The rooms and bathrooms were decorated beautifully with great taste reflecting traditional Morrocan style and were clean, the bed was comfortable, the top terrace where I spent most of my time was great, but what stroke me most was how splendid the Riad was. It really gave me the true feeling staying in a special place. Isabelle, Philip and all their staff I met (Khalid & Rashid & the great cook Khadijah) were helpful, friendly and very courteous. I definitely recommend Riad Dar Alif if one want to stay in the Medina in close proximity to many landmarks.
The welcome was warm, the hosting friendly and attentive and the design and decor of Dar Alif beautiful and well thought out with meticulous attention to detail. The central area of the Riad is unmistakably Marrakech but is a real refuge from the bustling medina and its amazing souks. The food was clean, fresh and hearty. Rooftop great for afternoon tea. Phillipe and Isabelle's experience and passion for Africa really shine through and they are keen to pass on their knowledge to make sure that you are comfortable and secure not just in Marrakech, but during your onward journey through this fascinating country. Thanks again to Phillipe, Isabelle and all the staff for making us feel so at ease.
What a magical introduction to Marrakech. Philippe and Isabelle are wonderful hosts taking time to chat and give good advice and suggestions. Their team are very friendly and always on hand to help. It was like being part of a very respectful family! Dar Alif is beautifully renovated and a calm oasis from the hustle and bustle of the old town. The breakfasts and local dishes, prepared by the sweet and always cheerful Rajida, were delicious. Riad Dar Alif is situated down narrow streets just a short and interesting walk passed the local bakery and Hammam to the Medina. Watching the sunset behind the walls of El Badii Palace from the roof terrace with a glass of wine is a memory that will stay with us . We loved our few days both at Dar Alif And it’s sister hotel, Riad Lamdina, and would thoroughly recommend this amazing experience.…
This Riad is a hidden gem with a palatial interior - Redouane & the team make you feel soooo welcome & dinner first night is traditional home cooked fare that leaves you full & satisfied - the Hamman & in room massages with professional beds is not to be missed - beds are super comfy & showers have luxurious toiletries & soft towels & robes - host takes you to the main square & points out all key amenities & recommends excellent bars & shops - this place rocks !
I went for holiday to Marrakech in march with my friend. We stayed for like 4 days in Dar Alif. The riad was so nice, it felt like home. The room was clean and nice. We had breakfast and lunch made by the chef Khadijah. IT WAS DELICOUIS. She made us the fish tajine. We highly recommend the food in the riad. WE MISS YOU, my sister Khadijah.
We recently stayed at the Dar Alif for 6 nights and cannot express highly enough how much we enjoyed our stay there! From the reception by Phillipe, to our reluctant departure, the whole experience was one of great comfort and warmth. Our stay commenced with a warm welcome from Phillipe directly from the taxi arranged through Dar Alif which was extremely helpful as the Riad itself is not the easiest of places to find if you are unfamiliar with the city. The pastries, mint tea, strawberry and orange juice cocktail and refreshing flannel were most appreciated following a long journey. A beaming Phillipe smile is certainly a welcome you will remember. Isabelle, who we met a couple of days in to our stay, was also the epitome of both professionalism and passion for the Riad and Morocco and enhanced the experience further. They both ensure that you know exactly what you need to know and always are excited to help you make your stay extra special. Phillipe then proceeded in detail to describe on a city map the do’s/don’ts of the city, and recommended the best places to visit and eat in the city (all of which were spot on!... Atar is a real find for a lunch on the roof terrace). We were introduced to the staff and got know all, in particular Khadija (the cook with a beautiful soul) and Redouane (the calm but extremely attentive and funny) extremely well. I have never had a tagine as good as the ones that Khadija produced night after night, and all ably served by Redouane. PS. The Beef, fig and walnut tagine was simply delicious! The just melted even with just a desiring stare! Our room was exactly what we had hoped for. It was presented beautifully with rose petals and the bedding displayed in decorative ways each day we were there. The shower gel, shampoo and body lotion were divine, but please be aware that the feel is more rustic than luxury, although in some ways the room did feel luxurious. The Riad itself does have a luxurious feel, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the communal areas and roof terrace. All in all, with just 6 guest rooms the Riad really does feel like a home from home, and a welcome retreat from the chaos of the city. The Riad is perfectly placed for exploration of the Medina, with both the Badi and Bahia palaces close by, and the Jeema el fna also approx. 