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“A rare gem in the heart of Sale.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riad a la Belle Etoile

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Riad a la Belle Etoile
Ranked #8 of 12 Sale B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A rare gem in the heart of Sale.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

Riad à la Belle Etoile is a beautifully architected home with large rooms and tasteful decorations. The courtyard is a traditional Moroccan style veranda with beautiful tiles, plaster work, and wooden accents. The hotel staff is genuinely friendly and makes every effort so that the guests feel right at home. The bathrooms are well-equipped and have all the modern upgrades. Riad à la Belle Etoile is conveniently close to the medina of Sale and the tram station. Our stay was very enjoyable and in particular, hearty breakfasts on the roof were a memorable highlight.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Riad à la Belle Etoile is a gem near the edge of the medina in Salé, which I only stumbled on by accident, as I needed a place to stay convenient to catching an early morning flight from the nearby Rabat-Salé airport. I did not require much and was not expecting much in the accommodations, I just needed a clean, safe place to catch a few hours' sleep. Nevertheless, I was overwhelmed by the comfort of the room, the beauty of the interior décor of the riad, and especially the service of the staff. I was especially touched by the accommodation of my need to catch a taxi at 5:00am: not only did they arrange for the cab pickup and give me a polite wake-up knock on the door, they went out of their way to provide an earlybird coffee and breakfast that I had just barely enough time to enjoy before dashing off to the airport.

My only regret is that I could not stay longer, to have seen more of the Riad and of the port of Salé. I hope to remedy this omission on my next visit to Morocco. I highly recommend Riad à la Belle Etoile, so glad I could stay there on my final night in Morocco!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dakar, Senegal
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

this is a very nice place to stay! but a bit far from Rabat.
they were very responsive to my e-mails
Service was good: one of the staff took me to the bank when I realised they did not take credit cards.
As a business traveller, this is a bit small & far: you're not going to meet a lot of people there & they need to know in advance if you'll eat there: not always easy to plan! & no in room internet

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MarcLepage
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2011

We loved Riad à la Belle Etoile. There was no request we made that the staff did not do everything possible to accommodate. The Riad is an oasis which surpassed all of our expectations from setting, the beautiful decor, the service. We would absolutely recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Conrad007
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2011

The staff were friendly and helpful. The roof terrace was ideal for sitting and relaxing as well as to contemplate sun set over the ocean. Beautifully appointed hotel, a really tranquil oasis in the médina of Salé.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nosara, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2011

Though the staff at this Riad were wonderful and made our stay bearable, we left feeling that our accomodation over the 9 days we stayed there was one big rip off. The pictures on the website do not do justice to the rather dark and gloomy rooms, the overflowing shower facilities, the lack of hot waters for showers (daily). There is no real privacy in the riad, you can hear all the other guests conversations through the latticed walls.

After staying for a night, we wanted to cancel our 9 day stay there but the owner, who did not live onsite, said he would have to charge our credit card anyway.

We ordered dinner there twice thinking it was the advertised 20Euro.

Upon checking out, we were charged 40Euro, charged for water at dinner, charged for wine we had brought in and put in their refridgerator, charged for taxi service we had already paid for, charged double for the bed tax.

We had to call the owner direct (the staff did not speak English) and haggle to justify our expenses. This is not the fault of the staff, they are very sweet and caring women; we felt the owner's policies were at fault.

All in all, we felt that the 95 Euro per night room rate was exhorbitant for the value of the riad. Be aware if you stay at this riad, and make sure you know what the charges are. The taxi service they provide is at least double what other local taxis charge.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 1910069Traveler
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Portugal
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2010

We enjoyed out 2 night stay at this guesthouse. We had great difficulty finding the house, not helped by a day of terrible rain but when we finally arrived the housekeeper/cook had done everything possible to make us feel comfortable and welcome. The building itself is unique and the renovation has been tastefully completed. There is heating in the bedrooms which is important for out of season travellers but even in the main part of the house, we never felt cold despite the bad weather outside. We enjoyed a lovely, but in our opinion expensive (€18 per person) meal ( be prepared to pay almost €20 a bottle if you choose to have wine) the first evening, cooked by the housekeeper who also served breakfast each morning.

We communicated with the owners by email in English but did not meet them during our stay. As the housekeeper did not speak English we were not able to get information from her about the area. If you speak French my guess is that she would be only too happy to help and advise. For us not being able to speak French was a real disadvantage and we had mistakenly assumed that the owners would be in the house to meet us.

Our car was parked on the road at the back of the house and guarded by a local man to whom we paid a small fee at the end of our stay. We felt it was safe as every time we passed by he seemed to be there!

There is not a great deal to do in Sale itself but we enjoyed the medina and exploring the town. We choose not to go into Rabat as it was the end of our trip and we really did not have enough time to explore it. However there seemed to be a regular bus service if we had wanted to go there, also of course taxis. There did not seem to be a good restaurant in Sale or maybe we just missed it so we ate at a local pizza house on our second night.
Definitely worth a night or two just to experience this wonderful house but probably not a great location for a very long stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad a la Belle Etoile
Address: 14 saniat Sabounji | Médina, Sale 11001, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Sale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Sale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad a la Belle Etoile 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First Riad in Rabat/Salé médina, the Riad a la Belle Etoile is offering you a high hotel quality service in one of the most authentic and refined houses of the medina.We enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and the sight of his beautiful sunsets. But also the Hassan Tower, emblem of Rabat and the famous Kasbah Oudayas, bordered by the River Bouregreg.We dispose of two double rooms, two junior suites and two deluxe suites. You will apreciate the quietness of the quarter.Breakfasts are included. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, broadband internet connection and satellite television. A ten minutes from Rabat airport. Restaurant, Hammam, Solarium. ... more   less 
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