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“Lovely resort style riad in the heart of Marrakech!”
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Riad Dar Nimbus
Ranked #199 of 1,172 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Lovely riad in the old city center! This is our second visit to the Riad Dar Nimbus, and they have recently renovation and expanded the property which now includes a spa and pool! You get the impression you're in a resort miles away from everything. The riad is well located in the center of the city and you have access to local merchants and restaurants just steps from the front door. Our favourite part of our day was enjoying the rooftop terrace for breakfast in the morning, and tea in the evenings. I highly recommend having dinner at the riad and taking advantage of the spa- the massages were amazing as were the prices! We will definitely be back again soon!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Stayed for 5 nights in Feb with 2 children aged 8 and 10. Staff very friendly and helpful, very accommodating of children. The riad was incredibly clean and beautifully decorated. Good facilities, range of terraces with sun beds, good sized swimming pool and lovely lounges with open fires...this really is a riad for all weather. Quite a long walk to the main square but not far from the souqs and some museums. location is a bit more local which made it interesting. Short walk out into the new town, from where there are a lot of taxis.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

My GF and I stayed 4 nights and had such a great time there. Really friendly staff (with an excellent cook), good food, good location (5-10 minutes walk from the place, souk...) and cosy bedrooms. Another cool thing with this place are the 3 different "living" rooms with different atmosphere (2 fireplaces...). Finally, I loved the spa, the massage was truly amazing. All in all, probably one the best value I ever experienced. Have fun!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Visited the Riad in February and stayed for one night.

Very nice, very clean and staff all polite. We as a group occupied three different rooms that were very neat. There was welcome tea and sweets when we arrived and I would definitely recommend it.

Just to bear in mind that if you are to order food you have to order in advance.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Friendly staff and very enjoyable visit. Beware 3% charge for credit card, plus agree (in writing - they'll ask for it) price for evening meal in advance. The following is a general review of Marrakech -

As a general location for staying in Marrakech the Hivernage area seems to fit the bill nicely. There are a selection of varying hotel standards to fit your choice but, more importantly, it is centrally connected for several key point, starting with the airport and working clockwise - Menara gardens; Supr@tours bus station; Marrakech train station; Gueliz; Place Du 16th November; Majorelle gardens; various city gates; the Medina; Ben Youssef Medersa; Djeema El Fna and the Koutoubia Tower. The Hivernage feels pleasantly safe to walk around, whilst still getting a feel for the real Marrakech and provides a variety of cost effective restaurants.

A brief synopsis of some of the sights are as follows -
The Medina – Certainly an experience, although not always a good one. Beware being told ‘it is closed that way’ or something similar, which is used to channel you towards awaiting shop keepers. If staying in the Medina I’d suggest being on the western side if possible, so you can easily dip out of the chaos more easily. Ben Youssef Medersa is fairly limited in what it has to offer, yet well worth a visit, whereas the Marrakech Museum is less rewarding of your time.

The train station has a simple charm, with a large glass frontage, mixed with elegant Arabian styling – particularly attractive when lit up at night. It also serves as a bolt hole for when a toilet is needed, plus a McD’s if quick, reliable food is needed. There are also a couple of rooftop restaurants as a dining alternative.

Gardens – the Menara gardens are quite basic, little more than olive trees in a sort of scrub land, with two saving graces. Firstly, a square reservoir with a pagoda set against a back drop of the High Atlas mountains. Secondly, the approach road is part of a long avenue leading from the Koutoubia Tower in the distance. In contrast, the Majorelle garden is a lush, compact space, teaming with visitors, so it’s a benefit to visit early or late on in the day. Although it is tricky to find trying to locate the garden itself, rather than just going by taxi, will add to the experience and give a deeper insight into Marrakech. Elsewhere two simple highlights are the Cyber Park and Hrati gardens, both offering an enjoyable stroll with plenty of shade from the sun.

