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“romantic hideaway in the heart of Marrakech”
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Dar Housnia
Ranked #223 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at Dar Housnia. We have both travelled extensively to some of the most remote areas of the world and stayed in some really wonderful places but this has to be the one of most beautifulI experiences we have ever had. We flew from Bristol to Marrakech (3 hrs) and were met by a charming taxi driver (which Dar Housnia organised on our behalf) he then arranged for a porter to transfer our cases a short distance through the medina to our Riad.
The Riad was absolutely stunning, our room was off the courtyard and was spacious and full of beautiful touches. The courtyard was lit by candlelight and completely peaceful - almost impossible to believe that the hustle and bustle of the medina was so close. After we had had an opportunity to settle we were taken onto the roof top where we were served the most delicious morrocan supper. Again the attention to detail was wonderful, the Morrocan wine which we were served was superb and the service extremely friendly but also very descreet, definately the most romantic meal that I have ever had. The breakfasts were also delicious and we even opted to have our leaving lunch at the riad because we knew it would be hard to find anything else that could be so special (and we werent disappointed).
The staff were all lovely, extremely helpful and very friendly but also discreet.
The lap pool was situated on a different rooftop and again was very tranquil.
One of the things we really appreciated staying here was that we were right in the heart of the Medina so you could easily walk out of the door to the souks and museums and then when the crazy atmosphere got too much we could retreat back into the tranquility of the riad. I honestly believe it would be hard to find anywhere else as beautiful.

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful, I think that the Patio room was the best but the upstairs rooms are sli...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

This is my first ever trip advisor review and i just wanted to let everyone know that if you are after a luxury Riad right in the centre of the Medina then look no further than Dar Housina. My wife and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary here for three nights in September 2011 and cannot praise it enough.
The Riad itself is lovely, beautifully designed from top to bottom and has everything you need - Rooftop terrace, plunge pool, swimming pool, free internet, lovely rooms, amazing free breakfast (cooked each morning by a wonderful chef) and the evening meal we had on our first night was the best we had during our stay. Looking back we wish we had eaten at the Riad every night instead of eating out elsewhere in the city, it was that nice!
All the staff are superb and really couldnt do enough for us and made us feel really special.
Although it is not the easiest place to find in the dark, the location is perfect in terms of being only a 5 min walk from the souks and only a ten min walk to the square.
I would defo go back to this Riad and would strongly suggest to others to try it rather than stay at the soul-less, so called 5* hotels outside the city walls.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We stayed here two years ago., and I've been thinking about writing this since! So here we go!
In one way this was like staying amongst the pages of Elle Decoration, however the whole experience was spoiled by the attitude of the manageress who was primarily concerned with making as much money from us as possible.
My husband , daughter and myself had contracted bad food poisoning in the souks and although we had ordered a meal for us all I was too ill to eat mine and so I cancelled it late afternoon. When the bill came at the end of our stay they had charged for it and were adamant that we should pay.
The Riad was in one of the poorest parts of the Medina and walking back at night was quite nerve-racking, with people seriously pestering us for money and threatening us if we did not respond or give enough.
All the other staff were lovely, but the Manageress created a very unpleasant atmosphere indeed.

Sad but true
This turned out to be a very expensive holiday
This was one of the bad experiences we had there-there were more

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Cymraesargrwydr
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Donnez, Propriétaire at Dar Housnia, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2011

Thank you for your rating giving to Dar Housnia the highest rate for sleep quality, rooms and cleanliness, and your praise of riad decoration.

If you did not appreciate our location, we, personally, are proud to be in one of the oldest and most authentic part of the medina close to the souks, the brilliant Medersa and the interesting Museum of Marrakesh… and not in an insipid and colourless (“soul-less” as expressed by one of our guest) district where tourists cannot feel the genuine atmosphere of Marrakesh and its medina, made of congested derbs, busy souks, smells and noises. We feel that this is a unique experience we offer to our guests and what shouldn’t be missed when living in the medina, staying in an old house and mixing up with the population. As far as we know, we never record any serious problem walking through the “derbs” although, like anywhere else, people should reasonably keep alert. A question of taste…

Regarding the service and our manageress, Bouchra, we find your comment unjust –if not malevolent after 2 years– for an issue that we thought was fixed at the time.

