The first thing I'd say about this place is that it is in a great location right in the heart of the souks. However, there are pros and cons to this. The pros being obviously that you are only yards away from the souks and all the buzz and excitment that goes with it. However, walking into the souks is like walking into something from an Indiana Jones movie. The medieval maze-type layout is totally mind-boggling, nothing is sign-posted and there are alleys, courtyards and walkways that seem to go on forever.......this is great to explore on foot but make sure you have a VERY good idea of where the Riad is situated or you WILL get lost. wherever I stay I like to have a look around and after arriving late the previous evening my girlfriend and I (armed only with a lonely planet guide, the map in which proved to be totally inadequate) decided to head out after breakfast to take a look around. After spending the morning taking in some of the sights of the Medina we decided to head back to the Riad but ended up getting lost for two hours while searching for the hotel. What made it worse was the constant hassle from would-be tour guides who insisted on showing you the way (at extortiante cost, one guy wanted 5 Euros for walking us 100 yards!). This means that stopping to look at your map is a huge no-no in the souks as you'll soon have a crowd of four of five locals all claiming they will take you back to your hotel (although I'm pretty sure they have no idea where anything is either). After taking refuge in a restaurant we were able to find our way back after getting directions from the owner (who had to fend off a very irate tour guide who didn't recieve a tip for showing some guests to their destination). I'm all for experiencing other cultures but it was all a bit much after being in Morrocco for less than 24 hours.
The Riad on the other hand is a nice refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the souks. Our room was traditional (yes small but this is in the souks) yet comfortable and we were able to enjoy our breakfast (try the mint tea it is lovely) in the Riad's nice courtyard. The food included fresh bread and pancakes with honey washed down with mint tea so don't expect a fully stocked buffet but again we didn't mind as what we received was perfectly adequate.
The staff were very obliging and helpful and always greeted us with a smile so I would recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the charm of Marrakech in an authentic riad. Among the first riads / guest house in Marrakech, the Dar Naima has preserved the soul of this ancient dwelling house. Ideally located next door to the souks and 3 minutes walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna square, its two patios offer space in a trees and plants ambiance, its large terrace shows a breathtaking view on the Atlas mountains, the Koutoubia and the rooftops of Marrakech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Naima Marrakech
- Dar Naima Hotel Marrakech