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Reviewed 28 October 2012

my friend booked this riad so I had no idea what to expect. We arrived at night and it was like stepping into a little haven in the middle of the madness going on outside. The rooms are simple and perfect, the service was great and in the morning we went to the rooftop to see a view of the atlas mountains in the distance.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank kchan79
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Where to start with this hotel... if you want to really visit Marrakech you have to stay here. The hotel is situated in the middle of the old town and you are surrounded by the local moroccan community. The hotel is a little gem in an ocean of dirt, muck, and culture. It is peaceful and tranquil, however, beware, it is not a 5* luxury hotel, it really is a moroccan guesthouse. The courtyard is beautiful and the rooms are very nice, however opt for one of the ones upstairs. We did not pay extra and got the biggest room, however, the aircon was leaking over the toilet. The breakfast is not your usual continental breakfast, it is bread, pastries, and jams, the tea and coffee is microwaved warm (obviously already premade earlier that morning) and it leaves you feeling very tired and groggy. We needed protein and found a lovely local (at the square - 17min approx walk) restaurant serving lovely food for very cheap! the rooms are clean-ish, the floors werent great but it was all very moroccan, the upstairs rooms have aircon and the downstairs one have fans, there was somethings that were broken etc as in on the terrace some of the furniture was broke, however, we were told, that, some of the other guests that had stayed there just before we got there had broken it, by other guests. The hotel is amazing if you want the proper Moroccan experience. However I would advise that you stay here for 3-4 days tops and go to a resort for the rest of your trip (we stayed for 7days and regretted not doing it) The hotel does not have a pool, just some sunloungers on the terrace. We had dinner there once, be aware.. it is very expensive. We were paying 70Dirhams at the restaurant for two to eat, whereas, in the hotel it was about 240dirhams for a meal (and the food, although nice, was not as nice as the local restaurant (toubkal).
All in all, the hotel is very nice, authentic, and beautiful, it is set around a courtyard and all the rooms lead off of it, its a beautiful charming place and the manageress is lovely however, the guy that works there is rude. The downsides are, you are surrounded by culture, some may see this as the thing they want, if it is then do stay here, if you want a proper holiday then dont stay in a riad for more than 3-4 days. I would recomend this hotel.

Room Tip: Get one of the upstairs rooms, the one furthest away from the staircase is the best one.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank louiseM91
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We stayed in Riad Dar Nabila for 4 nights from 12th february. I booked this as a surprise 50th Birthday present for my Partner, so wanted it to be perfect. He had mentioned that he would like to go to Marrakech and stay in a traditional Riad. We were collected at the airport and Cecilia met us from the taxi and led us down to the Riad. once inside we were given mint tea and pastries and made very welcome.
our room was not the one we had booked so were given another room which was fairly small but very comfortable. we were on the lower floor so the room led out onto the central courtyard, so you didn't really have a great amount of privacy but this seems to be the case in most small Riads. It does say tea/coffee making facilities in the room but there were none, so Cecilia let us use the kitchen for this whenever we wanted to, we also kept some things in the fridge.
Cecilia was lovely, she was very helpful and cooked us a wonderful tajine, although eating in the Riad was 15 euros (expensive compared to restaurants ) we ate there one night and it was lovely.
We were there on Valentines Day and Cecilia bought roses which Andy (my partner) arranged for her she even let us have one for our room.
I see people have mentioned recently of being "locked in " and the place being unattended at night. we did notice that there was no one there at night, which was slightly worrying regarding emergencies etc. however we had a key and could get out if we needed to. We had booked a bus to Essaouira and were up making tea at 5.30 am, no one was there but we just let ourselves out when we were ready .
There is a lovely sun terrace on the top of the Riad, this was great and even in February it was very hot and sunny.
Outside the Riad was a different matter, we got lost on the first night after a taxi dropped us off and said "your Riad down there" we wandered around for a while and then 2 lads walked us back to the Riad they did expect paying but I was so glad to be back safe. After this bad experience we got a taxi back to the bus station and then just walked through madina gates and down to the Riad, it is easy to find if you remember a few landmarks or street names.
Marrakech is an amazing place to visit, most of the people are friendly and a bit of politeness and respect goes a long way here ! The night market is fascinating,we sat on a restaurant roof terrace watching them set up one evening, just seeing how it comes alive was great.
You do get pestered by shop keepers but we just said no, thank you and that was fine.
The streets are quite dirty and there is begging but you just have to accept this, although it was difficult to begin with.
We had a trip to the Atlas mountains organised by the Riad. It was just us and a driver, we stopped off in a little town and visited a market before going to the mountains, what a great day.
We also took a local bus to Essaouira we paid about £24 for both of us, it is a 3 1/2 hour journey but well worth it, the port was lovely and relaxed, a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We had all day there, compared to just a few hours if booked through the Riad and much, much cheaper !
We will certainly be going back to Marrakech and will probably spend a couple more nights in the Riad.

Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor will certainly have more privacy than those on the bottom.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank lizz14
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Very hard to find. Were lost finding the Riad finally when we got there at 1am the lady happily opened up and showed us to our rooms offering to make us something to eat too.
sevice wasn't bad maybe because we were'nt really there all the time.
Overall not a bad place.

not sure if there was a swimming pool.

Room Tip: make sure the a/c is working
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank mo a
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Reviewed 18 June 2012 via mobile

This was the first place we stayed at on our trip to Morocco and we were very happy with it. It was very peaceful and the owner was really helpful and arranged a camel trek for us and helped us with anything we needed. The staff are friendly and our room was perfect for us, the courtyard was especially nice. It was a little more expensive than other places we have stayed but worth the money

  • Stayed: June 2012
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