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“Great Location with friendly helpful staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar el Souk
56 Derb Jdid | Riad Zitoun Ked, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #228 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Location with friendly helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Very peaceful place yet only minutes walk from the madness of the main square and souks to the north and to the only proper bar in the Medina (Kosibar) to the south, where you could also pick up a taxi or red tour bus.

Madi arranged everything for us including airport transfers and the highlight of our visit - a day trip to the High Atlas mountains with a good English speaking driver and mountain guide with lunch in Berber village. Also gave us lots of useful local information and advice on arrival.

The staff were all very welcoming and helpful with Abdul the night manager very helpful and had fluent English and Imane, the day manager very welcoming and efficient. We had very nice breakfast with local fruit (loved the pomegranates with yoghurt) served wherever we wanted - if warm enough on the top terrace in the sun - we were there in November and the temperature very pleasant ,cool in the mornings/evenings but never cold.

The Riad is very nicely appointed in traditional Moroccan style and is great value for the location.

I wasn't on a golf trip but I did have a game of golf at the Royal Marrakech club - only a short taxi ride away and the Riad would be a good base for a golf/sightseeing trip

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful location in the medina, just minutes from the main square and also only a short walk to taxis. Beautifully decorated in Morrocan style. Staying here in November it was very cool in the evenings but the heater in our room kept us very cosy! Breakfast was good with fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs and bread etc. and they would serve it to you wherever you wanted - our favourite was on the roof terrace overlooking the rooftops!
Maddie and her team were very knowledgable about things to do and see and you could book excursions with them.
We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Marrakech!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Almere, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed in Dar el Souk with four people (two couples) in two rooms this November. First the good things:
- location (you walk within 10 minutes to the square)
- interior and exterior (completely in Moroccan style)
- staff is very helpful and gives you a lot of information, they are also very friendly
- good communication (in e-mail, and also during our stay)
- airport transfer was very convenient
- clean rooms

The rooms are quite different, of course in colours, but also in the bed size and bathroom. Rooms are small, but you're mainly outside anyway. There are also some bad things:
- beds are rock hard (why management!), after three nights my back was very painful
- wifi is bad, only in main salon, but very slow or not working
- staff is gathering around with their friends at night (quite strange in my opinion)
- very noisy, you can hear everything from every room
- breakfast is very poor (bread, marmelade, pancake and coffee/tea). If you want something extra you have to ask every time (like eggs, fruit etc)

A suggestion is also that they make a leaflet with some basic information (like breakfast time, possibilities for dinner, wifi password etc etc). We had to ask for everything. It would have been nice if the riad just provides this information proactively.

Most of the things are very easy to fix, or just don't bother if you're staying here. But given the price, I would like to see better beds and a full breakfast at least.

Room Tip: downstairs rooms are cooler
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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darelsouk, Owner at Dar el Souk, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback, we take this very seriously. Since your review, we have installed a Wi-fi extender so guests have access throughout the riad. That said, Internet connectivity and speed can present challenges here in Morocco on occasion. We are sorry to hear that you found the riad quite loud, most of our guests find the riad to be a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of the medina. As for breakfast, we change our menu selection daily to ensure guests are able to sample a variety of Moroccan specialties. I do hope you enjoyed your stay in Marrakech. Best regards, Madeline, Owner, Dar el Souk
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Valencia, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

For those who are yet to visit Marrakech and those who have been before, securing a well located Riad is paramount and Dar El Souk is the perfect solution. Situated not only just minutes walk from the central Jemaa Al Fna square and the Souks but also a simple walk, this beautifully appointed Riad is a delight that must be recommended. The staff who were not only knowledgeable but attentive and absolutely nothing was too much to ensure your most enjoyable and relaxed stay. From the moment we touched down at Marrakech, to assisting us with our luggage, booking restaurants and Hammam and even helping with onward shipping of goods that we had bought, the staff's help was impeccable.

Will I book the Dar El Souk? Silly question!! I am already looking at flights!!

Most highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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 October 30, 2013

Dar el Souk is centrally located to the sites of Marrakech. The staff was very helpful and made our stay very comfortable. Maddie helped us with all the logistics of arriving, departing and arranging our tours. The food was wonderful! Really enjoyed nights up on the rooftop terrace. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were three females travelling alone but felt completely safe travelling to and from the Riad. Located just 5-10 min walk the Jemaa al Fna square and souks, we really enjoyed the daily walks to and from. We were warmly welcomed by Madi who was so helpful with practical tips for getting around town, and taken care of by Emaan and Hanan the girls during the day, and Abdul in the evening - if we needed anything they were on hand! The riad itself is beautiful and we had a twin room on the second floor with a shared bathroom, which was just right for us. The riad is situated along an alley with other riads and residential homes, which may at first seem quiet but stay a day or so and you'll get to know who's who. Would definitely recommend to family and friends to stay here, and given the opportunity we'd love to go back. Thank you Madi and your team!

Room Tip: Stay on the first floor for best wifi access, and if you're more than 3 people
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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London, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Riad is beautiful and our room was very traditional which is exactly what we were looking for as we were only staying in Marrakech for three days and wanted to make sure that we really felt like we were staying in Marrakech 24/7 rather than a faceless hotel. The staff were fantastic, very helpful giving us tips for things to do and very attentive when it came to the serving of our food etc. On our first evening we opted to have an evening meal, which was a huge portion and vey tasty. We were particularly impressed that this meal was prepared for us specially, despite us arriving very late into the evening. Only negative is that the Riad has been operating for about 7 years and so things like the seating areas in the communal terrace area could do with updating, however other than that it was spot on and i would go back.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 56 Derb Jdid | Riad Zitoun Ked, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #228 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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