We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Bitterly disappointed with this riad”
Review of Dar Alhambra

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Dar Alhambra
Ranked #465 of 1,167 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

V disappointing room ( see our photo). We chose to stay here for a special Easter weekend away based on all the good reviews on here and booked a suite. On our 1st night we were told we would be in a 'standard' room but would be moved the following night. We weren't but were again told on our 2nd night we would be moved for our final night. Were we? You guessed it. We chose a riad because we wanted authentic, not a westernised hotel. But this room was cramped, dark, noisy, shabby, required us to bend over constantly as ceilings so low, it had no door (ie no security), and required us to take a torch to bed every night in order to find the light switch which was in another room to the bed (see the photo if you don't believe us - would you pay 110 euros for this room?). To be fair, if the manager had told us they had messed up the first night, we would have accepted the situation. It was the constant offers to move us (so we never unpacked) but then not doing so which left a bitter taste in our mouth (they did give us the difference in money back but only after 'conversation' and only on our final day and only in dirham - pretty useless on our final day). On the bright side, the roof terrace is lovely.

  • Stayed: March 2013
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Vpg10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (145)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

72 - 78 of 145 reviews

Reviewed February 16, 2013

We visited last april, and were met by the hotel manager,
a very friendly man. I can't remember his name anymore. He probably had made a booking mistake, which he had foreseen by preparing a room in a different riad, a minute away from dar al hambra. We were pretty gutted, because the real hotel is extremely pretty, with it's impressive courtyard ( birds flying in and out). So we got to this other riad, which wasn't at all as impressive, but still ok-ish. We agreed on a different price and spent the night there.
The next day we decided we really wanted to get a room in the real hotel so asked the hotel manager. He was kind of pressured to find a solution and came up with something a bit unorthodox. One real guestroom was free. Our friends got that one. Than me and my boyfriend were led to this other room. Which after some curious inspection was obviously the managers own personal bedroom. We had a laugh and accepted it. I was happy to spend my time in the courtyard which was stunning. The other staff of the hotel were very bubbly and friendly and served us delicious breakfast. The last night we got a free upgrade to the best suites of the hotel, which were awesome. Sometimes it pays of being friendly and easygoing. We had to get a very early connection to casablanca, and the same hotel manager got out of his bed at 6 am to accompany us to the nearest taxis. What a gentleman. The hotel is simply stunning, the furniture is tasteful, the atmosphere is very relaxed unlike the medina outside, which in my opinion, is an amazing, authentic, dusty fright full of pushy aggressive salesmen and touts. Thumbs up.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank dandelion1988
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Riad Alhambra is, as others have said, a calm oasis in the medina. It was certainly interesting trying to find the riad in the medina streets; we had to resort to asking a local and paying a small fee for his trouble! The riad was beautifully decorated inside and the friends who came with us were very impressed.The streets are intentionally narrow, to create shadow and protect form the sun, and the design of the riads suits the local climate. Cool air sinks into the internal courtyard so seating areas and rooms are situated off this cool space. We definitely got a taste of traditional hospitality; the beds were very comfy, the staff were obliging and the roof terrace was a great place to soak up the sun. We were able to return even on checkout day, to relax on the terrace and have drinks, and leaving our luggage there for collection on the way to the airport.
It was a great weekend. Our only wish was to be able to stay longer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank CS1991
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Wonderful location, kind and efficient staff and beautiful food! Would recommend it to anyone who would like to appreciate the beauty of the decor and the care taken by the owners with the sympathetic renovation of this ancient building. The views of the city from the panoramic terrace are breathtaking. We were immediately made to feel at home. Nothing was too much trouble for Hamid and the girls!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank sian r
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I spent a 4 day weekend in this gorgeous Riad in the middle of the souk in Marrakech and i couldnt have found a better place! Between the kindness and enthousiasm of the staff, the exquisit morrocan dishes and the facilities of the Riad, I spent 4 magical days and forgot all about work! Thank you for everything and I hope to come back very soon.
Marie

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Marie B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

This small riad is in the heart of the medina, only 10 minutes to the main square and 5 minutes from the souks. While the city can be quite chaotic, this riad proved to be a lovely haven in its midst. With numerous small nooks for reading and relaxing, along with beautiful rooms at a great price, this place is truly a gem! The breakfast was simple, but great and we enjoyed the option of being able to eat in the hotel for dinner if we so chose. The only thing is that dinners are actually quite expensive (almost the same price as the room) but still great to have the option if you so choose. The manager and his team were extremely helpful and hospitable, even walking with us to show us the route to major sites and arranging breakfasts for our early departures. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank SwissMiss30
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed with 2 friends in one of the wonderful rooms at this riad. We arrived on one of the rare rainy days by taxi and were met with such warmth and hospitality by Hamid and his staff. The riad is in the heart of the medina and the minute you step out on the street you are in the thick of the hustle and bustle. Only a ten minute walk (if you can tear yourself away from the stalls) through the amazing souks to the main square. The riad itself is just stunningly beautiful. Calm, immaculately clean and quiet with a lovely roof terrace. Food is amazing too with wine also. I absolutely loved Riad Alhambra and Marrakech and hope I will be back soon. (The mosque is very near and you get the prayers at 5am but in a week this only woke me up once and really it is such a part of Marrakech you can't complain). Hamid (the manager) and his staff are extremely attentive and helpful and made our holiday a very memorable experience.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank dapper-of-suburbia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Marrakech hotels
0.6 mi away
Riad Zinoun
Riad Zinoun
#280 of 502 in Marrakech
230 reviews
0.7 mi away
Riad El Grably
Riad El Grably
#462 of 1,167 in Marrakech
134 reviews
0.9 mi away
Al Ksar Riad & Spa
Al Ksar Riad & Spa
#276 of 1,167 in Marrakech
386 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Riad Cannelle
Riad Cannelle
#366 of 1,167 in Marrakech
139 reviews
0.4 mi away
Riad La Perle de Marrakech
Riad La Perle de Marrakech
#718 of 1,167 in Marrakech
107 reviews
0.9 mi away
Riad Dar Beija
Riad Dar Beija
#442 of 1,167 in Marrakech
85 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Dar Alhambra? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Dar Alhambra

Address: 33, Zaouiat Lahdar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Phone Number:
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 #465 of 1,167 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $75 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, Hotwire and HostelWorld so you can book your Dar Alhambra reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing