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“An oasis of rest, charm and comfort in the middel of the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Zouar
14 Derb Marhouk | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #435 of 1,054 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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“An oasis of rest, charm and comfort in the middel of the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

One of the best value deals you probably get in Marrakech. This riad is very hard to find on yourself. However, that does reflect the charm of the medina of Marrakech. It is located in an interesting, bustling part of the medina, away from the tourist trapping and hazzling people ("Square? Square! This way! - pointing the wrong direction). The location is authentic, staff very friendly and helpfull. When you're in Marrakech it is an oasis of rest and charm, including its roof top terrace and spacious rooms. And even the square (if you're interested) is in walking distance, as is - for example - the Jardin Majorelle in the new town.

The only downside I can think of in this riad is that you can easily hear the noise coming from other rooms (or people in different rooms communicating through the atrium). Unfortunately I got sick one of the four nights we stayed here. I can imagine I have woken up some of the other guests at least three times that night...

One night we decided to skip the crowds and have dinner in the riad itself (possible if you make the reservation earlier that day). Surprisingly, the meal was one of the best we had in Morocco! It was served - like the breakfast - in a living room like area of the riad which made us actually feel special guests with private service. :-)

Alltogether I would definately recommended this place to any couple seeking a comfortable and calm retreat in the middle of the medina.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed for one night in the Dar Zouar hotel in Marrakech, and didn't want to leave. This hotel encaptures some of the amazing contrasts to be found in Marrakech, from the chaos of the medina into the peace, style and comfort of this riad. The hospitality offered by Thierry and his team was wonderful, the delicious breakfast and coffee was the best we had in Marrakech. The room we had was so pretty and comfortable, and just sitting in the courtyard watching the birdlife was a pleasure. One outstanding feature was that on arrival my daughter had an upset stomach and one of Thierry's staff made her homemade thyme tea to help it settle. A home from home.

Room Tip: our room was stylish and comfortable, and we peeped in at the other rooms and found them to be simil...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

it was a short but beautiful stay. quiet and comfy..thanks to Thierry and his dedicated team. its not very far from medina too....and yes the people are always ready to show you the way....rooms are traditionally decorated. rooms with shower and lockers..rooftop garden .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The hotel is an excellent riad, with beautiful rooms. Good breakfast and nice welcome but the riad has 2 problems:
-position: as others reviews says, the riad is difficult to find, and if you are in Jema El Fnaa you have tio chose between 2 options: take a taxi that make a long trip to by-pass medina or try to walk through the medina for 45/60 minutes.
hot room: when in the city arrives the real hot weather a room without a/c is not good.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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Address: 14 Derb Marhouk | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #435 of 1,054 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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