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“An oasis in the medina” 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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Hockessin, Delaware
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“An oasis in the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I just came back from my Morocco & Spain trip. We (12 of us) stayed at Riad Dar One for 2 nights from October 5-7, 2014. There were 6 rooms in the riad and it was so nice that our group occupied all of them so the riad was all ours. Our home away from home. I was the one who planned our trip and I told them instead of staying in a deluxe hotel we should try a riad for a total Moroccan experience. Everybody was happy to try a new thing. The riad is right next to the Bahia Palace, in the not too chaotic part of the medina and about a 10-minute walk to Jamaa el Fna. It was Eid al-adha holiday when we reached Marrakech but everything went just fine. Maybe even better since it's more quiet in the city though for me, I would have loved to see the chaos I read about at the Jamaa el Fna which is the main draw of Marrakech. I did see it during the day & night less chaos but there were some restaurants & vendors that remained opened in spite of Eid.

In the medina was not pretty, the dark alleys were not attractive even intimidating so when we entered Riad Dar One, everybody was in awe of how a beautiful oasis like this can exist within. It was everything I saw in the pictures posted on TripAdvisor. Everybody's first word when they stepped in the riad was "Wow!"

It was late in the afternoon when we got to Marrakesh and Dar One. The lit candles all over the riad took on a dreamy atmosphere & the beautiful scent greeted us upon entering. The decor of the riad was fabulous & tasteful. We took a room lottery amongst us for fairness. To me, all the rooms are the same except for the Petit Prince which is smaller than the rest. My room was the Saint Ex on the 2nd floor. All rooms are not that big and does not have enough lighting (except maybe the Scirocco room on the very top floor since it is exposed outside) but this did not bother me at all. I had to use my flashlight to look through my suitcase because there was no window in the room except one that opens to the courtyard inside the riad. The bathrooms in each room were all different. Mine just had a shower and it was all we needed. The air conditioners in 3 of the rooms did not cool right the first night but after telling the day manager about it, he fixed it right away with a minor programming adjustment.

There was free internet in the entire riad. The bedrooms are all air conditioned. There was a hair dryer and bath robes in the room but there was no iron, ironing board or safe. There was no elevator so if you do not like to climb stairs, opt for the Oasis room on the first floor. The TV in the lounge was not working so we were not able to watch TV and the manager could not fix the problem. This is not a full-service hotel so I did not expect a few things. Our stay was very comfortable.

The owner, Jean Peres, stopped by to meet us the next morning which was very nice. It was a brief meeting because we were heading out for our day tour of the city with a local guide. The day & night managers were very courteous and helpful. They took good care of us. You don't see them but when you need them, they suddenly appear. Breakfasts were served on the first floor. It was light continental (limited) and they served us eggs when we asked for it. Please look at the personal photos I posted so you can see for yourself and let you be the judge.

It was wonderful to soak our feet in the small pool on the first floor after a day of walking around the city. The water was cold but we got used to it and just enjoyed while we chatted & talked about our experiences. There was a very good restaurant not far from the riad called Kozy Bar that served different kinds of food (non-Moroccan). Ask to sit on the top floor, great ambiance, beautiful decor, nice music & good views while you enjoy your meal. Our farewell dinner there was perfect.

I recommend this riad for a wonderful experience you won't forget. It is something different which you will enjoy. Riad Dar One, thank you!

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tea Gardens, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely privately owned riad is situated very close to town but in a very quiet spot. You don't get lost finding your way back after a visit to the town square and restaurants. It has a lovely rooftop for lounging and having drinks and food. Breakfasts are served beside a lovely pool. There was roses in our room and the owner is a perfectionist and must have a great sense of décor as everything is very tastefully done. The staff are quiet and respectful and very helpful. The only thing I would complain about is lack of lighting in our room and in the breakfast room. As the rooms are decorated with beautiful coloured lighting, but they lack brightness. I would recommend this riad to people of all ages and it was a great way to finish off our trip to Morocco. The owner welcomed us personally and spent some time outlining the better restaurants which was very helpful.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisboa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great looking and stylish riad. The staff is also great and helpful making the overall experience even better.

