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“Visiting Marrakech? Riad Dar Alhambra is the hotel for you!” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Alhambra
Ranked #339 of 1,171 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Visiting Marrakech? Riad Dar Alhambra is the hotel for you!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My daughter and I just came back from a whole week in Marrakech and what an amazing city and what an amazing riad Dar Alhambra is! The riad is located right in the middle of the old souks. The door outside is ordinary but once you step inside, it is a piece of heaven, quiet, beautifully and traditionally decorated and extremely modern and comfortable. We arrived late in the afternoon and immediately got connected to the free wi fi in the riad and were offered cookies and mint tea which tasted really sweet and refreshing. A bit later, a simple dinner was served that consisted of chicken kebabs, lamb meatballs, a salad, bread, freshly squeezed orange juice and a complementary bottle of wine, which was a nice and welcoming surprise, as we booked the riad for bed and breakfast only. There are 6 rooms in the riad and we stayed in the one with the jacuzzi!

The riad is only a few minutes' walk from the famous square Djemaa el-Fna Square and all other attractions are within walking distance. The city is just as you would imagine, full of life, rich with spice smells, colour and shopping stalls. We tried different food wherever we went and an expensive meal in a well known restaurant but the food we loved the most is from the riad. The night before out flight, we had a meal in the riad, served in the living room with a live fire, candles and again a complementary bottle of wine. I must confess that I never fancied Moroccan food before and I was a bit hesitant in trying but the soup was so delicious that I had a second helping, the chicken couscous that came was on such a large place that I am sure it would feed 4 people easily and the meat just slid off the bones from the lamb tagine that we ordered. I was so impressed with the meal that I asked Fatina and Aziza (the two ladies who work in the kitchen all the time) for the recipes for the soup and the couscous and how they were cooked and they went out of their way to show me the ingredients by taking out the onions, the saffron etc, and even the cookware as they did not speak English and I don't speak French or Arabic, but in the end I got what I needed. Oh, you should also try the pancake at breakfast, it is just delicious :)

Hamid, the Riad Manager, was so charming and helpful and he would do anything to make our stay a happy and enjoyable one. He was there to greet us when we first arrived and he was there to see us off when we left. His English was limited but we had no problem understanding each other. He took us on a tour of the whole riad, we had a look in each of the six rooms, all decorated differently but equally beautiful and comfortable looking. I took a lot of pictures of the whole riad and will put them up here when I figure out how to upload them on the web.

Thank you Hamid, for everything and for being so thoughtful by giving us the bottle of water before we headed off for our dessert tour and for taking the trouble to make the calls on our behalf to confirm the time we were to get picked up from the riad before our flight and thank you Fatina and Aziza for the best Moroccan food I have ever tasted (I think you have made me a fan of Moroccan food now) and for allowing me to take the photos while you were making the amazing pancakes. Our camera got stolen on our first day in Marrakech but all of you made our stay in Morocco so worth it. We will definitely stay in your riad again if we visit Marrakech again.

If you are to visit Marrakech and are looking for a hotel there, this riad is the one for you. You won't be dissapointed.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I am almost reluctant to give away the secret of the Riad dar Alhambra. We had an absolutely amazing stay there. The Riad is beautiful, quiet, clean and so comfortable. I've never slept so well anywhere! Hamid, Azziza and Fatina, the three staff are the heart and soul of the place, and work tirelessly to ensure each person's stay is perfect. They were always smiling and laughing, warm and engaging, and went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. Hamid in particular was a kind, thoughtful and personable host, and we really connected. I was sad to leave and would go back in a heartbeat.

We particularly enjoyed that the Riad was a few minutes walk outside the hustle and bustle of the Djemaa el-Fna. The quieter pace made it easier for us to interact with people in the neighbourhood, and establish some favourite spots for a tea, bread or snack.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I stayed 2 night at Dar Alhambra. Well, like many people mention, the location is a bit tricky to find if you're first time in Marrakech and especially when you arrive at night when the souk is closed. Also, since the Mosque is located very close, if you're a light sleeper, you might wake up at 5am in the morning.

Still, this riad is an excellent choice. The riad itself is soooooo beautiful, well decorated (i fell in love with it right away) and very clean. It's located very close to Medersa Ali Ben Youssef, one of the must-see tour point, which also helps you to find the hotel.

