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Dar Kantzaro
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Route de Fes, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #328 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“A special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

There are two ways you can stay in Marrakesh; in the Medina, in the midst of all the action or outside the city. If you prefer to relax away from the craziness, Dar Kantzaro is the place to be. Our very unique stay started with an upgrade to an giant suite (it was our 10-year anniversary) beautifully decorated with terrace overlooking the huge garden and pool. The place feels so removed from the city (yet not that far) and the only thing you will ever hear are the birds chirping. Service is outstanding and each meal was a delight. They even cooked a delicious pastilla just for us. The place feels more like a luxurious private residence than a b&b and so our whole stay felt like we were visiting rich friends. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

The service was discreet and exemplary - nothing was too much trouble. Our room was very pleasant - well furnished with a bowl of fresh fruit was always supplied. The riad is situated 10 km south of Marrakesh and is very small and quiet; it has peaceful gardens and a lovely swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds, umbrellas, fresh towels and hats available. Breakfast (sreved outside) was excellent - no need for anything more than fruit for lunch - and dinner typically Moroccan. Tea (mint or English) was always available at no extra charge and the mint tea was accompanied by small Moroccan cakes.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

We have just returned from staying at the Dar Kantzaro, just outside Marrakech - we were lucky enough to be the ony guests for our entire week there! It is a perfect hotel/guesthouse if you want somewhere relaxing and quiet rather than being in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech itself. Although the owner has arranged special rates with a travel firm if you do want to go out and about - we did this on one day and foundt he driver to have good English and the Mercedes was clean and seemed in very good condition compared to many of the cars we had seen out and about!

We had all our meals in the hotel, which were a delight - we chose to have no say in what we had, instead letting the cook decide for us, and we had something different for every meal (lunch and dinner). Although by the end of the week we were finding 3 good meals a day a bit too much for us! We had everything from chicken, beef, lamb, kidneys, liver (although the owner checked with us before the cook did any offal), in a variety of forms, with many excellent salads/side dishes to go with the meat. We had tagines, couscous and pastillas throughout the week for evenings meals. All the soft drinks were free throughout the day, although it would have been helpful to have a list of what was on offer. The freshly squuezed orange juice was very nice!

The staff were really friendly and helpful, the only downside was our lack of good French as Ibrahim's English wasn't that good and the cook spoke no English at all. The owner did have good English though and he (or his wife) visited every day to check that we were OK. The staff tended to keep out of your way unless you wanted them or they thought it was time you had a drink in the day!

The hotel looks out onto the Atlas Mountains in the distance and is located in an olive grove, with lovely flowers and plants as well, a gardener seemed to spend his whole time watering flower beds and the lawn.

We made use of the Scrabble set and playing cards provided in the lounge area. I would recommend perhaps taking a couple of CDs to vary the selection that they had playing.

The room was very nice and spacious, with a nice en-suite bathroom - we were taken on a tour of the entire place the first night and could see that all the rooms were different but equally nice. I personally was glad we didn't pay extra for a suite as the shared areas (although we were there alone) were sufficient for our needs.

The pool is unheated and as a result was too cold to really use during our time as the week before hadn't been that warm and it needs a good few weeks of hot weather to warm it up - after about 4 days the top inch of the pool was an OK temperature, but the rest can't have been more than about 10 degrees. I would imagine if you go more into April/May etc the pool would get hotter.

The hotel only accepts Morrocan Dirhams (which can't be obtained outside of Morrocco) or credit cards. They do not exchange travellers cheques or sterling for local currency. There are 2 money exchanges at the airport, and if like us you hadn't done this the driver when we took our trip into the Medina only needed paying after we had got backt ot he hotel so we could change our travellers cheques in the medina.

We would certainly return again if we wanted somewhere relaxing and quiet.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Yorkshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

Spent a wonderful 3 days at Dar Kantzaro. We were greeted by the owner and his staff who made us feel very welcome. The room was beautifully furnished and extremely clean. Bottled water and fresh fruit were provided daily and soft drinks available throughout the day. The food was of an extremely high standard, breakfast was freshly cooked and varied each morning, we had lunch on our first day which was superb, and also a delicious evening meal on our last night.

Nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff and we were always greeted with a smile. Although it is out of town it was not a problem, taxis to the centre were organised by Brahim and were very efficient.

The gardens and swimming pool were immaculate as was the rest of the house, all in all this is a very special place with an excellent team of staff.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

My wife & I stayed here for three days in November 08. A little out of town but worth the journey.

Staff are quietly attentive. Breakfast served outside on the patio in the morning sunshine was a delight.

Every evening the owner came to discuss our day.

If you are looking for a quiet place to relax after the exertions of Marrakech, then this is the place to go.

  • Liked — peaceful
  • Disliked — A little bit out of town
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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leicester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

Booked a late deal via Flight Centre,The operator was Cadogan .
Dar Kantzaro is down a dirt track off the main road about 15-20 mins south of Marrakech. The owner uses a particular company who will take you everywhere in Mercedes or Mpv for larger groups. On entering the Riads grounds via 2 very ornate gates and driven down a tree lined drive to be met by the owner and his staff,you sense you are in for a wonderful stay. There was no formalities of having to check in you were immediately made to feel at home. After unpacking, Ibrahim the house manager gave us a tour round the immaculate gardens which house the superb pool and then showed us round all the individually designed rooms we were then served mint tea on the terrace over looked by the snow capped Atlas mountains. All the staff were very attentive, the chef provided endless amounts of traditional mouthwatering food and all rooms were serviced and maintained to the highest standard. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for any member of staff and their personnal service was second to non. The accomodation was far enough away to provide a tranquil setting , but close enough to Marrakech as to not feel isolated .If you are looking for a peaceful break in superb surroundings at the gateway to the Atlas this is the place.

  • Liked — Too many to mention
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

We have recently returned from a week in Marrakech, staying at Dar Kantzaro. We discovered a wonderful calm and elegant oasis - a retreat found only a short drive from the bustle of central Marrakech, where we were pampered by the staff and charming owner Mehdi. Brahim our wonderful butler was forever attentive and intuitive to our needs and the enjoyment of our holiday. We arrived as tourists and left as friends and we would like to re-visit one day - Inshallah - you captured our hearts.

Ray & Sylvia

  • Liked — Comfort and friendliness of staff
  • Disliked — Given the time of year it was a little chilly in the Dar
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route de Fes, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #328 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Kantzaro 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Kantzaro lies at the heart of an olive grove of 2.5 acres, a stone throw away from Marrakech’s top attractions and faces the Atlas Mountains range. An ideal location for ultimate relaxing, for special events celebrations (weddings, birthdays…), or more simply for exotic holidays with friends or family. At Dar Kantzaro, we strive to make our guests' stay a true experience of Moroccan hospitality and our staff will go out of their way to ensure your stay is remembered. ... more   less 
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