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... and half keeled over, only to realise it was a toy snake and then could not stop laughing at myself... This was to happen to me again later that evening and whilst my reaction was not as extreme it again came close such was my paranoia about one of the cobras being shoved in my face!
The square was just starting to fill up and the atmosphere was building, we enjoyed dinner close by the square before heading back to the riad where we sat, feet dangling ...
... prices our waiter was wearing a nice black suit and tie.
Having stayed as long as we could at the restaurant we decided to just head for the train station. On the way we realised we were actually quite close to Starbucks which was quickly deemed a much nicer place to wait out the day than the train station. Surprisingly it was one of the nicer Starbucks coffees I have had which was probably due to the fact that they had flat whites on the menu.
... blah, but then again. who orders pizza in Morocco? ahah - mistake on my part.
My husband and I had a wonderful 1st year anniversary and we had some truly memorable moments. We saw a lot of gorgeous sites in Skoura and Erg Chebbi and when we were in the car for hours, we saw some unique towns. One was Rose town, everything they made was with roses and it was so pink and they even made you buy roses when you stopped at lights. It was ...
... on the roof terrace and watched the sun go down.
Afterwards it was time to check out the Djemaa El Fna, or Main Square, where the food-stalls were in full swing. This is without a doubt the most lively place in Marrakech. One big stage with acrobats, belly dancers snake charmers, palm readers and story tellers. An exciting place to be.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar el Souk Marrakech
We stayed at the Dar El Souk after it was recommended to us by the guys running the Hip Marrakech website. We wanted a riad that would suit 3 females, wanting to share rooms, which we managed at the Dar El Souk by 2 twin bedrooms, linked through the bathroom. Maddy and Maddy (senior & junior) met us on arrival at the Riad and advised us on everything to do with Marrakech, including recommendations on what to do, where to eat and drink - all of which we tried and loved, especially Le Tanjia and Le Comptoir. The Riad is beautifully decorated and service from their staff was always excellent. We took a trip with Maddy (snr) to the Atlas Mountains, to see the Cascades D'Ouzoud (Waterfalls) although we didn't go to the end of the climb and having seen pictures since I've been home, would recommend that you take the time to do the whole walk - a guide is good if you need a hand climbing over the rocks!! It gets a bit precarious at times but well worth it! Then we went off to Lalla Takerkoust for a late BBQ lunch which again was lovely, nice to leave the hustle & bustle of Marrakech for a day! I would say the lake and complete waterfall walk couldn't be done easily in a day, as you can also stop at a couple of co-operatives to see a corn mill and Argan nut oil being made which makes it an interesting trip but delays you arriving at the Falls. We were 3 single women and said we definitely felt safer being 3 than 2 wandering around after dark, it is pretty safe, although we did get hassle in the main Place by late teens, although they were then got at by locals who had seen them, so you do get the feeling that the locals keep an eye on things! Shopping is great, but if you go out with Maddy to the mountains, ask her to take you to the shop she gets her furniture from on the way - you can buy candle holders, lamps, mirrors etc here and they're much cheaper than in the Souk!
We stayed at Dar el Souk for 6 days on our first (and definitely not our last) trip to Morocco this year. Arriving and being welcomed into the riad's courtyard was the perfect way to begin our holiday, and Maddy could not have been more helpful with suggestions for days out and places to visit.
Maddy and Ian also organise day trips from the riad, we chose to visit Essouiera, on the coast which was a fantastic day made more so by Maddy's great company.
The highlight of the riad is its lovely roof terrace and the plunge pool which was a lifesaver in the roasting heat of mid-July.
I'm so glad we decided to stay at Dar el Souk and not in a hotel as I feel we had a much more authentic and personal holiday experience. We booked through Hip Marrakech and with Easyjet independently which worked out about the same at package deals we looked at. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Ich habe im Juni 2007 ein dreitägiges Wochenende im Dar el Souk verbracht und ich würde hier sofort wieder hinkommen. Ian und Madelaine sind sehr herzlich und waren mit der Beschaffung von Transportmöglichkeiten, dem Reservieren von Tischen in Restaurants usw. sehr hilfsbereit. Wir nahmen die Tipps für Tagsausflüge, Bars und Restaurans an und alle waren ausgezeichnet.
Das Riad ist fantastisch: die Zimmer, Sitzecken, Balkone und Terrasse sind in marokkanischem Stil dekoriert/beleuchtet und sehr elegant. Die Zimmer sind farbenfroh und geräumig. Auf dem Dach findet man eine schöne Bar und die Aussicht über die Altstadt ist fantastisch.
Am letzten Abend genossen wir ein selbstgekochtes Abendessen auf der reizenden Terrasse und es war unvergesslich. Das Riad ist auch sehr nahe zu Jemaa-el-Fna und sehr zentral gelegen, bis zu den Souks ist es nicht weit, so hatte man einen sehr schönen Einblick in die Kultur.
Rundherum eine tolle Erfahrung.
I spent a 3-day weekend at Dar El Souk in June 07, and i would definitely go back!
Ian and Madeleine were very welcoming, and extremely helpful in sorting out the transport, restaurants bookings, etc.; we took their advice for a day trip, bars, restaurants and they all turned out to be excellent.
The riad is fantastic: rooms, seating areas, balconies, and the terrace are decorated/lighted in a magical moroccan and very classy style...rooms are colourful and spacious....The roof has a cute bar and a great view of the old town...The last night we had a 'home-cooked' dinner on the lovely terrace and it was unforgettable...
The riad is also very central and close to the Jemaa-el-Fna and the souks, which provides a much better local cultural insight...
