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“Stylish and Laid Back”
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Dar Zelda
Ranked #275 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed 7 June 2008

We really liked this riad. The design is sophisticated and modern while at the same time comfortable and homey. The website probably makes it look a little more pristine than it actually is, as there were a few messy spots in the common areas and the white cushions on the roof could have used a washing. We really loved our room. We booked one of the smaller rooms, and they upgraded us to a great suite with an amazing huge bathtub, a bath in which was a highlight of our stay. The location was great for us - it's just a tiny bit off of the main tourist path, near the Museum of Marrakech. Takes about 10-15 minutes to walk though the souks to get to the main plaza (less at night when the streets are empty and more if you get lost). The staff was friendly and laid back, and there aren't a lot of services offered. Most of the time we were there, there wasn't anyone around that spoke English, but you could call the director on his cell phone. There was also a computer you could use for internet.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2008

After a terrible week at work I decided to throw caution to the wind and book a last minute flight to Morocco. I had heard so many glowing reports from this popular North African country, and as I had travelled in the East and South of the continent I thought I’d give the north a go. Only 3 hours from London I couldn’t wait to experience the cultural change of what would usually only be sufficient in flight times to reach Eastern Europe.

I was, however, much to the frequent questions and constant frowns from friends and family, travelling alone. I had done this a few times before and had mixed feelings about it. Yet as most of my friends were ‘obliged’ to travel with their other halves, especially over Valentines Day, I thought I’d brave it alone and make the adventure for myself!

I have always found that when travelling toute seul its best to afford some luxury in case things go really wrong. I therefore, on the recommendation from two friends at work, decided to stay in the beautiful Dar Zelda Riyad in the Medina, just a 5 minute walk through the maze of colourful souks to the bustling chaotic square that is the Jemaa El Fna.

I was greeted at the airport by a kind looking man, Nourdine, holding a ‘Dar Zelda’ sign, a good start I thought! He instantly jumped up and shook my hand when I introduced myself in my basic school French. I was then whisked away in a cool air-conditioned 4x4, as I looked on smugly at the waves of tourists being herded on to crowded tour buses.

Arriving at the Riyad after negotiating the death defying allies of the medina I walked into an oasis of calm. The cool courtyard provided relief from the heat outside, and I was sat down and instantly given traditional mint tea by its owners, Michel, a charismatic and warm hearted Frenchman, and Brandon, a delightful and welcoming American from South Carolina who to my great relief had efficiently confirmed my booking over the phone in English when I was fretting about how do it in French or even worse Arabic!

The rooms are each individually tailored and given their own unique names like Chambre Carbone, and Chambre Afriquaine. Traditional lamps and furniture form the Souks adorn the rooms, and bathrooms in their soapstone features added to the overall feeling that I couldn’t have been further away from the my pokey flat in West London.

As there was no travelling companion to plan my adventures with I decided to get out there and J.D.I (Just do it!) A haggling person myself I loved sitting In the shops discussing the price of beautiful camel skin bags for at least an hour whilst all the time saying to myself ‘let him agree to my price and not the other way round!’ Alas, I agreed to his and we shook hands, both with beaming smiles after our cultural exchange.

I have often found that lone travellers can quickly be ignored by staff at the accommodation you are staying at. You fade into the background, and at some of the worst places I have stayed you even begin to feel like you’re in the way. Not so at Dar Zelda. I was given sound advice when planning my itinerates, and was invited to dine with Michele and his friends whenever possible. When tours were organised for the guests I was asked to join in by Nourdine who had become my constant mentor and comedian of a local guide. He took us to the markets and out of the medina to the mountains and even got us into Richard Branson’s Riyad to have a look around!

The food in Morocco is a wonderful blend of herbs and spices and a pleasant assault to the senses. A vegetable tagine is a must as well as the freshly squeezed orange juice which is served by eager stall vendors in the Jemaa El Fna. At the Riyad, breakfast was served promptly each morning with fresh coffee and croissants. In the evening if you wanted to retreat from the Marrakech madness, dinner was served at whatever time you wanted, no menu required.

After 9 days I left feeling refreshed yet sad to leave. I had not only had an amazing time in this colourful and vibrant country but had made some amazing friends. I am now planning my next trip out. Thank you to all at Dar Zelda for making such a memorable experience and making me feel so welcome. Shukran!


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  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled solo
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Room Tip: Très belle double suite avec salon commun et plafonds d'époque.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Dar Zelda

Address: 7, Derb Laakar | Kaât Bennahid, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #275 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range: £67 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Dar Zelda is a small luxury boutique hotel in magical Marrakesh. The Riad has 4 double bedrooms, 3 junior suites and one grand 19th-century luxury suite. The decor is resolutely Zen and minimalist, but respectful of the ancient Moroccan artisanship: wrought iron, silks, precious woods. Every room is refined and luxurious.Dar Zelda is ideally located in the heart of the Medina (historical city center), just next door to the Medersa Ben Youssef (a must to visit; in all the guides) and the Museum of Marrakech. The riad is 10 minutes from the celebrated Place Djemaa El Fna and 2 mn to the souks (bazaar).Dar Zelda has a discreet/competent team of workers always attentive to realize your desires.The riad has 24 hour reception and room service. Lunch, dinner or snacks can be made to order anytime. You will enjoy the small heated pool and several terraces dominating the entire Medina and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. ... more   less 
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