We (mum, dad and adult daughter) stayetd at Dar el Souk for three nights to celebrate my 62 birthday. We couldn't have done better! Although our flight was delayed by several hours the hotel pre-arranged taxi was waiting for us at the airport. The Riad is in the centre of the old city (the Medina) where the street are too narrow for even the smallest taxi, so your bags are transported from the taxi stop to Dar el Souk by a man with a hand cart. Sounds antiquated, but it's a very efficient system. The 5 minute walk thru the narrow streets is a little disconcerting initially but it is REALLY very easy to get your bearings.
Entering the Riad is a awesome experience - from the noise and sights of the narrow streets to almost total silence (except for the tinkling of water in the fountains and the twittering of the birds in the courtyard) is remarkable. The staff are REALLY helpful and friendly. The ambience is REALLY serene. The food is REALLY nice (we had breakfast every morning on the roof-top terrace and on arrival we had a traditional dinner in the dining room/lounge in front of the roaring log fire). We had other meals at various city locations, some were very good, others quite disappointing.
The beds were comfortable, the bathroom facilities were fine - only complaint was the dawn chorus from the local birds at 5am! On our first morning we were met by Madeline who gave us a map and spent a good deal of time explaining places we should visit and the restraurants where we should dine.
If you don't stay at Dar el Souk then stay in another Riad. If you stay in one of the modern chain hotel outside the city walls you'll be missing out on one of the major attractions Marrakech has to offer. We recommend Dar el Souk 110%. Don't hesitate - go for it!!
uncletony, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
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