We have just arrive back after staying in Dar R'mane (apparently this is Arabic for House of the Pommegranite) from 7th - 17th July 2008.
The hotel itself was found at the end of a labyrinth of alleyways that we thought we'd never find our way out of (but was actually very easy to navigate once we stopped and looked).
Stepping through the doorway into the riad was like stepping through a portal and leaving the noise of Marrakech behind for an oasis on calm.
Our room was as authentically and beautifully accessorised as the rest of the riad, it was certainly worth visiting to see the decor alone!
As the other reviews have stated, the staff at the riad don't speak a lot of English, but we were in Morocco so didn't expect this - the language barrier was certainly not a barrier to their hospitality. In fact, on a number of nights we sat up until late, improving our French, talking to Moo-moo (short for Mohammed) about everything from the practicalities of the best places to find Moroccan delicacies and where to visit to the differences between our cultures. A lovely guy and all this with our very poor French!!
The rooms are basic (if you are used to the luxuries of big hotels), but are clean, comfortable and authentic. It was amazing how cool the rooms stayed when it was 40c plus outside. Because all doors opened onto the central courtyard, it was easy to hear what was going on outside, but the rooms themselves remained private.
My one criticism would be that the "bar" quoted in the brochure, was manifest in only a couple of cans of beer and bottles of wine in the kitchen fridge - but you have to recognise that alcohol does not play the same part in Moroccan culture, as it does in other countries.
The Djem el Fna was apx 3 or 4 minutes walk away (although it can take longer to negotiate the souqs, especially if buying) and was everything I expected (and more), never before have I encountered a better place to fit the term "melting pot", everything that makes Morocco unique was there - a fascinating place.
We had a thoroughly pleasant stay in this lovely little riad and would recommend it to anyone, who wants to sample a bit of relaxed Moroccan living.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificent and beautiful riad in the medina of Marrakech, Dar Rmane has 4 bedrooms with en suite shower room, a patio, a beautiful terrace overlooking the Koutoubia. Dar Rmane is located 2 steps from souks and 5 minutes walk from the famous Djemaa El Fna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar r Mane Marrakech