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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Darna Hotel Marrakech