Feedback

VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Jewel of a Private Home All to Yourselves in the Heart of the Old City

You sent a message to this manager.

Calendar

Last updated: 12/11/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Marrakech house description

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. You will be greeted at the airport or train station by driver, and welcomed by our staff upon arrival at Dar Ajiba. 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 occasional trips to other parts of town inexpensive taxis are close by. Each morning you will be served a traditional Moroccan breakfast, included in your rate, along with light housekeeping.


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.
Note: Air-conditioned and heating in each bedroom, salon and office/library. Kitchen is open to the courtyard and therefore not air-conditioned or heated. Bring appropriate clothing as rooms are all situated around a central courtyard open to the sky.

Why VRBO

We offer vacation rentals for every budget

Choose from a wide variety of properties

No booking fees

Free to book with no hidden costs

We help you travel with confidence

Every listing is guaranteed against fraud

Experienced property owners or managers

Average five years in the business

Property Type

  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Included In Price
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Chauffeur
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible

      Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

      • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

        ...moreless

      • Bedroom 3: 1 double

        ...moreless

      • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

        child's crib available...moreless

      • Bedrooms are all upstairs, with walkway facing inner courtyard.

      Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

      Other Amenities

          • Chauffeur - is available for hire upon request. Our staff is available to arrange any excursions, to the Atlas Mountains, to the coast at Essaouira, to the Sahara, etc. Chef - A traditional Moroccan breakfast is included in your rate and will be served daily by staff. Additional wonderful Moroccan meals available by experienced staff. A house mobile cell phone is available for guest use with a small amount of credit included. If necessary more credit can be purchased at most teleboutiques - staff can help with this....moreless

          Entertainment

          • Audio Tape Player
          • Books
          • CD Player
          • Music Library
          • Radio

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Tourist Attractions

          Attractions

          • Botanical Garden
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Synagogues

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Babysitter
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Eco Tourism
          • Gambling Casinos
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          Location Type

              • Downtown

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Communication / Internet

                  • Fax

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Traditionally in Morocco people dine in the salon on around a low table seated on banquettes. Table and chairs are provided in the courtyard and on terrace on roof for outdoor 'western' style dining....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Activities Guide
                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Air Conditioning in each bedroom, salon and office/library. Kitchen is not air conditioned because it is open to courtyard....moreless

                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace
                  • Firewood
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Heating in each bedroom, salon and office/library. Kitchen is not air conditioned because it is open to courtyard....moreless

                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Telephone
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Freezer
                  • Kitchen:

                    Kitchen is open to courtyard and not heated/air-conditioned....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Patio
                  • Terrace

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included
                           

                          Reviews

                          Write a review 4.9
                          from 10 traveler reviews
                          Loading...
                           
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Holiday
                          Dec 21 - Jan 5
                          4 night min stay
                          $170
                          Summer
                          Jun 1 - Aug 31
                          4 night min stay
                          $130
                          My Standard Rate
                          4 night min stay
                          $150
                          $1,050 $3,900
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Taxes Included

                          Cancellation policy:

                          Policy available by contacting manager when booking.


                          Please wait... Book with confidence

                          Paying through this free service protects your payment up to $10,000 against listing fraud. If you are not paying through HomeAway Payments always call the owner at the number listed on our website and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.


                          Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

                          Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

                          Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
                          Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
                          Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
                           

                          Calendar

                          Last updated: 12/11/2014
                          Check availability
                          23 Available
                          21 Unavailable
                          22 Today
                          23 Selected dates
                           

                          Location

                          5 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Marrakech Menara
                          0.1 Kilometres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Foundouk
                          2 Kilometres
                          Nearest Golf
                          Royal Golf Course
                          2 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          Marrakech Gare
                          2 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Casablanca Route
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Foundouk
                          50 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ski
                          Atlas Mountains
                          175 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          Essaouira

                          Car: Not Necessary

                          This jewel of a home is hidden on a narrow, quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the ancient Moorish city of Marrakech. 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. Marrakech is in south-central Morocco about 150 miles from Casablanca and 100 miles from the Atlantic seaport and beach town of Essaouira.

                          PLACES

                          - Madersa Ben Youssef, an ancient Koranic school/monastery, right around a couple of corners. See our map.

                          - Museum of Marrakech – the back wall is facing our front door and the enormous canopy seen from the roof covers the interior courtyard. Amazing building and usually interesting exhibits. Nice café too. See our map.

                          - Bahia Palace – down past the Jmaa el Fna square (not shown on our map, but easy to find) adjacent to the Mellah (old Jewish quarter). Quite fantastic.

                          - Museum of Photography – Just a couple of blocks away, a few steps beyond the Restaurant El Foundouk Wonderful historic vintage photos, run by Patrick, (US educated) and staff who do an in depth orientation. Great cultural videos always running. See our map.

                          - Jmaa el Fna square – awesome variety of humanity, always a spectacle, has been happening daily for a thousand years. Walk around, sit in a café and be entertained. See our map.

                          - Al Yedd Gallery – the selection of jewelry in the markets is overwhelming, but if you are interested in authentic museum quality pieces this is a good bet. On the route to the Square on the far side of the Mouassine mosque. It is owned by Mustafa Ouzid, run by Jawad, prices are fixed and high-end. See our map.

