First off, the riad was nicely decorated and the room we had was good. But it was downhill from there.
When we arrived, we didn't know anything about the city, so we were hoping that there was a map. But there was none. We were told to wait for someone to come back, and an hour later, we were still waiting, and was finally told that he wouldn't be back for hours. There was only the housekeeper at the riad, and she could not give us advice about what to see, which was fine since her job does not entail that, but there was no one there to give us advice (and this was not in the middle of the night...it was in early afternoon).
The next day, we finally found someone who works at the riad, but he was not helpful, and even told us wrong information on sites to visit.
The breakfast was OK but not as good as other ones in Marrakech.
Lastly, the riad is not in a good area. It's hard to find, pretty far from the plaza, and there are always children/teenagers who storm you for money. Some of them were not friendly either and were physically aggressive, and it's hard to escape since the riad is in a corner of an alleyway and the people in the riad take forever to open the door (very inconvenient to stand outside while waiting for the door to open while numerous teenagers surround you).
The next time I was in Marrakech I chose to stay closer to the plaza, and that turned out much better. I would recommend staying closer to the plaza for sure, and to avoid this riad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the far end of a small quiet street in the serenity of the Marrakech medina; at the heart of the old quarter of Sidi bel Abbess; 5 minutes away from the infamous " Place Jamaa el Fna; the riad " Dar Zouar " (house of visitors) is an authentic and peaceful guest house, renovated with precision and flair in the Moroccan tradition. Dar Zouar has preserved the essential of the legendary Moroccan charm. ... more less
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