Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... the mosque. It was a lovely place to dine with delicious food and very attentive service topped off with some local music, it was a lovely place to enjoy our last dinner in Morocco. We thought it only fitting that we should finish with a tagine accompanied by some Meknes rose. We strolled back through the busy square which had sprung to life as the sun dipped. Passing some music, Said could not control himself and broke into dance... Encircling him we ...
Today was a bit of a wash as it mainly consisted of waiting around for the overnight train to Tangier. Check out at our Riad was 11am so we hung around in the common area for a couple of hours until we got hungry and decided to leave in search of food. As the main square was practically on the way to the train station we decided to strap on our bags and stop there for lunch. It was a cheap meal of chicken shawarma and chips where despite ...
Oh heavens, I stepped out of our room this morning blowing steam, it was freezing! We sat on the terrace for breakfast under a heater and I wore a long burgundy Berber wrap, it was so cold. We had intended on lying round the pool reading today, not much chance of that, so we put our walking shoes on and took off over the hills towards the nearest village. It was so beautiful. They have terraces here where they grow their produce. This includes wheat, apricots, apples, olives ...
... As planned, I'm able to follow the riverbed through the gorge instead of having to walk along the highway which snakes along the cliffside... much more pleasant... And finally, after passing through one more village, I reach Tahanoute... I reconnect with the hike I did here 4 years ago... and I fulfill my Quest: An uninterrupted trail of footprints from Marrakech to Toubkal... and across the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Hanane Marrakech
My boyfriend and I have just come back from a week in Marrakech/Essaouira and we stayed at Dar Hanane for the first 4 nights.
Acabamos de volver de nuestro primer viaje a Marrakech y nos hemos pasado un fin de semana fabuloso en el maravilloso Dar Hanane. Nuestra reacción inicial a las callejuelas oscuras y normalmente polvorientas de Marrakech fue inquietante, pero enseguida descubrimos que la gente de allí es muy simpática, amable y servicial, nunca nos sentimos amenazados, ni siquiera volviendo por el zoco tarde por la noche. Este Riad se encuentra bajando el callejón, pero una vez que superamos nuestra inquietud inicial, nos relajamos y disfrutamos de los sitios y el ambiente de esta ciudad tan diferente. Puede que sea un cliché, pero una vez que aprendes como moverte por allí, en cuanto entras, este Riad es un "Oasis de Paz". Las señoritas que se encargaban de nosotros eran encantadoras y nuestra habitación estaba muy limpia y era muy cómoda. Almorzamos y cenamos en el Riad en su terraza de la azotea; la comida era deliciosa, el entorno, ¡y la cuenta razonable!
We have just returned from our first visit to Marrakech and had a fabulous weekend staying in the wonderful Dar Hanane.
Wir kommen gerade von unserer ersten Reise nach Marrakesch zurück, wo wir ein fabelhaftes Wochenende im wundervollen Dar Hanane verlebten. Anfangs machten uns die manchmal dunklen und meist staubigen Gässchen in Marrakesch nervös und unruhig, aber bald wurde uns klar, dass die Bewohner von Marrakesch allgemein freundlich und nett sind und bemüht zu helfen. Wir fühlten uns nie in Gefahr, nicht einmal bei einem Gang spät abends durch das einsame Souk. Dieses Riad liegt an einer solchen Gasse, aber nachdem wir unsere anfängliche Besorgnis überwunden hatten waren wir mehr gelassen und genossen die Sehenswürdigkeiten und die Atmosphäre dieser ungewöhnlichen Stadt. Es mag ein Klischee sein, aber wenn man einmal den Weg hierher gefunden hat, ist dieses Riad wahrhaftig eine "Oase der Ruhe". Die Damen, die uns versorgten, waren charmant und freundlich und unser Zimmer war sehr sauber und gemütlich. Wir aßen Mittag- und Abendessen auf der Dachterrasse im Riad - das Essen war lecker, die Umgebung zauberhaft und die Rechnung angemessen.
Oasis in the medina
Dar Hanane is a beautiful riad in the heart of the bustling medina. The rooms were gorgeous and the courtyard and roof terrace magical. The staff were very friendly and we ate in the riad on two nights and had beautifully presented morroccan cuisine; tagine, couscous and pastries.
The property is located down a dark alley, and is a good 15 minute walk from the main square. The local area was interesting with fewer tourists, but some of the narrow alleys did feel intimidating at first, but once we got used to the route and knew our way arround we felt more confident and at ease. All the locals we spoke to were extremely friendly and helped us out when we were lost.
If I were to return to Marrakesh I would definitely stay again at Dar Hanane
If you have a poor sense of direction, are sensitive souls travelling alone, or enjoy a magnificent location and views, then Dar Hanane is NOT for you. Fortunately we came equipped with a sense of adventure and sure as hell found it when we arrived in the middle of a Marrakech side street, full of locals, smells, donkeys, sewage, to be pointed down an alley where apparently Dar Hanane was. Thank God for the kindly local boys who showed us the way; the door has no sign, the alleys have no signs, you just have to wander down tiny, threatening, dark smelly back alleys until you recognise a door. It's horrific, and as young women travelling alone, very, very scary.
Loved Dar Hanane
We stayed for six days in Dar Hanane over the Christmas period. It is situated north of the main souk area about 10 minutes walk from the J'maa el Fna, and is accessed through an alley. We were wonderfully looked after by Francoise, the proprietor, together with her cheerful and competent staff Aicha (terrific cook), Raja and Nadia. The house is beautifully designed with simple, eye-catching furniture, and has a terrace with roof-top views over to the Atlas. It is in a quiet position (although there is at present a construction site next door), and it is kept very clean. In winter however, the house can be cold, but there is portable heating.
My boyfriend and I stayed in Marrakech for 5 nights. The first 2 nights we stayed in Dar Bamileke which cost us the same price as Dar Hanane (90 euros per night). Dar Bamileke we thought was lovely with its huge, clean rooms, spacious communal relaxation areas (which we never had to share with anyone else) but it was nothing compared to Dar Hanane.
Loved Dar Hanane, an oasis in the bustling hot medina!
Dar Hanane was a beautiful, cool, calm riad run by a very friendly french lady called Francoise. We got a suite at a low rate because we went in early July, the hottest part of the year!! The room was gorgeous and overlooked a shady courtyard that was a wonderful retreat after a hot morning shopping in the souks. The staff were very helpful and the cook made us a delicious Moroccan meal one night. I would totally recommend this riad - although it is located in a dark alley way in the medina, not for the faint-hearted. It also lacks a pool but Francoise provided passes for a beautiful complex elsewhere. All in all, its a great place to stay - but maybe go during low season if you suffer from the heat.