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“Very convenient to explore Marrakech” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Limoun
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   25 Derb Ben Amrane | Riad Zitoun El Qdim, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #593 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Barcelona, Spain
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very convenient to explore Marrakech”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed in this riad in April 2013 for a total of three nights. The place is located in the very heart of the Medina, within walking distance to most main sights, but isolated from the bustle of Djema el-Fnaa and other crowded places of the old city. Therefore it represents an excellent place both to explore the city, but also to relax and be quiet after an exhausting day in Marrakech.

The riad is supposed to be located in the street Riad Zitoun el Jdid, though these directions are somehow misleading since the place is located in an alley 100 meters away from this street. It is rather easy to find it, but if you arrive to Marrakech late in the evening, arranging a pick-up with the hotel at the airport (20 €) will probably make your life much easier.

The place itself is a nicely Arabic patio with rooms facing the inner yard, plants, colorful tiles, and a very relaxing atmosphere. Young Mohammed, the stuff guy, was very helpful in many ways, and extremely kind. Breakfast was superb: a combination of home made cakes and pancakes, toasts with butter and marmalade, fresh orange juice, fruits and coffee.

Yet, the best of this place is its location. The highly recommended Dar si Said palace and the museum Maison Tiskiouine are both within a 5-min walk from the hotel. Other must see attractions are found within walking distance: Palace Bahia (10 min) and palace el-Badi (15 min) heading south; and Djema el-Fnaa (10 min) the Souks (15 min) and the Marrakech museum and Ben Youssef sites (15-20 min) heading north (if your orientation skills are good enough of course).

A taxi from the riad to the airport should cost less than 100 dirham. We negotiated an 80-dirham fare, though it might be cheaper if the taxi uses the meter, something most taxi drivers are reluctant to do when heading to the airport.

A piece of advice: The riad offers a range of different rooms and prices; it might be worth to spend a few euros more and chose one of the spacious rooms facing the patio. Our room was one of the cheapest, and although it was clean and comfortable, it was a bit small and had a toilette and shower that could use some renovation.

A final comment: there is a kitten in the place. It was lovely to play with him. However, I assume that people allergic to these animals, might not find it that fun.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Hi, We recently spent a week at Dar Limoun. Overall, well worth the price. Great location with a few drawbacks.
1- Bring cash. I booked through hotels.com. They verified that this Riad takes credit cards. I show up and the friendly host Fayid tells me their credit card machine is broken. I ask how long it will be to fix it; he said that it won’t be fixed. This is not accurate. When staying at a hotel in nearby Essouira they had a technician out to fix their credit card machine within hours. So this started the aggravating trek to find a way to get some extra cash in Marrakech. Most ATM’s in the Medina do not accept magnetic strip cards. A hike to the newer section and a helpful security guard later and we had cash in hand.
2- It’s difficult to find. There are signs leading to the alley way it’s on, but once there they had work done to the door and thus hand no sign. It’s a blue door on the right, right next to the collapsed building. There is a girl there throughout the day to open the door for you. If you need any help or directions, email me beank19@hotmail.com .
3- Most of our stay we were the only ones in the Riad. The manager Fayid would bring in friends and family to eat downstairs some evenings. No problem, kids running around etc. One night we were there alone and a young unknown man opens the door and comes in. He goes to the roof top and enters the small computer room. This was a problem and incredibly scary. We knew the hosts there, met families, but for one guy to come in and hang out on his own, not so good. We left and were going to bail to another riad. Upon returning the man was gone and Fayid was there. I told him we were fine with family and friends coming in to visit. Fayid then strangely said that family and friends do not visit. This was within 3 hours of him introducing us to them. I asked about the man. Fayid told me his name and that there is a group of seven managers that share responsibilities between riads. They all have keys and in this case he was just coming in to check on things, use the computer. It would have been nice to know this when we checked in.
4- Toilet paper is scarce in Morocco.
5- There is a mosque about 70 feet from Dar Limoun, bring ear plugs if you are not ok with loud noises early in the morning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We had a great weekend in Marrakech, and it was helped greatly by staying at Dar Limoun.

The location just minutes away from djemaa-el-fna couldn't be better, and it is also within walking distance to some amazing palaces.

The standard of finish probably isn't as great as some more expensive riads, but it felt authentic and look beautiful. The terrace/breakfast area was lovely and peaceful, and the roof terrace wonderful - you need to go up during dusk and watch/listen to the bustle of the city and the call to prayer.

Our room was nicely decorated and comfortable, and the bathroom compact but perfectly fine.

The staff did not speak much English (then again, why should they? We should have known more French!) but were very friendly. The owner even let us use his computer to check in to our flight.

I would really recommend staying here if on a budget

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Myself and my sister stayed in the Dar Limoun in March 2011, and in April 2012 I returned with my husband. It's a lovely, quaint riad, clean and so near to everything, the location is perfect.

Whilst in Marrakesh we went on the tourist bus which was very good, and we visited Tombeaux Saadiens (the entrance fee is very cheap).

We booked two day trips with the Dar Limoun riad owner to Essaouira and Ourika Valley. A very nice young Moroccan man came to the riad to take us to the mini bus. A tip for Ourika Valley: make sure you wear trainers / walking boots, and wear shorts or jeans, not a skirt or dress as there's lots of climbing, so make sure your footwear is decent for climbing! There's quite a lot of walking up rocks, sometimes walking through shallow water, and walking over dodgy / uneven bridges. The trip isn't dreadfully good for the unfit, elderly people or people with walking difficulties. I was going to wear a maxi dress and sandals, but thank goodness I didn't, I wore shorts and borowed a pair of my husbands trainers!

Breakfast in the Dar Limoun is basic, but very nice. There are towels in the bathroom, the bed is comfortable, an there's spare blankets in the wardrobe. The owner of the riad is very nice, and very helpful.

I would definately return to this riad when I next return to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Billund, Denmark
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We had the nice room up on top with easy access to the roof terrace. the room was nice, the duvet excellent. breakfats was okay - the last day we had morroccan bread/pancakes - that helped. service is okay, the woman during the day doesn't speak other than morroccan and didn't want to give us toilet paper when we ran out but the guy that speaks french and some english is very helpful. it is centrally located and the street nearby has shops, small kiosk and in the evening a good cake vendor.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

The hotel owner was very nice and friendly and even upgraded us to a better room in our second night without charging extra. I think the location was perfect as we were only a couple of minutes walk away from the main square. I really enjoyed my weekend in Marrakech, so much in fact I'm staying here again next year.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

This was a nice place. The owner was very friendly and came to a meeting place to pick us up on time. We only stayed for on night. The room was good but there quite a few ants. We had coffee and orange juice given to us for breakfast. He told us he was going to make us eggs but that never happened. I would go again because of how good the location is. You are virtually a few steps from the square. It is a 1 minute walk through a seemingly safe alley and you have arrived.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 25 Derb Ben Amrane | Riad Zitoun El Qdim, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #593 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Limoun 3*
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