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.
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