Dar Kawa is managed by Valérie, Designer.
90 - 580/night
Suitable for 2-10 people

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Dar Kawa Suite Muntaz - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
— Valérie: “When you come to Dar Kawa, you feel at home — there are books everywhere, it’s relaxing. It’s not like it was just decorated and things were put in place just for the guests. It’s a lived-in house.”
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— How would you describe Dar Kawa in a nutshell?

Valérie: “When you come to Dar Kawa, you feel at home — there are books everywhere, it’s relaxing. It’s not like it was just decorated and things were put in place just for the guests. It’s a lived-in house.

The staff has been with me for 17 years and the cook for 14 years. So it’s like a home away from home.”
Dar Kawa patio - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
— Dar Kawa patio

— How did you end up having a riad in Marrakech?

Valérie: “My first trip to Morocco was in 1991 and I thought one day I would live there. Six years later, that became true. I found it completely enchanting, the smells, the colours, the people, the food. It’s so close to Europe but so exotic. And the country has all types of landscapes – you have the Mediterranean sea, the desert, the Atlas mountains and of course Marrakech right in the middle. It’s not a big country so everything is easily accessible.”
Dar Kawa Suite Muntaz - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
— Dar Kawa Suite Muntaz

— What was your inspiration to turn the house into a riad/hotel?

Valérie: “I was fascinated by the Moroccan lifestyle and architecture, so different from our standards. When we bought the house in 1996, we restored it to the look it had in the 17th century. We removed what people had changed over the centuries and only added the bathrooms and a few facilities that were not there before. The aim was to make it look like it was back then. We really respected whatever was possible in terms of materials and construction, so it became an authentic, nice house and we decided to rent it. As I am traveling a lot, I wanted to let the house live.”
 - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco

— How many rooms are in the riad?

Valérie: “There is one double bedroom, two mini-suites and one big suite. All the rooms have attached bathrooms and all the suites have separate dressing rooms and toilets.

There are two staircases in the building, one on each side, and the Mumtaz suite is really like a small apartment within the riad. You have a big room, a separate toilet, and a big bathroom where massages can be organized. It’s quite comfortable and large and there’s also a fireplace in the room.

The Olmassi junior suite also has a fireplace, and direct access to the patio. In fact, all the rooms have a different character and charm.”
Dar Kawa patio - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
— Dar Kawa patio

— Apart from the rooms, what other facilities do you offer at Dar Kawa?

Valérie: “Breakfast is included in the price of the room. If people want, they can order lunch or dinner as well, or attend one of our cooking classes.

As common areas, we have the patio, a sitting room, and a terrace. We can organize massages and whatever spa-type services are wanted. If people ask for something, we always manage to organize it for them. It’s a service we offer, whether it’s arranging for a shuttle or a car, offering restaurant tips and reservations, or organizing a pic-nic in the countryside.

We are always there when people need anything, but Dar Kawa is not about being busy all day. It’s more a place for relaxing.”
Dar Kawa Suite Muntaz - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
— Dar Kawa Suite Muntaz

— How would you describe the style of the hotel?

Valérie: “I can’t say. It’s too close for me to tell. It’s just my style. I have already redone it three times. I can only say that whatever is there is there because I like it.”
 - Dar Kawa, in Marrakech, Morocco
 
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