10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My best friend and I went to Marrakech for a very short break away from partners and kids. She arranged it all through hipmarrakech.com which was very easy and efficient. We decided on Dar el Souk due to it's very central location. We were met at the airport by a friendly and honest taxi driver who then dropped us off in the nearest square to be met by a guy with a cart to wheel our luggage to our destination. All very efficient. We had the warmest and most personable welcome. Refreshing mint tea, biscuits and a really good chat about what goes on and where - it was our fist time to Marrakech. We followed Maddie's advice carefully and she was spot on everytime! The room was perfect (we were given an upgrade) which made it seem all the better but our original one looked great too. Being a nosy old thing I did manage to get to see a number of the other rooms and they were all amazing. The service was faultless. Waking up every morning to find our private terrace outside our bedroom had been (very silently) laid and ready for the most delicious breakfast. Everywhere was clean and everything had been thought about. I work in a hotel myself and know how much work goes on behind the scenes to get it "just right" . The honesty bar on the roof terrace is a nice touch. It was such an oasis of calm after the hussle and bussle of the souks. If you need time out it is close enough to pop back to, off load all your bargains, cool down in the plunge pool, top up a tan on the roof, chill out with a cold beer or two before heading back for more! I couldn't fault the place. The only problem was that we couldn't stay for longer. A return trip is already being conceived!"
- Travel date: 22nd October 2007
What is left to say?
"The problem is that their is little new to add to the reviews preceeding this. This is a truly magical place superbly and efficiently run, stunningly beautiful and evocative and a real haven amidst the madness of the mdina. Probably impossible to find without the benefit of a taxi and cases carrier which is intelligently provided by the management to all who visit. Ian and Madeleine seem to have the secret of communication with the locals and they are so efficient ,aided by a lovely totally honest and unpushy staff. Our room, Attarine , was delightful and we spent much time reading on our lovely terrace, managing to get through three books each during our 5-night stay. Breakfast was delicious and again very intelligently selected and was indicative of the best of petit dejeuner menus available in this crazy country. I have lived in Morocco and have since visited but not for almost 25 years so the differences were starkly evident. When I had first been, the only Europeans were a few ex pats, writers, actors, tv and film people and a lot of gays. Now it is a very much more democratic scene with lots and lots of French and British tourists explained by the 6 flights each day from UK. I would strongly recommend the excellent value Easyjet who keep reasonably well to their timetable, though annoyingly offer for a premium something called speedy boarding which in fact doesn't exist ,as everyone is treated equally at the gate - most frustrating and frankly a rip off. However, every other aspect of the Easyjet experience is beyond criticism for the price. Let me - thank you Madeleine - highly recommend two restaurants, first the gorgious and very Moroccan old fashioned atmosphere at the Tanjia (close to the Riad) where the food is very exciting and excellent value and not at all limited to local dishes. Secondly Le Pavillion (yes, wrong spelling, theirs not mine) but you HAVE to get a taxi as it is nigh impossible to find easily on foot. Worth it once you get there. Finally if you can get the riad to find you a Mercedes taxi and driver to take you to Essouiria by the sea for the day. This is an absolute gem one I have always loved. It is even more stunning then I remember it having been immaculately cleaned up and now offering many lovely places to eat. It has a fresh and lively holiday atmosphere which added to the splendid buildings (the sea wall, the ramparts and the fort plus the fishing harbour which is truly spectacular and arguably as beautiful as anywhere in the world) and the miles of golden sand but windswept beaches. On the way see the goats in the argan trees and stop off at one of the specialist berber encampments selling various argan products at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere in the world - argan trees are unique to this part of Morocco."
- Travel date: 17th October 2007
"Riad El Souk was fantastic in every way imaginable...the Riad itself was an aura of calm amongst the hecticness of Marrakech. It was a beautiful place to stay, just like being in your own place...it was light and airy with all the home comforts, had comfy lounge area, breakfast when you wanted and a terrace area to just relax in ...all under a reasonable price. The people who owned this were incredibly knowledgeable advising us on what to do and where to go...Maddy's restaurant insight was perfect for us. The food was delicious at the riad especially when we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main area... I would definitely recommend staying here..."
- Travel date: 12th October 2007
"We had a great stay here. Very close to the bustling centre, behind a closed door "Dar el Souk" was an oasis of coolness and calm. Wonderfuly decorated, plenty of room, clean. A roof terrace was lovely for breakfast or evening drinks. Best of all was Madelaine who owns the Riad - she was full of information about getting the best out of Marrakesh, every restaurant recommendation was superb. We would definitely stay again."
- Travel date: 5th October 2007
Dar El Souk - a Marrakech gem.
"Having never been to Morocco before I'd no idea what to expect. We were recommend to stay in a Ryad to experience Marrakech at its best and Dar el Souk did not disappoint. Winding our way through the alleyways with our porter was daunting and a shock to the senses and when we turned down a dead end and saw a little sign 'Dar El Souk' I must admit I was worried. I needn't have been. The Ryad was superb. The rooms, the attention to detail, the ambience - all there and more. The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The owners were always there in the morning and were invaluable with their advice as to restaurants and places to go. It's very well located 5 minutes to Djemma el Fna and 3 minutes from the nearest square with taxis - perfect. I shall return!"
- Travel date: 5th October 2007
Amazing Riad, Perfect Location!
