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“Lovely quiet getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Tuscia
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   91 Dior Jdad Zaouia Elabbessia Bad Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #245 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Truro, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
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3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely quiet getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Have just returned from a week long stay at the Dar Tusica. It's an absolutely beautiful hotel, hidden away behind a large door down a very narrow street, typical of the Medina. The room was spacious with air con, lovely comfortable bed, en suite, safety deposit box, plenty of storage, and a seating area. Our window opened out onto the very charming courtyard where we had breakfast. Breakfast was simple yet very tasty, and perfectly ideal for the heat- coffee, juice, pastries, morroccan bread and pancakes- yum! Just be warned- you WILL get lost in the medina but this is part of the fun and charm of Marrakech. There are always helpful locals at hand, and for a small fee a local teenager will take you direct to your door. The Dar Tuscia was approximately a 20 to 30 minute walk to the main square, but we were taking it slow because of the blistering heat of July and August! If you want a taxi, you will have to walk approximately 5 to 10 mins to the Medina wall to the taxi rank- the streets are too narrow for taxi's to get down. All in all, we had an absolutely fantastic time in this chaotic, bustling city. I would reccommend the Dar Tuscia for a quiet stay away from the busy crowds.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Tucked into a quiet alley, this hotel is stunning. Good sized rooms surround a very elegant courtyard where breakfast is provided. The room we had was very comfortable with sitting area and lockable wardrobe. Lots of hot solar heated water. Roof terrace is partly shaded and is a nice escape from the touts of Marrakesh.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 June 24, 2012

My friend and I (2 girls) visited and spent 4 nights in Marrakech. Beautiful and clean and well maintained little Riad located just on the outskirt of the old medina. Lovely host and friendly Riad staffs.Got Wifi service. Each room is different, but gives a sense of traditional Moroccan style to guest. Breakfast was simple croissant/ bread& jam/ coffee or mint tea.

We decided to catch the airport bus service just outside the airport terminal. (There is only one bus service to and from airport and Jemaa el Fna). Cost 50 or 70DM single/ return- takes 30mins into city centre. Taxi from Jemaa el Fna to the Riad cost 70DM (the driver said it is because we are hiring taxi after 10pm- evening fare cost more). If the taxi driver said he doesn't know where Riad Dar Tuscia is, just say to him it is near Grand Taxi by the Bus& Train terminal.
However, just to let you know that they will stop by the old medina wall where there is a small basketball court for the locals. You will need to walk through the old medina arch into alley way, bare left you walk through the old medina arch, go down a mini slope, you will some local corner shops on your right, as you get to the main courtyard. Turn left and you should see 'Dar Tuscia' on the arch way wall in front of you. Turn right and it is around the corner. First metal gate/door on your left.

We joined an excursion on our second day to Orkia Valley to visit 2 of the seven waterfalls. It was cheaper booking through the Raid. The host explained that the tour company recommended by our booking agency usually visits the Raid 1-2 day after your arrival to promote their excision packages, if you are not interested, there're a lot of excursion companies out by Jemaa el Fna, they are dearer in price. But definitely see the 'real deal' of Marrakech! don't miss out the rural scenery, stunning views and landscape.

Advice if you are planning to join any excursion.Do check and ask for the price or any thing extras for the guided tour around where you are visiting. Prior arrival to your destination.

We found out that our excursion package meant to only include the driver and transport to Orkia valley. The tour guide mentioned at the end of the tour that he needs to charge us extra for being our tour guide and also because he asked us if we want to climb up to see the second waterfall. We managed to deal with it in a civilized way. Luckily, we had 3 other french travellers who negotiated with the tour guide..... he was making such a big fuss and raised his voice in front of other tourist! At the end, the driver for involved and pretend that he forgot to ask if we want a tour guide which he said he was suppose to ask us on route to Orika Valley. So he said he and his company with deal with the tour guide. To be honest, we sensed that it was more like a set up between the driver and tour guide so they can earn more from tourist. Of course, no tip was left for them.


