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Dar Alhambra
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   33, Zaouiat Lahdar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #445 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
“Riad Dar Alhambra”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The Riad Dar Alhambra is a gem hidden amongst the warrens and alleyways of the heart of Marrakech. Getting to the Riad is a little bit difficult the first time, especially at night. The taxi could not enter the area of the Medina where it is located so we have a 5/10 minute walk. However be careful of people who will see you as a tourist as they will initially say they will take you there but will want paying. Having said that some people are genuinely helpful. The Riad is located right next to the famous Ben Yousef Mosque, which is also next the to Marrakech museum.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the owner, Hamid. He does speak a little bit of English, French and Arabic is the language widely spoken and understood. We were fortunate as in my party I could converse with Hamid and his staff in basic French and Arabic.

Once we arrived, Hamid took us to the lounge room where a lovely roaring fire welcomed us in a very traditionally laid out room. whilst we waited to be taken to our room, we were served with some wonderful Moroccan mint tea,

After about 30 minutes we were taken to our room which was on the first floor. going up the stairs and towards the room, everything screamed of traditional Morocco (which is exactly what we were looking for). The actual room was a little narrow, but it was fine. The bathroom was a separate room connected to our room. Again the decor and design was all traditional.

Following morning, we woke up and went for breakfast downstairs, which is served in the courtyard (this is covered during the winter). We just turned up and sat down. Within 5 minutes breakfast was served to us. We didn't even have to ask. The staff are very friendly and helpful, but obviously limited with language skills, but don't let that put you off. you do get a feeling that they are genuinely interested in your comfort and well being. The best way to describe them is.... they are there... but not obtrusive, just in the background whenever you need them.

We even decided to have dinner one evening in the Riad. The food was superb. From the warm breads, soups and incredible tagines, it was a delicious meal. The dinner table is laid out in the lounge and it has such a warm homely feel to it.

Access to your room is by a key, which you keep during your stay. However the outside door is always locked and you have to ring the bell or knock, and they open it straight away as the staff room is right inside and next to the front entrance.

As it was winter we couldn't really spend time on the terrace, but one day it was sufficiently nice for us to spend an hour there and the long distance views of the Atlas mountains are fabulous as is taking in the whole ambience of Marrakesh Souk itself.

I will certainly look to stay there again in the future. The souks start within 20 yards of the Riad and the hustle and bustle along the tiny alleyways transports you back into a different time.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

In January 2014 my wife and I stayed for 3 nights as a birthday trip. 
We wanted to stay in an authentic riad in the heart of the medina to ensure that we enjoyed the full Marrakech experience. We looked long and hard before deciding on the Alhambra.
Our transfer took us to within a five minute walk of the Alhambra (tucked away in the maze of alleys and inaccessible by car) and we were taken there on foot by one of the employees of the transfer company. 
Upon arrival we were greeted with mint tea and sat in one of the seating areas in the lovely open central courtyard. Then the owner Hamid came to see us and told us that they were overbooked that night somehow and we would be staying in another riad just around the corner - not a lot you can do about it at that stage really, so we accepted it and got on with the holiday.
That riad was also nice, although not as impressive as the Alhambra. We looked on the bright side, making the most of staying in two different traditional old buildings.
Hamid's English is good and he said to return to the Alhambra the next day at 8, 10, 4.... We returned at 10 and the room wasn't ready. They gave us breakfast and said it would be ready for 12. It was ready by 11.15.
Absolutely fantastic room, intricately decorated, traditional, very impressive. 
Breakfast same each day - spiced coffee, orange juice, pancake/crumpets, bread, butter, honey jam. Very good, have it whenever you like, just turn up in one of the seating areas and hang around until they bring it.
Lovely roof terrace and they hold a barbecue for you and supply you with lots of food if you want. 
Hamid sells beer and wine too - not easy to find in the medina.
Great location - right by the museum of Marrakech (recommended). Also right by Le Foundouk, which may be the best restaurant in town. Walk straight through the souk for 15 minutes to get to the main square.
Hamid was very helpful and we kept bumping into him around the medina.
You don't get a key to get into the riads themselves, which didn't matter until we arrived back one evening at about 11.30pm and they didn't answer the door. The medina is a ghost town by that time but a man with security written on his jacket appeared from nowhere and started ringing the bell and making phone calls until eventually Hamid answered the door. No idea what that was about.
All in all I recommend the Alhambra.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Viking51, Owner at Dar Alhambra, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
We are extremely pleased that your overall experience was positive.
We apologise most sincerely for the first night at another RIad - we do everything possible to avoid overbooking, unfortunately misunderstandings do occur rarely, in which case Hamid does everything possible to make this very rare inconvenience as positive as possible.
There is always a member of staff in the Riad, and for the security of the other guests, we never give the keys to the Riad to anybody else. We also help finance the presence of the guard in the street. Unfortunately the staff member did not hear the door bell.
Finally we would like to draw the attention of future visitors to the possibility of booking a taxi via an email to Hamid which will bring you right to the door of the Riad - also a good solution late at night!
Thank you for your comments, Hamid and the team strive to continuously improve the service and make our customers happy, as the reviews show.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Riad Dara Alhambra is in the perfect location, only a stones throw away from the bustling souks and a few minutes walk from the must visit, Ben Yussef Madras. The building is decorated stunningly as was our room and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a centrally located Riad, with friendly staff and a premium feel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We loved this place ! The Riad is an oasis of calm and tranquility in the craziness of the `medina. It lies in the heart of the souk - surrounded by bustling streets. `it's therefore really hard to get to - you wouldn't do it without a guide. The Riad is very unassuming on the outside - but inside is beautiful . The staff speak French, though Hamid the Manager speaks some English. The staff are attentive and kind. The breakfast basic continental. The meals however are superb ( don't be put off by the slightly odd looking menu with pictures of dishes on it !!) Quite simply the best food and the best value we tasted in Marrakech.
The rooms are traditional and extremely stylish and well appointed. The roof terrace is a lovely place to be on a hot afternoon - the souks much easier to watch from the roof than to explore on foot.
Would certainly return. Next time I'd ask Hamid to provide us with a guide however. It is very easy to get lost !

