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“Cosy and quiet place in noisy Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Shana
80 Bis Derb Mejjat Bab Ailane, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #356 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Vilnius
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“Cosy and quiet place in noisy Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Stayed there for two nights, loved it! Feels like home, nice food, cosy atmosphere, friendly staff!

  • Stayed June 2011, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

Clean, comfortable, small rustic riad with a more than welcoming owner - Mustafa.
The only downfall is location - near the door Bab Ailen (as far as the taxi can go), amid slum-like houses, a bit scary at night but apparently very secure (we had no problems coming in late all 4 nights). Good value for money.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

We stayed with Moustafa for 3 nights at the start of our family holiday. We could not be happier with the experience. The rooms were beautiful & authentic. The level of service from Moustafa & his female staff was 10 star. The riad itself is nothing short of stunning & it was hard to leave each morning to go exploring.

Three things may deter some travelers: 1. If you are a very light sleeper or you like to nap at times when other guests may be coming/going then you may find the noise levels bouncing around the enclosed courtyard layout too much. This is just the way riads are designed & built - not any fault of the owners. 2. The standard/included breakfast is very simple (bread/yoghurt/t&c) so you will have to pay for a bigger/more varied breakfast.
3. There is no WiFi or hotel computer but Moustafa was more than generous with his personal laptop when we needed to check something online for ten minutes.

None of these things detracted from our overall opinion/experience of the riad - please don't read them as criticisms - just things to consider for some travelers.

The location was nice too - about a 10-15 minute walk (through ever-changing, always interesting streets) to the center of the old city. At night you are away from all the noise & crowds & it feels like you own little hideaway in back of the city.

We would highly recommend this riad to anyone visiting Marrakesh.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

A very nice little Riad in Marrakesh, only 5 but very nicely decorated rooms in Morrocain style, comfortable beds, a nice little swimmingpool to chill when it is too hot (whe we visited in February it was not the case...); nice reading room and a good terrace on the top
The owner and staff is doing everything for your stay to be perfect, including helping you to find this hideaway when arriving. Diner is excellent fresh and plentiful (you have to order in the morning). Breakfast with nice frech Morrocian pancakes.

Dar Shana is situated a 15-20 min walk away to the main square Jemna el Fna and the Souks. But it is a pleasant walk through a less "touristy "but lively through le quartier d'Aylane and the Madina. Enjoy watching the everyday life of the people of the medina on the way, you pass ocal shops, barbers, mosques...

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

The Riad was lovely, the staff very helpful and the food was gorgeous. It may be useful to some to know that the evening meals need to be booked after breakfast, so don't expect to be able to rock up on your first night and have a meal at the Riad. However they were very helpful in our case and could offer us some lovely soup.
The Riad was spotless, and lovely inside, the rooms were great, basic but just what you need, with lovely bathrooms. Great little suntrap on the roof.
The thing letting this place down is the location. It's right on the edge of the Medina, a good 20 minutes walk from the main square. The walk is fine, along alleys full of small local shops etc, it's just the last couple of hundred yards that are the challenging. You will never be able to find this place without phoning the Riad for precise directions, it really is tucked away down some not entirely pleasant alleys.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

Lovely Riad within the old walled city, it was an oasis in the middle of the hussle and bussle of Marrakesh. The staff and accommodation was simply fantastic and although we initially thought it was a little bit far away, it was always a nice walk down the locals main street into the Medina - turned out to be a fantastic base for sightseeing by foot.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 80 Bis Derb Mejjat Bab Ailane, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #356 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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