We had some vague idea of Riads in Marrakech, we have seen plenty of them on Internet, heard different stories, got suspicious with plenty of fantastic reviews on all Riads in Marrakech. Suspicion got confirmed directly by people from Marrakech - apparently there are plenty of Riads, restaurants in Marrakech who writes those fantastic reviews themselves (or ask someone to write it). We have visited a few well noted, and I can tell you that should be careful reading reviews of Riads in Marrakech!
So although Riad or more precisely Palais Dar Donab is not even between first 100 Riads in Marrakech (Probably because they did not go into this dirty game of fake reviews), staying there with my wife was probably one of the best experience we had during all our travels over the years.
First, it's well located, very close to the taxi or main road, still on the pretty wide, safe, clean street inside Medina, still just a few meters from souq and 10 min walk from Djema el fnaa square.
Second, it's fantastically decorated in traditional Moroccan style, with huge patio, swimming pool big enough to have even little impression of swimming, trees inside, sunny - so you can stay next to to swimming pool with sun / or shade of trees depending on your choice for basically full day. Just one more reassurance that it was not only our impression - first there were couple of exterior visitors to the patio and swimming pool every day (they pay 150 MAD for entrance)' but never at the expense of those staying in Riad, and every day we have seen some tourist, some of them with local guides entering to take pictures of patio and decoration inside..... Need to add something on top?!
There are only few suites and 1 room. We stayed in the room, although it's smallest in Riad, it was really spacious, with bathtub, TV, AC, with even 1 really tiny extra room with 1 bad where you can actually put all the mess, luggages to keep them out of sight :-)
There is direct access to rooftop terrace from the room (actually it's situated directly on the terrace with some chairs, beds to relax and enjoy sun, or simply birds singing in the evening).
The room was clean, not the newest furnishing but with some charm, decorated with local original paintings, the only - but really only small inconvenience were couple of ants in our room.
Breakfast is nice, served inside or outside, freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurt, pancakes, viennoiserie, excellent local honey, jams, sometimes fruits.
The service is really great, helpful, not intrusive, really honest. Everyday cleaning beds and charis next to swimming pool, full attention and full energy even if last night we were the only residents and there were still all 5 or so staff members doing everything needed as any other day. Well true, this day we felt like real pashas or kings :-)) Honesty of staff was demonstrated the best directly first night, we asked them where to have dinner, and even if there was dinner served inside the Riad, they recommended us another restaurant, which was excellent - Maison Arabe 5 min walk away. (we tried restaurant inside Dar Donab last night, pretty good, though not excellent food ).
You will not be disappointed in this Palais, even if they don't have 300+ reviews all of them with 5 stars but with vast majority written by reviewers with 1-2 reviews...........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The art of Moroccan-style living in a beautiful and majestic residence. Cut off from the bustle of the Medina, Dar Donab opens its doors on a haven of peace and cool. The sophisticated decor of lounges, guest-rooms and suites reflects the luxury an comfort of Moroccan stately homes... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palais Donab Hotel Marrakech
- Dar Donab Marrakech
- Dar Donab Hotel Marrakech