Dar Ajiba-entire home all to yourselves – Home 359072 House
- 3 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- 4 nights min stay
Dar Ajiba-entire home all to yourselves – Home 359072
- 3 bedrooms
- sleeps 8
- 4 nights min stay
- Nearest beach 100 mi
- Child friendly
- Car not necessary
- Air conditioning
- Pet friendly
Description from owner
This jewel of a private home, all to yourselves, is hidden on a narrow, quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the ancient Moorish city of Marrakech. (Derb Alililj #29, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Medina) It is a world far removed, though close to the modern part of town, just a short flight from anywhere in Europe and closer to New York than is London. From our residential neighborhood it's but a short walk to all of the craft markets (souks), open-air vegetable vendors, several important historic landmarks and one of the finest gourmet restaurants is around the corner. The UN World Heritage Site, the Jmaa el Fna square, always jumping with amazing entertainers and restaurants, is a 15 minute stroll. Though cars are not allowed into the maze of small streets, with everything so convenient a car is unnecessary, and for occassional trips to other parts of town inexpensive taxis are close by.
The house, 1700sq ft (160sq meters) on two floors, has been remodeled in the 'Beldi' style (traditional, rustic techniques), but with many modern comforts added. From the street, the carved doorway opens into a welcoming entryway leading into the terra cota tiled courtyard open to the sky. Surrounding the courtyard, accented by a lovely wall fountain, are the doors and grill-work covered windows of the living room, office, kitchen and 1/2 bath. The living room, with hand loomed Berber carpets has two seating areas. To the right is a classic Moroccan salon with upholstered, carved banquets framed by an antique velvet tent-wall hanging. On the left comfortable leather chairs and hassocks face the fireplace. The office has a desk, fax/phone and a cozy banquet seating area with handwoven Atlas Mountain pillows and rug. The kitchen is complete with modern appliances and granite counter top. The bathroom is accented by a copper sink and mirror with green marble counter top.
The second floor has three inviting bedrooms, a laundry room with washer and dryer and a charming full bath, all arranged around the courtyard with carved balustrades bordering the connecting balconies. Each room has a double bed, seating area and wrought iron grill work windows with shutters.
The stairway continues up to the roof terrace that provides a spectacular view over the Old City's rooftops to the High Atlas Mountains beyond. A ramada and canopy create shaded areas with tiled table and chairs, and a staircase leads to a small observation deck for a 360 view. In a corner of this walled terrace is a private shower, and a grill work balustrade surrounds the central courtyard opening.
As much or as little household help as required is available. Arrangements can be made for a cook, housekeeper, guide/translator (French and Arabic are most useful but many people also speak English). WiFi and satellite TV are on-site. Our local English-speaking agent is available for orientation and assistance. The owner, fluent in Moroccan Arabic dialect, can be reached at any time by phone or email.
Marrakech is in south-central Morocco about 150 miles from Casablanca and 100 miles from the Atlantic seaport and beach town of Essaouira. Upon inquiry we can provide suggested reading and references about this truly fascinating country and its culture.
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: Full bed
Bedroom 2: Full bed
Bedroom 3: Full bed
Beds in other rooms: 2 Twin beds
- 1 Family bathroom, 1 Wet room
- Wi-Fi available
- Air conditioning
- Solarium or roof terrace
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Stereo system
- Fax machine
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- Yes, smoking allowed
Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
24 hours after booking
50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.
4 weeks before
25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.
2 weeks before
No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.
* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support
About the owner
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- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Nov 2019
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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– based on 23 reviews
- Very Good
“Wonderful short break”
We had high expectations of Dar Ajiba from previous reviewers on TripAdvisor and I can happily say the place is even better than it looks. Firstly our guide Moulay, who I would now happily call a c… More
Response from the owner Thank you so much for enjoying Dar Ajiba. We are so happy you enjoyed our home. Please come back and visit us again! Joel and Sinde
This riyad we booked was perfect right from the start. when we booked we had fast efficent replies. when we landed in Marrakech we had the airport transfer as part of the package which was soo good on… More
Response from the owner So glad you had a great stay!
“Good Location, nice staff, comfortable rooms”
Very helpful to have an airport pick up and quick tour of the area on the first night. The staff were great, and even chased us down on the last day when we forgot something at the house!
“A beautiful gem behind closed doors”
Tbh after the first 3 hours i turned around to my best friend Khuram and said " what a mistake, we should have booked a place in the new city". But honestly i have fallen in love with the ol… More
“I would stay here again & again!”
I highly recommend this riad & would stay here again & again! The photos do not do it justice. I was tempted to book another fancier-looking riad, but was sold on this one's reviews about excellent staff & service, and the ease & safety of paying online through homeaway. Maria & Fatima prepared the best meal we ate during our stay, and even took us to the neighborhood hamman & wholesale shops. Moulay checked in with us daily to make sure we were safe & happy. The beds were comfy & we appreciated the cell phone that they loaned us. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was lovely with views of the snow capped mountains. Le Fondouk was an excellent restaurant for dinner (get the lamb) & drinks just around the corner. The location is great - in a quiet neighborhood within the medina, but an easy & quick walk to Fna square (through the souks so you can shop along the way!). Moulay was not available to take us on excursions, but put us in touch with Idir Anamas (a young & modern Berber guide), who took us on a once-in-a-lifetime 3d/2n trip to the Sahara, & day trip to Essaouria. Please stay at this riad! You will not regret it.
Response from the owner So glad you had fun with our staff! They are very open to spending time with guests or leaving them to enjoy the home on their own - whatever guests prefer. We love the location too, since it's a relatively quiet neighborhood, but convenient to most everything you want to do in Marrakech. You are so welcome to stay again and again! Sinde and Joel Rubiner
“Charming house - an authentic experience”
My husband and I, daughters and granddaughters stayed at Dar Ajiba for Christmas. Dar Ajiba is charming and provides an authentic experience of living in a riad. Moulay patiently waited at the airport… More
Dar Ajiba is a lovely and large riad, beautifully decorated and a delight to stay in. There is plenty of space, including comfortable bedrooms, cozy sitting areas and a large roof top terrace. Maria… More
As others have stated, Dar Ajiba is a true gem. We stayed for just three nights (not long enough) as we began our Morocco adventure in April of 2013. We could not have chosen a better location with … More
Response from the owner Thank you. I'm so glad your experience of Moroccan home life was a positve one. We always strive to make Dar Ajiba a welcoming, clean and quiet homebase for those who venture into the magic of Marrakech!
Dar Ajiba is like an oasis, the centre of the old city of Merrekech. One can explore the exotic and wonderful sites, sounds and flavors of old Morocco and the ancient Soule of Merrekech and then easi… More
“Superior Accommodations at Derb Alililj #29”
We stayed at this amazing riyad for almost 3 weeks. It was outstanding and we highly recommend it to anyone considering a trip of any duration to Marrakech. The authentic architecture, rich tradition… More
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