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 (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. ... more less
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