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“Charming little riad with great hospitality.” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Crystal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb El Fath no5 | Es Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #118 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Colwyn bay
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Charming little riad with great hospitality.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Lovely little riad, room was really nice on the 1st floor, breakfast very good with great mix , pancakes, yoghurt, fruit, bread rolls, jams etc, location was excellent 3 min walk from the bahia palace. we got the organised pick up whcih is really good for 1st time visit as riad up an alley way so they walk you to the door. Lot of good restaurants near by too, and the main square and souks about 15 min walk. Very good value for money and would definately stay again. the3 owner Bruno was so helpful, marking all the best places to see on his map. would recommend this place to anyone glady!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Moscow, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Un sejour merveilleux a Dar Crystal ou la gentillesse et la chaleur de l'accueil nous feront revenir certainement. Riad super bien place pour visiter la ville facilement, souks a proximite, marches de souvenirs, epices etc.

A wonderful stay in Dar Crystal where the kindness and the warm welcome will make us certainly come back. Dar Crystal is very well located in the center of the Marrakech with easy access to touristic visiting points, nearby souks, souvenirs markets, spices etc. We warmly recommend it.

Замечательный отдых в Дар-кристалла, где доброта и теплый прием позволит нам вернуться Конечно. Dar Crystal очень хорошо расположен в центре Марракеша с легким доступом к посещения туристических точках поблизости базары, рынки сувениров, специй и т.п.. Мы горячо рекомендую.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

very nice place with helpful staff and close to a relaxed square near the spice market. The little alley didn't seem promising but once inside the door a serene calm ambiance in the courtyard and a great space on the rooftop made for relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Had a wonderful weeks stay here in late September.

A fascinating city and people, full of interest and different cultures.

The hosts, Brahim and Simo, could not have done more to make us so very welcome. Their knowledge of Marrakesh and advice regarding good restaurants, places of interest to visit etc etc was invaluable.

Half way through our stay I overhead them say to newly arriving guests...."our home is your home"......how true those words were. Everything we asked for, from a pot of coffee to organising taxis to and from the airport was done with a smile.

Their hosting made our 'holiday' one we will always remember with great affection.

Will we go back there....?....absolutely....!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our stay in the Riad Dar Crystal was very well. The Riad itself is hard to find but the taxi pickup from the airport made it all easy. Don't expect a frontdoor taxi delivery, the Riad is in an ally and you have to walk for 1 minute.
After the frontdoor there is a tranquil scenery. Although it took a wihile before the staff had some time for tea and an explination of the city and Riad.
The pros of this Riad is the pretty good spot in the city, a walk from everything, design of the room and quiet spot to escape the madness of the city of Marrakech.
The cons are the quality of the bed, needs a refill or something and the loose way the staff walks through the building, they probably miss a little 'real' hotel experience. On the other hand they are willing to help you at costs... The 'swimmingpool' is useless, only 3 by 3 at the most! Breakfast will test your patients, when all rooms are occupied there is not enough space to sit and will take a while before you receive something. They have to find a better way to make breakfasttime shorter...

Room Tip: Take a room on the first floor.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Derby/ London
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

The location of the Riad is in the Mellah a bohemian (basic/shabby/locals) area.

Although we didn't encounter any problems I would be conscious of safety if I was a lone traveller. This is not the kind of area for austentatious displays (designer clothes, OTT jewellery etc). The locals are warm and say good morning or good evening. Inside our Riad it was quite the opposite to the outside alleyways.

The prices at the Riad are same if not more expensive as the costs in the UK. So do not expect that because this Marrakech Riad and it is not in the euro zone or the similarity it to an English guesthouse it will be reasonable or competitive to UK  prices. We didn't get a chance to eat at the Riad instead we ate at Jemma El Fna square. The Sq is a real dining experience and extremely entertaining.

The home once of a Jewish family the Riad and it's rooms have been renovated with a contemporary touch. The spaces are lovely with hints of moroccan design kept. There is a serene court yard at its heart and a roof terrace. Having air conditioning in the room was a nice extra however surprisingly you don't really need it as design of the Riad means it stays cool.

The staff are extremely helpful and respectful as in top hotels.

You do need to have a little French to get on in Marrakech if you stay at a non-English speaking hotel. We were fortunate that the owner and one member of staff spoke English. The others are making the effort to learn under the instruction of another team member. Still there were times when communication was misunderstood and things we're therefore not as we'd like.

If you want to be part of Marrekech, this Riad's location with its locals on your doorstep is a must. If you prefer large faceless hotels with a big swimming pool then staying outside the city walls is a better idea or Hiverage area.

Would I go again...yes but not until I've visited other destinations on my visit list.


Our top tip to share is to visit the Hamman nearest to Palace Bahia. It costs 270 dirham for a complete package (steam/shower/shampoo/salt scrub/massage/bikin bottoms/towel and robe). You can also break the package down and take individual items. Don't forget your hair conditioner as this is not supplied.

For 130 dirham if you want a day off and a chance to enjoy the scorching  heat go to the water park Oasiria. As you have to buy food and drink onsite use the seated area by the adult pool. It costs around 100 dirham for a small seating area for the day. The seats are white canvas and you chillax.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

What a great city and what an excellent riad! From when we first met Brahim at the palace and he walked us to the riad I knew we were in good hands. The riad itself was comfortable, clean and relaxed. The service was excellent and Brahim's attention to detail was great. There were six of us in the riad, for a hens party . Brahim gave us excellent recommendations of where to go and what to do. He left us alone when he knew we wanted to relax by ourselves and he attended to our every need. The facilities in the riad were clean and very comfortable. I slept well, ate excellent breakfasts and really enjoyed the swims in the afternoon to cool off after a long day exploring the city. I would recommend Dar Crystal Riad to everyone!

Room Tip: Upstairs is best. Specify beforehand if you want double beds or twins.
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Derb El Fath no5 | Es Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#62 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#122 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Crystal 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar crystal, luxury riad in marrakech dedicated to relaxation & sobriety.this prestigious house is an exclusive cocoon of 8 bedrooms with ensuite bethrooms, pool, hammam, massages room & a fantastic sun-bed terrace, linking contempory look & traditional materials.5 mn walk from souks & palaces (bahia, baldi), 10 mn from jemaa el fna square & 10 mn drive from three golf courts. gorgeous breakfast. ... more   less 
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