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“Coolest Riad in Marrakech - oh yeah!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Dar Najat
Ranked #42 of 511 Hotels in Marrakech
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Oxford
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3 hotel reviews
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“Coolest Riad in Marrakech - oh yeah!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

Our second stay with Olivier at Dar Najat, purposely booked to stay there as a trip to Marrakech is only completed by staying at Dar Najat Riad.

Olivier's hospitality and friendly, attentive staff are excellent and the atmosphere is cool and calm, the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and such a great place to return to when you're done with exploring the Souks, Palaces and Squares of the Medina.

Relaxing on the roof terrace (in the spa-pool) with a complimentary mint tea or freshly squeezed orange juice is something to look forward to and never fails to deliver. The food is also excellent

All the facilities are top notch, refurbishment is ongoing and every room has been improved and remain fresh, clean, cool and comfortable. Our room was a double with en-suite shower which was always hot, beds made daily, fresh towels etc.

If you're seeking calm, relaxed, efficient accommodation in the Medina (the only area to stay in) then book with Dar Najat, you won't regret it......promise.
Colin & Julia - Oxford, UK

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed at Dar Najat for two nights after a short holiday in coastal Essaouira. There we had been staying in the excellent Riad Bab (see 5 star reviews), also owned by Olivier, but as the wind got a bit chilly, Olivier embraced our revised plan to arrive in Marrakech a day earlier. We were met at the bus station and driven the short distance around the city walls (with a wonderful introductory commentary from the driver!) and into the medina where Olivier's staff met us and took us by foot through the tiny streets to the riad. It is beautiful! We arrived in the dark so everything was lantern lit and the terrace was completely magical. We had such a good supper and, on reflection, should have enjoyed the excellent cooking of Dar Najat's Kitchen for both nights. Our bedroom was perfect: beautiful, spotless, comfortable, quiet and with gorgeous antique mirrors, lanterns and furniture. It felt palatial and yet completely accessible and friendly too. In the mornings, we had delicious and plentiful breakfasts of eggs, pastries and fresh fruit, and were shown the way to the main square and advised about safety (food and physical), where to shop, where to eat, what to see and why for a short stay it really was worth doing the most touristy of things and taking a kalesh ride around the Medina (it was -- we went and saw things we would never have seen on foot). The staff prepared a perfect last lunch for us on the terrace before arranging for and taking us to the airport-bound taxi. This was included in the price as was our arrival taxi and one of the meals. You couldn't ask for better service, fresher food or a warmer welcome. We will certainly return.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Candida64
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Very friendly owner and crew and top service. Beautiful riad and good rooms.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SurfNoople
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

I liked:
Good location 10 minutes from main square, friendly smiling staff, food at breakfast, quiet (long way from mosques with calls to prayer), free wifi (though 0.5 mg speed only), Harry Potter (house tortoise), freshly squeezed orange juice (included in price), taxi to and from airport (included in price), first evening meal (included in price).

I disliked:
Small rooms, very "samey" African pictures throughout, breakfast coffee in Thermos flasks not freshly made cafetiere, polyester cotton sheets, haphazard service sometimes.

I would give it 3 1/2 stars if this were possible. If it were my first stay at in a riad I might have been knocked out.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank OldChap33
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RiadDarNajat, Owner at Riad Dar Najat, responded to this review, March 24, 2012
Hi Dear Sir! Thanks for your kind contribution .
thanks for the "pluses" and..considering the " minuses" i would just say that our breakfast is with ..fresh coffee and pure Arabica..(I’m addicted to the coffee and do provide a good one my friend. Also delivered fresh fruits minute made & fresh oranges juices also minute made ..scrambled eggs..pains au chocolat and oriental crepes.
and all are always praying about the breakfast in dar najat which is so far described as a great one..so sorry if you don't appreciate it.
Same for the bed, you are not the first guest to say that our sheets are in polyester..true..but for 5% of the sheet dear..and 95% in pure cotton ..(better maintenance)
You also don't seem to appreciate the art in dar najat and sorry if we are not your cup of tea regarding art craft & co.
all styles and tastes in nature even..if you can perfectly see the design and style online. But again..all tastes are valuables and i cannot say that mine is better than yours dear guest!
thanks anyway to be fair enough to notice we offered you free dinner and free transfers from the airport and to notice that the staff was smiley and nice..
We are sad not to be the perfect place we wish to be regarding your comment but just will say that you rate us ..poorly even if your post is globally nice but ..doesn’t seem again to do justice to the place to be sincere…
we wish you anyway the best for your futures accommodations which we hope will give you a total satisfaction.
Cheers! oliver.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

Spent 5 delightful days and nights overall at the magical Riad Dar Najat. We cant say enough kind words about the lovely staff and service that you will find here and we feel as if we were leaving dear friends when it came time to depart. Thank you to Oliver, Amin, Ahmed, Mohammed,Tourik, Said and Leila forall that you did to make our stay so memorable. The delightful breakfasts on the terrace, personally guiding us in the Medina to find a destination, delicious tagine dinners on two of the evenings, setting us up with excursions, plus always a smile to greet you or send you on your way. It was a pleasure to stay here and we hope to see again someday, inshallah.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

I have stayed at this riad before and no doubt will be staying there again. The experience from start to finish was a positive one.

