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“lovely riad with friendly staff”
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Darhani
Ranked #251 of 1,139 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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prestonpreston
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“lovely riad with friendly staff”
Reviewed 3 January 2011

Myself and my sister stayed for five nights in Riad Darhani. We were taken by someone who offered to take us from where our taxi dropped us off (for a small fee)- at first we thought it was the wrong place as we were taken down a dark alley-way and had expected a large sign, but it was correct. We were greeted by the new manager Aziz, and given coffee and pastries. Aziz is moroccan but speaks very good english. He gave us lots odf handy tips and was very helpful throughout the trip.

The riad is lovely and clean, although can get a bit cold at nights in winter (extra blankets are available). The call to prayer woke us on the first night, but was resolved by earplugs thereafter! It was very quiet on our arrival and we felt a bit unsure - however we soon relaxed and enjoyed being there as everyone was friendly, even though most couldnt speak much english. We found out that there was no alcohol license for the riad- we hadnt realised until our arrival. Purchasing of alchol can be arranged but is a hassle and there is a fee- we just didnt really bother or went to the nearby lovely (but expensive) cafe arabe- sitting on the rooftop here is great. we werent charged for a map, which some others have complained about.

Aziz arranged a cooking lesson from the cook - this was interesting and just involved giving her a tip. We were then charged for the meal which we hadnt realised, but our own fault for not checking I guess (always check prices for everythingfirst in Marrakech!).
The food is lovely. Lots of cakes for breakfast - ask for something savoury if you want it as you will autmoatically get cake (and some bread rolls/yoghurt).

The rooms were lovely, and sitting on the terrace is great (cd player could do with being replaced).

We had to be out of our room pretty early on the day of our departure due to other guests arriving which we hadnt realised- check with the staff about this as i dont think its written anywhere.

Overall this place was lovely, with helpful and welcoming staff - Aziz is great, and the night porter (Abdul?) is a real sweety. Id definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed December 2010
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 December 2010

Everyone was most helpful and full of local knowledge.
The rooms were very comfortable and there was an abundance of hot water.
The breakfast was varied and plentiful.
Withiin easy walking distance of the square and souks although tucked away however we soon found our way out with the instructions from Aziz.
My daughter and I had a taxi into the mountains and walked the waterfalls with a vary necessary guide (we were asked to pay 20 euros for the guide initially but in the end paid 10 dirhams) this we feel was a fair price and although he was only 15 he was excellent. It was great to get out into the countryside and mountains.
We also went to a local Hamman and that was an interesting experience

  • Stayed December 2010
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2010

Had a fantastic three nights here in November. This is a lovely, well-maintained Riad, about 10 mins walk from the Jemma El Fna.

The riad was clean, the breakfast was very good, and there is a nice terrace on the roof for relaxation. Beds were comfortable, and there was a decent shower etc. The place was quiet.

This was my third stay in a Riad in Marrakech, and it compares very favourably with the others. On first taking it, the route to the riad seems difficult to remember (but don't they all in Marrakech?) So best to take note of as many landmarks as possible, as the streets can seem very different depending on the time, and which way you are facing.

The thing that really made this place stand out, was the host (Sarah) who was friendly and knowledgeable, and answered all our silly questions about the city, and the best way to continue our trip. She arranged a day trip for us, as well as organising for someone to pick up bus tickets for us, it really took the legwork out of it.

I'm struggling to find any negatives, the only one I can think of is the price of the evening meals, but then it was not a surprise, and it was a nice meal so who am I to complain?

Would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

I stayed here very recently with a friend and we had the twin room , the Riad was beautiful , the staff were a delight and we found it to be very clean and our room was very spacious and beautifully decorated , the bathroom was stunning but I struggled at night with there being no windows and felt claustrophobic during my entire stay . I personally hated the route to the Riad, you have to walk through very dark covered alleys to get to Darhani, I found this to be very stressful and even more so in the evenings. My friend on the other hand didn’t mind this at all , so its very much up to how you are within a confined space . We arrived on a rainy day so didn’t venture up to the rooftop till the next day – this was very disappointing as all the damp bedding from the loungers were thrown on the settees so there wasn’t any where to sit and relax this was not rectified until our last afternoon. I personally would not stay in a Riad ever again but this is my personal choice, my friend how ever loved it and can not wait to return and would recommend Darhani without hesitation . I am not keen to return to Marrakech as I found the whole experience a nightmare versus my friend who thought the whole experience was amazing and is already looking to book up again.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 November 2010

Nestled in the madness of the Medina is a quite oasis of calm, that place is Dar Hani. A beautiful Riad (traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard coming from the Arabic word for garden "ryad") formed around a stunning heated swimming pool Dar Hani has been decorated and furnished to a high standard throughout, mixing the traditional with the modern to create a chic and original style.


One of our favourite features of Dar Hani was the feeling of space with it's 3 sitting rooms and a music room with a piano. The boy was in heaven strumming his guitar and cajoling me into keeping time with the maraca's. One of the sitting rooms is called The Blue Room and is decorated in the stylish Majorelle Blue (you can see more of this stunning colour at the Majorelle Gardens - a Marrakech must see), and contains comfortable banquettes to relax or wind down after a day of shopping or sightseeing; one wall features stuccoed Fatima's hands. I became quite obsessed with this and purchased a silver copy in the souk.
The lighting and décor of this room give a stunning effect once the sun sets - a truly magical time in Marrakech.

Another sitting room is the "Indian Room" that has an ornate painted ceiling, and a large exotic Indian-style day bed for those that wish to relax, read or doze which I did it bucketfuls spending hours pouring over 20 year old Vogue magazines. A seating area at the other end provides an alternative eating area, and together with the other sitting rooms, allows guests to have their own private corner if they wish.



We stayed in the magnificent 'Walnut' room which had the biggest bathroom we have stayed in for a long time! It is amazing how such a packed Medina can lead you to these fantastically large rooms and bathrooms. The sense of space is fabulous. The centre point of the bathroom is the large circular red clay bath. We dipped into the bath twice on our trip bringing a bottle of Moroccan wine with us.






Upstairs on the roof the large terrace is really breathtaking with a view to the Atlas Mountains in the south, and a sumptuous tent to gaze at the stars, hide from the sun, or relax over a drink in the evening. It really is the perfect place to laze over a Moroccan breakfast of pancakes, preserves and lovely hot, strong coffee.
The house is staffed with a housekeeper and cook - both very pleasant, and there is an English host fluent in French to greet you on arrival, and to give advice on places to visit and where to eat. For those that wish to relax at home, Moroccan or western style meals (lunch and dinner) can be prepared by the house's cook.
We booked Dar Hani through Hip Marrakech

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

We got there after walking through the characteristic alley ways of the beautiful red city, medina in marrakech and as the doors opened we were met with this little gem like piece of heaven ... beautiful courtyard, friendly welcoming staff and a room that felt like home away from, and so was the whole experience there for the 3 day stay, the dinner we had prepared by the in house kitchen one eve was also the most authentic and tasty we had during our trip to morocco and sarah, the host was just delightful so this was an amazing experience and i would definitely recommend this riad and stay there on my next visit!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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east sussex
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

loved this riad, a bit pricey but well worth it. recommend the mistress suite

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Darhani
Address: 32 Derb Waihah | Qtr Sidi Abdel Aziz, Marrakech 46001, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #251 of 1,139 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant riad in the heart of Marrakech Medina. Centrally located. Air conditioned, en-suite bathrooms, Vegetarian and traditional Moroccan cuisine. Courtyard pool, amazing terrace, afternoon tea and cake. English and French speaking manager. Excellent reviews. ... more   less 
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