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Dar al Assad
Ranked #367 of 1,146 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Simply the best.....”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We have just come back from 5 days in Marrakech, where we stayed in the Riad Dar Al Assad in the old medina from 9th April to 13th April. The taxi brought us to the Medina main square and a porter picked us up from the car to take us through the busy small streets to our hotel. The moment we entered Dar Al Assad we knew we had made the right choice as this is an absolute gem of a place. We received a beautiful room on the first floor, you do not get a key for your room, which is not necessary anyway, as you feel you are in somebody’s private home; there are 5 rooms all in all for guests and various areas to sit and either read, watch TV or meditate. The Dar Al Assad is a beautiful oasis of calm and peacefulness and its stunningly tasteful interior makes you want to live there forever. The rooms are all individually decorated and the bathrooms are very modern and stylish. The roof top terrace is a wonderful outside space to chill out. When we arrived we were greeted very friendly and received a fresh orange juice to cool us down. Later in the afternoon we saw another couple receiving a full Moroccan dinner, which you can order with the lady of the house. It looked very inviting and made us look forward to our breakfast. The breakfast turned out to be amazing. Fresh fruit, self-made delicious yoghurt, various freshly baked breads and pastries, various homemade jams, of which the strawberry jam is just to die for, and teas and coffees were awaiting us every morning the moment we came down the stairs. Nothing is too much for the lovely people working there to make sure your stay is a happy one. After a whole day and evening out in the medina you just feel privileged to come back to Dar Al Assad, especially when the whole place is bathed in a golden light from all the beautiful decorative lamps. We have taken so many photos of it, you could start thinking it is a little museum in itself. One thing is for sure, we know we will come back to Marrakech, but only if we can again stay in Dar Al Assad.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leyland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

I have just returned from a 2 night stay in this riad with 4 of my friends (all female). Don't be put off if your taxi driver drops you with a man and a wheelbarrow, he'll lead you through the crazy alleys to the riad where you enter into another world after the initial culture shock. Words cannot describe the beauty and intricate detailing that have gone into making this riad not only totally authentic but dripping with simplistic luxury. We were all so pleased with each little delight found on opening a door or climbling a flight of stairs. You're pretty much left with the run of the place and made to feel at home just lounging around on the roof terrace after haggling in the markets or enjoying a night cap in one of the several seating areas. If you're mad enough to be interested, there is a TV too with what looked like a DVD player and satelite TV box.
Breakfast was, as others have mentioned, another suprise with so much choice including home made yogurt, pain au chocolate, sweet pancakes, bread, butter, fried eggs, tea, coffee and the most amazingly freshly squeezed orange jiuce I have ever tasted. There are toiletries supplied in the room which even include a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Once again, we could not find fault with this riad and urge anyone to try the authentic Moroccan accommodation before booking a hotel. You're also right in the centre of this crazy city's bubbling chaotic daily life and there's no better place to jump right in!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights last weekend. The hotel is very well located, about 400m from Jemaa el Fna. The road to the hotel (Derb Dabachi) gets VERY busy around sunset. Once you get to the hotel though you can't hear anything, it truly is an oasis of peace and quiet.

We called in advance and asked for the Rubis room, a really nice and quite big room on the first floor. The bathroom is marble and tadelakt with a rain shower, very beautiful (shower was very good and hot). On arrival we were greated by Mrs Najat who offered us a free glass of freshly squeezed orange juice whilst checking in. Staff were very friendly and helpful; bear in mind though that there is no lock for the room however there is a safe and they do keep a close eye on who enters / exists the hotel. As it's a very small hotel this didn't worry us.

Breakfast was very good with plenty of very tasty food and tea / coffee. We booked in advance and got a deal through a third party website so we paid £150 for 3 nights which was an absolute bargain. We recommend the hotel thoroughly if you want to experience authentic Morocco rather than a chain hotel with a good location.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Walking across the square on the first night is a real shock to the senses but then you enter the house. It was beautiful. The owners have done a wonderful job. Najat is a delight - she organised taxis and we had a meal in the riad when we arrived. The food was unbelievable.
The rooms are all individually decorated and they gave us the choice because it wasn't busy.
Our room was fab. -the emerald room, the room was wonderfully cleaned every day and the modern bathroom was immaculate.
The staff were great- breakfast was a full meal in itself(pain au chocolat,bread, yoghurt ,jam,freshly squeezed orange juice,tea and a daily fried egg!)
The terrace was ideal - beautifully furnished and a lovely place to sunbathe and relax.
All in all one of the best places I have stayed in.Don't bother with the hotels stay in this riad!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I've been visiting Marrakech for the last 25 years. But It was the first time ever I stayed in a Riad. Some friends have strongly recommended me this one - What a wonderful experience!!

The staff was great, the service outstanding, the rooms full of warmth, luxury and authentic simplicity. I was so pleased by the quiet and personalised atmosphere that has been created by the owner - Such a difference from a hotel where you are just a customer within others customers!

On your own or with some friends or partners, it's simply a great Riad to stay in. Depending on what you're looking for, it shall give you some romance, an escape from the occidental civilisation or just a time for yourself!

In term of location, it's 2 minutes away from the historical center so that's ideal in Marakech!

I would simply recommend it to anyone who wish to experience an authentic Riad! Go for it...

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

My friend and I stayed at the riad for three nights during Christmas last year. We had the most amazing time there. The riad is a santuary from the chaos of the medina, and it was blessfully quiet and relaxing.

Service was excellent and staff were very friendly and helpful, and we really enjoyed the lovely breakfast each morning as well.

I would definitely stay here again next time I go to Marrakech.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

I am so glad we decided to stay at a Riad during our stay in Marrakech rather than one of the corporate hotels, the experience made the trip and the cleanliness, service and food was much better thany any hotel.

We arrived late in the evening and Mrs Najat kindly met us from our transfer to the square and walked us to the Riad - despite its central location you would struggle to find it first arriving in the dark in Marrakech. When we arrived she showed us around all 4 rooms and allowed us to pick which room we wanted as we were the first to arrive. We choose the Ruby room although all were beautiful. The decor of the rooms and bathrooms I think matched the standard we have seen in 5 star luxury resorts.

The Riad is very peaceful and as many people have commented about Riads, once inside you are taken from the chaos to complete tranquility...its incredible!

We were asked what time we would like breakfast - another perk you don't get in the corporate hotels. We had freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh bread, fresh croissants, eggs, yoghurt and pancakes all of which was superb.

I couldn't fault this Riad. We had aperfect stay. The staff were so friendly and so helpfull. They also recommended a restaurant for us on the 1st night which again was amazing and a true Moroccon experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar al Assad
Address: 29 Derb Hajra | Dabbachi, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #367 of 1,146 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:5 star — Dar al Assad 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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