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“A friend in Marrakech. . .” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Touyir
Derb Dekkak 132 | Bab Doukala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #369 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“A friend in Marrakech. . .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

So accommodating. . .I had a hectic travel schedule in Marrakech and this hotel was more than happy to help me. I arrived one evening and was greeted with cookies and an offering of tea. I requested bottled water instead, which was free during my entire stay. The owner gave me a map and chatted with me about the Medina and the places that I shouldn't miss on my one day whirlwind tour. The hotel was very clean, the decoration was low key, and the room had a great shower. The breakfast was served on the gorgeous and large roof terrace. The breakfast could have been more well rounded; it was tea/coffee, juice, bread, cheese, and jams. Anyway, when I was leaving for a high atlas trek, they were more than willing to hold my bag for no fee. I returned four days later, stayed one more night and left again at which time I was given yet another bottle of water, an offer of a taxi, and when I declined, specific instructions on where and how much a taxi to the train station should be. Of note, the hotel is easily found just off a main street and can be almost driven to. All the workers were extremely helpful as well.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

On one hand, we loved the hotel for its tasteful decor and central location, on the other hand, there're plenty of room for improvement.

To start with what we like about the Dar:
(1) Central location, (2) stylish decor, (3) Nice rooftop terrace

And what we're not so sure:
(1) No window in the room meaning that we have to keep the door open to let air in. Result: lack of privacy given that our room was on the 1st floor facing the main courtyard with reception area right downstairs. I believe the situation might be better with other rooms not facing the main courtyard.
(2) Arriving late in the evening at Marrakesh, we arranged private transportation from the station with the hotel for 100 Dirham one-way (while taxi costs about 15-30 Dirham depending on your negotiation skill) for added peace of mind. We ended up waiting outside the station at night for half an hour despite calling the hotel up a few times. Every time the answer was that the driver would arrive in a few minutes (without any apologies). When the driver arrived, he even made up excuses that he had been there before our arrival time and that he couldn't see us. But the fact is that we were there all the time and apparently he was just being late (there weren't that many people so impossible to miss especially since he's supposed to be holding our name plate). It might just be the problem of the driver BUT, advice: there're plenty of taxis right outside the station, so NO NEED to arrange transportation service with the hotel.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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moultouyir, Propriétaire at Dar Touyir, responded to this review, July 14, 2011
Thank you for posting a comment on Tripavisor. Those comments are paramount to help us to improve our services.
We are realy sorry that yours feelings are mixed afther your stay in Dar Touyir. You didn't tell us about those feelings during our several pleasant talks in Dar Touyir.
We are astonished that you declare " no windows in the room": you were accommodated in "janoubia" ( south) room during your two nights stay...and there are two windows in this room !
Most of your comments concern a Supratour bus station to Dar Touyir transfer.
Transport and taxi are realy a problem in Marrakech
In order to help trip advisor's reader in Marrakesh's taxi's jungle i will try to be as informative as possible:
A "petit taxi" ride" from Supratour, or Ctm or train station to Medina should not ,( meter using),cost more than 15 dirhams. We know that it is practicaly impossible to pay such a price, even afther hard bargaining. (most of our guest had payed from 50 to... 300 dirhams from train station to the medina)
No one pre arranged transports ( minibuses or privately hired taxis) accept such orders for less than 100 dirhams ( 150 from the airport)
In order to contour this problem and keep guest satisfied Dar Touyir offer one free transfer for each three nights stay.
In your case, we talk to you about the different solutions and prices for your transfer from Supratour bus to dar Touyir. You opted for the private point to point transport.
We ordered this transfer to our usualy reliable ( 0.2 % mishap) transport provider.
Unfortunately , for one or another reason, you where picked up with some delay...and eventualy transported safely to Dar Touyir's door.
We are deeply sorry for this inconvenience...but there is unfortunately nothing we can do about it.
We regret that your mixed feelings are builded on false informations (your room had two large windows) and complains about a third party.
Trip advisors comments have a direct impact on our bookings, on our incomes, on Dar Touyir's staff and crew future.
We hope that you'll enjoy the best in your future travels and that none will suffer anymore from such punishing and unfair comments.
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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Lovely belgian host greeted us upon arrival
Very pretty riyad with traditional features
Good breakfast - whenever you want it served
Very laidback and peaceful atmosphere
Nice to have an outdoor space and room on the top floor

Room Tip: top floor room!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

Stayed 4 nights during October to celebrate a birthday. We had 2 rooms at the riad in the second of 2 joined buildings. Both rooms were nicely decorated, good bathrooms and had a little outdoor seating area outside our rooms.

Upstairs there is a great roof terrace where a great and varied breakfast is served. We also enjoyed a great dinner there one night.

All the staff and hosts were very friendly, helpful and hospitable. They were great at answering all our questions, suggesting places to go/things to do/restaurants/organising airport pick up and drop off etc.

The Riad is located in the Bab Doukkala area, NW of the big square within the medina, but it is an easy and interesting walk to the souqs, square etc. and we much preferred to be in a quiet more residential area. The nearby food souq felt much more authentic than the tourist souqs and was an interesting morning stroll, but mind the motorbikes!
You can also walk to the new city and the Jardin Majorelle as well.

We really enjoyed our stay there and would recommend the riad and happily return too.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011 via mobile

Set in the back street tranquility yet less then a minute walk from the true hustle and bustle of Morrocan city culture. We were waited on superbly by Robert and his staff (you must go)

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kawasaki, Japan
2 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

Whole interior was very pretty, especially we really liked the room we stayed. Meal was great, staff were friendly, especially the owner of the hotel (Bobby) was so helpful. The location was not so easy to reach from Big Square, but still worth staying the hotel. I really fell in love with Marrakech and I would stay there again if I get another chance to visit the city!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

This Riad is leading by a very nice Owner Mr.Roberts and his assistant Fatima. I had every time the feeling I stay at home. The breakfast is good and sufficient what you can have on the sun terrace. The Riad provides WIFI on the ground floor.
From the Riad is it not far to all Hot Spots round the Medina. You can walk all in 15 to 20 minutes. The Souks are very interested it is every day a challenge. So far so good, try it by yourself. You can visit a farm with pets and farmer animals nice for kids. Ask the owner Mr.Roberts

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: Derb Dekkak 132 | Bab Doukala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #369 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A haven of freshness and peace, this little traditional house welcome you to taste the magic of his patios, the sun of his terraces and to taste this unique lifestyle that makes the charm of Marrakech. ... more   less 
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