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
Actually, this was our first trip to Marrakech and had no experience staying in a Riad and no idea what to expect. What an amazing experience to stay at Riad Dar Alif. Personal service, excellent accommodations, and great value. We were greeted personally by the owner, Phillipe, who treated us like family instead of paying guests. The breakfast was outstanding, the bedroom was very comfortable and we did feel like we were home. Overall, a very enjoyable and pleasant stay. I would recommend this to anyone.
We loved everything about our stay at Dar Alif, especially the staff. They including the owners were super helpful in everything from coordinating airport transportation to giving us tips about where and where not to eat and how to avoid the souk owners and locals trying to get money from us!
The location was great, just a 10 minute walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa with great shops along the way.
Definitely enjoy the rooftop terrace! Was a beautiful splash of color in a city that is mostly greys and browns.
The dinners is great too, probably the best tagine we had during our visit.
I haven’t really stayed in other riads in Marrakesh, but this one was well above any reasonable expectations.
- Owners, Philippe and Isabelle, are very knowledgeable and welcoming, so you really feel like you come home. You get a comprehensive briefing every morning with a bunch of advices about the places to visit or have a dinner. All of them are great! No language barriers at all if you don’t speak French. If you want to buy some Argan oil in Marrakesh, Philippe can recommend you a good shop, so you don’t end up with crooks selling really poor quality stuff (that is a fairly easy thing to end up with in Marrakesh). Finally, Philippe spent many years in Tanzania, so you can get some good advices from him if you plan to go there by any chance.
- Location. Cannot be any better. A bit outside of Medina, so you can relax without any noise after a long day. Meanwhile, within 15-min walking distance from Jemaa el-Fnaa, so you are still close to everything. The streets can look somewhat dark in the evening, but don’t be scared: you get used to it very quickly. Local people are friendly and might help you to find a way to the Riad if you struggle to find it yourself (kids would expect some coins though if they think they assist you).
- Staff. Incredibly helpful. Will always go the extra mile in making sure you are happy with your stay. Rooms are always kept clean and you never need to ask twice (or even once) if you need any kind of assistance. We were particularly impressed by Jamal, who assisted us continuously throughout the entire stay.
Just to ensure that this review does not look too utopic, I would probably propose to have a bit more diversity with breakfasts. Apart from that, it is absolutely an ideal place to stay if you visit Marrakesh as a tourist.
We had a wonderful stay at Dar Alif, staff is really nice, rooms Are clean and the restaurant by the pool is amazing! Its a Little Hard to find, so if you arrive by night its better to take a hotel shuttle (google Maps won‘t help you!).
I highly recommend Riad Dar Alif for a multitude of reasons, including the warm welcome from Jamal, the well judged service (always there but not intrusive), the decor, the delicious breakfast - jewels of pomegranate, Morrocan crepes and sublime bio-sourced honey, the meal on arrival (inclusive) cooked by the Dar Alif's own chef de cuisine. Nothing is too much trouble.
Owners Isabelle and Philippe are like the best of hosts who invite you into their lovely home, give you excellent advice and then leave you to make your own adventure, while always being available morning and early evening to go to for more.
And the location, at the southern end of the Medina - in the Mellah, near the el Badi Palace is perfect, quiet but only a 10 minute walk from the souks, with lots of really local life close by too.
I loved my stay there.