My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights over new year 2012/2013. We booked through Hostel world via the Lonely planet website.
It's an absolute gem of a place. On first arrival at about 8pm in Marrakech we were a bit 'taken a-back' by the bustling and some what slightly 'rough' looking part of town, but all places seem a little scary when you arrive somewhere at night. We opted for the airport transfer of 18 Euros. A bit steep, but between 2 people not bad. The Riad is located about a 4 minute walk from the main road (But not main as in a main road in the UK, if you get what I mean) The driver lead us to the door where we were greeted by Ghita (Pronounced Rita) and her sister.
We were shown to the courtyard in the centre of the Riad and then to our room. We had the smallest of the three on offer on the ground floor and it was gorgeous, with plenty of space for 2. Cosy, comfy beds, clean (spotless), a gas heater had been provided as this time of year Marrakech can be a little cold at night. The heater was more than sufficient (and I'm one of those people who feel the cold!) Ghita gave us mint tea and biscuits and although late, gave us a tour of the Riad, right up to the rooftop to see the view.
The Riad was amazing. My boyfriend is a light sleeper but the Riad was peaceful and quiet. There are a few Mosques near by but I think he only got woken up by the call to prayer once... You could hardly hear it. A family was staying in one of the other rooms... I'd definitely recommend this place for families, couples of any age and even a group of friends.
The shower was hot, the home made bread and jam for breakfast was delicious. And Ghita, bless her, despite our terrible French, was warm and welcoming and made us feel really at home. We didn't want to leave. The location of the Riad is great too. You really feel like you get to see part of real Marrakech life as you wander the narrow streets dodging bikes and kids playing. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the main market. A 5 minute walk to the Musee de Marrakech and the photography gallery and about a 5-10 min walk to the souks.
One night we had dinner at the Riad cooked by Rita and the food was delicious. We sat in a cosy little room with an open fire. The Tajine was cooked to perfection.
I will definitely be coming back to Marrakech and I'll definitely will be trying to stay at this Riad. Loved it.
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- House dedicated to peace and harmony, Dar Nour El Houda offers a pool that adorns a raised patio, terrace overlooking the Atlas and Koutoubia and a lounge / dining room.Summary of the wealth of cultural diversity, our Dar is a unique renovated in keeping with traditional architecture beldi way, it reflects the will of its new owners Liliane & Patrick to live a lifestyle aboriginal with a blueprint and a contemporary design. ... more less
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