                          - Samarcand Gallery – also owned and run by our old friend, Mustafa Ouzid, a very erudite, interesting man, fluent in English. This shop is in Gueliz, the newer europeanized part of town. Prices also fixed (very unusual) and up there. Call for an appointment and directions, O668-73-0287.

                          - Acima - a super market in Gueliz that has about everything, including wine and liquor. Open till 10:00 (liquor till 8:00). Taxi. Marjan is a big-box superstore (“Walmart”). Taxi.

                          - Essaouira – If you have time, this is a great two or three day excursion to this fascinating historic sea-side town. Have a grilled fish feast at stalls outside the port. Accommodations and car rental can be arranged through Moulay Driss. A comfortable bus leaves frequently from the train station for the three hour trip.

                          RESTAURANTS

                          - Chez Chegrouni – on the Square. Reliably good, traditional menu, dh50 – 80. Sit on the terrace for close-up view of the action, or climb to the roof for amazing panorama. See our map.

                          - Les Premices – also on the square. Recommend the fish tagine, but good for pasta and pizza, too. Dh50-100. Nice 2nd floor terrace.

                          - Food stalls on the Jmaa el Fna square – amazing to watch scores of vendors set up every afternoon with an incredible variety of traditional dishes. Very tempting to try but cleanliness standards are chancy – definitely avoid any uncooked salads (wise advice anywhere in Morocco, except Dar Ajiba). Some people never have a problem with street food, others, well…no fun getting sick.

                          - El Foundouk - Our neighborhood place. One of the best in town, lovely atmosphere, roof terrace, lounge, wonderful traditional and continental cuisine, full bar. If you only have one upscale meal, this is our choice. Dh300-500. Reservation recommended, stop by, meet hostess, Hasna. See the map.

                          - Al Fassia – A favorite also, but a taxi trip to Gueliz. Run entirely by women, charming dining room, fine traditional food. Dh 250-400.

                          - Cosybar – very cool, trendy place, down near Jewish quarter. Fine for a drink or tea, probably good food, but haven’t eaten there.

                          - Tangia – a block from Cosybar. Same review.

                          - Café des Epices – on the spice square, see map. Have coffee, crepes, etc., watch the colorful action. See our map.

                          - Hotel le Jardins de la Koutoubia – Large deluxe hotel just off the JMF Square (short walk down a small street to the right as entering the square), a lovely, quiet refuge from the markets, with cool bar. See our map.

                          Carriage Ride – A special treat. Lines of carriages parked between the Koutoubia minaret and the Square. Be a tough negotiator beforehand. Should be Dh 200-400 depending on route and time. Possible routes – to Marjorel Garden, Casbah (Saadian Tombs).

                           

                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 2001


                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english, spanish, arabic

                           

                          Photos

                          • Courtyard

                            Courtyard

                          • Courtyard Fountain

                            Courtyard Fountain

                          • living room/salon, left

                            living room/salon, left

                          • library seating area

                            library seating area

                          • Upstairs balconies from courtyard

                            Upstairs balconies from courtyard

                          • Kitchen, right

                            Kitchen, right

                          • master bedroom, right

                            master bedroom, right

                          • Upstair walkway

                            Upstair walkway

                          • Upstairs bathroom and shower entry

                            Upstairs bathroom and shower entry

                          • bedroom #3

                            bedroom #3

                          • Stairway

                            Stairway

                          • View of rooftop and skyline from observation deck

                            View of rooftop and skyline from observation deck

                          • Courtyard

                            Courtyard

                          • living room/salon, right

                            living room/salon, right

                          • Library- office side

                            Library- office side

                          • Courtyard bathroom

                            Courtyard bathroom

                          • Kitchen, left

                            Kitchen, left

                          • Stairway

                            Stairway

                          • master bedroom, left

                            master bedroom, left

                          • bedroom #2

                            bedroom #2

                          • bedroom balconies

                            bedroom balconies

                          • Bedroom #3, entry

                            Bedroom #3, entry

                          • Entry from street

                            Entry from street

                          • front of house, #29 Derb Alililj

                            front of house, #29 Derb Alililj

                          $130 - $170 per night (USD)
                          10

                          3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 12/11/14
                          Minimum stay: 4 nights
                          Dates are unavailable
                          Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
                          This listing requires that rentals start on a .
                          Book It

                          Detailed Price

                          Manager
                          Member since: 2012
                          Speaks: english, spanish, arabic
                          • Calendar last updated: 12/11/2014
                          Email manager

                          +1 520 622-7536
                          9am to 6pm mountain standard time

                          Please wait... Book with confidence Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees Learn more
                          Add vacation protection services to your booking

                          Three services to protect your trip:

                          Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

                          Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

                          Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


                          Get it now

                          advertisement

                          Share this property via Email

                          Jewel of a private home all to yourselves in the heart of the Old City

                          Marrakech #977531ha

                          3 BR  1.5 BA  Sleeps 8

                          You must be signed in to share this property by e-mail

                          Share this property via Email

                            Please correct the following errors and resend:
                          • Enter one or more valid email addresses separated by commas.
                          • Oops! You have exceeded the limit of 10 email addresses.
                          • Your message may not contain markup. Please remove the markup and try again.