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“Oasis in the mayhem.”
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Riad Dar One
Ranked #23 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful Raid, friendly helpful staff, a lovely relaxing place to chill after a day in Medina. We were in the Sirocco Room which was amazing, for some reason i thought the room was more secluded than what it is. The private terrace (roof of the room) is accessed by a small spiral staircase. We went on a trip to a Berber village which was organised by the Riad. Also we went for a traditional Hammam which was a great experience. The Riad was full when we stayed but it was so quiet. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in the site on the top floor. It was the only room upstairs so it was quiet and gorgeous. Upstairs offers many sitting areas for reading and tanning. Then above our room there is another private cabana, one of the best views I've seen.

The service is one of the best I have ever experienced. They accommodated us to the max. Also we took our breakfast upstairs and it a beautiful experience, but we did feel bad because we were a party of nine and the hotel stag has to bring everything up the flights of stairs multiple times.

The hotel also offer cooking classes at their other hotel and I highly recommend it. The chef took us to the medina to purchase all the ingredients so we experienced purchasing grocery like the Moroccans do. Very fun. Then the hotel driver takes you to the other location to cook the dinner. The other hotel is a large estate resort. It is per friendly because there are with resort dogs and ten horses. I will try and stay at this other hotel next time we I visit Marrakech.

Highly recommend this hotel for everyone, especially honeymooners.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank AndrewandIvy
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place really is as calm, cool and well run as the reviews suggest. An oasis in an otherwise hectic and bustling city. The rooms are excellently appointed with one of the best beds and easily the best bath we've ever had. Staff were very helpful (although they neglected to mention the change of time due to ramadan) and while the breakfast is decent we were fortunate enough to have them prepare a traditional pigeon pastilla for lunch by the pool which was simply outstanding.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room with a bath down by the swimming pool and would highly recommend.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

A stunning old Riad, stylishly renovated and interior designed. Service which would put most five star hotels to shame. You would never know you were staying in the heart of the medina, its quiet and peaceful, a calm only occasionally broken by the call to prayer. Jean (the owner) was incredibly helpful before our arrival advising on restaurant bookings, a hot air balloon ride, and quad biking, all of which he booked and arranged on our behalf. The day and night managers, Abdel and Khalid are charming, knowledgeable, gentle and kind and incredibly helpful. All the rooms are stunning. We chose Sirocco which is on the top floor with its own private roof terrace which is secluded. There is an outside spiral staircase to access it, off the main roof terrace, which can be used by other guests, although no other guests did use it! One previous reviewer commented that all the rooms are dark. This is true, only Sirocco has windows to the outside, but this is the Moroccan way, to keep OUT the heat. The rest of our party stayed in the second floor Dune room, which was lovely, but had no outside space, but the biggest bath I have ever seen in my life!! The Riad feels calm and secluded and is an oasis of luxury in this vibrant, chaotic city. Coming back to the Riad at night when the candles were lit was always a treat. This is a truly special place, if you are considering booking, then do not hesitate, you will not be disappointed. Their website is very accurate, the photos are true to life (not always the case these days!) and we considered it good value. Do not miss the treat of dinner on the roof terrace one night. Breakfast is a simple yoghurt, breads, honey/jam affair with wonderful coffee and fresh orange juice. This was varied one day with the addition of pastries and boiled eggs on another. All delicious, all served with a smile. If I had to find fault then its a shame there is no wifi on the top floor which meant we had to go downstairs. Not really an issue, it was such a pleasure to sit in the gorgeous sitting room, or by the internal water feature that it was no hardship! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, they made us feel they were there just to serve us, which they did absolutely brilliantly. A wonderful stay in the magical city.

Room Tip: Dune can take an extra bed for a child. Has an enormous bath and very high ceilings. Sirocco on th...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

My daughter (20) and I stayed at this Riad recently and as described below it is an oasis in a noisy busy city of dust and heat. Jean always greets his guests when they arrive and after many email exchanges with him I felt that we knew each other. He is a kind and gentle man with a wealth of knowledge about the area. It was his devoted staff that really made the stay for us. Abdel, Jean's right hand man, was particularly friendly and spoke excellent English. The other staff worked tirelessly to make our stay enjoyable. We'd like to especially thank those who carted heavy breakfast trays to all the guests on the terrace!
Another point about this Riad is it's interior, it has been decorated in a very classy and tasteful way with roses adorning all the tables in the lobby. We both highly recommend this Riad. TRAVEL TIP: take kids tee-shirts with you to give to the local kids as they LOVED the ones we gave them plus our clip on kangaroos. Thanks Jean and his team.

Room Tip: All rooms are great with the biggest one on the ground floor near pool.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Spleenie2013
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Perfect oasis in the city, beautiful building located within the old city, amazing court yard, quiet, relaxing and the rooms are simply stunning. Staff were great. Would definitely recommend this little gem.

Thank Jimmy_Kipper
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stayed at Dar One from 26-30 June 2014, in the Dune room.

Plus points:
It's a lovely Riad, the decor is modern and really we'll thought through
Our room was perfect for us - and we think the best choice overall
The roof terrace is private and very relaxing
The staff are all exceptionally helpful and thoughtful (e.g. Jean notified a restaurant he booked for us that it was my birthday - the staff at the restaurant made a big fuss of me and sang when the dessert was delivered!)
The evening meal we ate there was delicious
The bath in our room was massive - my boyfriend (who is 6'2") could almost lie flat!
It's close to the main square - about a 10 min walk

Down sides:
There weren't really any major ones, but if pushed:
A little more variety at breakfast would have been good (perhaps fruit/cereal/fresh pastries)
The room was quite dark - but I think that you're likely to get that in most places near the square as it's so built up.
We really wanted the Sirocco room when we booked but were glad it was already booked - the room over looks, and opens out onto, the roof terrace. Which is lovely, but the terrace is for all guests to use and people are able to look in when you have the shutters open.

Room Tip: Go for Dune - it's on the middle floor, is super quiet and has a massive bath!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 19 derb Jemaa el Kabir | Hay Salam, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#34 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $96 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Dar One 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dar One has been renewed with elegance and originality and combines harmoniously design, charm of the old riads and modern comfort. A particular care have been brought to all the lamps and to the thick curtains witch give a smart and funny touch, "very vintage" . An attentive and smiling staff is present 24h on 24 to serve, advise and meet all the expectations of travellers. A haven of peace in the heart of the Medina. ... more   less 
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