Dar Housnia | TC5010 | 6 bedroom traditional riad in the heart of Marrakech Medina with services from a manager, butler and talented chef

  • Prices From
    €970 - €1100 EUR per night
  • Swimming Pool:
    Private plunge pool, Swim against the current machine
  • Bedrooms:
    6
  • Bathrooms:
    6
  • Sleeps:
    Up to 12
  • Nearest Airport:
    Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
  • Preferred changeover day:
    Flexible (2021)

This traditional riad and neighbouring douria have been carefully restored preserving the genuine charm and authenticity of a Marrakech home. Dar Housnia offers an oasis of calm in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the medina, and is an ideal base for friends and family to explore the ochre city. This 6 bedroom traditional riad is available for exclusive rent, sleeping up to 12 guests. The property is staffed with a manager, housekeeper, cook and butler, and the price includes a daily Moroccan breakfast.

Housnia 'female name, means quietness and serenity'

Dar Housnia is a haven of harmony and serenity in one of the most authentic and liveliest districts of Marrakech's ancient walled medina.

This property is for exclusive rental as a whole holiday property and includes the four suite riad (traditional medina home set around an open-air courtyard garden) and the neighbouring two bedroom douria; a separate small house with its own entrance but internally connected to the main riad.

Located in the heart of the vibrant medina of Marrakech, only a 10 minute walk to the main Jemaa El Fna square through the busy souks. The souks and narrow lanes of the medina are so full of vibrant colours, sounds and tantalising aromas that they mingle to create one sensory exotic North African experience. Once you step inside Dar Housnia, you close the door on the medina and calm descends as you appreciate the peace and tranquillity of this little oasis.

Dar Housnia is staffed with the maid and the talented chef, Rachida, living on site and there to ensure your stay is as relaxing and stress-free as possible. The rental price includes a Moroccan breakfast served each day on the roof terrace (weather permitting) and tea and coffee is available all day. You can also arrange lunch or an evening meal, which are arranged directly with the staff at an additional cost (payable locally).

One of the butlers stays at Dar Housnia each night as the night watchman and will be on hand should you require them. They have their own room adjacent to the kitchen.

The traditional riad follows the design of many medina homes with the sitting room and the dining room arranged around the open air (weather permitting) central courtyard. The four suites are arranged on the upper floors overlooking the central courtyard. The courtyard contains a covered area with sofas and a "sekaïa" fountain with basin, offering the opportunity to cool off on a hot day. The courtyard can be set up for dining at lunch or evening, should you choose to book a meal at the riad.

The douria is full of charm and intimacy and has direct access to the main riad via an internal terrace where you will find the swimming pool with swim-against water jets, perfect for a dip or swimming. The douria has two en-suite bedrooms and a spacious lounge open to the skies (weather permitting).

Dar Housnia has a large roof terrace with a hanging garden of bougainvillea, succulents and cacti, allowing views across the medina to the mighty Atlas Mountains in the distance, snow-capped in winter. The roof terrace is furnished with comfy seating under a Berber tent and provides a perfect place to relax, read a book, daydream or reminisce about your adventures of the day, whilst listening to the rustle and chatter of the medina or the call of the muezzin at prayer time. The roof terrace is an ideal place to socialise over a drink in the evening or dinner under the Moroccan night sky.

Bouchra the manager and Mustapha and Ali the butlers are all on hand to ensure that your stay at the riad is stress-free and can show you the sites and other places of interest in Marrakech, organise excursions, and assist in shopping within the souks.

On request Rachida can cook lunch and/or dinner and can tailor the menu to your needs including Moroccan and French dishes. Rachida shops for fresh ingredients everyday and is more than happy to share her recipes during an impromptu 'cooking class'.  Any lunch or evening meals can be requested during your stay and paid locally to the riad staff (two course lunch at 15€ per person or three course dinner at 25€/person).

A hammam or 'moorish bath' is a very authentic social Moroccan experience and most districts of the medina have their own public hammam (usually next to the bread baker as they share the same oven!) and there are many throughout Marrakech. Although a very fun experience, these can be somewhat daunting for the inexperienced! The ritual of the hammam is an art in itself, from the hot room of the hammam to open your pores, the soaping with a eucalyptus perfumed soap, the scrubbing of the skin with a kessa glove, then application of rhassoul, a specialist clay found in the Atlas mountains, infused with rose water. Dar Housnia has its very own private hammam and massage treatment room for your exclusive use. Manicures, pedicures, facial care and all types of massage can be arranged during your stay and paid locally to the riad staff.

Unlike many villa or holiday home experiences, you do not need to worry about preparing meals, clearing away the pots or washing up. Your time at Dar Housnia is about letting someone else take care of you! A daily Moroccan breakfast is included in the price and any additional meals (lunch or dinner) can be arranged the evening before. There are also many restaurants in Marrakech and of course the daily evening street food market at Jemma El Fna. Please note whilst breakfast is included, all additional meals or snacks are paid locally to the riad staff.

Mustapha or Ali will be at Dar Housnia throughout your stay and will be on hand with the drinks menu, where you can purchase wine, beer, sparkling wine, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee, or even ask for a cocktail. All drinks are chargeable and payable locally. 

The Riad Suites
The Patio Suite   The Glaoui Suite
The Patio Suite   The Glaoui Suite

 

Located on the ground floor of the riad, the Patio suite has a definite oriental touch with its high ceilings and its large ottoman bath in tadelakt hidden behind graceful curtains.

