Riad Dar Alif
What We Love
- A gorgeous riad in Marrakech, with breakfast, a massage discount, a dinner and moreThe traditional welcome, with Moroccan mint tea and pastries on arrival
- Marveling at the city's must-see attractions, including the nearby Jemaa El-Fnaa Square and Bahia Palace
- Booking massages with your discount – the perfect treat after a day of sightseeing
What To Know
- It's a 10-minute walk to the souks of Jemaa El-Fnaa Square
- You'll be welcomed with mint tea and pastries – maybe even a tagine depending on your time of arrival
- Don't miss out on their Hammam spa services
With its medieval past and spice-filled present, Marrakech will more than satisfy your tastes for tagines and traditions. Head to the TripAdvisor award-winning Riad Dar Alif and you’ll find both in generous supply. Situated a leisurely walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and Bahia Palace, and a short drive from the bustling Medina, this riad boasts a luxurious hammam, a beautiful central courtyard and a swimming pool behind its heavy wooden door.
At this tranquil yet centrally located spot, traditional delicacies are served up on the roof terrace alongside views of the palace and Atlas Mountains. When you’re not soaking up the sunshine or basking under the shade of the pergola here, you’ll find a colorful mix of Moroccan design details and modern amenities across six irresistibly inviting guest rooms and suites. So whether you’re out browsing the bazaar or simply kicking back at the riad, you know you’ll be getting the best Morocco has to offer.
Rooms or suites
Designed to provide the utmost comfort, the guest rooms here conceal modern luxuries within their colorful, traditional Moroccan décor. King-sized beds are draped in Egyptian-cotton sheets, and you’ll find kimono bathrobes within the tadelakt en-suite bathrooms. Courtesy trays and deluxe bath amenities add to the luxurious ambience. Choose between the cozy Deluxe Double room or the more spacious Suite.
Amenities- En-suite bathroom with shower- Tea and coffee facilities- Air conditioning- Wi-Fi access- Hair dryer
Traditional mint tea and Moroccan pastries on arrival start the impressive dining experience at Riad Dar Alif. Continuing the hotel’s local focus, tagines packed with prunes and walnuts from nearby souks are also served up on the roof terrace, accompanied by sunset views over the Medina.
In addition to the rooftop solarium terrace, which comprises padded sun loungers and a shower, guests are invited to relax in the hotel’s swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Meanwhile, hammam facilities and massage treatments offer a more traditional spa experience.
Take the 20-minute drive from Marrakech airport to Riad Dar Alif and you’ll find yourself at the heart of the city’s must-see attractions. Jemaa El-Fnaa Square and Bahia Palace are both within a short walk, and the colorful Majorelle Garden is a 15-minute drive away. For longer journeys, you’ll find the nearest taxi stand within a five-minute walk.
How to Get There
I went for holiday to Marrakech in march with my friend. We stayed for like 4 days in Dar Alif. The riad was so nice, it felt like home. The room was clean and nice. We had breakfast and lunch made by the chef Khadijah. IT WAS DELICOUIS. She made us the fish tajine. We highly recommend the food in the riad. WE MISS YOU, my sister Khadijah.
We recently stayed at the Dar Alif for 6 nights and cannot express highly enough how much we enjoyed our stay there!
From the reception by Phillipe, to our reluctant departure, the whole experience was one of great comfort and warmth.
Our stay commenced with a warm welcome from Phillipe directly from the taxi arranged through Dar Alif which was extremely helpful as the Riad itself is not the easiest of places to find if you are unfamiliar with the city. The pastries, mint tea, strawberry and orange juice cocktail and refreshing flannel were most appreciated following a long journey. A beaming Phillipe smile is certainly a welcome you will remember. Isabelle, who we met a couple of days in to our stay, was also the epitome of both professionalism and passion for the Riad and Morocco and enhanced the experience further. They both ensure that you know exactly what you need to know and always are excited to help you make your stay extra special.
Phillipe then proceeded in detail to describe on a city map the do’s/don’ts of the city, and recommended the best places to visit and eat in the city (all of which were spot on!... Atar is a real find for a lunch on the roof terrace).
