Riad Dar Nael

38 derb albaroud hart asora kechich Marrakech medina, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco

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    Not recommended!


    We arrived in Marrakech on our first day in Morocco, and Riad dar Nael was definitely an experience. First adventure of our trip was to even find this place, and dodge all those shady people you meet in this part of town.

    Our room, Selma, was on the first floor, and was perfect for socializing with other guests since it didn't have any glass in its windows, nor functioning shutters - just some grills. You didn't even have to leave your room to overhear other guest's conversations! Also, the non-functioning heating (in December!) made us snuggle up and feel cozy. I have to admit, that the room (though smallish and dark as usual for a Riad) has a nice interior, especially the bathroom that was only separated by a chest-high wall. If only the plumbing had worked!

    But most impressive of all was certainly the overwhelming stench of cat-***. Beside the not-helpful staff, that wouldn't show us another room or help in any way. Eventually we didn't stay, even though we had made a reservation for three nights and had to pay all of them since the "nice" clerk claimed it was "no problem at all" if we left. I guess he was so embarrassed over us not liking his establishment, that he later refused to even recall our visit and claimed us as a "noshow".

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Forum Posts

What clothes?

by binduben

My family are spending this Christmas in Marrakesh. How cool/warm will it be, and what clothes should we bring?

Re: What clothes?

by Durfun

At that time of the year, it definitely gets cold at night. For evenings a sweater would be necessary.

Daytimes are quite wearm & pleasant, but just in case have a cardigan handy.

Enjoy exotic Morocco :-)

Re: What clothes?

by iaint

I was there last Christmas.

One day it rained heavily - but still warm (20c).

Next day, sunny and 22-25c.

Locals in overcoats. Me in T-shirts.

Cool-ish at night.

Re: What clothes?

by leics

Climate averages here will give you a rough guide:


Re: What clothes?

by earthflyer

Agree with all the above posts.

It will be cold or chilly in the evenings but t-shirt weather when the sun is out.

Bring a coat and sweater with you.

Travel Tips for Marrakesh


by puerto_lover

As a Non Muslim, it was impossible to visit the KOUTOUBIA minaret and mosque, however the landmark tower acts as a marvellous point of reference whether you are in the medina or more especially outisde. The tower itself was built in the 12th century and you can see it's brother in Seville Spain called the GIRALDA. The same principals of design applied and the one in Seville was completed during the 1190s. In Seville you can walk up to the top which is now a bell tower and of course after the 'reconquest',upper embellishments were added to the one in Seville.
The name that combines both minarets and one that you will remember is : ALMOHAD. This was the name given to a confederation of Berber tribes during the period 1147 to 1269 who name translated means "unitarians" and who siezed Marrakech from the Almoravids in 1147.
(there are 2 pictures - the main one is Koutoubia and the 2nd one is Seville's Giralda)


by Krystynn

From TANGIER, DON'T FORGET to explore CAPE SPARTEL - the extreme North-Westerly point of Africa, close to the famous Caves of Hercules and Cape Malabata.

Photo Below: That's me having a blast right here in beautiful CAPE SPARTEL.

Cafe Argana

by andysum about Cafe Argana

A large restaurant on the edge of the Djemaa el-Fna square which consists of two levels, the bottom level seems to be where the locals hang out and the top floor is where the tourists tend to go. Not a bad thing, since the top floor has access to some tables on the terrace with good views over the market. A good place to take some photos of the market without the hassle of hawkers. A wide variety of tagine's (lamb, chicken, beef) but my favourite was the lamb tagine with apple. The lamb was succulent, falling of the bone, and the apple gives it's a sweet kick not unlike the traditional apple sauce you would have with pork in the uk. Along with bread to mop up any of the sauce, it's a homely meal that I kept on coming back for more.

Dar si Said palace and museum

by dabuwan

Dar si Said is a nice palace from the 19th century, that houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts with fine collections of local old handicrafts. I spent a pleasant couple of hours in this very well kept place.

Souk Smata - slippers and belts

by angiebabe

I love souks as i find them so photogenic - the people and the variety and diversity and shapes and colours and designs of goods that are usually there and the vibrance of the atmsosphere. So ive been to quite a few around Morocco including those in combination with festivals - on my own but mostly with my moroccan connections - and shopped for orders from my UK moroccan friends eg babouches particularly of the type made in Tetouan.
And then also theres the souks in Tunisia that ive been to too - such as also the excellent Tunis souks! where i did buy some excellent babouches!

Not that it makes it fool proof or even easy! but it does make it a lot easier to have seen the ways of checking and comparing for quality and haggling for prices. Going to the artisanal ensembles helps too in seeing how low the set prices can be and therefore how low you should go in the souks - or in some cases how much cheaper we can get things haggling in the souks.

As for the souks of Marrakech its been said that they are renowned for their variety and high quality and that the craft of leatherworking is even said to have originated here and the craftsmen of Marrakech regarded as master-leatherworkers.
The souks are arranged and known by the type of goods on offer ie Souk Smata for its slippers and belts!but you will also find that as babouches are generally such saleable attractive items for tourists you will find them prominently placed in shops soon after entering the souk and also in the covered markets (kissarias).

Generally aim for babouches that you particularly like of course - and as for price if they ask for 200 dhm or more they are probably worth around 80 dirham - yes even for good leather - or even 60! and if going for nice leather ones check that the leathers soft and nice quality and dont smell!

Leather pouffes are also a favourite and good value - if you haggle well - a standard design should be about 120-150 dirham for medium sized pouffe - the ones that look fabulous and are all one colour of beautifuly soft leather or with lots of colour and work on them can be up to 350 dirham with good haggling - check the smell though - have a good whiff for that nice smell of leather - if its got a pong it probably wont get any better but rather worse and sorry but...stink your house out!....especiallly leather lamps, use something like a fire lighter if you have or ask for some matches to test to apply some heat to the leather and see what aroma is achieved...if its not good quality leather it will release an aroma you dont like.....


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Address: 38 derb albaroud hart asora kechich Marrakech medina, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco