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Riad et Dar Maison Do
Ranked #477 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 August 2009

We stayed there for the 4 nights of our stay in Marrakesh.

We loved this place for essentially 5 reasons:
1) location was perfect: not too much in the middle of the touristy stuff but very close to everything
2) the owners have obviously put a lot of love and effort into their place, and it shows: they're beautifully decorated, every little detail has been thoughtfully arranged. They were very nice and helpful. They were there when we needed them but not overly so. They arranged airport transfer for us, gave us good advice as to where to eat... It's not always the case in Marrakesh that owners actually live there and do care. These people truly do!
3) The POOL on the roof of one of the riads was the best place to find shelter from the heat, noise and harassment of Marrakesh. It was simply delightful
4) breakfast was simple but very good
5) the bed was very comfortable, the room was tastefully decorated and cosy. A special mention to the beautiful, extra-comfortable bathroom

Tip: the place is a little hard to find so do not hesitate to call in advance and the owner will come pick you up in front of the nearby mosque. Otherwise you'll just have to follow some neighborhood kids and give them 10 dirhams...

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 March 2009

My husband and I spent three nights at the Dar Maison Do, a riad in the labyrinth of the Marrakesh Medina across the tiny street from the Maison Do. The riad was a quiet and beautiful respite from the hurly-burly hectic of the narrow cobblestone streets, of sellers and beggars, donkeys and motorcycles.. It is an authentic Moroccan habitation brilliantly tiled, pillared with balconies. Bedrooms around the central courtyard and fountain are decorated in the vibrantly colored tiles with curved doors like caves from A Thousand and One Nights.

For three March mornings we had a traditional Moroccan breakfast with coffee on the roof with a magnificent view of the Atlas mountains. The view was even better at dusk. The riad across the street had a roof with a swimming pool where a reception was held for 100 people.

We were unable to make our way from our riad to the central square or anywhere else without the help of the attentive owner and her staff who took us wherever we wanted -- for example to a restaurant where we could eat Western food-- a place we could never find on our own - or to look for roses for our son's wedding. [The Marrakesh Travel Bureau would encourage tourism if they posted directions to the main square so that visitors could get there on their own.]

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

We had a wonderful visit at the Maison Do while in Marrakech for my brother's wedding. The owner of the Riad, Mme. Morin, was a delightful host and very helpful in explaining aspects of the city life we did not understand. Likewise, the many employees of the Riad were friendly and went to great lengths to make sure our stay was pleasant and comfortable. The Riad itself is beautiful -- I felt as if I had stepped into one of the fairy-tales of my childhood. Very ornate wall and floor decoration, a central courtyard pool with rose petals scattered on it, and a beautiful roof top from which we could see the city spread out on all sides. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2008

My friend and I stayed at the Riad Maison Do for 2 nights in early July 2008. The hotel itself was immaculate and very much a treat to stay in, while visiting Marrakech, but things weren't perfect, and I'll explain.

First, the Riad Maison Do was hard to find in the medina, which is understandible, so that's okay. Once we learned the way in and out of the main sqaure, everything was fine.

Second, Ali and the other staff members were all very kind and helpful. However, Mohammed the manager / agent representative was misleading with his information and consistently tried to get more money out of us, beyond what was reasonable for guides, side trips, food, and other items that we asked about. For example, it was discussed that he could arrange a car and driver for us to visit the dunes at Erg Chigaga, but the story and costs NEVER stayed the same and when asked, he denied even knowing the location of the CTM bus station in Marrakech. For someone who deals with tourists every day, he was either completely incompetent or thoroughly dishonest, neither of which were appreciated.

Third, DO NOT BUY ANY FOOD AT THE RIAD MAISON DO. It is priced a 4x the level found in the medina and at no better taste. We were talked into buying a meal for two people, for 440 dirhams in total, when the nights afterward we paid about 150 dirhams in total at nice restaurants in the main square. When we tried to cancel the meal, with 3 hours notice, they denied any ability to accommodate our request on the basis of the food already being purchased and extra staff being called in to cook the meal, both of which would realistically be easy to work around.

Anyway, all things said, the room was clean, the air conditioner worked well, the water was hot, the breakfast was simple but good, and the location was genuinely great. There was no real view from the terrace, so discount that completely, nor are there very many views from any Riads in the medina.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed 17 June 2008

The Riad is about 10 minutes walk from the square and just out of the way enough so you won't be too disturbed, which is definitely a blessing as Marrakech is a bustling and hectic place. It's a small, quaint place in a very open style as most Riad's are, not the best for privacy, but I went at peak season and the rest of the Riad was so quiet it was almost our own private place anyway.

