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“Riad Dar Saba, Marakesh” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Saba
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   278 Derb Sidi Bou Amar | Quartier du Riad Laarouss - Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #245 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Melbourne, Australia
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“Riad Dar Saba, Marakesh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Riad Dar Saba, was very comfortable with well-furnished and appointed rooms. The decor was well maintained and the beds were very comfortable and the shower was hot. The location was great in an out of the way spot just inside the media. Dar Saba also had a lovely secluded roof-top terrace. The manager and staff were friendly and communicating in English was easy. The only suggestions I would make would be to improve the quality of the breakfast which mainly consisted of bread (although the juice and coffee were great) but this was simple fare compared to other places we had stayed. The other point I would make is that the design impacted negatively one our sense of privacy; we were on the ground floor and could hear people coming and going. The manager also tended to stay up well into the small hours which meant he was sitting outside our room. I am not sure why this is the practice but I would suggest giving the main door key to guests to let themselves in and out.
Overall however our stay was comfortable and we enjoyed the friendly service and the peaceful surroundings and would recommend this riad to anyone wanting to visit Marrakesh.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I was very happy with our choice to stay at Riad Dar Saba. The staff is by far the best part of the riad. They are very kind and helpful. The rooms are very clean and great for the prices. The complimentary brunch is a good start to the day and is rather traditionally French (coffee, bread, jams, etc.)

I will say, that the reviews are correct about finding the riad. It is incredibly difficult to find. For those of you going, I would suggest contacting the riad to set up a pick up. If you want to try on your own, find the parking area that is right near the riad, go down the road, and take your first left turn. Go down a little while and duck under the arches - the riad is on the right. If you can't find it, there will be a boy around that you can pay 50dhs to take you to the door.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I really enjoyed Riad Dar Saba. It's a cosy place with really friendly and helpful staff. It's walking distance to where all the action is in Marrakech, it's very nice and clean, they clean the rooms everyday while you're there and the breakfast is quite good.
The room we stayed in didn't have air conditioning and was really hot but the vents helped us to fall asleep. No door to the bathroom, only a curtain, but that's common in Morocco.
The major problem is that it's difficult to find the first time, specially if you arrive at night, and seems one always ends up paying some guys to take you there. They can arrange a pickup at the airport and that's what we should have done 'cause that was a stressful and unnecessary moment.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed there for 4 nights. We arrived in Jemma el fan off the airport bus and although we had a map, we were completely lost. First timers, don't even bother trying to find this place on your own. Impossible! I would recommend contacting the riad to help get you picked up somewhere.

Once there, the location is in the medina but a little far from the square. We quite liked it bc it was outside the main touristy part. It was easy to get to once you found it for the first time.

It was good value for dollar. The riad is beautifully decorated and the rooms were very nice. The staff was super friendly and helpful. Breakfast was basic, bread and jam, but it was decent. The only issues we had with the room we were in was that it was quite humid, no AC and the window was facig out into the common area where people tended to smoke a lot. We also had some plumbing issues where the water from our shower would never drain.

Besides that, it was a very pleasant stay. Definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

First of all about the riad itself:

It is a small pension with small but good-looking rooms. Everything is clean and working and the decorations make the riad a very atmospheric environment. We stayed here two nights on seperate bookings (beginning and end of a round trip through Morocco) and saw two rooms. Both had air-conditioning. Breakfast is nice and complete.

Why no 5 stars? Answer: Parking and a booking problem.

The riad is difficult to find and parking is a big problem. Although the riad management can not solve these problems, they have an obligation to the guests to make them aware of this prior to their visit.

