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“Beautiful island in the nightmare of the Medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar El Aila
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   160 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #390 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful island in the nightmare of the Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We came to Marrakesh in the evening, bit tired after 3h bus ride from Essaouira, hoping for a nice place to rest. Even with a map and printed directions the riad was impossible to find. We were lost in a dark maze of narrow, dirty, smelly alleyways. Same kids offered to walk us to the riad and made sure we were completely lost. When we finally arrived, kids demanded 100 dirham for guiding us! We had bit of a screaming match, gave them 20 dirham and entered riad tired, hungry and very upset. (100 dirham is what a cleaning lady earns for all day hard work.)

We had a look around and it felt like a tranquil paradise! Beautiful swimming pool, garden, fountain, roof terrace with the view over Medina and a pot of sweet tea immediately calmed our nerves. The room was very pretty and comfortable although quite narrow, breakfast was good, we even had a makeshift, romantic, candlelit dinner on the roof, when we decided not to go back to town.

Summarising: the riad was good value for money (about 30 euro prpn), quiet, beautiful place with good food and nice, helpful staff. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. However if you are there first time call the riad before arrival and ask for someone to meet you and guide you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lisbon, Portugal
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31 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Riad is very difficult to find but once you're there you'll fall in love and will always know how to come back! :) It is really a refugee, even inside the medina, from the fuzzy, noisy but great Marrakech! Abdou, who runs the place, I believe he is always awake :p, he's a great guy, helping us in everything and always making us feel at home! From the owners you won't get that much attention and care but that didn't make such a difference! Breakfast in the roof is really good and the decoration of the rooms is just what we were wanting from our Marrakech experience! We'll certainly be back someday!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We stayed in this riad for three days in January. The location is not the best as it is a bit far from the main attractions of the city. However, the riad itself is very nice. The rooms are all typically decorated (although a bit too dark). The riad benefit from a great roof area where you normally have breakfast and you might organize a dinner. There is also a very nice swimming pool in the ground floor and an hammam. Unfortunately, during the three days we stayed there it was never possible to use neither the pool or the hammam as the owner always seemed to "forget" to turn on the heater (it was January!). Also, the owner is almost never there and if you need something it is sometimes difficult to sort things out. Another negative note is that the staff working there, especially the ladies that serve breakfast, are quite rude and helpless. Finally, the riad is very nice and not expensive, the service is not great but you can still manage to have a good holiday.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

Just arrived back from a weeks honeymoon, we were greeted by the lovely Philippe and Anique, we were booked into a fab restaurant for our first night, the superb service did not stop there, their hospitality is second to none, great food, surroundings and peaceful. We were very sad to say goodbye, we will be going back with friends again soon.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011 via mobile

I arrived with my sister and best friend with initial trepidation to be welcomed into a Riad of sheer splendour and relaxation. The atmosphere was heavenly with much space to retreat to my own personal space whilst also having areas to gather together if your there with a party of friends. This Riad has impacted us so much that we all plan to return in the near future with other family members. A big thank you to Philippe, Anique and their lovely staff who made my birthday celebration all the more special by their attention to detail. See you again soon!! D Miller

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

My two teenage daughters & I stayed in this super riad right in the centre of the Medina and had a fabulous few days. We were within walking distance of all the souks and really enjoyed our shopping sprees. What was so great was the fact you could be in the middle of all the noise , people and the atmosphere of the souks and 10 minutes later we were in total tranquility, sipping mint tea in the riad. The service was excellent and we felt so welcome by all the staff and especially Stephane who looked after our every need. A must for anyone wanting to experience the fun of Marrakech with a first class retreat to stay in and be spoilt.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

Riad Dar El Aila ideally situated in the heart of the busy medina within walking distance from the famous Jemâa el Fna place.
The hustle n bustle of the medina streets give way to an oasis of peace once you open the door of the Riad Dar El Aila.

Big welcome by Stéphane n his friendly,helpfull,staff members Bouchra n Leila making me feel at home straight away.
Friendly,& personalised service is definatly one of the trademarks of Dar El Aila.

.The majestic riad is tastefully decorated in traditional Maroccan style,perfect blend of harmony & colours;
Roof top restaurant and terrace where you can admire an awesome view of the Atlas mountain.
The courtyard with swimming pool and patio is a great place for relaxing after the day's sighseeing/shopping..

The traditional Moroccan cuisine served in the rooftop restaurant is exceptional.
A stay at the Riad would nt be complete without the Hamman and massage by Leila.

All the ingredients for a perfect stay.Unforgettable.Cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 160 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #390 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar El Aila 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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