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!
- 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