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“A Sancturary in Marrakech” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Housnia
Ranked #216 of 1,177 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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“A Sancturary in Marrakech”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

This is a the most beautiful, serene accommodation I have stayed in for a very long time. It is immaculately clean, beautifully laid out and appointed and attention is paid to the smallest detail. The staff are superb and the Dar is well managed by Boudna. Badr, the major domo, couldn't do enough for us. He would walk us to restaurants to ensure we didn't get lost. He went and bought railway tickets for our trip to Fez to save us the hassle of going across town. He paid for a street stall takeaway from his own pocket for a young friend of my daughters who had just come off a camel trek and came to visit us and didn't have any cash small enough for the vendor. As well, he serves the magnificent meals cooked by Madame Rachida, who could easily out cook most of the chefs in Marrakech. With the help of Nadia and Lamia, he keeps the place immaculately clean. We had rented the Dar side - with two separate en suite bedrooms, a living room and a private terrace and we felt like we lived in a palace. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is seldom that I wish to return to a place, given how much of the world there is to see, but I would love to return to Dar Housnia and spend longer there. My only regret is that we travelled to a resort for what was supposed to be a highly regarded hammam. It wasn't and later I found that the Dar Housnia offers its own steam baths and massages and I sincerely wish I'd enjoyed one of their treatments, because I feel sure, as with everything else they do, this would have been first class. This is the place to stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank Kerre W
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We have just had a wonderful week at Dar Housnia. It is a beautiful house - very stylish. We stayed in the Patio room which has a great Turkish bath. The best thing about Dar Housnia is the fantastic staff. They take great care of the guests and the food is really special. We couldn't recommend this highly enough. We would love to go back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Words cannot describe the experience at Dar Housnia we had first week of Mar 2014! Great, clean, beautifully decorated rooms and relaxing places at the courtyard and terrace as well as clean plunge pool and amazing service. Above all the genuine hospitality by the staff of the riad! The chef at the riad called Rachida is probably the best chef in Marrakesh as she prepares fresh breakfast everyday for the guests with nice different things and in addition her dinner and lunches were better than the top restaurants we got recommended to visit! Seriously with this riad you do not need to eat outside! In addition as we were two girls vising the young guy kindly accompanied us to get taxis later in the evening and he was coming to pick us up - this was so kind of them! Moreover the riad is conveniently located close to place Moqf where you can grab cabs but also very close to the souks and some of the natable sight seeing attractions like Musee de la Photographie, Musee du Marrakesh and the famous Medersa Ben Yousef! This riad goes the extra mile and makes you want to visit Marrakesh again! It is such a great opportunity to see a project like this setting new standards and we will definitely be back! Last but not least the riad has a wonderful spa - we tried the hamam & massage treatment: it was reasonably priced and excellent! Make sure you try it too! Thank you Dar Housnia staff - see you all soon!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Donnez, Owner at Dar Housnia, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Dear Mrs,
many, many thanks for your compliments !
All the team thanks you

kind regards
Eveline Donnez
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

We just came back from Dar Housnia. We rented the Dar side, meaning the separate house which consists of two double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a living room with fireplace, a private terrace and the pool "almost" privat. It's a beautiful setting, very privat but with the service of the hotel part (the other side of the Dar is divided in 3/4 rented rooms). Rachida their cook is absolutely amazing and prepares home made healthy dishes but anyway sophisticated, one of the best meals ever. The Dar is beautifully decorated and well kept.
All the services at the Riad are not cheap, but after the noise, dirt and crowded streets of the Medina, one is happy to have a hammam/massage or good meal in front of the fireplace and everything is available even on a last minute requirement.
A suggestion, do NOT go to a place called Ali Palace nor the dromedary ride they suggest. I wanted a typical maroccan dinner with local music and belly dancer and the housekeeper reserved it. It's an ugly tourist "en masse" place with mediocre dinner under tents at a fixed ripoff cost, with various bored/tired musician/dancer and horse show at the end. Concerning the dromedary ride, it's endless..... 2h of walking boring tour, back killing. Again really felt like the perfect setup for naive tourists, not what one imagines.
We would definitely go again for the Riad side.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Kilada11
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Turin, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