I had booked directly on the riads website, so I got the airport transfers for free, which is a great help in Marrakech as the taxi drivers at the airport can be a nightmare, they will try to overcharge you by double or more, with the riad taking care of the transfer, it took all of the stress out of the situation as a driver was waiting for me at the airport and took me straight to the riad. The drive from the airport is around 15 minutes, the driver can get to within 100 yards of the riad and when we got there, one of the riads staff members was waiting to take my luggage.

It was 25 degrees in Marrakech when I got there, it felt really hot, but once inside the riad, the heat seems to disappear, the air con was already on in my room which felt really nice. The room itself was very nice, it is tastefully decorated with authentic African artwork. I had a nice double bed which was very comfortable, it was not hard but also not too soft, somewhere in the middle. The pillows were nice and soft and everything was clean. All of the rooms in this riad are en-suite, there was a very powerful shower in the bathroom, with hot water 24/7. There were the usual complimentry toiletries and the towels were changed everyday. There was also a complimentry bottle of mineral water in the room, a nice touch as I found that all of the soft drinks, orange juice and tea/coffee are complimentry in this riad. There was also free WIFI available throughout the riad, it was very fast and I got an instant connection everytime I wanted to use it.

The riad itself is split into 4 floors, the accommodation is on the ground floor and first floor, there is then a terrace where you can relax and have your food, there is a private room where you can sit and relax in your own space. There is a massive heated Jacuzzi on this terrace which was nice after a hard days shopping around the souks. There is also an upper terrace, this also has a private room there, a number of sunbeds to catch the sun and also another area to relax and lounge around in. This upper terrace is wonderful in the evenings as you can take your drink up there and just look at all of the stars shining in the sky, a really relaxing experience.

The staff at this riad are so friendly, they are always there for you, whatever you need they will get it for you. The one day I wanted to go to a shop that was a 10 minute walk away, as I was in a rush, one of the staff members took me there on the back of his moped, another great experience I will never forget. All of the staff at the riad speak good English and the owner Olivier is always at hand to give you his advice. The riad itself is based in a quite area of the old medina of Marrakech, it is a 5 minute walk away from the Jemma el Fna square and only a few minutes away from the souks of Marrakech.

The food at this riad is excellent, the breakfast at this riad is an experience in itself, you get fresh orange juice, omelettes, fresh breads, waffles, pastries, tea/coffee, it is very filling and keeps you going. The staff are very flexible and will cook your breakfast whenever you wake up, this is a great point as if you want to sleep in one day, you dont have to worry about missing breakfast time. The riads restaurant has recently opened up to guests who are not staying at the riad, it was a great experience to meet new people and I found myself chatting away with them about their adventures in Marrakech. The restaurant is called Dar Najat's Kitchen and serves traditional Moroccan food, I would say the best you will find in all of Marrakech. My personal favourite was the chicken tagine, which was cooked to perfection, if you are staying in Marrakech then you must try the food at this riad in the evening, you will be so happy you did as it is an experience not to be forgotten.

I stayed 3 nights at this riad and then another 2 nights at its other riad in Essaouria, which is called Riad Bab Essaouira, all of the transfers were arranged for me and it is a great way of seeing two different places on one holiday.

If you are thinking of staying in a riad in Marrakech, then you cannot go wrong at Riad Dar Najat, have a look at the photos on their website and then book directly with them to get the best offers. Next time I am in Marrakech, I will definitely be staying at this riad again, highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MIB15
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

Riad Dar Najat is a very friendly, well decorated and relaxed house, centrally located in the old Medina of marrakech . The food was excellent; ample breakfast and very good dinners. The rooms were not big but tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the owner ( french and english speaking )could always be approached on the premises to give good advice. Softdrinks ( freshly pressed orange juice !)were for free and they take and bring you to the airport at no extra costs. So, if you are looking for a comfortable place to stay in Marrakech, this is definitely the place to be !

Ariaan & Richard from Amsterdam

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ariaan
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Property: Riad Dar Najat
Address: Derb Lalla Chacha 18 | Douar Graoua, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#26 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Najat 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dar Najat,Traveller's Choice 2015 by Trip Advisor. "Coolest Boutique Riad in Marrakech" is a very intimate riad with a hot tube Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, 5 minute walk away from the famous and colourful Jemaa el Fna market area, right in the heart of the Medina of Marrakesh. This romantic 4-star boutique guesthouse has been freshly renovated to offer even more comfort and elegance than before. Let our friendly staff cater to your every request, and pamper you in lush, tranquil surroundings. Stepping out the front door takes you back to a former era, with the ancient, echoing sounds of the medina, Jemaa el Fna and the hectic hubbub of Marrakech life. After a busy day of exploration and shopping in this vibrant and exotic city, you can leave it all behind by enjoying a delicious meal or drink on one of our terraces, soothing your body in our rooftop jacuzzi, or just retiring to the warm, peaceful intimacy of your quiet and well-appointed room. Riad Dar Najat is a proud member of the "Coolest Riads in Morocco" Collection and we'll be more than glad if you try our new luxury guest house in Essaouira,Riad Bab Essaouira"Dar Najat's little sister Riad" with the possibility to have a " Marrakech/Essaouira Package Deal "for our best rates.cheers! Oliver. ... more   less 
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