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Dar Zouar
14 Derb Marhouk | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #427 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Helpful and friendly riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

We chose a riad as it was a first for us and we went with an open mind. It is a bit like living with friends for a few days as the house has a central atrium and you can hear what goes on around you. So beware if you plan a night of passion! The room was great and had it own shower room. Breakfast was freshly prepared every morning and was a simple affair of fresh home made yoghurt, warm crepes and bread with an assortment of jams. The coffee was hot and fresh which is important when you need it to start your day. It is a good 15 mins walk to town once you have your map and know where you are going. It felt a very safe neighbourhood and we never had any trouble even coming back late at night. On arrival we were given a map and an explanation of where we were and a card just in case we got a taxi back. Thierry was very helpful in explaining how to get to places and suggestions on what to do next. There was always the offer of mint tea and I think this was the best made in all of Marrakesh, Just a pity we did not have time to try the food he offers as I think it would have been excellent too. He organised the collection to/from the airport and this went without a hitch. When we came back at night we managed to have a couple of beers in the riad which was easier than finding expensive restaurants selling alcohol near the square. It is a fun environment to stay but if you are looking for somewhere with room service etc then go to one of the mainstream hotels. However, You will miss out on the friendly helpful and welcoming service that Thierry and his team provide.

Room Tip: Stayed on the ground floor and the room was lovely and spacious and bed was comfortable. The whole...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

This riad is just wonderful. Full of old world charm and beautifully kept. Thierry the french owner is a lovely character and was there every morning to greet us whilst we had breakfast. He always asked us how our previous day was and if all was OK. The rooms are just delightful. Everything was very clean and the beds comfortable. Someone is on the premises 24/7. Good hot shower and excellent water pressure.........I loved the bathrooms.
The only thing for us is that the riad is not near the middle of the medina, ok if you are a good walker. It is right at the top edge and its easy to get lost in those souks and alleys on the way there and back. Taxis are dirt cheap, so unless you love to walk, I suggest a taxi at the Bab Tagzout...about $2 to the main square centre of the medina. This riad is quiet and calm......totally perfect after a hectic shopping or sightseeing day in Marrakech. Wirh petit taxis so cheap, dont let the bit of a walk put you off staying at this lovely place.

Room Tip: The ruby room downstairs has a fire place and a small sitting area..........bathroom all ruby colour...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

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.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

lovely place not far from everything. The host were very nice and helpful and we recommend this place for all its worth. Didnt have the chance to taste the dinner, but heard it was nice. It is calm and quite, because its not in the middel of the medina, but not far. We walked all the time from the sqaure too the riad. Thank you for everything, allthoug we stayed for three days it was three wonderful and relaxing days. (we regret that we left for kasbah caracalla...)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

In total we have spent 6 nights at Dar Zouar and we can highly recommend it. The place itself is lovely, with spacious and nicely decorated rooms. The staff is super friendly and helpfull. Good beds, good breakfast, nice roof terrace. The neighboorhood may look unsafe, but we actually liked it and felt completely safe. We preferred this area to the much busier areas around the main square. Takes about 15 walking minutes to get to the souks. We stayed in other riads at Marrakesh and Dar Zouar was by far the best. We will definitely go back there one day.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Dont let the neighborhood scare you out! It is very horrible, and seems dangerous... But nothing happened to me and my family during our stay....
When u get in feels like an oasis in the middle of nowhere...is beautiful, great rooms and helpfull staff! Includes a nice breakfast! excelent bed and bathroom!
Would definetly come back there!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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 24, 2011 via mobile

We stayed in Dar Zouar for 4 nights. The staff were very attentive and the rooms were simple but nice. Breakfast is pretty basic. If you want dinner (tagine) you need to book in advance. Restaurants locally serve local food. If you want something a little different, French food for instance, it's worth a cheap taxi ride to Gueliz.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Derb Marhouk | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #427 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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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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