|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
This jewel of a private home, all to yourselves, is hidden on a narrow, quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the ancient Moorish city of Marrakech. (Derb Alililj #29, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Medina) It is a world far removed, though close to the modern part of town, just a short flight from anywhere in Europe and closer to New York than is London. You will be greeted at the airport or train station by driver, and welcomed by our staff upon arrival at Dar Ajiba. From our residential neighborhood it's but a short walk to all of the craft markets (souks), open-air vegetable vendors, several important historic landmarks and one of the finest gourmet restaurants is around the corner. The UN World Heritage Site, the Jmaa el Fna square, always jumping with amazing entertainers and restaurants, is a 15 minute stroll. Though cars are not allowed into the maze of small streets, with everything so convenient a car is unnecessary, and for occasional trips to other parts of town inexpensive taxis are close by. Each morning you will be served a traditional Moroccan breakfast, included in your rate, along with light housekeeping.
The house, 1700sq ft (160sq meters) on two floors, has been remodeled in the 'Beldi' style (traditional, rustic techniques), but with many modern comforts added. From the street, the carved doorway opens into a welcoming entryway leading into the terra cota tiled courtyard open to the sky. Surrounding the courtyard, accented by a lovely wall fountain, are the doors and grill-work covered windows of the living room, office, kitchen and 1/2 bath. The living room, with hand loomed Berber carpets has two seating areas. To the right is a classic Moroccan salon with upholstered, carved banquets framed by an antique velvet tent-wall hanging. On the left comfortable leather chairs and hassocks face the fireplace. The office has a desk, fax/phone and a cozy banquet seating area with handwoven Atlas Mountain pillows and rug. The kitchen is complete with modern appliances and granite counter top. The bathroom is accented by a copper sink and mirror with green marble counter top.
The second floor has three inviting bedrooms, a laundry room with washer and dryer and a charming full bath, all arranged around the courtyard with carved balustrades bordering the connecting balconies. Each room has a double bed, seating area and wrought iron grill work windows with shutters.
The stairway continues up to the roof terrace that provides a spectacular view over the Old City's rooftops to the High Atlas Mountains beyond. A ramada and canopy create shaded areas with tiled table and chairs, and a staircase leads to a small observation deck for a 360 view. In a corner of this walled terrace is a private shower, and a grill work balustrade surrounds the central courtyard opening.
As much or as little household help as required is available. Arrangements can be made for a cook, housekeeper, guide/translator (French and Arabic are most useful but many people also speak English). WiFi included. Our local English-speaking agent is available for orientation and assistance. The owner, fluent in Moroccan Arabic dialect, can be reached at any time by phone or email.
Marrakech is in south-central Morocco about 150 miles from Casablanca and 100 miles from the Atlantic seaport and beach town of Essaouira. Upon inquiry we can provide suggested reading and references about this truly fascinating country and its culture.
Note: Air-conditioned and heating in each bedroom, salon and office/library. Kitchen is open to the courtyard and therefore not air-conditioned or heated. Bring appropriate clothing as rooms are all situated around a central courtyard open to the sky.
We stayed a week in this riad on our first visit to Morocco and it was a perfect cap to a five week trip to three countries. It is well-situated in the medina, with the souk and most other Marrakech destinations nearby. The city can be noisy and hectic, but tranquil and beautiful behind the door. All the rooms were well-appointed, with lots of reading material about Morocco and Marrakech (and some even about the rid itself). The courtyard was a wonderful place to relax, read and talk, and listen to the music of North Africa. The first level had three bedrooms and bath with the perfect shower. And the rooftop terrace provided great views of the city, especially at sunrise and sunset. Everything was clean and in working order, and we actually took two days just to hang out at the riad because it was so pleasant.
But the best part of the visit was the staff, who took care of us as guests. We requested several dinners, initially because we were too tired to go out, but then because the food cooked by Maria was delicious. Moulay provided a very useful introduction to the medina and took us to areas beyond. The staff was present during the mornings and not in the evenings, and that made the place feel much more like it was our own. The staff was available by phone "just in case"; we were provided with a cell phone to carry with us when we were out and about. When there was some miscommunication about our arrival time and place (no fault of the staff) Moulay figured out where we would be and lo and behold he appeared to take us to the riad.
