PRACTICAL INFORMATION

In the morning, have a taste and enjoy the freshly cooked bread in the neighbourhood traditional baker’s oven just a few hours before. Enjoy the freshness of the delicious seasonal products our cooker will have chosen in the early morning from the nearby market and appreciate the ancestral recipes still used.

Here employees are like a family and make you feel home as they do while working at Dar Nimbus. Anne, the owner passes us on her adoration for Morocco she has been able to develop while growing up there.

You will enjoy a charming and authentic environment in which people at your service are happy to do so. We work in order to make you benefit from one of the best value for money of the Medina Riads as we want to promote a responsible tourism respecting traditions, authenticity while applying reasonable margins. This way we preserve the Medina environment avoiding too big contrasts between luxury tourism and popularity of the neighbourhood. Thus our Riad merges perfectly with the nearby environment and its inhabitants are happy to find this workplace.

Finally, for every budgets, we both propose rooms with competitive prices and also suites for those who wish even more comfort.

Practical Information Riad & Spa Dar Nimbus – Marrakech

  • Our tariffs include breakfast and visitor’s tax.
  • Check in time at our Riad Dar Nimbus in Marrakech is 11.00am. Where the rooms is available and prepared we will be pleased to let guests check in early at no extra charge. If possible please advise in advance of any late arrival. Riads are essentially family homes built in an intimate courtyard setting. So as not to disturb guests who may be sleeping we prefer new arrivals to check in before 10 pm.
  • Check out time is 11.00am on your departure day. Arrangements may be made for a later check out if the room has a late arrival, you would need to check with the Riad the night before. We do not charge for late check outs. In any event we will be pleased to look after you and your baggage until you are ready to leave for the airport.
  • Bed sheets and towels are provided for all the rooms.
  • A cleaning service will be provided free of charge every morning.
  • Marrakech Riad Dar Nimbus is accessed through the well known Dar Bab taghzout entrance to the Medina which is about 15 minutes drive from the airport. We strongly recommend that guests use our airport transfer service priced at 15€ each way for five people booked in advance. Our driver will meet you at airport arrivals and you will be accompanied all the way to the Riad.

 

Visa Morocco

  • Citizens of EU countries, including Britain, do not need a VISA for tourist visits of up to three months. That is good news if you are planning for exotic last minute holidays. However, there is a requirement for passports to be valid for 6 months at the date of entry.

Currency Morocco

  • The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. £1 sterling is approximately 13 Moroccan Dirhams. One Euro is approximately 11 Moroccan Dirhams.
  • The Dirham is not allowed to be taken out of the country in amounts larger than Dirhams 1,000 consequently it cannot be purchased before traveling. A bureau de change is available at Marrakech airport and there are ATM machines both at the airport and in the City. Scottish notes are not accepted in banks in Morocco and many banks are uncomfortable accepting travellers cheques.
  • Ask for some small notes or coins when exchanging money. Tips are customary in Marrakech and many everyday items cost much less than a 100 dirham note.

Temperatures Marrakech

  • From June to August temperatures are often in excess of 40 degrees and can reach the high 40′s. December, January and February can see sunbathing weather in the day up to 27 degrees with nights as cool as 8 degrees. Spring and Autumn are the traditional high season times to visit Marrakech with temperatures in the high 20′s to mid 30′s.

 

Phones Marrakech

  • Morocco has an excellent modern mobile phone infrastructure which also supports 3G and data roaming. However it is advisable to check charges with your mobile provider before using your phone extensively to avoid unpleasant surprises.

 

Marrakech Medina

  • A very good way to explore the Marrakech old town (Medina) is on foot. Most of the streets are teeming with life; pedestrians, cyclists, donkeys and carts, motorbikes with a few cars and delivery vehicles on the larger thoroughfares. In general pedestrians keep to the right and wheeled vehicles whiz up and down the middle- consequently it is not a good idea to walk slowly down the middle of the street looking down at a map!
  • Your Marrakech Riad Dar Nimbus can organise a tour by horse and carriage, known locally as “Caleche”, this is an excellent way to visit the palaces and gardens.

 

Dress code Morocco

  • Morocco is an Islamic country which welcomes tourists who are sensitive to local tradition. Shorts and short sleeve tops are fine as long as they are not too revealing. It is not sensible for women to wear clothes that reveal too much cleavage or the waist line. More discretion is required during the holy festival of Ramadan.
  • The roof terrace at Riad Dar Nimbus is private spaces that is perfect for sunbathing.

 

Alcohol Marrakech

  • The Medina does not have pubs or wine bars, however there are plenty of hotels and restaurants with public bars. Alcohol is not available in the cafes around the place Jema al Fna. In the new town of Guiliez there are several European style bars as well as a vibrant night club scene. A number of the fashionable cafes in Guiliez serve alcohol indoors, including the Grande Café de La Poste, and where this is the case the logo of a beer brand is often displayed discreetly outside. Local Café bars on the backstreets in Guiliz are basic and inexpensive but these are pretty much male only and are not recommended for female visitors.
  • It is advisable to be sensitive smoking in public particularly during the holy month of Ramadan when the locals do not smoke during daylight hours. Bars and restaurants generally have smoking and non smoking areas. In our Marrakech Riads guests may smoke in designated areas on the roof terraces.

 

Tipping in Marrakech

Tipping is a part of every-day life in Morocco. We are often asked for guidelines about gratuities. These suggestions are based on our experience of general practice here in Marrakech.

  • Cafes: It is polite to leave two or three dirhams if you are having a coffee or soft drink.
  • Restaurants: Similar to the UK, 5-10% is considered appropriate or generous. Of course it’s fine to give more if the service has been really xceptional.
  • Small or ‘petit’ taxis: can take up to three passengers. For five or ten minute journeys aound the old town or to nearby Guiliez the drivers often do not put on the meter, there is no need to worry about this. It is polite to give 15 or 20 dirhams (the meter would probably go to less than 10) if the driver demands more walk away with confidence you have been fair with him. For longer journeys ask them to put the meter on and round up to the nearest 10 dirhams.
  • Excursions: Tipping is not required for excursions booked through the Riad but it is much appreciated. 50 or 100 Dirhams is a perfectly polite gratuity for a half or full day, if the driver has really made your day for you it’s great to be more generous
  • Riad staff: Tipping is at your discretion, you certainly should not feel any obligation. Many guests hand a personal gratuity directly to the member of staff who has facilitated their stay or to other individuals as they see fit. We also have a tip box which is shared by the broader team and this is a nice way of showing appreciation to those whose contribution may be less visible.

 

Pharmacies Marrakech

  • There are a number of excellent pharmacies in Marrakech both in the Medina and in the new town of Guiliez. Common medication and toiletries are readily available including many leading western brands. Moroccan pharmacists can prescribe and immediately supply some medications, for example antibiotics, which would have to be prescribed by doctors in the UK. Where necessary the Riad can provide introductions to private doctors or the medical clinic and excellent dentist used by British expats in Marrakech.