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“ok but be prepared to share a room with cockroaches” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Alfarah
Ranked #254 of 1,176 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton
1 review
“ok but be prepared to share a room with cockroaches”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The Riad is very well located and the hotel is beautiful. Unfortunately, most of the staff does not speak English, so brush up on your French! Especially the french older lady. She does not speak a WORD of English. However, one of the workers (Hamza) was very nice and could speak some English. With his help, we were able to organize several activities and get to the airport.

Despite the beautiful appearance, and great location there were some problems.
The Riad's internet only works near the pool, not in the bedrooms, despite what it may say online. The worst part, however, is the cockroaches. I have visited an African country before, so I expected some cockroaches, but not like this. We found a dead cockroach in our washroom, and although the room was "cleaned" daily, the cockroach was there for the remainder of our trip (about three days). The last night of our stay we found 6 cockroaches in our room running around. This was obviously very unpleasant!

If the bug problem was resolved I would recommend this to friends!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Virginia, USA
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The riad is well-located, beautiful, and in a quiet neighborhood. We took advantage of the airport transfer, so our driver had no problem finding the riad, and for 20 euros it was definitely worth it. Our room and bathroom were beautiful and spacious (we had a triple) but the air conditioning wasn't quite equipped for the 50+ degree August temperatures. In a hot country, some cockroaches are inevitable, but during our last night our room was basically invaded. We killed six quite large cockroaches, and, while our bathroom was re-stocked with clean towels every day and our beds were made, I'm not sure how well the room was cleaned--one sizeable (dead) cockroach by the bathroom door was left throughout the entirety of our stay. Wifi only works by the pool/front door (not in the bedrooms), but this was only a minor inconvenience. The breakfasts were delicious and the food was abundant.

Staff are very friendly and welcoming--the owner of the riad is nice but she doesn't speak any English, so we had trouble communicating with her. However, Hamza, who is around in the mornings and after about 4 p.m., speaks fluent English and was always willing to book excursions and taxis, provide directions, and even offered us some Arabic lessons.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank stircrazy12
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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were lucky with our room: we got a whole suite, just for the two of us.

The welcome tea went fine as well, The owner (from france) made some time for us to look at a map and gave us some guidelines for the trips we planned more to the south. Practical experience is always good to get.
The swimming pool was small, but refreshing, there is a roof terrace with some sunbeds (the suite has its own, large, terrace)
The whole riad was clean and well maintained. The breakfast was very good indeed as one can read in other reviews, but not as someone wrote: "that you can skip lunch afterwards").
The location of the riad is fine too. Close to "les tombeaux des Saadiens", "Palais Bahia", "Dar si Said", and "El Badia". And a bit further away, but still on walking distance from Djeema El Fna. Very close to the Riad you also find a souk where you van buy fruits, just like the local people.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is my first trip to Marrakech. We stayed here because of the location it was a great and easy walking distance (10 mins) to Jemaa el Fna. Hamza you are the best ! Very helpful, fantastic and made us feel very welcomed.

The breakfast was great and great rotation of different items each day. There is very little noise from the side streets. The rooms were fantastic, large and had it's own sitting area outside.

I would certainly come back here because of the great location and great staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank minnie_globetrotter
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The riad is really nice and the personnel simply friendly and ready to help for any kind of needs. The breakfast is delicious and abundant (you can easily skip the lunch ;)). Only one suggestion if you are going and coming back late make sure the taxi driver relly knows where the riad is situated ;) If you wan't to get a 100% Marrakech experience is definetely the place to go ;)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Monno81
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

On arrival we were greeted by lovely hostess and other members of staff. the riad and our room were fantastic and located a perfect distance from main hustle and bustle. the breakfast was incredible. a young man who works in riad was unbelievably warm and informative. Was so happy to have had the riad to read in after hectic two days in the city!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank scoutfinch83
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights (pretty much all you need for Marrakech!) in family suit with a group of friends with a great price from
Booking.com. Great staff ready to help with maps and leaflets, good breakfast, excellent location on a quiet side street 10min walk from all main sights, markets and best restaurants. Pool was not in use due to spring rains but on a sunny day the roof terrace offered bathing area. To upstairs room (like the family suit) no noise came from the street but kitchen was located under the windows causing noises from 8-9am. Room was massive with seating area, bath and shower, own terrace and two bedrooms but offered limited privacy as bedrooms were separated with curtains only from hallway. One ot the only riads we stayed in that had wine with dinner :)

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank olipakerran
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Property: Riad Dar Alfarah
Address: 58, derb Touareg | Ksibat N'Hass, Kasbah - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #254 of 1,176 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Alfarah 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the middle of the historical sites of Marrakech formed by the El Badi Palace, Bahia, the Saadian Tombs and the Royal Palace, 5 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna square, Riad Dar Alfarah is one of the more user-friendly guesthouses of the medina. To accommodate your dreams 10 rooms and (2 to 5 pers) combine Moroccan spirit and tradition. A large patio with a pool where upon arrival, Coralie, Stephan or Hamza will welcome you personally around a mint tea and traditional pastries. They will be available to answer your questions and help you discover Marrakech. The rooftop terrace has been converted to the comfort of our guests and their tranquility where you will be served a delicious cooking with colors Mediterranean and Moroccan. Breakfast riad is both continental and moroccan, through its various pancakes and fresh fruit juice, by its home made buns and breads, and seasonal fruit jams and by its surprises with milk or fresh fruits, made by Hafssa our cook. It is served on the patio around the pool, in our restaurant or on our rooftop terrace. The menu is an invitation to discover Moroccan cuisine but also international dishes revisited by Hafssa, plus "food allergies" special menus or "children" menu! For more choices, lunches and dinners are booking through our team as soon as possible. ... more   less 
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