Dar Hanane

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Address: 9 Derb Lalla Azzouna, Marrakech, Morocco

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

A house steeped in understated luxury

Dar Hanane is a stylish, well presented riad housing four double rooms and two suites, in an interesting residential neighbourhood just south of the bustling Place du Moqf. One of the Pure Riads group (along with Riad Adore), its rooms and public areas are all immaculately conceived, with a knowing balance of Moroccan design flair and nicely upholstered western comfort. The house is designed as a home-from-home, and the young, affluent English-speaking crowd it attracts enjoys its blend of sober, understated north African style, luxury furnishings and all mod cons.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Dar Hanane is in the Kaat Benahid district to the north east of the souks, and just south of bustling Place du Moqf

Bedrooms

There are four double rooms and two suites; all have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and i-pod docking stations.

Public areas

The lovely tree-filled courtyard with its tinkling fountain and recessed seating areas is the perfect backdrop for a couple of hours’ reading or chatting over mint tea. The spacious salon on the ground floor has comfortable seating around an open fireplace, so is perfect for chilly winter nights; the room also houses dining tables and chairs. There is a second living room on the first floor, with a huge fireplace and a high domed ceiling, open to the skies. Both salons have a small hi-fi with a selection of CDs and there is free wi-fi broadband internet access for laptops in the first floor salon. Guests have access to an honesty bar at all times. On the high terrace (one of the highest in this part of the medina) there’s a mixture of casual seating and comfortable lounging space under a Berber tent.

Eating and drinking

Hearty breakfasts can be served downstairs or on the roof terrace; lunch and dinner can be ordered in the morning for the same evening). Expect a refreshing mint tea on arrival; alcoholic drinks are available from the honesty bar whenever you want them.

Leisure facilities

Hammam treatments and massages can be arranged.

Service

You’ll be very well looked after by manager Cristian, who hails from Romania and has excellent English.

Who stays there

Couples, groups of friends and families with older children (children aged less than 12 are only accepted as part of a booking for the whole house)

Price advice

Prices include breakfast, free mint tea and introduction to Marrakech with a handy map (one of the clearest you’ll find in the medina!), and free still mineral water, tea and coffee throughout the day. Three-night minimum stay.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable and relaxed
  • Honesty bar ensures access to chilled aperitifs!
  • No good if you have young children
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