My husband and I stayed five nights here in July 2009. The riad is beautiful (seemingly very authentic) and wonderfully calm (except for prayer times from the nearby Koutoubia!) The staff were exceptional - we were greeted with mint tea and biscuits on arrival, given maps and a brief overview of the city. Mohammed often climbed three flights of stairs to serve us drinks on the terrace, offered impartial local knowledge (cost of taxi fares, directions to local bureau de change, etc) and served us breakfast out of hours (early plane back to the UK). The staff were even kind enough to look after some of our purchases for 9 days (Marrakech was our first and last stop between a holiday to Essaouira).
The only downside to the riad is that it is hidden away down some derbs (alleyways) which may be a little daunting for solo female travellers. Definitely worth organising a taxi through the riad so you don't get lost on arrival. However aside from this, it is only about 7 mins walk to the craziness of Jemaa el Fna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar al Kounouz a charming riad in exceptional calm in the heart of the medina, in the historic district of Mouassine, close to the fountain, the souks and Jemaa El-Fna. Dar Al Kounouz offers refined comfort and authenticity of a beautiful Moroccan decor. Its staff remains attentive and discreet, you will enjoy all the virtues of Moroccan hospitality. Around the patio: 6 charmingly intimate bedrooms with bathroom, air conditioning, telephone, safe and satellite TV. Free Wifi. And One suite “Jade” with 2 bedrooms able to sleep up to 6 clients. Dining room, hammam, are at your disposal. Beautiful panoramic terrace with pergola and caidal tent, leaning against the Dar El Bacha Palace (with its walls, trees, and birds singing ...). Delicious Moroccan specialties on request. ... more less
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