We took our time selecting a hotel for our stay in Marrakech - and Dar Housnia turned out to be the perfect choice for those looking for an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the old city. The souks and Jemaa el Fna Square are 10 minutes away on foot, so you're right in the heart of Marrakech-but the riad is quiet, cosy and just the right thing after a day out in the city.
Be aware that with most the riads within the medina, your taxi won't be able to drop you off by the front door (streets are too narrow for cars). Dar Housnia arranged out airport transfer and for someone to meet our taxi in the city, carry our luggage and show us to the hotel (a 3-minute walk from the drop-off point). From the moment we set foot inside, the riad felt like home. Staff go out of their way to accommodate guests, and the layout is wonderful-even though you know there are other people staying, you somehow feel that you're the only people there.
We had the Fes and Mogador suites, which occupy an entire floor and have a shared sitting room/lounge area, so it was really like our very own house in Marrakech. Both suites are spacious, airy and beautifully decorated, with big bathrooms (Mogador has a huge bathtub as well)
Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace, and if I had to nitpick, I'd say a choice of plain green tea and something savory for breakfast would have been nice (they offer traditional mint tea with sugar or coffee, alongside pancakes or pastries) - but that really is nitpicking for the sake of objectivity :)
They also offered us a complimentary dinner on our second evening there (delicious food, much better that most of what's on offer in the city)
The riad also offers hammam and massage services, and even though we missed out on the hammam, the hour-long massage after a day hiking in the mountains was perfect.
Basically, Dar Housnia really is a gem, and for those who shy away from big-name hotels and want to be in the heart of it all, the perfect choice.
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