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Palais Donab
4.5 of 5 Guest house   |   53 Dar El Basha Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 00345, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #384 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
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“Best Riad! Peaceful, luxury and very romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Riad Dar Donab is actually a palace, means bigger than the usual Riad in the Souks. It offers exactly what you expect and dream of when you travel to Marrakech. I cant praise enough this Riad, the pool, service, staff....my husband and i had a wonderful time and Brahim, the manager makes you feel very special. The whole Riad is beautiful retored with o much love to detail. Every room is excellent and clean, the pool is an extra treat as it is a big one. We had even our own secluded sun terrace and could breakfast on it as well. The restaurant is amazing and the tajines are lovely! Dar donab offers a peaceful haven in the Souks where you can ret and relax! Not to far away is a lovely Spa where the reception will help you to book in. All staff speak very good english and are amazingly friendly and well trained. Another advantage you can access it via car, means your luggage can be easily transported, which is not always given when you book a Riad in the Souks. I cant believe that anyone does not like this Riad! Due to my job as journalist i travel a lot and Dar Donab was one if the most nicest and luxury Boutique Hotels with a speial flair we have been. Strongly recommended!

Room Tip: There is one very privately with its own terrace more away from the others, very good for couples!
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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shrewsbury
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights, it's whole ambience is one of luxury and how life should be.... On reading other people's reviews, one said the place was tired ... Yes the place in some parts seemed dated, but that's what gave it the character and the timeless elegance . There are I am sure plenty of places to stay in arracesh that are opulence and very chic, but if you want a quiet luxury you will be hard fessed to beat this jem
The service was quiet and un assuming. I personally do not like to be rushed during dinner. The tables are set around the pool and the twinkling lights add to the romantics among us. The plates were served hot ad the tangine of lamb was beautifully cooked.

Hussein with his smile spoke good English and his service was excellent.

Our room was room 2 which was beautiful, with a rage bed and no less than 3 sofa,s so plenty of room. A walk in dressing room with plentiful of hangling space and drawers.

This rhiad is walking distance to the big square and souk market, being inside the medina.

Wifi Internet meant I could keep in touch with home easily.

We sat during the afternoon around the pool with a bottle of wine and tapas. And strolled to the great plaza for the evenings.

I would recommend this place to those romantics among us, not for the clubbers, but those seeking quiet luxury.

Room Tip: All rooms seem suits we stayed in room 2 which was beautiful
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Marrakech, Morocco
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We ate lunch at Dar Donab and viewed the rooms for some friends visiting. The rooms are very 1985, with old sofas and tattered bedspreads. The menu is very standard Moroccan (tagines, couscous, brochettes), and my tagine was chewy and overcooked. My wife's salad was a pile of sliced vegetables in a bland dressing. The manager was openly rude and dismissive. You can do a lot better for the price at places like Dar Les Cigognes, Riad El Cadi, Riad ZamZam.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We had a lovely lunch here. friendly service, nice food and a wonderful location.
we were a bit concerned about formality but it felt very relaxed.We paid about £30 for 2, no alcohol.but a perfect experience.

Room Tip: We only used the restaurant
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We have just returned after spending 5 nights in the Yasmine suite at Dar Donab (probably the best of the 5 suites as it has its own balcony and privacy) - an absolutely superb experience. The room was large, cool and very comfortable, with a huge but somewhat dated bathroom. This suite has its own terrace with comfortable chairs and table surrounded by beautiful flowers and citrus trees. You also have direct access to the top roof with more sun loungers.
This small palace is beautiful; the architectural decor is fantastic with the most intricate detail in the tiles and mosaics. The gardens have loads of colour, lovely palms and the scent of orange blossom. The grounds like the house are really well maintained, not a weed in sight. The pool is not heated so at this time of year it was bit too cold. There are lots of sun loungers at ground level and, more privately, plenty on the roof level with large umbrellas and tables.
The staff were friendly, efficient and very helpful andthere was always someone around.
We found the restaurant menu a bit limited but the food was tasty and not expensive we ate in for most lunchtimes but went out to eat in the evenings.
This was a fabulous place to stay I would love to go back and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.

Room Tip: The Yasmine suite has space and privacy, the more expensive Royale suite is huge and magnificent but...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

The Palais Donab is one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had, you are literally staying in a palace and you feel as though you are being treated as royalty. There are only 5 rooms available, so a maximum of 10 guests can stay there and with the number of staff it works out to around 2 staff to every guest!

I was travelling with my girlfriend and we'd checked out of another 5 star hotel due to a very bad experience, it was a Sunday morning when we called the hotel and the manager Brahim said he'd go back to the hotel to check us in, even though it was his day off.

It's a stunning hotel in an excellent, up-market location on the edge of the Medina. It was a major relief for us to be somewhere so tranquil and relaxing after our previous experience.

The rooms are lovely, the food was excellent and the service was second to none. Nothing was too much hassle and the staff and management went out of their way to help, even sending staff with us to go shopping to make sure we didn't get ripped off.

I've been to Marrakech many times before but have never had such a great experience and would recommend this hotel above any other that I've stayed at and would highly recommend it for anyone wanting some peace and quiet and relaxation in such a hectic city.

You really need to see this place to believe it, it's oppulent in its decoration, gleamingly clean and will really make your trip something to remember. The only downside I can think of is that there are only 5 rooms so you're lucky if you get the chance to stay here, if it's available then book it immediately.

Thanks to Brahim and his team for giving us such a wonderful experience and we look forward to going back next year!

Room Tip: All the rooms we saw were great, but if you go for the royal suite then you're in for an amazing...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012 via mobile

I am baffled that there can be ANY bad reviews of this place! And suspect the bad ones are made up by rivals-hence the odd wording!
Yes, there is the odd tiny tile or two missing here and there and yes, the bathroom taps look like domething out of Indianna Jones and are a bit clunky but this place is ancient! And beautiful and full of character because of it! If you wanted some sanitised, bland experience, why come to Morocco in the first place?!
Anyway, from the moment we arrived we were treated like the royalty andspent most of the first day saying 'wow!'. This place is STUNNING-a proper, decent sized pool, lanterns and candles everywhere, a beautiful restaurant with a snug bar and roaring fire, the works!
We stayed in The Royal Suite and it was EPIC-an enormous bed, two seating areas, a snug looking out over the pool, our own personal sun terrace upstairs, a bathroom that even Cleopatra would've loved and a dressing room!! On Valentine's Day they even covered our bed and round our bath in rose petals and left us a basket of lovely fruit!
It's also literally 30 seconds from Hammam De La Rose, which i'd also recommend.
People came into the restaurant for dinner and lunch (also delicious and great value and lovely not to have to steel ourselves to get across the souks each night) abd kept saying 'Why didn't we stay here?!'.
Breakfast by the pool or on our terrace was offered each day by the lovely, lively staff and when I asked what the cd they had been playing was ad I liked it, they made me a copy!!
Don't miss this place-at least have linch here by the pool, under the orange trees, you won't regret it!!!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 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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Address: 53 Dar El Basha Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 00345, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #384 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palais Donab 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The art of Moroccan-style living in a beautiful and majestic residence. Cut off from the bustle of the Medina, Dar Donab opens its doors on a haven of peace and cool. The sophisticated decor of lounges, guest-rooms and suites reflects the luxury an comfort of Moroccan stately homes... ... more   less 
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Dar Donab Marrakech
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