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“Authentic Dar in the Medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar el Qadi
79, derb el Qadi | Quartier Azbest, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #419 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Authentic Dar in the Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We spent 10 days in Morocco and felt that this was the most authentic experience that we encountered. The Riad is small in scale and the household operates in a way that is might have for centuries. The layout is that of a traditional Dar (home) with a central courtyard that opens to the sky. The ground floor has 2 small rooms, dining room and a hammam. Upstair there are 4 rooms each nicely appointed but refreshingly comfortable minus a few modern conveniences that we did not miss ( tv, phone, lots of storage etc). The mattress was on the ground ( a plus in my mind) and the bedding was great ---- it was decorated in a very tasteful Moroccan manner. During the day we would read on the roof terrace and listen to the calls to prayer while enjoying views of the Atlas Mts in the distance......it was tremendous. We had a good rub down in the hammam one day and took a few of our meals there......veggie tagine with couscous, yum.

The one draw back is that we continually got lost in the Medina trying to find the place. There was always someone to help us get home but, it was on a little side alley and getting from the Square and other attractions was a challenge. If you stay make sure you have them book you a pick up at the airport, who then hands you off to a porter to walk you to the Dar. It is amazing to be in the Medina but, not for the faint of heart.
The staff was really great......but don't expect maps and computers to help you out. Their English is somewhat limited but, that was all part of the charm.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Dar el Qadi is a lovely and welcoming house in the heart of the old town in Marrakech. About a 5-8 minute walk from the main square and close to local attractions like the Medersa. On arrival at the Dar we were served a welcoming spread of lovely mint tea, biscuits, pancakes, jams and honey.

Four of us stayed in the small douria (apartment) which had one twin room and 1 double room, small sitting area and a lovely big bathroom. The sitting area didn't get much use as it only had some chairs and the cosy living room downstairs with a real fire was far more enticing. The bedrooms were very comfortable with extra heaters provided. The only negative was that the twin room didn't have anywhere to hang or store clothes - it would be great if the owners could put up a few hooks and maybe a shelf or some drawers.

The staff were warm, welcoming and very helpful. Mohammed in particular took good care of us, making sure the fire was stoked and we were never short of mint tea and biscuits. We ate dinner once at the dar when we were rained in, normally you need to give a days notice but everyone went out of their way to cook us up a last minute meal which turned out to be more of a delicious feast that we couldn't finish.

Breakfast at the Dar is more of the same lovely jams and honey, pancakes, flaky bread and pastries. Delicious but we did get a bit overwhelmed by too much bread in the mornings and would have loved eggs or something savoury.

We arranged a day hike in the Atlas mountains Imlil Valley through the Dar's contacts Mustapha and Yousef, it was a perfect trip and very well organised.

The Dar has other good facilities that we didn't get time to make use of - a hammam and massage room.

Overall a great place to stay, warm, welcoming, conveniently located and with staff who will go out of their way to make sure you feel at home.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Quentin W, Responsable relations clients at Dar el Qadi, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear guests,

Thanks very much for your detailed and globally positive impressions on your stay in Dar el Qadi with your friends.
Your negative point concerning the twin room in the small douiria is quite true, due to the fact that the bedroom has not much space to add a piece of furniture but I take it here into account in order to find a fast solution to store one's clothes.
Nadia has been informed that for breakfast, eggs and I also suggest hand made yoghurts, would have to be added on request, as well as any other possible suggestion made by guests at their arrival.

Best regards
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Address: 79, derb el Qadi | Quartier Azbest, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #419 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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