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Dar Hanane, Oasis of tranquility in Marrakech
We have just returned from 9 days staying at Dar Hanane in Marrakech. The Riad is located about 10 minutes walk north from the main Square through the Souks.
The Riad has 6 rooms all overlooking the cool ans shady central patio, which has 2 of the rooms opening onto it and 2 seated areas (shown in one of the photos). The remaining 4 rooms are on the first floor. The rooms are light and airy and are simply furnished with on-suite shower rooms.
The roof terrace is large with ample seating, loungers and shade, and as the terrace is higher than any other in the area, is suitable for sun-bathing in pravacy.
The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Cristian, the manager will organise collection and delivery to the airport (our flight out was 7.30 am), an english speaking guide for the medina, trips to the Atlas mountains or elsewhere by 4x4 or taxi, recommend and book restaurants or cater to any other requests.
The Raid can also provide oustanding home cooked evening meals at about 20 Euros per head which are strongly recommended, especially the meat and prune tagine. Breakfast is pancakes/sweet fried bread, rolls and preserves, orange juice, yughurt/fresh fruit and tea/coffee which can be served on the patio/dining room/roof terrace.
Tea and coffee are available free. Just ask one of the staff and hey-presto a few minutes later it appears wherever you are.
We paid £100 for the Grande Suite (there were only 2 of us) but the room is so large it has beds for 6! including a double bed secluded from the others on a mezanine level above the bathroom.
We have already started to plan our next visit for winter sun, as this Riad is about to become our winter bolt-hole.
A haven in the Medina
natiLosAngeles_CA - what utter, utter tripe! Our experience of Dar Hanane echoes the majority of reviewers - it's a beautiful, peaceful haven which provides a warm welcome in elegant surroundings.
Admittedly, Marrakech and the Medina can seem overwhelming to start with - but give it time, it will soon work it's magic. The Medina does provide a challenge for one's navigational skills, but see it as an adventure. The locals are only too happy to help should you flounder and I would describe them as enthusiastic - certainly not threatening. If you keep your eyes open, then the routes become familiar in no time. There are unique curiosities to guide you - ornate doorways, unusual door knockers, paintings on walls (a school themed one near the entrance of Dar Hanane makes the turning easy to find) - just memorise a few markers that appeal to you.
Dar Hanane and the people who provide the hospitality are wonderful. Cristian is a master at providing exactly what his guests are looking for - involved if you want him to be, discrete if you wish to be left to your own devices. He'll share his knowledge and experience to assist you in making the most of your stay. Aicha (sorry if I spell that incorrectly) and her staff are delightful, and incredibly good natured when dealing with our terrible French. Aicha's cooking already seems to be legendary, and I can only concur - you really must sample it should you visit.
Dar Hanane is beautifully kept and spotlessly clean. My abiding memories? Wonderful food, the softest down pillows, the rooftop terrace at sundown call to prayer, the aroma of jasmine and delicious mint tea.
Wish i was there!
I just can't understand that i'am back home.
The service,kindness and hospitallity.
Our stay was exellent,clean rooms and tastefully decorated interior.
Our dinners were enchanting and delicious.
Very service minded staff made a our stay formidable.
Like an oasis in a a myrmiod of sound and commotion from the medina. We were blown away of Dar hanane!
Thx,Best stay ever!!
Great Manager and Staff
Christian and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I had a dental emergency and Christian helped me quickly find a dentist . In the end the problem was resolved and our trip continues without a hitch. The dinner and the breakfasts we had were wonderful as was the patio room that we stayed in. If we return to Marrakesh someday we will most definitely stay at Dar Hanane and will also recommend this place to our friends. Thank you so much , Anthony and Heather from Toronto, Canada.
Noisy but nice...
We spent three nights at Dar Hanane and had an enjoyable stay in what is an elegant and comfortable guesthouse. It is conveniently located for the souks and only a ten minute walk from the main square – the area is not remotely dangerous or threatening and it soon becomes easy to navigate the streets with the aid of the hand drawn map supplied when checking in. I would certainly suggest dining ‘in’ at least once during your stay as the food is first class and can be adapted to your taste. Stuart the owner is the perfect host and will arrange any excursions or restaurant bookings as required.
My only criticism would be the noise levels from the staff themselves. The courtyard of the Dar should be a tranquil and relaxing place yet I felt the atmosphere was slightly tainted by the ringing of staff mobile phones in the hallway and the ensuing conversations.
PS Unfortunately during our stay there was some building work going on next door and we were woken up by banging noises every morning at 7-30 am. I realise this is out of the control of Dar Hanane’s owners but it is worth bearing in mind if you are considering booking.