But let’s tell the full story : you ordered in the morning 3 three-courses dinners for the evening. It should be pointed out that we ask our clients to order meals in the morning so that our cook may do her shopping for fresh food and prepare the dinner (Moroccan cuisine requires long time of preparation). It is when you came back around 7:00 pm that you cancelled the dinner for you, having contracted some food poisoning in the souks. Your daughter and husband take their dinner. We feel nevertheless fair and understandable to charge you for your dinner since it was cooked and prepared especially for you. We are not a restaurant, meals are never re-heated and our staff never eat what clients leave !

We are further quite puzzled by your comment which came after 2 years, since, contacted by our manageress, we asked her to make a commercial deal and not to charge you for the meal you annulled, a decision that she has not the authority to take. We thought doing so, having fixed the issue. This was apparently not the case.

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Reviewed September 24, 2011

The team of Dar Housnia made our stay to something special. The transfer from the airport to the Dar Housnia worked out perfectly, even though we come almost 40 minutes. We had such a warm welome and Bushra gave us real good informations about Marrakesh. Rashia prepared us twice such a wonderful dinner that all the restaurants around the Dar Housnia would be glad to have such a good cook. The rooms are fantastic and freshly renewed. The whole Dar ist in perfect condition. There is also a hammam and we had a real good massage, too. After a long dax in the souks we relaxed on the pool.The roofterrace is a exellent place to have dinner or breakfast. The Dar is a real fantastic hide-away! Thanks to all the people who made our stay a special one!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

In the middle of the busy old Medina, a few minutes walk from the souks and the wonderful Medersa Ben Youssouf, Dar Housnia is an oasis of quiet, where we enjoyed the sensuous atmosphere created by the aesthetically refined decor and the attentions of the staff. Eating the wonderful food prepared by the cook Rachida on the terrace under a starry sky is like being transported in a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. Our room (Mogador) was wonderful. We asked if we could see another,unoccupied one, and we were shown the one called Fes, which is as beautiful as Mogador. Real Tadelakt baths in which one can luxuriate, a luxury which is simply elegant instead of ostentatious. We will come back.

Room Tip: The rooms Fes and Mogador share an adjacent loggia looking on the patio.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

this is what I call "une maison de qualité et d'excellence" with a very special atmosphere
atmosphere created not only by the surroundings and/or furnishings but most of all by
the fantastic and fully dedicated staff . My wife and I had a fantastic and relaxing stay at Dar-Housnia , enjoying not only great food but appreciating the constant kind and devoted attentions and presence of a very professional staff .
Here we are close to perfection .

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

We loved to be at Dar-Housnia, a little paradise in the middle of the busy old town. It was like coming home and settle down after a tired day.
The friendly reception, the delicious food of the cook Rachida, the little concerns of the personnel, ... we were pampered!
The rooms are elegant decorated in a typical Moroccan style, each room in his own lovely decoration.
We'll return certainly!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2 derb Lalla Azzouna, Medina de MKH | Medina de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #223 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $152 - $381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Housnia is an elegant guesthouse, unique in marrakech, comprisinga Riad and a Douiria wich articulate around an inside terrace with a lovely swimming pool.Dar Housnia was renovated in the true style and spirit of Arabian Andalusian architecture, using traditional methods.Dar Housnia is located in one of the most authentic district of the Medina, only at 5 min walking from the Medersa Ben Youssef and a 15 min from the legendary Jemaa el Fna square.The riad has 4 suite junior and the Douiria 2 rooms, each with a bathroom.An traditional hammam as well as a massage room allow to enjoy wellmess cares at dar Housnia...just next to your room.Rachida, our cook, can offer you a choice of dishes for lunch or dinner.having a candelight "tte-à-tte" dinner on the roof terrace, listening to a quiet music is a blessing!Free wifi, Guard 24h/24H. ... more   less 
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