The parking indicated on the map is just a slap of tarmac on which cars are parked in neutral, to be able to push them around to make room for more cars. Some guys work there and asked us 50 dirhams per night to park the car. There is no sign or anything whatsoever that says that it is an official parking and that they are the rightfull owners and thus entitled to ask money for it. Because traffic is chaos in Marrakech and we had to get our bags to the hotel we had no choice but to accept. The parking guy let us to the riad (although we didn't ask for his help) and of course wanted money for that too (so in total 120 dirhams for two nights parking and 2 minutes of way finding). We asked the riad manager what a reasonable price was for the parking, but he just agreed to the parking guy. Seems like hand and glove to me. We send him off with 100 dirhams and he agreed to that without discussion (which contributes to the statement that there are no official prices).

Then the booking problem. After we arrived them manager told us there was no room for us (although we had a reservation) due to a problem with the system. Inconvenient, but the matter was handled adequatly. We got a room in a nearby comparable riad (4 minute walk, and we got help with the bags).

3.5 star - and the advise to get to the riad by taxi. Visit Marrakech for a day by foot (a car is of no use) and pick up the car two days later. Saves you vehicle rent and parking fees which should easily make up for two taxi fares and some driving stress.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tunis, Tunisia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We spent 5 nights at the small yet very comfortable Riad. Rooms were nice and clean. As common in all Riads it only has windows towards to yard so in the mornings its likely that other guests will enjoy their breakfast right in front if your window. Also in terms of noise protection its nothing for prudes. The wooden doors and window blinds dont give and noise protection, neither does the curtain that seperates room and bathroom. But hey, if you want extreme privacy and a great view you should never book any riad in the first place!

Price was great, staff very friendly. Overall absolutely recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We booked this Riad located in the medina as most people recommended but that was a big mistake. In fact, staying anywhere in the medina is a mistake!! We left the Riad 1 hour after check in and went to the first hotel we could get in the new city.
On arrival, our riad was in an alley where our taxi couldn't go. We had to walk and lots of teenagers and kids started circling us to offer directions for money. We somehow managed to walk away from them but then couldn't find the riad as none of the roads in the medina are labeled. A young man passing by asked us which Riad we were looking for and he took us to a narrow alley that goes under a bridge where it is dark and another guy was waiting!! Our luggage was still with us, my girlfriend was terrified, I somehow worked out the door numbers and realized that we will have to go under the bridge to get to the riad. The main door of the riad was in fact under the bridge!!!! Having now found it, the young man asked for money. I was prepared to pay him and I offered 20 dirhams. But he is only interested in 100 dirhams or 50 euros which I didn’t have on me and we started arguing while the riad’s employee stood by and watched! Finally he became threatening and warned me that I had to give more money. I gave him the 20 dirhams and closed the door. As soon as we got in, we were relieved of this ordeal but also not looking forward to going outside again. The riad itself was small, and our en-suite room was just a big bed on one side and on the other side a bathroom and toilet. The room and bathroom/toilet was separated by a small curtain!! The Riad’s manager told me it is common in Marrakech not to have bathroom doors!! At this point, this was no longer a holiday but a nightmare and it was all too much to take on. I got on booking.com and booked the first hotel we could find. Fortunately I booked the El Andalous, a 4 star which did not disappoint at all for the price we paid. As for the Riad, despite not giving the right information on their website about the layout of the room and bathroom and the horrible location, I still had to pay them 400 dirhams to be able to walk away!! We didn't see the rest of the Riad so cannot comment further but would not recommend staying anywhere in the Medina

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 278 Derb Sidi Bou Amar | Quartier du Riad Laarouss - Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
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Ranked #245 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Saba 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dar Saba welcomes you in a typical Moroccan riad located in the medina of Marrakech at 15 minutes walk from the Jamaa El Fna square and surrounded by the beauty and mystery of countless alleys of the souks. The property comprises 6 comfortable double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and toilets. Each benefits from air conditioning. You can dine in the patio or on the terrace. You can also enjoy a sun-lounger terrace. The staff at the Riad Dar Saba will offer you a warm welcome and will be happy to introduce you to the culture, cuisine and Moroccan traditions. ... more   less 
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