Dar Nour El Houda is located in the northern part of the Medina and is very close to the souks, so much so that this area of the Medina is almost unavoidable in getting to and from Dar Nour. Like many guesthouses, it is located down a series of winding alleys and can be difficult to find. Despite being situated right in the heart of the bustling market area, Dar Nour is extremely quiet and a very calm space.
Although we visited at the beginning of March, the room was already quite warm in the morning and during the day; however, it was equipped with both a heater and air-conditioning system.
The rooftop terrace, where our room was located and where breakfast was served, offered spectacular views of the city and of the Atlas Mountains, which were snow capped even at 30c in early March. The breakfast was delicious, consisting of a selection of breads, a serving of butter, two small selections of jam, and either yoghurt or fresh fruit. When checking in, we were also asked to choose between tea and coffee with our breakfast. Water and other refreshments were at an extra charge, nevertheless, we were provided with tea and biscuits upon arrival.
The staff members at Dar Nour were friendly and helpful, providing very good advice on what one should know when shopping in the souks, and where best to eat out. It is possible to have evening and lunchtime meals at Dar Nour; although, we didn’t try these. Excursions and trips out of town can also be arranged at the Dar, something we may have availed of had we been staying in Marrakech more than 4 days.
We had a very pleasant stay overall at Dar Nour El Houda and would recommend it. Due to its secluded location down a series of alleys, we tended to be cautious not to return too late at night.
We stayed in the Terrace Double Room on the rooftop, which was a great location, but did not have any views from its window (only of the terrace). The room had sufficient space, but we would have benefited from a little more. The bathroom had a dividing curtain instead of a door, but this is also not unusual in Marrakech.
The wifi was most accessible on the rooftop terrace, but not in the room and not consistently in the communal areas either. Most notably, the plunge pool in the courtyard was not available during our stay, and this is covered over in the winter months. We were not aware of this in advance and were disappointed that we could not enjoy it while at Dar Nour.