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“unostentatious -quiet - friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Housnia
2 derb Lalla Azzouna, Medina de MKH | Medina de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #141 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“unostentatious -quiet - friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

you want to be close to the suk but at a quiet place? you hate overloaden riads with red-to-dark carpets, lots of dark furniture and red-blue-green lamps? but you do want the quietness and orientalic style of a riad - mixed with the amenities western travellers like? over-average food quality, cleanliness and a caring, friendly staff are important to you? And you are willing to pay a bit more for this?

if your answer to all these questions is yes - this if your place.
Breakfast as well as dinners are served on the roof terrace. the many stairs and different patios make you feel as if you are (almost) the only guest.
Massage room (max 1 pers.) and Hamam (max 2 pers.) are really tiny - but also clean and they work for what they are built. But don't expect something like a SPA area.

This Riad is positioned right in the middle. Between the many lower priced riads which often are a bit dark, a bit run down, not too clean, places where you won't wanna necessarily eat etc. - and on the other hand the 250€ and up riads like Enja and Riad72, which are more on the boutique hotel end of the scale, but where you pay a significant fee for it.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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 May 6, 2013 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chichester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We have just returned from a long weekend (4 nights) stay at this wonderul riad. We were looked after magnificently by the very friendly and helpful staff who gave us the impression that our comfort and care was their only concern. The riad has beautiful local architectural features which are shown off well by the restrained but very tasteful decor. We had breakfast on the roof terrace but, as the evenings were cool, on the nights that we ate in dinner was served in a dining/sitting room separated from the courtyard by heavy curtains. There was a wood fire burning in an open grate which you could curl by on luxurious sofas and cushions after dinner. The food was superb. I would recommend booking transport from the airport with the riad as they also arrange a porter to transport your luggage from the nearest drop off point and who will guide you there. Also, if you are arriving late afternoon/evening, you may wish to eat in that night as it can take you some time to orientate yourself in this part of the old town if you are not familiar with it. We did not use the spa, but I was told by another guest that it was superb.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

An absolutely brilliant riad in Marrakesh. Located in a quiet corner, you'll be in for an amazing experience once you walk through the doors. We had a two storey 'room'. In it, two bedrooms and a lovely living room, and direct access to the pool. The rooms were nicely done, lovely bathrooms too. The staff were terrific, food was delicious. Only regret is we stayed there only for 3 nights. Don't think twice, just go for it, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This was my second visit. It is a tastefully designed riad which immediately soothes you when you enter. All the rooms (there are only 4 or 5) are unique and distinctive (one has a sunken tub, one has a private loggia, you can see them on the website). It is not overdone or fussy or that fake Moroccan style. Colours are mostly white, beige, and green. The staff are very accomodating. It is impeccably clean and well kept. The food is wonderful. Breakfast on the roof terrace is the best start to a busy day. I find it always good to arrange a dinner at the riad, it is delicious.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

My family and I stayed in the separate Douriria with our own sitting room, roof terrace and bedrooms. Every comfort has been thought out and the team that look after you at this romantic and beautifully designed riad exceeded all expectations.

Situated in the busy, narrow streets of the Medina, the riad is ideal for exploring the true heart of the city, the souks and the museums. It allows you to experience the hussle but takes out the bussle as you enter the riad doors the peace and quiet takes over. It was quiet and restful and the delicious food made it hard to leave. We are well travelled and have stayed in some very special 5 * hotels but this riad sits comfortably among our favourite spots. A true find!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at Dar Housnia. We have both travelled extensively to some of the most remote areas of the world and stayed in some really wonderful places but this has to be the one of most beautifulI experiences we have ever had. We flew from Bristol to Marrakech (3 hrs) and were met by a charming taxi driver (which Dar Housnia organised on our behalf) he then arranged for a porter to transfer our cases a short distance through the medina to our Riad.
The Riad was absolutely stunning, our room was off the courtyard and was spacious and full of beautiful touches. The courtyard was lit by candlelight and completely peaceful - almost impossible to believe that the hustle and bustle of the medina was so close. After we had had an opportunity to settle we were taken onto the roof top where we were served the most delicious morrocan supper. Again the attention to detail was wonderful, the Morrocan wine which we were served was superb and the service extremely friendly but also very descreet, definately the most romantic meal that I have ever had. The breakfasts were also delicious and we even opted to have our leaving lunch at the riad because we knew it would be hard to find anything else that could be so special (and we werent disappointed).
The staff were all lovely, extremely helpful and very friendly but also discreet.
The lap pool was situated on a different rooftop and again was very tranquil.
One of the things we really appreciated staying here was that we were right in the heart of the Medina so you could easily walk out of the door to the souks and museums and then when the crazy atmosphere got too much we could retreat back into the tranquility of the riad. I honestly believe it would be hard to find anywhere else as beautiful.

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  • Stayed October 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
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Address: 2 derb Lalla Azzouna, Medina de MKH | Medina de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #141 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Housnia is an elegant guesthouse, unique in marrakech, comprisinga Riad and a Douiria wich articulate around an inside terrace with a lovely swimming pool.Dar Housnia was renovated in the true style and spirit of Arabian Andalusian architecture, using traditional methods.Dar Housnia is located in one of the most authentic district of the Medina, only at 5 min walking from the Medersa Ben Youssef and a 15 min from the legendary Jemaa el Fna square.The riad has 4 suite junior and the Douiria 2 rooms, each with a bathroom.An traditional hammam as well as a massage room allow to enjoy wellmess cares at dar Housnia...just next to your room.Rachida, our cook, can offer you a choice of dishes for lunch or dinner.having a candelight "t^te-à-t^te" dinner on the roof terrace, listening to a quiet music is a blessing!Free wifi, Guard 24h/24H. ... more   less 
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