I had the pleasure of staying at Dar One from 29 - 2 November 2008. It really is just fantastic. The Riad is run by Jean, who has to be, in my experience (and I've had a lot of them), one of the most gracious, friendly and welcoming hosts of anywhere I've stayed.
The Riad is beautiful inside. It is done out in a modern French/Asian mix, complete with soft velvets in muted tones, takeladikt rooms and bathrooms, comfy chairs and a generally warm and cosy feel to it.
The whole thing has a gloss of absolute professionalism and service, from the perfect balance between friendliness and unobtrusiveness, to the beautiful breakfasts on the terrace and the beautiful egyptian cotton bedding. Jean has two gorgeous French boxer dogs, mother and daughter. I spent a happy few hours in my room, the fire roaring, Tosca the dog by my side with her tail wagging. Perfect.
The location is great and means that you dont have to walk through the souks at night, which is great. I ended up staying somewhere on the other side of town on the last night and nearly got locked in! At Dar One, it is a pleasant stroll home from the main square, past nice boutiques and the Bahia Palace.
Jean will happily recommend spas and restaurants and will make your reservations - do this as it is busy all the time. I particuarly liked Le Tanjia and Cafe Arabe - both great atmosphere and food. Kosy Bar was beautiful inside but the food was poor - quality wise ok (just) but the portions were a joke - not even a breast of chicken for nearly £20. I should also add that the food in the Riad looked AMAZING - a french family who were there when I was had a meal in the Riad, and they had nothing but good things to say - the best food they'd had apparently.
I could rave all day about the place, but I wont. What I will say is go there if you're going to Marrakech - thats if you can get in. Jean said that he is very busy all year round and this is testament to how brilliant this place is.
Jean - I know you read these reviews so thanks again for a wonderful stay - I came back relaxed and replenished. Please thank Hishram too. I miss the dogs already and my dog loved his Marrakech/Peres style collar - he looks great in it and I hope you dont mind me stealing your inspired idea!
Until next time, and will look forward to hearing about the future news.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dar One has been renewed with elegance and originality and combines harmoniously design, charm of the old riads and modern comfort. A particular care have been brought to all the lamps and to the thick curtains witch give a smart and funny touch, "very vintage" . An attentive and smiling staff is present 24h on 24 to serve, advise and meet all the expectations of travellers. A haven of peace in the heart of the Medina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar 1
- Riad Dar One Marrakech
- Riad Dar One Hotel Marrakech