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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Darhani Hotel Marrakech