After reading many reviews on Tripadvisor, I went with the well priced and located Riad Darna and opted for the "Green Room". I arranged a transfer from the airport (highly recommended - the fee was added to final bill) and as our flight was in the evening, it was a little daunting arriving in darkness with streets full of pedestrians, mopeds and cars wrestling for space! The taxi stopped 5 minutes walk away from the Riad, as it was unable to get down the narrow passageways, but a boy was waiting to carry our bags and walk us to the Riad.
On arrival, we were really impressed with the decor of the Riad - a courtyard with rooms around it. What was most impressive was the roof terrace which is where breakfast was served each morning and dinner (on request) in the evening. The roof terrace had great views around where the different Mosque towers could be seen.
Our room had a sofa, double wardrobe, drawers, raised double bed and a bathroom - decorated beautifully. As a traditional Riad, some may be concerned with privacy - this was not an issue to us, but ease of hearing others (not seeing!) could be off putting to some people, though as I say, I imagine that this is typical of a Riad. Further to this, no door to separate the bathroom and bedroom (in our room a curtain) may be an issue to some, but certainly was not to us.
Food and drink was excellent throughout our stay - alcohol was obviously hard to find out and about, so wine on the roof terrace was well enjoyed at night!
The service and friendliness of the staff was superb. Yosef only spoke French and Spanish, but was very patient with us and we got by. Layla spoke some English and recommended restaurants as well as booking us on a trip which included walking up the Atlas Mountains.
As mentioned on other reviews, there are a maze of alleyways and no signs to help you out, but once we worked our route to the main square (Djemaa el-Fna) 5 minutes walk, we were fine. On the one occasion where we were unsure, one of the many offers to help by pedestrians (for a tip!!) were over-keen to help!
We would happily have stayed longer here and my wife would have happily have filled another suitcase with purchases from the many market stalls through every passageway we walked!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Darna Hotel Marrakech