Best place to stay
Posted Aug 15, 2011 on Hotels
All the fantastic reviews are true !! For our first time in Marrakech, we wanted to stay in an authentic and original Riad…so we chose Dar Najat after reading all the positive reviews…..we were not disappointed and it exceeded all our expectations…after being met at the airport (the rate includes free transfer to and from the airport which takes the hassle out of your journey) we received a very warm welcome from the fantastic Oliver and his lovely team of staff with welcome drinks and lots of good advice….Oliver showed us the way to the main square which is only a few minutes away and gave us a mobile phone to use for the duration of our stay in case we got lost or needed any help..this is such a nice touch as places are’nt always easy to find in Marrakech…the Riad itself is beautiful, with lots of lovely chill out areas, including a rooftop terrace with a view of the Atlas Mountains and a Jacuzzi to cool off in the 40 degree heat ! The rooms are all individually furnished, with wonderful African artwork on the walls and the attention to detail in Oliver’s design of the Riad is amazing. This is such a laid back place to stay and we were treated as friends rather than customers ..we must say a special thank you to the great team of staff …Amin , Maroc, and all the lovely ladies, one of whom walked us all the way to a restaurant we had made a reservation for, as it was near to her home and we never would have found it on our own in the maze of the streets ( Gastro MK…if you get the chance to go is amazing ) It was Ramadan while we were there, and considering how difficult it must have been for them, not to be able to eat or drink all day but to be serving us with breakfast, food and drinks, nothing was too much trouble……thanks Amin for booking restaurant reservations, getting our bus tickets and arranging taxi’s etc etc…..and a big thankyou to Oliver for allowing us to swap two nights in Marrakech for two nights in his other fabulous Riad in Essouira…fantastic seaside town with a lovely breeze and a laid back vibe (sort of Marrakech’s answer to Brighton) .. it was great to experience this place also. Thankyou Oliver , Souad and all at Riad Dar Najat for a wonderful first experience of Marrakech….we will be back one day….it’s nice to go away and feel like we have met new friends, instead of just being another customer in a hotel….if you like the personal touch , you must stay at Dar Najat !!! Hope to see you all again soon Oliver…Thanks so much “mon cherie” Josie and Mike.