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“Old world charm in the heart of the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Derb Lalla Chacha 18 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Old world charm in the heart of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Riad Dar Najat. It is such a quiet haven away from the bustle of the markets and old town. Mido helped us in various ways, especially to navigate the streets. At our request, Olivier organized a day for us with Abdou to explore the Atlas mountains. Abdou planned an excellent and varied day for us to see the sights by car, on foot and on camelback, and by visiting local artisans and a Berber family. Abdou is completely charming and a wealth of historical information and insight. That was one of the real highlights, not just of our time in Morocco, but our whole trip. Thank you, Abdou! We were so glad to have the experience of staying in the old town for our few days in Marrakesh. It was unique.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, June 19, 2014
Thanks for your warm post dear friends and hope having the chance to see you back.
Cheers! Oliver.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Really cool Riad in the centre of Marrakech, very friendly service, good location, nice building, nice rooms. Very clean. Warm welcome, nearlly felt at home for 3 days as everybody is really relax. Walking distance to all the nice area to visit in Marrakech

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thanks for your post!
Cheers,Oliver.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Do not stay in a conventional hotel. Do not stay in a random riad. Stay at Dar Najat. The service will astound and restore you. Marrakesh can be a hectic place. The streets are narrow thoroughfares for bikes, mopeds, cars, horses and donkey carts. You will get lost often. As a tourist, you may sometimes feel like the city is out to get you. You will often be the object of unwanted attention by hawkers, beggars, shysters, would-be guides, and the list goes on. This is all part of the Marrakesh experience, but it can be a little much if you are used to a more relaxed pace and a little more personal space. This is why Dar Najat is so important. You can withstand anything the city throws at you knowing that you will eventually return to your temporary oasis.

The service at Dar Najat begins before you even arrive in Marrakesh. Oliver, the owner, is more than happy to communicate with you in advance to plan activities and day trips. He is a prompt responder, quick to return your email queries. Once you are installed in the riad he will often ask how your day was and help you plan the next day’s agenda. No question is too naive or complicated. He is extremely patient, enthusiastic and very confident that he or his staff will be able to fulfill your vacation needs.

Dar Najat will arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport. Any address can be hard to find in Marrakesh so it’s a good idea to have the staff pick you up and get you to your temporary Marrakesh home.

Eat at Dar Najat. The staff will make you dinner comparable to any Moroccan meal you might find at any other restaurant. They even accommodate your dietary needs. I am a vegetarian, for example.

Drink at Dar Najat. Yes, they serve alcohol! After a long, hot and dusty day it’s a sheer pleasure to spend a lazy afternoon drinking a bottle of rose on the terrace with a plate of cracked olives. Chat with the staff. Share advice and experiences with fellow travelers. Make a new friend. The tab for drinks and food is quietly, simply and conveniently added to your hotel bill. (Breakfast is good and free!)

The sleeping chambers at Dar Najat are small, as are most at any riad, I suspect. The architectural layout of the riad is designed to get you out of your room and onto the shared terraces looking out over the central courtyard. There are no windows overlooking the noisy streets. The goal of the riad is to get you to look inward towards the peace and lushness of the central patio.

Need some laundry done? Need a dinner reservation? Need an appointment at the spa? Need someone to walk you to your hard-to-find destination? Need a bottle of water for your room? All of this the staff will do for you with a smile. Tipping is not expected for any of these small kindnesses, but it is good karma to tip the staff when you check out.

Day Trips: Oliver will put you in touch with Abdou. Abdou will take you anywhere you want to go. He took us to the Atlas Mountains to see the weekly Berber Market (Mondays) and the waterfalls of the Ourika Valley. We bought some rugs while we were there and he was extremely helpful during our negotiations. It helps to have a local present when you engage in the favorite Moroccan pastime- haggling. He speaks perfect English and was trained as a historian before entering the tourist industry. This makes him very knowledgeable about local traditions. He also took us to the seaside town of Essaouira. We canceled our third day trip since we felt we were spending a bit too much time in a car for our tastes and there were parts of Marrakesh that we still wanted to see. We hired Abdou for a city tour, instead. I had a specific list of sites I wanted to visit (like the smelly tanneries) and he was more than happy to follow our agenda. He also took us the Beldi Country Club, which is essentially a peaceful spot outside of the city with a beautiful pool and lush gardens. It was a great place to swim, catch some sun and have a French lunch. If you are confused by all of the websites offering Marrakesh daytrips, just contract Abdou through Dar Najat and you will not be disappointed.

