Dar Rbaa Laroub

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Address: 61, Derb Abib Allah, Quartier Mouassine, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

A hidden gem you'll want to keep to yourself.

There’s something very special about this house, named ‘A quarter to four’ after the bottle green railway station clock which hangs on the wall, the hands stuck at 3.45. Beautifully decked out in a style that mixes high class Moroccan craftsmanship with French colonial flair, this gorgeously understated home (two houses knocked together) feels like the kind of gentlemen’s club you’d actually want to join. Think intricately painted ceilings…soft leather armchairs that once you’ve sunk into them you never want to vacate…well-worn dark walnut furniture…framed photos of the royal family…a tiger’s head…and somewhere in the background, Chopin, Debussy or some tinkling jazz. Owner Jean Noel Schoeffer is a gracious host, a fantastic cook, and a real enthusiast for his adopted country. Even a brief stay in his beautiful home ought to put you firmly in the same category.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

Dar Rbaa Laroub is in a little street off Rue Mouassine (on the opposite side of the road from Café Arabe) - tucked away but practically on the Sunset Boulevard of Marrakech.

Bedrooms

There are four double bedrooms, a junior suite, a four-person suite, and a single room. All are simply but stylishly furnished and very comfortable, with everything you need to chill out and take a break from the stresses of modern life; some are more colourful than others. No phones, mini-bars or satellite TVs here – how refreshing!

Public areas

Although described as a dar rather than a riad (the latter have internal gardens, whereas the former tend to have more functional courtyards), the house is well-acquainted with vegetation, and the sound of music and/or birdsong accompanies you as you relax at a courtyard table, in the recessed sitting area, in the cosy ground floor salon or on the beautifully maintained roof terrace.

Eating and drinking

Don’t miss the hearty breakfasts and make sure you save at least one evening for Jean-Noel’s excellent Moroccan-with-a-twist dinners (maybe French, maybe Italian, maybe Thai) which are prepared and delivered with exactly the aplomb one would expect (order in the morning for the same evening).

Leisure facilities

The house does not have a swimming pool or hammam, but massages can be arranged.

Service

Jean-Noel is a friendly if unassuming host; he speaks limited English. His staff are lovely and couldn’t be more helpful.

Who stays there

Singles, couples, groups of friends. This is the kind of place where you can keep yourselves to yourselves, or leave having made good friends with your fellow guests.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • No fuss
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Really well located
  • Quiet, convivial atmosphere
  • Excellent value for money
  • Lacks a pool and hammam
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