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Dar Basyma, Entire Home, Modern Design in Old Medina 3 BR/BA Pool Terrace

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Basyma = 'big smile' in Arabic. 3-level w courtyard, great neighborhood, terrace

This amazing property in Bab Doukkala is the perfect place to relax in the midst of vibrant and energetic Marrakech. Although Dar Basyma is in an active neighborhood with people living their daily lives (no tourists here!) it's a great place to blend in. Drop-off by small car or taxi is within feet of this house so you don't have to find your way through a maze to get here. *This is a rare find for that reason alone!* For overnight parking, you must walk about 300 yards but it's a straight shot and not complicated in the least. Located a few blocks from the gate of Bab Doukkala, the home is in a safe neighborhood, conveniently located to restaurants and shops. The market is about a block away. Location is absolutely amazing. About 10 minutes walk to Jemaa el Fnaa, the major tourist destination in Marrakech. Also located near the Bab Doukkala mosque and therefore a plentiful market all around. Many high-end restaurants in the neighborhood (and even the Prince of Luxembourg's residence is a few steps away!) make this an ideal location for those who want to experience the non-touristy side of Marrakech while still enjoying what the city has to offer.

I work with my business partner, a tour operator, who can plan day trips or longer to the detail for a good price! We offer plans from day trips to a few weeks around Morocco. We have relationships with other properties in Fes, Essaouira, the Sahara Desert, Agadir, and Ouarzazate. So please let us know how we can help plan your trip when inquiring about lodging!

We offer meals for an extra fee at the house so when you don't feel like going out, you don't have to! We specialize in traditional Moroccan fare. Lunch / dinner are $15/person for age 7 - adult; children under 7 eat free. Meals generally include a salad, main course, and dessert (generally fruit in season). Menus available at the house. We can also make recommendations for food delivery!

The house itself has an open floor plan. You walk into the dining and living rooms with the kitchen overlooking everything. *This is uncommon in Morocco.* Rarely do you find an open kitchen! It's perfect for entertaining and families/groups. There's air conditioning and heat, a small bathroom, as well as a beautiful courtyard along with a kitchen, living room, and dining room on the first floor.

Upstairs on the second floor are three en suite bedrooms that are beautiful, each with shower, modern facilities, robes, slippers, and hairdryers. Each room has air conditioning and heating units appropriate for any season. And of course, each room has its own key as well as a safe for your personal belongings. Amenities included: lotion, conditioner, shampoo, and soap. Also a sitting area on the 2nd floor landing to enjoy the quiet and sun.

The private terrace on the 3rd floor has palms, an outdoor shower, sitting area with cushioned chairs and low tables, umbrella, two tiled dining tables, and a tiled sitting pool that also has a jacuzzi feature; heated or not to suit the weather. Just beautiful! Large enough to enjoy separate spaces when you want, small enough to be cozy and comfortable.

Your rental price includes the entire house. It also includes a transfer to and from the Marrakech airport, bus or train station. However, if we have to make more than one trip to pick up your guests, we charge an additional 150dh for each to / from required. *Daily breakfast, tea service and housekeeping is also included.*

There is water / soda available for purchase in the refrigerator. We will also do your laundry for 100dh / load. There is a manager on site who will handle everything for you, including helping you find your way when you need it, helping with your luggage, cooking, and helping you in general! He's delightful and quick with a smile! The housekeeper will arrive each day to prepare breakfast and straighten up. She will also do laundry for you, for an extra fee, should you require it. Just remember that tips are appreciated when his / her services are used. The housekeeper and the house manager are both excellent cooks and will alternate cooking duties and tea service. You will be well-taken care of and if you're like me, will hate going home to normal life! :-)
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    You're welcome to smoke outside on the street only. No smoking on the terrace....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


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

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The place has 3 floors so people who cannot climb stairs will have difficulty. While there is a bathroom on the first floor, but it has no shower....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    2 windows look out on courtyard. 1st room top of stairs...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    The quietest, in the middle of house; window to landing....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Largest of 3 bedrooms; windows in bath & to courthyard...moreless

