- At a Glance
- Our Review
Grandly retro riad with shades of vintage Art Deco
Mix shades of Art Deco with exuberant Gothic and you get Dar Doukkala. This richly retro riad – described by its owners as a guest palace – combines sleek curves and vintage decor.
From Our Guestbook
"Dar Doukkala was a beautiful riad in one of the quieter areas within the Medina. So very easy to get…"Arron F, London SW16. Stayed May 2012
Know It All
Hit the spot
Five minutes from the souks and Djemma el Fna square.
Come here for...
• A 1930s Casablanca vibe – you could see Bogart and Bergman meeting here. • Richly retro interiors with an Art Deco slant. • Palatial, high ceilinged bedrooms.
There's a mellow Art Deco lounge with a roaring fire in winter and a well stocked library. You'll also find a hammam and massage room.
Good to know
It's for fans of vintage, not cool and contemporary.
Four rooms, two suites
Every room has a working fireplace, a large bathroom with a tub for two, Art Deco style furniture and CD player with a library of chill-out albums.
Palatial Suite 3 sports deep Art Deco armchairs, a vast bed and private terrace. The top floor suite is a sprawling 70 sq m with a balcony over the pool.
Eat & Drink
Dinner at Dar Doukkala is cooked to order and to taste – so feel free to request Moroccan or European fare, as well as your favourite dessert. The chef also happily caters for vegetarians and special dietary requirements. Regular dishes on the menu include traditional tagine of lamb with seasonal vegetables, calamari and seafood casserole, chocolate fondue and fresh fruit tarts. We dined in the lounge by candlelight around a roaring fire on a cool winter's evening – a wonderfully atmospheric setting.
Full breakfast with delicious Moroccan pastries is served until midday.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Explore the winding streets of the Medina, or admire the exquisite stucco work and Arabic inscriptions of the Ben Youssef Medersa, one-time home to the great theological thinkers of the Middle Ages.
Other big sights include the nearby Museum of Marrakech, housed in a 19th century palace, the Koutoubia mosque with its classic minaret, the colourfully tiled Saadian tombs and the flower-filled Majorelle gardens. Your hosts will be happy to arrange a trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains, where you can saddle up a donkey and visit remote Berber villages.
Unlike many in-town riads, Dar Doukkala has its own pool terrace for sunning and cooling off. You can also book a choice of in-house treatments – whether traditional body massage or muscle relaxing therapy. Steam away in the hammam, then spoil yourself with a manicure or pedicure.
Marathon de Marrakech
Runners dash to the Palmeraie district and back from Djemma el Fna square.
Rub shoulders with the stars at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
EUR 120 - 272Check In
12.00 MiddayMinimum Night Stay
Usually three nightsOpen/Closed
Closed 20 July – 25 AugustAir Conditioning
Yes – all roomsChildren
Rue de Bab Doukkala, Dar el Bacha, MarrakechParking
There’s plenty of parking nearby, but you won't need a car.Trains
Marrakech central station - 2kmTaxis
EUR 18-20 from the airport. We will be pleased to arrange your transfer with Dar Doukkala.Airport
Marrakech Menara - 8km. EasyJet flies to Marrakech from London Gatwick and Manchester, while Ryanair flies from London Luton, Bristol and East Midlands. Other major European airlines flying to Marrakech include Royal Air Maroc, British Airways and Iberia.