10mins walk away. The city itself is a complete culture shock to any western European city, but with time you can adapt to the initial perception of chaos!... general rule, keep right at all times! Once you have indulged in the delights of the Medina, please please please make sure that you opt for the trek to Imlil and Tamartat (the Berber Village) that Isabelle and Phillipe have devised. We were extremely lucky to have Mustapha as our guide, and Abdul as our driver. Both were from the villages in the mountains so knew everyone and everything that you could possibly wish to know. Mustapha’s guidance along the riverbed from Imlil and up through villages to Tamatart (approx. 2000m elevation) was absolutely beautiful, and at times was an emotional experience to see both untouched beauty but also nataurally worked landscapes. It truly is something to be seen. The waterfall was unexpected, but the fresh orange juice stall there was even more so considering it was so isolated! You also get the chance to experience the hospitality of the Berbers which is incredible. Bothe the women and children of the village gave us such a warm welcome it was again another moment to relish. Following lunch and a mint tea on a roof with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains, the journey continued. Re-joining Abdul our driver we then drove through a plateau green with wheat, stopping for a quick Berber dance along the way (Abdul loves to sing and dance… with Mustapha also very keen! 😊), we descended to skirt the boundaries of Lake Takerkoust. There we had a further chance to do a bit more Berber dancing with Abdul again leading the dance! It was then a drive back to Marrakech, but the day belonged to the mountains, the Berber people and Mustapha and Abdul. They really did make the day one of the highlights of my life. All in all, I cannot express enough how amazing the Riad, the owners, the staff and the excursion team are. If you truly want to experience Marrakech, and more importantly the beautiful landscapes in the surrounding areas, I cannot recommend highly enough the Riad Dar Alif. (NB: If visiting the Tannery area of the city, please be extra vigilant and do not be coerced in to being guided back to the main square)…
3 nights at the Riad. B and B with dinner on 2 of the 3 nights. Very welcoming host, superb accommodation, and polite, respectful staff. Exceptional food and wonderful stay. Faultless really. We will be back.
We have just spent 3 nights at the beautiful Riad Dar Alif. Our first experience in a Riad and visit to Marrakech. The owner Philippe and his staff were exceptional, kind and very welcoming. We could have not have asked for anymore. We really enjoyed our stay, the Riad and our room was gorgeous. Breakfast, evening meal and snacks tasted all wonderful and beautifully presented and cooked by Khadijah. Recommend the full day trip to the Atlas Mountains, our guide Mustapha, was lovely and very knowledgeable and our driver Karim was a chilled top dude. The meal in the Berber village home was a stunning spot. Philippe arranges this all for you. Also have the Hamman and massage, all done at the Riad!
We spent a week at Dar Alif and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The owners and indeed all the staff make sure that their guests are well looked after. We especially enjoyed the breakfasts and several evening meals prepared by the excellent and very kind lady chef - Khadijah. The only disappointment was that the 'swimming pool/Jacuzzi' was actually a very small but pretty pool placed centrally in the reception/seating/eating area. Need to just mention that the small bathroom in our charming room was a bit cramped and fell somewhat short of expectations. The room service was exceptional.
This was our first time staying in a Riad. It was a very different experience to one that you'd find in a European hotel. The staff were all great, we really got the feeling of being treated like we were friends or family rather than just usual politeness. In particular the Chef, Khadija, was absolutely wonderful, and every dish she came out with was absolutely delicious. We ended up having dinner at the Riad every night of our stay. Upon arriving at the Riad, we were given a thorough introduction to the surrounding area with a map. Philippe, the owner of the Riad, showed us personally into town and gave us directions and advise on where to go on our visit. The Riad has optional excursions, and we have no regrets in taking the Atlas mountain hike where afterwards we were treated to a meal in a Berebere village home. The guide, Mustapha, was excellent, he knew everything and everyone (having grown up in the area) and also has great photography skills. This experience was a really big highlight of our stay. One tiny warning is that there is a neighbouring rooster, who may happen to decide to wake you up at 4am some nights. This was the only minor inconvenience to our trip; we found it more funny than frustrating.…