Perfect in Pink: Dar Attajmil
We wanted to share with our readers some of our favorite places to stay in Marrakech, so we are going to start posting reviews of our top picks!
On our last trip to Morocco, we stayed at Moroccan Riads and Dars, which are traditional Moroccan courtyard houses. There's been a huge boom in the last several years in people renovating these old medina houses and decking them out as small hotels. We stayed in a total of nine on our last trip!
By far our favorite in Marrakech is Dar Attajmil. This elegant Dar takes its design cue from the "Red City" itself, and is decorated in delicious pink hues.
But you shouldn't stay at Dar Attajmil for the color alone: this place is much more than perfectly pink.
Perfectly situated…Perfectly Comfy… Perfectly priced… these are just a few of the descriptors we can think of to describe Dar Attajmil.
The location is just right, with a prime spot inside the medina and just a five-minute walk to Djemma el-Fna Square. It's located on a quiet side street, sandwiched between a few crafts stores and snack shops. Indeed, you will soon be greeted like a local after a few days stay.
If you are in a hurry to get outside the media, Dar Attajmil has the benefit of being a quick walk to the nearest Bab, or gate, where you can easily pick up a waiting cab to get elsewhere in the city.
Overall, the feel is of comfortable luxury. The interior has a warm, cozy vibe, with pink tadelakt walls and tastefully done Moroccan decor throughout. There are lots of places to tuck away and read or Skype with loved ones on a Moroccan sofa next to the glow of a traditional lantern.
The four rooms are cheerful and compact. The beds bring a good nights' sleep and the bathrooms are well done and maintained. The showers are hot--if you take a quick one! This is something that is an ongoing problem for many medina riads: we gave them a break on this point.
The terrace is one of the highlights of Dar Attajmil, with a charming view over the medina, the Koutoubia Mosque and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the distance. You are free to take your breakfast here in the mornings, which is a delicious assortment of Moroccan pastries, pancakes and eggs, prepared any style you like. And mais oui, the ubiquitous pot of mint tea and cookies is always available! Alternately, you can enjoy an evening out under the stars, lulling yourself to near sleep while listening to the last call to prayer.
The staff is attentive and friendly, with someone on the premises around the clock should you need any assistance. You will feel very comfortable still being out and about in the lounge areas and terrace well into the late night hours--unlike some other unnamed raids we might mention!!!
But the biggest benefit of a stay at Dar Attajmil may just be its cuisine, expertly prepared by Moroccan women. The dishes are savory-sweet tagines of chicken, lamb or meat, with an assortment of fresh vegetable salads. You really must stay in at least one evening and try it. Better yet: sign up for Attajmil's cooking course and learn to make all the dishes at home! (More on this in a later article. :))
If you are planning a visit to Marrakech, the Bazaar Girls HIGHLY recommend giving Dar Attajmil a try. Book ahead: this place, with its price point, proximity, and good word of mouth---seems to book up fast.
Prices start at 90 Euros per night.