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“Felt like home” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Najat
Derb Lalla Chacha 18 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Felt like home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We just came back from a wonderful 3 days spent in Dar Najat towards the tail end of our 9 day tour through Morocco. Momo the care taker is an absolute star, he is on his feet from morning until dont know when, but he was always around when we needed something. The rooms are comfortable, clean and the air-conditioning good, but given the building is in the heart of the old city, some of the rooms can be small, we changed from a smaller room to a bigger one during our stay. The service was so warm and attentive that we felt we were spending the time with close friends or family. I absolutely loved the terrace where we had breakfast and drinks each evening, but what I liked best was that there was no fixed time for breakfast which really allowed us to take things easy and at our own pace. We didnt eat dinner there but the other guests highly recommended it. Oliver the owner is very friendly and hospitable and provides good advice on spending time in Marrakech. He also runs a guesthouse in Eassouira, and although didnt get a chance to spend a night there on this trip; had to make do with a day trip ( highly recommend as an excursion though, best seafood ever), but hope to next time. The most outstanding thing was, someone was always there to listen and cater to your requirements.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Just back from a 9-day trip to Marrakesh and Essaouira. My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Riad Dar Najat. It's located in a traditional Moroccan house, a dar, in the Douar Graoua neighborhood in the medina on a quiet lane a short walk from Djemma El Fna. Its owner, Olivier, is French and his wife, Souad, is Moroccan. Oliver, Souad, and all the Moroccan staff here, including Momo, Sakina, and Mohammed, are warm and helpful. If you are worried about getting lost, someone will walk with you to make sure you know where you are going. If you need advice, they will provide it. if you need something, they will get it. The food is delicious. A great breakfast on one of the the outdoor terraces every morning (coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, semolina pancakes, croissants, eggs, Moroccan bread, jam, and butter, and fruit.) Dinner is also available if you want it--great appetizers, tajines, and couscous. The outdoor spaces are lovely--dinner under a carpet of stars listening to the sounds of children laughing and playing in the lane below. Breakfast in the sunlight among the plants and flowers, the birds chirping, with pet turtle Oscar underfoot. Plenty of places to sit quietly or hang out. Good Wifi The rooms are clean and comfortable, with air conditioning, or if it's chilly, as it was while we were there, a portable heater. One of the advantages of staying with Olivier is that he also owns a nice riad in Essaouira, Bab Essaouira, and it's easy to spend a few days in Essaouira, then come back to Dar Najat, without having to negotiate with two different hotels. Transport to and from the airport is included, and Olivier can help arrange excursions. The driver, Abdou, is a good guy, very reliable, and a good driver. As others have written, Dar Najat is an oasis of peace and quiet. That's important, because Marrakesh can sometimes feel overwhelming and exhausting. By time we left, we felt very much at home there. Go to the riad's Web site to see pictures. We hope to return soon.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Our host, Oliver, was so accommodating and friendly. He sat with us and showed us all the best places to go on a map while we sipped Moroccan mint tea. The riad was right by the Djemaa El Fna but far enough away that it was peaceful and quiet. It is an absolutely breathtaking property and the service is nothing short of superb. Oliver secured a driver for us for 2 days and took care of us like royalty. If I'm ever back in Morocco, I'm heading straight there.

Room Tip: There are only 7 rooms. Each one is different. I saw 2 besides the one I was in and they were all am...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My husband and I recently spent three nights here with our two children (11 and 14). We chose the Riad because of its location and availability of twin beds, and good reviews. We were not disappointed at all. the Riad is very quiet, calm and beautifully decorated. The roof terrace is very relaxing and comfortable. The service was truly superb. We were cared for extremely well. The meal on our fisrt night was delicious and the breakfasts were lovely too. The en suite bathrooms had first rate showers and the rooms were very clean. My only criticism was our bed was described on the website as being a king size and it was more like a double. Otherwise - all lovely.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

We, a young couple from Berlin, had a wonderful stay at Dar Najat. The Riad is perfectly situated in the heart of the Medina.
The rooms are clean and cute, with lots of wood and traditional african art - still the place looks very modern and stylish with a lot of details and and beautiful plants.
We had dinner twice (Lamb & Chicken tangine), freshly prepared in the house kitchen, served on the cozy roof terrace. So good.
Their playlist is classy and well selected - Ray Charles, Eric Burdon, India Ari... mixed with great African music.

The owner and staff were really friendly and so helpful with everything - amazing hosts.

Marakesh is very busy, hot and can be stressfull - here we found a petfect oasis to take a break and chill.

We will be back!

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  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

In March me and my friend have been in Morocco for the third time, since both of us love this amazing country. After one week in Taghazout we spent the last 4 days in Marrakech and our Riad of choice has been lovely Dar Najat!
We have stayed there three years ago and have been amazed already last time by the friendlyness of the whole Dar Najat team and also the love that has been invested in this beautiful place.
Coming back this time to Dar Najat felt like coming home and visiting friends. Everyone here is very obliging and they were anticipating our every wish. The Riad is well maintained and super clean. Me and my friend were sharing a bedroom on the groundfloor. All the small details such as candles, decoration and free drinks are making the difference to any other accomodation you can book in Marrakech. Breakfast as well as all drinks are included and very tasty - served at any time.
The Riad is located centrally in the Medina - just a stone's throw away from any place you wanna see in Marrakech such as Jemna El Fna and the the souks. The Riad provides a Jacuzzi as well as a super nice rooftop terrace where you can chill out day and night.
This has for sure not been the last time I have been there, cause: heaven is a place on earth...
Thanks to the whole Dar Najat team!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We spent a week at Dar Najat during spring break. It is a 7 room hotel with an amazing staff and excellent food. We were the only guests for the first two or so days and even as other people started checking in, the level of service never changed. The staff felt like family. Moumou would cook for us and offer tips on where to shop, Tajmat personally took me to a Hamam and even invited us into his home so that his wife could repair my girlfriend's dress, and Said was on hand to arrange a late night cab after dinner or grab anything for us that might not be stocked in house at any odd hour. Olivier, the proprietor, was exceptionally kind and his lovely wife even took me around town on a scooter until we found a pharmacy that was open so that I could buy some lozenges for my girlfriend who got a bit of a sore throat. As attentive as the staff was, we also had an immense amount of privacy as our hosts only materialized when they sensed they were required. I cannot say enough good things about this place, and honestly wouldn't even be posting about my experiences here because I want to keep it the best kept secret in Marrakech, but Dar Najat deserves a steady flow of business and excellent reviews. This place will always have a special place in my heart: my girlfriend became my finance while staying there, and Moumou even took her engagement ring to a connection of his and had it sized just right. My final note: food is of immense importance to me and the meals we ate at the Riad were by far the best we had during our stay. Chef Moumou is a master in the kitchen and everything we had was prepared fresh that day, and made with an immense amount of love. If you ever find yourself in Marrakech, go to the Dar Najat and tell 'em Ali and Aisha sent you.

  • Stayed March 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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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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#21 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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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