We were travelling to Marrakech (and Morocco) for the first time ever and we absolutely found the arabian fairytales we were looking for.
We stayed at Dar Alfarah, which is tucked away in the Mellah/old jewish quater, just 5-8 minutes from main plaza Djema el- Fnaa and the myriad of souks. The Mellah area is fairly quiet which you learn to appreciate right after your first visit to Djema and the main souk with all its stalls, snake charmers, special deals etc.
We arrived late in the evening and were lead to a simple looking building but when the ornate door to Riad Alfarah opened the beauty inside is revealed - an open courtyard with a small pool, beautiful tiles and carvings in strong colours. We were welcomed by Jackie with the traditional thé de menthe and were shown our room which was nice and clean and held in a beautiful moroccan style.
We had advised the riad beforehand that we would like to dine at the riad and had a beautifully cooked three course meal.
Pay attention here foodies! This is absolutely the best food served i all of the Medina area. Mouad, who is in charge of the kitchen and Jackie the owner, both roam the kitchen and create the most delicious food composed over traditional moroccan dishes. We did try out alternatives around Marra, from the humble roadside cafe to the fancy restaurant - which were nice - but never coming close to Mouads fantastic cooking. Breakfast was equally great, freshly made juice, fruitsalad (or alternating homemade yoghurt with a hint of vanilla), toast, jam, coffee or tea.
Usually after a busy day shopping or going on trips we often found ourselves at their quiet roof terrace enjoying the sun.
We loved every minute at Dar Alfarah and will definitely recommend it.
Oh! Last minute advise. When going to the hotel do say yes to the transport arranged by the hotel.The Medina is hard to master/easy to get lost in. Maps don't show all the alleys and signs (if any) are often in arabic. Exploring will be plentiful later on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the middle of the historical sites of Marrakech formed by the El Badi Palace, Bahia, the Saadian Tombs and the Royal Palace, 5 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna square, Riad Dar Alfarah is one of the more user-friendly guesthouses of the medina. To accommodate your dreams 10 rooms and (2 to 5 pers) combine Moroccan spirit and tradition. A large patio with a pool where upon arrival, Coralie, Stephan or Hamza will welcome you personally around a mint tea and traditional pastries. They will be available to answer your questions and help you discover Marrakech. The rooftop terrace has been converted to the comfort of our guests and their tranquility where you will be served a delicious cooking with colors Mediterranean and Moroccan. Breakfast riad is both continental and moroccan, through its various pancakes and fresh fruit juice, by its home made buns and breads, and seasonal fruit jams and by its surprises with milk or fresh fruits, made by Hafssa our cook. It is served on the patio around the pool, in our restaurant or on our rooftop terrace. The menu is an invitation to discover Moroccan cuisine but also international dishes revisited by Hafssa, plus "food allergies" special menus or "children" menu! For more choices, lunches and dinners are booking through our team as soon as possible. ... more less
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