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Riad Dar El Kheir
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   4 Derb El Ferrane Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #806 of 1,137 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Good value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

We stayed at the riad for 4 nights. Stephane, the French owner, and his team were very friendly and definitely made you feel at home. The surroundings are beautiful and its a genuine oasis from the hustle & bustle of Marrakech itself.

Its worth booking a taxi from the airport (165 Dirhams which you pay to the riad. Return taxi to the airport is only 100 Dirhams and you pay the driver!). Honestly, you will never find it otherwise as the riad is situated down an alley way. Use the knocker on the big wooden door and someone will let you in.

The room is fine. Very clean with fresh towels every day, as you would expect. The toiletries are 'interesting' in glass bottles without labels. We still don't know to this day which the shampoo was! Also, you will need to ask for a hairdryer (seche cheveux) as there isn't one in the room. Or a television, although we did expect that.

Breakfast was fairly minimalist, but none the less typical of Morocco. Baguette, cake or pastry and usually a local crumpet or pancake. Washed down with coffee (you are only offered one cup mind you!) and local orange juice which is delicious.

The riad will do you a 3 course dinner for 20 Euros, but if it was me I wouldn't bother. You can eat cheaply locally. In Jemma el Fna (the main square which is 15 mins walk away) two of you can have dinner for around £10. For around £10-15 you can find dinner in a small restaurant in the side streets. We liked to finish off at the cafe on the corner overlooking the Koutoubia - it didn't have a name, but has a large canopy - coffee is around £1 and a diet coke around £1.50, so it won't break the bank.

We did feel a bit ripped off with dinner at the riad on New Year's Eve. Whilst the food was lovely, the service good and the ambiance memorable, we never got the coffee and Moroccan pastries that were promised at the end of the meal. It may have been because it was approaching midnight, but Stephane did seem to still find time to sell us a glass of bubbly at £4 each and a bottle of wine for £11!

Overall though, a positive experience. If we ever end up in Marrakech again we would defintely stay there.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

The wife and I visited Marrakech for my 30th birthday in Nov 2009 and we spent one night in this riad for the experience. We initially stayed at the Ibis Moussafir and we were very glad we stayed at least one night here - in hindsight I wish I had not bothered with the Ibis.

The staff here were very welcoming and accomodating. The owner is a French expat who was helpful in introducing us to the local area and reccomended sites to visit. We did feel he was a bit pushy at trying to sell his services e.g. Moroccon meal at the riad @ £25 per head etc.

The riad will generally arrange a transfer from and to the airport. I don't recommend getting a taxi here and most taxi drivers will not know where this riad is.

Overall a great experience and would return again!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 October 25, 2008

Very clean and tastefully decorated. Convenient to the main square (Jemaa El Fna) as well as the shopping area of the souks. Also extremely convenient to catch a taxi or caleche to Gueliz (new part of city) and the Majorelle Gardens. It is actually walking distance to anywhere you'd want to go in Marrakech, but the farthest end of Gueliz would be a half hour walk.
The owner smokes and so do some of the guests. If cigarette smokes bothers you at all, however, I recommend finding a completely different country to visit because there is no escape from it anywhere in Morocco, and I mean 24/7. I stayed in 5 hotels in various cities on my trip and they all had bars or nightclubs in them so you can't even open the windows for fresh air, it's all full of constant cigarette smoke. Likewise the restaurants, trains, taxis, even taking a shower and sleeping in the hotel gives you no respite from the constant cigarette smoke.
Another point, if you're at all squeamish about non-hygienic circumstances, don't go to Morocco. The toilets are a hole in the ground, no indoor plumbing in many places so nowhere to wash your hands. Think about the fact that the people preparing your food in the restaurants can't wash their hands either and it might bother you.

  • Liked — Beautiful room and convenient location
  • Disliked — Cigarette smoking permitted (the owner smoked, too)
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

The Dar El Kheir is a beautifully decorated, spotless, well-located riad in the Medina in Marrakech. We paid 150€ a night to stay in the 'heart room', which was very nice, but a little overpriced considering the amenities (dribbling shower pressure, uncomfortable mattress...) and the (non buffet) continental breakfast it came with.

The hotel's website (which is honest) shows a pool, but it must be about 2 metres squared and is in the lobby beween two couches. The terrace is gorgeous and sunny all day, with wrap around couches and sun chairs at guests' disposal. There is also a rooftop suite that opens directly onto the terrace.

*The hotel is beside a mosque, and at 4 am every morning, the muezzin (loudly) calls local residents to prayer. This is something to think about if noise is an issue for you, as it woke us up every morning.

The resident cook prepares excellent dinners, and all the staff are friendly, extremely professional and welcoming.

The hotel is run by French expats, who, if you ask them for advice, will steer you towards other (costly) French-run establishments. Try to book things yourself, as they more than likely take a commission on whatever excursions they propose. (They offered us a day trip in a 4x4 for 200€ and we found the exact same thing at Sahara Expéditions for 80€, including a meal.)

Depending on your views you might want to avoid discussing politics or local culture with your expat hosts - we were often uncomfortable with their comments about Moroccans and particularly the way they spoke to their staff, who despite working long hours for a monthly salary equivalent to two nights in the hotel, were always smiling and efficient.

The neighbourhood seems kind of sketchy when you first arrive but is totally safe- we came back to the hotel as late as 1 am and always felt at home in the neighbourhood.

We stayed at the Dar El Kheir because everything else was booked, and probably wouldn't stay again, for the reasons mentioned above. Tastes are different though, and this review is of course only meant as a guideline. Have a wonderful trip wherever you stay!

Stayed March 2007
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Address: 4 Derb El Ferrane Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #806 of 1,137 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar El Kheir 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Entirely renovated in 2006 respecting the original architecture, Riad DAR EL KHEIR is traditional home, but with all the modern comforts, located in the romantic medina of Marrakech, at 5 minutes working from the famous place Djemaa el Fna , your guest can relax on our quiet terrace and enjoy the sun. Afterwards they may sample the fabulous Moroccan cuisine on the patio. The Riad is built around 2 flower-filled patios in the center with nice swimming pool, includes six rooms and nice terrace roof. ... more   less 
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