We were introduced to the staff and got know all, in particular Khadija (the cook with a beautiful soul) and Redouane (the calm but extremely attentive and funny) extremely well. I have never had a tagine as good as the ones that Khadija produced night after night, and all ably served by Redouane. PS. The Beef, fig and walnut tagine was simply delicious! The just melted even with just a desiring stare!
Our room was exactly what we had hoped for. It was presented beautifully with rose petals and the bedding displayed in decorative ways each day we were there. The shower gel, shampoo and body lotion were divine, but please be aware that the feel is more rustic than luxury, although in some ways the room did feel luxurious.
The Riad itself does have a luxurious feel, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the communal areas and roof terrace. All in all, with just 6 guest rooms the Riad really does feel like a home from home, and a welcome retreat from the chaos of the city.
The Riad is perfectly placed for exploration of the Medina, with both the Badi and Bahia palaces close by, and the Jeema el fna also approx. 10mins walk away.
The city itself is a complete culture shock to any western European city, but with time you can adapt to the initial perception of chaos!... general rule, keep right at all times!
Once you have indulged in the delights of the Medina, please please please make sure that you opt for the trek to Imlil and Tamartat (the Berber Village) that Isabelle and Phillipe have devised. We were extremely lucky to have Mustapha as our guide, and Abdul as our driver. Both were from the villages in the mountains so knew everyone and everything that you could possibly wish to know. Mustapha’s guidance along the riverbed from Imlil and up through villages to Tamatart (approx. 2000m elevation) was absolutely beautiful, and at times was an emotional experience to see both untouched beauty but also nataurally worked landscapes. It truly is something to be seen. The waterfall was unexpected, but the fresh orange juice stall there was even more so considering it was so isolated!
You also get the chance to experience the hospitality of the Berbers which is incredible. Bothe the women and children of the village gave us such a warm welcome it was again another moment to relish.
Following lunch and a mint tea on a roof with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains, the journey continued. Re-joining Abdul our driver we then drove through a plateau green with wheat, stopping for a quick Berber dance along the way (Abdul loves to sing and dance… with Mustapha also very keen! 😊), we descended to skirt the boundaries of Lake Takerkoust. There we had a further chance to do a bit more Berber dancing with Abdul again leading the dance!
It was then a drive back to Marrakech, but the day belonged to the mountains, the Berber people and Mustapha and Abdul. They really did make the day one of the highlights of my life.
All in all, I cannot express enough how amazing the Riad, the owners, the staff and the excursion team are. If you truly want to experience Marrakech, and more importantly the beautiful landscapes in the surrounding areas, I cannot recommend highly enough the Riad Dar Alif.
(NB: If visiting the Tannery area of the city, please be extra vigilant and do not be coerced in to being guided back to the main square)
3 nights at the Riad. B and B with dinner on 2 of the 3 nights. Very welcoming host, superb accommodation, and polite, respectful staff. Exceptional food and wonderful stay. Faultless really. We will be back.
We have just spent 3 nights at the beautiful Riad Dar Alif. Our first experience in a Riad and visit to Marrakech. The owner Philippe and his staff were exceptional, kind and very welcoming. We could have not have asked for anymore. We really enjoyed our stay, the Riad and our room was gorgeous. Breakfast, evening meal and snacks tasted all wonderful and beautifully presented and cooked by Khadijah. Recommend the full day trip to the Atlas Mountains, our guide Mustapha, was lovely and very knowledgeable and our driver Karim was a chilled top dude. The meal in the Berber village home was a stunning spot. Philippe arranges this all for you. Also have the Hamman and massage, all done at the Riad!
We spent a week at Dar Alif and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The owners and indeed all the staff make sure that their guests are well looked after.
We especially enjoyed the breakfasts and several evening meals prepared by the excellent and very kind lady chef - Khadijah.
The only disappointment was that the 'swimming pool/Jacuzzi' was actually a very small but pretty pool placed centrally in the reception/seating/eating area.
Need to just mention that the small bathroom in our charming room was a bit cramped and fell somewhat short of expectations. The room service was exceptional.