Riad close to the souks of artisans in 7mns the Djemaa el Fna
Jacques Pierre Frénal
- english, french, spanish
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Superb first experience of Marrakech
We have just returned from an amazing stay at Riad 'Dar Jawd'. It is a beautifully appointed property and very comfortable. The pictures show the quality of the finish, but it is far more spacious than it appears.
However lovely the accommodation, it is the people who contribute so much to the enjoyment of a holiday. Hasan, the housekeeper, gave us such a warm welcome with Moroccan mint tea and pastries when we arrived very late in the evening. He had prepared a traditional tagine with accompaniments as we had requested a meal due to the hour of our arrival, and he provided a delicious fresh breakfast for us each morning with Moroccan specialities. Hasan was charming, helpful and pleasant throughout our stay.
Mohamed drove us from the airport, arranging for our baggage to be taken via trolley to the door of the Riad as no cars can enter the narrow streets in the immediate area. He is a delightful person and incredibly helpful. On our last day he took us on an incredible trip up to the Atlas Mountains, organising a Berber guide called Abdel who led us on a trek up to the waterfalls and then took us to have a traditional couscous lunch at his family home in a small village on the mountain-side. This was a very special experience, at a very reasonable price.
Other highlights of our trip included walking for miles through the narrow streets of the Medina soaking up the atmosphere of the souks and the Kasbah, visiting the Place Jemaa el-Fnaa at night, walking through the cool and colourful Majorelle Garden, and experiencing a Moroccan hammam. We also treated ourselves to early evening cocktails at the splendid La Mamounia hotel, with its sumptuous interior and beautiful gardens.
Marrakech is an exciting and vibrant city with much to offer, the people are friendly and helpful, and it feels very safe (if you manage to avoid getting hit by one of the many mopeds that zip through the souks at quite a pace!). Riad ‘Dar Jawd’ is the perfect base – a huge thank you to JacquesPierre and Valerie.
Bonsoir Alison, votre commentaire nous va droit au coeur ! Nous sommes ravis de lire que vous avez apprécié votre séjour marrakchi ! Mohamed et Hassan qui ont pris soin de vous gardent de très bons souvenirs des moments passés en vos compagnies ! La communication entre nous a été très claire et très agréable ! Encore merci d'avoir choisi notre maison qui vous restera toujours ouverte !
Bien à vous
Wonderful stay in Marrakech
The Riad was everything we hoped for. The location was fantastic. Saida, our housekeeper, was wonderful. An overall great experience!
Great owners, excellent staff and perfect location
Our family of five stayed in Dar Jawd for one week and it was perfect. All of our communications with Valérie and Jaquespierre were very pleasant and the speed at which they responded to our inquiries was virtually instantaneous. They seemed genuinely concerned with our enjoyment of the property. Saïda the housekeeper was fantastic. Her breakfasts were huge and varied and her mint tea the best in Morocco! We enjoyed talking to her about all our adventures in the Medina every morning. As for the house it was an oasis of of calm at the edge of the vibrant Medina. The rooms were very large, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We did two excursions with Mohammad Mali, the driver. A very nice man, very knowledgable and his vehicle was a very comfortable SUV. We strongly recommend this property.. Merci Valerie et Jaquespierre
Au premier contact, nous avons ressenti que votre famille et vous même alliez apprécier et partager la bonne humeur de notre maison, nous étions ravis de pouvoir vous aider dans votre voyage. La communication qui a suivi a été très agréable. Nous sommes extrêmement contents de lire que notre petite équipe a su vous satisfaire, et particulièrement par les soins de Saida et Mohamed qui gardent d'excellents souvenirs des moments passés en vos compagnies.
Merci d'avoir ajouté votre joie de vie à la maison qui vous a accueillis et que vous avez grandement respectée.
Vous y serez toujours chez vous.
Bien à vous cinq
Spacious Gem in Great Location!
Beautiful, clean and spacious Riad located just off a main route
into the Medina. Safe neighborhood. Extremely quiet and secure inside
the Riad. Our driver, Mohamed, was gracious, kind and very attentive
(also, of course, a great driver). He will take you to all city sites and
on excursions to the Atlas Mountains for a very fair price. He is
not a guide, but he is knowledgeable. Saida is the Riad
cook and cleaner who comes in the morning to prepare
a full breakfast: eggs, fresh squeezed OJ, various breads,
yogurt and quality coffee. She clears and cleans
up, makes the beds, and then leaves until
the next day. She is adorable and very sweet.