We got some hassel from local young boys and men when we explored the old medina, maybe because we are 2 female travellers. Especially during the evening, our advice for all the ladies it to say 'la shokran' (which mean no thanks) and walk away quickly! It worked on us 8/10 times for us. Other than that, all the locals are very friendly and helpful. We found that there are alot of people adult as well as children begging around the main square. We offered them food and drinks rather than money. I saw some tourist giving out toys for the young ones. They seems to appreciate any offering. .

If you need to ask for direction, especially in the souks, ask people in uniform/ hotel staff or shop owners. We found that locals walking around the souks will offer your help, pretend to be your guide, but will say to you 'I'm not a tour guide, I live around here, I know where this place is, I will take you', afterward, they will demand for you to pay for their guide and service. Just to rip tourist off more!

Bottle of 1.5L mineral water cost around 6DM from the local corner shops. Don't get rip off as they may charge extra when they see you are a tourist! 10DM in the city centre.

Other recommendation:
Wear comfortable footwear- rocky, uneven roads, be prepare if you wear sandles to return to your Riad/ accomdation with sandy dirty feet! Wet wipes and wet towels! We got hats, cost around DM 25 for a decant material hats, you can get one as cheap as DM10! Remember, always bargain them down in the souks!

Room Tip: All guest rooms are on the 1st floor.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

My friend and i have just retuned from a 5 day holiday staying at Dar Tuscia which is in the Medina. We had a taxi arranged by the riad from the airport which was excellent as we arrived at night and would not have found it. It is a maze of alleyways but we did get to know the route and we did walk them during the day. Fabulous accommodation, very clean and basic. The staff were brilliant and organised guides and taxis for us which was great. I would recommend this and also a taxi to and from the door. We had a frightening experience one night when we were dropped at the wrong entrance and got lost amongst the alleyways. Luckily we made our way back to the main road and persuaded a shop owner to walk us home. We had got quite a following by then and demands were made for money. Our riad got rid of them at the door but it was not pleasant. I would recommend Dar Tuscia and the guide that they fond for us and we only wish we had time to do the Atlas mountains aswell. We would return.

Room Tip: We had a room on the first floor, a twin one which we thought was the best room after looking into t...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brechin, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

This was an excellent place to stay for the week As it is within the walls of the Medina you are not quite sure at first, what's behind the iron grill and wooden door you wonder. No need to worry, wonderful hosts catering for many nationalities and seemingly comfortable with all. After the horns blaring, market stallers shouting, mo-peds backfiring, scooters roaring and just the general big city noise of Marrakech, to retreat here, make your way upstairs to a seat in the sun where the noise is minimal or into your room where there is not a sound is magic.Did not envy those staying in big posh hotels outwith the walls one bit, you can get that anywhere - Dar Tuscia and I am sure most Riads are real.

Room Tip: All rooms very similar because they are built around the courtyard.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

Authentic Riad and well worth a look at! Once you spend a couple of hours working out where you are it's really simple to get too and from the riad, the children in the street are very friendly and will go out of there way to help you for a chocolate. Asma is a brilliant host and seems to speak many languages including English. If you don't feel like going to the square when you first land there's a little market just outside the medina gate awesome chicken skewers and bread, and for desert there's always plenty of fruit stalls with good quality fruit. Can also recommend the Thursday market about a mile walk up the road. They have anything you need. During eid Asma Was really great even though all the other young people were celebrating, we were the only people staying that night but were still looked after. All in all great place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We enjoyed staying at the riad very much it was authetic, friendly and comfortable. However we would strongly recommend that a taxi is prearranged at the initial booking. We had a frightening experience trying to find our way down dark alleyways having been dropped off in the wrong place. Money (£20 approx )was demanded by a group of young men who showed us the way. Not the best way to start a holiday.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Dar Tuscia Hotel
Dar Tuscia Marrakech
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Address: 91 Dior Jdad Zaouia Elabbessia Bad Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Hotel Class:2 star — Dar Tuscia 2*
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