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“Great Riad in the Medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar el Souk
56 Derb Jdid | Riad Zitoun Ked, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #235 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London
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19 hotel reviews
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“Great Riad in the Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

We chose Dar El Souk mainly from the reviews we'd read on tripadvisor, and we weren't disappointed. Madeline is wonderful, especially on our first morning when she took the time to highlight places on our map, explain how to get to and from the riad and so on, and recommended things to do, and not to do. The staff are extremely helpful, although I did expect a higher standard of English, as it was advertised as an English speaking riad. Nevertheless, we were able to make ourselves understood when we needed it. The staff were fantastic at booking dinner reservations and so on, and recommended some really amazing places. We booked a day trip with the riad's taxi driver to the Ourika Valley and Atlas mountains, which was also very interesting, although he did take us to a rug-selling place, which wasn't on our itinerary, and we didn't expect it (although we did end up buying a rug). Madeline was going to speak to him about this "detour" after I mentioned it, so I don't think it will be a problem for anyone else! Breakfast was lovely and filling, with fresh fruit, pancakes and condiments, fresh bread, fresh orange juice and tea or coffee, and when we needed an earlier breakfast on our last day to get to the airport, it was readily and happily provided - we did ask the night before for this, as the day staff do not arrive until 8am and we needed to leave the riad by then.

Overall, we had a lovely experience, and appreciated the peace and quiet of the riad after the hustle and bustle of the medina!

  • Liked — friendly staff
  • Disliked — plunge pool was freezing!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 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
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Devon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

This riad has everything you need to make a stay in Marrakech a magical experience. The staff are so helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. The riad is beautifully decorated throughout. A haven of plants and sheer curtain panels give an airy, yet opulent feel, The roof terrace is perfect for the hearty breakfast, which can be taken anywhere that suits you. Madeline Jnr (one of the owners) was available in the riad almost every day and one of the first things she did was to give us a telephone number to contact her on, at any time. This was comforting in the first days until we found our feet in the mad city of Marrakesh. Although we didn't need to use it as the locals were always helpful in directing us back onto the right track.
If you are wondering whether to stay here, do.
We were a party of 4 ladies who loved this riad and would go back at the drop of a hat.

  • Liked — Friendly, helpful staff.
  • Disliked — Beaded curtain rather than door on bathroom in our room, Sagha.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2008

Just what the Doctor Ordered. From the moment the front door is opened by one of a small group of friendly staff, you feel welcome at the Dar el Souk.
The noise and bustle of the outside world drops away, leaving you feeling instantly relaxed. This Riad has been beautifully restored and decorated by Madi Williams, the current owner. With carefully positioned plants and festooned drapes, each room is given a feeling of cosy detachment. This is achieved to a high degree on the roof terrace, where, unusually, there are the same number of sun beds as there are guests (though we were able to enjoy it in perfect solitude as the other visitors were out enjoying the buzz of the souks only minutes away. Madi and her daughter Mado were on hand with helpful tips and advice and couldn't have been nicer.
We would particularly like to mention the very personal service offered by Imam, Leila and Reda, who ensured we had everything we wanted, whilst never intruding on our privacy. Reda, who covers the night shift, was especially helpful. After our late arrival (due to Air Traffic Control), he went far beyond his normal duties to ensure we had morrocan currency and a hot meal. We cannot praise him enough.
The Riad was often infused with the smell of bread and cakes freshly baked by Imam and Leila, which were served in abundance with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit, crepes and coffee each morning for breakfast.
The surprising good local wines accompanied the home cooked tagines to perfection. Succulent lamb fell from the bone and bread soaked up the rich sauces filled with prunes and lightly roasted almonds (our favourite).
All in all we cannot rate this Riad highly enough. We were made to feel completely at home (only better) and would like to think we have made some friends.

  • Liked — friendliness, comfort, food
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oxford
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

we were having a well earned break in morrocco which incidently wasnt a cheap break away i couldve gone to barbados for what i spent going to dar el souk. the owner madelaine is lovely, however as she doesnt live in the building and only comes on site oncea day as soon as she leaves things change.the breakfast is rubbish pancake and a cup of tea. my daughter is 12 and she can make pancakes.if madelaine is around however you get juice and friut. its a shame they have a lovely courtyard where they could set up a wonderful breakfast. the breakfast was the same day in and day out .we stayed four nights and the bed was never changed once even i change my bed twice a week at home. the one big big problem that we had was that we were leaving the riad at 8am i had asked madelaine the day before if we could get tea and some toast before we left 8am is hardly an early call, as my daughter is diabetic and she said yes, the staff refused point blank to let us have breakfast, the mains water had also been off for a full 24 hours and no one bothered to explain to us why, by the time we got home we hadnt been showered for 40 hours...yuk, so no i wouldnt go to dar el souk there are thousands of much better riads in much nicer streets where you dont get molested to death by the locals as you try to get back at night

  • Liked — roof terrace
  • Disliked — rubbish service, rubbish breakfast
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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salisbury
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

We have just returned from four days at Dar El Souk and it was everything we had hoped for.The Riad is situated about ten minutes from the souks and the main square (Which must be visited at night )to experience the madness of Marrakesh. Even though the Riad is such a short walk from all the hustle and bustle,once through the door the interior of Dar El Souk is a quiet peacefull retreat.The room was beautiful and the whole Riad was decorated in a traditional style throughout.We only experienced breakfast at the Riad but it was wonderful and more than enough to carry us through until we ate out at night.The staff were very helpful and even though the owners were away we were very well looked after.Please see our photos,hope they help if you are planning a trip to Marrakesh.
Kay and Wayne.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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london
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

We couldn't have asked for anything more! This riad was a great find and we absolutely fell in love with the place. All the staff were great and the owner was a fantastic host, making sure at the beginning of our stay and indeed throughout that we were made to feel at home. The interiors were fantastic and all the rooms kept to a high standard. Breakfast provided was just right to set you up for the day and lunches were scrummy.. The roof terrace and plunge pool were perfect for those lazy afternoons after the craziness of the souks.
I went with my mother and both of us felt it was the right place to take either friends, family or partners.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2008

Beautiful riad in an excellent location - near enough to Jemaa El Fna but not too close to the craziness, and five minutes from the Badii Palace and the best bar in the city (I'll let you work that out yourself...)

The riad itself is a gorgeous little oasis - beautifully decorated without being too bling or overdone. The honesty bar on the roof terrace is a brilliant touch, especially if you fancy a nightcap after dinner - finding a place for a drink in the medina is a bit tricky.

All of the public areas are beautiful, especially the Berber tent on the roof terrace and the main courtyard and traditional Moroccan pool. Although don't expect to do much swimming - as the name suggests the plunge pool is small and better for cooling your legs than diving in. Like all riads the courtyard pools don't get direct sun so the water doesn't heat up during the day. Hence it is rather cold - although excellent on a hot day if you want to cool down quickly!

Madeleine, the owner, is an absolute star, and her staff are helpful and polite. The only (very tiny) snag is that you may have to be a tad forceful to get the girls to serve your breakfast where you want it - they like you to come up to the roof. Which is not really a hardship...

Perfect - definitely my new home in Marrakech.

  • Liked — Excellent welcome from the owner which sets you up for your entire visit
  • Disliked — With a few of the staff you may have to be firm about having it your way and not theirs
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 #235 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 8
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