About this listing
Basic bedroom (converted living room) in a cute little house in the medina. Perfect for those looking for budget accommodation and basic facilities in a great location less than 10min away by foot from the Square. Sunny terrace. Four house cats.
The bedroom (converted living room) is in the groundfloor by the kitchen. Window on street view level. Two bedside table (one with lamp), one coffee table, one wardrobe. Not visible on the photos, but several spots on the wall with peeling paint. Thick inside curtain on door and window to keep the room isolated from the cold in winter and the heat in summer so it stays comfortable without any major devices.
The house is small but comfortable enough.
There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one kitchen and a terrace which serves as a sunny lounge room. Also shaded area to cope with the heat of Marrakesh.
With the room comes access to internet, kitchen with fridge and washing machine, bathroom and sunny terrace with space to hang your clothes to dry.
The room comes also with towels and bedlinen, so you can use that space on your suitcase for something else.
Interaction with Guests
At the time, I am only spending two nights a week at the house (usually Mondays and Thursdays) but I am always available through phone or internet.
I like to go and meet the person at the square (or some other place nearby) to walk them to house so as to show the way there. If this is not possible because you're arriving during my working hours (9h to 18h30), I will send someone I trust to do it.
I may ask you to feed the cats if I go away for some days (this is, of course, not mandatory, but, in case you say no, there will be somebody from outside the house coming in everyday to do it).
There are no locks for the rooms. The only key is the one for the front door.
The Mouassine neighborhood is in the center of the medina and offers many activities.
There are a lot of groceries, souvenirs and handicraft shops in the area, as well as restaurants and cafés.
It is also known for hosting many picturesque arches and part of the souks.
The house can be only reached by foot or motorbike or bycicle. The closest place to get a taxi is Bab Laqsour about 5 min away by foot. The square of Jema El Fna where you can get taxis and city buses is less than 10 min away. The closest bus station is at Bab Doukkala about 15 min away.
Other Things to Note
The house is cleaned weekly by a professional cleaning lady and I do some tidying up in between.
Be nice to my cats and respectful to the neighbours.
During your stay, your room's cleanliness is your responsibility. If you are not going to help with the cleaning of the common spaces, at least, keep them as you found them.
If you want to bring your own guests, for the evening or to sleep over, please, inform me before. I believe you will agree I have the right to know who comes to my house other than the ones who booked with me.
Smoking allowed on the terrace only.
Patricia is very kind and very welcoming. She met my roommate and I at a café and then walked us to her house so we wouldn't get lost finding it. She graciously offered the use of all of her spices and laundry soap. The neighborhood is lovely and quiet. The house is a riad style and has a great terrace. The listing description is quite accurate, other than some peeling paint, which Patricia let us know about at the café.
Unfortunately, my roommate and I had to cancel our reservation after just two nights because of an issue with Patricia's cats. Although on airbnb she does do a good job of explaining the fact that she has cats and that they live in the house and they are indeed friendly, she does not mention that the cats occasionally go to the bathroom in the house, instead of their litter box. On the second night, I went to get something from my room (which I had just moved into hours before), when I noticed a smell. I discovered four old piles (weeks old) and one fresh pile of cat poop underneath my bed, as well as cat pee on the wall. I spent an hour cleaning it all up, and it was not so pleasant. I also found a great deal of cat pee in the bathroom; the smell was quite strong. Therefore, despite Patricia's warm welcome to us and although I found her to be quite a kind and pleasant host, I just couldn't live in a space with that much cat waste. I am a fairly tolerant person, I'm a student--so I'm on a budget and I don't expect high class palace living, but I do expect clean.
Myself and my partner stayed with Patricia for a week. We had a fantastic experience of Marrakech and it was made all the more enjoyable by the helpful knowledge and advice which Patricia gave to us. Some of the comments say that Patricia is not always in the house in the evening but for me personally I don't see why this is a problem. The house is located perfectly if you want a real experience of what it is like to live in marrekch. The cats were friendly and not a problem at all. You can't tell that there are 4 of them until dinner time!! My partner having stayed with the adorable cats finally agreed to us getting a feline friend, thanks Mr rub for working your magic.
I would highly recomend Patricia's property it is affordable and friendly. We also left some belongings and Patricia was kind enough to agree to send them :-D.!!!!!.
