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“Did not meet expectations” 2 of 5 stars
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Dar Malak
20 derb Assabane | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #169 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Did not meet expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We had very high expectations of this riad after reading comments and visiting the website. However, during our stay we were a bit disappointed. This is not to say that it's a bad hotel, but I think that there are better options in town for the price we paid.
Positive is the helpful staff that picked us up from a square close to the hotel and gave us some good tips for restaurants. The room was clean and decent-sized.
Among the more dissapointing aspects is the general state of the building and furniture. It all looks a bit run-down and like it can use some maintanance and fresh paint.
Breakfast is Morocco-basic, but not very special.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Dar Malak serves as a quiet, peaceful oasis in the middle of the busy medina. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful riad, with lovely food and very friendly staff. Eric, the owner, was very helpful with recommendations, historical facts and general advice. He took us on a day trip to the Atlas mountains; an unforgettable experience!
We will definitely come back here.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

This is the place to be if you want to get to know the real city but at the same time have your moments of peace.
Eric (the owner) has been super nice and attentive, I felt at home. Of course my breakfast here in London is shameful compared to the yummy unlimited breakfast served by the staff. I got from freshly made Moroccan pancakes to fig jam! Delicious!
Some people mentioned the location and that it is at the end of an alleyway. I see the point and didn't walk there too late, but lots of families love around there so I can't really see the danger.
I am definitely coming back!

Room Tip: I'd choose on the first floor.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

This list of positive reviews says it all – Dar Malak is a gem. We spent five nights in the Orient Suite, every bit as impressive as its website photos, lovely. Eric and his friendly staff could not possibly have done more for us. Location at the northern end of the souqs is close to the action but Dar Malak is tucked away down a side street and is a blissfully quiet retreat from the energy-sapping old city. Even the early morning call to prayer sounds distant, although mosques are not so far away. A real home from home, this was our first stay in a riad and we were fortunate in our choice. The loose floor tiles in the room even took on a charming quality towards the end (but it wouldn’t take much to secure them, would it, Eric?!). Good value all round, very much enjoyed.

Room Tip: The decorated ceiling in the Orient Suite is special
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

We simply think it is a perfect place to rest and regain energy for the next day our work life.

Well located and very quiet (something not easy to combine in Morocco), a step away from it all, and have a really a good team and a better owner.

simply...5 stars place.

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dundalk, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

My 2 friends and I stayed in Dar Malak for 3 nights in April 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our room on the 1st floor overlooking the central courtyard was spacious and beautifully decorated. Dar Malak is conveniently located in the Medina, within easy walking distance of many restaurants and attractions.

The owner Eric was extremely helpful throughout our stay, recommending restaurants and booking a trip to a fabulous hammam also (Les Bains de Sindibad). One of the highlights of our stay was observing Latifah (one of the staff) preparing a dinner of cous cous for some guests arriving on our last night. She was most gracious in allowing us to invade her kitchen!

I would highly recommend Dar Malak to those looking for a beautiful, quiet place to stay in Marrakech!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

So friendly and welcoming, beautiful spacious rooms, strewn with rose petals for our arrival. Nothing was too much trouble, the breakfasts with freshly squeezed orange juice and pancakes were delicious,and it really was an oasis of calm just outside the kasbah.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 derb Assabane | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #169 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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