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“Lovely stay but be Careful staying in the Medina.”
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Dar Tuscia
Ranked #283 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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leominster, herefordshire
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“Lovely stay but be Careful staying in the Medina.”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

My friend and i have just retuned from a 5 day holiday staying at Dar Tuscia which is in the Medina. We had a taxi arranged by the riad from the airport which was excellent as we arrived at night and would not have found it. It is a maze of alleyways but we did get to know the route and we did walk them during the day. Fabulous accommodation, very clean and basic. The staff were brilliant and organised guides and taxis for us which was great. I would recommend this and also a taxi to and from the door. We had a frightening experience one night when we were dropped at the wrong entrance and got lost amongst the alleyways. Luckily we made our way back to the main road and persuaded a shop owner to walk us home. We had got quite a following by then and demands were made for money. Our riad got rid of them at the door but it was not pleasant. I would recommend Dar Tuscia and the guide that they fond for us and we only wish we had time to do the Atlas mountains aswell. We would return.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Brechin, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

This was an excellent place to stay for the week As it is within the walls of the Medina you are not quite sure at first, what's behind the iron grill and wooden door you wonder. No need to worry, wonderful hosts catering for many nationalities and seemingly comfortable with all. After the horns blaring, market stallers shouting, mo-peds backfiring, scooters roaring and just the general big city noise of Marrakech, to retreat here, make your way upstairs to a seat in the sun where the noise is minimal or into your room where there is not a sound is magic.Did not envy those staying in big posh hotels outwith the walls one bit, you can get that anywhere - Dar Tuscia and I am sure most Riads are real.

Room Tip: All rooms very similar because they are built around the courtyard.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sark
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

Authentic Riad and well worth a look at! Once you spend a couple of hours working out where you are it's really simple to get too and from the riad, the children in the street are very friendly and will go out of there way to help you for a chocolate. Asma is a brilliant host and seems to speak many languages including English. If you don't feel like going to the square when you first land there's a little market just outside the medina gate awesome chicken skewers and bread, and for desert there's always plenty of fruit stalls with good quality fruit. Can also recommend the Thursday market about a mile walk up the road. They have anything you need. During eid Asma Was really great even though all the other young people were celebrating, we were the only people staying that night but were still looked after. All in all great place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

We enjoyed staying at the riad very much it was authetic, friendly and comfortable. However we would strongly recommend that a taxi is prearranged at the initial booking. We had a frightening experience trying to find our way down dark alleyways having been dropped off in the wrong place. Money (£20 approx )was demanded by a group of young men who showed us the way. Not the best way to start a holiday.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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edinburgh
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Reviewed 8 May 2011

We stayed at dar Tuscia during our first visit to Marrakech. I emailed beforehand and asked for a pickup at the airport and a meal on our first night and I was sent a menu. We were collected in a taxi and delivered to the wall of the old town, the driver led us through the maze of alleys to a big door complete with metal grating over it. It turned out we were the only people staying there for three of our four nights, and there was one girl (Asma), who spoke reasonable English, and with my school French we communicated fine. She pointed us upstairs to our room. The courtyard is nice and the room was fine, good shower too and nice roof terrace above though no view as walls too high to see street and only rooftops visible. It was a bit noisy from outside (via the toilet window as there is no outside window), but I imagine if other peope had been there it would have been a lot worse with noise from the courtyard where breakfast was (eventually) served. Our first night meal was very basic, two little plates of salad and a small chicken tagine, no sign of the vegetables and we were later charged more than the menu had said. We asked for water and were provided with two 1.5 litre bottles for which we were (later) charged 40 dirhams (cost 5 at shop on corner - ok, they need to make a profit). We asked for breakfast at 8.30 and got coffee, a moroccan pancake, a chocolate croissant and last night's bread with jam. Breakfast stayed the same, but got later with each day, last day it didn't appear until 10.15. The area is not one I would go back to, it appears to be a very poor residential district. What I didn't like was there was nowhere to go for a walk - into the medina was a maze of very narrow alleys swarming with kids and nothing to look at except walls, outwards was a dusty and busy main road. To get to the square, which is a starting point for going almost anywhere you have to walk round the walls or get totally lost. Every day from afternoon onwards there was a huge local market at the gate in the wall consisting of people with varying amounts of goods spread out on the ground, the saddest one was a guy who only had a pair of used flipflops and a pair of used hiking boots to sell, I saw him there two nights running. On the plus side - although I felt a bit overwhelmed I never felt threatened. It was lovely to watch the wee birds which were nesting in the courtyard. Asma was kind when I got terrible food poisoning (not from her) on our first day and made vegetable soup and tea for me the next night, though the night I was sick she didn't offer my husband anything and he went hungry. She was pleasant enough but could have been a bit more interested as she wasn't exactly over-worked. We asked about a trip to the mountains and she organised the same taxi driver who had picked us up, was friendly and chatty and charged a reasonable rate. She did phone for us to book a restaurant, but we were never offered any of the famous welcoming tea, and the hamam which was promised on the website was never mentioned. She also overcharged us when we left, eventually refunding 70 dirhams she'd overcharged. We did give her it back as a tip for the soup mainly, but it left a bit of a bad taste.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

This hotel like an oasis in busy Marrakesh, its so quiet and cool after hot and crazy day spending on market..
WI-fi connection is good working.
We asked about Babysitting service and it was excellent and not expensive, our kid was very happy.
They do Airport Shuttle transfer free for one way, so we paid 1for2 price.
Breakfast is good.
So I would recommend this riad for anybody


We stayed on first floor, so it was a bit noisy in the morning, then other guests having a breakfast, you can hear any conversation and trying to sleep a bit more... but anyway, its a not big problem..

and I think a dinner is too expensive..
but a supermarket is near where..

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2011

Lovely, clean and comfortable accomodation, it's true it's not the easiest to find but once you get your bearings it's fine. Heard the cockerel mentioned in the other reviews and he obviously was a bit frustrated but hedidn't spoil the stay. Bit of a heatwave for the time of year but it was lovely and cool inside and the roof terrace was a good place to relax in the late afternoon before heading to the night market for dinner. The staff were lovely, spoke excellent English and cooked the nicest couscous we've ever tasted. Cute little family of house buntings live in the courtyard and join you daily for breakfast. Had a trip around the Ville Nouvelle and felt so glad that we opted for a more authentic style of accomdation. You can probably do Marrakech in 3 to 5 days bu we stayed for a week and did a trip to the Ourika Valley and to Essaouira on the coast. Tips: find your own way about and learn to say no firmly to hustlers that will want to charge you for directions. Get good at haggling if you want to buy stuff at the souks or go to the Ensemble Artisinal if you don't want to haggle but are prepared to pay a bit more. Giving alms to the poor is one of the five pillars of Islam so try to have small change of dirhams to give to some beggars and you'll need them to tip toilet attendants too. Definitely go the night market and Djemaa el fna and try the food at the stalls and the fresh squeezed orange juice. Don't accept 'presents' of donuts/henna hand tattoos, it's oneof the scams. Didn't go for a hammam but friends we met there highly recommended it.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Tuscia
Address: 91 Dior Jdad Zaouia Elabbessia Bad Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#6 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#139 Family Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Tuscia 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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