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“A wonderful quiet place in the heart of Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Kaotar Guest House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   30 Derb Ferrane Bab Aylen | Boutouil Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #512 of 1,125 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“A wonderful quiet place in the heart of Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

A friend of mine had stayed at Riad Dar Kaotar a couple of years ago - and what she said was still true: it's a great place to stay! The patio is beautiful, the crew very friendly, the room nice and clean. And our personal favorite: staying at the terrace to watch the sunset, the stars or the snowy mountains of the Atlas. I'd recommend this Riad to everyone looking for a surprising experience in marrakech!

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

Dar Kaotar is situated down a narrow side street just off one of the many small lanes that lead to the main square. It is close to a gate in outer wall from where taxis are readily available if you want to visit the new town, or the walk to the main square in the other direction takes about 20-25 minutes. It's not that far, but the narrowness of the road and the number of people, bicycles, mopeds, horse carts and the occasional car means that progress is slow. The assault on the senses can make it feel a bit of an experience, but that's why you came to Marrakech, right? We often didn't see other tourists until we got closer to the square. If you have a good map there is a quick route to the tanneries and part of the souks from the ryad.

When we arrived, the welcome was warm and the room was lovely. More quirky and individual than the homogenised rooms of a major hotel, but again that's why you would stay in a ryad. Communication with the staff was a little tricky but a combination of schoolboy/girl French, sign language/mime and the staff's similarly limited English did the job. The owners live there which again makes the experience feel more genuine.

The ryad was almost next to a mosque which has some fairly impressive loudspeakers ready to broadcast the five-times daily call to prayer. For this reason you are unlikely to need an alarm clock but the same is true of most of the buildings in the old town. Try to go up on the roof terrace for an extensive view and a haunting experience near dawn or dusk.

Dar Kaotar is not a Hilton or a Marriott, but as a place that will become a positive part of your Marrakech experience we can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

Excuse my english, I'm writing from France. We spent five marvellous days in this Ryiad. The place was excellent, the hostess are very handfull and we were recieved as well as possible. No stress, no loudness, people who are employed were very pleasant and the food was fabulous. Very easy to discover the town, near Bab Aylen door, you can cross the town without a car, nothing is very far... Michel and Irene give you many little things you have to know to enjoy rour stay in Marrakech. I will return in this town, sure in Ryiad dar Kaotar ! Isabelle and Didier

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Address: 30 Derb Ferrane Bab Aylen | Boutouil Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #512 of 1,125 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Kaotar Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The RIAD DAR KAOTAR is a guest house renovated in the Moroccan tradition, located in the MARRAKECH MEDINA at 100 meters of the Bab Aylen and near the Jemaa El Fna square and the souks, Near of the golfs courses. Warm atmosphere, charm and comfort to discover MARRAKECH differently. Around a PATIO with the traditional central fountain, the riad is composed of: FOUR BEDROOMS (THREE double bedrooms with one double bed and One bedroom with ONE double bed and One single bed). The rooms are air conditioned (hot-cold) with private bathroom, private toilet and dressing room. Two rooms are ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs on the gallery, all open on the Patio. A lounge dining room air conditioned on the first floor with TV satellite and chimney A TERRACE on two levels where we can dominate the MEDINA with sight on the ATLAS KOUTOUBIA. The rooms are available for rent by night, weekend, week, fortnight or more. The bedroom rate for 2 people per night varies according with the season (75€ high-65€ Mid season-36€ low season) and the number of nights. (Weekend 2 nights 1 bedroom 2 people 150€ Hight season -130 € Mid season- 72€ Low season). (Week 7 nights 1 bedroom 2 people Hight season 525€ -Mid season 455€ - Low season 252€). The WHOLE riad can be rented IN EXCLUSIVENESS for 8 people per night or more (1 night 8 people 4 bedrooms Hight season 250€ - Mid season 240€ - Low season 144€). The breakfast are INCLUDED. Possibility of additional single bed in two bedrooms with 30 euros extra per night. FREE for children under 10 YEARS in the parents bedroom. Breakfast INCLUDED. We offer rates for booking last minute ,early booking or long time booking. From 3-6 nights booked arrival transfer from airport or bus station or train station at Riad is included For a 7 nights stay or more arrival and departure transfer are INCLUDED. The service staff includes a Director, a morocco cooker, a waiter, a night watchman). Sheets, blankets, linens and towels, etc are provided. There is a possibility of half board or full board on request with a Moroccan typical menu. The meal price per person is 14 euros. We can put you in contact with selected service providers for:: Tours with approved tourism guides, restaurant reservations, show reservations, rental car or 4 x4 with driver or not, organization of excursions, etc .... YOUR GUARANTEE: The riad is officially classified by Marrakech Wilaya guesthouse category 2 under No. 216/2004. We have the license number and the Trade Register No. 86552. Tax ID No. FI. CNSS No. 7,242,655. We are members of the Association of houses of Marrakech and South AMHMS Payment by credit cards VISA-MASTERCARD-JCB accepted.. ... more   less 
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