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Riad et Dar Maison Do
1 et 21 derb Hajjama | Ben Salah Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #308 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Amersfoort
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Great place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2010

We stayed in Maison Do for three nights: one night in the Dar, two in the Riad because the Dar was fully booked then.They are very close to each other in a small quiet street, about 10 minutes walk from the Place Jemaa el-Fna.
We had a great stay! The owners are very welcoming and helpfull, explained us the city map and had suggestions for visiting Marrakech. They can arrange trips or transport if you 'd like to.
Both the Dar and the Riad are nicely decorated and give you very comfortable and clean rooms. De Dar offers a big extra: the pool on the roof is a great cool-off after a day in Marrakech souks!.
You get a great breakfast on the terrace, and you can order a dinner or drinks. The site gives a good idea of the accomodation, you can believe the pictures shown.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

This is a wonderful Riad! One of the keys for us was getting to the Dejemma El Fna Square and on our first day Ali walked us straight there (maybe a 7 min walk) and from then on we were good. We never got lost once on our way back to the Raid. Also the walk is part of the experience it was good to see a less touristy part of the medina. We did dinner two nights at the Riad and the food was wonderful, for breakfast we got a different type of Moroccan breakfast food everyday. Ali was WONDERFUL, and the Owners Yolande and Olivier were so knowledgeable and helpful with our stay. They set up an evening at Chez Ali (oh if you go to Marrakech you have to check this off. Very fun and entertaining.) Set us up with a guide for a day trip into the high atlas mountains (stunning). Then there was the Riad itself. Magical and beautiful. That's all I can say, just wonderful. Also it is located down a quite street so night time was easy with the kids. Some closer Riads I can only imagine get quite loud at night. Another must is to have the Riad pick you up from the airport. Such a mind settling thing to to arrive in Marrakech and see your name on a sign and know that is not something you have to worry about. Wonderful wonderful!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

The riad and dar Maison Do are located each in front of each other on the same street. They are owned by two French professionals who live in one of them. I would describe the Riad as a traditional Arab riad decorated with luxury. The Dar, opposite the street, is more subdued, a mix of Arab and European elegance. I stayed in the Dar. The Dar is well located 30 feet off the street. It takes about 8 minutes to go to Jema El Fna. I always felt very safe coming back home at night.

Every thing in the Dar was impeccable and superbly clean. The Dar has a large roof where breakfast are taken. It also has a small pool. Breakfast was a continental breakfast with an assortments of jams and marmelade. On top of bread, it included freshly pressed orange juice, some grapes and each day a variation: waffle, donuts, French bread.

I would not hesitate to return. In fact, quite a few of the clientele I met during my 11 days there were people returning to this establishment.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

A little rough around the edges... The walk to the main square was more like 15-20 minutes rather than the advertised 7 minutes. Be warned if your French or Arabic is not good do not stay here. I have limited French and the employees tried to be helpful but we could not communicate at all as no one spoke a word of English.

They were wonderful to the children but showed their distate when we did not leave a tip. The cleanliness was a bit to be desired. The carpets were dirty and were covered in dust and the plates and cups we were served breakfast with were dirty. The butter had a hair in it and breakfast was rationed (orange juice watered down to go further) as I have a feeling they didn't have enough to go around.

Other reviewers mentioned it felt like a habitated ryad. We did not see the proprietor once even though I spoke to her on the phone. There was no where to sit other than in your room on a very uncomfortable couch.

They advertised wifi and after much miscommunication I was allowed to access their office to try and get it working. It seemed no one really knew what was going on. Never got good connection.

I cannot say I could recommend this place. Many things need to be done to improve it. 6 days after our stay here we stayed at another Ryad in Marrakech. and even though they were slightly cheaper you cannot even compare the two. Location was excellent, service was excellent, and clean, clean, clean.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

We stayed there for the 4 nights of our stay in Marrakesh.

We loved this place for essentially 5 reasons:
1) location was perfect: not too much in the middle of the touristy stuff but very close to everything
2) the owners have obviously put a lot of love and effort into their place, and it shows: they're beautifully decorated, every little detail has been thoughtfully arranged. They were very nice and helpful. They were there when we needed them but not overly so. They arranged airport transfer for us, gave us good advice as to where to eat... It's not always the case in Marrakesh that owners actually live there and do care. These people truly do!
3) The POOL on the roof of one of the riads was the best place to find shelter from the heat, noise and harassment of Marrakesh. It was simply delightful
4) breakfast was simple but very good
5) the bed was very comfortable, the room was tastefully decorated and cosy. A special mention to the beautiful, extra-comfortable bathroom

Tip: the place is a little hard to find so do not hesitate to call in advance and the owner will come pick you up in front of the nearby mosque. Otherwise you'll just have to follow some neighborhood kids and give them 10 dirhams...

  • Stayed July 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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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

My husband and I spent three nights at the Dar Maison Do, a riad in the labyrinth of the Marrakesh Medina across the tiny street from the Maison Do. The riad was a quiet and beautiful respite from the hurly-burly hectic of the narrow cobblestone streets, of sellers and beggars, donkeys and motorcycles.. It is an authentic Moroccan habitation brilliantly tiled, pillared with balconies. Bedrooms around the central courtyard and fountain are decorated in the vibrantly colored tiles with curved doors like caves from A Thousand and One Nights.

For three March mornings we had a traditional Moroccan breakfast with coffee on the roof with a magnificent view of the Atlas mountains. The view was even better at dusk. The riad across the street had a roof with a swimming pool where a reception was held for 100 people.

We were unable to make our way from our riad to the central square or anywhere else without the help of the attentive owner and her staff who took us wherever we wanted -- for example to a restaurant where we could eat Western food-- a place we could never find on our own - or to look for roses for our son's wedding. [The Marrakesh Travel Bureau would encourage tourism if they posted directions to the main square so that visitors could get there on their own.]

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

We had a wonderful visit at the Maison Do while in Marrakech for my brother's wedding. The owner of the Riad, Mme. Morin, was a delightful host and very helpful in explaining aspects of the city life we did not understand. Likewise, the many employees of the Riad were friendly and went to great lengths to make sure our stay was pleasant and comfortable. The Riad itself is beautiful -- I felt as if I had stepped into one of the fairy-tales of my childhood. Very ornate wall and floor decoration, a central courtyard pool with rose petals scattered on it, and a beautiful roof top from which we could see the city spread out on all sides. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 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: 1 et 21 derb Hajjama | Ben Salah Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #308 of 1,071 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Maison Do and Dar Maison Do, two traditional dwellings located in opposite in a derb of the médina of Marrakech, within the district Ben Salah, which kept all its authenticity. Easy access, it is an ideal starting point for the walk discovery of the historical heart of the city, the souks, and the place Jemaa El Fna. ... more   less 
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