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“A Little Piece of Heaven...”
4.5 of 5 bubbles

Review of Riad Dar Raja

Solarium overlooking the legendary gardens
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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16 reviews
Solarium overlooking the legendary gardens
Living space
master bedroom
master bedroom
twin or double bedroom
twin or double with its en-suite upstairs
bathroom for master bedroom
bathroom for twin
Living space with pool
view of glass staircase from ground floor
Living space
Second terrace 'pergola'
Other part of the terrrace 'pergola'
Part of the terrace 'pergola'
Solarium terrace overlooking the olive grove
view of gardens by night
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Riad -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

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ChantalM2...
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A Little Piece of Heaven...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Marrakech is a magical place and so is the Riad Dar Raja.
A small oasis where you can relax after visiting the souks or walking the wonderfully chaotic streets of the Medina. It is located at the end of a short cul-de-sac within walking distance of the Place Jemaa el Fna (a must when the sun goes down). The area is safe and the direct neighbours friendly and helpful.
My daughter & I spent a few days there (definitely not long enough...) and we absolutely loved it.
From the patio which is an open-plan space, with dining & kitchen areas & even quite a large plunge pool, you can gaze at the blue sky & hear the birds singing; at night, just close the very cleverly designed sliding glass roof.
A very impressive glass staircase leads to two terraces with wonderful views of the Koutoubia Mosque & the very lush gardens of the legendary Palace Hotel "La Mamounia", which is worth a visit, though staying there would definitely make a dent in your budget...
The two decent size bedrooms, with comfortable beds, overlook the patio. You can access the en suite bathrooms through stone staircases, easy enough to manage (& I am of a certain age...). There is no hanging space in one of the bedrooms but I don't think that it is a drawback on a holiday in very hot Marrakech...
I certainly must mention the lovely housekeeper, Nezha, who would come & prepare our breakfast in the morning & would also cook some delicious Moroccan food if we so wished; but beware! the portions she prepares are very generous and you may have to loosen your belt a little...but after all, who has heard of a diet on holiday!...
Last but not least, the owners of the riad, Lydie and Kader, are totally charming and very helpful. We had some problems with the lights, one night, & they came straight away, shortly followed by the electrician...we would call that a miracle in some parts of the world!...
We hope to be able to return to Dar Raja one day & enjoy the wonderful Moroccan hospitality.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property 5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses
4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils 5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The two terraces, the whole design of the property.
Liked least: Nothing really; the internet was not working but it was perhaps a blessing in disguise...
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Karen D
Babylon, New York
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“An Architectural Gem in the Medina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Dar Raja is a quiet surprise at the end of a small street near the Mamounia Hotel. We rented Dar Raja for three weeks in March, and while that may have been a bit too long to spend in Marrakech, it wasn't a day too long to spend in the house. The house is designed for complete privacy for you from the world, as well as each bed/bath from the other. The retractable glass ceiling with the glass staircase leading to the roof seating areas is ingenious, and the view of the Mamounia's gardens is all to yourself, unbelievable really, as are the stars. The kitchen is small, and actually part of the main sitting area, but it is not a drawback. The daily maid service is pretty nice, as was the simple breakfast that was prepared for us each day. The plunge pool was definitely too cold for us in March, but would probably be nice in summer. There's lots of TV, plenty in English, and the Internet service was good (we were charged 20 euros for it) although sometimes we had to go to the roof to get the connection.

One drawback was the owners' insistence that all alcohol brought into the house must be purchased from them. While they were very accommodating in providing what we asked for, a quick check at the supermarket showed they were charging for the service.

We recommend taking the car service from the airport or train station, because it would be very difficult to find this house the first time, and anyway a taxi can only get to within a few blocks and then you have to walk. Have the owners meet you and take you into the neighborhood.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property 5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses
4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils 5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities 4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The design of the house
Liked least: Prohibition a la Al Capone...You have to buy from me!
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 11, 2012
Hello Karen,

Thank you so much for all the nice things you wrote about Dar Raja.
As to alcohol, we are in a moslim country and are responsible for what might happen to our guests ( heartattack etc.) We charge very little compared to a restaurant, and the fact we buy the wines ourselves is the best way to avoid overdrinking. It's a rule which often proved useful as other Riad owners explained.
We're happy we appreciated us being there to welcome you at the derb entrance upon your arrival, to guide you to Dar Raja. We always do so for our guests as finding one's way into the medina is not always easy at first.
We hope you go on enjoying Mexico.
Dar Raja will be glad to welcome you again in our imperial city whenever you wish.
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aultbeaut...
seer green
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Our Ryanair flight to Marrakesh landed in Casablanca,so we took a 2 hour taxi ride,arriving in Marrakesh well after midnight.Lydie,the owner,very kindly picked us up,and is very charming. The riad was spotless,and we had ordered a salad,which was wonderful.We got to bed at about 2.30am.
The maid came in at 8.30am,and left about two hours later.On the next day,she arrived before 8am,and was there till 1pm. She cooked a delicious supper,and we both recommend the food,but the riad is quite small,and,though very discreet,it meant we couldn`t really relax. On our last day,when we had to leave at 11am,she was there early,as she had to prepare the riad for the next guests.This was also a pity.
If you are going out for the day,then I would really recommend her cooking,as it is excellent,and very good value.
The plunge pool was a bit too cold for either of us,but it would be a benefit in the summer,I`m sure.
The twin-bedded room has the better bathroom,but no hanging space,and is more noisy than the main bedroom. There are 15 stone stairs up to the bathroom,so the incontinent will get fit.
The open glass stairs to the roof terrace take a bit of getting used to,and perhaps would curtail binge drinking.There is wine provided at 100 dirhams a bottle,and it was good.
This is a place for older children,and sober adults,as the plunge pool can not be closed off.The roof terraces overlook the Mamounia Hotel,so people watching is fun.
We both enjoyed our stay very much,and I would certainly go again,but perhaps hope the very nice maid could be persuaded to come much later.We did ask her to come at 10.00am,but a misunderstanding meant she arrived at 9.20am,to have breakfast on the table at 10.00am.
It is outstanding in that you can have sole occupancy,is clean,quiet,well situated,and provides first class food,and sells alcohol,which is not always the case.The new owner,Lydie deserves to do well,and we both liked her very much,as we did our early morning visitor!

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4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Sole occupancy,and two bathrooms.
Liked least: Being wakened up every morning.
Traveling group: With Friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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Liked best: roof terrace and pool
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Manchester, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with teenagers
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A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
London
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
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MariuszJa
Reda, Poland
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50 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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