We stayed one night in the Dune Room and wish we could have stayed longer.
We planned to "splash out" on at least one of our hotels whilst we were on a 10 day trip around Morocco, and I am so pleased we chose Riad Dar One to do so. The photos on the website are very accurate, but still do not do it justice - it oozes chic design and uber-cool furniture so much that it feels like you are stepping into an interior design magazine. But at the same time, the staff, without exception, make you feel welcome and at home, relaxed and peaceful. So you don't feel like it is stuffy or you can't sit down anywhere.
I had some email correspondence with Jean when booking, and spoke to him on the phone to make the final arrangements. Nothing was too much trouble. There was no pressure to use their airport/station transfer facilities, but they were available if we wanted them. We made our own way and called when we were at the Palais de Bahia, and Ishmail came to collect us (with umbrellas as it was starting to rain). Ishmail also took us to the local taxi rank and made sure we got a taxi and paid an appropriate fare to the airport.
I really do not want this to sound like a criticism as it is not mean as such, more as a guide if you are choosing your room. Some rooms have the bed next to the window or the door - as these are glass (with ample curtains) and look out onto the main courtyard this does mean that you need to have the curtains fully pulled if you don't want people to see you in bed, or getting changed. We found this in other riads too, so if you are a very private person or you want to have light in your room whilst you are in bed (eg reading in bed in the morning) then I would highly recommend the Dune room as the bed is at the far end, away from the courtyard.
I was unwell whilst I was there, and so cannot really comment much on the food - I hasten to add that I was ill before I arrived and it was nothing to do with the food at the riad! The staff could not have been more helpful and kind - asking after me, offering me things to make me feel better and when we had to move out of our room (as someone else was arriving), offering me use of another room to use if I wanted. I chose to relax in the cool courtyard, the cosy sitting room and the warm and relaxing terrace instead (so much choice). Considering how miserable you can be when you are ill on holiday, the team at the riad made me feel so comfortable it was like being at home.
The riad is in a perfect location - the Palais de Bahia is only minutes away and it's a short and easy stroll to the main square. There are small shops around if you need to pop out to get water, or go to a Pharmacy (like my husband did!) without needing to go through the maze of the busier section of the medina.
If you think of riads in marrakesh being cool, trendy and yet peaceful and relaxing, Riad Dar One sums this up and is well worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dar One has been renewed with elegance and originality and combines harmoniously design, charm of the old riads and modern comfort. A particular care have been brought to all the lamps and to the thick curtains witch give a smart and funny touch, "very vintage" . An attentive and smiling staff is present 24h on 24 to serve, advise and meet all the expectations of travellers. A haven of peace in the heart of the Medina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar 1
- Riad Dar One Marrakech
- Riad Dar One Hotel Marrakech