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Dar Alhambra
Ranked #518 of 1,185 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 16, 2011

5 stars but not still enough.

Imagine, you are in Marrakech amid the Medina with all the people, odors, noise, busy streets and action. Would you believe there can exsist a place full of silence, quitness and peace; where you can close the door behind you and with one foodstep your are in a completely different world? It is possible, in Dar Alhambra.

This wonderfull Riad is very central, near the Medersa Ben Youssef and to the most sights you can walk.

It is a magical place with a private ambience. This Riad have only 6 rooms, very autenthic, tastefull and luxury interior and 3 very polite, helpfull, open minded staff.

There is a magnificent court yard and a superb terrace with a great view over Marrakech and to the skyline of the Atlas mountain. To start the day with a breakfast, or have a lunch/ dinner on the terrace or the court yard with an excellent meal, this is pure happiness.

I was 6 days in Marrakech and in this Riad. It was my base for excursions in and outside of Marrakech; Hamid, the manager of this Riad can give you a lot of valuable advices! Everytime when i came back i was cordially received with a warm and personal welcome.

This Riad was a recommendation from a friend and i recommend this charming place to everybody who appreciate this kind of guesthouses and hospitality. I was a solo traveler, but i´m sure this place is ideal also for couples, small groups and families.

When i think back and remember the time in Dar Alhambra, i still have a smile in my face :)

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

What do you want from a holiday hotel? If you want one in a big chain with rooms all identical, false smiles pasted on the receptionists as they record your credit card on arrival to ensure they can make as many additions to your bill as possible. Where the food is mid-atlantic blandness, butters and jams are wrapped in plastic individual portions and the coffee is stewed.
Then the Riad Dar Alhambra is not for you!
But if you want a superb location, a small (only 6 rooms) riad in a 500 years old house which has been personally and lovingly restored by the owners to produce an ambience of informal luxury. And a staff of three who welcome you with great good humour and cannot do enough to make your stay a success. Then the Riad Dar Alhambra is definitely for you!
In a maze of narrow busy streets in the Medina, you knock on a door in the wall, to enter a haven of peace and be warmly welcomed by Hamid the manager, who speaks little English, but with great good humour manages to make himself understood and vice versa. And you will soon meet Asisa who cleans your room, spreading rose petals in exotic patterns on your bed, waitresses - pouring that refreshing mint tea from a great height and generally looks after you. Finally there is Fatna, who is a chef 'tres bien', in one instance producing a gourmet meal at very, very short notice. Yes, although you book for bed and breakfast, if you don't want to visit one of the excellent near-by restaurants, you can order an evening meal - but don't ask for a menu, just leave it to Fatna and enjoy genuine Morroccan food superbly cooked. Also Hamid will produce bottles of low-priced excellent Morroccan red and white wine. Eat anywhere of your choice - in a lounge, dining room, your bedroom, or best of all on the roof-top terrace where Hamid, Asisa and Fatna will happily carry your breakfast or dinner up three flights of stairs so you can enjoy the open air and view over the rooftops to the Atlas mountains. The breakfast is simple but exquisite - freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh coffee, pancakes and fresh bread with butter and selection of jams and marmalade all served on china plates and individual dishes of an attractive design.
A tip - don't book your taxi from the airport with a travel company or agent. Phone the riad and book with Hamid. You will be delivered to the door, whereas the other will be twice the price and leave you to walk some distance with your luggage through crowded streets over rough and uneven stone setts.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Emeralds70s
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

What do you want from a holiday hotel? If you want one in a big chain with rooms all identical, false smiles pasted on the receptionists as they record your credit card on arrival to ensure they can make as many additions to your bill as possible. Where the food is mid-atlantic blandness, butters and jams are wrapped in plastic individual portions and the coffee is stewed.
Then the Riad Alhambra is not for you!
But if you want a superb location, a small (only 6 rooms) riad in a 500 years old house which has been personally and lovingly restored by the owners to produce an ambience of informal luxury. And a staff of three who welcome you with great good humour and cannot do enough to make your stay a success. Then the Riad Alhambra is definitely for you!
In a maze of narrow busy streets in the Medina, you knock on a door in the wall, to enter a haven of peace and be warmly welcomed by Hamid the manager, who speaks little English, but with great good humour manages to make himself understood and vice versa. And you will soon meet Asisa who cleans your room, spreading rose petals in exotic patterns on your bed, waitresses - pouring that refreshing mint tea from a great height and generally looks after you. Finally there is Fatna, who is a chef 'tres bien', in one instance producing a gourmet meal at very, very short notice. Yes, although you book for bed and breakfast, if you don't want to visit one of the excellent near-by restaurants, you can order an evening meal - but don't ask for a menu, just leave it to Fatna and enjoy genuine Morroccan food superbly cooked. Also Hamid will produce bottles of low-priced excellent Morroccan red and white wine. Eat anywhere of your choice - in a lounge, dining room, your bedroom, or best of all on the roof-top terrace where Hamid, Asisa and Fatna will happily carry your breakfast or dinner up three flights of stairs so you can enjoy the open air and view over the rooftops to the Atlas mountains. The breakfast is simple - freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh coffee, pancakes and fresh bread with butter and selection of jams and marmalade all served on china plates and individual dishes of an attractive design.
A tip - don't book your taxi from the airport with a travel company or agent. Phone the riad and book with Hamid. You will be delivered to the door, whereas the other will be twice the price and leave you to walk some distance with your luggage through crowded streets over rough and uneven stone setts.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Emeralds70s
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Reviewed June 10, 2010

Behind an impressive wooden door leading from a narrow dusty street in the medina lies a little piece of paradise. From the moment we entered we were totally captivated. The maid, who spoke only French and Arabic, was charming and made us feel very welcome, bringing us mint tea and small delicious homemade almond cakes. We enjoyed lounging in the courtyard of the riad on sumptuous sofas surrounded by walls dripping in alabaster and intricate patterned zellige tiles, and elaborately carved cedarwood balconies and beautifully painted celings. Fresh rose petals floated in the central fountain that was surrounded by potted orange trees.

