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Riad | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Dar Soulahfa nestles in the streets and alleyways that form the very heart of the old Medina of Marrakech. Ideally located in the most desirable area of the Medina, this wonderful position makes it so easy to explore all this exotic city has to offer. The house has an abundance of traditional charm along with 21st century benefits such as air conditioning and heating. The private plunge pool is instantly refreshing and the large roof garden/terrace offers generous and private outside space. The staff provide a warm welcome, are delighted to have children staying and will do their very best to accommodate any request. Intimate enough for a romantic break for two, yet with more than enough space for a small group of friends and ideal for a family. Further images and details can be found at on our website, please ask for link.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira 180 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech Menara RAK 8 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The door to the house opens from the narrowest of streets into the hallway, which in turn leads through to the courtyard where a mosaic fountain trickles into the plunge pool. From this courtyard there is access to one of the bedrooms as well as a bathroom with bath and separate shower; there is another shower room and a kitchen that is intended for the use of the house keeper.
The first floor of Dar Soulahfa offers the majority of the living space with dining and sitting areas that open through traditional arches onto a balcony that overlooks the pool below. Two double bedrooms lead from the balcony, both share an en-suite shower room.
The salon on this level has been decorated to evoke the sultry opulence of a palace hareem with large lanterns creating subtle lighting and a rich mixture of colours and textures. Every effort has been made to ensure the interiors at Dar Soulahfa are as exotic as the city itself.
The salon has TV with numerous European and UK channels and DVD player, there is also a hifi and i-pod docking station. There is a small selection of DVDs and many CDs.
A further flight of stairs leads to the roof terrace.
Though the house is excellently positioned for access to the busy city you will be amazed at the contrast once inside the Riad, the peace and calm are instantly relaxing.
|Further details outdoors|
The large roof terrace provides the ideal place to have breakfast where the dining table catches the morning sun. The hand painted Berber tent provides shade and further seating and there is plenty of space for private sunbathing. An external shower allows you to cool off as the temperature rises.
A moonlit dinner on the roof is a must with flickering candles and the distant drums and music carried on the breeze from the square. Better still, let Atika arrange for traditional musicians and make it a party.
Dar Soulahfa has been created to provide ideal family accommodation, also perfect for a small group and romantic enough for a couple. Many Riads in Marrakech are let by the room; Dar Soulahfa is only available for exclusive rental providing a private space without the need to worry about other guests.
The house has a staff of three, Atika our housekeeper and fantastic cook, Khadija the maid and Soulaimane the houseman. While we pay for the housekeeper and maid, it is asked that the guests pay the houseman directly at 100 Dirhams (£6) per day
The kitchen has been set up for the use of the housekeeper who is happy to assist with the preperation of children's' meals.
Though we welcome smokers we ask that guests only smoke in the open areas, first floor loggia and roof terrace. We do not permit smoking in any enclosed rooms including bedrooms.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Marrakech is as much an experience as a place, offering the oportunity to acquire memories that will last a lifetime. From the tiny streets and souks of the Old Medina, hardly changed since medieval times, to the international standard restaurants and nightlife. 4x4 safaris into the Atlas Mountains, car trips to the Ourika Valley, the coast at Essaouira or the waterfalls at Cascade D'Ouzoud, golf, skiing, hot air bollooning over the city or just sitting in the square with a mint tea and watching life go by, not to mention the shopping opportunities of the souk; there is something here for everyone.
Dar Soulahfa is tucked away along tiny streets. A walk to the square, though only a few minutes, is packed with intrigue and fascination. Very near to the house is the Dar Si Said Museum and the Bahia Palace, but all the sights are within easy access. The streets are alive with traders, artisans, children and Moroccans going about their life. This is a real chance to immerse yourself in a very different culture. A stay at Dar Soulahfa will provide so much more than any hotel or resort.
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5 Jan 2014
"Beautiful, traditional riad in the medina"
I stayed as part of a group of six girls for new year 2013/14. The riad is beautiful and Stuart very helpful in the booking process and ensuring the journey from the airport (we paid 150 dirhams - abo… More
Many thanks for the review, it's great to hear that you all enjoyed your stay at Dar Soulahfa and had a New Year and Special Birthday to remember, I knew you would. I am glad you appreciated the traditional charm of the house, we think it's quite a special place very much helped by it's fantastic location. It is also nice to hear that the staff remain popular, they are lovely people who always do their very best to ensure our guests are made welcome.
