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“Shabby” 3 of 5 stars
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Dar Souihla
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Km 10 route Souihla, quartier AFAQ, douar Ali Yaich | BP 21691 Marrakech pont Massira, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #829 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Manchester
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Shabby”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

We had already spent 3 night in a 4 star hotel and went here for the remainder of the holiday as it sounded great, peacful and tranquil, Yes it was but stuck In the middle of nowhere, 40 mins by bus and 25 mins by car into Marrakech.
Although the pool was fine the pool furniture was very poor, shabby dirty, ripped covers not pleasant for sitting on. Don't be misled by the internet photos. They look really good. The rooms we were in - bedrooms and seating are fine but the bathroom led something to be desired. Smell of sewage often wafted in once the shower had been used. Air con wasn't working half the lights in the rooms didn't work.
Food on the first night was terrible had to send the food back (the meat arrived at the table practically raw) needless to say never had a meal there again apart from the continental breakfast. The beer prices were extorinate. they were charging 3 Euros for a small can of beer, which was the same price as the 4 star hotel we had just come from.
There was no shuttle to Marrakech for 1½ Euros this cost 12 Euros. Sattelite T V yes but no English channels. Owners need to be a little more attentive to their guests.
Its a pity as with a bit of investment and TLC it could be a little Oasis away from the frazzle of Marrakech

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Liverpool
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

Dar Souihla is a really lovely place. The surroundings are exactly as described on here an other sites....green, tranquil and very relaxing. So many little nooks and crannies to explore. Lots of turtles hanging around if you have the patience to look! After 4 days in the smog and madness of city, it was a really welcome break and escape.

On the down side, it is located about 12km outside Marrakech, which by car is nothing, but if you are like us and have no transport then it can be a little more tricky. A taxi will cost you around 125dirhams after haggling. We decided to use the local bus which stops outside on the road. There is no real timetable and certainly no tourists in this part but we had one of our funniest experiences waiting for 45mins with a group of local women, getting by on a couple of words and signs, they are very friendly!

On site, the staff and food are both really nice. There is a good menu, but I would stress that it is all overpriced! We paid 10Euros each for a couscous (very nice it was) but you can eat for two in town for this price with drinks easily. We went into town during day and got last bus back around 7ish (be careful waiting at bus station in town though, pick pockets visibly at work) so as to minimise the meals we had to eat at Dar Souihla.

The owners have changed so a lot of the information on website seems useless now, like the lift 3 times a day into town for 1 euro 50. It is now 12 euros for a drop off or pick up......

Overall, a very nice place, French family who run it are very friendly although they should lower their prices if they want repeat custom. Try to brush up on your French before going, it will really help you here and especially in town.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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birmingham
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

worst hotel ever, is in the middle of nowhere, cost about £20 quid in taxi to medina. Doors lock at about 9, wanted to go out at 10 gates were locked no way out lights off. Had to sleep hungry, terreble people who own it, whenever i wanted something they said that they just bought it, french people i believe, no tv in room they wanted £5 a day for tv not that any of the channels were any good. They did not speak english do not book be aware

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

Just returned home after a 4 night stay in Dar Souihla, Morroco. Accomodation was fantastic, very clean villa style rooms with plenty of space. Pool and restaurant facilities excellent, and the gardens surrounding the complex were beautiful.
Is quite far out from the Medina, but dont let that put you off as taxis averaged around £8. Also the owners and staff of the hotel are more than willing to drop you into the town for around the same price, return.
We liked the fact that it was a little oasis which was that bit further away from the centre of Marrakesh so we could retreat and escape from the busy markets and souks.

A special mention to the owners, Maïté, François and their son Vivien. They made our stay extra special and were extremely helpful, we cant wait to return to Dar Souihla to see them again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

I would highly recommend this for couples, wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main square and souks. As first time visitors to Marrakech, we found these villas and gardens a welcoming retreat for when the madness gets to much.
The kitchen is open three times a day, with wine and beer also being available.The tagines are a must.
The owners (Francios and Maite) are very friendly and more than happy to help you organise trips. They also offered a taxi service, as well as airport transfers. There is a bus that goes to the centre although there are no timetables, we found ourselves using taxis. Speaking a little French will definitely be an advantage, although Vivien speaks very good English and made our trip a lot easier.
A stunning oasis in a crazy, but friendly and fun country.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2010

