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“Great for a short stay, but lacks privacy” 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 #147 of 464 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Great for a short stay, but lacks privacy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Myself and my partner stayed at Riad Dar Eliane for a week in September. We arrived at around 9pm. We had given the riad our flight number and they had organised a taxi to pick us up at the airport. There was a nice man called Aziz holding a sign with our name on it as we exited the arrivals area. You can’t actually get a taxi to the riad, so he dropped us off as close as he could. On the way, he called his friend who met us with a handcart who took us the rest of the way. We paid the driver 100 dirhams and the handcart fellow 50 dirhams. It made the journey a lot less stressful as your first time walking the streets of Marrakech is a shock enough without the worry of getting lost – although there is always a friendly kid who’ll take you to the door for a small fee (don’t give more than 20 dirhams though!).

Slimmann, the concierge, met us at the door and made us comfortable in the courtyard where we were served mint tea. As we had arrived late we had arranged to eat at the hotel (email them before you leave if you want to do this) and they had prepared a 3 course meal for us that was simply delicious. Ask for the zaalouk and the chicken tagine! The riad also stock lager and red and white wine that was not unreasonably priced. If you want to eat your evening meal at the riad on any other nights, you will need to let them know in the morning as they go out to the markets to get the ingredients fresh. They cook the meal during the day and then re-heat it when you are ready to eat (not that you’d know). One night we ate at the riad but were completely stuffed after just eating our starters. We asked that the meals be put in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch – which wasn’t a problem. The staff are very accommodating. On one night, Slimmann even offered to go and fetch us a sandwich from the souq when we said we were peckish. On another day, some other guests requested some more bread at breakfast and he rushed out of the front door and came back from the souq with a still warm baguette! The breakfasts were nice, and featured traditional Moroccan bread, crepes, cake, and thin crumpets with jams, honey etc. A pot of yogurt and a big jug of coffee. Some of the components vary from day to day to make it more interesting. I did not each much of it to be honest; I don’t like to eat too much that early in the morning and a lot of it was too sweet for me (I don’t have a sweet tooth). My partner thoroughly enjoyed it though. On one occasion we slept in late and didn’t leave the room until 12.30pm. Despite being told that breakfast finishes at 10am, the staff still wanted to make sure that we were fed before leaving for the day. We cannot fault the riad and the staff. Our room was immaculately cleaned every day, and even our messy clothes had been folded! The style of service here was very relaxed and we felt right at home. If you want something you just need to find Slimmann and ask, and he will be only too happy to help.

There were a few things that are worthy of note if you are considering staying here though. As this is a riad, the ground floor rooms open into the courtyard. There are no windows as such, only bars and shutters and you can hear the people in the room opposite even with the shutters closed. There is also no bathroom door (only a shiffon curtain). This can lead to some interesting sound effects in the morning, if you catch my drift! The lack of soundproofing is also apparent at call to prayer (pre-dawn!) and when the birds in the courtyard trees wake up. Luckily we took some ear plugs! Although the traditional style Moroccan lanterns are beautiful, the room is always dark - even during the daytime and with the shutters open and lights on! A few spotlights would not go amiss. Also worthy of note, is that the wi-fi didn’t work for the first 5 days of our trip. The staff did apologise about this and were trying to get someone out to come and look at it. It was fixed two days before our trip. Signal was limited on the roof and in our ground floor room. The connection was fine in the courtyard and first floor lounge.

For us, the privacy issues are a bit of a dealbreaker for a week long break. For anyone travelling to Marrakech, I would recommend a three night stay in the medina whilst seeing the sights before moving on to a resort to chill out and escape the hustle and bustle of the souks.

Room Tip: The first floor rooms will offer more privacy than the ground floor.
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  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

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.

Room Tip: Ist floor rooms are quieter
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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
1 review
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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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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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:
#59 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#100 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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