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Riad Dar Soufa
7 derb souaf | Legza Médina, Rabat 10000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 40 Rabat B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Thank you, Beniot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I stayed at Riad Dar Soufa with two friends the weekend of January 25-27, 2013. We are all American and were traveling through Spain and made a side trip to Rabat.

From the moment a friend of Benoit's spotted us in the medina and escorted us to the front door of the Riad, our expectations were met and exceeded constantly. Benoit was helpful, accommodating and friendly. His English is great and his breakfast was fabulous. Our room (Zerka) was impeccably clean and all of our needs were met. Though the room was small, it was beautiful and well-kept. I think it has been pointed out that the bathroom is separated from the room by a curtain, which is a little bit different from what I'm used to, but I was traveling with good, easy going people so it really wasn't a big deal. There are many common areas (living room, courtyard, roof) that your roommates can remove themselves to.

I could go on and on but I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone. Trust Benoit to show you a great time. Thank you!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed here for one night. The owner/manager was very helpful, and gave good restaurant recommendations. He is French, but speaks English too. The Riad was well-maintained, centrally located, and served a nice breakfast. Recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 January 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed for one night in the Zerka Room (Zerka means blue in Arabic, the room has a painted blue cedar ceiling) of the Riad Dar Soufa. We liked this riad, which is decorated in a much more understated manner than several other riads in which we have stayed; it is still beautiful, with plenty of Moroccan features and design elements, but not with the busy multicolored and occasionally contrasting (to some people more used to western styles) patterns that some riads have and is pretty typical in Moroccan homes and palaces. This riad is in a good location down on a short side street off of a main street (Avenue Mohammed V) through the Rabat medina. Our room was smallish but by no means cramped, and we knew that going in as the pictures on the website (not currently listed on TripAdvisor but it is http://riadrabatmedinadarsoufa.blogspot.com/) give an accurate representation of the place. Benoit is very nice and spoke English well. Easy walking distance to the Kasbah, any part of the medina, restaurants, the Rabat Ville train station, tram, etc. The Mohammed V Mausoleum/Hassan Tower are a little farther, as is Chellah, but still walkable (cabs are plentiful if you do not feel like walking). Good value. If you are coming down Mohammed V from the Ville Nouvelle (the new part of the city) you have to make a slightly sharp left turn onto the side street. The street is signed (which is not always the case in Morocco) but the sign is a little high up and could be easily missed, particularly because the side street is pretty small. Note that while the map the riad sends you after you book and tripadvisor list the address as 7 Derb Souaff, the sign states that it is Impasse Souaff (a derb is a small street, street signs in Morocco sometimes transliterate the Arabic letters, sometimes translate into French).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 December 19, 2012

We stayed in this Riad for a night in November 2012 and we regretted not staying for a longer period of time in this place. Immediately after booking the accommodation online, we received an email from the Riad providing us with directions and other useful tips in getting to the hotel. The Riad is located right in the middle of Rabat's medina (which is absolutely tout-free and very pleasant to explore). The Riad is down a little turn right after a maternity wear shop and is thus a perfect hideout from the busy medina. We were warmly welcomed by the staff who served us an amazing selection of Moroccan pastries with tea. The bedroom was spectacular. Spacious, with modern, artsy furnishings and an incredibly comfortable bed. Breakfast was great, and the food recommendations provided by the staff were also great value for money. We found ourselves enjoying Rabat much much more, thanks to this lovely stay we had.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My partner and I pre-arranged with the riad to have someone pick us up at the airport and although our plane was late they were there with a sign displaying our names. The cab took us to the edge of the medina and we walked to the riad the rest of the way - about 5 minutes. We rang the bell and Benoit me us at the door with a big welcome. We paid the driver 200dh and a tip and we walked into the beautiful calm of his home. He welcomed us with tea and insisted on carrying our luggage the three flights of stairs to the terrace room. The room was just as described on the web site and there were no surprises. The terrace provided a view of the roof tops around, but provided a view of a beautiful sunset.

Breakfast was provided on the terrace the next morning and was one of the best we had during our other riad visits.

We left for Fez, walking to the train station. As other post indicated, it is NOT a 5 minute walk. I timed it and it takes 20 minutes, pulling luggage. Perhaps if you were running, you might make it in 10. However, it's not a bad walk.

We also booked the same room coming back for our last night in Rabat before catching our 6:40 am flight the next morning. Benoit, again arranged for a driver to pick us up and due to the 4 am pickup time, the driver was able to meet us inside the medina. Beniot offered to make us breakfast - at that early hour - but we refused to allow him to do so. He did get up and hug us goodbye as we left and invited us to come again.

Being from the southern US, we are used to providing southern hospitality, but nothing compared to that of Beniot and raid dar soufa. I recommend reading his web site and viewing the rooms to see if this meets your needs. If so, then book with confidence that you will be well taken care of.

Room Tip: Consider the terrace room is on the third floor and there are no lifts
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

The Riad is in the busy Medina. We walked from the train station with our luggage, about 5 mins. Very convenience. Not too difficult to find since it is just one straight road from the gate. However, there is no hotel sign at the turn off, so you really have to watch out for the street road sign on the wall. We missed it and a kind local man brought us there (without asking for money. wow Rabat impressed me!). The riad is beautiful. It is bright and has a Mediterranean feel to it. Love the bright and clean terrace. Our room was beautiful and comfortable although the bath room area is a little small (with a curtain seperating it from the rest of the room). Wifi is available at all rooms, a plus. We left very early the next day so we didn't have the breakfast. The owner would assist you with your needs as much as he could. the medina is much more busier and packed at night than the evening. But you cannot hear a thing when we were back to our hotel room. Awesome!

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

We booked one night at this Riad in the Terrace Room at the end of August. We booked the room via the Riad Website, and we got answers right away.

We were really happy about our stay in this modern Riad, nicely decorated. And overall really happy about our day spent in Rabat.

Regarding the good points, I would mention the below:
- The Riad is well managed, we didn't meet Benoit but his mother, who is really nice and kind.
- Breakfast taken on the Terrace was pretty good, and very nice as It is still really cool in the Morning in Rabat during Summer. Special mention for the home made Yoghurt, I really enjoyed It.
- The Riad, although modern, is nicely decorated.
- The bathroom is really nice, what you see on the pictures on their website is what you get.
- Location was really good and walking distance to the Kasbah des Oudayas and most other attractions in Rabat.

Regarding things to improve, I would mention that our room was quite hot, whatever the moment of the Day. When It is cool outside, the room remains hot. Air con would be a plus (some Riads have air con, not all though).

To sum up I would say that do recommend this Riad, if you are looking for a modern and nice Riad, quiet and perfectly located in the Medina, It would be a good choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7 derb souaf | Legza Médina, Rabat 10000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditionnel moroccan Riad propose 4 typicals bedrooms (sitting room and a bathroom with shower and toilets compose each room . All of them makes more than 20 m²).The Riad Dar Soufa is steading place in a quiet street , just next the Mohamed V avenue , usually called Legza in the médina. ... more   less 
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