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“An oasis of style and calm in the centre of the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Al Kounouz
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   54 Derb Snane | Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #90 of 1,149 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mitcham, surrey
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154 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“An oasis of style and calm in the centre of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

Mt wife and I stayed here in February 2009 and were staggered not only by the beauty of the interior of this small hotel but also by the welcome, courtesy and assistance by the hotel staff. From the moment we arrived and were entertained by the owner to mint tea and small cakes, through to the wonderful freshly cooked breakfast each morning and to the peace and tranquility of the interior, we were really blown away. I cannot emphasise too strongly how much we were captivated by this city and this hotel. well worth a visit. You will certainly not be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, UK
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

My husband and I stayed five nights here in July 2009. The riad is beautiful (seemingly very authentic) and wonderfully calm (except for prayer times from the nearby Koutoubia!) The staff were exceptional - we were greeted with mint tea and biscuits on arrival, given maps and a brief overview of the city. Mohammed often climbed three flights of stairs to serve us drinks on the terrace, offered impartial local knowledge (cost of taxi fares, directions to local bureau de change, etc) and served us breakfast out of hours (early plane back to the UK). The staff were even kind enough to look after some of our purchases for 9 days (Marrakech was our first and last stop between a holiday to Essaouira).
The only downside to the riad is that it is hidden away down some derbs (alleyways) which may be a little daunting for solo female travellers. Definitely worth organising a taxi through the riad so you don't get lost on arrival. However aside from this, it is only about 7 mins walk to the craziness of Jemaa el Fna.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

We had a great relaxing stay in this Riad, couldnt fault it really! The staff left you alone to enjoy your holiday but were always on hand if you needed anything. Hermina (the maid) only spoke French but her happy cheery disposition every morning with our Moroccan breakfast was such a welcome sight from the hussle and hassle of the souks in the Medina. The surroundings are very authentically reproduced and you really felt this place had had a lot of love and care and thought in its renovation while at the same time you felt it had stood there for 100's of years. The rooms were ample for space, lots of hot water, a roof terrace to sunbathe or sit in the evening and Hermina will cook all meals if you require them. For 2 people, the 45euros/room/night including breakfast was a real bargain!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Khartoum, Sudan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

We stayed at Dar Al Kounouz for 3 nights with our two young sons and were really impressed with the beauty of the riad and the helpfulness of the staff.

For example, they booked a car for us (at better rates than what we could find online), and ran out to get a roadmap for us at the last minute when we realized we needed one. They also gave good, straightforward advice on sites, shopping, and getting around the medina.

One minor critique: our ground-floor room was a bit dark, as the windows gave only onto the internal courtyard.

The tagine we had at the riad was wonderful (the couscous less so), and the breakfast was ample and delicious. A really lovely riad.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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kongsvinger
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2008

The review is coming a bit late ,but after reading the newest review with a rather low score I thought it was time for som nice words about Dar Al Kounouz..
We were four ladies staying here in november 2007.
We had a friendly welcoming already at the the airport .The staff did their best to make our stay a happy one.
The riad is very well located in the medina and only a few minutes from Jemaa El Fnaa. Most of the sights of the old city is in a walking distance.
One day we had the riad chauffeur to drive us up the Ourika valley where we had a guided walk from Setti Fatma. After that he drove us up to Oukaimeden in Atlas mountains -because we are norwegians and we wanted to se Moroccos best ski resort! It was a nice trip! (He altso was a very good driver.)
The rooms in the riad are cosy and nicely decorated.
I will also recommend both the very good dinner meals at the roof top terrace and of course the hammam in the house.
We are now soon going back for our second stay in Dar Al Kounouz!

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  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

I went to Marrakech with my wife on August and we stayed for a couple of nights at Dar al Kounouz. It needs some mantainance, breakfast (which is included) is pretty basic and simple and the staff were kind of grumpy and at some point rude.... I honestly do not recommed it, I guess there are better options.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

I stayed at the Dar Al Kounouz some weeks ago. The rooms are nicely decorated and in general the riad is OK. However, I was not satisfied with the service I received since the staff were not friendly and they just limited to do the minimum.

Stayed August 2008
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Additional Information about Dar Al Kounouz

Address: 54 Derb Snane | Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #90 of 1,149 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Al Kounouz 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar al Kounouz a charming riad in exceptional calm in the heart of the medina, in the historic district of Mouassine, close to the fountain, the souks and Jemaa El-Fna. Dar Al Kounouz offers refined comfort and authenticity of a beautiful Moroccan decor. Its staff remains attentive and discreet, you will enjoy all the virtues of Moroccan hospitality. Around the patio: 6 charmingly intimate bedrooms with bathroom, air conditioning, telephone, safe and satellite TV. Free Wifi. And One suite “Jade” with 2 bedrooms able to sleep up to 6 clients. Dining room, hammam, are at your disposal. Beautiful panoramic terrace with pergola and caidal tent, leaning against the Dar El Bacha Palace (with its walls, trees, and birds singing ...). Delicious Moroccan specialties on request. ... more   less 
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