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“A charming, atmospheric riad with warm, helpful staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Eliane
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   N39, Derb Maada,Azbezt | Medina, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #202 of 472 Hotels in Marrakech
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“A charming, atmospheric riad with warm, helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Having read the reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to stay at Riad Dar Eliane for our first trip to Marrakech. We were not disappointed.

The riad is beautifully decorated, immaculately clean and tidy and has some lovely places to sit.

The staff are superb, and Slimane, after insisting on our arrival that we "make ourselves at home" spent the following three days of our stay ensuring that we did.

The breakfasts are a feast, and the components vary from day to day, which is a nice touch.

My only recommendation to potential visitors would be to make sure you know the exact way there before you arrive. The souqs are a labyrinth, and we spent quite some time dragging our suitcase in circles and stubbornly refusing to be assisted. Failing that, pay a guide to take you there (but no more than 10 dirham!)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We have just returned from a long weekend in Marrakesh and we could not have booked a better place to stay than Dar Eliane. The Riad is beautiful and clean and only a 5 minute walk to Jemaa el-Fnaa. The staff at the Riad were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was amazing and really set us up for the day walking around the myriad of souks and bizarres. They arranged our transfers to and from the airport which went without incident and even popped down to the shops if we requested something which was not on hand at the house. Marrakesh was a delight and made even more so by staying at the Dar Eliane. Thanks to all the staff and John for a memorable stay.
Simon & Nicky

  • Stayed May 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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Aylesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Staff were very friendly and helpful; we were given mint tea on arrival and made to feel very welcome. The location was very good with easy access to the medina and souks. The rooms were clean and comfortable and an excellent lunch was provided for us at very short notice, this was served on the roof terrace as was breakfast.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Riad Dar Eliane is simply stunning. The room was really clean and big - it looked beautiful in the pictures but it is actually even nicer. The bathroom was nicely decorated, clean and with hot water at any time of the day. There is a fantastic terrace where we had our breakfast - don't miss it! They bring you so much delicious food. The cook makes amazing pancakes and cakes!

What really made the Riad a special place was the personnel. Bouchra, Slimman, the cook and cleaning lady were all incredibly welcoming, kind and helpful. But it is John, the owner of the Riad, the heart and soul of that place. His love for Marrakech and the Riad can be seen in all the spaces, carefully decorated at the highest standards and with a particular attention to details giving this Riad an exceptional beauty. As soon as you enter he makes you feel at 'home' - a beautiful one. An oasis of tranquillity right at the heart of the Souks. John is truly a remarkable person, always happy to share his knowledge of the city and the souks - by the way, he has written a book that you'll find in each room with insight knowledge of places of interests and beautiful pictures.

If you are looking to stay in the heart of the Medina (5 min from Jemaa El Fna) in a clean, beautiful and fairly priced place then we highly recommend Riad Dar Eliane!

Room Tip: only four rooms. all incredibly beautiful!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our stay in Riad Dar Eliane was amazing. The Riad itself was absolutely beautiful, as well as clean and comfortable. The staff were very hospitable, especially the manageress Bouchra, who had a traditional Moroccan meal prepared for us and entertained us with her lovely warm personality. I would highly recommend a stay in Riad Dar Eliane and we will definitely be coming to the visit this Riad again.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tipperary, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our first visit to Marrakesh and our first time staying in a riad. It was so refreshing to return here after the craziness of Jamaa El Fna square! Set right in the middle of the medina, and less than ten minute walk to the square so location is perfect. Staff were so friendly and helpful and welcoming. The breakfast was great, such a big spread of food - crepes, bread, eggs, fruit salad, yoghurt, coffee, cake, etc. I would agree however with previous reviewers who mentioned ear plugs - the birds do make a lot of noise in the courtyard in the mornings. This didn't bother us too much because we were up early most mornings anyways but its something to bear in mind.

Will definitely be returning to Riad Dar Eliane WHEN (not if) we return to Marrakesh again! :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We had a great week at the Riad Dar Eliane. A beautiful riad right near the souks and the main square. A great location. The service was exceptional and they catered for whatever we needed. They even came out to collect us on the first night when we got a bit lost. John who owns the riad was a fantastic character and a real gentlemen.

I'd highly recommend this riad to anyone wanting to stay in the centre of the medina.

The only thing I would say is do take ear plugs. The mosques start calling at 4.30am. And the birds nesting in the hibiscus in the riad courtyard start chatting shortly after until about 7am. But I'm sure this is the case with most riads (because of the internal courtyards) so not necessarily a bad mark against this one.

Suffice to say, I would stay here again without a doubt.

Room Tip: Only 4 rooms to choose from. All beautiful.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: N39, Derb Maada,Azbezt | Medina, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#13 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#96 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#143 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Eliane 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad has been lovingly restored over many years by its English owner and offers sumptuous accommodation over two floors each of the spacious five double bedrooms has reversible air conditioning with en-suite bathrooms and their chic but authentic styles are to be savoured. The inner courtyard is surrounded by tall elegant arches, refreshed by two flowing fountains and only the whisper of water and the song of the birds will come to disturb your tranquility. ... more   less 
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