Gueliz and Ville Nouvelle present a slightly more European feel. Allowing you to just meander without the usual hassle found in the souks.

A couple of self-organised trips are recommended -
1. Essaouira – at just £8 each way a Confort Plus luxury coach leaves from the Marrakech Supr@tours depot (just west of the train station) at 09:00 each day, with a return coach at 17:00. Essaouira is much more relaxed, clean and probably more tasteful in its overall feel than Marrakech. It is home to a criss-cross of streets with the usual souvenir outlets, several of which are set into the rampart walls, delivering a real sense of old Morocco. Just a few paces away are castellated ramparts and a lookout post, impressive on their own, but accentuated by the amazing view of huge waves crashing onto the rocks below or a stunning sunset, if timed right. However, the highlight has to be the beautiful sweep of curving beach, leading to a castle-like rock formation (around 1km from the harbour), with vast dunes beyond this. Walking along this beach it is likely you are offered the chance to ride a camel or a horse (£12 per hour). The later presenting the rare opportunity of galloping (or trotting) through the surf – truly memorable!

2. Imlil, High Atlas mountains – It’s possible to take a grand taxi from Marrakech to Imlil (£35 each way) or if staying overnight you can ask your riad, in advance, to arrange it. The upper reaches of the High Atlas have a distinctly Himalayan appearance, offering snow covered peaks as a spectacular backdrop for some relatively easy hiking. Some initial planning and internet research can reveal suggested routes, including a basic survey map if lucky. A gem of a walk departs from the bridge in Imlil centre up the roadway to Tizi’n Tamatert. After half a mile or so break off to the right onto a path (near ‘Chez ...?’) which climbs up through the trees to Aroumd. From Aroumd carry on up the dried river bed (water flow permitting) and onto a trekking path to Sidi Chamarouch, a sort of base camp for Jebel Toubkal – North Africa’s highest peak. Decent is by the same path to Aroumd, before following the road on the east side of the river until a zig-zag path descends steeply to Kasbah De Toubkal then continues on to Imlil’s bridge (four hours reasonably strenuous walking).
As an alternative from the same starting point again head up the road leading to Tizi’n Tamatert. Just before the small village of Tamatert is a fairly broad path that winds its way through the extremely basic streets of the village – in fact almost through the homes themselves. After rejoining the road another path runs alongside the stream, through an attractive small valley of trees. Once the road is again joined you can descend back to Imlil by the same route or it is still pleasant returning by the roadway and taking a short detour into the village of Ait Souka (around 2 and a half hours).

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We have just returned from Riad Dar NInbus, which is inside the old Marrakech (medina) where the famous square, markets and souks are situated. We stayed in the 3 bedroom suite, Anne Terrace- it was spacious and beautiful.

The service within the riad was exceptional and the staff are a credit to the owners for a number of reasons!
- on the night we arrived t 11 pm, we were greeted by Ali as soon as we stepped out of the taxi. He helped carry our bags up the stairs to our room. Once we had a settled, we heard a knock at our door, Ali presented us with complimentary mint tea and Moroccan cakes! We were so pleased, something you would not receive at a complex or hotel.

- on our first morning we had our breakfast, included in the price, which is very large and although continental, we have pancakes and eggs or bread muffins and eggs everyday with bread, jam etc. we were full for hours after!!

- after our first breakfast the manager Karim told us that, whenever we were ready, he would give us a map and answer any questions re tours or general questions we had. He speaks French Arabic and a good amount of English (especially considering English isn't a standard language that Moroccans are familiar with. He told us how to get around, key information about how to stay safe, ie. don't let something "tour you", the prices for taxis within the medina etc...

- once we we ready Karim took us out for the first visit to Morocco. As the medina is very easy to get lost in, with all the tall buildings and windy path ways everywhere. Each step of the walk, until we were happy to use the map, he gave us things that we can see to remember our journey back to our Riad. Ie. directly outside our riad was a painting of flowers, then at our right turning there was graffiti of "bad boys", then the laughing cow poster, the arch way, and so on. It was very helpful to begin with in order for us to look confident we knew the way to local "tour guides"

- everyday we were greeted by the very friendly Abdul who would come and chat to us, get us drinks if we needed the, etc. literally ensuring we had everything we needed at all times.