  • Each bedroom is en suite. Bedrooms have locks and keys. Safes in the rooms. Beds are a standard size in Morocco: 1.5 m x 2 m (59" x 79")....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Terrace shower/jacuzzi: jetted tub, outdoor shower


  • Downstairs bathroom: toilet

    Window up high to provide ventilation and light....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Window to street; lots of light and air....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Window opens to street in bathroom for cross ventilation...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We work with an established tour company to arrange day trips and longer trips, as you desire. Please arrange with me early on and I can plan your entire trip using people I trust and know. One transfer to and from the Marrakech airport are included in your room stay; additional trips to the airport are 150dh or 15USD. Also included: breakfast and housekeeping each day....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of guide books available for use whilst at the house....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Yes! Hundreds of channels....moreless

  • Television:

    One television in common area....moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The house is located in the old Medina yet borders the new city of Guillez. It is also located a bit behind the bus station....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Atlas Mountains may be viewed from Marrakech and the neighborhood on a clear day....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Lunch or dinner at the house is $15 US/person for age 10 up; free for children 9 and under. We need 8 hours' notice. Breakfast is included. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Each room has A/C and heat unit....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood-burning fireplace to be used only when house manager is present....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Each room has A/C and heat unit....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi included free....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    White cotton sheets, duvets, and plenty of pillows!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Sofas and chairs as well as small tables and plush rugs....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking located nearby. Small cars can drive to the door; larger cars will meet you around the corner. Taxis drop nearby....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Fluffy white towels; blue pool towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine on site; housekeeper will do the laundry for you for 100dh / load. Clothes will be dried onsite....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso stovetop, electric brewed, coffee grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Wine glasses and ice buckets provided. Tea glasses and tea pots provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full stocked kitchen. Housekeeper & manager on site to cook. Laundry services also available for add'l fee of 100dh / load. We prefer you let our staff operate the kitchen. But we can discuss....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Combination convection/microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    New refrigerator and freezer. Water / soda available for purchase available in the refrigerator. You can put personal items in the refrigerator, just let our staff know and help you....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove with ventillation....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Terrace is all outdoors. Umbrella available for shade as well as a triangular "tent" that stretches over part of sitting area; 2 dining tables, cushioned seating area with low tables, also....moreless

  • Golf:

    Many golf courses nearby. We can arrange for you....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Plunge pool/jacuzzi. Enough for about 8 people....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.5
from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,700 $6,500
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,900 $6,900
Sep 1 - Nov 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,100 $6,900
Nov 16 - Feb 10, 2018
2 night min stay
$1,700 $6,500
Feb 11 - May 31, 2018
2 night min stay
$2,100 $6,900
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$2,400 $7,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $800
  • Tax Rate 2.5%


Prices are FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE. Each room is locked and private. Each room has bathroom w shower. Each room has a safe. Absolutely no smoking on any floor of the house. You may smoke outside the front door. No pets allowed. Breakfast included with room rate as well as transfers to and from the airport.

No additional guests are allowed at the house. There are strict laws in Morocco for guesthouse / riad owners: we must get a passport number, name, address for everyone at the house and if there is one Moroccan guest, marriage certificates need to be scanned and recorded. If not, we are at risk of losing our authorization. This is very serious. We have installed cameras in the outside areas of the house in order to protect ourselves from this. I think it's only fair you know this up front.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
RAK (Marrakech, Morocco)
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Many options
0.05 Miles
Nearest Train
Marrakech, Morocco
0.01 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Around the corner!
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Nearest Beach
Essaouira, Morocco

Car: Not Necessary

The market is around the corner where you can buy everything from meat, vegetables, bread, etc. to souvenirs and basic supplies. A perfect location. You are also very close (about a 1/2 mile) to Jardin de Majorelle, a beautiful garden in the new city. Spectacular place! Also within 20 minutes' walking distance to the Jmaa el Fna "the Place" for snake charmers, storytellers, henna and music!