We have traveled extensively but never to Morocco and Moulay (and all the staff) was a great guide and ambassador for it. We hope to return and when we do we'll be looking forward to time at the riad.
Just terrific. Communication prior and logistics during our family's stay went well. We wanted a Medina experience, and Dar Ajiba delivered. The home is much more immaculate than the photos show. Maria put together wonderful breakfasts, and addressed some dietary requests. Moulay was a great guide. He secured a driver for some out of town trips and joined us on an excursion to Fatma. The rooftop terrace has great views for morning breakfasts and sunset photos. The walk to Jemaa el Fna square is a labyrinth of souls, small squares and markets. The ACs work in the rooms!! What a welcome haven! We have already told others! We hope to be back. Inshallah!
My husband and two children (10 and 13) spent 7 lovely days at Dar Ajiba. The riad is perfectly located, and a most welcome respite from the busy world of the medina. It has been beautifully remodeled with perfect attention to detail. We appreciated the rooftop terrace and the selection of books about Morocco (both travel guides and literature). Maria and Fatima were kind, generous, and prepared lovely breakfasts according to our various sightseeing schedules. Moulay was a true treasure. He took wonderful care of us, and showed us all of the hidden secrets of Marrakech and beyond. We would highly recommend Dar Ajiba and its wonderful owner and staff to anyone traveling to Marrakech. Thank you all for making our stay so memorable.
The property was just as it was advertised to be; the dinner we ordered was delicious and the excursion to the Atlas Mountains with Moulay was also very good.
My wife and I spent 4 days in Marrakech and could not have been more pleased with our accomodation!
The pickup at the airport was a nice start and then a very charming welcome tea where we got to chat a bit with Moulay, Fatima and Maria. Moulay then took us on (what seemed at first) a whirlwind walking tour of the Medina where we thought we would be hopelessly lost for the remainder of out stay. Lo and behold he had quite expertly burned all the important landmarks into our memory so that we were able to easily find our way on our daily wandering around the ancient streets.
Breakfast each morning was an absolute treat and despite the cool temps we were mostly able to eat up on the rooftop terrace.
Maria and Fatima provided an in house meal on one night and the food was absolutely fantastic!
We highly recommend Dar Ajiba and can't say enough how lovely the whole staff was and how welcome they made us feel in Marrakech!
We have rented homes and apartments all over the world and this was one of our very best experiences. Marrakech is a wonderful place and we loved it - but the medina is crowded, noisy, and, in August at least, hot. It was such a pleasure to retreat to our little peaceful, beautiful oasis to recharge and cool off but be right there in the medina when we were ready to head back out.
The house is beautifully furnished and decorated. The roof top terrace is terrific. But what makes this little home in the heart of the medina so special is its staff.
Maria, Fatima and Moulay make what could be a somewhat nerve wracking stay in what is, to us at least, a very unfamiliar culture, a true pleasure.
Maria and Fatima make wonderful breakfasts and, if you wish, lunches and dinners. Nothing seems to be too much trouble. You want it carried all the way up the steep stairs to the rooftop? No problem. Fatima was so kind to take us shopping and help us bargain (which we are hopeless at). Such nice ladies!
And there there is Moulay. We have never encountered someone like him on our trips. A happy, kind soul who was simply invaluable to us in navigating this confusing and unfamiliar culture. Never obtrusive or pushy - he's just there when you need him and not when you don't. From the moment he met us at the airport, we put ourselves in his hands and he never let us down. He made such a difference in our trip. He showed us places we would have never found on our own and explained everything so very patiently and happily. His introductory orientation to the media is included in the price of the rental. But his half-day and full-day rates are very reasonable. We can't recommend him enough.
The staff does not live at the house but gave us a cell phone so that they were always just a phone call away. We loved this combination of privacy and available assistance.
I cannot think of what else to say, except rent it now before someone else gets it.
