Dar Ouali is an elegant riad located in the heart of the medina of Marrakech, close to the Museum of Marrakech and the famous restaurant Le Foundouk. The riad, now a private home, was completely refurbished by its new owners and designer Corinne Bensimon in Spring 2012 to accommodate travelers looking for traditional architecture and authenticity.
Large carved wooden lintels over very tall columns surround the square of the patio whose center features a plunge pool, a delight for chilling out during the hot hours of the day. In the living room, beautiful fabrics cover comfortable seatings. There is a small ornated b'hou covered with cushions. The painted ceilings are splendid. The living room has a fireplace.
The kitchen has impressive proportions. It communicates with a dining room where up to 10 guests will enjoy the delicious cuisine of Samira, the house cook. Upstairs is a second lounge (wireless internet connection) ideal for reading or playing games.
Around the patio and upstairs are five bedrooms each with a private bathroom. One of the upstairs bedrooms is covered with a centuries old polychrome wooden ceiling.
- Bedroom 1: Ground floor, king size bed, bathroom with shower
- Bedroom 2: Ground floor, king size bed, bathroom with shower, air conditioning
- Bedroom 3: 1st floor, twin beds or double bed (180 cm), bathroom with shower, air conditioning
- Bedroom 4: 1st floor, king size bed, extra bed for child on request, bathroom with shower, air conditioning
- Room 5: 1st floor, king size, extra bed for child on request, bathroom with shower and bath, air conditioning.
The large rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view to the South and the Atlas Mountains. The terrace features a covered sitting area which is ideal for a drink. 4 loungers are available for sunbathing.
The patio of the riad is covered in winter with a transparent canvas in order to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Samira the house cook will prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner according to your desires.
This place was beautiful. Our host Ingrid, is one of the most accommodating and nicest individuals we have ever met. The same goes to all the staff at the Riad. If it wasn't for Ingrid, I don't think our stay would have been enjoyable. She helped us with absolutely everything we needed and made us feel so comfortable during our stay. Highly recommended!!!
I had a wonderful one night stay in Ingrid's riad. The place is an architectural gem. While its dimensions are not monumental (it is indeed a bourgeaois riad, not a palace), the proportions of the house and harmony of its lay out embody the very spirit of Marrakech classic architecture. Now, it does not fill like a museum, far from it. The house si very comfortable, with a beautiful and welcoming drawing room, and the rooms (I got to pick the one I would sleep in, which enabled to tour each and every of them) are very comfortable, with very nice bathrooms (the pressure and temperature of the water in the shower were perfect, which, out of experience, can never be taken for granted in Marrakech). Each bedroom has a very distinctive character, based mainly on its layout. The decoration of the house is very elegant and remarkably functional.
Ingrid and her staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Setting the stay up, including the pick-up ate the airport, was done very smoothly and effectively. The riad staff were extremely nice and considerate. I had dinner at Ingrid's other place. it was one of the best Moroccan dinners I had had, ever (and this must have been my sixteenth visit or so to Marrakech).
So, if you are looking for a beautiful classic medina house, this is the place. And in terms of value for money, it is also an extremely good deal. I thank Ingrid and her staff, and am happy to recommed the place to any other Airbnb member wishing to get an insider feel of houses and life in the medina of Marrakesh.
The riad was a truly magical place . In the hustle and bustle and chaos of Marrakech it was like stepping into a private Oasis of calm and relaxation.
Once you stepped through the big wooden door you entered a beautiful little palace. Ingrid was very helpful and showed us a really easy way to get from the labyrint of the souks back to the Riad. Ingrid was very easy to communicate with and helped us with anything we needed. It really was a truly exceptional experience staying at the riad
We had a lovely stay in a beatiful and peaceful riad. Ingrid is a professional and super nice host. The staff is discrete and very attentive.
You will l ove the location in the heart of the Medina with stunning silence and elengant details.
We were staying at the Riad for 5 Nights and had a wunderfull time. Ingrid introduced us perfectly to marrakesh and was there when we had questions. The Riad itself is a nice and quite place in the Medina, (email hidden) to cool down after a hot day in marrakesh. Thank you for the great time we had!
Ingrid was fantastic - She met us and escorted us to the Dar, and was the heroine of our day! Yaya, and the other staff at Dar Ouali couldn't have been more kind. Ingrid and Yaya took us on a walk to make sure we were oriented to the neighborhood and gave us great suggestions for places to visit in the neighborhood. The design of this spot is uber elegant and made (email hidden) to come home to at the end of a bustling day in Marrakech! Thanks again Ingrid for everything!
It was a great pleasure to stay in Ingrids beautiful riad. Ingrid and her crew were very sweet and helpful. Great breakfast on the roof terrace every morning, tee everytime you want and nice spacious and clean rooms. Ingrid showed us around in the very confusing as well as organised transfer to and from the airport.
I can only recommend (email hidden)!
Beautiful RIAD with a great view, centrally located and very close to the PLACE Jema El Fna, but located (email hidden)myra, the housemaid, was very nice and helpful, she gave us maps and she told us how to get around and where to find main attractions. She and the other girl were so kind and very nice with my babygirl!
The room was beautiful and furnished in marocain style.
We especially enjoyed the terrace and pleasant breakfast,always different!
We stayed 3 night in DAR OUALI and 1 night in EL QADI (also beautiful and near the center).
Ingrid, the menager, was kind and very helpful in organising our trip from/to the airport and to assure our best stay!
Elena, Stefano e Celeste
We had a very pleasant 3-night stay in this riad. Ingrid was really welcoming and helped us prepare our stay beforehand, including the ride from the airport to the riad, an extra night in another next-door riad etc. Pay a visit to her other riad called 'Riad Berbere' and do not hesitate to reserve a table for a delicious dinner on the rooftop!
We had a very pleasant and relaxing stay at Ingrid's Riad. We loved everything, the quite atmosphere in the heart of the Medina, the decoration of the beautiful house and patio, the impressive terrace at the roof as well as the food, the caring staff and helpful recommendations of Ingrid. We have already decided to come back for a second time and would recommend everybody who is planning a trip to Marrakesch to stay at this Riad.
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