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“Fab Riad, Fab City, Excellent Host,” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Tasnime
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   131 Derb Hammam, Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #291 of 463 Hotels in Marrakech
UK
2 reviews
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“Fab Riad, Fab City, Excellent Host,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Dar Tasnime in February 2010 for a short break 'mini moon' just after our wedding! We were collected from the airport as pre-arranged and ushered efficiently to the Riad. The outside wall is unassuming, but behind the ornate door is a charming, comfortable, beautifully furnished Riad that we would definately return to and recommend to friends and family. We stayed in suite 5 on the second floor - as good as it looks in the pictures. Suite 5 has a fantastic deep bath, and were disappointed that there was not enough hot water to make proper use of it, as we specifically chose a room with a bath, but perhaps we were unlucky. Also, watch out for the decorations on the bathroom door - you could get a sore shoulder or head depending how tall you are! Breakfast on the roof in the sunshine is lovely watching the storks nesting in the minaret of the nexy door mosque - no complaints about the call to prayer, if it wakes you up you get to appreciate your location, being on holiday and not having to get up for the comute, and being in a comfy bed and going back to sleep.
Chakib is a fantastic host, as all the other reviews testify. There are not actually enough compliments. His recommendations are now our recommendations:
- authentic eating a stall number 14 in the night market in the Djemma el Fna; delicious fresh food at unbelieveable prices
- Le Tanjia restaurant is equally delicious food; we particularly recommend the Harira soup and traditional tagine. Get there before 9pm for the belly dancing show
- a relaxing massage at the Bains de Marrakech just around the corner from the Riad, a really lovely experience
We enjoyed shopping in the souks, a 10-15 minute stroll at an average pace from Dar Tasnime, and showing our bargains off to Chakib - although he tactfully would not be drawn on whether they were bargains, wisely advising that something is worth what you are prepared to pay for it.
We also took a day trip to the coastal resort of Essaouria - worth a visit, but take a taxi or hire a car for flexibility rather than a minibus tour.
Our final top tip would be to walk past the Saadian tombs from the riad and turn left and stroll through the locals market for some authentic moroccon sights away from the touristic souks.
You won't go wrong with Dar Tasnime and Chakib's authentic advice

  • Stayed February 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

If you want to stay in the medina, this is a brilliant option, the riad is lovely. Our host , Chakib was really helpful giving us maps & showing us the best places to see. He also booked us a trip into the mountains at short notice. It is very near the mosque so expect to be woken at around 4am & again at 5.30, but didn't detract from our stay. I would recommend this riad to any of my friends.

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

This is a fantastic hotel -- I would highly recommend it. The owner is extremely helpful and friendly, and he helped make my exprience in Marrakech even more enjoyable. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the morning breakfast is fantastic. The location is also great, about 10 min walk to the main square. The only downside to the place is that is close to a mosque and you will hear the calls for morning prayers at dawn. However, you have to expect this when you travel through a muslim country like Morrocco.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

This was the very first place we stayed upon arriving in Morocco, and we couldn't have hoped for better. Our entry was made a little more exciting by torrential rains and extremely delayed trains. When our exausted selves dragged our way to the door almost 4 hours late close to midnight, Chakib was there waiting with the door open! He'd checked the train schedule and heard the wheels of our luggage, and had everything set for our late arrival. The breakfast on the terrace was delicious, the room was beautiful, the internet was fast...He was very helpful with booking, restaurants and directions. We walked to all the sites easily from inside the medina. Wonderful experience.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

After staying at Dar Tasnime for three nights in early March I could not recommend the property highly enough – I will keep this short:

1) A friendly host who:
a. Helped us even before we arrived at the property
b. Has some great tips of things to do and places to eat etc
c. Is always there to help
d. Generally cares and wants you to enjoy your experience at not only Dar Tasnime buy in Marrakech itself

2) Ideally located
a. In the old town; therefore short walks to all of the main attractions to the old town
b. Close to the city walls
c. Close to the airport
d. Close to the new town (Gueliz)
e. Close to the fancy resorts in Hivernage

3) Fantastic authentic rooms

4) A real retreat from the hustle and bustle – quiet tranquillity within its walls

5) Nice roof terrace to rest weary legs and take in some well earned sunshine

  • 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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West Palm Beach, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

Our stay at Dar Tasnime was excellent! When my Mom saw the pictures of the riad online, she asked why I went with my friend and not my husband:) I'm pleased to say that in real life, the riad was every bit as pristine as it is online. And that isn't always the case!

My friend and I stayed here because the reviews of Chakib, the owner, were so positive. Happily, this was also true. My friend and I wanted to visit the Atlas Mountains on our own time, so he suggested we rent a car. He made one call, and a car was delivered to the riad. How easy is that? Also, when I had to go to the airport at 6:30 in the morning, Chakib personally delivered me himself.

There's no doubt in my mind that Dar Tasnime is the loveliest, most hospitable, and best value in Marrakech!

  • Stayed March 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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Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

We stayed for 5 nights in this perfect place. It's located in the Kasbah, so all the main attraction are within some minutes walk. The rooms are excellent and food superb. Chakib, the most friendly and perfect speaking English manager, helped us with a lot of usefull tips and advises.
We had a very facinating holiday and we will certainly come back.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 #291 of 463 Hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Tasnime 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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