The photos don't convey the spaciousness of
the three levels. Ground floor has a double bedroom and full
bathroom with air conditioning, kitchen, comfortable sitting
room and cooling pool for soaking tired feet after a full
day of exploring. The second level has two master suites,
one is slightly larger than the other but both are spacious and
both have full baths (sink area, shower and toilet). Both
bedrooms also have their own high quality LG air conditioning
units that work well.
The second level has a large corner table and sitting area where we spent
most of our time talking, reading and of course checking
our e-mail (sadly). The internet is very good.
Like all Riads, the "roof" is open and allows in plenty
of light and air, so you don't feel at all shut-in
The third level is the terrace and most impressive.
Again, like the other levels, the spaciousness is
notable. We have stayed in other Riads that purport
to have nice terraces, but are cramped and
uncomfortable. This terrace has two distinct
areas, both covered. One is a large sitting
area which can accommodate probably
8 people and the other area is dining
table with the same space. Between the
two areas and the connecting open
terrace, the rooftop could easily host
a small cocktail party of 30 people,
but of course that would be against house
rules. :) Highly recommend.
Dave from California.
Fabulous riad. Just as pictures indicate.
I spent a week here with 2 friends. The riad is conveniently located in the market - about half a block from the entrance (there are "cart guys" to help you get your luggage the half block). The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. Saida is there every morning to fix a great breakfast - but beware of the bread, it it quite addictive. She is friendly and very helpful. Being from Texas we had questioned the effectiveness of the air conditioner, but they were more than up to the task. We had unusually cool weather for late April so didn't use the pool, but it is beautiful. The terrace is where we spent most of our time. There are lounge chairs in the open, a covered seating area and a covered dining area. Just beautiful and very conducive to late afternoon and evening socializing. There is a washing machine which we found very helpful. There was one small issue the day we arrived. I emailed the owners and got a very prompt response and solution. They are very friendly and helpful.
Great riad. I would highly recommend it to others. One suggestion: get the address of the riad before you go. You need that for custom forms entering and exiting the country. I didn't have it (just put Riad Dar Jawd on the form) but had a copy of the VRBO material i had printed off and the custom officials accepted it. But it would have gone easier and quicker if I'd had a physical address to put on the form.
Two friends and I stayed at this lovely riad for a week. The pictures are accurate - it is beautiful and very comfortable. Saida was there every morning to fix us a great Breakfast (the bread is wonderful - deadly to your waistline). The riad is perfectly located on the edge of the market. Ten steps outside your door and you are in the market.
Some of our friends were a bit worried about our safety. I never ONCE felt threatened in the market or on the street. That said, Security is on top of things. They walked us to our door every night.
The riad is A short walk from where you leave the taxi. The terrace is where we spent most every evening. Being from Texas we were a bit concerned about the air conditioning - but it is fabulous. The pool is beautiful but a bit too cool for us in late April - we had uncommonly cool weather for this time of year. But we are not complaining about that at all.
Mohammed took us to the mountains one day and to/from the airport and DHL (we did our part in supporting the local economy).
Valerie and Jacquespierre are a pleasure to work with. We had one small issue. I sent them an email. They responded in 20 minutes and had the problem solved at once.
This is a great choice for a place to stay in Marrakech.
Cindy, nous resterons ravis d'avoir communiqué si aimablement avec vous avant et pendant votre séjour. Nous regrettons de ne pas vous avoir rencontrées. Saida et Mohamed qui ont eu la chance de pouvoir s'occuper directement de vous garderont un excellent souvenir du plaisir que cela leur a apporté. Merci encore de vos attentions. Merci de l'élégance que vous avez amenée dans notre maison. Elle vous sera toujours ouverte !
Bien à vous
Dar Jawd is located in the prestigious district of Dar el Bacha just steps from the palace of Thami El Glaoui, the old pasha of Marrakech. The entrance of the derb, after the passage in front of the guards of the palace, is located on one side between the shops of antique shops and jewelers, on the other side it is the old foundounks (caravanserais) which sheltered formerly the nomads coming from to trade in Marrakech. These magnificent buildings still mark the entrance of the souks today towards Mouassine street which leads to Djema el Fna square. In the immediate vicinity of the derb are luxurious hotels in the medina such as Khum Palace, Donab Palace as well as health institutes such as the "Hamam of the Rose". Nearby, you will also find famous restaurants like Dar Moha, Dar Marjana, Spice Terrace, Arab Cafe, Garden, Donab Palace, Khum Palace, Farm ... Many museums, monuments and tourist attractions are within walking distance. The modern city with its districts of Guéliz and Hivernage are also easily reached on foot.