12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Def Not 5 Star !!!!! no hot water and poor heating plus poor security
"Just returned today from a dar mimona.well just to set the record straight it is not even a 3 star prob a 1/2 star. no phone in the room, bathrooom is behind a curtain (shower only) no hot water afer 10 am , threadbare towels , usless blow heating , and your room security is a domestic padlock !!!!!. we were 3 women traveling alone i would def not reccomend this place for single women there is no security we went out to pasha and got in at 4am and realised to our amazment that we had the key to the riad on with our room padlock!!! the place was abandoned at night ie no staff no one on site all nite which was v scarey.
Also it was freezing at night and the blow heater was unsuitable we had like like 4 blankets on our bed . it was freezing !!!!. we were only there 2 nights but we would have def left if we had to stay there longer as we did not feel comfortable the riad is down a maze of streets and there are piles of kids outside banging damm drums at all hours so if you can sleep thru that good luck !!!!
It's a shame really as the staff cant do enough for you and there place is clean if you are looking for a budget place to stay and are used to marrakesh i would def recommend it
but it just wasn't for us !!!! i recomendation go to the pasha restuant janan ?? it was excellent the resturant has like a pond in the middle of the floor as well as they serve like a tasting set menu for 40 quid then you can go into the club for free even though we got our coats nicked from the clock rooms. and pasha even have a mini bus to come and pick you up for free!!!!
just a different riad for us next time ...."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of January 2007
Small but perfectly formed!
"Myself and my boyfriend stayed here in Jan 07 and really loved it.
The place is really nicely decorated and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It is true that the Riad is slightly noisy - I'd liken it to staying on someones' house; the walls aren't soundproofed so you can hear the other guests going about their business. This Riad is not for you if you like an afternoon nap! Our room was on the ground floor and really lovely. The bed was very spacious and comfy. We requested more pillows and these were immediately provided.
Breakfast is served on the roof terrace which is very tranquil. Coffee and fresh orange juice was tasty but the carbohydrate only selection was (although freshly made) really dull. Many other reviewers have mentioned the alleyway that you have to brave to get to the Riad but its not that bad, there's just lots of little kids hanging around outside who enjoy following the tourists up and down the street! Give them some sweets and they'll leave you alone.
The location of the Riad is great; just 5 mins walk from the Jmaa el Fnaa, which is a good point to orientate yourself from.
All in all a great break and I would recommend this Riad to everyone."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of January 2007
Wonderful friendly hotel
"We stayed at this Riad for 3 nights. It was our first experience of visiting Morocco so it was all rather interesting! The initial approach to the Riad was rather daunting as the taxi cannot transfer you to the door so the last few yards you have to walk down a rather narrow alleyway. Once you enter the Riad you are greeted by very helpful and friendly staff and yes it helps if you speak a little holiday French. The rooms are small but perfectly adequate and clean. The roof top terrace is lovely and eating your breakfast here and mixing with the other visitors, exchanging experiences of the previous evenings visit to the souks was a highlight of our time here. It is a little noisey, especially first thing in the morning when the local children take great delight in playing drums. I would not say that the Riad is 5* but certainly 4* for overall satisfaction. PS - They only sell small bottles of beer in the Riad, take some Duty Free with you if you enjoy a drink!"
- Travel date: Wed 24th of January 2007
5* staff but not accomodation
"The 4th Riad I've stayed in in Morocco. We booked it through Expedia who give it a 5* rating and got a bit of a shock when we arrived and had to walk through the aforementioned alley.
Don't know how it got a 5* rating, rooms are very small, noisy and ours was quite shabby. However staff were really lovely and helpful (definitely helps to speak French), breakfast was great and the roof terrace lovely to relax on after a day at the medina.
Personally wouldn't stay here again 'cos I think that there are better value Riads in Marrakech, however ok for a few days stay."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of January 2007
an excellent stay.
"We stayed for 5 nights from 01/12 to 06/12. We had a great time and would like to rectify what the previous person wrote. We do agree with everything said except that the noisy night was not due to a club but just the next door riad which had been entirely booked by a group. They were celebrating a birthday. Indeed the noise was horrendous but we found the antidote... We took some wine and stayed on the rooftop until 2.30 am. We were joined by another couple and had a lovely evening under the stars.
We really love the stay there and would like to point out how the staff was friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of December 2006
Lovely friendly tranquil place
"We stayed three nights 3-5 December 2006. Beware of staying on a saturday night, there is a club next door and they know how to party! waking up to the venga boys at 3.30am can really take the fun out of exploring the markets the next day!
but Sunday and Monday nights were dead quiet, apart from you can hear people coming home as the acoustics mean you can hear all the noises from the beautiful courtyard below.