- one of the days we hadn't given them enough notice to prepare our dinner and we asked them at 7pm if they could prepare at least a sandwich, they said unfortunately not as the chefs had gone home as we hadn't told them. Then we heard a knock at our door, Karim was stood there and he told us if we gave him 60 dirham each he would go purchase us food to save us going out ( we had spent 7 hours in the markets we were very tired and in pain, although self inflicted, the thought of going to find food was at the bottom of our list. Karim returned with like a take away each of us has chicken and chips, and a huge mixed salad of potatoes, veg, rice and pasta. It was amazing!!

- one night we stayed out until 2pm, Ali stayed awake to ensure we got home safe which we really appreciated.

- Ali booked everything for us, and was always prepared to go that extra mile for us- eg. organising taxis, walking us to the taxi ranks and ensuring we get in safe.

We can all not express how much we appreciated Ali and Abdul.

My last comments, may sound negative, are practical info:

- this riad, and I assume all others, are not practical for those who would struggle walking up and down stairs- within the medina, they build up as out is not an option. However, some rooms are on the ground floor!! So worth asking for!!

- the riad is currently under going renovation (expanding into another space), we were not prepared about this, and although not a major problem to us, it's something that would have been respected if we had been told beforehand as one day we didn't feel comfortable going into the pool as the work men were right next to it and sometimes the drilling etc was very noisy in the early morning 8?

- I am pleased we didn't go half board or full board as their cuisine is Moroccan and begins to feel a bit repetitive. Although, was very tasty, great sizes and the meats Etc always changed, but the main was mainly tangine. We didn't ask for a change, so may be this was our fault and may be just our taste as we did begin to eat Italian!!?!? Why did we go to Morocco you asked?

Great stay overall and was very beautiful riad that you wouldn't even know was there!!

Room Tip: Ask for Anne Terrace if you have 3 persons (but on the top floor)
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Just come back from a week in Marrakech. You know, mad, noisy, dirty Marrakech? All that ended on the doorstep of Dar Nimbus, where the sweet Ali took us on the first night.
Hidden away in the north side of the medina, this place is somewhat of a haven, away from all the things that can annoy you about the city. Everything is clean, relatively quiet, the food is great -try having your breakfast on the roof-, the excursion to the Ourika valley had a lovely surprise at the end after traipsing through Berber villages and having your picture taken with the Argan oil producing ladies.
The riad does not supply beer or wine, but they have no problem what so ever if you bring your own (mini market with cool Moroccan whites and cold beers next to Jardin Marjorelle)
Karim, Zohra, Ali and Samira, thank you so much for your hospitality!

Room Tip: Romantics at heart? Go for the Julie Patio. Wall to wall bed, possibilities to sit out on the candle...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Bab Taghzout - 40 Diour Jdad | Sidi Bel Abbes, Marrakech 24000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #199 of 1,172 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $37 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Nimbus 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a rooftop terrace and panoramic views of Marrakech’s Old Medina and the Atlas Mountains, this riad features an authentic Moroccan design. Guests can relax in the hammam or in the Spa or cool off in the plunge pool in the patio.The air-conditioned guest rooms at Riad Dar Nimbus are traditionally decorated with colourful Zellige tiles. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and an en suite bathroom, and some include a TV and a fireplace.Moroccan cuisine can be enjoyed in the dining area or on the terrace, and a continental breakfast is served daily. The riad can organise on-site massages, babysitting and visits of the surrounding area.The property is 1.6 km from the Majorelle Garden and 4 km from Bahia Palace. Marrakech – Menara Airport is a 15-minute drive away and an airport shuttle service is available upon demand. ... more   less 
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