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“Beautiful riad with stunning views” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Imlil
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Centre Village, Imlil 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Imlil
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“Beautiful riad with stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed in this delightful riad for 2 nights, it was a great deal via a groupon voucher and I arranged an upgrade to a suite room which was stunning. 2 sets of doors lead onto a balcony with views to the Atlas mountains. We had breakfast and dinner at Dar Imlil - huge amounts of delicious food beautifully presented. Went on a 2hour mule ride which I was initially unsure about but ended up being one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in Morroco! We were able to book their hammam for our sole use which was lovely. Would Highly recommend a couple of nights in Imlil and definately at Dar Imlil. Transfers to and from Marrakech were seamless, arranged via Abdu, he and the other riad staff were amazing.

Room Tip: Suite rooms good value
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  • 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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Wales
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Such a very beautiful place. The staff were just delightful nothing was too much trouble for them. Lots of smiles. Our room was deligtful, big bathroom, great shower. Our own balconey looking through the trees to the snowy mountains. . Had a lovely stay.

Room Tip: Number nine if you can get it.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Last week we had lunch with 11 at riad Dar Imlil. We had extra demands because it was the first day in Marokko for our group of colleagues and we wanted them to have a good first impression. Due to the bad weather the personell changed the location of the lunch from the beautifull courtyard with a few on Toubkal, to a nice and cousy spot by the fireplace. it was just wat we needed after the cold drive from Marrakech to Imlil. They showed us the rooms upstairs and we were very impressed; roomy, warm, great eye for detail and with stunning views.

For the traveller who can spend between 80 and 130 euro's, this would be my pick.

Room Tip: The last room on the first floor gives a magnificent view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Very helpful and friendly folk. We stayed with a 1 year old and the staff was fantastic with her (allowing her to run around, playing games, etc).
The room was big and comfortable and had the best bath we had in two weeks of hotels and riads.
I recommend dining in is riad as well. Both breakfast and dinner were in our top three in our whole holiday. Allthough there will be far too much food on the table to eat it all, it is execellent and authentic moroccan food.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We both absolutely loved staying here and it I feel so pleased I booked this Riad. Everything about this place was just right, and made us both feel very much at home and welcome, and set us up perfectly for our treking in the High Atlas.

We arived in Imlil, which at first sight is a very dusty, confusing and busy little place, and were immediately greated by staff who took our bags and lead us through the lovely rock garden up to the front door, where we were immediately given a very quick tour or the Riad and lead straight to ur room, and what a room it was. I had booked the standard room, and the room we were given was far from standard (I am assuming that for whatever reason we were not given the room we paid for and received a free upgrade). It had a kingsize bed, two patio doors leading to our own private balcony, which had a private and sheltered view over some trees and then onto the mountains. The bathroom was very large and had a fantstic bath/shower, and all of the usual facilities. Our room was more a of a suite really, and had two sofas and plenty of storage space. The bed was extremely comfortable and came with more blankets than you could possibly need, although I do hear that in the winter months it does get very cold in the mountains at night. When we stayed (mid September) it was very warm during the day (probably around high thirties C) but the room was always a good temperature during both day and night. Our room lead out to stunning views of the mountains, and the patio terrace below, which was very comfortable and had areas that were in the sun and also shaded areas, and plenty of seating. There is also a roof terrace at the Riad where one night we went up and saw the most stunning night sky I have ever, and am likely to ever see.

Staff at the Riad are extremely healpfull and nothing is too much trouble. I was shocked to find out that all drinks were free and even the mini bar in the room which contained numerous cans of soft drinks was free. One day we returned from treking and our friendly receptionist offered us freshly squuezed orange juice, which was then delivered to us on the main terrace. I would have been more than happy to pay for this. This was also completely free of charge! As was the mint tea we were brought on another occasion.

Breakfast was very extensive and varied and could be eaten in the ground floor dining area or up on the terrace. We found the other guests at the Riad (Hi Kevin and Oakley!) to be very friendly, and with the advice from them and with advice from staff at the Riad managed to do our own reletively tame treking without the need for a guide. There are some lovely hills/steep valleys within two hours walk of the Riad which give breathtaking views.

The Riad itself is situated just on the edge of the main business area of the village, but is certainly conveniently located if one wanted to go in to buy anything from the numerous shops/cafes.

On two occasions we ate our evening meal at the Riad and had this on the terrace, as did many of the gustes it seemed. It was reasonably priced, and was abundant and varied. You certainly get a good meal, and again the staff are only too happy to assist with whatever is required.

Contrary to what guide books might say we did not find it very straight forward getting to Imlil from Marrakech airport and if you do decide to stay at this Riad and are travelling straight from the airport I would recommend getting the Riad to arrange a transfer for you to the Riad, which we did for our return trip and was very reasonably priced, and we paid the Riad directly for this which was a load off my mind.

We had arranged own grand taxi from the airport to the Riad, and this was not easy, with the drivers being intimidating and trying very hard to overcharge us, not to mention the standard of driving which was shocking. Due to my career I am used to dealing with awkward customers but these taxi drivers at the airport were awful, shame on thjem, and my advice is to avoid them! The taxi arranged by the riad for our return leg was calmer, safer, and well priced, and so much less stressfull.

Fantastic Riad 10/10.

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We loved this Riad. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was cosy and the en suite bathroom was huge!
The meals were fantastic and included veggie options for couscous and tajine.
Our room was at the top with virtually it's own terrace, the views from it were breathtaking and we enjoyed many mint teas while looking up to Toubkal.

We booked a day's guided walk up to the Tizi Mazic pass with Ibrahim (an exceptionally patient young gentleman) who answered even my silliest questions.
We also did two other (unguided) walks; one up to Sidi Chamharouch and the other up through the Tizi nTamatert pass and down into the next valley, tiring (for me certainly) and very rewarding. We had details of several available walks in the room and found this very useful when planning where to go.
If going without a guide take pencils, the local children will happily show you the right way through their village and pencils are the best gifts.

Thanks again to Ahmed, Hussain and the rest of the staff for a wonderful stay in a refreshing and welcoming Riad.

Room Tip: The room at the top is great!
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  • Stayed September 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
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Arriving in Imlil (A small Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains), tired and a bit fraught after an eventful drive from Marrakech, we did not have much expectation for this hotel. We were so wrong, what a place! This is a traditional Riad, not very promising on the outside but very special once inside the building. Our room was beautiful, sumptuous and huge, with thoughtful touches, comfy slippers, Berber dress and pashminas for our own use as the evenings are a bit chilly. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient, Abdul we promised to mention you especially. The breakfast was plentiful and tasty and we recommend the evening meal too. If you can take a break from frantic Marrakech and book at least one night in this place, although you may be like us and wished you had booked for longer.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Centre Village, Imlil 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Imlil
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Imlil
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Imlil 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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