Overall, great experience!
Our first visit to Marrakech found us following a "chariot" holding all our worldly possessions down a narrow, busy street behind the main road. After some twists and turns, we arrived at Dar El Souk which is signified by a small sign hanging on the wall (most Souks do not have a sign at all). From a dark alleyway we entered the hotel to a beautifully tiled courtyard looking up to a starry sky. Our room was on the second floor and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, with a huge bed leading to a small seated area and then into a large bathroom. All the staff were extremely helpful even when their English (and our French) was a little sketchy to say the least. Breakfast was available to be taken anywhere in the hotel, your room, courtyard, or on the beautiful rooftop terrace. We had a very enjoyable afternoon underneath the canopy on the rooftop terrace. The family who own the Souk includes Ian and Maddy (and Maddy Jnr), who were wonderful hosts and are dedicated to ensuring that your stay with them is memorable and enjoyable. Ian is more than happy to give recommendations to restaurants and attractions and arrange transportation where necessary. The rooftop terrace has an "honesty bar" where you can partake of a variety of drinks and write down what you have taken and it is added to your bill at the end of the stay. We had a wonderful 5 day holiday and would not hesitate to recommend Dar El Souk, its location is perfect for exploring the centre of Marrakech, including the main square and palaces. The narrow, winding, unnamed (most of the time) streets of Marrakech make it advisable to identify "location markers" when exploring the sights in relation to the main square. Dar El Souk is really easy to find in relation to the square. We found our way back the very first evening without difficulty. We booked independently through Hip Hotels and an Easijet flight which we found very easy to do.
Beautiful & tranquil...great location.
Just returned from a lovely Easter break at Dar El Souk. The riad is a beautiful, traditional courtyard building having recently had extensive refurb work after a change of ownership. The new owners take a hands on approach to welcoming guests & offering local info/ help for really enjoying Marrakech. It has a great location a short stroll from the fun of Jemma El Fna & the souk....with a beautiful roof top terrace and lots of individual areas to sit and relax in peace away from the melee of the medina!
When open, the new plunge pool will be a great addition especially in the summer heat.
Soy un viajero con un alto estandard de comodidad. Y recomiendo Dar el Souk a cualquier viajero. Los dueños tienen una atencion muy personalizada , lo que le da un toque mas de excelencia. Ademas el dueño es una persona poliglota lo que me ayudo miuchisimo con mi muy pobre frances.
El riad esta localizado a escasos 3 minutos de la plaza Jnfa, el acceso es algo complicado pero en todo los riads es igual. Las habitaciones estan muy bien acomodadas y con muy buenos detalles que hicieron de mi luna de miel un ambiente mas romantico. Solo lamento el poco tiempo que tuve previsto para estar en Marrakech.
Marrakech es un lugar fantastico se lo recomiendo a todos y si deben de hopedarse en algun lugar, DAR EL SOUK es el indicado.
We stayed at Dar el Souk last week and could not have had a better time. A new plunge pool has just been completed which will be great on hot summer days, a real plus point. The rooms have had a makeover since Maddy, Maddo and Ian bought Dar el Souk a couple of months ago and are looking fabulous, I won't forget lying in bed and looking at the six gorgeous lanterns hanging from the ceiling, all in different colours and sizes, it gives a real feeling of holiday fantasy. The roof terrace is to die for, huge pots of citrus trees, jasmine, daturas etc. Maddy is a keen gardner and it shows. A tented area with sunbeds shields you from the sun should you wish and also makes for a perfect spot to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine come evening time with views over the rooftops to the Atlas mountains. Don't go out every night, stay in and enjoy a meal prepared by the resident cook, a feast for both stomach and the eyes.
A great location within a few minutes walk of the main square completes the picture of this oasis in the city.
Oh and before I forget, Maddy and Maddo were on hand to make arrangements for days out, book taxis etc. nothing was too much trouble and they are mines of information on Marrakech, make sure you make time to talk to them.
So go and enjoy it all like we did, would we stay again, try and stop us.
Great location, Great Stay
My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights on Boxing Day. No problem with the airport transfer arranged with the guesthouse, which has recently changed ownership, now owned by Ian and Madeleine. They were extremely helpful and we went to some of the eating places they recommended, which turned out very good value and great places. Room was spacious and clean as was the bathroom (not sure about the salon doors where you could see the toilet tho). The rooftop was a great place to chill out and catch the sun.
The only problem we had (no fault of the owners), was that the local sub station had a fault and we were without electric for a couple of days - we had candles though. This also affected the heating (it is very cold at night there). However, Ian let us have the evening meal, wine and beer which we had on the first night for free for the inconvenience caused. Lovely gesture - the meal was fab, lots of it, however the moroccan wine needs a little getting used to.
Location - could not be better, easy to find once you get your bearings, only a couple of minutes from the main square.
We did not find it a problem not having a key to get back into the riad - someone was there all the time, and we never heard the bell once - the riad was full as well.
All in all, a rather pleasant stay in a very clean, bright and spacious riad, or dar. Would we stay there again? - probably.
Good location, Average Riad
Having stayed at 2 other riads; another in Marrakech (Riad 12, a sister one to Riad 72) and the other in Essoiuria I have to say I was disappointed in Dar El Souk. It had a bit of a tired look - the lovely Morrocan rugs looked like they could have done with a good shake and a clean, the pillow slips were very tired looking as well. The room was fine. To get into the riad you had to press the bell which was a bit annoying when people came in late and you were trying to sleep - it would be easier to give a key. The staff were very nice. For around the same money I think there are better options - though it is well located to the south part of the medina.