The lobby of the riad just looks amazing, with a small water tank that make it even more peaceful. The rooftop is also quite nice although it does not have a view like you get in some other riads.

The rooms we stayed in was great. With a nice and comfortable size and a very good double bed. The bathroom was also great although it could have a bit more light.

Location wise it's not perfect if you want to be right in the middle of the Medina but it's not far from Jemaa el-Fna and it's just next to numerous other attractions. To go to the other side of the Medina (e.g. Majorelle garden) it's better to take a taxi.

Wifi is free however it's not very good (low signal) in the top floor. This is something that could be easily improved.

Breakfast was great and served on the rooftop. However one evening we tried to have some food and it was not possible because we didn't ask in advance. I can understand that the riad does not have a open kitchen however it's always a pain not being able to have a cup of tea and a slide of cake or a simple toast.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is the most beautiful, relaxing, peaceful, and stylish hotel and I very much wanted to move in forever (and still might). After 15 hours in transit from New York to Madrid and then Marrakech, we were totally exhausted and sleep deprived by the time we arrived. We were immediately shown our room and our bags were carried up. We fell asleep for hours before we went down and did all the paperwork to check in. One day, we had to catch a 5:00 PM bus to Essaouira and they let us keep the room for the whole day (rather than checking out at noon) so we could shower and rest before getting on the train. On afternoons when we sat by the pool strewn with rose petals, Khaled or another staff member appeared to give us mint tea, cookies, and fresh towels. A delicious meal of coffee, Moroccan pancakes, fresh juice, eggs, and more was served each morning, and when we had to leave early one morning to catch a train, they got up very early with us to serve us a full breakfast. It was exceptional service, that really was so kind and considerate that it made our vacation a true respite from the noise, heat, and chaos of Marrakech.

The decor is beautiful and minimal but with so many Moroccan touches-- elaborate lamps, ironwork, roof garden, architectural details, water fountain/pool, and beautiful colors in the textiles and drapes and furniture, and long stem roses in our room and flowers throughout the hotel. The room was generous, the bedding extremely comfortable, the bathroom was huge and everything worked beautifully. I would say the room was practically silent-- we slept the soundest sleep in years. It was amazing how quiet and tranquil the hotel was even though it was right in the middle of the bustling, noisy medina. The staff were extremely warm and helpful, but also they were not there when you didn't need them to be and yet somehow suddenly appeared if you did need something. It was paradise!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed in this Riad for 6 nights this August (2014) and we loved it! The Riad dar One lived up to the reviews we had seen here and to our high expectations.

The Riad is beautiful and serene and the location is perfect. The staff was amazing, always helpful. The food is very good and the mint tea delicious.

We only wish the would be wi-fi in the upper rooms.

Overall a lovely place to stay if you think about visiting Marrakech. We would recommend it to all our friends and we would undoubtedly return.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful Raid, friendly helpful staff, a lovely relaxing place to chill after a day in Medina. We were in the Sirocco Room which was amazing, for some reason i thought the room was more secluded than what it is. The private terrace (roof of the room) is accessed by a small spiral staircase. We went on a trip to a Berber village which was organised by the Riad. Also we went for a traditional Hammam which was a great experience. The Riad was full when we stayed but it was so quiet. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband and I were in the site on the top floor. It was the only room upstairs so it was quiet and gorgeous. Upstairs offers many sitting areas for reading and tanning. Then above our room there is another private cabana, one of the best views I've seen.

The service is one of the best I have ever experienced. They accommodated us to the max. Also we took our breakfast upstairs and it a beautiful experience, but we did feel bad because we were a party of nine and the hotel stag has to bring everything up the flights of stairs multiple times.

The hotel also offer cooking classes at their other hotel and I highly recommend it. The chef took us to the medina to purchase all the ingredients so we experienced purchasing grocery like the Moroccans do. Very fun. Then the hotel driver takes you to the other location to cook the dinner. The other hotel is a large estate resort. It is per friendly because there are with resort dogs and ten horses. I will try and stay at this other hotel next time we I visit Marrakech.

Highly recommend this hotel for everyone, especially honeymooners.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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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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