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Solarium overlooking the legendary gardens
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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
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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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KayBultma...
Livingston, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best private holiday rental in Marrakesh”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 for a stay in July 2013
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My husband and I stayed in Dar Raja in July 2013. The owners met us and explained everything that we needed to know about the riad. They gave us their telephone number and told us that we could phone if there was anything that they could do for us. Naseem and her friend made our stay extra special and we really enjoyed the delicious meals that she prepared for us. Breakfast was more than adequate too. No request was too much and Naseem also helped us arrange several tours that we thought were extremely good value and helped make our stay so much more enjoyable. Naseem was discreet and we barely noticed that she was there. On our last day we were permitted to stay in Dar Raja until our booked taxi collected us at 3.30pm. I had a migraine on the last morning and Naseem and her friend left me to stay in my room until I felt well enough to get up. They were so kind and thoughtful. The riad itself is gorgeous. We loved having the beautiful terraces overlooking the Mamoumia Hotel gardens. Highlights were watching the gardeners and their donkeys meandering through the gardens, doing some work, resting under the shade of the olive trees and smiling while we took photos. So obliging. The pool was a refreshing addition and a real luxury during high season when Marrakesh is extremely hot and humid. The price of the riad was very good value and when we next return to Marrakesh we hope that we can stay once again in Dar Raja.

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Liked best: Naseem, the terraces, the dip pool and the architecture of the riad itself.
Liked least: There was nothing to dislike - it was a perfect holiday retreat.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Fiona G
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Oasis of calm in the city”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Such a lovely apartment, as it over looks the hotel gardens you feel like you are in the best apartment in the hotel! So quiet, listening to the birds while sunbathing is lovely. Nezha is great, tasty breakfast and got us the best coffee, beans blended with cinnamon, pepper and so etching else! She cooked a meal for us too, delicious, best meal of our 2 week holiday! Would definitely come back!

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Liked best: Peace and tranquility
Liked least: Wifi didn't reach to the terrace!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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SaraNamva...
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Riyadh, amazing city”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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The pictures and information on the website don't really capture how amazing the design of the property is. Despite the small size, everything you could need has been carefully planned into this unique property. The pool in the living room was really refreshing and I was able to float on my lilo whilst enjoying the relaxing lighting. The The bedroom furniture was very comfortable and the AC really cooled the rooms down which was great after a day sunbathing on the terrace! I loved everything about the house and would recommend it for a comfortable stay. Another great thing about the property is that its very central - 5min walk away from all the action in Jama fina, but down a quiet culdi sack that was silent at night due to the way the streets are designed. The riyadh is also a stone throw away from the kings new palace.

I had my 2.5 year old daughter with me who acts more like a 4 year old and is very aware of danger. She was very good and stayed away from the pool and stairs unless I was right next to her. If you have children that are young and are not likely to listen then I would say this property may be dangerous for small kids - the pool (which does have a drown alarm system fitted) does not have rails around it. Also the staircase banister has great big gaps that even a thin adult could fall through. Needless to say the glass staircase, despite being a work of art is a death trap for kids - with great big gaps between each glass step and massive gaps in the rails - my daughter never went up the staircase unless carried up (only twice!). I do not want to be negative about the property as it was lovely and I would return, but want to make anyone who is planning to travel with children, in particular toddlers to consider the pottential risks.

Problems:
1. The cleaner did not provide fresh towels each day, but instead dried them in the tumble drier and hung them in the sun for 5 days!! The washing machine was chained up and we had to pay to use it (a small fee, but after paying over £100/night I didn't want to pay anything on top)

2. The same breakfast provided EVERY day - breads, pastries (from the freezer!!) and Jam. Coffee not great. For the price paid I was expecting something cooked. In the end we bought our own cheese, eggs and salami from local shops which was lovely

3. On the last day we were almost hurled out the door as a pre-booked taxi was arranged for us for 10am! We had expected to leave at 12 lunchtime as this was the information on the website. The cleaner has informed me that this would happen the day before and I did email the owner to state that I wished to stay till noon but to this day have not received a message back. It was quite annoying as two cleaners turned up quite early banging around and the taxi just turned up...my daughter had been up the night before really ill and we were all exausted.

In summary amazing house, but relativly poor customer service. You will have a comfortable stay as the house is great but I would make sure you clarify what your going to get for breakfast and that you do not want to be pushed out the door at 10am. Also that you do not want the cleaners getting the house ready for the next set of clients whilst your still trying to pack your bags!!!!! I was treated much better at another riyadh I stayed in during my visit in quite a rough part of town for £40/night...

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Liked best: The terrace
Liked least: safety issues
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Sep 12, 2013
According to your description and feelings, it seems you did not understand what an exclusive vacation offers : the intimacy of a real home.
It is not in the least a hotel club with an international buffet serving all kinds of food to suit all possible tastes but a private home with a moroccan-french breakfast (coffee with spices-some guests asked where they could buy it-mint tea, milk and cocoa for children, english tea, fresh orange juice, sweet pastries as croissants and brioches, two sorts of jam, honey and moroccan pancakes cooked by Nezha herself and kept inside the freezer just because august in Marrakech is just over 45°) prepared every morning by Nezha whom you call "the cleaner" and who is a very sweet and efficient person appreciated by all our guests for her discretion and smile. If you had asked her for salami and cheese, she would willingly have bought it for you. The concept of Dar Raja makes it a place where you can also cook for yourself and feel at ease as if you were home.
Nezha tries not to stay too long into the riad and after making up the rooms leaves you alone to respect your privacy.
As to the last day, you were supposed to leave the riad at 1100 and the driver who picks up our guests to take them back to the airport drove you to another riad on request at 10 00 because that was what had been organized according to what you let us know. We always let our guests leave their luggage inside the riad if their plane is late and they can even stay as long as they wish if no new guests are due to arrive.
Concerning the children, their safety is obviously mostly important to us. For nearly two years we've had more than twenty families with very young children at Dar Raja and nobody ever complained about the stairs or the pool. We are the only riad in Marrakech with a pool alarm and a barrier would be practically impossible to fit out and even dangerous.
A young child of 2 and a half is not supposed to climb stairs alone or stay near a pool unsupervised.
As to the washing machine, it's been broken by guests once and we had difficulty in having it repaired, so if you want to have your linen washed and dried, Nezha can do it for you for a very small fee as you noticed.
The towels you used got very dirty and in spite of her efforts, Nezha could not remove the stains.
We were sorry to hear your daughter had been ill but you forgot to tell us -you cou ld have called as you had done previously or sent a mail-that the cot had been totally ruined. We had to buy a new one.

Our aim is to make our guests happy, that's why we do our best to come up to their expectations and always answer their requests. We often read or hear :" Thank you for your prompt response".
As a conclusion, their satisfaction is our reward.

Kindest regards

Kad & Lydie Saim
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ChantalM2...
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A Little Piece of Heaven...”
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.

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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
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“An Architectural Gem in the Medina”
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.

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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
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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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seer green
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very good food.”
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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Liked best: Sole occupancy,and two bathrooms.
Liked least: Being wakened up every morning.
Traveling group: With Friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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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