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Riad Dar Mimouna Hotel
3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Sidi Mimoun Derb Sidi M'Barek 151, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #470 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful riad with one issue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I enjoyed staying in this exquisitely renovated riad. My room was beautiful. The inner courtyard even better than the photos you see. The staff was very nice, particularly the gentleman who works only 2 nights a week. All spoke English which was a relief to my non-French speaking travel partner.

One issue during my stay which I did not pursue asking about but should have. There was some problem with the plumbing (yes it is a 150 year old structure) which led to a sewer smell that was pretty strong from time to time throughout the day. I like chilling in my room when I'm on a holiday, and this smell made the experience less than pleasurable.

The location is fun. You are outside the touristed area and in a more residential neighborhood which gives a nice, different feel of the city.

Go here. But email first to see if they have cleared up the plumbing issue.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

A great choice for a base in Marrakech. The walk through the small streets to get here might put some off, but its location makes it ideal for those who are looking for a quiet spot close to everything. The riad and its rooms are small but charming and the staff couldn't have been nicer. We just returned from a week's stay an are plotting our return.

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We had a taxi arranged to pick from the airport which I'd say is a must as it is pretty hard to find. Taxi cannot get to the front of the riad but we found that no problem. Once inside you'll find all you've ever wanted from a traditional riad. Very ornate and wasn't disappointing. We stayed in the 'Marrakech' room which after having snoop at all the other rooms I believed to be the best decorated. The staff were very good and weren't too pushy which was a welcome relief after being in the souks all day. The location was only ten minute walk from Djemaa el Fna, however our only quibble was that to get to the square you have to cross three busy roads which can be quite frustrating (if you stayed north of the square you wouldn't have to cross any roads). Overall very pleased with the experience and would happily come again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Got picked up by taxi arranged by Riad staff and was in Siad Mamoun area in 10 minutes.The first impression of the area is run down but soon as you go through the alleyway it's seems totally different place.It is reassuring to see all round security at the nearby Royal Palace hence area seems very safe.Staff at the hotel are friendly, very pleasent and polite who provided assistance in getting to local tourist sites.THe rooms are traditional and practical and provide the morrocon feel to the experience.If you don,t mnd the call to prayer in the mornng from the local mosque then its is the best location and would definetly go back to the hotel as it conveniently placed from the hustle of Jemma Al Fennna. Best wishes to all of the staff!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We were a bit concerned when we stood outside a very scruffy dusty door to this Riad but when it was opened it was exactly like the pictures showed...charming.
The staff were very helpful the breakfast was more than enough eaten out on the roof terrace it was most enjoyable.We booked a meal on the Sunday as we had been told that the food in Riads was on the whole very good in this case it was a mistake the meal was poor and compared to the eating places outside expensive-maybe the cook had an "off night"
Aside from that do stay here if you want a traditional Riad you wont be disappointed!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this Riad. Everyone was so helpful and very nice. We feel we have new friends in Marrakech. It's decorated quite lovely and very clean. You'll doubt this as you wait outside the door when you arrive, but have faith! It's located in a quiet neighborhood but still inside the Medina so you're close to the grand plaza, the souks, great restaurants, and the oldest Mosque. In fact there is a small mosque close to the hotel which helps eager visitors to rise early! :)~

This Riad also has it's own Hammam (self service, but private) which is quite nice at the end of your busy day. We recommend on your busiest tour day to reserve in advance along with dinner from the Riad kitchen for a nice quiet romantic night in.

DO:
*Consider renting a scooter for a day to tour outside the Medina (~200 dirham/day)

*Take an excursion (with a guide or with your rented scooter) to Atlas Mountain - there are many fun shopping stops there, small mountain villages, great views, and lunch along the river (and a waterfall (or 6) at the end of the road)

*The only store to sell wine and spirits is the big supermarket (ACIMA or s'thing like this) in the new part of town. It's easier with a scooter, but walkable (likely 60 minutes round trip). It's nice to share a bottle of wine in the Riad Hammam or for an afternoon break on the sun patio.

*there are a few small little shops in the Riad neighborhood or off the main plaza that sell cheap shampoo, shaving cream, etc. (you don't have to do to the big supermarket for this)

*The spices we bought have been fabulous as we've already been cooking at home recreating some of our favorite Tangines. We found the best prices in the Spice Souk.

*Take a Hamman spa visit in your first day as you'll likely want to do this every day of your visit. You can find several that provide couples services -private just for you two - or many traditional that are women only in the AM and men in the PM.

*Our favorite points of interest were the Palace Bahia, the old school Ben Yousef, and the garden of Yves St. Laurant. The museum store there also had the nicest earrings I think.

*The Opera theatre in the new part of town is worth a visit and may be restored when you visit. We missed seeing Moroccan independent films, but I understand they have some talented works.

*Plan 3 or 4 nights max in Marrakech as it's quickly discovered. It's a 2 hour train ride to Casablanca and the souks of FES (along with it's historic Medina) are highly recommend.

*We had no health issues tasting the food in the main plaza. It's recommend to eat with your fingers and the bread (they only rinse the utensils there we're told). Try to eat where you see locals, we feel the food is better and cheaper there :)

*We dined at some great places.. we found a great Lebanese place on our way west from the Palmerie, CozyBar in the Jewish square was excellent (we actually had sushi there) and Mama Ti Lee near the large Hamman Z... something near the Palace Bahia on the east side of the Medina is not to be missed!

Note - Mama Ti Lee is hard to find, but worth it!
We also enjoyed a few lunches at the Cafe d' espice (this is in a small plaza by the carpet souks. There are two tall restaurants here with sun decks great for people watching and sunsets).

*Touring the tanneries is also very interesting though hopefully you'll get led to one with nice leather goods to choose after your visit (it's nice to buy s'thing and they will try to sell you hard) - a nice tip for the tour is also a good substitution for purchase)

*Best to get a ride from the airport from the hotel - you can request when you confirm your reservation. It is half the price (or less!) verses random taxi from airport. The car will drop you at the entrance to the alley which is also very close to the hospital (it's too narrow for cars to bring you all the way to the Riad door). Follow the alley down and around past the mosque then straight for many steps. Don't turn right - the door to the Riad is just past that right alley then. It seems far when you first arrive, but it's not bad when you know where you're going.

The Riad will give you advice on where to change money and almost everything else. They are wonderful. Great place to stay close to the action in the old city yet on the edge so it's quiet at night.

Thank you very much!
"the newlyweds"

Room Tip: they all seemed lovely! The largest room was nice as it had an extra bed and two chairs to relax in...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

The riad is lovely, quiet. Staff very friendly, we were carefully attended to.

The taxi drops you near the hospital. (There's no sign of the riad at this point.) Before we were out of the taxi, loitering young men had our bags in hand to take us to the riad. They took us to a nearby riad with a similar name, then back to the correct one. They wanted Euros right away (we had no small bills to pay with - awkward). We paid him in dirham the next day. The same young man and his friends were at the exit to the laneway the entire trip. Best to make friends quickly.
Once we knew where we were, the narrow lane seemed friendlier and more accessible, but the first trip up the lane is very daunting. The massive door opens, and a beautiful riad awaits.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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: Sidi Mimoun Derb Sidi M'Barek 151, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #470 of 1,043 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Dar Mimouna Hotel 3.5*
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