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“Lovely Riad In A Perfect Location”
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Riad Dar One
Ranked #35 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 May 2009

Dar One, located in the Jewish Quarter of the medina, is ideally located to explore the delights that Marrakech has to offer. A gated alleyway leads guests through a mystical maze of narrow streets and up to the front door of the riad which opens to reveal an oasis of calm within. The decor combines modern elegance with the traditional charm of a riad. However, the highlight of staying at this beautiful riad is the service of the affable owner Jean Peres and his courteous staff. They achieve a rare balance between giving guests their space whilst being on hand to attend to their needs. Take advantage also of Jean's knowledge of Marrakech. His suggestions on where to visit and places to eat never missed the mark.

In terms of WiFi access, the signal strength in our room was adequate but not consistent. This is easily remedied by bringing your laptop down to the courtyard where you will find a much stronger connection close to the reception.

We will also miss Jean's 2 lovely and perfectly behaved dogs, Tosca and Loukoum, who are often found lounging around the riad minding their own business and allowing guests to pet them. We cannot recommend Dar One highly enough to anyone looking to visit Marrakech. It offers the rare combination of location, hospitality, luxury and value which you will be hard pressed to improve on when visiting this enchanting slice of Morrocco.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

Dar One is exquisitely appointed and in a league of it's own compared to other riads in the same price bracket. It is a haven of peace and tranquility in the Jewish area (Mellah) just near Bahia Palace, so a perfect spot and easy to find although we were met and greeted upon arrival outside the palace. Staff are impeccable and the owner of this riad has ensured everything is up to the highest standard. The riad itself is stunning, with beautiful architectural features and is tastefully decorated with a touch of parisian flair and moroccan chic! Would definitely return to Dar One (and experience their cuisine next time), and recommend this above all other riads in a similar price range.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

It is hard to not repeat what has already been said, but this Riad more than met our expectations. This was our first trip to Marrakech and I am glad we chose to stay here, all the staff were welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The Riad is gorgeous, the roof terrace is fab, and everyroom oozes style. It is an oasis of calm and relaxation in contrast to the hetic city. We will definitely be back !

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

While searching for riads I came across Dar One and read great reviews and tried to stay. Because they were almost booked completely they had limited options for us (due to the fact that I was trying to meet the needs of two travelers), Jean Peres was amazing in trying to accmodate us for our stay and did everything he could to get us in and comfortable.

Jean Peres' ongoing contact via email and his willingness to help us leads to a favorable review even thought we didn't stay and I would highly recommend Dar One. I am disappointed I couldn't stay this trip but am wishing the best for all of his guests because if his email contact is any indication of his personal service, this is the place to be!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2009

We stayed at Dar One for the start of our Moroccan holiday, and from the moment we were picked up at the airport until we left and beyond, the service and the experience was impeccable, relaxed and charming.

The owner Jean met us when he arrived and gave us a tour of his beautiful place. From the tranquil courtyard, cosy fireplace (it was still a bit cool outside), the gorgeous rooftop terrace to our lovely room it was clearly furnished with a great eye for detail.

We ate there for our first night and had a wonderful traditional meal in house. Equally the breakfast on the terrace was a fresh and delicious start to the day.

We left Marrakech for a few days but changed our travel plans unexpectedly and returned (hoping to spend more time at Dar One!). Unfortunately the riad was full, but the owner Jean was an absolute gem in recommending and helping us book another riad. We cannot thank him enough for his hospitality and his professionalism. This level of service is a reflection of how well the riad is run by Jean and his wonderful team.

We would highly recommend this riad to anyone wishing to stay in a convenient but quiet location where you can relax comfortably in style.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2009

We spent 3 nights in this Riad and it was a very enjoyable experience. The staff in the Riad are very friendly and helpful. The owner, Jean had great advice on Marrakech and was very welcoming. Our room was lovely, peaceful and very tastefully decorated. I would highly recommend staying here, I could not have asked for a better stay.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

Dar One was an oasis of solitude and beauty in a city filled with noise and dirt. I wasn't the only guest photographing every square inch of the Riad. It is so beautiful and tranquil, that it is worth going to Marrakesh, just to stay there.

The Owner, Jean Peres, is the most personable, wonderful host you'll ever meet. He cares about his guests and really goes out of his way to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable. Upon arrival, he will give you a map and his personal cell phone number in case you get lost. In contrast to other Riads, the owner is present, not in a different country, so there are no issues, such as I have read about in reviews of other Riads.

Jean arranged a Hammam visit for me. Not knowing which Hammam to choose, he suggested Les Bains de Marrakech. It was the most fantastic and luxurious place I've ever been. (Please see my separate review). He also had great suggestions for restaurants and other activities. Since I was a woman traveling alone, he even provided an escort to any place I went alone at night. Marrakesh is perfectly safe, the escort was more so I wouldn't get lost.

The staff is very very friendly and helpful and just what you'd want in your Riad. As a huge contrast from the world outside the Riad, the staff is very professional. There is always at least one person who speaks English available 24 hours a day.

The breakfast is included with your room price. Each morning's meal is brought to you at your choice of location; your room, the roof terrace, the living room by the fire, etc. Breakfast consists of a variety of breads and usually something sweet, jam, butter, honey, an enormous pot of delicious coffee (or tea), and a huge glass of orange juice.

Lunch and dinner is available for purchase, and mint tea, wine, etc is always available.

Although the Riad is reached through a series of narrow, and sometimes dark alleys, there is security (which consists of one or more very nice people) waiting at the gate before the final alley to the Riad. Late at night, the security man will wait out on the main street for guests to come home and escort them through the maze like passages. Once again, it's not dangerous. But it's comforting.

All accommodations are very comfortable and pleasant. The shampoos and soaps smell HEAVENLY! The towels are the plushest I've ever felt. The beds are very comfortable.

The Riad will arrange for your airport pickup and drop off and include this in the cost of your room, if you desire. I do recommend that you arrange the transportation through them. Finding the Riad on your own would be very difficult, as cars cannot get near the door. The taxi will stop at the last street possible, and will call the Riad, wherein someone will come running out to meet you.

Do stay at Dar One. You will NOT be disappointed.

Please also see my advice for first time visitors to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled solo
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Address: 19 derb Jemaa el Kabir | Hay Salam, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#34 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#46 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £77 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Dar One 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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