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.
- 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.The rooms are air conditioned (hot-cold) with private bathroom, private toilet and dressing room. 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-40€ low season) and the number of nights.The WHOLE riad can be rented IN EXCLUSIVENESS for 8 people per night or more.The breakfast is INCLUDED. Possibility of additional single bed in two bedrooms with 20 euros extra per night.Special rates for last minute booking ,early booking or long time booking. Arrival and departure transfer betwin airport or bus station or train station and the Riad ON REQUEST. The service staff (manager ,morocco cooker,waiter,night watchman)is includes. Sheets, blankets, linens and towels, etc are provided. Possibility for half board or full board on request with a Moroccan typical menu. The meal price per person is 15 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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