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“Pretty riad in good location” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Justo
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   35 derb Chorfa lakbir | mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #279 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, UK
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“Pretty riad in good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights recently as part of a week long trip in Morocco. This riad is well designed throughout - the rooms, communal areas and roof terrace all look great. We had a suite which contained a mezzanine level with a double mattress on it. This room is probably best suited to families or groups as being a couple we had no use for the extra space on the top level which only had a bed. Loved the location of this property, it was very close to the square and all the action but yet very peaceful and quiet.

Rooms were clean and comfortable with complimentary water, a safe, tv and hairdryer. However there were a few minor gripes as I found the room quite dark overall with little natural light and the bathroom was the same. I guess that's to be expected in these type of old buildings but some stronger lighting in the bathroom would've been good. The shower mounting in the bathroom was also broken so you had to hold the shower head all the time and there was no proper bin (just a minuscule basket).

Breakfast was great, very filling, fresh and tasty. We also tried the reflexology, hammam and massage in Les Bains Bleu which is next door (and part of the riad) and the treatments & service was very good. The staff at the riad were helpful when you asked for assistance but compared to the other places we stayed on this trip there was some warmth and interaction lacking. Maybe it's because this is a much larger place than your typical riad that this element is lost and if we'd only stayed here and not had other places to compare to we'd probably not have commented on this. All in all though I was very pleased and would stay here again.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

We have booked into a nearby hotel for 3 nights, a recommended and nice enough Riad in the heart of Marrakesh Medina. We knew that they had a problem with the first night, and rebooked us for that night into Dar Justo. What a pleasant surprise. We just arrived from a superb place in the Atlas mountains, so were a bit spoiled. Justo is difficult to find, at the end of a typical, at first spooky Marrakesh alleyway. But when you get there, you find a classy, clean and well kept hotel with great photos everywhere, good satellite TV, large and comfortable suite, all in modern Morrocan style. And you pay less than in many other similar hotels. Staff were very friendly, but if you speak a bit of French, you will get even more out of your stay. Whilst at Dar Justo, make sure that you visit the adjacent (and probably under the same ownership) hammam, Le Bain Bleu; a great experience not just for ladies but for blokes as well!

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

We have just come home from Dar Justo and cannot put into words how special our trip was. The souks and square, kasbar and streets are quite MAD but returning to this great Riad, only a few minutes walk from all the madness, is a total treat. The rooms are so pretty and clean and the staff are some of the kindest people we have ever met abroad, anywhere. I would recommend you STOP YOUR SEARCH and book this hotel now. We will be back! Thank you so much to all at Dar Justo! Oh - forget the New Town - stay in the walls of the Medina, although a lunch at the Marmounia was an EXPENSIVE treat!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Dar Justo is a good hotel well located in the old city of Marrakech. It is hard to find, but if you arrive from the airport, the taxi will let you at the entrance of the old city. From there, you can pay 50 DH to a porter and he will guide you there and carry your luggage. You will go through a maze of small streets, do not worry the hotel is worth it. The hotel has excellent service, a small pool, a good terrace, and also offers excellent massage. All this at an affordable price.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

Our family of 4 is used to travel all over the world for holidays.
In few places all over the world we have found a boutique hotel as charming as the "Dar Justo" at Marrakech, Morocco.

Every room is different and unique. We where lucky to enjoy the Garcia Lorca room, and it was delicious.
The hotel is perfectly located close to the main spots and attractions. The staff is very helpful and family friendly and they speak good English.
The food is delicious and most of the days we had our dinner there, enjoying an excellent mix of local and international specialities.

To relax from the city tour, my wife and I used the "Hamman" traditional arabic bath. We strongly recommend it!

Being a family concerned about the environmental issues we were glad to know that all the electrical and water facilities where managed on an ecological way.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardedeu, Spain
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

I do not have words to explain how good was our stay in this hotel. Very clean, charmful. Placed just closed to the most important and historical place, you can have fun and rest at the sale time. Ideal to go with children. Important to remark how nice is also people attending it. For sure we will come again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Some friends recommended a RIAD… Dar Justo located within the medina of Marrakech. I entered their website and I did not hesitate to reserve a week. The reality of the place in person, was even better that the representation in the page on internet.

Travelling and leaving behind western culture in just a few hours is a great exercise. The mind relaxes and refreshes itself and one sets worries aside. Marrakech is like a great amusement park. The great souk of craftsmen is a perfect place to loose oneself each dia, with the challenge of locating and living an adventure: The different types of people, multiple colors, the scent of the spices, the hands of the craftsmen, and the bargaining.

There was no better context for that adventure, than to have chosen RIAD Dar Justo for our stay on this special occasion

Not only was our stay at Dar Justo comfortable, I also want to descibe some relevant details.

The excellent architectural renovation is structured around courtyards that are read in parts, just like the culture. Little by little one discovers things. The day just before returning home, I came upon a new courtyard with a beautiful reflecting pool.

The terraces are the best places for the arrival and for breakfast in the morning . From there the city waking up is on view, with a skyline to the the mountains in the distance. I had a delicious dinner in a friendly atmosphere there, as if it was my own house, with a visit to the souk, the medina and the city at night.

Various interconnected terraces around the courtyards are the best places, to rest and relax, with birds flittering about. It is perfect for reading a book, only to be interrupted by the calls to the faithful of the mosques.
The spacious bedrooms are illuminated by the quiet patios.

Beautifully chosen furnishings, selected by a sensitve knowledgeable and multi talented personality: an artist, photographer, painter and sculptor.

The cotton bed linens were comfortable enough to be able loose oneself in dreams. Generous and simple bathrooms, with cement bathtubs, finished with ceramics and each singularly designed.


The infrastructures are sustainable. The water is recycled and rain water is harvested. The bathwater and spa of the Riad have hotwater supplied from large surfaces of solar panels that store energy.

The Amman, is spectacular and worth knowing for an aromatic bath.

The carefully selected crafts in all of the Riad, at every level from the breakfast trays, to the cous cous plates, the ceramics in the courtyards, the baths, the windows, doors, curtains, etc.

A short trip that seemed as if it had been very long, given all the things we did and saw and the new experiences.

Finally it is important to underscore, just how comfortable RIAD Dar Justo was, how hospitable the services were. They were open to helping us with every question and issue, from the arrival, where they waited for us at the airport. They made dinner reservations for us at restaurants, they organized taxis and offered suggestions for sites to visit, places to shop and gifts.

We made special itineraries: a daytrip to Essaouira, guided visits by friends of the RIAD with special knowledge of the sites, special places, historic sites and stories that are not written, visits to special crafts shops that export, special places of the local intellectuals, etc.

“a trip with my brother”

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 35 derb Chorfa lakbir | mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #279 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Justo 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Justo la magia y el silencio en la Medina de MarrakechDar Justo es una antigua casa tradicional que data del siglo XIV reconstruida y decorada con un sabio equilibrio entre tradición, originalidad y modernidad por su propietario, el artista Justo Almendros. Está en un entorno tranquilo en el barrio del Mouassine , a pocos pasos de la famosa plaza Jemaa el-Fna, patrimonio oral de la humanidad ... more   less 
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