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“Truly Moroccan Riad” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Soukaina
19, Derb El Farrane, Riad Laarouss, | Marrakech Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #146 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Truly Moroccan Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stayed here as a family of 6, with our 4 grown up children.
This Riad is in a great location, near one of the gates to the Medina and easy walking to the markets and the square. A great breakfast was served every morning by helpful and attentive staff.
The rooms were beautifully decorated and very clean and simple. Suggest you get a driver from the airport to find the place but once you are here it offers everything.

Great "street food" is available close at hand. Marrakech is a busy place so its great to have a quiet clean place to return to.
Would recommend!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Dar Soukaina was lovely. Its decor was seeped in Moroccan tradition but quite simple. Very, very clean and nice breakfast served daily. The staff was attentive and helpful though English was a tad limited. Credit cards were not easily accepted so plan to pay with cash and note that there's an ATM limit of 2000 Dirham per day.

The location is wonderful - close to a gate if you need to catch a taxi to other parts of Marakesh but an easy walk to all of the highlights of the Medina.

This Riad is tricky to find and like most, down a windy and fairly dark medina alleyway. Dar Soukaina has a coded lock so that you can come and go on your own time. Definitely have a driver meet you at the airport, seriously. Staying in the medina is a must but your first moments are daunting.

We kept some belonging as the Dar while we traveled to other parts of the country and felt that our things were very safe.

I would stay at Dar Soukaina again. Perfect for the adventuresome traveler who appreciates an authentic experience but some comforts.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We spent 8 nights here and loved the peace and quiet and good service. The manager and his wife were charming, with nothing being too much trouble, and the position of the riad is ideal for accessing the medina. The room was comfortable, truly Moroccan, clean and quiet (except for one night when a group arrived back late and forgot there were others asleep!). Towels were changed regularly. Breakfasts were tasty with delicious pancakes and preserves, but take a travel kettle if you like a hot drink in your room. We asked the manager to write a name reference for the nearby square so that taxis knew where to deliver us as we kept ending up in the wrong drop off place. We thoroughly recommend this riad.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Marrakech is a crazy city, so it is key to have a quite and clean place to stay and this riad provided that. The location was great... only a 15 min walk to Jemaa el-Fnaa and a 3 min walk to the taxi area. It is tucked away down a few small streets away from the noise and madness of the main streets. The riad arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport and escort us to the riad which was wonderful. Of course we had to pay extra for it but it was worth it bc it would have been difficult to find the riad on our own on the first day.

The staff was awesome! They are polite and easy to talk to and without their guidance we would have overpaid for taxis, food... pretty much everything. They made us tea or coffee at any time of the day and the breakfast was always on time. The only thing is that the door to our room did not have a lock, so we brought all of our valuables (i.e. passports and money) with us everywhere. There is always someone at the front desk area 24/7, but the no lock thing was a bit strange. Rule of thumb... don't bring anything valuable to Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at this Riad for 5 nights, and absolutely loved it. It has an authentic Moroccan feel, and is located in the heart of the medina - about 15 mins leisurely stroll to the main square. However, it is also very peaceful and quiet inside the Riad, which is a definite advantage when you've spent all day in the crowds of the medina!

We arrived at Marrakech airport and had previously asked the Riad to arrange a transfer for us (15 euros). The taxi drove us to a location ~5mins walk from the Riad, and from there the driver arranged for a local with a cart to guide us to the Riad (as the “roads”/alleys in the medina are too narrow for cars…but still be aware of mopeds and motorbikes!) You could probably get a local taxi for cheaper – however the Riad is pretty difficult to find on a first attempt (and particularly in the dark!) as it’s located down a narrow side alley, so I am definitely pleased we chose this option!
On arrival we were greeted with mint tea and provided with an annotated map to ensure that we would find our way back to the Riad the next day!

Our room was fairly small – but there was enough space for us and our bags! Plus plenty of other spaces in the Riad to sit and relax in the evenings. All the décor is traditional Moroccan, so the place has a very authentic feel. It’s not exactly luxurious (e.g no TV, only a curtain to separate bedroom and bathroom!) but that kind of adds to the atmosphere + charm of the place. Breakfasts were good + plenty of food was provided.

One point to note is that the rooms don’t have lockable doors – when was asked about this, we were told that this was to make it feel like we were staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel. We found it a bit unsettling at first – but actually the Riad itself is very secure from the outside, and always staffed, so we soon stopped worrying about it!

All in all we really enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

we stayed at dar soukaina for three nights in mid feb on a two week trip around the country. it was our first stop and as such we were very impressed with the beautiful interiors, excellent service (attentive, friendly, and very helpful), and relaxing atmosphere. breakfast was hot and hearty, the room was clean and wonderfully decorated. as such it was very good value for money, and I do not hesitate to recommend it.

if i had left morocco after staying here, it would probably have got 5 points from me. however, i have to say that we did stay in riads in other cities that were even more impressive and really rolled out the red carpet. plus something went wrong with the drains in our toilet on the second day so the room smelled quite badly unfortunately. to their credit, the staff tried to fix it, and i cant blame them for what was just bad luck, but it did spoil our stay a bit... I feel bad docking a whole point for that, because as i said it really is a lovely place with lovely staff, and it wasnt their fault per se, but there are a lot of riads in marrakesh and i have to admit i would have preferred a stay at one without this drainage problem...

but a strong 4 out of 5 nonetheless, in every other respect!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Dar soukaina for a whole week, initially we were only booked in for 3 days but we liked it so much we negotiated a deal for the entire week.
The staff are delightful and very helpful and attentive and made us feel extremely welcome.
The breakfast was great and the mint tea on demand was one of the highlights.
The Dar Soukaina is perfectly situated just 10 minute walk from the main square, Jemaa el Fna, but is incredibly peaceful and quiet just tucked off one of the main streets.
All of the staff spoke French and both Rashid and Jamal spoke good English also so communicating was not too much of an effort.
The rooms are all very clean and there is wifi internet access throughout the building.
All in all this was a great place to stay, incredibly good value for money and would not only recommend to any friend but will stay there again should we visit Marrakech in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: 19, Derb El Farrane, Riad Laarouss, | Marrakech Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#101 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#149 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Merely 10 minutes by foot from the famous Jemâa El Fna square, 3 minutes from the souks, in the heart of the prestigious Dar Bacha district and near a parking guarded day and night, Dar Soukaina invites the traveler in search of tranquility and of authenticity to savour the peace and refinement of a elegant old traditional ryad, in the heart of the medina of Marrakech. The discreet but thoughtful service of Omar and his team. ... more   less 
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