My boyfriend and I stayed at this Riad for 5 nights, and absolutely loved it. It has an authentic Moroccan feel, and is located in the heart of the medina - about 15 mins leisurely stroll to the main square. However, it is also very peaceful and quiet inside the Riad, which is a definite advantage when you've spent all day in the crowds of the medina!
We arrived at Marrakech airport and had previously asked the Riad to arrange a transfer for us (15 euros). The taxi drove us to a location ~5mins walk from the Riad, and from there the driver arranged for a local with a cart to guide us to the Riad (as the “roads”/alleys in the medina are too narrow for cars…but still be aware of mopeds and motorbikes!) You could probably get a local taxi for cheaper – however the Riad is pretty difficult to find on a first attempt (and particularly in the dark!) as it’s located down a narrow side alley, so I am definitely pleased we chose this option!
On arrival we were greeted with mint tea and provided with an annotated map to ensure that we would find our way back to the Riad the next day!
Our room was fairly small – but there was enough space for us and our bags! Plus plenty of other spaces in the Riad to sit and relax in the evenings. All the décor is traditional Moroccan, so the place has a very authentic feel. It’s not exactly luxurious (e.g no TV, only a curtain to separate bedroom and bathroom!) but that kind of adds to the atmosphere + charm of the place. Breakfasts were good + plenty of food was provided.
One point to note is that the rooms don’t have lockable doors – when was asked about this, we were told that this was to make it feel like we were staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel. We found it a bit unsettling at first – but actually the Riad itself is very secure from the outside, and always staffed, so we soon stopped worrying about it!
All in all we really enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Merely 10 minutes by foot from the famous Jemâa El Fna square, 3 minutes from the souks, in the heart of the prestigious Dar Bacha district and near a parking guarded day and night, Dar Soukaina invites the traveler in search of tranquility and of authenticity to savour the peace and refinement of a elegant old traditional ryad, in the heart of the medina of Marrakech. The discreet but thoughtful service of Omar and his team. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Soukaina Marrakech
- Dar Soukaina Hotel Marrakech