We have just returned from a 5 day break in Marrakech which was made all the more memorable for staying at Dar Alfarah, an exquisite riad tucked away in the Kasbah area of the city. It's about a ten minute walk from the main square, Jeema El Fna, and provides tranquility when you want to rest your weary feet and get away from the hurly burly. It's handily situated beside 'the broken wall' - part of the old city wall that is, well, broken! This helps you locate the riad as streets can look the same after a while. We never got lost in any event as the Medina, Souks and square are a straightforward walk away. There is also a handy little shop a couple of minutes away selling water and other essentials.
Roger and Joyce are the lovely French couple who own and run the riad. Their friendliness, hospitality and knowledge of the city makes you feel immediately relaxed. They can book restaurants, recommend shops to visit for quality goods and even arrange a candle-lit dinner around the sumptuous dip pool. We had the most amazing tagine one evening which was freshly prepared on the day.
We stayed in one of the suites, one of four rooms which lead directly onto the pool area. The room was spacious, clean, beautifully decorated and had a large bathroom with walk in shower. We never felt rushed out of the room for servicing purposes - the staff work around the guests and are all really lovely.
Breakfast was served between 8-10 am in little private eating areas on the roof terrace. We loved the fact that it differed slightly each day but all had freshly made pancakes, fresh jams, fruit and bread.
We had one rainy day and didn't fancy being out so we settled down to a DVD in a cosy little room off the pool and had high tea served! It's nice to know that you can have some home comforts like this when you want it.
We can't recommend Dar Alfarah highly enough and will definitely return if we go back to the City.
We honestly felt like we were leaving family or close friends on our departure.
- 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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