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Riad Dar El Aila
Ranked #351 of 1,172 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We were part of a large group that hired out the whole riad
Rooms are well appointed and I loved the traditional morrocan features
Rooms were clean and were cleaned daily. I would have liked the towels to be changed more frequently but they were nice and large and fluffy
The rooms at night were cold but we were provided with heaters which warmed the room nicely. My mattress was hard as a rock though. This was not typical of all the rooms.
As others have mentioned the riad is down the back streets but we soon worked out our way around.
Breakfast and evening meals were a little cold on the roof terrace and a couple of heaters would have been appreciated
Breakfasts if not luxurious we're adequate
We were let down on the first night when the meal that was provided was no where near enough for everybody, they did make up for it on the other 2 nights we ate there. They also organised a fantastic night with entertainment. Acrobats, musicians, belly dancer and fire eater
Thank you to Aberdeen who was excellent in meeting our groups needs ( we were noisy)
We were sadly let down at end when we were supposed to be transfered to our next riad but ended up having to pay double the rate to get there which was a sad end to an otherwise wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

We were very pleased with the riad. It is a bit awkward to find it as it is in narrow windy dead end alley off another windy narrow alley in the middle of the uncharted medina (old city). Even google earth and your gps will only be able to put a blinking dot in the middle of an empty area of the NW of the Medina. Do call the riad when you get to one of the 'main' streets nearby and they'll come and lead the way. We did not and ended up having a hugly discussion with one (plus one plus another) youth that insisted on taking us there using the longest possible route and then expected to be paid as if you had rided a limo. When you get there the place is a real oasis. The riad occupies two old houses that are connected through the roof terrace (common) which is a real highlight of the place. This is where you have breakfast overlooking the roofs of the medina, the maze of houses and mosques with the powerful back image of the snow covered peaks of the High Atlas range. In spite of the fact that we had booked a 25 m2 room we came back with the impression ... that it was much smaller. The house has the typical inner courtyard and the rooms give on to this patio. The decoration, full of tastful local elements was well taken care of and once you get used to the fact that your rooms cannot be locked you actually enjoy the place.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank JOSE G
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

such a perfect way to end a day of shopping, we only got to spend one night there, but it was wonderful. Arrived there after a day of haggling, getting lost in the souks and running out of money (we eventually found an atm that worked), and utilised the riad's spa menu (the hamam bath, body scrub and a 1hr massage combo is well worth the 40 odd euros!), and a late night dinner of traditional morrocan tangine cooked by the lovely ladies in the kitchen. I wish i could have stayed there longer! the staff were lovely and the atmosphere was perfect to unwind. The beds are amazing and comfortable and the bathrooms are huge!

It was a good location, near to the souks and the main square

Would have loved to extended my stay!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sixpence03
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

My boyfriend and I booked a room there for one night after reading the excellent reviews of the Riad, but considering the low price we paid, we were still a little bit suspicious.
Having arrived in Marrakech the day before and having largely got lost the first day, we disregarded the offer to be picked up by a member of the staff and that was a fatal error. We got terribly lost again to find the Riad. We managed to refuse the "help" of the kids, but we were laughed at when they saw us going up and down the same street multiple times. We surrendered and asked the help of the guardian of the restaurant in which we decided to have a break, so we finally got to destination.
When the door opened it seemed paradise to us. The manager of the place welcomed us with a huge smile and mint tea by the swimming pool, chatting with other guests, while the staff finished preparing our room. When we saw it we were completely amazed: bright, very clean, spacious (our room had a bonus of a little terrace looking at the beautiful garden), great attention to details. The entire Riad keeps traditional features without being overwhelming and it is a joy for the eyes.
For the rest of the day we decided not to leave the riad (did not want to get lost again) and have a relaxing afternoon/evening. Therefore we booked the Spa treatment with hammam, gommage and relaxing massage. It took a couple of hours to warm up properly the hammam and it was a bit pricey relative to the standards, but worth it. We also had dinner there and to be honest, that was the one and only place in Marrakech in which I enjoyed food. The tajine of chicken with olives was DIVINE! The meat was moist and tender and the flavours were absolutely perfect.
Given the great experience the first day, we decided to stay another day before heading to the desert, but the riad was full, then guess what? The manager took care of finding us a room in the riad next door and gave us free access to his Riad for chatting, sunbathing on the terrace or dining. Furthermore, because we wanted to stay there also when we came back from our trip, he let us keep our extra luggage there. Frankly we felt home! The guestrooms did not have a lock and yet, that never made us feel unsafe.

We had a wonderful time in the Riad thanks to the great people that run it and work there to make feel each guest taken care of. It was a marvellous experience being your guest and we're just looking forward to coming back again!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bluelu_17
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We came to Marrakesh in the evening, bit tired after 3h bus ride from Essaouira, hoping for a nice place to rest. Even with a map and printed directions the riad was impossible to find. We were lost in a dark maze of narrow, dirty, smelly alleyways. Same kids offered to walk us to the riad and made sure we were completely lost. When we finally arrived, kids demanded 100 dirham for guiding us! We had bit of a screaming match, gave them 20 dirham and entered riad tired, hungry and very upset. (100 dirham is what a cleaning lady earns for all day hard work.)

We had a look around and it felt like a tranquil paradise! Beautiful swimming pool, garden, fountain, roof terrace with the view over Medina and a pot of sweet tea immediately calmed our nerves. The room was very pretty and comfortable although quite narrow, breakfast was good, we even had a makeshift, romantic, candlelit dinner on the roof, when we decided not to go back to town.

Summarising: the riad was good value for money (about 30 euro prpn), quiet, beautiful place with good food and nice, helpful staff. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. However if you are there first time call the riad before arrival and ask for someone to meet you and guide you.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Riad is very difficult to find but once you're there you'll fall in love and will always know how to come back! :) It is really a refugee, even inside the medina, from the fuzzy, noisy but great Marrakech! Abdou, who runs the place, I believe he is always awake :p, he's a great guy, helping us in everything and always making us feel at home! From the owners you won't get that much attention and care but that didn't make such a difference! Breakfast in the roof is really good and the decoration of the rooms is just what we were wanting from our Marrakech experience! We'll certainly be back someday!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Joanacnp
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We stayed in this riad for three days in January. The location is not the best as it is a bit far from the main attractions of the city. However, the riad itself is very nice. The rooms are all typically decorated (although a bit too dark). The riad benefit from a great roof area where you normally have breakfast and you might organize a dinner. There is also a very nice swimming pool in the ground floor and an hammam. Unfortunately, during the three days we stayed there it was never possible to use neither the pool or the hammam as the owner always seemed to "forget" to turn on the heater (it was January!). Also, the owner is almost never there and if you need something it is sometimes difficult to sort things out. Another negative note is that the staff working there, especially the ladies that serve breakfast, are quite rude and helpless. Finally, the riad is very nice and not expensive, the service is not great but you can still manage to have a good holiday.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 160 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #351 of 1,172 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $74 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar El Aila 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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