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Dar Tasnime
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   131 Derb Hammam, Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #270 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Harsh beginning, happy ending”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We stayed there for two nights after a long-planned and researched trip at the end of April 2010. We have viewed our room in the second floor with a nice balcony overlooking the patio over the Internet and emailed back and forth with the owner, Mr. Chakib, a gentle and internationally educated Moroccan, so as to reserve it much in advance. As you may know, each room at a riad is different, since riads are old houses or palaces which have been restored to their original splendor. After we arrived to the hotel though what a deception it was to learn that our room was taken and thus we were forced to accept another one in the first floor (not as beautiful). After some argument with Chakib, I ended up mad and frustrated. He said that being a small riad with a few number of rooms, he could not control how long each guest would decide to stay, not very convincing for a much reserved in advance room (he could have moved the other guests, right?) Since we were just beginning our trip to Morocco, we decided to let it go, and thereafter I must say that, within his clear commercial view, Chakib was an extremely attentive, helpful and well informed host. The location of the riad is just perfect, the proximity to the Mosque for us was an additional advantage (as it was to the Saadian Tombs!) and the call to prayer never disturbed us. Breakfast was delightful and the just squeezed orange juice was incredible –we have never tasted an orange juice as good as the Moroccan! The riad itself is very nice, clean and well kept, and the maid was also very gentle and kind. There is a huge market nearby (not the zouk which is a 10 minute walk away) but we find it a little expensive, but for certain things it may be convenient. Dar Tasnime was a good experience altogether and Marrakech is just an unforgettable chaotic city, worth to visit several times throughout a lifetime.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

The riad itself is absolutely beautiful, with incredible attention to detail. Owned and run by a Moroccan man, the decor is authentic and breath-taking and the beautiful court yard and the roof top terrace (where we took breakfast) provide stunning views. The hotel was always immaculately clean. It is perfectly situated just a 5 minute walk from Jeem el F'naa and made a brilliant base from which to explore the city. The real highlight of the accomodation, even above being able to stare out at the mosque and the rooftops of Marakesh whilst taking breakfast, was the hospitality and the customer service. The Moroccan man who owns and runs the riad could not have been more welcoming or helpful. He organised incredible day trips, taxis and evenings out and was always ready with directions or helpful hints for getting the best out of Marakesh. He even went out to get us dinner when the rain prevented us from making it to the restaurants. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it is a lovely family business which feels a million miles away from the gaudy, large hotels which seem to provide the bulk of accomodation in the city. It is the nicest accomodation I've ever stayed in and I feel that, by staying here, we got to experience the real Marakesh. I only wish we could have stayed longer; we'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

We ahd a fantastic time in Marrakech and one of the reasons for this was staying at Dar Tasnime! Chakib (the owner) was very helpful and gave us lots of advice on negotiating the amazing city of Marrakech. We have been home in Wales for 2 months and we still miss the fresh orange juice and homemade pancakes! This Riad is superb and we will go there again! Peter & Lois (Wales UK)

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

We could have not chosen a better spot than Dar Tasnime as our entry point for our trip across Morocco. It's very small so the owner will take personally care of each guest individually. Top notch roof terrace, a great value for the suite and perfect, very quiet location (don't miss going to the Bains de Marrakesh which is just around the corner).

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

Fantastic riad centrally situated in the medina.Chakib the owner very welcoming and helpful,nothing too much trouble.All 5 rooms tastefully decorated and maintained.
Temporary demolition work near the hotel made a lie in a bit difficult!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2010

I took my Mum and a friend to Marrakesh for a week' holiday in May, and Dar Tasnime was ideal in many ways.
It is close to many of the cultural attractions, and within walking distance of many more (even with some very slow walkers in-tow!!!).
Although there is re-development going on around the riad, (which was a bit noisy and dusty during the day), once inside all is tranquil and beautifully arranged. I looked in all the rooms and can confirm that they all live up to the web-site photos - they're beautiful, and each has its own individual character. I was lucky and had a balcony looking over the courtyard, but my Mum was equally pleased with her pretty and cosy room on the ground floor.

Although there is a pretty lounge adjoining the courtyard, the main public area is the terrace, where we ate generous breakfasts (included in the price), lounged in the sun, and enjoyed evening G+T's (duty-free's!) and an assortment of snacks from the nearby 'Nut vendor' and 'local store'! Chakib the owner was more than happy for us to help ourselves from the kitchen, (and we tried to tidy up after ourselves!).

I would say that the biggest gem of all at Dar Tasnime is indeed Chakib! He is the most warm and helpful hotel proprietor I have ever met, he speaks perfect English, (having spent 10 years in the US), and being a Marrakechi born-and-bred, he will give you all the info and tips you could possible wish for. He made us feel exceptionally welcome and safe in a city which can sometimes be challenging! He will give you restaurant recommendations (the new place nearby is beautiful, with great food and service plus very high quality musicians and an unobtrusive but beautiful Belly dancer(!!), and can arrange most anything you have in mind.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2010

Riad Dar Tasnime is a fantastic place, the room was very beautiful with a lot of typical maroccan decoration. Everything is very clean and the location is excellent, close to the square, all the main attractions and to a gate (easy when you want to hire a car and don't want to drive the crazy streets of Marrakech?!)

The owner, Chakib, is very friendly and helpfull. He made us feel welcome from the beginning. He explained a lot about Marrakech and gave us a map and of course a good cup of mint tea! He helped us also with car hire and other excursions.

When we ever come back to Marrakech we will definitely come back to Chakib and his wonderfull Riad!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 131 Derb Hammam, Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #270 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Tasnime 4*
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