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“Don´t judge the book for its cover (Outside riad)”
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Dar Warda
Ranked #302 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Don´t judge the book for its cover (Outside riad)”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Maybe I should start by giving you some context about my visit to this riad . ( in one sentence and as short as possible )
It was our first visit to Morocco and the first of my wife in Arab countries arrived to Marrakech around 2:30 am due to a delay in flight .
We had a taxi driver waiting for us, as agreed with the staff of the riad. (hurray for us)
It was a pleasant surprise to see him there, since we were 2 hours late and we had no opportunity to tell anyone about our delay. (We assume that we would have to get a taxi in Marrakech, dealing with the possible problems like finding one taxi driver that would know the way till our riad, negotiate the price for the ride, etc)
The taxi driver immediately took our luggage and led us to the riad , having left us in a square in the middle of the medina and where there was just a man standing there.
We realized it was not exactly a situation where we were in security. The man, with a somewhat understandable English, greeted us and asked us to follow him along, grabbing our luggage.
We followed him through the streets and alleys until we turn left for "into a tunnel", being unnoticeable at the time that in the end of it there was the entrance off the riad. (and here ends the "least good part" of the experience of this riad)
As we entered, we were escorted to our room and were asked if we wanted tea or coffee for breakfast , we opted for both since we like both.

We entered the room and we were completely amazed . The entrance of the room consisted of a small room where we could sit and drink a tea while we read a book, some walls had shelfs with books and magazines .
On the left in this small room, there was the room with a bed big enough to not bother your +1 as you move during your sleep .
The bathroom was behind a wall at the headboard, that entails some possible disadvantages.
As far as dimensions of the room go, i would say it had approximately 10 meters in depth and 5 wide.
Talking about the bathroom it had a huge marble stone tub great for a bubble bath after a full day of sightseeing .
As for breakfast, freshly squeezed orange juice; spectacular pancakes with strawberry jam and peach jam and some French pastries cakes (as good or better than the best French pastries).

The tips from the manager, were wonderful "tool" to help us out in planning our day visit to the city .

The only bad thing in this riad, was that we only stayed two days.

Hope that you guys can enjoy this as much as us.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wokingham
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

The Dar Warda is a beautiful little Riad down a small maze of ally ways (easy to find when you get your bearings!) The owners and staff are all so lovely, nothing is too much trouble and always on hand with a map and directions. We even got an escort to our dinner reservation as it was a bit hard to find! The continental breakfast each morning is lovely and sets you up for the day. Rooms are all very well decorated and there are hair dryers in the bathroom for the girls! Beautiful sun terrace and roof terrace for relaxing with a book. Overall, a wonderful 3 night stay with my husband! Thanks!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amman, Jordan
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Booked for 3 nights, extended for a 4th. It was a very charming dar with multiple levels - we ate breakfast both in the courtyard and on the roof-top terrace. Lovely varied breakfasts every day, (omelette/hard boiled egg, pan au chocolat, apple turnover, snail pastries, custard pastries, crepes, pancakes, breads, jams, fruit/vanilla yoghurts, tea/coffee and orange juice). One late afternoon after much shopping we both fell asleep on the roof-top lounge-beds under the setting sun. Great staff at all times of day, always happy to assist with restaurant recommendations, directions, and even picked up our train tickets back to Casablanca for us from the station. Well located some 200 metres off the north-west end of the souks, we enjoyed seeking the nearby artisans' workshops, with better prices and more relaxed scene than the increasingly intense experience to be had as you approach Djemaa El Fna (15 minutes walk along a main road skirting the souk, or several hours wandering lost through the labyrinthine shopping lanes). Nearer Dar Warda and the landmark Rue Riad el-Arous we stumbled upon the Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Medersa, which was a highlight of our stay.

The only issue arose from the early December days, which made it quite cool, despite the air conditioning heater in the room, and dry; the rooms could have used a humidifier. It was also a bit cool in the courtyard for breakfast. The free wifi in the courtyard worked well though, and the absence of such technology in the room only added to the quiet charm.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rehetobel, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

A quiet oasis in the heart of the Medina - a house kept beautifully in colorful shape equipped with lovely staff who always had an ear and a recommandation for us. Marvelous breakfasts and stunning sunsets at the terrasse... We'll come back...

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Meudon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

This riad is a magical place in the medina. Everything is quiet, beautiful and allows a deserved rest after a tour in the south or in the souk. The rooms are well decorated, comfortable. I suggest you choose "nomadic" Breakfast on the terrace is a magical moment with the morning sun. Staff is very efficient and discreet. The food is very good and you mau y ask for wath you want to eat.. In short, a great place to come with friends or family. I would like to come back!

Room Tip: "Nomad"is a room near the terrace. Recommend
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2013

We stayed five days and had a wonderful time. The place has only five rooms so it's intimate, but still private. We had booked the least expensive room on the ground floor and were moved up a floor to a larger room with a balcony -- simply because it was available. We didn't ask.

The Moroccan manager of the hotel, Fatiha, was totally charming and helpful. We got mint tea and pastries on arrival and then a big breakfast each morning (served outside our room on the terrace).

They provide maps and ideas. Plus I wanted to go to a local hamman (bath house), not one of the tourist ones. So Fatiha came with me, with extra towels and plastic shower slippers and negotiated it all in Arabic, and then waited for me. Very very kind.
And the Riad itself is just beautiful -- exquisitely furnished in traditional Moroccan style and colors. We really loved everything about it and would return in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Higher floors have more light -- but if you're going in the hot season, lower down is cooler.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Lovely riad and a quiet oasis hidden away in the small streets of Marrakech; Helpful and friendly staff. Very good breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Dar Warda
Address: 266 Sidi Bouamare | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#129 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 4
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