I stayed at Dar Atta 11-19 March 2014. It was clean and quiet, if you ignore the roosters on the next door roof who start crowing at 11:30 p.m. They're happy to let you charge your stay on a credit card--for which they add another 5%.
I had Dar Atta sign me up for a 3-day 2-night trip that included a night in the Sahara Desert for 1100 dirhan. The other 8 on the trip who stayed elsewhere in Marrakech paid 800-900 dirhan, i.e., I paid $25 to $37.50 more for the trip.
I double-checked with the staffer who signed me for the trip: My Expedia reservation was Mar 11-17; if I went on the trip the nights of Mar 15-16, could I switch my final 2 nights to the 17-18. Yes, was the answer, but they would put nothing in writing. I returned at 8 p.m. all smiles from the trip and was told I had no reservation by the very guy who reserved the trip for me. After a big hassle (he spoke no English, my French is miserable), he called for the other staffer who does speak English. He could do nothing. So I insisted on talking to the owner, was connected with his wife (who did understand English--if he didn't, I'd have been screwed out of 2 nights), and was told I could stay the 17-18 with no further charge. But the staffers would put nothing in writing. One hour of unpleasantness tarnished all smiles from the trip.
The next night the guy who caused the hassle came to my room and profusely apologized, and I thanked him.
Nonetheless, Dar Atta is in it for the money, and I surmised that the staff is run on fear: they can put nothing in writing, period; only the boss can.
The French breakfast is a very good "petit dejuner", if you go for that--breads, jams, fresh orange juice, and coffee. I always left hungry, but then the French do save it all for "dejuner" (lunch).
The staff otherwise was helpful and kind. But all rooms on all floors have windows only opening to the open inner courtyard. If people are there, you can hear them.The in-room bath's ceiling is open to the rest of the room; it was clean, but the shower spray was meager. Dar Atta was the most expensive place I stayed--Expendia said $44, but it came for $49 per night. I could have done better. Indeed, I did in Casablanca, Fes, and Asilah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Atta is a traditional house, located in Médina de Marrakech very close to the Jamaa-el-fna place and the minaret of Koutoubia. Dar Atta is composed of 3 shifted stages where 8 rooms are double (or triple) and 2 continuations which open on pleasant a patio. All these rooms are equipped with bathroom and offer to the visitors a real comfort in a style inspired of the Moroccan South. Moreover, 6 of these rooms profit from air-conditioner, or to fully benefit from the long sunny days. Inside Dar, a very beautiful hammam traditional as well as a room of massage is at the disposal of the hosts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Atta Hotel Marrakech