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Dar El Souk Marrakech Reviews
Great riad run by a great staff May 03, 2011
Marrakech can be a bit overwhelming in the medina so we were thankful to have a nice Riad to retreat to for some peace and quiet. Dar El Souk is about a 7 minute walk from the main square and 5 minutes from the taxi drop point so make sure you arrange for a pickup to find it okay. The narrow streets lead you pas a few other Riads and into Dar El Souk.
The manager, Madi, met us first thing in the morning and spent a while getting us acquainted marking up our maps and pointing out where to go for activities and dining. Madi was a very useful resource throughout our 5 day stay always phoning up restaurants for us to get reservations and booking taxis and day trips for us. Make sure you spend some time with her to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
Our room, Attarine, was quite large with a sitting area, double bed and a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The decor was traditional Moroccan with a great us of colour. Just outside the room was a private sitting area with a little table where we ate breakfast most mornings. This room might be the only one in the Riad which has outdoor seating in the morning sun (the other rooms all have sitting areas outside too) making it a great spot to eat and relax. The courtyard below has a plunge pool for the hot days and the roof terrace is huge with plenty of sun loungers and beds for soaking up rays. I recommend sundown drinks up there at least one night.
The Riad is staffed 24x7 by some very helpful and friendly people always there to serve a drink, let you in and answer any questions. The first night we opted for dinner at the Riad and when we saw how good it was we did the same on night 3. Dinner is served in a traditional styled sitting room with lots of comfy couches just below the Attarine room. The tanginess, vegetables and cous cous were very well cooked and certainly rivalled any of the restaurants we went to in the medina. Definitely opt for dinner at the Riad at least one night. Breakfast was always good too with local pastries, fruit salad and plenty of bread including a local cake made with cocoa and ginger. The smell when they cook the cake is worth staying around for!
I think this Riad is a perfect location just far enough from the square where you can relax but also enjoy it whenever you like. The option to eat in dinner is perfect especially if you’re doing any long day trips and just want to stay in once you get home.
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