I would definitely like to stay here if i visit Marrakech again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We had a hire car from the airport and followed the map as far as we could but got confused in the heavy Marrakesh traffic at night. Following a phone call to the riad, Hamid came out on a motorbike with a friend, and took us through the Medina, parking within a few yards of the Alhambra. The Riad is beautiful, and of all the Riads we stayed in during our holiday was the most luxurious. The beautiful Stucco walls and carved cedar wood was really beautiful. The room was a good size and the bed was really comfortable.
The bathroom had a spa bath and pretty coloured tiles.
Aziza and Hamid were wonderful hosts who were warm and welcoming, doing everything they could to make our stay a comfortable and happy one. We stayed in to eat the both nights we enjoyed wonderful home cooked tagines and cous cous with tender meat and a tasty sauce prepared by Fatna the cook.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here at the start of October and this was our first holiday in Marrakech.
Hamid arranged a taxi from the airport right through the Medina to the front door of the Riad! which I would recommend as the medina is like a giant maze!
Once through the front door, the instant feeling was of walking into a palace of total peace and tranquility.
The interior is amazing, and very ornate with wonderfully detailed plaster detailing and a beautiful central area with seating and an open roof space.
The bedroom was very quaint, with little shuttered windows looking into the central courtyard.
The bathroom was tiled in multi coloured tiles with large wardrobes and very well appointed.
We ate our evening meal one night and on the whole it was nice, we had tagines which contained meat which was very tender, but seemed to be in a lot of oil, we were also served loads of side dishes which resembled a mini banquet and was very nice, and Hamid and the two ladies that work with him, always made you feel very special and waited on you for your every need, whether for a pot of tea, or breakfast carried all the way up onto the amazing roof terrace.
The Riad is situated right in the middle of the Medina, and in a good spot with the museums and other areas of interest close by.
The Riad is immaculately clean and a great place to relax after a mad day in the city!
Hamid is a perfect gentlemen and always happy to give advice or suggestions on where to visit and how tog et there.
There is a very nice restaurant nearby, the name of it slips my mind, but you pass it on your left on the way to the square, and in the main square, the Cafe Paris has a lovely balcony from which you can sit and see the whole square and everything going on.
The food is very good here and the service friendly.
Overall the food is good, but the food stalls in the square on an evening aren't as good as they are hyped up to be, and the hygiene and prices are not the best, we paid £18.00 for a meal for 2 consisting of several different kebabs and side dishes, and we didn't think this was particularly good value.
Beware the water sellers etc who charge you for even taking a photo of them from a good distance away, as I found out when I snapped them with a full zoom on my camera from the other side of the square and he came running over demanding money!!!
The worst thing here are the youths hanging around on every corner in the Medina, who will lie to you telling you that the street you are on is closed or you are going the wrong way to your hotel
They then offer to show you the correct way and demand money for leading you on merry wild goose chase, and become very nasty when you offer them a couple of pound and they demand silly money like £5-£8 for guiding you a few hundred yards!!! be warned!!!
Marrakech is an amazing place, with lots to see, but be prepared to also witness animal cruelty, filthy areas, poverty, and lots of locals quite happy to try and rip you off.
I would definitely visit again and will be much better prepared for a return trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

If you want to experience the real Marrakech, rather than a Westernised, Disney-esque version of it, then this place is perfect.
It's slap bang in the middle of the world famous medina, which is like being on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark (snake charmers, monkeys, donkey carts etc) yet behind the front door (along a typical medina alleyway), it is an oasis of calm. Run by manager Hamed, who greets you personally upon arrival, it is a lovely Riad that hits exactly the right note of friendliness and customer service.
There's the extremely hard-working Aziza who cleans the rooms, serves breakfast etc, and the wonderful chef (Fatna??) who makes deliciously fresh food on the premises.
Breakfast is freshly baked bread and pastries, and you must try her tagines - they are exquisite.
The en-suite rooms are small but atmospheric, decorated in the Moroccan style, and there is lovely a roof terrace for sun worshippers, with views stretching across the rooftops. It's lovely up there.
A word of warning: it is right next to the Ben Youssef mosque, so the call to prayer will wake you up at 5am each morning. But it only lasts a few minutes and is all part of the charm of the 'real' Marrakech.
Compared to the Westernised hotels in and around the city, this Riad is incredibly reasonably priced, well situated, and run by local people who can't do enough to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.
Yes, there are a few quirks and no TVs/phones in the rooms etc but we found that to be quite liberating. We also felt we had really experienced Marrakech rather than a sanitised version of it. We would definitely go back to this Riad again.
**It is about a 3 minute walk to the main square.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Our stay at the Riad Alhambra was perfect - Hamed was so helpful, welcoming and hospitable; the rooms was beautiful and clean; the food was excellent, particularly dinner; and the location of this riad is ideal - right in the centre of the all the souks, not far from the main square. Hamed was very helpful in booking coach tickets for us, taxis and organised meals for us whenever was convenient for us - no set meal times!
I will recommend this riad to all of my friends, should they stay in Marrakech.

(NB. there is no pool or fitness centre, but i can't un-tick on the ratings form)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Dar Alhambra
Address: 33, Zaouiat Lahdar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #339 of 1,171 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Alhambra 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnificent 16th-century Riad, a haven of peace in the very heart of the Medina, lovingly restored in the pure Moroccan tradition - painted cedar ceilings, sculpted stucco, zelliges, marble floors...Impeccably clean, all rooms with private bath, and air conditioning. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Superb 360 view of the Medina, the Koutoubia and the snow capped Atlas mountains. One hundred yards from the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Marrakech museum, 15 minutes from Place Jemaa al Fna. Excellent cuisine! ... more   less 
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