Basyma = 'big smile' in Arabic. 3-level w courtyard, great neighborhood, terrace
- english, I use Google Translate when necessary.
About Jane Shortridge
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.
Jane Shortridge purchased this House in 2015
Why Jane Shortridge chose Bab Doukkala
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous Riad, lovely staff, great location
Highly recommended, from the communication by Jane initially, to the amazing staff, the location is close to the Medina and easily walkable to most places. Favourite part was the rooftop to chill after the heat and craziness of the city. Going to miss Hmoda’s breakfasts. I will be back.
5 star treatment
Wonderful place to stay. Beautiful house and only ten minutes walk to the famous square. Felt really looked after when there. Highly recommend
We’re so happy you enjoyed your visit. You are perfect guests and we welcome you back any time! Next time maybe we take you on a Sahara Desert tour!
Until we meet again,
Jane and the Dar Basyma Team
The place is just amazing, the owner as Well as the staff are just so nice and helpful. The only thing is that thé area is a bit dangerous at night for girls only. If there is a Guy with you there is nothing to worry about.
Thanks for your feedback, Zakia! I’ve never heard that it’s dangerous nor have I experienced anything scary, but i appreciate your perspective. We enjoyed having you visit us and hope you come back!
A wonderful oasis in a wonderful city
We were welcomed by a wonderful team of very helpful , pleasant people who made our first visit to Marrakech so exciting.
Our accommodation was ideal, so well furnished and located.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend your home to any visitors.
Thanks for your stay! The house team enjoyed every moment you were there! You're welcome at Dar Basyma any time!
Our family of 5 had a fabulous stay at Dar Basyma. The housekeeper, cook and guide were so helpful in making our trip a great experience. We could walk to the souks, restaurants and gardens with no trouble. At night we came home to tea and snacks while the most delicious Moroccan dinner cooked. It was a memorable stay!
Wonderful All Around - Lovely Home for Relaxing Fun, Family, and Friends
My family and I stayed at Dar Basyma for eight days in December 2016. I highly recommend it!
We all agreed - our stay was among the best holidays we have had. Filled with peaceful relaxation, intellectual interest, friends and adventure, in essence, it was a life-affirming trip.
Jane, who owns the property, was extremely helpful from the start. She answered my many questions and made special arrangements to accommodate my sister, who was recovering from cancer treatment and needed extra care. She also planned a whole suite of activities for us, along with her business partner Mokhtar, which was tailored to the unique likes of each family member (3 adults and two young men). She went out of her way to ensure we had a perfect stay.
Upon our arrival at the airport, we were greeted by Abdul, who works at the home, and his cousin Kahlid, who is a driver. They were both very friendly and welcoming as they delivered us swiftly to Dar Basyma. The residence is located within the walls of the Medina. You enter through one of six ancient gates. In the Medina, there are craftspeople working, shops, children playing, perhaps the occasional donkey cart or moped rolling by, kittens running about, and beautiful doors. Behind each door is a tranquil home.
Inside Dar Basyma, the rooms are airy, open and light. There are good quality Berber rugs everywhere. The décor is stylish yet comforting. The rooptop sunshine is heavenly. It is quiet, yet alive and full of positive energy at the same time. Abdul made us tea and biscuits, and we immediately felt at home. Ghizlane, the highly skilled house chef, began making us fragrant chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives. Night after night, we dined well, kicked back, and it was so good just to be together there.
Our family adores Morocco, the stunning landscape, the Berber traditions and art, but most importantly the people we met there were exceptional; we consider them friends for life. Abdul, Mokhtar, Ghizlane, Abdullah, and Khalid treated us with the utmost kindness and hospitality. We were brought to the best shops, museums, historic sites, and cafes in Marrakech, Essoaria, and the Ourika Valley. We had conversation, music and guidance along the way. Navigating Morocco without our lovely friends would not have been the same - they made it easy for us, and they made it fun.
I cannot wait for my return trip to Morocco. Next time, I will like to stay at Dar Basyma longer and go to the Sahara with Mokhtar!
Planning with Alison was a pleasure from start to finish! What a wonderful person and a great group of people. The house team loved every minute of your stay and we hope you come back and visit! Thanks for loving Morocco so much and for staying at Dar Basyma!
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!