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“A calm oasis in hectic marrakech”
Review of Riad Dar Binebine

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Riad Dar Binebine
Ranked #407 of 1,139 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“A calm oasis in hectic marrakech”
Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed as a young (20s) couple in April this year. Upon arriving we were greeted by Jean Pierre, owner, a very friendly man from Toulouse (he also speaks very good english and has great knowledge of the area). Would advise the airport pick up, as the riad is hard to find first time & marrakech can be a bit overwhelming straight off the mark. It is, however much easier to find once you have your bearings, and provided us with a great spot to relax after the stress of the souks. ! Rooftop terrace is lovely & a great sun spot. All the staff were lovely and very friendly & attentive throughout our stay. Breakfast was delicious and can be served on the roof or under the orange tree in the central courtyard. A great stay!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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antalya
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

we stayed in DAR BİNE BİNE 3 nights which was best of all our trip in Marocco.when we walked old medina first we felt something weird....but after the gate open it was big surprise.
Lovely,cosy house jean pierre is excellent host.Breakfast was realy good.İdris (young guy) also realy friendly and helpfull.we definetly go back.we have a house in Marakes.:)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at this Riad, and I can't recommend it enough. We stayed for 3 nights in January. We found it relatively easy to find, warm, welcoming, beautiful inside, and the total chilled out accommodation we were looking for. English was spoken by most staff, who were warm and friendly, and made us feel at home.

We arrived to the airport and took advantage of the 10 euro taxi transfer from the airport - not much money in UK terms, and well worth it. Our driver was waiting, spoke English, happily pointed out various sites on the drive into the city, and then we were met by an English speaking staff member who walked us to the Riad. It was so hassle free that we also booked the transfer on the way back to the airport. We needed to checkin to the riad early - we asked in advance and it wasn't a problem.

Once we arrived, we were welcomed by the WONDERFUL Jean-Pierre. He, and the rest of the staff who we found all to speak English, showed us a map of the town and gave great tips on where to go when we asked.

Our room was the cheapest we could find ("standard double room") but you wouldn't have known - on the ground floor, it opened out onto a beautiful communal patio with many different spaces to sit, had a lovely en suite with complimentary showergel/bath essence and a very comfortable bed. There was also a chair and some sitting space in the room itself - something we found to be lacking in other riads at our price range. If you wanted a bit more privacy a 1st floor room might be better, but we were just fine and loved being near the large beautiful patio. There was ample hot water, and the Riad had no smell of drains (something we had read about it other riads) and we didn't get woken up in the mornings by the call to prayer. If you like afternoon naps, a 1st floor room could be better, as there was some talking etc. outside, but we still napped fine.

Mint tea is complimentary and available whenever you ask - and the real highlight for us was the open fire which was lit most evenings, which we could enjoy before going out. We found it beautifully warm - there were patio heaters and we had a gas heater in our room, although we didn't really need these even in January.

The Riad is about 15 minute walk from the main square which was the perfect distance - to be in amongst the chaos all the time would have been too much for us as we needed to relax, and this really was an oasis of calm. We found it relatively easy to navigate to and from the centre.

Breakfast was varied daily, and we had it on the roof terrace which had sofas, chairs, tables, and beds for the summer months. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate (enough to last a whole morning if required), beautiful homemade orange juice, different morroccan bread with butter & different jams/honey, morrocan pancakes, and then varied extras each day that included a bowl of pomegranate seeds (our favourite), yoghurt, even really lovely light banana bread.

Other guests we barely saw, and when we did they seemed to want what we did - a relaxing and peaceful stay near the buzz of the heart of the city.

We didn't take advantage, but good value lunch/dinner are available in the Riad if you want them (around 70-80dh for a light lunch, and 150dh for an evening 3 course menu).

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Dar Binebine was a little Oasis amongst the craziness of Marrakech. My boyfriend and I stayed three nights. We arranged a pick up from the airport that was helpful, but found the location to be centrally located and fairly easy to find (easy is a relative term when you are navigating the medina). The room was beautiful and spacious and we really like the ensuite bathroom with a bathtub - what a treat. Jean Pierre went out of his way to make sure our needs were met and to provide directions and suggestions. The entire staff was great. Like all Riads, it was a bit cold (it was the middle of winter) and a little loud in terms of hearing people in the courtyard, but we did not really mind as we preferred staying in authentic Riad and know this is common in most Riads. This was one of our favorite of the 9 different places we stayed in Morocco during our visit. We would highly recommend this Riad!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Dar Binebine and found it to be a great value. The owner, Jean-Pierre, was wonderful – very friendly and helpful with tips. It took us about 20 minutes to walk to the center square –it is in a bit less touristy part of town and we always felt safe, even when walking at night. The riad décor and interior was beautiful and breakfast was delicious. We had a car and it is tricky driving around Marrakesh but we lucked out and happened to find our way to a parking lot very close to the riad which cost a few dollars a night; we called Jean-Pierre (we also recommend purchasing Moroccan SIM which costs USD$ 12 at airport) and he walked over to escort us to the place. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Clean and picturesque little riad. Beware that it is quite difficult to find, we arrived at night and had major problems as the door is not well marked. However, the rooms are well designed and the staff very friendly and helpful. About 15-20 minutes walk to the main square and mosque. The windows let in quite a lot of light and you can hear morning prayers at 5am so bring eyeshades and earplugs if you are a light sleeper!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I stayed here for 4 days. It is about 15 mins walk to the main square and souks.Breakfast is served daily but is repetitive and so after the 2nd day you can get quite bored. It's continental breakfast mainly bread butter jam and yoghurt with a glass of fresh orange juice and a choice of mint tea or coffee. You may ask for eggs one day. Mahjoub the lady who looks after the place is great but speaks no english so can be difficult at times. If you speak french or arabic then you will have no problems communicating. I would recommend you arrange a taxi about 100 dirhams with the hotel as the riad is not easy to find especially at night.
There is free wifi available but does not always connect. Rooms are nicely decorated and cleaned daily. Also it is nice to relax on the roof top terrace during the evenings before going out for dinner.
I would highly recommend this place but as a whole marrakech is overrated as there is not much to do in this city.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Dar Binebine
Address: Bab doukkala-334 Derb Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #407 of 1,139 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 5
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