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“May 2012” 2 of 5 stars
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Dar Malak
20 derb Assabane | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #197 of 1,053 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London
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13 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“May 2012”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Out of all thats on offer in this amazing city, Riad Dar Malak just OK - nothing special. Conveniently located in towads the north of the Median market place but tucked well away down a stream of rabbit warrens. The french owner - Eric is there occassionally. The rest of the staff struggle with English if non at all. My room was right off the ground floor court yard with a seperate bathroom used by the other guests and staff at 53 ~E~uro's a night with a min 3 night stay. I wasn't given any intro or instructions on the run of the Riad because of the lack of launguage skills. Awoken by rattling and shuffling in the nr by kitchen in the early morning. No one to be found until 9 M when I had to ask for the continental style breakfast. The housemaid plays tinnie Arab music whilst cleaning echoeing though the place. I had a good massage for approx 30 Euro's recommended by the owner. Though half way though the massuer said 'rest for 3 minutes.' On his return he stank of cigrette smoke!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We stayed at Dar Malak over Easter and really had a wonderful time. It is such a beautiful place and we met many great people. Everyone was really helpful and friendly. The rooms, courtyard, and the roof terrace are just stunning. I certainly want to come back again....soon!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised the minute we walked into Dar Malak, it far exceeded our expectations, every little corner was beautiful. Eric the owner gave us loads of information and advice and couldn't have been more welcoming. A delicious meal was prepared for us upon our arrival. It's in a great location near the souks, the central square and walking distance to practically everywhere. You step out of the hustle and bustle of the streets into the tranquility of the Riad and all you can hear are the birds, it's amazing. Our day trip with Eric to the Atlas mountains and Berber villages was educational and gave us an amazing insight into the way people live. It was a memorable holiday in every way. Will definitely return.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #197 of 1,053 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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