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“Made our stay in Marrakech a pleasant one...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Riad Dar El Aila

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Riad Dar El Aila
Ranked #231 of 1,130 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Bonn, Germany
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“Made our stay in Marrakech a pleasant one...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights during the fifa club championships. The pick-up service worked well... The rooms are clean and nice. Just keep in mind, that it's a traditional marrocan guesthouse and not a western style hotel. Room was clean and spacious for the two of us. Extra bed was no problem. Bathroom and toilette also ok.

Staff was friendly and willing to help us out on any occasion. The place comes with free WiFi and has a gorgeous rooftop hangout... Food is average from my perspective. The Riad organised a massage for us which was quite well...

Overall id recommend the place further as it seemed good value for money. The only downside is, that it's abt 20 walk to the main square...


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Beek, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

We stayed in this riad for 2 nights in the 2 bedroom suite. We stayed in 5 different places on our Moroccan trip and this one was very pretty and with a great staff.
Pros: The riad is gorgeous and I LOVED the rooftop decks. The 2 bedroom suite was absolutely STUNNING, we loved everything about it! Beautiful ceilings, fixtures, bathroom....everything (and let me tell you, I am PICKY). I didn't see any other rooms, so I don't know about those. We loved the friendly cats and the turtles. The laundry ladies did a wash for us which was great since we had just gotten back from a desert trip. We ordered dinner in our room and it was pretty good. There are 2 young guys that were always working (do you ever sleep?) and they were AWESOME because we needed to be picked up twice as we couldn't find our way back at night. One also went and bought Supratour bus tickets for us so we didn't have to waste time doing that. But seriously, one came and found us one night (on his scooter) and walked us all back to the riad and we were pretty far. I had never been so happy to see a friendly face IN MY LIFE! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Cons: The only cons I have are the fact that the breakfast was pretty basic compared with some others that we had at different hotels and the fact that we literally could never find the place again once we left it. Our phone gps didn't even help us. I DON"T recommend that you pay for a young street guide after dark (the one we got ended up sniffing glue while walking us down a dark alley...awesome!) I'm only giving it 4 stars due to it's location compared with our previous riad.

Room Tip: The 2 bedroom suite is absolutely phenomenal
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Reading other reviews one realises how subjective this is. It's all down to expectations and experiences!
Let's start with the positives: if you want a traditional riad experience in a handy location, good food, pleasant staff, lovely seating areas on terrace, good levels of cleanliness, excellent massages then look no further.
On the downside: the rooms are very variable in standards of comfort, it's quite cold in December and rooms are chilly and uncarpeted (bring slipper socks!), the stairs to the terrace and restaurant are challenging for older people and children - it would be useful to have more handrails, showers are not thermostatically controlled so expect variations in temperature, the pool is more of a plunge pool than a swimming pool.
You do learn your way to and from the souk and how to cope with people trying to sell you stuff, so don't be put off by that side of things. The riad also provides good written instructions and gives you a business card to use if you get lost.
So, all in all, take it as you find it. You may want to book nearer the time of your stay as you may get a better deal, we felt we had rather overpaid.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

A little hidden away and you wonder how you will ever find it again after following the taxi driver through a maze of alleyways but once through the door you are in an oasis of calm. we slept so well with hardly any noise as there is no traffic noise. the rooftop terrace was beautifully laid out with areas of shade along with the sun baked loungers. the staff were pleasant and helpful. It was November when we went but the rooms were not too cold and they provided a plug in heater which we did not use.

Room Tip: all the rooms looked beautiful
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grande Cache, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed here for 3 days on our trip to Marrakech and it was absolutely wonderful. I loved how authentic of an experience we recieved, and the staff were beyond wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here - it was clean, peaceful and everyone was fantastic. We used the spa as well and had a wonderful experience.

The rooftop terrace was amazing, and the rooms were very cosy. We ate several times in the restaurant upstairs (as well as several reputable restaurants) and it was some of the best food we ate on our whole trip. Everyone at the riad makes you feel like it is your home away from home, and we appreciated the humor!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

This was a very authentic quaint spa hotel, and an experience of a very pleasant and individual Riad. The taxi could only get so near the hotel, then the driver walked us round through alley ways to the front door (we did wonder where on earth we were going to, but have faith!). When you go through the front door, it was a lovely place with a beautiful smell and ambience. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and had character/personality too. We really enjoyed this stay and would definately go back again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the garden area on ground floor, and it was cool and peaceful.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Very nice Riad in a quiet corner of the Medina. The rooms are very stylish, the staff super friendly and the roof terrace a nice place to relax from the busy city. Would recommend it to all travelers!

Room Tip: The suite has 2 bedrooms and a living room. Very spacious
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Riad Dar El Aila
Address: 160 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #231 of 1,130 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar El Aila 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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