It is superbly decorated with a series of babouches made of paper created by the Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. The "Essays for paper" painting, by the same artist, completes the decoration of this refined and intimate room.

Click here to see The Patio Suite Gallery

Double bed | en-suite | 27m²

 
   
 

Located on the first floor of the riad, the Glaoui suite is accessed via its own staircase open to the sky in summer through a douaya. This creates a strong feeling of privacy and intimacy, an attractive feature for couples in search of cocooning, quietness and isolation. A cupola (like in traditional hammams) tops the superb bathroom, all in tadelakt. The bath allows for a quiet relaxation.

The room has a nice little salon decorated with reproductions of paintings by Paul Klee after his trip to Tunisia in 1914 with his two friends August Macke and Louis Moilliet.

Click here to see The Glaoui Suite Gallery

Double bed | en-suite | 30m²

 

 

     
 The Fez Suite    The Mogador Suite
 The Fez Suite    The Mogador Suite
     
 

Located on the first floor of the riad, the felted space of the Fez suite is reached after crossing a quiet and cosy loggia - a private salon adjacent to the room - overlooking the patio. The room is decorated with reproductions depicting delicate watercolours of horsemen, fantasias and beautiful odalisques, having illustrated the travelogue of Eugène Delacroix after his trip to Morocco in 1832.

The bathroom possesses two washbasins and a bath recessed in a tadelakt alcove… Romanticism is guaranteed!

Click here to see The Fez Suite Gallery

Double bed | en suite | 37m²

 

 

 
 

Located on the first floor of the riad, the Mogador suite is particularly enjoyable with its salon and big cushions. The suite is decorated with several paintings of the artist Jacques Majorelle who was fascinated by Morocco and particularly by the lights and colours of Marrakesh. His works are testimonies of the atmosphere of streets, souks, markets, local festivals and villages and kasbahs of the Atlas.

Its spacious bathroom, all in tadelakt, is equipped with double washbasin and a generous bathtub topped by a douaya, a skylight opened to the sky in summer.

Click here to see The Mogador Suite Gallery

Double bed | en suite | 33m²

 

 

     

 

The Two Douiria Bedrooms

Traditionally, a douiria is the living quarters of the house owner, designed to receive visitors other than relatives. These private apartments usually have a street entrance independent from the access to the riad. It also communicates with the main riad.

The douiria provides accommodation for 4 persons. It has 2 rooms (Moucharabieh and Sabaa), a lounge and a private terrace.

The Sabaa Room   The Moucharabieh Room
The Sabaa Bedroom   The Moucharabieh Bedroom

 

The room possesses a superb alcove in moucharabieh overhanging the lounge. It is the ideal room for those who want to hide, rest, dream or read on the couch encased in the alcove.

 
   
 

The room is impregnated by the presence of a rare chest of the 19th century coming from a coranic school. It is also decorated with souvenirs from a journey to Djenne, in Mali, illustrating the relationship between the Maghreb and the Sahel.

 

 

 Double bed | en suite | 22m²      Double bed | en suite | 33m²     
   Click here to see The Douiria Bedroom Gallery
     

 

 

Floor level

Ground

2nd floor

1st floor

Roof Terrace

Swimming Pool

Private plunge pool

Swim against the current machine

View

Across the medina and out to the Atlas Mountains

Property Type

Riad

Bedrooms

6

Double beds

6

Twin beds convert to double

Yes

Bathrooms

6

Sleeps

12

Amenities

TV

Hairdryer

Linen & Shower Towels Provided

Sun loungers and umbrellas

Counter-current swimming

On-site staff (cook & housekeeper)

Wi-Fi

Air Conditioning (bedrooms only)

Al- Fresco dining area

Roof Terrace

Private hammam

Walking distance to

Jemaa El Fna Square & Medina

Suitability

Children Welcome

Nearest Airport

Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)

Activities

Places of Interest

Spa Treatments

Town Centre

Historical sites

Hotel Activities

Massage

Body Treatments

Facial Treatments

Hotel Services

Laundry Service

Concierge

Room Facilities

Air-conditioning

Heating

Close to

Bars/restaurants

Town centre

Shops

Jemaa El Fna Square & Medina

Walk to town

10-15 minutes

Drive to Town

Approx 5 minutes

Check in from:

14:00

15:00

Check out by:

10:00

Deposit Amount

20% of accommodation price

Board Type Available

Bed & Breakfast

Staff

Maid (non-resident)

Manager (also acting concierge)

Security deposit payable

Yes

Calendar Key: Booked Provisionally Booked
Start Date End Date Nightly Rate (€)
01 Jul 2021 31 Jul 2021 970
01 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 970
01 Sep 2021 30 Sep 2021 970
01 Oct 2021 31 Oct 2021 970
01 Nov 2021 17 Dec 2021 970
18 Dec 2021 09 Jan 2022 1,100

Prices shown are in Euro
Prices include;
  • Accommodation for up to maximum occupancy
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Daily House keeping
  • Change of linen once a week
  • Fully staffed with manager, butler and cook
  • Air-conditioning and all utilities
  • WiFi internet access

A local tourist tax of 3€ per person per night is payable on arrival at the property

You acknowledge that by making a booking, you are bound by our terms and conditions. Please read them here: Booking Conditions

A reservation deposit of 20% secures your booking and can be paid by credit/debit card by calling our office on +44 (0) 1449 770811. The final balance is due 10 weeks before departure along with a refundable 500€ security/damage deposit which is returned to you within 10 days of the end of your holiday provided there is no loss or damage to the rental property.  Please send us an enquiry for further details

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