Dar K

Derb Boucetta lakbir N°23, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco

Dar K

By Jeremy Davies, your Marrakech expert

#15 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Marrakech
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of Dar K

A small but perfectly formed home from home

Minimalism can feel so overdone sometimes, but Dar-K wears its simplicity effortlessly, thanks to the innate good taste of owner Sarah Rasson and her interior designer husband. This is a fairly small house with white walls and battleship grey ceilings throughout – creating a cool backdrop for the warmer, richly textured fixtures and fittings. These include four poster-style beds made of huge carved and painted wooden pillars; a lovely selection of hand-woven rugs in natural tones; and some well chosen lanterns. The terrace is similarly pared back, with clean white furniture and a cream canvas shade set against the pink ochre walls, potted plants and distant palm trees. The net result is a house that feels light, comfortable and informal; a nest in which to sleep and recharge; a place to call your own.

Location: 

Dar-K is in the Kaat Ben Nahid neighbourhood - one of the oldest of the medina, just moments to the north east of the souks, near the Marrakech museum and the Medersa Ben Youssef.

Bedrooms: 

There are two double bedrooms (one of them on the ground floor) and two suites – one with a bath and the other a shower room. Both the suites and the first floor double are air-conditioned.

Check availability and compare prices for Dar K

Public areas: 

The lovely courtyard has orange trees and a rose petal-strewn fountain; a spacious living room with fireplace; an open plan kitchen-dining room, and a small swimming pool which between November and April is covered over and becomes a b’hou (traditional recessed seating area giving off a courtyard). There’s an open gallery landing on the first floor, leading to the terrace which is furnished comfortably and has great views over the medina.

Eating and drinking: 

Delicious breakfasts and Moroccan dinners (order in the morning for the same evening) are served on the roof terrace or downstairs.

Leisure facilities: 

The house does not have a hammam, but Sarah is happy to help you find a local hammam and can organise visiting masseurs, beauty therapists etc. Wi-fi and an i-pod docking station are available on the ground floor.

Service: 

Sarah manages the riad herself and will look after you beautifully. Although she claims otherwise, she has very good English.

Check availability and compare prices for Dar K

Who stays there: 

Couples, families and groups of friends – the house can be booked in its entirety for around £400 per night. Popular with English people.

Pros: 
Cosy, relaxed simplicity
Great central location
Cons: 
Too small to accommodate a large group

More information on Dar K:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Derb Boucetta lakbir N°23, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool

Have you been to Dar K? Would you recommended it?