House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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. 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.
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 and satellite TV are on-site. 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essouria 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
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14 Jan 2014
"Charming house - an authentic experience"
My husband and I, daughters and granddaughters stayed at Dar Ajiba for Christmas. Dar Ajiba is charming and provides an authentic experience of living in a riad. Moulay patiently waited at the airport… More
16 Jul 2013
Dar Ajiba is a lovely and large riad, beautifully decorated and a delight to stay in. There is plenty of space, including comfortable bedrooms, cozy sitting areas and a large roof top terrace. Maria… More
19 May 2013
As others have stated, Dar Ajiba is a true gem. We stayed for just three nights (not long enough) as we began our Morocco adventure in April of 2013. We could not have chosen a better location with … More
Thank you. I'm so glad your experience of Moroccan home life was a positve one. We always strive to make Dar Ajiba a welcoming, clean and quiet homebase for those who venture into the magic of Marrakech!
22 Apr 2013
Dar Ajiba is like an oasis, the centre of the old city of Merrekech. One can explore the exotic and wonderful sites, sounds and flavors of old Morocco and the ancient Soule of Merrekech and then easi… More
1 Apr 2013
"Superior Accommodations at Derb Alililj #29"
We stayed at this amazing riyad for almost 3 weeks. It was outstanding and we highly recommend it to anyone considering a trip of any duration to Marrakech. The authentic architecture, rich tradition… More
17 Mar 2013
"Wonderful balance of American-style comfort and exotic Moroccan traditional"
Dar Ajiba is a gorgeous and charming place to stay. I was a bit nervous coming to Morocco for the first time, but my concerns were calmed when I walked into this beautiful riad with its peacefulness … More
11 Mar 2013
3 Friends and I stayed in the wonderful Dar Ajiba last May. The experience was authentic and delightful and made our stay in the City of Marrakech one which I will never forget and would repeat in a … More
9 Mar 2013
"Wonderful Stay with Splendid Staff"
Dar Ajiba was a wonderful oasis in Marrakech. We loved sitting on the rooftop deck at sunrise and sunset. The accomdations were perfect as were the staff. They were very friendly and helpful. We felt … More
8 Mar 2013
What's behind the most beautiful front door on the street will surely not disappoint the most discreet traveler. With a fantastic open courtyard in the center surrounded by several wonderful room… More
7 Mar 2013
"A hidden treasure!!!"
What a jem of a property! On my first trip to Morocco i was a little unsure what to expect from a home in the center of the city but this beautiful home is so tranquil you would never guess the bustl… More
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