The staff were really friendly and helpful. The Riad and facilities are beautiful. The building renovation it's really nice with a lot of interesting and elegant details. The breakfast and dinner is delicious. A really nice place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

We stayed at the Dar Housnia Riad in October 2013.... Accommodation was relaxed and beautiful. Extremely clean and great decor. Staff were amazing and made our holiday extra special, nothing was too much trouble and the food produced by the inhouse cook was fantastic. Location was excellent being right at the heart of the old town, but be prepared to get everywhere on foot as cars can not get direct to the Riad (although this was not an issue for us and added to the marrackech experience) if we travelled back to marrakech, we would definitely stay at this Riad again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Tunbridge Wells
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

We stayed a few days with friends on the outskirts of Marrakech, but also wanted to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the medina. This is my fourth time in Marrakech but the first time in a Riad, we chose well. This beautiful haven only a ten minute walk from the Djemaa el Fna square through narrow streets and busy, colourful souks, was perfect. My husband and I went with two daughters to celebrate the 21st birthday of one of them and we stayed in the Douria suite, two double en suite rooms, beautifully decorated, very ethnic with the traditional Moroccan balcony a mashrabiya overlooking the internal sitting room with tv, music facilities etc. and our own roof terrace overlooking the hundreds of other roofs of the medina and the most beautiful seating, eating area under a carved wooden canopy. The roof area and the swimming pool area were comfortable places to sun worship and the architects nightmare, designing a swimming pool on the first floor was just so right, the temperature was perfect and it had a jet to swim against.
The breakfast was cake, pancakes, fruit salad, yoghurt alternating each morning. We're an odd family and have a few food intolerances sadly, so my daughter was allowed into their kitchen to cook porridge !!!! but the Moroccan version of eggy bread was amazingly delicious. We went out to eat on two nights, once just up the alleyway to a stall selling 'fish and chips' - boned fried sardines, fried aubergines and cold chips, which we had as take away with an awful chocolate muffin and went back to our lovely sitting room and played games. The last night however, we ate at Dar Housnia on the main terrace for a change, just such a warm friendly atmosphere with comfortable seating and a very tasty lamb tagine, and apple tart for desert. All the staff without exception are happy to help and are very friendly. I wish we had made use of the massage, but never seemed to have time. Initially, when you arrive by car on the outskirts and hear that you have to walk through the streets with luggage don't be concerned ! A man with a cart will be there, he takes your luggage, you follow him (keeping out of the way of speeding mopeds and bikes) and five minutes later you are entering a happy, tranquil home with tea being offered.
Thank you to everyone at Dar Housnia, it was a pleasure.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Dar Housnia
Address: 2 derb Lalla Azzouna, Medina de MKH | Medina de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #216 of 1,177 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Housnia is an elegant guesthouse, unique in marrakech, comprisinga Riad and a Douiria wich articulate around an inside terrace with a lovely swimming pool.Dar Housnia was renovated in the true style and spirit of Arabian Andalusian architecture, using traditional methods.Dar Housnia is located in one of the most authentic district of the Medina, only at 5 min walking from the Medersa Ben Youssef and a 15 min from the legendary Jemaa el Fna square.The riad has 4 suite junior and the Douiria 2 rooms, each with a bathroom.An traditional hammam as well as a massage room allow to enjoy wellmess cares at dar Housnia...just next to your room.Rachida, our cook, can offer you a choice of dishes for lunch or dinner.having a candelight "tte-à-tte" dinner on the roof terrace, listening to a quiet music is a blessing!Free wifi, Guard 24h/24H. ... more   less 
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