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Newest reviews for Riad Dar Alhambra

  • Mark
      Hong Kong
    July 22, 2014

    The Riad is beautifully decorated with a gorgeous roof terrace and art throughout. The breakfast is hearty with pancakes, muffins, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and conserves. The management were available day and night and arranged an early morning taxi to the nearby airport. The room was extremely large with a stunning bathroom with excellent storage space.

    The location is smack in the middle of the souks, just behind Ben Youssef mosque. After dark it can feel insecure once you leave the Riad. Indeed my partner and I had some problems with locals and felt threatened on several occasions. Being in the middle of the souks gives you the feeling of confusion. Each day the market stalls are moved and different large doors are opened and closed. I don't think we arrived back the same way twice and it often took more than an hour to find the Riad. You can not walk to the Riad without being hassled for money by locals, often they start by asking you if you are looking for the big square. They will follow you back trying to get some money out of you - a classic scam in Marrakech.

    7.1

  • Julie
      United Kingdom
    February 19, 2014

    Ideally located for wandering through the souqs on the way to the square. The owner and staff are very friendly and attentive. Make sure you contact them by email before you travel to organise a hotel transfer ( the cab driver will bring you straight to the door which is impossible to find without a guide!) the rooms are lovely and breakfast is just what you need to get you ready for a day walking. We really enjoyed our stay.

    10

  • Asher
      United States of America
    January 5, 2014

    My wife and I made this the last stop on our honeymoon while traveling through Morocco. Dar Alhambra was the third Riad we stayed in during our trip, and definitely the best serviced and most beautiful. Everyone who works there were exceptionally courteous and warm. They served us complementary breakfast no matter what time we woke, and tea whenever we returned from the Medina. The house manager organized taxis and a hammam for us upon request. Everyday we were pleasantly surprised with rose petals on our bed and throughout the room. It was the perfect haven from bustling Marrakech.

    Although we will definitely go back next time Marrakech, the only two issues we had with the Riad were communication. Neither my wife nor I speak Arabic or French which made working out logistics with the Riad somewhat difficult. Even so, the manager was always gracious and took as much time needed to understand what I was asking. Aside from this, their Internet correspondence was not very good. We emailed to confirm our reservation, and did not receive a reply. After having called to confirm, I emailed again with our travel itinerary to Marrakech, which was neither received nor responded to. Definitely call prior to arrival for a taxi to the Riad. It was quite an adventure finding it our first night.

    9.2

  • Anonymous
      Germany
    November 27, 2013

    Breakfast was good.

    We arrived there, and we were told that the place was full despite having booked. They put us at the Riad next door.

    7.5

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    November 10, 2013

    The building was beautiful. Ideal location if you want to be in the middle of the souks. Staff were friendly, although their English (and our French) could have been better. Easy to find, once you know where it is. Ask your taxi driver to take you to the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque...

    It's very noisy. You can hear everyone's conversations all the time!! Its also right next to a mosque with loudspeakers on it that call worshipers to prayer at 5am everyday - so don't expect a sleep in.

    7.5

  • David
      United Kingdom
    September 17, 2013

    The Riad Dar Alhambra is a beautiful building staffed with caring attentive staff that provides a calm oasis amongst the chaos of the souks. Behind the modest looking entrance door lies a tastefully decorated, traditional building with all the modern facilities you may need. The level of detail attended to in the decor is a sight to behold, with beautiful tiling, carvings and plasterwork adorning every corner. Breakfast was pleantiful, tasty and relaxed. The home cooked dinners were all delicious and very reasonably priced. The rooms and interior design of the Riad are exceptional, with lots of places to relax in small groups. The bed in our suite was massive, and very comfortable - as was the spa bath! The staff and Manager - Hamid, were all great, casual and laughing all the time, which in itself speaks volumes about the atmosphere of the riad - many more well known hotels should take note! The Riad Dar Alhambra is situated within the walls of the old city, on the edges of the Souk area, so it is ideal for wandering around the many bazaars and the maze of cobbled streets to find both tiny shops no bigger than a garden shed, and vast emporiums that could furnish a palace. You will get lost at first, but that can be part of the experience too. Le Foundouk restaurant is about 5 minutes walk away, and is an ideal place for a special meal, with fine dining and cocktails in elegant surroundings. The main square, Place Jamaa El Fna - is about 15 / 20 minutes walk away, once you get your bearings through the souk. Be warned though that finding your way back can be a task in itself, particularly at night when the shops close and gates that you had not even noticed can block your route home. We found that asking for the Ben Youssef Mosque usually got us sent in the right direction!

    The Dar Alhambra is a place of calm amid the hustle and bustle of the Souk area. While we would recommend the Riad to everybody, the location may not be suitable for the faint hearted, or those who may be worried by being lost inside a warren of similar looking alleys with very limited signage.

    9.6

  • Jasper
      Germany
    August 8, 2013

    Can I give an 11 out of 10? A gorgeous house, with beautiful rooms, a very pretty courtyard and an amazing rooftop terrace. The location in the old city is just perfect. But what sets this place apart from any other is the staff, which is incredibly helpful and friendly. Hamid, the manager, provided not just help organizing our trip, friendly conversations, and patient explanations of Morroccan history and customs, but would also invite us to have dinner with him or make us breakfast at 7 in the morning when we needed to break camp early. The staff really went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable.

    This is not Dar Alhambra's fault, but the Booking.com map is wrong! Do not pay attention to it. This place is not close to the Jardin Majorelle, but rather buried deep inside the Medina.

    10

  • Robert
      Australia
    July 29, 2013

    We after reading the reviews decided to stayed at riad dar alhambra for 8 nights.we were not disappionted,i think the riad exceeded our expectations. The building ,the staff and the setting and the food were all fantastic. Hamid the manager was always proffesional yet casual in giving great advice on restaurants and day trips out of marrakech.hmid made our trip memerable. Along with azziza and fatma they make a great team.its important to book a taxi with hamid before arriving , the riad is almost impossible to find on your own or with a taxi that doesnt know that part of the madina.we are already planning a return trip to dar alhambrafor next year. We have stayed in many 5 star hotels around the worldand the alhambra compares with the best of those

    If you lose your way in the medina you may have to pay the local youths for directions which are often intentionally wrong so end up paying another one for more directions, get your bearings and dont get lost

    10

  • Anonymous
      Netherlands
    July 29, 2013

    The room.

    The staff was a bit too formal but friendly.

    7.5

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