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“Feeling at home in the Medina” 4 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 #5 of 37 hotels in Rabat
Utah, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Feeling at home in the Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a charming place to stay in Rabat. There was good communication before arrival, and a car service from the Casablanca airport was arranged (though I was charged 10 Euros more than originally communicated). My first time in Morocco, and the Riad soon felt like home. The room where we stayed the first night had a musty smell, but for the next two nights we were given a larger and nicer room for the original, lower room price. Great breakfast area with simple breakfast and great service, with a view over the old city. The surroundings and decor are beautiful. Location is excellent. Amina speaks very good English and is super helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tokyo, Japan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Dar el Kebira had a service that was not too bad. The problem is that most of the staffs speak only French, so we had a hard time communicating, though the staff were kind so we ended up speaking in pictures. There seemed to be mood swings in the staff though. Sometimes they completely ignored our "hi"s. Breakfast was good, warm bread. Towels were old and unclean. The biggest problem, and the greatest thing we didn’t like about, is that our rooms were extremely small. We stayed in a deluxe room, the duplex orangers, which had an area of 24 meters squared. We have agreed to stay after we looked at the size of the room, and we understand that there were three other rooms of the same size. However the three others had one, flat, 24m2 room, while our room had a bedroom on top of the bathroom, so the whole thing felt as if it was 16m2. We understand this was a deal, but looking at other rooms it still doesn’t feel right. Because of all this we spent the two nights virtually unhappy. Our room was the only room in the floor that had two floors, and so this means two things. Either you put the second floor forcibly into what was supposed to only hold one floor, or there are secret rooms on the third floor of all the other spaces of the riad. Other than the room though, it was quite agreeable, but we won’t be so sure to return.

Room Tip: Duplex Orangers not recommended
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gibraltar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Arrived to a warm welcome by manageress Amina. Stayed in the Orangers room, great character, bed situated up on a mezzanine. Simple but good breakfast served by charming staff. Amina was extremely helpful with directions and recommendations for restaurants, shops, etc. There are several signs to the riad which is just a short way into the medina off Rue des Consuls. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Sanibel Island, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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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.

Room Tip: Rooms with a patio have the best views.
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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Riad Dar El Kebira

Address: Rue des Consuls - 1 Impasse Belghazi | Ferran Znaki, Rabat 1005, Morocco
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 On the Beach Hotel in Rabat
#3 Romantic Hotel in Rabat
#3 Spa Hotel in Rabat
#5 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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