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

The Medina is not for the feint hearted, the location is North of the inner walls of the old city. The streets are a great experience and people are mainly friendly, there are the few that hassle you on your walks, we felt like being on an epic film set like Raiders of the lost Arc. Once the doors open to the Riad (our hotel) the serenity and beauty of the place made up for the streets. A small oasis on the middle of an old city, the furniture, ambiance and tranquility was an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the market place. Rooms are good, beds comfortable and cosy, very clean all round.
The breakfast is basic continental platter of bread and jams, however the evening dinner is highly recommended for price, value and taste, you will not find better in the medina, we booked half board for three nights and was the cost of eating two lunches out during the day of poor standard.
The staff don't speak English, but Hamid the manager does and helps out where possible, very friendly and chatty. If you need anything ask him!
It was a birthday weekend and the hotel made special room preparations and food for the occasion, which was a nice personal touch. The pool area was closed during our stay due to the season.

Room Tip: Only 6 rooms in the Riad- However all rooms looked the same, ask for downstairs room if you don'...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

A peaceful,relaxing oasis in a very busy,bustling city.We could not have been made to feel more welcome and staff were wonderful.It is stunning and yet simple and comfortable.Would highly recommend it if you want to experience living in the heart of Moroccan life but able to retreat when you wanted to.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

This riad was located in the heart of the medina and only accessed by foot ... We paid for a transfer from the airport and they taxi you as far as they can go then walk you the rest of the way I would highly recommend paying for this service as the riad is pretty difficult to find.
Everyone at the riad is lovely ... The rooms are not luxurious llbut very comfortable and clean. We ate once in the riad and it was delicious. There are plenty of other restaurants in walking distance.
On one of the days Hamid the manager of the riad arranged for a guide (Youssef) to come and take us around the city we learnt so much it was definitely worth the money (roughly £35).Hamid also arranged for a driver to take us to the Atlas Mountains again a reasonable price and well organised
They left flowers in my room on my birthday which was very kind.

We had a good time in Marrakech its a real culture shock, we met some nice people along the way and if you stay in the dar alhambra you will be well looked after it is a calm oasis after the madness of the streets of Marrakech


  • Stayed December 2013
    • 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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Address: 33, Zaouiat Lahdar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #445 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Alhambra 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnificent 16th-century Riad, a haven of peace in the very heart of the Medina, lovingly restored in the pure Moroccan tradition - painted cedar ceilings, sculpted stucco, zelliges, marble floors...Impeccably clean, all rooms with private bath, and air conditioning. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Superb 360 view of the Medina, the Koutoubia and the snow capped Atlas mountains. One hundred yards from the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Marrakech museum, 15 minutes from Place Jemaa al Fna. Excellent cuisine! ... more   less 
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