Me and my fiancé stayed one night at Dar El Kheir, traveling with our almost 2 year old toddler. I must say the riad was very clean and calm, and has warm water and air-conditioning and is on walking distance to the Jemaa El Fna, but that's all positive.
When we came in, we had to wait until somebody showed up. The temperatures in Marrakech was about 46 degrees Celsius and when we came into the small room, it was only warmer than that. They could have turned on the air-conditioning just before our arrival.
We've asked before our arrival for a baby bed, and the owner assured us there would be a babycot. But all we found was a mattress on the floor, right in front of the air-conditioning. Which caused us not being able to sleep due to the heat.
We didn't had food in the airplane, there was no restaurant at the airport and when we asked for food, they let us know that we had to make a reservation and nothing could be arranged! So we had to take a 20 min. walk to the Place Jemaa El Fna to find some restaurants and be able to eat. Gladly we passed some kiosks on the way to buy some cold water. Also the way to Jemaa El Fna is very easy, just straight on and at the Koutoubia Mosque to the left.
Our son was awake around 5:30 and we could entertain him for 1,5 hour in the room, but then we took him to the pool downstairs too cool off, but the owner stepped out of his room, angry and telling us 'NO!' like an angry father. This while our son wasn't shouting and very happy singing songs in the room and laughing when he saw the pool. Off course when we needed to go back to the room that was different and he was crying very loudly.
Breakfast was poor and tasted old. I've asked the owner the night before for some boiled milk for our son, but in the morning we've found out there was no milk, even for our coffee!
The personnel looked annoyed from the moment we arrived.
We didn't feel relaxed and felt like we were staying in the owners house.
We don't recommend going to this/a riad with young kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Entirely renovated in 2006 respecting the original architecture, Riad DAR EL KHEIR is traditional home, but with all the modern comforts, located in the romantic medina of Marrakech, at 5 minutes working from the famous place Djemaa el Fna , your guest can relax on our quiet terrace and enjoy the sun. Afterwards they may sample the fabulous Moroccan cuisine on the patio. The Riad is built around 2 flower-filled patios in the center with nice swimming pool, includes six rooms and nice terrace roof. ... more less
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