The house was basic and functional, with ok water pressure, bedding, and wifi. This is a good base of operations for those who want a safe, solid, and inexpensive place for storing luggage, sleeping, and bathing, but plan to be out all day or take trips around the rest of the country, as the lounge space is the terrace, which is big and comfy but can be harsh under the hot sun during the day. I didn't mind feeding the 4 cats, who made good company, but there was a lot of dander and fur in the air and on furnishings, which triggered daily allergy attacks for me (which was not a fault of Patricia, her listing, or the cats -- my allergies just decided to be uncooperative). I would not recommend this place for: a) people with moderate to severe allergies (I had to check out early because of this, and luckily Patricia was very gracious about letting me change my reservation); or b) people who get easily flustered with directions (I got turned around my first few days after being overwhelmed navigating through the souks, which the neighborhood branches off from; so trying to regain my bearings on a winding street in an unfamiliar neighborhood was frustrating at first, but not so bad once I stopped being so nervous about getting lost!). Patricia herself was nice and helpful, but I didn't find her exactly friendly or engaging. Reading through the last 3 years of reviews for this AirBnB, you can see an obvious shift in guests' perceptions of her level of welcome, friendliness, and hospitality. Ultimately, hosts are not required to become your friend, but it's really too bad because I think Patricia is an interesting woman. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this house, but would likely not stay again. Many thanks.
Thank you for your review which is probably one of the most accurate and honest about my listings in a while.
I wanted to point out that there's an obvious shift because there was also a major shift in my life: for a long time I was single and unemployed or with very light part-time jobs and now I have a partner and a full time job. During my unemployment period I changed the minimum stay to one week which, in spite of bringing more guests, and, therefore, more money, does not allow to foster deeper connections and can be emotionally draining for me as an host to be always nice and receptive only to see them leave a few days after.
Settings have now been changed to a 14 night minimum stay which is way less draining and can allow for a more meaningfull relationship to be established. I am also working with my partner, a way of moving me and the cats to another place with him, so I can create an indoor lounge area and leave my guests to fully enjoy this cute little house in peace and tranquility while still having access to my hospitality and extensive local knowledge database.
The house is nice and the location is perfect, I was happy to have my own bathroom. The price is suitable. I was warned that there were four cats but, I didn't know that the house owner was not living in the house. She comes one time a day to feed the cats. For me it was difficult to enjoy the place. The cats were unbearable to me, they rule the house, they walk over the dinning table and all over the kitchen. They get desperate in the morning for food, and bother you all the time. A cleaning lady comes one time a week but, it is not enough, the hair of four cats is all over the place again. During my stay, there was an other lady that was renting the other room, and she had to get up during the night to feed the cats because they become wild and do not let you sleep. This place is only for cat's lovers.
La maison est agréable et l'emplacement est parfait, j'étais heureux d'avoir ma propre salle de bains. Le prix est approprié. J'ai été averti qu'il y avait quatre chats mais, je n'ai pas su qui la propriétaire de maison ne vivait pas dans la maison. Elle vient une fois par jour pour nourrir les chats. Pour moi il était difficile d'aimer l'endroit. Les chats étaient insupportables à moi, ils gouvernent la maison, ils marchent sur la table et partout dans la cuisine. Ils deviennent désespérés le matin pour la nourriture et vous dérangent tout le temps. Une femme de ménage vient une fois par semaine mais, ce n'est pas assez, les poils de quatre chats sont partout de nouveau. Pendant mon séjour, il y avait une autre dame qui louait l'autre chambre et elle a dû se lever pendant la nuit pour nourrir les chats parce qu'ils deviennent sauvages et ne vous laissent pas dormir. Cet endroit est seulement pour les gens qui aiment beaucoup les chats.
A fantastic bargain in the heart of the medina! You can't beat the location - it is literally in the souk, ten minutes from Djamaa El Fnaa, and within 20-30 minutes walk of every major tourist attraction in the old town of Marrakech, so you only really need a cab for the Menara and Marjorelle gardens (which are 15 minutes by driving). Patricia was a welcoming and gracious host and her cats and her puppy are friendly and generally well behaved, although if you don't like animals it is probably not the choice for you, as if you forget to close your door they do like to take over your bed, sniff all your things, and insist on being petted :). The room is basic but comfortable and quite nicely furnished in traditional Moroccan style with a large double bed, warddrobe, small mosaic-tiled table and nightstand, and traditional painted doors and window shutters, and definitely much nicer than hostel options in this price range. If you are on the ground floor you have the ground floor bathroom to yourself, and you also have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as a sunny rooftop terrace where the cats lounge. Would definitely recommend!
Une hôte très sympathique ainsi que la maison qui va avec! Petite maison mais avec tout le confort nécessaire, et des animaux adorables et très attachants!
Nous avons passé une semaine géniale dans la maison. Avec une terrasse parfaite quand le soleil tape !
A refaire sans hésiter!
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