The staff are wonderfully friendly and will book your restaurants for you - take advantage of the exchange rate and eat at some of the best places in the city, they will pamper you hand and foot - and your taxis.
do not be tempted to walk to restaurants in the medina, you will never find them. taxi's are cheap.
most of the staff speak some english, the lady we mostly dealt with had excellent english and lots of helpful hints. they all speak wonderful french.
the place is very clean. yes, the bathrooms are behind a curtain - if you have an upset tummy you might want to send your travel partner upstairs to the terrace. there is also another toilet downstairs in the courtyard if you are very shy.
the terrace breakfasts are lovely - you can lounge in the sun even in December - the coldest month. beautiful fresh orange juice and morrocan pancakes, and lots of friendly birds to keep you company.
the hamman is lovely, a real treat. ask in advance and they will prepare it for you, and then leave you to soap yourself with black soap, sit in the warm room, and rinse yourself at your leisure.
very comfortable beds.
the alley way is not intimidating at all, even late at night. the only place you will be accosted is in the main square. outside of the tourist area they aren't too bothered with you. the children will chat with you, and sometimes ask you for money. better to keep lollipops in your pocket, or small treats like coloured pencils. but be careful, you will be mobbed - in the nicest possible way - if you produce anything! they do know how to share though, which is sweet to watch.
a lovely spot. ten minute walk to the souks and main sqaure - but you wouldn't want to stay in the thick of it, we saw some signs for riads in the middle of things, and were grateful to be a little bit removed from the chaos. equally, staying in the new part of town would be a waste of an experience. it's all neon and character-less hotels.
- Travel date: Wed 6th of December 2006
"Small, beautiful, conveniently located â an oasis of calm in a busy city ! Tucked away, but not hard to find when you know where it is, and certainly not in an intimidating area. The rooms are small but not impossibly so; the curtained bathroom wasnât a problem, neither were the sounds from the alley â although my partner was woken by the inescapable call to prayer. Generous, leisurely breakfasts on the roof terrace and chilled bottles of wine at night under the stars â regrettably we didnât get to sample dinner under the tent. Staff who couldnât have been more helpful. A real gem!"
- Travel date: Mon 27th of November 2006
Riad Dar Mimouna
"I thought I would write a quick review having just returned from Marrakech and a stay at this Riad.
I had read the previous reviews and was more than a little worried about the alleyways and access to the hotel. Upon our arrival there were indeed groups of young men hanging around, however the oldest was probably 4 or 5!!. They are reasonably difficult to shake off but good natured and definately amusing!
We never had any problems at all. The roof terrace is excellent for whiling away hot afternoons and the orange juice in the morning is fantastic. Also - if you are searching for that elusive beer or wine take a look in their fridge!!"
- Travel date: Sun 15th of October 2006
Great friendly riad
"Riad dar Mimouna was fantastic. Not overly fancy but beautifully decorated and excellent value for money, great location and very very kind, humble and helpful staff. Would highly recommend it for a base for a weekend or more in Marrakech. Make sure you don't miss the restaurant Le Comptoir in Marrakech for fantastic food after a hard day at the souks!"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of October 2006
"Arrived by taxi during daylight, fortunately, as the Riad is about 50m off a bustling dead end street, and trundled suitcases down the dimly lit alleys to the Riad. Nice reception area in the courtyard, but narrow steps up to our rooms on the 1st floor gallery. One room was fine, as described on the website, (ask for Marrakech if you want to book it), but the other (Fes), was slightly smaller and musty. Flakes of whitewash peeled off the ceiling, and there was clearly a damp problem. The shower was hanging off the wall and spurted sideways. There was only one window, with coloured glass, facing the courtyard, so the room was always gloomy, and the lights weren't up to much for reading by. However, the staff were always helpful and courteous, and the fridge in reception stocked tonic water to go with our duty free gin, so we were happy. Breakfast on the roof was great (local bread and cake, very fresh, freshly squeezed orange juice and good coffee). The tent on the roof was a good place for a snooze, or to keep out of the sun. The others who tried the hammam and massage seemed a bit underwhelmed, but it wasn't expensive. We took a taxi to the Jardins Majorelle on our first day, which was lovely, mostly shady and cool. After that we tended to walk, which is OK for the Place J'ma al F'na and the alleys around, where you have to walk, but in the heat of the day I wouldn't recommend walking. There are lots of roof terraces on the Place - we found the one above Hotel CTM to have the best all-round view - great for taking photos.
The Riad recommended a restaurant on our first night - Al Baraka, just off the main square, which was a lovely setting in a large courtyard with a reasonably tasteful belly dancer and set menus of traditional Moroccan food which we found surprisingly bland. It was expensive, too. We preferred the Moroccan and Thai restaurant next to a big hotel north of the Place J'ma al F'na, which was equally beautiful inside, once you had reached it down a dodgy looking passageway.It had much tastier food and a very good Moroccan red wine called Guerreane, which can be bought very cheaply in the supermarket on the road to Casablanca! You need ID to buy alcohol.
It helps enormously if you can speak French."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of October 2006
What a gem! Located in a residential are...
"What a gem! Located in a residential area of Marrakech, off the beaten track, and would never have found it without the help of an enterprising Moroccan child(well worth the 5 dirham spent!!).
An oasis in the storm that is Marrakech, pure opulence; this is a "hotel" with a difference.
The service was good but not outstanding, found myself standing at reception for half an hour, or scouring the hotel looking for staff, aside from this I can not fault the hotel, was perfect calm and well needed polarization from the medina.
Was a truly Moroccan experience and if you havenât stayed here yet then you havenât traveled!!"
- Travel date: Fri 7th of April 2006
A good little riad! Situated in an inter...
"A good little riad! Situated in an interesting area - up a dark alley which is surprising busy even well into the night! The street kids may be noisy but pleasant and often helpful. A working knowledge of French is a distinct advantage, not just with the locals when asking for directions to the riad, but also with the riad staff themselves.
The riad itself is an oasis! While quite basic, the staff are extremely helpful and obliging. The food is excellent should you decide not to head up into the heart of the city. The riad is not far from the centre, but the walk is not a pleasant stroll! You have to cross a number of busy roads. "
- Travel date: Mon 20th of February 2006