Your riad is as much a part of your Marrakesh experience as are the souks, tagines and mint tea. If you choose Dar Najat you will be very happy. We are very thankful to Oliver and his staff. We are especially thankful to team who saw to our practical concerns: Momo, the concierge, Medou and Hadim.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Hi Dear Friends!
Huge thanks for your (very!!) lovely and complete testimony about the Riad Dar Najat.
We have been very lucky indeed having the privilege to host such great travelers and friends.
All the staff does remember you as genuine and very interesting guests indeed and huge thanks again for all your kindness with all here my friends.
Looking forward having the chance to see you back.
Yours sincerely,Olli.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stayed at Dar Najat for 5 nights in April and I don't think we could have picked a better place. The Riad is beautiful, with a real chilled out holiday atmosphere. We spent quite a bit of time on the roof terrace which was just gorgeous. We stayed in room Leila on the ground floor and could hardly believe there was a city outside, it was so quiet.

The location is great, in the artisan zone just 5-10 minute stroll from the main square and souks. You can also walk to the Kasbah area, Bahia Palace and tombs very easily from here. The staff gave us advice on how to get around, what things cost and walked us to the square on our first day.

Breakfast in the Riad was lovely, with pancakes, pain au chocolat, omelette, fruit, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. We also had dinner on the roof terrace on our first night and it really set the standard for the rest of our stay; the starters and tagines were fantastic.

All the advantages of the Riad aside, what really makes this a special place to stay is the people. I have never stayed anywhere where all the staff are quite so friendly and helpful, I think they really work hard to make everyone's stay outstanding.

It was our first visit to Morocco and we can't wait to go back. I hope that we'll be able to stay at Dar Najat again too. Huge thanks to Ollie and your great team there, especially Midou and Haytam who seemed to always be there to help!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Hi Dear Friends and thank you so much for your brilliant post indeed!
Looking forward having the pleasure to stay in touch and see you back!
yours,all Dar Najat.
Cheers,Olli.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Riad Dar Najat became a home away from home in our new favorite city in the world!
From the moment we made our reservation until we left, the Dar Najat team really took care of us as if we were staying at a five star luxury hotel!
When we arrived at the train station from Casablanca (long flight, long hot train ride), the driver was waiting for us with a signage and took us to the riad. He was very pleasant and explained a great deal about Marrakech and its treasured sights worth visiting.
After a short, surreal walk down the cobble stone street we arrived at Dar Najat and we felt at home right away.
Mido provided us with detailed orientation of the city and Haitem took us to the edge of the main square, which was very helpful. Riad is located in the heart of medina and it is a fun, short walk thru the little streets to the main square.
We would start each day with a hearty breakfast-freshly squeezed orange juice, strong coffee, pastries, Moroccan pancakes with all sorts of jam, and eggs under the kind watch of Mr.Mahamoud.
Every afternoon, we looked forward to returning to the riad from our sightseeing/shopping and cooling off in the jacuzzi with wonderful orange juice. We even joked that we were spending more time at the riad than in the city!
The staff gave us a very helpful tip to navigate thru the souk, and introduced us to local shops where my husband got an excellent hair cut & a clean shave and I bought organic Argan oil to take home. On our last day I went to Medinaspa for a very relaxing hammam/massage upon the staff recommendation and could not have had a better service!
Just to touch upon the actual accommodation, it was one of the most beauitful, comfortable places ever. First of all, from the front door to the room to the terrace, every corner of the riad is decorated beautifully and tastefully. The rooms were immaculately clean and cozy, with quiet AC. We didn't want to get out of bed bc it was so comfortable. Even though Marrakech is full of noises, the riad was very quiet and peaceful.
We would absolutely return to Riad Dar Najat when we are back in Marrakech and would highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you Olivier and the wonderful staff at Riad Dar Najat once again. Our stay in Marrakech would not have been the same without you guys and the riad!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Huge thanks for your lovely post and be sure that we will be more than glad having the chance to see you back!
Yours,Oliver.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Marrakech can be a complicated city to navigate so having a place like Dar Najat to call "home" was great. Abdul, the driver was waiting for us when we arrived at the rail station and didn't delay in driving us to the Riad--a good idea to have someone guide you to the Riad on your first visit.