It is unfortunate about the break in the electricity supply, it was a problem throughout the local area and actually quite unusual but not unheard of.
I am pleased to hear the staff responded quickly concerning the heater to ensure you were comfortable in what can be quite chilly evenings during the winter months. I take care to provide as much information as possible before a stay which does include advice on what weather to expect so guests are prepared.
Many thanks for the comments concerning your trip out of town, I believe this was to the Ourika Valley, a lovely drive over the Haoura Plain following the river to a number of waterfalls and very easily completed within a day, it provides a great contrast to the city and is very popular with many visitors to Marrakech. I will speak with Najeem and ask if he can find a more interesting place for lunch, I'm sure he will be happy to do so.
I hope you will return to Marrakech again in the future where you can all be sure of a very warm welcome at Dar Soulahfa.
11 Apr 2013
"Beautiful Riad in the Heart of Marrakech"
I travelled to Marrakech for the first time with my partner and another couple. The owner was very informative sending through useful information about the Riad, its staff and the surrounding areas. H… More
27 Feb 2013
"Peace in the Medina"
This property was a haven of peace, about a three minute walk from the frenetic square. The rooftop terrace was wonderfully peaceful in the good weather, and has a lovely shelter for those who might … More
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review for us, I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the fantastic location of Dar Soulahfa. Marrakech can indeed be a bit of a culture shock so it's great to have such central accommodation in which to retreat when you need some time to relax.
The breakfast which is included in the price of the rental is purchased fresh each morning with just enough juice being squeezed for that meal, however the staff are always happy to purchase items on behalf of our guests and there is a separate fridge for guests to store their own drinks and snacks.
Bath towels are usually left on each bed, my sincere apologies if this didn't happen, I can assure any future guests that a request made to the staff would have seen a ready supply, it must have been an oversight on this occasion. The towels left at the door to the roof terrace are intended for use on the sunbeds and when using the pool.
During the summer months the little plunge pool is a wonderful way of keeping cool, it's almost essential, obviously in the cooler winter months it is used very rarely though it is always keep full and clean just in case!
I and the staff at Dar Soulahfa are always keen that our guests should enjoy their time at the house and are committed to doing all we can to see this happens.
8 Feb 2013
"Lovely Riad, Great Location, Fabulous Staff!"
Lovely Riad in the perfect location not far from the central square and souks. Firstly, the enquiry and booking were completely hassle free. Stuart the owner replied to any queries immediately (even w… More
13 Jan 2013
"Cosy and conveniently located."
Great atmosphere, well managed, excellent staff. We ate in every night as the ladies' cooking was so good! Lovely weather (sunny, with cool nights) and we really enjoyed our week.
8 Jan 2013
We stayed here in January with our three children aged 5, 7 and 8. Initially we were going to stay outside the Medina but are glad we changed our minds! Dar Soulahfa is a beautiful Riad with immaculate attention to detail. In a fantastic quiet location and yet only about 8 minutes easy walk to the main square.It is perfect for either a group of friends or family with children as you have the Riad to yourselves so don't have to worry too much if the children are noisy (unlike other Riads) We ate in one evening and the food was delicious. Having an open fire and heaters in the bedrooms certainly made a difference with the chilly evenings. By day the weather was gorgeous. We spent one whole day reading on the large roof terrace whilst the children pottered around and played with the two tortoises there. The staff were also lovely and great with the children. In all We can't recommend Dar Soulahfa highly enough and we will certainly return next time we visit Marrakech.
26 Nov 2011
"Cant imagine I will ever get over this beautiful house........"
From the moment we walked down the maze of alleys where children played football happily with their deflated football, I knew this would be right for us. Its the real Morocco. The beautiful solid wo… More
30 Oct 2011
"Great house in a great location."
A lovely house with excellent friendly staff. Beautifully restored riad with total privacy centrally located, yet in a quiet backstreet near all the sights. We took 3 kids (9,6 and 2 years) and my 83 year old mother in law. After the madness of the souks and negotiating donkeys and motorbikes it was great to step into this tranquil oasis and relax. We had dinner on 2 days and lunch on another 2 days cooked by Atiqa and Khadija, all of which were superb quality, genuinely authentic and generous portions. Fouad organized our taxis and excursions, which given our party saved me negotiating everything with kids in tow. If you are on a budget be careful about his (or anyone else's) recommendations for where to eat / buy souvenirs, as they are likely to be towards the higher end of the scale. The staff live off-site, so you have the place to yourself, except obviously if you are having meals prepared. Recommended.
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