The house is in a neighborhood; no tourism, or very little. You will stay amongst families living their daily lives. There are shoemakers, dressmakers, soup makers, woodworkers, hand painted table and box store - - all with shops within steps of the place! And some of the best bread known in the area is a half block away, along with community bread ovens where everyone bakes their bread! It really is a special location. There are restaurants and spas around the corner. And the taxis stand at the gate, about 500 yards away. It's all very convenient and safe!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2015

About the owner: I am an American who loves Morocco. After visiting for 3 years, I decided to purchase a place that I could share with others. I work with a tour operator/group to book trips lasting a few days to a few weeks. This team is knowledgable about Morocco and all of her nooks and crannies! You will have an experience unlike a tourist! See Morocco and her people in totally unexpected and personal ways. I have travelled extensively all over the world. You can read about my adventures on my blog, See Jane Travel at janetravelsfar dot com. I'm also on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Why the Owner Chose Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco:
This property is gorgeous! It continues to take my breath away each time I enter. The decor is nearly void of color, making it a perfect place to end a busy day. The location of this home is amazing! Perfectly situated in a busy yet easy part of what's called the old medina. No tourists! I like the neighborhood a lot. The house is on a dead end derb (street). Dar Basyma is the first one at the corner. The location of the market is excellent! A very short walk and there's the bakery, butcher, fish monger, grains and legumes - - everything! Maybe the most important feature for me is *convenient location!* With a small car you can drive right up to the place! No meandering through the medina trying to find your home. And parking is just a short walk away in a safe square. The neighborhood is safe and convenient, offering an experience of Morocco not common to typical tourists.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The location is convenient and away from tourism. This house is in a typical Moroccan neighborhood with no tourists. There are families and businesses all around the house. If a neighborhood setting does not appeal to you, please do not rent this house! The neighborhood bread baking oven is around the corner! There are craftsmen working in their shops. If you are looking for a touristy spot, this is not it. The team of people working at Dar Basyma are the best of the best. Service is our number one goal. Regarding the space, I especially like how the kitchen is open to the living space - - something not common in Morocco. It's a delightful and peaceful space! And to have a private terrace is a special thing as well. We strive to make your whole experience easy and relaxing.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Note the plaster work on pillars.

    Note the plaster work on pillars.

  • The view as you enter the front door.

    The view as you enter the front door.

  • Dining room and living room. Note the custom plaster work on fireplace.

    Dining room and living room. Note the custom plaster work on fireplace.

  • The window in the 3rd bedroom blocks sun in a.m. Can be opened; windows too.

    The window in the 3rd bedroom blocks sun in a.m. Can be opened; windows too.

  • View from kitchen.

    View from kitchen.

  • Bathroom en suite.

    Bathroom en suite.

  • Bedroom with en suite.

    Bedroom with en suite.

  • Sink and shower. Well appointed.

    Sink and shower. Well appointed.

  • Bedroom with en suite.

    Bedroom with en suite.

  • Landing on 2nd floor

    Landing on 2nd floor

  • Sitting area w umbrella, next to jacuzzi/pool.

    Sitting area w umbrella, next to jacuzzi/pool.

  • The pool/jacuzzi

    The pool/jacuzzi

  • The terrace and pool/jacuzzi

    The terrace and pool/jacuzzi

  • View toward the front door. Street level.

    View toward the front door. Street level.

  • The view from the kitchen.

    The view from the kitchen.

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • This is the courtyard, open to the sky! Furniture and rugs moved for rain.

    This is the courtyard, open to the sky! Furniture and rugs moved for rain.

  • Stairs to 2nd floor. Cutouts with lighting add a beautiful touch and help see!

    Stairs to 2nd floor. Cutouts with lighting add a beautiful touch and help see!

  • Middle bedroom. Lights in ceiling and around the edges of the tray ceiling.

    Middle bedroom. Lights in ceiling and around the edges of the tray ceiling.

  • 2nd floor landing/sitting area with view to terrace & outside.

    2nd floor landing/sitting area with view to terrace & outside.

  • Bedroom


  • Terrace w umbrella, palms, shower, and lounges.

    Terrace w umbrella, palms, shower, and lounges.

  • A great place to relax!

    A great place to relax!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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