The staff was excellent and they did everything possible to make our stay a happy one. Mido gave us an orientation tour, pointed out restaurants, and gave us tips for shopping in the medina which we found to be very helpful.

We looked forward to breakfast on the sunny terrace. Mahmoud was very kind and served fresh croissants, excellent coffee, Moroccan crepes, jam, omelet, fresh squeezed OJ, and fruit each morning.

Our room was very clean--small but adequate--for another stay, we would opt for one of the larger rooms. We loved the style of the Riad and the art and artifacts displayed.

We enjoyed a half-day tour to Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains with Abdul. He is very knowledgable about the history and culture of this region. He also does other tours which we would consider taking on a return trip to Marrakech.

Many thanks to Ollie and everyone who made us feel so welcomed!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Many thanks for your very kind post and looking forward having the chance to see you back.
yours,Oliver.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Arriving in the Medina of Marrakech for the first time, you are immediately aware that you are in a world that, while not unwelcoming to visitors, operates according to its own map and rhythms. The old city is a labyrinthe of alleys (derbs), lanes, and courtyards, full of people selling everthing from bananas to leather bags. Pedestrians share this maze with donkey carts, the occasional brave motorist, and small scooters (often carrying an improbable number of passengers -- it's not unusual to see three fully-grown men zipping down an alleyway full of pedestrians on a moped, conducting an animated conversation). Not surprisingly, the buildings that line these alleys face inwards, away from the lively chaos. The traditional riad may show only a single door and a blank wall to the street, but inside that door there will be a richly decorated world, built around a central courtyard, usually topped with a roof garden. If you are staying in Marrakech, you owe it to yourself to stay in a riad; every city in the world has hotels. A riad, on the other hand, brings you into the otherwise hideen heart of the Medina.

Riad Dar Najat is located only a few minutes from the main Djema El-Fna square, by which you will orient yourself in Marrakech. The riad provided us with a reliable, cheerful shuttle from the airport (you wouldn't want to try to find it yourself the first time),with a driver who cheerfully waited the hour and half that our flight was late (immigration control in Morroco is also perhaps not the world's speediest). Likewise, we had booked a meal for our first night, and even though we arrived later than we had planned, our food meal was ready when we arrived, The meal was not cheap (by local standards), but it was a feast of multiple courses, And, the riad discreetly serves wine, even though it is based in the Medina, which contains several important Islamic sites.

The riad itself is made up of single ensuite rooms, all based a central courtyard. All the rooms are decorated with North African art, with a Sub-Saharan theme (reminding us that Marrakech existed originally as the market and meeting point of a number of cultures, including that of sub-Saharan Africa). The public area on the ground floor makes a tranquil (and cool) spot to read in the heat of the afternoon, or to play a game of chess on the marvellous hand-carved chess set. The roof garden (which is also the restaurant, and is where breakfast is served) is lush with plants and birds. The predominant colours are deep browns, cream, with flashes of brighter colours. In one respect, this is what makes the riad so magical. Marrakech itself (particularly the Medina) was originally built from a pink clay; when concrete was introduced as building material early in the twentieth century, the French colonial government introduced an ordinance requiring all buildings to be painted the original pink. In one sense, then, Marrakech is curiously monochrome; going into the riad is like entering into a world of colour.

As a place to stay, we found Riad Dar Najat clean (the rooms were immaculate), and the staff genuinely warm, and welcoming. On arrival, we were made to feel like expected guests; on our first morning, we were guided to Djema El-Fna, and when we were leaving (even though we had already checked out earlier in the day at that point), we were given classes of freshly-squeezed orange juice, and several members of staff walked with us out to our taxi to wave us off.

In summary; if you are going to Marrakech, and you really want to experience the Medina, you need to stay in the Medina in a riad. There may be other riads that are equally clean and attractively decorated; but you would be lucky to find one in which the staff (and the owner) take such obvious pride in making guests feel not just welcome, but at home. We could not recommend Riad Dar Najat highly enough.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Hi and thank you so much for your very kind post indeed dear friends!
Cheers! Oliver.
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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
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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:
#19 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#22 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#33 Business Hotel in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 7
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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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