"Dar el Souk is a beautifully decorated, spacious and clean riad in a perfect spot in the medina. Compared to the hustle and bustle of the souks it is a haven of peace and relaxation! The rooms in the riad are clean, spacious and every detail thought of including bottled water, snacks etc and they have all mod cons including air con. Most rooms have a private outdoor area which was also lovely. We didn't eat in the riad apart from breakfast which consisted of pancakes, fresh breads and pastries -all delicious! The staff are all very friendly and helpful and speak a mixture of french and english, they are happy to book taxis and dinners for guests as well. Would definitely recommend Dar el Souk to anyone staying in Marrakech, the roof terrace in particular is very impressive and a great way to while away a few hours with a glass of wine. Madeline was an absolute legend and although we had already stayed in Marrkech the previous week she gave us some great suggestions for dinner and things to see/do which were much appreciated."
- Travel date: 26th September 2007
The friendliest , most relaxing and romantic place we have ever stayed
"We stayed here for a long weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The location was spot on, close to the main square but far enough away to be peaceful and relaxing. The hotel staff couldn't do enough to help including surprising us with a bottle of champagne and a room strewn with rose petals (this was completely their idea with no prompting from us!!). In addition they recommended some great restaurants and lots of ideas on what to do, whether it was wondering around the Souks or visiting the Majorelle gardens. The evening meal we had on the roof terrace was delicious and probably the best meal we had in Marrakech. The setting was wonderful and helped make our wedding anniversary even more memorable. We organised a day trip to the Atlas Mountains with the owner and this turned out to be one of the best day trips we have ever taken. We were driven to all sorts of amazing places we would not have seen with a taxi driver or a usual tour guide. We really can not recommend Dar El Souk enough and will certainly return."
- Travel date: 20th September 2007
Perfect place to stay in Marrakech
"This was a delightful place to stay - very conveniently placed in the centre of the city yet a real haven away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The riad is beautifully kept with lovely balconies and a roof terrace overlooking the central courtyard. Our room was cool and shady (and air conditioned) and we were very well looked after by the local staff. The owner was extremely helpful and gave us insights into the city and its culture which all added to the experience. We would certainly return."
- Travel date: 7th September 2007
Lovely riad in the middle of the Medina
"My friend and i stayed at Dar el Souk for 2 nights over the August bank holiday weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The building itself is 400 years old and it is a beautiful structure, very tastefully refurbished and decorated by Iain, the owner, and his wife Alessandra. We stayed in the twin "smataroom" which was very clean, pretty and well kept. The top floor of the riad has a roof terrace where you can roast in the sun and help yourself to the bar, which operates on an honesty system. The middle 2 floors have their own little patio areas where you can sit and chat, relax and drink mint teas. On the ground floor when you enter the building there is a plunge pool, where you can soothe your tired feet after all that market bargaining and walking. The whole place was relaxing, serene, tranquil, and a safe haven from a long day of exploring the Medina. Iain was very helpful and always at hand to answer our questions (especially when we got lost on our first night and were out in the streets wondering around like scared lost souls!); he even invited us to join in his friend's birthday party which he was hosting on one of the evenings we were there. In terms of proximity the riad is very close and accessible to the main square (Jemma El Fna) and the souks, about 5min walk away (unless you get lost, like we did!). Yet it is set in a quiet street so you don't feel that you are in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. The only let down we felt was on the morning of our departure. We had asked for breakfast to be served at 8 (as we had to leave at 8:30 for the airport) but it didn't come until 8:25, and only after I went to the kitchen to enquire. It seemed that our request for breakfast wasn't passed onto the kitchen staff, so it wasn't until I spoke to them that they realised we wanted breakfast. Mistakes do happen of course but when you are rushing to go to the airport it is the last thing you need. However, in the whole scheme of things it was a very minor issue. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our short stay there, and would recommend it to anyone. If you want to stay somewhere that feels authentically Moroccan (rather than some big hotel chain) but still have the modern comforts, as well as English speaking owners who can guide and assist you, then this is the place for you. I loved Marrakech and intend to go back, and will most definitely stay at this riad again."
- Travel date: 27th August 2007
"My Husband and I stayed here for a long weekend. We were unsure at what to expect, but it had good reviews so we were looking forward to the stay. When we arrived in Morroco the riad had arranged a taxi to meet us at the airport, after the short taxi ride we arrived in the centre of town. The riad is right in the middle of the old town and can not be reached by car. The owners had arranged for a cart to carry our bags and we followed on foot through the dusty alley ways. The Riad itself was delightful, clean and refreshing. The owners are English and shortly after we arrived they came to meet us to check that we were ok and to suggest places to eat, drink and visit. Breakfast of freshly cooked pancakes, coffee and jams was perfect. We ate ours in the covered verander outside our room. On the roof there are plenty of relaxing areas and a bar. If we went back, we'd stay here again. It's very clean and the staff are friendly and extremly helpful. The rooms are decorated beautifully with morrocan ornaments and all the mod cons are provided. I am very fussy about where I stay. I can't stand insects and it's very important to me that I feel secure and safe. This riad was perfect for me. If riads were given a british standard star rating...this one would get a 4*. We both loved our stay in morroco..."
- Travel date: 20th August 2007
Dar el Souk is also called
- Dar El Souk Guest House
- dar el souk marrakech
- dar el souk hotel marrakech