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Dar Ihssane
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   14 Derb Chorfa Lakbir Mouassine | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #321 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
York, United Kingdom
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“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

From the moment we had arrived staff were helpful and attentive to all our needs. 4 girls travelling to Marrakech we hadn't quite prepared our self for the hassle we would be getting off the men.

The riad itself is difficult to find and without the help of locals we would never have found it. It is hidden away down alleyways in the medina. We got our self into some bother with our helpful locals who had directed us towards the riad expecting a tip of 200 dirhams between the pair. Mohammed, who we usually saw in the evenings through to breakfast jumped in when things were getting heated to deal with the bother we had got ourselves into, we cannot thank him enough for that.

The riad itself is very authentic and good not have been in a better location. We were in the middle of the souks and a 5 minute walk away from the famous square De Jemma el Fna. Around the corner from the riad is a very luxurious hammam we had discovered a few days later. It was a little on the pricey side but Amed who worked in the Riad also directed us towards a local hammam for women also a short distance from the riad. Amed also helped us to arrange various tours during our stay and transfers as we hadn’t booked any in advance.
Suminah made sure we were well equipped with towels, toilet tissue and a clean bed every day. She was very attentive, four young girls we did create some mess but she was very patient.

Breakfast was ready every morning with tea, coffee, fresh orange and fresh bread. Breakfast is served between 8-11 but the days when we had to be out of the riad for our tours for 8, Amed or Mohammed had arranged for our breakfast to be ready earlier.
Our stay in Marrakech was enjoyed but more so because the staff at Dar Ihsanne are so friendly and trust worthy. We were giving the privacy to enjoy the riad as if it was our own home. No matter how late we stayed out until Mohammed would wait up until we arrived back at the riad to lock the door. The day we were due to leave our flight was not until later on in the evening, although checkout is at 11 Amed had allowed us to have the room a little longer and also watched our suitcases whilst we went for our last visit around the souks and medina.
I would highly recommend this riad for anyone thinking of visiting Marrakech, not only are the staff great but the location is perfect. The whole visit we did not require taxis as everything we needed to see in the city was walking distance. The only mode of transport we eventually used was a friendly old man offering us a ride around the city on horse and carriage at a discounted price after bumping into him twice.

I would like to thank the staff at Dar Ihsanne for all their efforts during our stay. We all look forward to returning to Morocco and we will definitely be staying here again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Stayed at the friendly, traditional Dar Ihssane riad with 9 friends for a long weekend and had a wonderful time! Located down a back alley in the Medina, you will likely need some help from a local to find it (we booked an airport transfer so it wasn't an issue), but even after a few days, it always felt a little exciting to step in from a dark alley in to such a relaxing space. It's located about 10 mins from the main square & the walk is full of souks/shops. Common areas (courtyard, living room, roof terrace) were welcoming and perfect for lounging around. Free WiFi was available and I loved that there were books in several languages that you could borrow for your stay. Nice light breakfast was included - cheese, fresh bread, beghrir & freshly squeezed orange juice. One thing I would note - many of the rooms do not have walls/door to a separate bathroom...only share a room with someone you know quite well! Overall, I'd recommend Dar Ihssane to anyone looking for a laid-back, peaceful riad with very accommodating staff (thanks Aimad!)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

I traveled to Marrakech with two of my friends just a few weeks ago and staying at the riad dar ihssane totally made the trip. The riad is sooo cute, the rooms are nice and it feels very authentic. The location is amazing, soo close to the main square and easily walkable to everywhere we wanted to go. Most importantly, the staff was AMAZING. They were so friendly and so helpful with all of our questions and they helped us plan all of our activities. Definitely recommend staying here!!

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

A traditional moroccan style riad in the Medina. The staff is friendly and willing to help. The room is fair, (dim lights and some ash on the table). I like their library and common room - such a good place to relax. The breakfast is very good, fresh orange juice, coffee, cheese and bread. The riad is really hard to find, I would suggest everyone to book the pick up service which save you time and money. If you need someone to guide you to the riad and they asked you for money, do not pay more than 3 euros. (People usually pay 10-20 dirhams) Great location - takes 4 minutes to the central medina market where you can shop and eat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We enjoyed this riad, particularly their library/common room area. It was such a peaceful, beautiful place to read a book or catch up on emails. The riad was pretty hard to find since we didn't see any signs directing us to it but luckily ended up stumbling upon it by accident. Book the airport transfer and save yourself the hassle.

Our room was nice but we did not like the bathroom set up. The bathroom and the bedroom are in the same room-there is no door separating the bathroom area from the main room, just a wall that juts out to divide the room. There was also no door on the shower. So if you're showering or on the toilet, the other person could partially see you. It also made the room a little damp after taking showers. Maybe this isn't an issue for everyone, but I personally like some privacy when I'm in the bathroom.

Breakfast was very good. We didn't try dinner as you have to book 24 hours in advance. Riad was clean and staff helpful and you can be at the Djemma el Fna in around 10 minutes. The wifi was very good!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 March 15, 2013

Our family stayed 3 nights at the Dar Ihssane riad. The riad is cosy and has a nice lounge and a sun terrace on the roof. The free WiFI worked well. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good and the coffee was excellent. We booked a nice 2 day tour via the riad. The tour started early and the staff arranged then an early breakfast for us. The location in the Medina is very good. It is very close to a nice hamman. We had no problem to find the riad.
We strongly recommend the Dar Ihssane riad and we will return.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had a very enjoyable stay at Dar Ihssane. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The place itself was well kept, clean and cosy. The location would have been hard to find without help at first, but it was otherwise in a very convenient location relative to the surrounding attractions. We will definitely return to this riad the next time we are in Marrakech.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 14 Derb Chorfa Lakbir Mouassine | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #321 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Ihssane 4*
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