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“Cool, classy and yet down to earth and friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar One
19 derb Jemaa el Kabir | Hay Salam, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Cool, classy and yet down to earth and friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

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.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

I really want to point out the excellence of the Riad Dar One.
The owner Jean PERES and all his staff welcome us on this wonderful and peaceful traditionnal moracan home decorated with modern and stylish taste.
Jean was also very helpful to organize our stay and to help us in choosing restaurants and spa.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Riad Dar One is a wonderful place to stay. Jean is the perfect host, friendly , helpful, warm and welcoming, it was like staying with a friend we felt so at home and comfortable. The riad is in a great location as its in a quiet area just a few minutes’ walk from all the excitement that Marrakech has to offer. It is beautiful decorated and both bedroom and breakfast were perfect. Definitely a place to recommend. I looking forward going back there

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

After much research for the perfect Riad for our first visit to Marrakech, I booked the Riad Dar One for 5 nights in the Saint Exuprey room. I had some email correspondence with Jean, the owner to fix up the airport pick up, which is recommended.

What more can I say that has not been said before! The Riad is very chic, you can see the attention to detail at every turn. Our room was a good size, plenty of storage space for our bags and clothes. The bathroom was compact, but the shower was excellent and after some fine tuning the temperature and pressure was consistent. The staff changed the towels daily and kept the whole room spotless just like the first day we arrived. We had fresh flowers in our room each day, and there are flowers all through the courtyard.

Breakfast was simple and just the right amount of food to start the day, no need to ask us what we liked to drink, as this was remembered from the first day to the last. There could be a little more variety, but this is a minor point.

As for the staff, they would be the envy of any great hotel. Both Hicham and Abdel looked after us without complaint, recommending places to visit and places to eat. On return each day to the Riad they would great us with a smile and offer refreshment.

If you are looking for a top quality Riad, then look no further! With a great location, environment, safe, spotlessly clean and above all a super host and staff. Thank you to Jean and his team for making us welcome in his Riad and their city.

Room Tip: Located near to the Palace Bahia, so easy for taxi
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

We stayed in this Riad for 2 nights. We exchanged a number of e-mails with the owner prior to our trip and communication was always quick and helpful. No problems with being met at the airport ( about 10-15 min drive away) and once you got your bearings the Riad was easy to find and really close to the action. The Riad itself is stunning. Really calm and peaceful and tastefully done up. Fresh flowers, candles and total attention to detail. Service was excellent. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the owner had the right blend of making you feel comfortable and attended to without being too over the top. We had our rough guides etc but went with his recommendations for dinner and sights and these worked really well. Breakfast is very good,,pancakes bread omelettes, yoghurt etc. Our room was the sirocco. Great large comfy bed, good shower and there was no noise from inside the Riad itself. We were woken by the call to prayer and the birds but that was all good. We ate in the Riad one night, nice lamb tagine, some salads and a good wine.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

I can't say enough about Jean and his staff ... they redefine service! Jean is the consumate host.

The Riad is lovely and a wonderful oasis after a long day out and about.

My husband was having terrible back pains and we were afraid it would ruin our trip. Jean suggested a French chiropractor, who worked magic. Soon my hubby was up and going again.

Need a guide? a dining suggestion? The staff at Dar One will provide it.

Thanks, again, Jean. Hope to be back soon!

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

There isn't much to add about Dar One that hasn't already been said by other equally impressed visitors. Although the building itself is simply spectacular, this alone would not be enough to keep drawing us back time and time again. The thing that makes this place so special and which gives it its heart and soul is the outstanding team who run it. If I could chose a boss it would be Jean Peres. His kindness and fairness has been justifiably rewarded by a staff who are exceptionally loyal and dedicated to him and together they have a shared pride in this remarkable riad. Our only disappointment with this visit was the absence of our good friend Hicham who was unfortunately unwell but it did allow us the opportunity to meet the lovely Khalid who did an admirable job of covering for him. We are returning for a longer visit in June and hope to fit in another quick visit to Marrakech in October when we plan to see if Jean has managed to recreate the magic with his new venture. Shukran jazeelan Dar One!

  • Stayed March 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
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Address: 19 derb Jemaa el Kabir | Hay Salam, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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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