We stayed at the riad for 4 nights. Stephane, the French owner, and his team were very friendly and definitely made you feel at home. The surroundings are beautiful and its a genuine oasis from the hustle & bustle of Marrakech itself.
Its worth booking a taxi from the airport (165 Dirhams which you pay to the riad. Return taxi to the airport is only 100 Dirhams and you pay the driver!). Honestly, you will never find it otherwise as the riad is situated down an alley way. Use the knocker on the big wooden door and someone will let you in.
The room is fine. Very clean with fresh towels every day, as you would expect. The toiletries are 'interesting' in glass bottles without labels. We still don't know to this day which the shampoo was! Also, you will need to ask for a hairdryer (seche cheveux) as there isn't one in the room. Or a television, although we did expect that.
Breakfast was fairly minimalist, but none the less typical of Morocco. Baguette, cake or pastry and usually a local crumpet or pancake. Washed down with coffee (you are only offered one cup mind you!) and local orange juice which is delicious.
The riad will do you a 3 course dinner for 20 Euros, but if it was me I wouldn't bother. You can eat cheaply locally. In Jemma el Fna (the main square which is 15 mins walk away) two of you can have dinner for around £10. For around £10-15 you can find dinner in a small restaurant in the side streets. We liked to finish off at the cafe on the corner overlooking the Koutoubia - it didn't have a name, but has a large canopy - coffee is around £1 and a diet coke around £1.50, so it won't break the bank.
We did feel a bit ripped off with dinner at the riad on New Year's Eve. Whilst the food was lovely, the service good and the ambiance memorable, we never got the coffee and Moroccan pastries that were promised at the end of the meal. It may have been because it was approaching midnight, but Stephane did seem to still find time to sell us a glass of bubbly at £4 each and a bottle of wine for £11!
Overall though, a positive experience. If we ever end up in Marrakech again we would defintely stay there.
- 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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