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“Great First Nights in Morocco” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar El Kebira
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue des Consuls - 1 Impasse Belghazi | Ferran Znaki, Rabat 1005, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #4 of 37 hotels in Rabat
Sanibel Island, Florida
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“Great First Nights in Morocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

What a wonderful welcome after our long journey. Before we got to "business" we were greeted with Moroccan hospitality- sitting in an amazing courtyard and enjoying tea and sweets.

The riad arranged for a transfer which was convenient as the driver took us as close to the riad as possible and then another person transferred us and our baggage through the streets of the Medina right to the door. A good thing- you don't want to get lost as your first experience but once you get your bearings the riad is easy to get back to.

Everyone made us feel welcome and comfortable and the rooms were fine. Note that most all riads are similar in that the windows open up on the inside towards the courtyard and this means that the lower rooms can be a bit dark.

Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay and would return if and when we return to Rabat!

Room Tip: Upper rooms are brighter
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Very nice view from our window, perfect service from Amina, the decor was amazing. The food was excellent! We recommend it! This is the perfect settlement for a well erned vacation.The location couldn't be better, the hotel looks new, spotless, comfortable and has everything that is required from a high quality hotel (I should also mention the excellent breakfast) and the tea. But what makes this by far the best hotel in town is the staff. They will always welcome you with a genuine smile and their warmth makes you feel actually welcome and that they are happy that you are staying at their home, they are people you wish you could be friends with. If you accept one piece of advice, Darelkebira is -by far- your best choice in the area.

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  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Dar El Kebira is a charming old guest house right in the heart of the Medina of Rabat. Traditional Moroccan architecture and exotic interior. The staff is wonderful, the food is delicious and the rooms are beautiful. It is a true haven of tranquility after a hard day's work.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a small hotel in the middle of the Medina, definitely a place four couples and family. Very beautiful interior and exotic architecture. The service is very nice and professional. I loved to be there, but next time I want to be on leisure with someone special with whom I could share this beautiful experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Although we got a bit lost through the Medina, once we walked through the door we felt we had found a part of heaven. Amina and her staff were wonderful and so very helpful. The room was great and even had a little seating area for us to enjoy our fruit and dates. The place was clean and the Riad itself is beautiful. It was such a fantastic intro to Morocco for us. It is very close to the old Kasbah and the souks. Both breakfast and dinner were great.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Truly charming hotel in the old city and a short walk to the Mediterranean Sea. Good food, friendly staff and Moroccan decor. Great location for walking, to the beach, historical buildings and the Medina filled with local color. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 November 11, 2012

We stayed at this beautifully riad for 1 night in October 2012. We had a room on the second floor (the only one without glass door). This room has two levels, when you enter the room there is a small living area with a single bed in front of you (this bed can be functioned as sofa), on the right is the entrance to the bathroom, which was not big but had sufficient space, water was hot and strong. On this level, there is a build-in mud table on the left side of bed and a closet beside it (see my pictures). There are deep steps leading to the second floor, where is the bedroom. It had a big firm bed, nightstands, lamps, TV and a small table ect. It has an open space so you can look down to the first floor (see my picture). WiFi was free and had good reception. The room had pretty traditional Moroccan decoration. It also provided a complementary fruit tray and 2 bottles of water.

The courtyard of this riad is very pretty. Breakfast was served on the roof top terrace, where one can have some city view. For breakfast, we had both western and Moroccan pancakes, bread, butter and verities of jams, juice, coffee and tea, as well as Moroccan yogurt – very tasty. Staffs were friendly and attentive, good service.

This riad is located in the medina, very close to the Kasbah Bab Oudaia. Coming out from riad, turn left and following the alley, 3 minutes late you are in the main alley, from there turn left again to reach the main street. The Bab Oudaia, Musee des Oudaia, andalusian Garden, El Alou cemetery and the Atlantic Ocean are few minutes away.

Highly recommend this riad if you like to stay in the old part of city.

Note:
Ask hotel, or when you booking, to give you a room in one level if you have problems with steps. I saw two other rooms on the 2nd floor are at one level.

The con in our room is, if you need to go to the bathroom at night, you have to go down and up these steep steps.

When you come out to the main alley, look at the sign for this riad, it is above the door of the entrance. Otherwise, it is very easy to get lost when you come back from the sightseeing or shopping.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue des Consuls - 1 Impasse Belghazi | Ferran Znaki, Rabat 1005, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Rabat
#2 Romantic Hotel in Rabat
#2 Spa Hotel in Rabat
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Rabat
#4 Luxury Hotel in Rabat
#6 Business Hotel in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Dar El Kebira 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dar El Kebira is fully reinvented to receive guests in search of tranquillity and well-being in the purest Moroccan tradition. Every detail is designed to create a living space expressing luxury and refinement. ... more   less 
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