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Riad Darna
2 Derb Boucetta Sirgh Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #711 of 1,066 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Montreal, Canada
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“Riad Darna, Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We had no expectations other than the pics online. We were fully and absolutely well looked after from the moment we were picked up at the airport. If you never been to Marrakesh, the first time you step foot into the Medina could be somewhat overwhelming but the hospitality from the Riad Darna made out transition smooth and safe.
The Riad is extremely well located as its on the out-skirts of the Medina yet not in the heart of it which could be too much.
Our hosts, a lovely young couple did everything with in their power to make sure we were happy.
Breakfast in the terrace its out of this world.
The oasis inside the Riad bring a sense of calmness amongst the chaos going on outside its walls.
I would highly recommend anyone going to Marrakesh for the first time to stay here.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

It's tricky to find, but there are plenty of locals willing to help you find your way. And once you've navigated your way through the souks it's only a 10 min saunter down to the Jamma El Fna.
Our room, the Yellow Room, had a beautifully decorated ceiling and an authentic Moroccon bathroom. It was exceptionally hot when we visited but we were made as comfortable as possible. A fan was provided and our drinks we kept regfridgerated til we needed them.
The breakfast was served on the roof terrace, heaps of bread, jam and mint tea, delicious.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Excellent Riad, beautifully decorated and a wonderful staff that was very helpful and cooked delicious diners.
Even though the Riad is hard to find (take the transfer from the airport), it is extremely well located in the Medina (only few minutes walk from Jemâa El Fna and other attractions)!
It is noisy at night (because of the proximity of the mosque).
The rooms could be better equipped and more comfortable, but other than that, I absolutely recommend Riad Darna!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

Very clean good food we booked the evening meal for the first night as we were arriving late and excellent location.It is advisable to ask the riad to book transfers from the airport as it is hard to find till you get to now the area but one off the staff will take you to the Medina and meet you later to bring you back if you want.Brilliant riad would stay there again if i go back

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 3, 2011

This was our first ever visit to Marrakech and it was a real eye opener. We thought we had been picked up and put back into biblical times. Dusty roads, donkey lead carts transporting fruit and vegetables and a riot of colour everywhere you looked.
The locals were polite and very friendly. Yes, they were trying to sell their goods, but were happy if you just looked around their shop and left without buying.

When we first arrived at the entrance of Riad Darna it was very off putting. It is situated at the end of a very dark, alleyway, with no hotel signs whatsoever, however once inside it was a very different story. The Riad was beautifully maintained, the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and were more than helpful every day of our visit. The home-made catering at the Riad was excellent value for money and the staff very attentive. All in all a definite jewel and a wonderful experience.

Top tip - take a piece of chalk (it will help you find your way back) but be prepared to get lost....many times.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

Upon arriving at the Riad, we were so grateful that we got the airport transfer. Getting there would have been extremely difficult, with all the twists and turns, carts and donkeys of the Old City. The riad is not labled or marked, so it can be difficult to find. It is also in a small alleyway where you have to ring the bell.
Staying in the old city is an interesting experience, and uncomfortable for a woman. Locals are constantly pestering for money and telling you INCORRECT directions to everything, trying to get you lost. The walk to the "Big Square" as they called it was not as easy as stated, but we managed to get to it and navigate back despite all the shouting of incorrect directions.

Once inside the riad, its a whole different story. Its beautiful and clean and the service is excellent. VERY good breakfast, served on the rooftop terrace! The staff was very eager to make hammam and dinner reservations for us, and give us tips around the city.

I don't recommend that a woman should stay here alone. But couples who feel comfortable in different worldly areas (speaking French helps!!) then I would recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

We ultimately had a lovely stay in the Riad Darna, language difficulty aside (one staff member did not speak any English and kept attempting to communicate with us in French, although we do not speak any French), but we had booked into the Terrace Room for our stay which looks lovely on the website, but is not as it appears. It is indeed very nicely painted inside, but is a small, windowless, hot, stuffy room on the roof of the Riad - with unattached toilet in another room on the other side of the Terrace. It was pretty frustrating to spend about $60 to end up in exactly the uncomfortable yet cheap hostel situation I'd worked so hard to avoid through my research! Luckily, many guests departed the next day and so we were moved to a much better room and the staff graciously offered us that night at the same rate as the Terrace.

Again, the Riad is lovely and the staff is lovely, but it is definitely "off-off" the main square Djemma al-Fna or "La Place" as everyone calls it. It was pretty unnerving to arrive the back way at night and twist through the alleys, and to be honest, did not get much more comfortable when we navigated our way back after dark. There is no signage of the Riad on the road it is off of, so it's very easy to miss. You absolutely need to have them meet you somewhere and take you there the first time. I would not necessarily recommend this to women travelers due to the location, but for those who are more confident (or speak French), perhaps not such an issue. Because of the location, I could not truly recommend a friend stay somewhere I felt uncomfortable every time I returned, but the Riad is lovely and I'm sure plenty of others will disagree with me!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Derb Boucetta Sirgh Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #711 of 1,066 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Darna: " our house " Placed right in the heart of the Medina (old town of Marrakesh), this Riad benefits from an exceptional geographical situation. On one hand in two minutes on foot of the museum of Marrakesh, rich in culture and in traditional art, near Medersa Ben-Youssef ( Koranic school), near library guard of the former(ancient) papers. His(Her) owners live there all year long. Riad Darna ( our house) is hosts' house of big comfort, he wants to be a harbour of tranquility. ... more   less 
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