I stayed here one night, then moved over to the adjoining Dar Sara. I kind of wish I'd gotten to stay in my room here, because it was so secluded and private. There are just three rooms, and they're all one flight up and have their own little outside terrace area. (Over at Dar Sara, I had a slightly bigger room, but it opened right onto the public central courtyard, so I had to keep my windows closed for privacy, and be, um, very quiet in the bathroom.)
The really nice thing is that you have access to Dar Sara (you just walk through a little dogleg hallway), where there's a nice big courtyard with orange trees, and a little pool. But the room rates at Dar Sara Srira don't account for the pool...so it's a little freebie.
Overall, I loved my stay at all three of the places in the Marrakech Riads group (I also stayed at Dar Baraka). They're in a great neighborhood--very normal, non-touristy, with a good regular shopping street running through, but just a short walk to the souks. And they're owned by a Moroccan guy (most riads are expat-run) who was one of the first people to encourage building restoration in the medina. He's done a spectacular job--the hotels all feel suitably old, without being run-down, and the style is spare and relaxing. And the prices across the board are really excellent.
If you need to be waited on hand and foot, though, these places are not for you. English isn't top on the fluency list, and staff stay in the background--you feel more like you're at a private house. If you don't feel comfortable doing the occasional pantomime to get your point across, or walking around the house to find someone to ask a question of, then go for a more full-service place. But this suited my needs perfectly--I really got to imagine I was staying in my own little house in the medina!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to Sara kbira, Dar sara Srira is the little cute sister. This small jewel guesthouse in Marrakech of the whole family is a hidden away from the teeming alleyways and a retreat of three rooms restored with the finest subtlety and a great brand of the savoir vivre and the savoir faire in one little touch. ... more less