10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Amazing place to stay
"We had a great time during our stay at Dar Attajmil. I will say, however, that making the reservation was a little frustrating. Every time I tried to fax my request, it wouldn't go through. Eventually, I sent an encrypted pdf file, which did the trick. Aside from that, we spent three wonderful nights here.
The room was beautifully decorated. The bed, though on the firm side, was quite comfortable. In the wardrobe, I was very happy to find a safe where we left all of our valuables as we wandered the streets and alleys of the medina. The bathroom was very nice as well, but the lack of a shower curtain resulted in water spraying everywhere when I showered.
My favourite part of our stay was breakfast on the roof every morning. It is a mouthwatering spread of yoghurt, breads, pastries, preserves, and some of the best coffee I've had outside of Italy. And the views from the terraces are spectacular.
The staff deserves particular praise for making our stay hassle-free. I know that we probably paid too much for the taxi to and from the airport, but the last thing I wanted to do was haggle with the driver. The staff took care that and a lot of small things for us.
Simply put, a wonderful place to stay."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of December 2007
what a spectacularly romantic place!!
"We had a lovely four night stay in this romantic Riad and it was a real highlight! The staff are fabulous and nothing was ever too much trouble. The noise was never an issue and the room was a tranquil oasis with fresh dates, scented soaps and cool breezy linens. A short stroll from the medina and the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. The roof top garden was heaven and the perfect place to perfect your tan or read a book while sipping the best mint tea I have ever had.
Definitely have a meal there, the chicken and olive tagines are to die for and the pastries superb. Breakfast is included withthe room so dont make the mistake we made on the first day and leave early to sight see. We loved it and cannot recomend it enough. would most definitely return. Five stars for everything!!"
- Travel date: Thu 15th of November 2007
lovely peaceful riad
"This is a beautiful small riad, calm and very inviting. The rooms are small but very adequate. The environment is calm, quiet and lovely escape from the vibrancy of the town.
The only downside was the lack of information given to us. We were not advised where the riad was in relation to the main square, nor were we given any information about the area, the courses I've read about, infact no information at all!! Also the fact that no one has a key so staff and guests have to ring the door bell to enter- not too bad though as there are only 4 rooms.
That said it is a fantastic location, and wonderful place, and I will definitely return here."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of July 2007
"Like all the other reviews we found Dar Attajmil a great hotel, with staff who made every effort to make our stay relaxed and stress free. We took cooking lessons at the Maison Arabe, very professional, but if we ever go back to Marrakech we will take a lesson at Dar Attajmil, which has a class but not too widely advertised. If my computer works you will see a gouache painting I did from the rooftop. this is where our breakfast was served; my painting doesn't include the profusion of flowers or the comfortable seating. TY, Toronto Canada"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007
"We have just returned from a four night stay at this beautiful riad. Can only repeat what has been said already and the noise was certainly not an issue for us. The food was delicious and was definitely the best we had in Marrakech. Excellent location, fantastic staff, stylish decor and beautiful food. Could not have asked for more!"
- Travel date: Thu 7th of June 2007
lovely little riad
"The previous review is spot-on. The Dar Attajmil is a lovely little riad, in a great situation very near to the souks and main square, but also easy to locate (by Marrakech standards anyway!). The chaos of Marrakech is quickly lost once you enter the riad - it is well furnished and a (relative!) haven of peace and tranquility. The roof terrace is lovely, and breakfast is served there when the weather is good.
You really should eat at the riad at least once. We went to a fancy restaurant for my 40th birthday, which was fine but really no better than the riad and without the personal service. Our first night was a bit cool, so we ate on the ground floor in a small room off the courtyard, smelling of incense, candle-lit and a log fire burning with rose petals on the table. On our last night we ate on the roof terrace again by candle-light. Why pay more for less?
Lucrezia the owner speaks good English and is happy to recommend restaurants and help to organise day trips (we took a great day trip into the Atlas mountains). The staff are all very friendly even if a bit of school-level French helps communication sometimes!
