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“Lovely Riad, nice family run feel.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Aida
Fredj | N0 7, Rabat 10000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #16 of 41 Rabat B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Chicago, Illinois
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“Lovely Riad, nice family run feel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

This was the first of many Raids my wife and I stayed in Morocco, and its was a nice value for 50 Euro. The family and staff was gracious and friendly, and really wanted their guest to be comfy and at home, which we were. The rooms are all excellent, the breakfast was great, and the bathroom and hot shower was one the best of the trip. Its location is ideal, and they have a sister Riad we checked out thats just as nice, though not as new, both very charming and well appointed.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2009

I stayed at the hotel about three weeks and I should say that I had a very good experience. Most important of all, the staff (i.e. Noura and Kasmiya) was very helpful and friendly. They always take good care of the guests, and have friendly smile on their faces. The rooms were good quality, and all the service you needed from a good hotel. Remember, this hotel is built in traditional style, so the rooms reflect that a bit (see pictures), but I thought all needs of modern travelers were addressed appropriately. I really enjoyed the dinner served in the evening (if you request, that is). The food is cooked at the hotel, and it's authentic Moroccan food; they're delicious and very clean. I stayed at different hotels with four stars in Morocco and the service and staff friendliness was very poor in general, but here you will be most satisfied. Also, the hotel is medina (the old city), so you will have exposure to the traditional side of the country. It's only 10 minutes' walk away from the city center. Also, the shopping center is medina, so you won't have to travel much for gifts and similar.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

My friends and I spent 3 nights at the Dar Aida in March 2009.
On arrival, we were met by a staff member, Ridouan, who is a lovely, helpful young man.
We noticed a French girl in the riad and assumed she was just a guest, as she didn't say anything. Eventually, we asked her and discovered that she was in fact Adeline, the part-owner of the riad.
Adeline turned out to be perfectly pleasant but I do think that when new guests arrive, she should be more proactive, i.e. welcome the guests, introduce herself, sit the guests down with a cup of tea and then give them a quick tour of the riad. That is what happened in the other place in Morocco where we stayed.
The breakfast was very plain but in view of the reasonable nightly rates, we didn't have a problem with that. What we did mind was the flies that hovered all over the food and fruit juice. It would be a very simple matter to place covers on the food and drink. And perhaps attach a sheet of fly paper to the ceiling.
I must emphasis that Ridouan is a lovely guy. When my friend wanted to visit a local hammam, he went to great trouble to find a female friend to accompany her and explain the procedure.
The rooms are very nice and this would be a great place if Adeline were just a tad more professional.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2008

We emailed the hotel direct, inspired by a TripAdvisor review, and got an immediate response and a promise of a deposit-free room. A good start all round.

Because of flight and train delays, we arrived at the Medina (you can't get a taxi straight to the hotel) approx. 1am in the morning. We had phoned the manager in advance and she got someone to meet us from the taxi and walk us to the hotel. Unbelievably good service on their part.

Room was beautifully decorated, warm and cosy, no windows, but looking at the rest of the Medina, this appears to be fairly standard. Not the most private for couples (noise and thin curtains) but a small price to pay considering how homely and cheap it is. Television had only French and Arabic channels and I think one Portuguese, but after staying in Rabat, you'll be semi-fluent in French by the end anyway! Bathroom was adequate, unpleasant smells at times but again, this seems to be common in the Medina in general and not the hotel's fault.

Breakfast was not to our liking but did seem to be authentically Moroccan. Starchy breads and odd-tasting crumpets. Coffee and freshly squeezed juice in particualr were fabulous. We needed to get up early and requested an earlier breakfast, and this was no problem at all for them. They really couldn't have done more. The manager of the hotel met us on the second day and took us to their other riad in the Medina where dinner is served. She gave us a mint tea on the house and some lovely coconut cakes and we had an agreeable chat with her and another guest.

Other points in no particular order:
- given a map of Rabat which helped immensely
- few misunderstandings due to my pidgin French and staff's not-so-great English, but nothing we couldn't resolve.
- phone was next to our room which was a little irritating, would be better in reception but perhaps wiring prohibits this
- rooftop area for smokers
- second level sometimes used for breakfast and can be used for smokers, an afternoon mint tea etc

Overall, would heartily recommend the Riad Dar Aida, especially if you don't speak French, because the manager's English is better than most here. Made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Liked — Outstanding decor
  • Disliked — Breakfast food (not drink)
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

The cost of riad was not equivalent to stay, we paid approx 1150 dh for 2 nights. I thought that the bathrooms were a bit dirty and very small...not a big fan of mold. The shower curtains didn't reach the bottom so after one person showered the entire bathroom would be wet for the day.

One of the mornings we saw a roach crawl out of our bread.

I wouldn't recommend it.

Stayed September 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2008

I found out about Dar Aida here on TripAdvisor, and booked it because it was so cheap, even though it wasn't the top-rated riad listed in Rabat. I was so pleased with our experience here, from beginning to end.

From the moment I contacted the property directly, I had a series of friendly and quick email responses from one of the owners, a lovely French woman named Adeline. She offered to meet us nearby when we arrived to help us find our way through the twisting maze of the medina in the dark, so we had no problem finding the riad.

Once we were inside, she sweetly sat us down with a welcome mint tea, introduced us to some other guests who were having dinner, and gave us a map of Rabat to use while we were there. She pointed out exactly where we were, and gave us ideas on what to see and do. It was such a contrast from the last place we had stayed, the hideous Hotel Idou Anfa in Casablanca. Adeline took us to see our room - a pretty, high-ceiling-ed room on the second floor that could have done with more windows, but which faced the balcony of the inner courtyard. She told us about the loving restoration the house had undergone to become her vision. She then left us to explore and settle in.

We woke up the next morning to beautiful sunny skies and felt incredibly well-rested and at peace. Even being woken up at 5am by the first call to prayer of the day hadn't bothered us- the sounds seemed hauntingly beautiful in such a great place. We met a German couple at breakfast who kindly suggested that once they left that day, we might want to switch rooms and try out theirs, the "Annakhla" room. For a few euros more, it was the best room in the house, a gorgeous split-level apartment (the main picture you can see here and on the hotel's website). Well worth it, and I would certainly stay here again on another visit to Rabat.

  • Liked — The friendly service and excellent insider knowledge
  • Disliked — Some rooms were slightly airless and poky
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oslo
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

We stayed five nights at the Dar Aida Riad in February. It's hard to belive that such a place excists in the buzzing Rabat Medina. We arrived late at night, and one of the owners were kind enough to meet us outside the Oudaya. When we came into the riad, we got to pick the room we liked best, much to our joy. Our room was spaceous, had beautiful layered curtains and a modern bathroom. All in all the room looked like something out of an old Moroccan fairytale. The whole Riad is renovated in old Moroccan style. The mosaic and colors make a stay at the Dar Aida magic.

The only thing negative we experienced while staying at Dar Aida, was the other guests. A French family celebrating a wedding sounds nice, right? But they made our stay really unpleasant, by raving around drunk in the middle of the night, laughing hystericly and being very loud. They had no respect for the house-rules, or us.

So, make sure you share this amazing place with nice people.

H.H

Stayed February 2008
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Address: Fredj | N0 7, Rabat 10000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
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Ranked #16 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad dar Aida is a guesthouse inside the old medina of Rabat, near The Atlantic Ocean. We propose you to stay in one of our 7 rooms (with private shower-room), around a traditional "patio". We can offer you a restoration service and will inform you about the historical "medina" and the Kasbah of the "Oudayas" or the roman ruins of the "Chellah". ... more   less 
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