We did have cockroaches, roughly found at least one a day, generally in the evening. I think this is typical of Marrakech to be honest as the cleanliness of the Riad did seem decent. The staff is small, but expected of such a small Riad. The main staff member Ali makes every effort to welcome and take care of you and speaks English, French, Arabic and learning Spanish. He very much contributed to our enjoyment of the stay. The price is decent, I paid 300 Euros for 5 nights in early June in one of the medium sized rooms. (Perle, was the name, great shower but a ridiculous sink).

My one gripe is that the place is run by an Agency, a French one I think, that is a lot more profit orientated. Finding the place would be hard (although try to pick up a tourist map unlike us, we did get lost a few times in the Souk). They offer shuttle service, but it costs at least 18 Euros, for a taxi journey that would cost you no more than 30 dirhams (3 Euros tops). This is typical of much in Marrakech as tourists provide the lifeblood money of the city. We visited the waterfalls through the agency in the minibus, cost 150 Euros for two of us and if we wanted to make any other excursions with the driver after we'd have to pay extra. That is about 1 months wage for the person driving us. The first offer from a taxi driver to escort us up there and back in a Merc was 80 Euros (probably still tourist price, highlighting the extortion). My advice is to stick to the accomodation and sort other things out for yourselves. You can pay varying amounts for different things, some restaurants would be expensive for London and very geared to tourists. There are the occasional worthwhile restaurants and we enjoyed ourselves at les bains de marrakech with a hammam and massage. You can also pay hotel in town to use their pools.

I advise not to follow people's directions in the Souk as it's hit or miss, they may get you out eventually, but they normally either aim to lead you to a shop for a tip from the shopkeeper, or aim to get you lost and then to force you to take up their help properly, obligating you to pay them. Either tell them you will not pay them or ask shopkeepers for directions instead. If really stuck pay them to lead you right to the destination.

Be careful with food, I picked up parasites and my gf got food poisoning. Enjoy yourselves though, it's a fun city, seeing the sun set over the square is quite a sight.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2008

If you like sleeping with cockroaches, then this riad is fine for you. We had cockroaches in our bed, on the table, on the wall, under our luggage... Guess who didn't sleep. When we asked to change the room, they refused but promised they would take care of it. The second night, it was even worse. We left the riad without being refunded for the third night which we had already paid - they refused that, too. The decoration of this riad is certainly very nice, but it is lacking life and staff. There is only one person taking care of it. Actually, the riad belongs to a french person, but it is supervised by a tourist company. We stayed in the smallest room of the riad which still cost 60 Euros : It looked nice, but it was so small we hardly had enough space for our luggage. After leaving, we found another riad for less money, the room three times larger and, most importantly, no cockroaches! If you go to Marrakech, you will easily find better riads than this one.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed in the Riad Maison Do for three nights in April 2008. Our booking was through Venere.com and we experienced no issues.

Upon our arrival in Marrakech via train, we took a taxi to the Djemaa el Fna Square, where our taxi driver located a little old man with a cart to take our luggage to the Riad. It was about a 10-15 minute walk and the man was somewhat dodgy on the location, but we made it fine. My advice for any traveler staying in the medina is to have the logistics of your arrival to your hotel very well planned. If I were to do it over again, I would arrange a transfer from the train station to the Riad. On the first day, we kept thinking we would never be able to find the Riad again, but we actually managed to do so in the evening without any wrong turns.

Some reviews indicated concerns with the area; however, we were comfortable walking around and felt safe. As a warning, one evening, a couple of young kids tried to tell us the direction to our hotel was closed in order to earn a tip by leading us to the Djemaa el Fna. You will experience this kind of "help" on many occasions while in Marrakech.

Of the two great Riads we stayed at in Morocco, this one had the most beautiful room. We stayed in the Chambre du Parfume on the ground floor. The room was good sized (fairly long) with a comfortable bed and nice furnishings. What was truly exceptional was the bathroom. It had an amazing 6 foot long tub and an interesting shower. The room was decorated with tile and had a deep sky blue color. Our only complaint was, due to the ground floor location and echoing interior courtyard, noise from other guests entering or leaving the Riad could get loud.

A nice Moroccan style breakfast was served on the terrace promptly at our request. Service was nice and Hamid did everything he could to be helpful including arranging a transfer to the airport from the Riad. I would gladly stay here again and recommend the Riad Maison Do to anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad et Dar Maison Do

Address: 1 et 21 derb Hajjama | Ben Salah Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #477 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £56 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad et Dar Maison Do 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Maison Do and Dar Maison Do, two traditional dwellings located in opposite in a derb of the médina of Marrakech, within the district Ben Salah, which kept all its authenticity. Easy access, it is an ideal starting point for the walk discovery of the historical heart of the city, the souks, and the place Jemaa El Fna. ... more   less 
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