Thanks so much to Chris and the staff of Dar Hanane. Your hospitatlity and service went beyond any of our expectations. Everything was excellent and we have no complaints. We spent four nights from the 9th to 13th of January and enjoyed every moment of our time in Marrakech. The riad is 10 minutes from Jemaa el Fna, unless you accept one of many inviitations for a free look in the Souks. A small piece of advice - if you want a real, "non-tourist" dinner experience, turn right at the school (you would normally turn left to go towards Jemaa el Fna), towards Place du Moukef and sample the street food.
Extraordinary service and extras beyond expectations
This magnificent Riad is small but very spacious, with lovely rooms and a terrace where breakfast (an enormous one) is served until the civilised hour of 11am. This staff is invariably friendly and particulalry helpful, and the manager, realising that we had not made further bookings at a very busy time, spent more than a full day searching for other accommodation for us (4 women) which he ws able to find. This wasnot his problem, but rather ours, but he took it seriously and delivered beyond his job, which was running the Riad (and I believe another that has recently been opened).
A nightwatchman sits at the end of the alley leading to the Riad, and a staff member ensures luggage is delivered, taxis organsised from the airport, maps showing the way back to the Riad, and anything you may ask. I have travelled a considerable amount, but the servfice, food, appointments and general helpfulness were outstanding. I would strongly reccommend the Dar Hanane-it is a middle range price with 5 star qualities.
Relaxing break under blue Morrocan skies
We have just returned from 8 nights stay at the Dar Hanane riad, and found it excellent in all respects. It was clean, stylish and the welcome was warm and enthusiastic.
Our bedroom (the Berber) was spotless with plentiful supplies of hot water, and heating if we needed it.
The living areas were relaxing after the scrum of the souks, with log fires in two of the lounges in the evenings, a perfect place to curl up in for a good read. The bar was well stocked for a pre-dinner drink. And hats off to the girls for carrying our breakfast up every morning to the roof terrace, where we could soak up panoramic views of the Medina and the Atlas mountains.
The owners and staff were friendly and helpful and able to organise a lovely trip to the Sahara and Atlas mountains. The delicious lunch we had with a Berber family made it a memorable day.
Thanks to Stuart, Cris and all the staff for helping to make our stay such a relaxing break under blue Morrocan skies.
Heaven on Earth
On arrival at Dar Hanane we knew we had arrived in paradise. The welcome we received from Chris, Stuart and Nicky could not have been warmer. The riad is quite beautiful in a wonderfully elegant yet understated way. The rooms we had was the perfect peaceful haven from the joyful insanity of the souks - and 'Crazy Alley' which we have baptised the street off Place Moukef with all the shops (the night porter, Amr, helped us buy kebab sandwiches at a Snackbar there one rainy night when we had planned to eat in the big square but cried off). The service was incredible, breakfast copious and delicious and the evening meal we had on the night of our arrival superb. The roof terrace was the ideal place to relax and unwind.This riad is run by a team of extremely friendly and helpful group of people and we can not thank them enough for making a 50th birthday celebration everything we hoped it would be. We are already planning our next visit . Thank you.
This riad is amazing! It is a lovely peaceful haven in the madness of marrakech! There is a beautiful courtyard and lovely roof terrace (perfect for catching the sun). The rooms are also furnished beautifully. Definately recommend eating in the riad for one night of your stay as the food is lovely and plentiful! The staff are so friendly and go out of their way to help you. A massive thank you for making our holiday so lovely. Was sad to leave this wonderful place! x
Marrakesh - Arabic Coke (2009)
Djemaa el-Fna during the day
Open-air food stalls, Marrakesh
Toddler in a Riad?
My wife and I have a 2 year old boy and we would love to stay in riads both in Marrakesh and Essaouira. Does anybody have any recommendations of riads that take small kids please? It would be great if they supply a crib/cot bed too. Thanks.
RE: Toddler in a Riad?
Im going to Marrakech this december and also wanted to stay in Riad with my two kids aged 3 and 5. Ive been advised that it wasnt a good idea, so telehoned a few of the better places directly who confirmed that it wasnt something that they were too keen on, on the whole.
RE: Toddler in a Riad?
hello i can advise you these 3 very nice riads in marrakech:
some riads in marrakech
why? well, they all belong to french people so you'll probably feel safer and then, riad des droles means riad of the children... where you have suites with anexed rooms for kids. and the other 2, better than this doesnt exists, the french couple that owns the riad has a little girl. they live in marrakech. so you might even want to join them to play!!
enjoy, and email me if you need more tips!