The only downside is that, being in the centre of Marrakech, we were awakened every morning at around 4am for the call to prayer. Also, the doorbell into the riad is audible throughout the riad, so if you are a light sleeper then some earplugs would be worthwhile.
Overall, though, highly recommended (as indeed Marrakech itself is) and good value for money."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of May 2007
An oasis in the centre of the medina
"I stayed at this lovely riad for 4 nights over the Easter weekend with a friend. It was the perfect base to explore Marrakech from and a great place to call home for the time we were there. The riad is decorated in the most beautiful colours, and with wonderful furnishings. The location was ideal - a short walk to everywhere we wanted to go and a stones throw from some great souks.
The staff during our stay were all really helpful and very accommodating. I definitely recommend if you stay here, to eat dinner
here at least once - we thought the two dinners here were the best we
had in Marrakech. Breakfast on the roof terrace was a fabulous way
to start the day. And we definitely recommend the hammam!!
The only potential negative is that the sounds of life going on outside your room do drift in (muezzin, mopeds, roosters and occasionally the doorbell). If you are a light sleeper, bring some earplugs and will surely enjoy your stay!"
- Travel date: Thu 19th of April 2007
LOVED IT... GO!
"We stayed 4 days in this fab riad and I would strongly reccomend it to anyone. The owner, Lucrezia, who speaks fluent English, Italian and French, is a wonderful, knowlegeable host; the rooms were clean and tastefully furnished; the staff was ever so nice and polite: they broght us free mint tea and homemade biscuits everytime we came back tired from sightseeing and never spares a smile. The breakfast was very good and the homecooked meals scrumptious. Bring earplugs with you though as Marrakesh is very noisy! Maria & Raff"
- Travel date: Sun 25th of March 2007
Dar Attajmil - an excellent place to stay !
"From the moment we arrived at Dar Attajmil until the moment we left, we were looked after superbly by the elegant Italian owner Lucrezia (who speaks good english) and her staff. We made our booking (and other requests - taxi pick-up from airport , dinner reservation & baby cot request), directly with Lucrezia via e-mail who responded promptly.
Dar Attajmil is a relatively small, very tastefully decorated riad with all 4 guest rooms on the first floor. One end of the square courtyard is home to several large banana trees whose leaves fill the central space on the first floor and stretch right up to the roof terrace. The roof terrace, decorated with plants and seating areas, is absolutely delightful and is a good place to relax in the late afternoon and evening after wondering around the souks. Breakfast and dinner are also served on the roof terrace.
We stayed in the Tea Room which is decorated in authentic Moroccan style and although not huge, can accommodate 2 or 3 people. At one end there is a firm (comfortable) double bed with access on either side of it. There is an alcove with a wall-wall sofa/bed and a large bathroom with a shower cubicle. The shower water pressure was erratic and adjusting the hot/cold balance was difficult, (this apparently can be a problem in a lot of riads), but we were never completely without water.
We were provided with a new baby travel cot and there was a rustic wooden wardrobe for hanging clothes. The walls have a reddish/pink tadelakt finish and the high ceiling has a dark wood beam and panel construction. Unfortunately, the double bed end of the ceiling suffers from termite problems and fine wood dust/debris falls onto the bed during the night (and day). Lucrezia is aware of this and said she is treating the ceiling between guest occupancies. There is a large ceiling fan but you should be aware that this room does not have air conditioning (probably none of the rooms do) and was quite warm during the night (last week in September). We can imagine that it gets much hotter in the summer months. The room was generally very quiet, although we could hear the early morning call to prayer by the local Imams.
On our first evening, we had dinner at Dar Attajmil (200 dhm per person) prepared by Fatim-Zara the cook, which consisted of 4 different types of Salade Morocaine (various warm delicately spiced cooked vegetable dishes) which were absolutely fantastic. These were the best vegetable dishes we ate in Morocco. This was followed by a tasty traditional lamb tajine and dessert. All compliments to Fatim-Zara who gave us one of her salad recipes !
