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Riad Darna
2 Derb Boucetta Sirgh Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
Ranked #707 of 1,064 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Beautiful, Friendly, Quiet, Perfect location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

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!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

This lovely little riad in the center of the old town (Medina) is a really good stay in Marrakesh. The staff is super friendly and will help you with anything from booking a hammam, making you dinner to offer you mint tea.
The riad is located only 5-10min from the Djemaa el-Fna plaza and the staff will provide you with a map and/or show you the way the first time.

I really recomend to take the transfer-service from the airport, because there are no signs to the riad and you can't find it without knowing where it is. Off course the transfer is more expencive than a taxi.

Some comments have been about the staff only speaking arabian or french. That's not really the case; one of the sisters that work at the riad also speaks english and the other one spanish.

The only thing I can complain about is that I thought that the bed was a bit hard (we stayed in the red room).
I must also say, that the room is really really quiet during night and it is a perfect spot to relax.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

We enjoyed our stay there. The staff although speak little english, very helpful and friendly. The riad is very pretty, central (10min walk through the souk to the square) but hidden. Although very overpriced (150dh as opposed to 65dh by petit taxi), it is advisable to ask the riad to pick you up from the airport. you will not be able to find it yourself. We took the patio room. It was clean and very nicely decorated YET with little privacy as it was right next to the common room. and could get quite noisy when people is having dinner outside. there were orange juice, mint tea, coffee, tea and bread for breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

This was our first visit to Marrakech and I'm glad we chose Riad Darna. The owner and the Moroccan staff really went the extra mile to help us - restaurant selection, sightseeing options, even buying tape on the last day to help us pack. The food at the Riad is also highly recommended - we'll never forget Valentine's dinner with the five couples staying at the Riad!...
We suggest everyone to take the transfer on the first day, since it is very tough to find the Riad alone.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

My partner and I stayed at Riad Darna at the end of January 2010 for two nights. We were extremely impressed with the customer service, the value for money and overall quality. The hotel organised taxi collection for us including man with wheelbarrow (150 dirhams each way) to guide us down the narrow alleyways that cars will never fit through!

The Riad is well located in the heart of the northern end of the Medina and provided you don't mind the sellers' attempts to lure you inside to buy their wares on your walk to and from La Place then this is the ideal place to stay. It is surprisingly quiet as you access it via a tiny alley and once esconsed inside the building it's very tranquil.

We were greeted with refreshing mint tea and biscuits in the tranquil courtyard filled with flowers and palms, then shown to our room. We upgraded to the Blue room and glad we did for the four poster bed was gorgeous and we had the best night's sleep in ages! The rooms are simple but very comfortable and the style is Moroccan, extremely clean and comfortable.

We enjoyed a delicious vegetable couscous dinner with some fish on our first night and breakfast of fresh bread, jams, mint tea, fresh orange juice and yoghurt. The staff and the owners are really charming and helpful, with plenty of restaurant suggestions and tips and advice about what to see/do.

Only negative is that it is tricky to get back to from La Place until you've got your bearings but once you've found them it's easy so just make sure you've got your map/diagram with you when you venture out!

If you're looking for an authentic, comfortable, romantic and quiet Riad in the heart of the Medina then this is the place for you. Very reasonable price and excellent value all round. We had a great time.

Independent review from Uk based travel journalist.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 28, 2010

Riad Darna is about 10 minutes walk from La Place, the focal point of Marrakech. Well, it's 10 minutes if you don't stop at any of the stalls in the Souk that line almost the entire route into the centre. It was an excellent location; far better than any of the hotels in the modern area, Gueliz.

The staff at Riad Darna were all welcoming, and very helpful. They gave guidance on where to go and what to see. Most of my conversations with the staff were in French so this may not be the ideal choice if you speak only English.

The Riad was very quiet with only the tweeting of birds and the sound of the muezzin to break the silence. My room was clean, comfortable and well decorated. The shower was hot and I could ask for nothing more. Breakfast was taken in the salon, with comfortable seats and traditional decor. The rooftop terrace had views to the Atlas Mountains, and across the roofs of the city. Despite being the middle of Winter the shade on the terrace was welcome, and I regret not having spent longer up there relaxing.

If I return to Marrakech I would definitely consider going back to Riad Darna.

Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

I highly recommend this Riad! Thanks to all the team Leila, Youssef...you have been really helpfull. Love the food!
I will definitly come back, everything was perfect and really authentic!

Helene

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #707 of 1,064 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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