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“Super cute on great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Alfarah
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   58, derb Touareg | Ksibat N'Hass, Kasbah - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #586 of 1,134 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Rovaniemi, Finland
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“Super cute on great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights (pretty much all you need for Marrakech!) in family suit with a group of friends with a great price from
Booking.com. Great staff ready to help with maps and leaflets, good breakfast, excellent location on a quiet side street 10min walk from all main sights, markets and best restaurants. Pool was not in use due to spring rains but on a sunny day the roof terrace offered bathing area. To upstairs room (like the family suit) no noise came from the street but kitchen was located under the windows causing noises from 8-9am. Room was massive with seating area, bath and shower, own terrace and two bedrooms but offered limited privacy as bedrooms were separated with curtains only from hallway. One ot the only riads we stayed in that had wine with dinner :)

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This riad is situated in the Toureg area, if going via taxi make sure you tell him its the kasbah street as we were taken to the other side and couldnt find the riad, however there are always lots of young children willing to show you of course they want money, only give them 20 dhms they will ask for 50 !
The lady who answered the door was french and doesnt speak any English, so be prepared we got by on my pigeon french! The rest of the staff are Moroccan and speak English.
The riad is beautiful, tastefully furnished very traditional.. if you want an evening meal make sure you book early, we arrived for an overnight visit from Agadir and were too late. It.s only a 10 minute walk to the square and you can get the red tour bus quite close by.
A previous review said it was scary.. this is Marrakech dont be scared, I,ve visited Morocco numerous times including Marrakech and have never felt threatened or intimidated, the people are lovely of course the culture is very different but thats the attraction.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

we arrived to Marrakesh in the morning, then started looking for the hotel i ran them too many times but there is no answer. looking for the hotel for tow hours till we find it.it was placed 30 minutes walking for the center in very scary area.... lady that was there gave me look and then she said you coming in or you staying out side we went in and then she treated me like crap in the front of my parents and my wife.. my wife took the passport of her hand and she walk away before she say something she shouldnt . so we have to find another hotel to stay in but read alfarah charged me 60 pounds for the night that i didnt stay there... very horrible. i wont recommend to stay at this hotel cause that french lady is just horrible cow....

Room Tip: riad atlas very friendly staff nice riad and its 30 second walking from jamaa alfna square
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a couple of nights in November. Our trip in Marrakech was a Birthday present for her, so it had to be perfect. There is so much competition for places to stay, so I was so happy when we arrived. As soon as we were welcomed in, I knew I had made the right choice. Beautifully and tastefully furnished, not overly done, but very classy. The room was excellent. The service from Hamza and Jacky was second to none. The breakfast was so good. Located close to everything. I Can't really say much more than it has everything you could want, and at a very good price. We even had the whole house to ourselves for one night! Don't expect such privacy, but do expect excellent service, hospitality and an genuine friendliness. We loved this place and will stay here when we return to Marrakech.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Myself and a group of three friends were coming to Marrakech and decided to treat ourselves to a nice place for one night before heading to budget hostels for the rest of our trip. Despite being pretty difficult to find, once we were there Riad al der farah was a lovely hotel with lovely rooms, pool and terrace. It was so good that we decided to stretch our budget to spend another night there. The hosts were very accommodating of this.

Breakfast was nice too, varying slightly on different days. The young man who works at the riad is also really helpful.

I agree with the review about it being good if you can speak French - the riad owners speak little English so being able to communicate in French makes things a lt easier.

Overall it was a great riad to stay in if you are looking for a quiet relaxing place with a pool.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midhurst
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed for 5 days in our first trip to Morocco. Riad dal Alfarah is very conveniently located in the old medina near many of the sights and a welcome haven of calm and relaxation in contrast to ground zero around the souks and Djemma el Fna. We were traveling with our teenage son and stayed in the Andalouse suite.

We may have underestimated the importance of being able to communicate fluently (we do not speak much French) to arrange excursions, transport, etc., but we managed fine thanks to the care and attention (and Spanish) of Muad who is a great asset. If you stay here, we can highly recommend dining at the riad as we felt the kitchen served Moroccan dishes rivalling any restaurants you're likely to find in Marrakech. Not sure why breakfast and dinner weren't served on the rooftop terrace (with view of Atlas mountains in the distance and the storks nesting on the walls of the Medina) its setting and seating comfort would be an real improvement on the dining room downstairs.

Our only complaints with Andalouse suite were that noise in the early morning provided an early morning "wake-up call" and the beds were not very comfortable (hard). Our suite's private terrace was in need of some attention which caused us to prefer the rooftop.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 58, derb Touareg | Ksibat N'Hass, Kasbah - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #586 of 1,134 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Alfarah 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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