Dar Ajiba was a perfect respite, and we could not be more pleased with our stay. From the moment we were greeted by Moulay at the train station, everyone at Dar Ajiba went out of their way to ensure we were enjoying ourselves.
Communication with owners Sinde & Joel was effortless - they were easily reachable by email and available by telephone if necessary. They provided us with a written introductory rundown of what to expect when entering Morocco, including helpful tips on local customs and expectations. They also provide a guest binder with interesting articles and information about local culture.
Despite our language barrier (my french is horrendous), the staff was more than gracious with me and went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restriction (Celiac) during breakfast each morning. Breakfast itself - served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city - was a highlight itself and a beautiful way to start each morning.
The bedrooms feature comfortable beds and sumptuous linens; the bathroom is gorgeous + spacious; and the common areas are exquisitely beautiful.
While it is close enough to access everything you could possibly want to explore by foot, Dar Ajiba is situated on a tranquil, quiet street just south of the Souks, protected from the cacophony so characteristic of the city. After returning from a day exploring exciting + noisy souks, witnessing the beautiful chaos of the Jemaa El Fna, and dodging endless motorbikes in the narrow cobblestone streets, it was such a relief to return to Dar Ajiba to unwind in the cool shade of the courtyard while listening to the fountain. Marrakech is a vibrant, busy, and WARM city, so we were also eternally grateful to have access to a washer/dryer to clean our sweaty clothes before departing for the next leg of our trip.
We were so thankful for the introductory foot tour of the Medina, as well as the hand-drawn map that they provided to us of the Medina, as both Google Maps and AppleMaps were inaccurate and at odds with one another. While we did get lost on our way back the first evening (what an adventure!), we quickly oriented ourselves by Day #2 with its help.
For the TL;DR crowd: for the price you'd pay to book a single room in a busy riad elsewhere in the city, you can book Dar Ajiba and have a gorgeously appointed, private riad all to yourself! If I ever have a chance to return to Marrakech, I will book at Dar Ajiba without hesitation. Thank you so much for everything!