Lucrezia is helped by two man-servants Ibrahim and Rashid who were always on hand to help out with anything (eg escort to the souks or carry luggage), and a team of cleaners who gave our room a thorough cleaning and tidying every day. Overall, Dar Attajimil is a very clean and well run riad. All the staff were very friendly and were enamoured by our 18 month old boy. They were very happy to pick him up or play with him on just about every occasion and entertain him while we had breakfast or tried to relax. In general, we found Morocco to be a very child friendly place with children and some adults often stopping to give him attention
Finally, Dar Attajmil is very well located being about 5 min walk from the souks and main square. My wife also had a massage (cost 300 dhm for 30 min) there, carried out by a professional masseuse brought in by Lucrezia. There is also a small hammam on the roof terrace but we did not use this. All in all, Dar Attajmil is a charming, delightful riad where you will be made to feel very welcome. We highly recommend it."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of January 2007
"My husband and I went on a two-week trek of the High Atlas with UK company, Exodus, in May 2005. We enjoy the wide selection of trips and the low costs that Exodus provides. However, we've come to learn that the hotel accommodation provided at the beginning/end of these treks are really just adequate (clean but generic). We decided that after 12 days of camping/hiking, we would prefer to opt for a bit more luxury and stay in a more culturally atmospheric locale. We didn't mind losing the $50-$75 per night for the generic European style hotel that the company included with the trip. Instead I did some research and found the wonderful, little-known, Dar Attajmil located in the Medina (old city). It was perfect! It is owned and operated by two Italian women and run on a day-to-day basis by a staff of four: Brahim and Adil ('butlers'), Sihame (an outstanding cook), and Fatna (a resident maid.) Brahim and Adil are the most attentive and gracious hosts we have ever experienced. From providing us a private driver pick-up at the generic hotel, to escorting us to a pre-dawn taxi on departure day, they are two of the greatest assets of Dar Attajmil. Although we speak next to no French (or Italian), and their English was limited, the entire staff consistently and always with smiles, attempted to unravel our charade-like attempts at communication. The dar itself is an oasis of relaxation within the hustle and bustle of the medina and the nearby souks. Casually elegant with lots of open air sitting areas in the central courtyard and rooftop, we couldn't have been more pleased with our selection. The rooms offer authentic decor right down to the complimentary dates and the hand-hammered copper sinks. The food was wonderful. We stayed for a total of three nights. The first night we dined on the roof and Sihane cooked a fabulous lamb tajine. The second night we had a farewell dinner with our tour group at a local restaurant that was just so-so. The last evening, having declared we couldn't eat another serving of tajine after two-weeks of it, we asked Brahim if it were possible to have an Italian meal in honor of Lucretia (one of the owners). Not knowing what exactly we would encounter at dinner, we were unexpectedly surprised by a delicious lasagna for two in an intimate dining experience set up in the ground floor lounge complete with rose petals and candles on the table! We also arranged to each have the hamman (baths) as well as massages. Hammans are public baths in Morocco. Dar Attajmil has their own private one on the roof. I highly recommend the experience. You are basically scrubbed head to toe by either Sihane (ladies) or Brahim or Adil (men). They use an unusal sabon noir (black soap) and an exfoiliating mit the likes of which I've never found in the US. Then you are doused in wonderful hot water poured over you from copper pots. The most exotic spa treatment I've ever experienced. The massage afterwards was the icing on the cake, especially after the 12 days of hiking and the climb of Mt. Toubkal. As for location, it is well situated within walking distance of the Djemaa el Fna and the souks. We never got lost trying to find our way back to DA. All in all, I highly recommend Dar Attajmil if you are looking for an intimate, atmospheric, stay in a Marrakech dar or riad at a truly affordable price. Our 3 nights/four days with dinners/ breakfasts/ massage/ hammans/ came to around US$700. I would have paid double that for the personalized service and attention alone. Their website is: -------And it truly looks exactly like the photos. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of March 2006