My girlfriend & I along with another couple stayed here for 3 nights Jan2010 & our holiday & experience of Morocco was tainted by Francois the owner & his greed & dishonesty!!
We chose this hotel? as a base for the 3 night leg of our mini tour of Morocco mainly as a result of the positive reviews. However it has recently changed owners & Francois the new owner was immediately surly upon our arrival & made comment as to how the price we had paid via alpharooms was not as much as he would of liked! In fairness the place is the oasis of tranquility as described in previous reviews, with well kept gardens & the 2bed chalet style apartment we were shown to was clean if sparsely furnished in traditional style. However the advertised TV was not in evidence & when requested we were told we did not need a TV as he (Francois) managed without one! The heaters were also noisy & unreliable which resulted in us sleeping fully clothed as this complaint also fell on deaf ears.
Francois advised us not to take our hire car into the medina due to the high accident rate & offerred to drop us off when available as he also claimed the local taxi drivers could be unreliable& dishonest we took advantage of his offer & were shocked when billed 12euro for each lift, with the taxis only charging 10euro for same trip. He also offerred to arrange a guided tour at a cost of 300DH(30euro) but this was billed at 60euro with the extra 30euro being for the use of his vehicle & fuel as his guide did not have a car!
Breakfast was usual coffee & croissant so we were pleased to be offerred omelette by the cook, however did not expect to be billed 3euro each in a country where a steak dinner is available at 5euro!
We then made the mistake of asking if he knew of a local show (chez ali) we had been told was good, he claimed to have contacts with the show & we accepted his offer to get us tickets at a reduced price, but true to form we were subsequently billed 45euro each when admittance could be gained at 25euro!!
Signs were placed in our apartment stating that no food or drink was allowed & we were told that any drinks should be purchased from the onsite kitchen (at prices almost twice of the nearby supermarket)
So our stay came to an end & despite feeling ripped off when presented with the bill we paid it rather than argue with the loud & almost aggressive mannerred Francois, he even demanded we pay an extra 100dh service charge which he claimed went to the staff( whom we had been tipping during our stay)
The worst was yet to come!
8 hours later & relaxing in our hotel room over 100miles away in Essourira we were shocked to recieve a phone call from Francois & his son Vivienne who proceeded to claim that a wash basin had been damaged in the apartment & that we were to pay 5000DH(500euro) for the damage!! We had not caused any damage & left the apartment as we had found it so of course refused to pay this chalatan a penny more than we already had. At this point their attitude became threatening & we were told that Francois had connections in the police & unless we paid the 5000DH we would not be allowed to board our flight home!! Upset & concerned we stuck to our guns & refused to pay any money so were told to expect trouble from the police! At this point we had 3 days to go & spent it worried whether the police would indeed allow us to board our plane. His claims proved unfounded & we experienced no problems at the airport. Morocco is a beautiful country & one to which we may well return but most definately to a differant hotel!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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united kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

Just returned from our stay at Dar Souihla. I can highly recommend this hotel, for any first time visitors to Morocco or Marrakech. Although outside the city, the hotel is peaceful and well run. But english speakers should remember that French is spoken here, although Cedric (who is the son of Gerard and his wife) speaks english and can advise on any thing you need to know, when he is unavailable, it is a good idea to brush up on your school french. However both the owners and staff are very freindly and helpful with a great sense of humour, creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is open three times a day serving a variety of simple dishes as well as excellent morrocan tagines, cooked and served by Fatima and Youseff, who were always cheerful and friendly, there are a selection of wines available. We were surprised at the spaciousness of the accomodation, we had our own living room and garden which created a private secluded retreat within the complex. The hotels location is about 20 to 35 mins by car or bus from the medina and souks, and less to the fashionable shops of new quarter. We compared hotels and rhiads downtown and even the most expensive cannot avoid noise, some even charge guests to use the swimming pool. Dar Souihla also offers organised excursions as well as being able to assist with suggested trips. We found that the costs reduced by the amount of people who wished to go, by joining another couple we were able to visit the atlas mountains at a lower cost than trips being offered in the local tourist traps. Also the owners happened to be visiting freinds on the coast one day and asked is we would like to join them, they dropped us off and gave us a lift back to the hotel for free. This was just one of the kind gestures we experienced while staying there. We chose to pay for our food and drink every other day in cash and the bill was always correct, breakfast is continental and free. This small family run oasis, is ideal after an exhausting day in the souk. It is also very good value compared to other rhiads we have seen. Other good things are free wifi, abundant wild birds, a donkey, chickens and a cockerel, the frogs chorus at twilight from the two ponds, the rich variety of plants and flowers, a secure safe environment. The majority of the guests were of course french couples or families, but there were a few other europeans, staying one week or longer. We would recommend this hotel as it is fairly laid back and unpretentious, if you are looking for glamour then book elsewhere. If you are looking for good value and a safe base for exploration or complete relaxation then this is an ideal choice. The hotel also offers stress free airport pick ups and set downs and a reliable local taxi driver called Mohammed who speaks english.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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: Km 10 route Souihla, quartier AFAQ, douar Ali Yaich | BP 21691 Marrakech pont Massira, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #829 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Souihla 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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