1 derb Ouartani, Mouassine Medina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco
Credit card fraud @ Dar Naima
Long story short, stayed at Dar Naima with my wife during our honeymoon. Stay was relatively Ok, rooms were sanitary, rooms dimly lit, showers did not operate very well and service was satisfactory.
Our whole view of Dar Naima was changed however 8 months later when Dar Naima management went and charged my credit card even though we had paid our stay in cash 8 months prior. Numerous emails to Laure and Stephane went unheeded, all of my phone calls to the establishment were always met with "Yes we will refund your money this was our mistake" and of course no action was taken.
Currently disputing the credit card charge and has caused a significant waste of time and energy trying to get this resolved.
I would recommend if you want to avoid the headache, please stay at another Riad.
More about Dar Naima
Early morning light on the Koutoubia minaret
the main courtyard in Ben Youssef Medrassa
Has anyone been to Dar Naima, it looks great but can only find 4 write ups on it two from french people neither were very good so am unsure, also does anyone know how far from square because it does not say.
Any help would be much appreciated because we are going at end of this month and prefer to pre book.
RE: Dar Naima
I've not stayed there myself but I've heard that the owners are French and don't speak much English, so if that is an issue for you you may want to seek out a Riad with English speaking staff/owners..
RE: Dar Naima
you have nothing to be suspicious about dar naima, as usually all riads in morocco give nice service. I don't know it so I can't really tell you about it.
if you're suspicious about it why not check others?
you might wanna check these 3 here:
these 3 are very nice, all different styles. price is the average comparing other riads in morocco.
dar naima is indeed already a bit more commercial than others and like these 3 here i just pointed you.
Also if you need more riad type of accommodation try this link, only for Ryad in Morocco,also you have one in Fes, also very nice:
For more accomodation you can check this page out:
stay cool, if you need more on morocco just email me.
Ah, all these riads have english speaking staf. the owner of dar bounouar and the owner of riad aguerzame speak very nice english. the owner of riad des droles also speaks english but not as well. but she does slowly... :)
Travel Tips for Marrakesh
Visit the Marjane supermarket!!
Probably very unconventional but i and others after me have highly enjoyed it! Marjane is a supermarket chain around the cities in Morocco and are rather huge and with pretty much everything from food, drinks and alcohol to fresh and frozen foods, bread, and household goods and clothing - electrical goods and beauty products and stuff like camera film and music cds can all be useful reasons to shop there.
Weve found it particularly helpful when we are touring or travelling by car which allows us the ability to save andcarry with us supplies for along the way such as water, uht milk, diet coke, our red wine and vodka supply -and beer if you wish - and gift sort of stuff when visiting or staying with friends or family.
out in the small towns or remote areas where stuff like coffee is more expensive i reckon its handy to buy the 60g nescafe sachets they have in marjane for only 6 dirham!or good honey - out in the remoter areas its often only a honey concoction made of sugar or glucose and water added to honey that is available! so real honey can be a nice gift of thanks.
or if you want washing powder, shampoo, argane moisturiser or even some good quality cumin to travel with or take home. camera film eg 36 exp 200 asa fuji film is only 29 dirham - one hour processing here, including enlargements, is pretty cheap too.
and not a bad place to grab something for lunch, theres a fast food such as pizza department or grab some rolls or baguettes and add some cheese, salami, olives, and whatever else interesting you find. also canned food such as tuna, sardines, and peas might be tantalising to take travelling with you!?
anyway its all there and , along with the lovely airconditioning for some respite during the hot summer, its another off the beaten path place to check out the locals.
In the heart of the souks-charming!
I'm afraid you'll have to stumble upon this adorable little place with great views and excellent people watching on your own... It exists within the souks, in one of the open little squares. It is a three-story cafe with low stool and couch seating and cool, sparce Moroccan decor. The music is funky and eclectic. The staff is stylish and speak enough English to get by, French is your best bet.
To order, check out the black board on the first floor, especially if you plan to sit upstairs, because the full menu is only available downstairs. Upstairs you'll see a small little chalk board with a few sandwiches listed upon it. We sat upstairs on a couch by the scrolling iron window, looking out we witnessed henna artists at work and spice salesmen touting their divine smelling flavors.
I climbed the stairs to the terrace to find a fantastic view of the roof tops of Marrakesh and a great shot of Koutoubia. A nice breeze made this a lovely place to sit as well. Sandwiches are served on the traditional Marrakesh round loaf bread and are quite tasty. Order a Moroccan salad too... a unique mix of ingredients with a deliciously spiced olive oil dressing on the side.
I had a fromage sandwich and Tim had a scrumptuous saffron chicken sandwich, plus we shared the salad, topped with hard boiled eggs, tuna, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and orange slices.
Sandwiches were around 40-50 dirhams each.
Ourika is like an oasis in the desert
If you like to go around Marrakesh, Ourika is a good choice. You take a petit taxi for the grand taxi stop which is outside of the city. You find the taxi for Ourika and begin to bargain. 250 dh. is ok for roudtrip and then begin to climb the Atlas Mountains. When you reach Ourika, you must climb the waterfalls(Cataract) with childrens guidance for 5-15 dh. You feel the cool and begin to return.
This is the door of the summer residence of the
badia palace.... behind this you can admire
one of the highlights of Islamitic art.
(but you can't take pictures).
At the entrance of the palace you need to pay
extra if you want to see this minbar.
I didn't had a clue what to expect but I was
glad I did.
This minbar was already famous in it's time.
It dates back from the 12th century and was
restored recently. A minbar is a pulpit and this
one used to be the one of the 'Koutoubia'.
It was made in Cordoba (Spain) and has
indeed magnificient woodcarvings.
The minbar is also completely surrounded
by arabian writings that had great information
for the historice who examined this artwork.
Nice was that there was a lot of information
about the minbar with the history... pitty
we could not get round it.
It is easy to imagine that everybody was stunned
by it's beauty since it was only used on friday
and that it would drive itself outside a nich
by an ingenious system of pulleys.
And I Meet Mouna
Mouna she did Henna to Japanese friend Tomoko
"life on 18 m2"
Mouna invite us for lunch. we find out that 8 people are non stop in this one 18 m2 big place. Wc is outside. Kitchen in side the room. No comment. Mellah in Marakesh.
"And action on same meters"
I observe how they move and how they start to cook. They are use to that. In this place they prepared in two hourse very good tajine with chicken in lemon and vegetable souce, three diferent salads, strawberrys, and coffe after all. While we drink coffe the place became like nothing was happend here.
"Tajine and strawberrys"
When we finished meal I promise to myself I will never complicate in my life again.
All the houses in Mellah are the same. In every room are more than 4 people - it is luxus - and more.
Her brother preparing beatroot salad with coriander , sugar, and orange juice.Ther was also carot and cucumber and green salad with tomato with olive oil and cumin.
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Address: 1 derb Ouartani, Mouassine Medina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco