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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- Also Known As:
- Dar El Assafir Hotel Marrakech
- Dar El Assafir Marrakech