From being picked up from the airport and having our bags taken to the car we were made to feel special. Upon arrival to the Riad we were a little nervous when we appeared to be in the middle of nowhere exactly! Then two smiling faces came out to take our bags, give us a warm welcome and lead us down an alley... This is standard for Morocco so don't panic! We were led into a beautifully laid out Riad with roof terraces, great decoration and a well appointed and clean room. A hot tub on the first open floor is a great way to unwind and relax. And relaxing is what Dar Najat is about, nothing is too much trouble for the staff here, friendly, funny and helpful - we really didn't want to leave. Food is excellent, and well worth trying. Breakfast is just perfect and included as is the wi-fi (3G isn't about in Morocco so check your emails and Facebook at the Riad!) and chilling in the peaceful surrounds of the roof terrace having a laugh and a cold drink with the staff is brilliant.
We were told that "this was our home" and it felt like it - nothing was too much trouble, from advising us on shopping, to arranging a driver and even finding us a few beers in the middle of the day during Ramadan (surely not easy!). The room was clean, housekeeping was spot on and daily and all the staff were exceptional. They even walked us to a few spots around town to help us get orientated and we were certainly gutted that our short stay came to an end. Would we go back - one million per cent yes, I can't think of anywhere else in Marrakech I would even think about.
Marrakech itself wasn't quite as expected, although it was 40+ degrees and Ramadan so a bit quieter than usual. There are some parks, museums and palaces to see but really this place is about the souks, market and watching the world pass by. The souk can be over powering and getting lost is far too easy, and everyone has advice or knows the best way to the main square, always via their stall... Being able to say no and move on is a skill, but with narrow streets it is easy to get lost and hard to navigate so beware, and Google maps won't help! The square at night is bustling with life, and police as well as undercover police so don't panic, you are safe - any trouble just say "police" loudly and people back off as tourists are the lifeblood and the police will protect the revenue...
Our trip was for 3 nights and a total pleasure... Two final tips... 1: on the way home you can't take more than 1000 dirhams out of the country and the duty free store after passport control does NOT take dirhams (!!!) and 2: stay at Dar Najat - you will not regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dar Najat"Coolest Boutique Riad in Marrakech" is a 5 minute walk away from the famous and colourful Jemaa el Fna market area, right in the heart of the Medina of Marrakesh. This romantic 4-star boutique guesthouse has been freshly renovated to offer even more comfort and elegance than before. Let our friendly staff cater to your every request, and pamper you in lush, tranquil surroundings. Stepping out the front door takes you back to a former era, with the ancient, echoing sounds of the medina, Jemaa el Fna and the hectic hubbub of Marrakech life. After a busy day of exploration and shopping in this vibrant and exotic city, you can leave it all behind by enjoying a delicious meal or drink on one of our terraces, soothing your body in our rooftop jacuzzi, or just retiring to the warm, peaceful intimacy of your quiet and well-appointed room. Riad Dar Najat is a proud member of the "Coolest Riads in Morocco" Collection and we'll be more than glad if you try our new luxury guest house in Essaouira,Riad Bab Essaouira"Dar Najat's little sister Riad" with the possibility to have a " Marrakech/Essaouira Package Deal "for our best rates.cheers! Oliver. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Najat Marrakech
- Riad Dar Najat Hotel Marrakech