After the bustle of a day out in Marrakech the Dar Doukkala is a great place to come back to.
We stayed over New year 2007/08 for 6 nights, in room 1 which is at one end of the central courtyard.
If you want super cool minimalist design or 5 star hotel luxuries this isn’t for you, but if you want a warm welcome, great home cooked food a good location and the feeling you are staying in a place that cares about it’s guests then Dar Doukkala is a great choice.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, they helped us organize a day trip to the Atlas mountains which I would certainly recommend, they had good advice on restaurants and places to visit.
We ate dinner in the hotel on two occasions and the food was fresh and very well prepared. Especially after a long day of sight seeing, eating at the hotel is a very relaxing experience
I am vegetarian and this wasn’t a problem for them, they prepared Moroccan food on one night and more French/European food on another.
You eat dinner in the lounge where you also have breakfast.
There are big open fires at each end of the lounge which are dramatic and welcome when the evenings are more chill in the winter months. It is a great place to sit and read, talk to the other guests or just relax
The eclectic mix of Moroccan, European, and art deco interior details makes the place feel welcoming and slightly eccentric, as if you are staying in a family home where they have collected things on their travels
The breakfasts are delicious and filling, with varying selections of bread, yogurt, fruit etc.
The roof terrace even in winter catches the sun and gives great views across the city, the courtyard is shady and green and just outside the door to our room.
The space in our room was very good, the ceiling very high and the bathroom had a separate bath and shower, the bath was one of the deepest I have ever had in a hotel, but the toiletries supplied are very basic so remember to take your own shampoo, conditioners etc.
I tried the pool, after being in the steam room, refreshing but very cold! But it would be welcome on a hot summer day
All round this was a great place to stay, it was easy to walk to the centre of town, the Souks, the new town and there is an amazing Moroccan furniture and interiors shop across the street.
I would stay here again.
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