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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
Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Gorgeous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We loved this Riad, we were the only guests on one night of our trip and we really felt like it was our home! Didn't see the staff very much but they were easy to find if we needed them and they even made us an early breakfast on our last day as we had to be at the airport early. Nothing felt like too much trouble and I would definitely stay here again. It was an easy walk to the main square and not difficult to find when you had been there once.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed in May for 7(!) nights. We had a great time. The staff are lovely and breakfast was amazing. We received great service every day and they even helped us hiring a car for half the price the big companies charge. Wth only ten minutes from Jeemla el Fna this really is the perfect place to stay at.
The Moroccan people are friendly and will always help you if you need anything.

Room Tip: The ground floor is quite cool and there is no smell at all.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This Riad was perfect for our four night stay. Roughly a 10 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the night market and nestled within a local area which added extra authentincy to our trip. The Riad itself is traditional with beautiful inspiring decor and a nice chilled out vibe.The rooftop terrace was perfect after a day out to catch some sun and rejuvenate before venturing out again in the evening. Our room was very nice and was cleaned daily with fresh towels etc.

Staff were laid back, friendly, helpful and quick to respond to any requests. Breakfast each morning is the same and simple consisting of yummy fresh orange juice, tea/coffee, simple bread, pancake and cake and delicious homemade vanilla yoghurt which I will attempt to make myself!

We enjoyed being in the heart of the local shops and community, this gave us more of an insight into everyday Moroccan life.

The walk to the Riad from the taxi drop off was a bit intimidating after a night flight as we were kinda harassed by a large group of local young-teen local boys trying to direct you to your Riad for money, they were harmless but very persistent so I would advise revising a map beforehand or tipping them a low small amount of change. This was our first time in Morocco so we soon got use to this.

Overall this Riad was really good value for money and we would defiantly stay again :)

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

If you can, try not to be too overwhelmed by irrational fear as your arrive - those new to Morocco may find the arrival into e street and trek down the lane ways quite daunting, however splash some cash to the local boys who will no doubt offer to help, smile and relax, and all will be alright! The riad itself is beautiful. The staff were attentive and very kind, and to thing was too much trouble. The breakfast on the terrace was always lovely - the bread and takes might look unappealing, but they're filing, and the home made yoghurt and fresh orange juice is to die for. The room was comfortable, and the cleaning staff great. The location was brilliant - in the old town, with plenty of soul and personality, just slightly off the tourist track, but still close enough to comfortably stroll to most places. The winning factor for us was the local hustle and bustle in the streets around the riad. We often played football with the local children of a night, and ducked out to the local bakeries to take a chance on something delicious but unidentifiable. If you want American conveniences, bland and modern decor, and absolute silence, this (gladly!!) isn't the place for you. Thank you so much for your beautiful warmth and hospitality!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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St Albans
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We looked at a lot of reviews before choosing this and glad we did. It is exactly what the pictures how - a beautiful small renovation in traditional style. This is the real Morrocco and not a bland Eour hotel miles out in the middle of nowhere. If it is a restful comfortble place with friendly staff you want this is it with spades of authentic charm.

The location is perfect, though do get a taxi in the first time as the alleys would otherwise be confusing. We found it with the help (not hassle) of some passers by who pointed out that we were standing round the corner withing feet of it! We did see some truely obscurely-located riads in the souks which we would never have found again even if taken there. Don't worry about the slightly dark in places alley - there are usually kids and old ladies walking up and down happily even amonsgst the unlit scooters (some with 3 or more people on, but this is Morrocco, not Surbiton). A dozen or so yards, a corner, a dozen more yards past an almost hidden mosque which is quiet popular and you are on the road by the Royal Palace. 5 minutes and you are by Koutubia, the tall reference point you can steer by throughout the whole city. 15 minutes main square or right to the Kasbar. Perfect location and no need for taxis. The first day we hired Mohammed the polite, smart and very knowledgeable official guide through the riad reception. An afternoon for £30 was brilliant value to discover history, Koutoubia, the Square, souks, specific things we wanted to buy (spices and oils) and, crucially, tto get our bearings so we were confident about finding our own way around for the rest of our stay.

The room was clean and authentic and everything worked. This was Januaary, so didn't get any smells the summer could well bring to the city. As to cats, there was one - friendly as most cats are, but in Marrakesh there are thousands everywhere, including in the crowded souks. If cats are some kind of a problem for you, Marrakesh might not be your best destination (only mention this because of a puzzling reveiw we saw). The only thing about an open courtyard is that the price for peace, beauty and a bubbling fountain is birdsong. At dawn it is sweet but early and then followed by the muezzin singing call to prayer over the outside loud speaker (remember the nearby mosque mentioned above?). Just so you know, there are loads of mosques around the city all doing the same thing, so this is no reflection on the riad but you might get away from this real Marrakesh in a sound-proofed, double-glazed all-inclusive box outside town if this is what you want. The roof terrace is great. A good start to the day to check the weather, gaze over the roof-tops, see the Storks nesting and flying around the minarets tower, have breakfast (coffee or tea, breads and butter, jams, Morroccan marmalade, gloopy but nice yogurt, cake) to set you up and perhaps catch a little sun or read a book and pore over maps.

And what lovely, friendly, helpful people. All spoke quite good English and French but we didn't need to try any others. Thank you for making us really welcome. Recommended for a real Morroccan treat.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This riad has some beautiful decor. The bathroom didn't smell of anything. It had a big shower head which was nice and the water was always very hot which was pleasing. Our room had a traditional Moroccon touch to it. It seemed quite basic but we quite liked it. It also had an air-con system which blew out warm heat which was useful as the nights get cold. The staff are friendly when you see them...that was the only problem really. There never seemed to be anyone at the desk but we soon realised that they were always upstairs on the terrace. To get their attention you have to open the front door and press the door bell. When they were there they were polite, friendly and they all spoke good english. Breakfast is served on the terrace so if you visit in their winter, do wear your coat for breakfast as it can be nippy but it soon warms up. Breakfast itself isn't great. It's very close to the jemaa square but you do have to go through a alley to get to the riad which can seem scary at night but we found it to be quite safe. Taxi's can't go down there. But it's no big deal. It's only 5 mins and easy. The riad called taxi's for us when we wanted to go further out. I recommend you do this as the drivers I known to the riad and prices are reasonable. The taxi drivers come to the riad and knock on the door.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I read the reviews and thought I would still enjoy this hotel...based on the reviews of it being so "breathtaking" and "beautiful". I literally had to remember that I've lived in worse conditions when I was deployed. With that being said, the decor of the "inside" of the hotel is pretty. HOWEVER, there was no reassuring way for me to feel that my belongings were secure when I left. The only thing that locked my door when I was gone was an extremely small pad lock. When I was there, I had to slide the bar across the door. Anyone could have locked me in the room by putting a pad lock on the outside...talk about a fire hazard. The bed had strands of long black hair as if someone had slept there and made up the bed. The bathroom always smelled like feces...needless to say, I will not stay at this hotel again. If my trip was any longer than what I planned I probably would not have stayed after the first night. As for the "full breakfast" that was included in the price, it should have read "traditional Moroccan breakfast consisting of a few small flat bread and a couple of pieces of cake...and only one serving of it". Somehow I was able to get an omlette when I arrived at night, but they REFUSED to make me one for breakfast. Not to mention the guy told us that we could not have our breakfast in the areas with tables as you walk in, and that we had to come up to the roof terrace to eat it. Well it was raining but he still made us eat up there in a covered area in the far corner of the roof...after you walk in the rain. It is very close to the market square but that is the only convenience of this hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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
Hotel Style:
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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