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“Very authentic, almost formal experience!” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar el Qadi
79, derb el Qadi | Quartier Azbest, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #418 of 1,092 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Very authentic, almost formal experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Preface: We like staying at different places and experiencing different accommodations, so don’t let the fact that we stay only one night in some awesome Riads cloud the review.

Safety: Coming from an Emergency Medical Services backgound, it is my impression that most Riads (by definiton) are fire traps. There is usually only one staircase and one way in/out, so keep this in mind when you bed down for the night! Consider and explore rooftop escape and teach your kids about it. Arrange for a meeting place such as a closeby Mosque...easy to find due to the tower.

Speaking of Mosques: I have no tolerance for complaints that seem to surface in too many Riad-reviews about „getting woken up by the call to prayer; it was very loud; we couldn’t sleep...“ You’re a guest in an Islamic country – if you don’t like that, why did you go there??

Dar El Qadi:

We spent one night here as the Berbere (owned by the same people) was booked out for our dates (that happens when you try and reserve only a week ahead), after a 4-day trek in the Atlas. This was by far the most traditional place we saw and I researched, right down to the managers and the demeanor of the employees. Outstanding in its own right, with impressive furniture/decorations/architecture and a fantastic terrace. Nadia was incredibly acommodating and saw to it that everything, including our next-day transfer walk to the Berbere, was very organized and successful.

2 adults + 2 sub-teens; stayed in the Grande Douiria Suite which was perfect for that purpose. Room looks just like the pictures, is nice and large, and separable from the „kid-sleep-area“ by doors. We really appreciated the hot showers after four nights in sleeping bags; since we did not venture out, I cannot comment on location.

Adjacent to the courtyard is a large, enclosed library with a vast collection of books, mostly travel-oriented but also well-stocked with paperbacks in all languages, should you exhaust your reading material while there. In our case the library served as dining locale as well, since a large travel group occupied the courtyard (the usual dining location) and the proprietors correctly thought we’d enjoy the relative quietness of a separate room.

Dinner (chicken tagine) was very tasty but somewhat slow in arriving ... which is ok had we been prepared for a 2030 time – our mistake. Breakfast on the terrace was scrumptuous and plentiful. The only complaint we could voice would be that whoever brought us the breakfast upstairs made it clear via body language that this was an almost unacceptable chore... I know it’s two flights up steep and winding stairs, but we can’t possibly be the first guests to have breakfast up there?

There is a little reading room in the tower above the terrace which our daughter absolutely adored. Nice and cool with views over the entire city.

I would highly recommend this Riad/Dar to older travelers who prefer it quiet, like to read, and are able to appreciate the authenticity and decor. It’s an ok place to stay with kids, but much of the Riad’s originality and value is lost on them and they tend to disturb the traveler-type mentioned above.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 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.

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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 #418 of 1,092 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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