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Dar el Calame
Derb Hidada, 15 | Quartier Ben Saleh, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #209 of 1,120 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hastings, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

A really lovely Riad. From the moment Hafsa greeted us from the taxi that picked us up from the airport (for free) we were made to feel welcome and everything we could want was provided for us. While Hafsa speaks little English this wasn't a barrier that affected our stay. Each day a lovely Breakfast was provided for us on the building's roof terrace with the wonderful Atlas Mountains as a back drop.

The Riad is a little further away from Jemaa el fna than some other's but i prefered this as it allowed us to walk through the Medina when getting to the Souks. For anyone staying here i would recommend that you walk different routes to the Souks just for the experiance.

We will definitely stay here agan if/when we return to Marrakech.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

As two female students we decided not to go for a big hostel and went for this budget riad instead. A free airport pickup was included. We had to wait a while, but we had no hold baggage so maybe longer getting through the airport is normal. Hassan, the driver, took us to Ben Saleh square (closest the car could get) and we were met by Hasfah for the walk to the riad. Take this option! Though no problem when you've walked it once, it would be hard to find on a first visit.

Despite me speaking very little French, and my friend none at all, we got by. The owner is French and the staff French-speaking. The friendliness was wonderful. We were even walked back to the square and pointed in the direction of Jamaa el-Fna the first time we ventured out. The owner made sure we had her number and knew the best routes.

We were stuffed with breakfast - little pastries, bread, jam, pancakes, coffee, mint tea, orange juice. Simple but plenty of it! We took dinner here one night - absolutely delicious! More food than we could handle but absolutely fantastic. Wine is available, though not written on the menu.

Our room was a simple twin on the ground floor - no complaints! Shower tends to soak the bathroom unless the balance is just so but the water was always hot. Daily housekeeping was good, and there is attention to detail. Our first breakfast we didn't have any tea - the next day they didn't put any out, only coffee and milk.

All in all we had a great time! It is basic, but you are welcomed with smiles and tea, the shower is hot, the room heaters work, and the terrace is nice for sun. It is maybe 5 minutes more walking than other riads in the Medina, but honestly you don't notice it with the amount of walking around sight-seeing you do. We always felt safe leaving things in our room, and were not hassled in the immediate area, only the main derb dabachi to the main square.

Really enjoyed our stay - thanks Dar el Calame!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Cartagena, Spain
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Very nice riad, quiet and peaceful. Nice rooms with heating and hot showers. Comfortable bed. The staff and the owner are superfriendly, they help you where they can! They help you organize your trips from Marrakech, help to bargain good prices, offer you soup and wine from time to time, buy your bus tickets,... They offer a lot more than only a bed and breakfast! There is also someone to pick you up from the airport. The perfect place to stay in Marrakech!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

A small and peaceful little riad about 15 mins walk from Place Djema el Fna ( the east, in area Ben Saleh.) I would recommend it for its price category (budget.) It has rooms around a small courtyard planted with lots of greenery. Two rooms lead onto a private inner balcony. There is a roof terrace to lounge on. What we liked: the lady running the place is very friendly and helpful, and she cooks very well; breakfast often involves some very tasty local pancakes; tajines and salads are delicious for lunch/dinner; the rooms are a decent size for 2 occupants. What we liked less: the bathroom sink kept clogging up and the shower was a bit off; not much of a view from the terrace; a bit of a trek to the central square.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

I spent a delightful one week stay at Dar El Calame. A quiet and restful atmosphere, clean spacious rooms decorated with taste and a helpful, efficient and always discreet Hafsa who takes care of everything and makes you feel like at home. Once you step in from the animated, crowded Medina, right into the patio with its fountain and trees surrounding it you just find yourself propelled into the most peaceful spot on earth.

In a nutshell, an affordable and cosy haven within a magic city wherein every single place to be is never farther than a dozen minute walk. Definitely deserves to be spotted on one’s road book.

Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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Address: Derb Hidada, 15 | Quartier Ben Saleh, 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 Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #209 of 1,120 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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