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Riad Dar One

Morocco   Marrakech   Palais Bahia, Medina   Why Marrakech?
Marrakech 10kms
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Reviewed by Michael Soffe

I LOVE TOSCA! ..............

Situated on the northern side of the Medina, just a stone’s throw from the wonderful Palais de la Bahia and a five minute walk to the frenetic Jemaa El Fna Square, the delightful Jean Peres (originally from Bordeaux) has created yet another stunning boutique Riad in this fascinating city. Tucked down an alley (as are most of our Marrakech Hotels), what lies within the old doors is a truly remarkable conversion. Striking, avant-garde, chic, luxurious – are all adjectives that come to mind. Jean has surrounded himself with wonderfully attentive uniformed staff who will assist in every way possible to make sure that your stay at Dar One is truly memorable.

On entering the interior patio, which serves as the reception area, you will be immediately “wowed” by the design features – all placed to enhance a feeling of relaxation and give a sense of calm. Rose petals float in the plunge pool at the base of a stunning cascade of water that runs down the wall in front of you. The colour scheme is based on greys and darker hues of the polished plasterwork walls or “tadlakt” as it is known in Morocco – a warm finish that only enhances the romantic atmosphere as it absorbs light as well as reflects it. A bit of silver and black is thrown in for dramatic effect. Add candles to this atmosphere after the sun has gone down and romance and theatricality “kick in” in a big way!!

To your right is an inviting salon with its warming fireplace and dining area. Tosca and Loukoum, Jean’s two delightful dogs (one a boxer and the other a “cross”) definitely have pride of place fireside in the winter months!

All routes lead upward around the magical patio to the roof terrace which, for me, was one of the best “chill out” roof terraces that I saw in all of Marrakech. White and cream sofas and sun beds, as well as strategically placed triangular canvas awnings make this terrace as relaxing as they come – partake of breakfast up here, or simply take in the last rays of the evening sun whilst sipping a cocktail – equally inviting at any hour of the day!

The 6 bedrooms follow in the designer “chic” mode. Four are on the first floor with the other two accessed directly from the roof terrace. All are different, but luxuriously appointed – dark, rich fabrics, leather, “objets” and candles abound. Definitely contemporary, three bedrooms have lovely bathrooms and the other three have shower rooms. All are heated in winter and have air-con for the warmer months.

Breakfasts are served anywhere in the Riad – just tell the staff where you would like it and they will provide. Light lunches are also available and fine Moroccan Cuisine provides the basis for romantic candlelit dinners on request, (Chef likes to know by about 2pm so that he can source the freshest of ingredients).

An ideal Hotel for those who want a stunning design conversion of an old Riad within walking distance of the main square, Souks and Medina. Peace and quiet, but above all - pure magic!

Not surprisingly, the Riad Dar One has been featured in numerous glossy Design and Lifestyle magazines.

Airport Transfer available (recommended)
Plunge Pool
Roof Terrace
Lunch and Dinner on request


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From 90€ to 175€

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Low Season: 7th to 31st January and 15th June to 31st August.

Mid Season: 1st February to 14th June and 1st September to 20th December.

High Season: 21st December to 6th January

A deposit is required in order to confirm a reservation. The amount depends on the length of your stay and will be determined in our answer to your enquiry. The deposit amount is non-refundable.

Cancellations received more than 16 days before the arrival date: a further 10% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

Cancellations received between 8 and 15 days before the arrival date: a further 50% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

Cancellations received between 2 and 7 days before the arrival date: a further 70% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

Cancellations received less than 2 days before the arrival date and in the event of a no-show: the remaining 80% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

For all cancellations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.