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“Great Value Riad” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar El Assafir
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 bis, Arset el Hamed | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #255 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Great Value Riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you want the 5-star, top-end luxury, rose petalled, almond toasted service that Marrakech can give then this Riad is definately not for you. The Riad has a fairly 'shabby-chic' feel but that's not the point - it is insane value for money. The guys who run the Riad are very friendly and you don't feel stressed at all as it's got more of a 'hostel' feel. We wanted to stay in a Riad with our two teenage girls and ideally wanted an apartment sized room so we could be self-contained. One night we had dinner around the corner in the amazingly beautiful Riad Kniza (yes, Brad Pitt and Will Smith hire it out when in Marrakech yadda, yadda) and overheard a very posh pair braying that their two young daughters were deposited in rooms on the opposite side of the Riad to them. Couldn't really see the funny side of that one. Therin lies the problem with most Marrakech Riads, they are not set up for family accomodation or co-joining rooms. That's where this place delivered in spades. The three bed accomodation is huge, with a spacious living area, surrounded by 3 bedrooms, a TV lounge and a day bed large enough for all four of us to doze/chat and read on. It's like a mini Riad within a Riad! OK the furniture is a bit shabby, the shower is basic, but it was quiet and I have never seen such an gargantuan lamp in my life hanging in the domed living area!
There's been a couple of people whinging about breakfast in reviews below. Yes, it is basic, freshly squeezed OJ, handcooked pancakes (yum) and huge stack of the local flatbread with honey, yoghurt and apricot jams, and served in a cute little verandad area surrounded by flora and fauna. Again, I stress this is not a Riad that's going to charge you EURO20 for a gourmet breakfast. There are plenty of those in Marrakech already. One last word on location. It is a great location for the old town medina and the new town on the west. We walked through the Bab Doukalla to Jardin Marjorelles and there is a Taxi rank a short walk away. In the past we stayed more centrally in Marrakech - but sans kids and this Riad is quiet, just out of the madness, perfect if you have a familly in tow. Stay there - if you are taking family, if you want great value, if you like shabby chic, if you want a huge room. Thanks to the Dar El Assafir for a great stay in Marrakech.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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St. Paul
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We enjoyed a large, quiet rooms or our first days in Morocco. The staff was helpful and friendly. My husband and I enjoyed a cooking class with the wonderful ladies in the kitchen. I loved the sound of the birds and access to the roof. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Riad Dar El Assafir is tranquil retreat in the old section of the city within walking distance of the main square. It is an authentic riad with a modern feel which contains more plants and flowers than most. There are two courtyards, one with a refreshing tile swimming pool and the other with a large cage of multi-hued lovebirds who provide background "music" during the day but retreat into their nesting boxes at night. Our room was magnificent, suite-sized with a walk-in closet area and huge divided bathroom where the tub/shower was built into an old mosaic fountain. The staff was friendly, courteous, and attentive. A wonderful, relaxing experience!

Room Tip: We had room #1 on second floor.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oyster Bay, New York
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10 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Dar El Assafir is a charming Riad just minutes away from the Jamaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh. The rooms are beautiful, quiet and comfortable. The staff is friendly, welcoming and available to assist you with any questions or problems. I enjoyed my time here and would consider a return visit.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Dar El Assafir in the last week of February 2012, we loved it! This was our 2nd riad experience and this one totally outshined the previous...
I e-mailed a week before arriving, asking for a room with a quiet location. Well, that's exactly what we got! A room doesn't begin to describe the 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment we got, the place was huge!
The whole layout of this riad is appealing: 2 courtyards (of which one had a plunge pool) end a nice roof terrace for enjoying a sunny February breakfast. The breakfast consisted of freshly baked msammen and another small roll, pieces of a baguette, jams, yoghurt and freshly squeezed OJ.
The staff were very friendly and in no way out to sell you excursions and whatnot.
No minusses at all? Hmm, the location is very good (a bit close to the Bab Doukkala mosque), on the edge of the medina. Our previous riad was smack in the middle of a local market street, which added to the atmosphere. But then that one didn't have parking right outside the door. Which means El Assafir is perfect if you have a rental car.
Cleaning maybe could be done more thoroughly, but it was done well enough for North African standards. The bed was a bit hard as well.
All in all we recommend this place heartily.

Room Tip: If you are with a family of max. 6 people, book the apartment.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

If one likes tranquility, no phone,radio,TV, fridge, total quietness, away from the manic crowds, then this Riad is ideal. A 5-10 minute taxi ride to all places worth seeing or a 15 minute stroll to Place Jemaa El Fna square.
Breakfast was very basic but adequate, coffee excellent. Their attempt at a scrambled egg was poor.
I had a double bed room upstairs which was lovely and large and comfortable. Small problems I encountered, which could be over come if someone carried out maintenance, sewage smell in the mornings, bath and wash basin water extremely slow to drain, curtain pull back supports coming out of the walls, keys to bedroom door and the main Riad front door difficult to operate.
The staff were friendly and helpful and my basic Arabic and French was enough to get by.
Overall the Riad could do with a good spruce up, it just looked tatty and run down.
Would I stay there again ? probably not.

Room Tip: Ask for an upstairs room.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

From the moment we arrived when our cases where whisked to our room, to the moment we left and thougtfully given the airport embarkation cards we were looked after very well at Dar el Assafir riad. Staffed by very helpful people and the layout, design and atmosphere make it a perfect counterbalance to the happy hustle and bustle on the streets and souks that is Marrakech

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 24 bis, Arset el Hamed | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #255 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dar El Assafir 3*
Number of rooms: 298
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