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“A little oasis in the Medina!” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Darna
Ranked #979 of 1,171 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A little oasis in the Medina!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Excellent Riad, beautifully decorated and a wonderful staff that was very helpful and cooked delicious diners.
Even though the Riad is hard to find (take the transfer from the airport), it is extremely well located in the Medina (only few minutes walk from Jemâa El Fna and other attractions)!
It is noisy at night (because of the proximity of the mosque).
The rooms could be better equipped and more comfortable, but other than that, I absolutely recommend Riad Darna!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Co Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

Very clean good food we booked the evening meal for the first night as we were arriving late and excellent location.It is advisable to ask the riad to book transfers from the airport as it is hard to find till you get to now the area but one off the staff will take you to the Medina and meet you later to bring you back if you want.Brilliant riad would stay there again if i go back

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

This was our first ever visit to Marrakech and it was a real eye opener. We thought we had been picked up and put back into biblical times. Dusty roads, donkey lead carts transporting fruit and vegetables and a riot of colour everywhere you looked.
The locals were polite and very friendly. Yes, they were trying to sell their goods, but were happy if you just looked around their shop and left without buying.

When we first arrived at the entrance of Riad Darna it was very off putting. It is situated at the end of a very dark, alleyway, with no hotel signs whatsoever, however once inside it was a very different story. The Riad was beautifully maintained, the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and were more than helpful every day of our visit. The home-made catering at the Riad was excellent value for money and the staff very attentive. All in all a definite jewel and a wonderful experience.

Top tip - take a piece of chalk (it will help you find your way back) but be prepared to get lost....many times.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank dorianrobbins
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Newark, Delaware
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

Upon arriving at the Riad, we were so grateful that we got the airport transfer. Getting there would have been extremely difficult, with all the twists and turns, carts and donkeys of the Old City. The riad is not labled or marked, so it can be difficult to find. It is also in a small alleyway where you have to ring the bell.
Staying in the old city is an interesting experience, and uncomfortable for a woman. Locals are constantly pestering for money and telling you INCORRECT directions to everything, trying to get you lost. The walk to the "Big Square" as they called it was not as easy as stated, but we managed to get to it and navigate back despite all the shouting of incorrect directions.

Once inside the riad, its a whole different story. Its beautiful and clean and the service is excellent. VERY good breakfast, served on the rooftop terrace! The staff was very eager to make hammam and dinner reservations for us, and give us tips around the city.

I don't recommend that a woman should stay here alone. But couples who feel comfortable in different worldly areas (speaking French helps!!) then I would recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank sjlovett
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

We ultimately had a lovely stay in the Riad Darna, language difficulty aside (one staff member did not speak any English and kept attempting to communicate with us in French, although we do not speak any French), but we had booked into the Terrace Room for our stay which looks lovely on the website, but is not as it appears. It is indeed very nicely painted inside, but is a small, windowless, hot, stuffy room on the roof of the Riad - with unattached toilet in another room on the other side of the Terrace. It was pretty frustrating to spend about $60 to end up in exactly the uncomfortable yet cheap hostel situation I'd worked so hard to avoid through my research! Luckily, many guests departed the next day and so we were moved to a much better room and the staff graciously offered us that night at the same rate as the Terrace.

Again, the Riad is lovely and the staff is lovely, but it is definitely "off-off" the main square Djemma al-Fna or "La Place" as everyone calls it. It was pretty unnerving to arrive the back way at night and twist through the alleys, and to be honest, did not get much more comfortable when we navigated our way back after dark. There is no signage of the Riad on the road it is off of, so it's very easy to miss. You absolutely need to have them meet you somewhere and take you there the first time. I would not necessarily recommend this to women travelers due to the location, but for those who are more confident (or speak French), perhaps not such an issue. Because of the location, I could not truly recommend a friend stay somewhere I felt uncomfortable every time I returned, but the Riad is lovely and I'm sure plenty of others will disagree with me!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Paris
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

We were looking for a very authentic-style riad and Riad Darna did not disappoint !
Choosing accommodation is not easy in Marrakech, with the overwhelming options available in the Medina, but we found it here at the Riad Darna !

Though the riad was sometimes challenging to find, as almost anything in the Medina, we became accustomed to finding our way around. The staff were so incredibly warm and friendly during our entire stay of 6 nights. They catered to us with the service you'd find in a 5-star hotel- exceptional ! The rooms all had a different feel with each having a different motive. Loved the breakfast on the cute rooftop terrace with FRESH orange juice !
It's a quiet, cozy, relaxing riad to call home after each day.

* (Especially liked the option of the 'free' airport transfer that Riad Darna provided. But the porter that carried our 2 small hand bags to the actual door asked for money both times, once asking for more of a tip. A thank you would have been nice to hear. But in Marrakech, this action is seeming to be the norm as more and more tourists visit.)

Thanks to all the staff at the riad for the wonderful experience!
Darrell
FYI to all....gay-friendly !!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank dlpreba
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Cheshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

After reading many reviews on Tripadvisor, I went with the well priced and located Riad Darna and opted for the "Green Room". I arranged a transfer from the airport (highly recommended - the fee was added to final bill) and as our flight was in the evening, it was a little daunting arriving in darkness with streets full of pedestrians, mopeds and cars wrestling for space! The taxi stopped 5 minutes walk away from the Riad, as it was unable to get down the narrow passageways, but a boy was waiting to carry our bags and walk us to the Riad.
On arrival, we were really impressed with the decor of the Riad - a courtyard with rooms around it. What was most impressive was the roof terrace which is where breakfast was served each morning and dinner (on request) in the evening. The roof terrace had great views around where the different Mosque towers could be seen.
Our room had a sofa, double wardrobe, drawers, raised double bed and a bathroom - decorated beautifully. As a traditional Riad, some may be concerned with privacy - this was not an issue to us, but ease of hearing others (not seeing!) could be off putting to some people, though as I say, I imagine that this is typical of a Riad. Further to this, no door to separate the bathroom and bedroom (in our room a curtain) may be an issue to some, but certainly was not to us.
Food and drink was excellent throughout our stay - alcohol was obviously hard to find out and about, so wine on the roof terrace was well enjoyed at night!
The service and friendliness of the staff was superb. Yosef only spoke French and Spanish, but was very patient with us and we got by. Layla spoke some English and recommended restaurants as well as booking us on a trip which included walking up the Atlas Mountains.
As mentioned on other reviews, there are a maze of alleyways and no signs to help you out, but once we worked our route to the main square (Djemaa el-Fna) 5 minutes walk, we were fine. On the one occasion where we were unsure, one of the many offers to help by pedestrians (for a tip!!) were over-keen to help!
We would happily have stayed longer here and my wife would have happily have filled another suitcase with purchases from the many market stalls through every passageway we walked!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jervisolidio
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Property: Riad Darna
Address: 2 Derb Boucetta Sirgh Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #979 of 1,171 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad Darna 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Darna: " our house " Placed right in the heart of the Medina (old town of Marrakesh), this Riad benefits from an exceptional geographical situation. On one hand in two minutes on foot of the museum of Marrakesh, rich in culture and in traditional art, near Medersa Ben-Youssef ( Koranic school), near library guard of the former(ancient) papers. His(Her) owners live there all year long. Riad Darna ( our house) is hosts' house of big comfort, he wants to be a harbour of tranquility. ... more   less 
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