Our first floor room was delightful; spotlessly clean, spacious and tastefully decorated with excellent en suite facilities in Tadelakt plaster and overlooked the central courtyard. Small intricately carved windows with wooden shutters looked down onto this. Breakfast could be taken on the terrace or in the dining room and we enjoyed talking to the other guests staying there at the time. The view from the terrace was terrific and we could see the glistening white peaks of the Atlas mountains clearly, as well as the ornate minarets of numerous mosques.

We did not eat an evening meal here as we wanted to try several of the restaurants in Marrakech, but we enjoyed a few bottles of Moroccan wine that were actually rather good, and available from the maid at not too high a price. Breakfast was the usual Moroccan mix of pancakes, jams, coffee/tea, bread, butter and fresh orange juice.

The riad is conveniently situated in the northern part of the Medina, close to the Madrassa Ben Yousef, a short walk to the numerous souks and 15-20 minutes amble to the Jemaa el Fna. Getting to the riad from the airport was hassle free. We used a local taxi and were not ripped off as many Europeans have reported. The taxi took us right to the corner of the street leading to the riad, just a stone's throw away, and the driver even knocked on the door of the riad to announce our arrival and ensure that we got inside with all our luggage. We simply negotiated a taxi back to the airport from a nearby square, our luggage conveyed by a barrow boy arranged by the raid management, again not being overcharged for the service.

This was the first accommodation we used in Morocco and after having returned to the country recently, we still rate this raid as among the best for value and ambience that we have stayed in.

Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2010

We were a family of 2 "old" parents, 4 children age 20-32, a son inlaw and a 2½ year old grandchild. We had rented the whole place 6 rooms. One room we didn't even use. We had 2 weeks which was just perfect to become familiar with the area. Located inside the Medina very close to the Souks and the Ben Youssef Mosque we were right there. The staff was excellent, only french speaking. We had breakfast on the terrace every day. Other meals we could order in advance. The director Hamid was helpfull planning and arranging trips, he joined us, when we asked for it. Our clothes were washed every day, so we travelled very light. Nearby there were Riads with swimmingpool, so that our grandson had a lot of fun too. Marrakech is a very nice city to visit.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

It's a beautifull traditional riad in the heart of the medina. The accomodations are of very good quality (bed, shower/bath, decoration). You have WIFI connection. All the rooms have their own chimney, which isvery appreciable in the winter. Futhermore they have a very good cook, for me the couscous and the "tajine du roi" were the best marocan dishies i eever had. You can even have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner on the terrace ! The staff are very welcoming and friendly.
To recap That the place to go!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 23, 2009

I booked this holiday as a treat to the missus after a hard year at work. I did a lot of research looking for 'the one'. I had wanted to visit the wondeful sights, smells and excitement of Morroco and not have to get a taxi into it all the time. The Alhambra ticked all these boxes and more.

The Riad Alhambra's staff and manager Hamid were very helpful and will bend over backwards to help where they can. Though they speak very little English and French or Arabic is the local language. The best way to get there is arrange for a taxi through the Hotel and call them prior with arrival times. Hamid will send one to meet you, this will take you right to the door, otherwise you will be dropped off at the pedestrian drop off and be guided through the busy streets with your bags (not ideal after a long'ish flight) It cost us 200 Dirhams (about £15).

This Riad is a must, if you want to stay is an Oasis of calm then venture onto the streets and experience the REAL Marrakesh and not in the Big Hotels on the outskirts. You must sit on the roof (SataH - arabic) for breakfast with a Muslim Whiskey (Mint Tea) or coffee and feel the city awaken before going out exploring.

It is ideally situated within the 'Madina' (old Town) within high city walls which span over 15kms around the old town. My wife has bad ankles and cannot walk too far and we weren't dissapointed everything we needed was no more than 10mins walk. The Jemaa el Fna is the focal point of Marrakesh and a MUST see at least once in the day and returning for the night market. The food there is safe and the tourist police have done a great job of making the city safe and welcoming. It may feel a little daunting when there is soo much going on around you and little streets with Sooqs (markets) everywhere but this just adds to the excitement. Top Tip: Keep your bearings and make your first walk outs simple so you can easily recognise where you are. If you do get lost ask a shop keeper where to go not a local. Be prepared to be frequently asked to 'please look in side, no problem. Just be friendly but firm if you're not interested and say No Thanks or Laa Shukran.

Although this is a muslim country it is very forgiving to women showing their faces and shoulders, just by being sensible and covering shoulders and dresses/skirts below the knee is more than enough. Buy a small guide book before travelling, it will give lots of advice and places to visit it's something to read on the plane.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #518 of 1,185 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $106 - $106 (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 
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