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“The best riad in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Najat
Derb Lalla Chacha 18 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“The best riad in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This was our second visit to Riad Dar Najat, the riad has recently re-opened after a full refurbishment.

We were welcomed back like old friends, the staff are so friendly, it is one of the things we loved about our stay here last time. They all spoke English and the owner Olivier was a great host, he told us all the best places to go shopping and he even showed us around the medina.

The riad itself is a 10 minute walk away from the main Jemma el Fna square, it is in a perfect location, close enough to all the action but far away from all the noise. The souks are a few minutes walk away. We had the riad organise our airport transfer and the taxi got us to within a minutes walk from the riad.

Once you are in the riad, it is a haven of tranquility, it is so peaceful inside. It is a good contrast to the hussle and bussle of the medina. The rooms are tastefully decorated with African artwork, everything in the riad is kept spotless and our room was cleaned everyday. All of the rooms are en-suite and there was hot water whenever we needed it. Clean towels were provided and the beds were very comfortable with clean linen.

There is a lovely terrace at the top of the riad, it is like having your own private little space where you can just "chill out". There is also a nice large Jacuzzi that you can relax in after a hard days shopping.

The food at the riad is delicious, when you stay here, you have to have an evening meal, the food served is traditional Moroccan, I would recommend either the kefta tagine or the chicken tagine, both were cooked to perfection. The cost of the meal is very reasonable and it comes with a variety of vegatable starters, the main meal and a dessert. The riad also has an alcohol license which is nice if you just want to have a bottle of wine in the evening.

We loved our stay here and I would say this riad is suitable for all, whether you are a young couple or a family or a group of friends, the staff will take good care of you. When we were leaving, it felt like we were part of the family, all I can say is that we will definitely be coming back to stay at this riad sometime soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

All the stuff you read on here about this Riad is true - there is nothing I can add other than to say a great location very close to the heart of everything with a truly exceptional ambience. Great staff and excellent food .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This place really does have a pretty unique atmosphere (as referenced in the heading) which has everything to do with the people who work there … truly charming, helpful, down-to-earth folk. In fairness, everything they promise on their website is what you get so believe the hype, so to speak!

The food is really great - far better in fact than the fare offered at many of the overpriced ‘tourist trap’ restaurants around the medina. I would recommend dining there before heading out for a night-time stroll around the buzzing square, or indeed after a day touring the city or its surrounds. (Dar Najat organise tours too … all part of the service!).

It’s also really nice to be able to relax with a cold beer on the terrace and enjoy the mellow in-house music, feet dangling in the cooling Jacuzzi before, or after, a foray into the (endearing and intoxicating) madness of the Marrakesh Medina.

To summarise, a beautiful place run by genuinely kind and obliging people who cannot do enough to help make your time in Marrakesh as enjoyable, pleasant and stress-free as imaginable.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This riad was a truly pleasant experience. The staff picked us up at the airport, upon our arrival we were served fresh mint tea on the roof terrace and could listen to pleasant music in the background.. the owner said there was no rush for breakfast in the morning because he didn't like the philosophy of having to choose between "sleeping or eating" - what a relief!
Breakfast was very nice with freshly made kinds of pancakes.
In the evening, a guide from the hotel walked us through the narrow streets of Marrakech to a marvellous restaurant with roof terrace.
Also the riad itself is furnished and decorated incredibly tasteful with attention to detail. Together with the warm and friendly characters of the staff, this place contributed to a special stay in Marrakech. The only weak point which was a bit annoying - the owner continued to ask us several times afterwards via email for a review - which we would have given anyway!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Marrakech is a place where you really need to be on your guard from the money hungry locals. I was very pleased and refreshed by the hospitality and friendliness of the staff at Dar Najat. I was a little worried having a long midnight flight after a full day of sightseeing in Marrakech, but they staff let me checkout at 22:30 after a shower and a free meal since I had run out of Dirhams! Definitely recommend this as the place to stay in Marrakech!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

If you are looking for a warm welcome, attentive staff and good advice then this is the place! The Riad offered us free transfers to and from the airport and it was a welcome relief to be collected from the airport in an air conditioned taxi! On arrival the Riad was cool, well decorated and more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful (language permitting), they even provided us with a mobile phone and personally walked us through the medina which was a great help the first time out as the winding streets and thousands of mopeds can be more than a little daunting at first.

The food was great, from the varied and delicious breakfasts to the great tagines and Californian salads that could be prepared on request. One huge advantage here is that the Riad offers free soft drinks all the time which made a huge difference to us when it was 46 degrees. The room was on the ground floor (generally cooler) yet air conditioning worked really well too. Bathroom was basic but clean. There is a plunge pool which is small and clean but perfectly adequate for simply cooling down.

Having seen some other comments about the lack of security, we did not think this was a problem. There are always staff around the Riad and we were provided with a padlock to secure our room.

Oliver, the owner, may be slightly eccentric but clearly cares a great deal about ensuring tourists enjoy their experience in Morroco as a whole rather than simply in his Riads. It seems that he ensures he is on hand when his guests arrive and is full of essential tips, recommendations and guidance. Our advice is to "use him", in the nicest possible way! Our trip would not have been the same or gone so smoothly without his help and advice!

The biggest compliment we can pay is that we would return to this Riad in the future!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Riad Dar Najat is an excelent Riad where everybody is taking care that we had the best time in Marrakesh.
We had a marvelous late breakfast, IPod speakers on the room, and a guide taking us to the restaurant we have previously booked in the twisty streets on Marrakesh.
Another mark is the excelent music playing all day in common areas, as well as the warm treatment of all staff.
Finally, this is one of the few Riads with twin rooms ... exactly what we were looking for, a group of 4 going for motocross in the dunes in the following days.

Trully recommendable :-)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Lalla Chacha 18 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#22 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#32 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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