This jewel of a home is hidden on a narrow, quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the ancient Moorish city of Marrakech. It is a world far removed, though close to the modern part of town, just a short flight from anywhere in Europe and closer to New York than is London. From our residential neighborhood it's but a short walk to all of the craft markets (souks), open-air vegetable vendors, several important historic landmarks and one of the finest gourmet restaurants is around the corner. The UN World Heritage Site, the Jmaa el Fna square, always jumping with amazing entertainers and restaurants, is a 15 minute stroll. Though cars are not allowed into the maze of small streets, with everything so convenient a car is unnecessary, and for occassional trips to other parts of town inexpensive taxis are close by. Marrakech is in south-central Morocco about 150 miles from Casablanca and 100 miles from the Atlantic seaport and beach town of Essaouira.
- Madersa Ben Youssef, an ancient Koranic school/monastery, right around a couple of corners. See our map.
- Museum of Marrakech – the back wall is facing our front door and the enormous canopy seen from the roof covers the interior courtyard. Amazing building and usually interesting exhibits. Nice café too. See our map.
- Bahia Palace – down past the Jmaa el Fna square (not shown on our map, but easy to find) adjacent to the Mellah (old Jewish quarter). Quite fantastic.
- Museum of Photography – Just a couple of blocks away, a few steps beyond the Restaurant El Foundouk Wonderful historic vintage photos, run by Patrick, (US educated) and staff who do an in depth orientation. Great cultural videos always running. See our map.
- Jmaa el Fna square – awesome variety of humanity, always a spectacle, has been happening daily for a thousand years. Walk around, sit in a café and be entertained. See our map.
- Al Yedd Gallery – the selection of jewelry in the markets is overwhelming, but if you are interested in authentic museum quality pieces this is a good bet. On the route to the Square on the far side of the Mouassine mosque. It is owned by Mustafa Ouzid, run by Jawad, prices are fixed and high-end. See our map.
- Samarcand Gallery – also owned and run by our old friend, Mustafa Ouzid, a very erudite, interesting man, fluent in English. This shop is in Gueliz, the newer europeanized part of town. Prices also fixed (very unusual) and up there. Call for an appointment and directions, O668-73-0287.
- Acima - a super market in Gueliz that has about everything, including wine and liquor. Open till 10:00 (liquor till 8:00). Taxi. Marjan is a big-box superstore (“Walmart”). Taxi.
- Essaouira – If you have time, this is a great two or three day excursion to this fascinating historic sea-side town. Have a grilled fish feast at stalls outside the port. Accommodations and car rental can be arranged through Moulay Driss. A comfortable bus leaves frequently from the train station for the three hour trip.
- Chez Chegrouni – on the Square. Reliably good, traditional menu, dh50 – 80. Sit on the terrace for close-up view of the action, or climb to the roof for amazing panorama. See our map.
- Les Premices – also on the square. Recommend the fish tagine, but good for pasta and pizza, too. Dh50-100. Nice 2nd floor terrace.
- Food stalls on the Jmaa el Fna square – amazing to watch scores of vendors set up every afternoon with an incredible variety of traditional dishes. Very tempting to try but cleanliness standards are chancy – definitely avoid any uncooked salads (wise advice anywhere in Morocco, except Dar Ajiba). Some people never have a problem with street food, others, well…no fun getting sick.
- El Foundouk - Our neighborhood place. One of the best in town, lovely atmosphere, roof terrace, lounge, wonderful traditional and continental cuisine, full bar. If you only have one upscale meal, this is our choice. Dh300-500. Reservation recommended, stop by, meet hostess, Hasna. See the map.
- Al Fassia – A favorite also, but a taxi trip to Gueliz. Run entirely by women, charming dining room, fine traditional food. Dh 250-400.
- Cosybar – very cool, trendy place, down near Jewish quarter. Fine for a drink or tea, probably good food, but haven’t eaten there.
- Tangia – a block from Cosybar. Same review.
- Café des Epices – on the spice square, see map. Have coffee, crepes, etc., watch the colorful action. See our map.
- Hotel le Jardins de la Koutoubia – Large deluxe hotel just off the JMF Square (short walk down a small street to the right as entering the square), a lovely, quiet refuge from the markets, with cool bar. See our map.
Carriage Ride – A special treat. Lines of carriages parked between the Koutoubia minaret and the Square. Be a tough negotiator beforehand. Should be Dh 200-400 depending on route and time. Possible routes – to Marjorel Garden, Casbah (Saadian Tombs).
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1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.