and has lovely gems to be discovered! Honestly its was a dream stay and Abdul the host was fantastic and ever so helpful! We enjoyed our stay as a couple, but think it would be even more enjoyed as a group! We wouldn't change a thing! All our expectations were met.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jun 2015

We loved

The people, couldn't have been more helpful and when we arrived walked us around the local area so we could get our bearings. We also loved our private breakfast every morning on the roof terrace.

Don’t expect

A TV in your room, not that sort of place.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2015