We were given a warm welcome by Simo when we arrived at Diad Dar Beldia after a long flight, and greeted with a cup of mint tea and an orientation chat.
The riad is small (six rooms), but you won't want for anything while staying there. All the staff are friendly and attentive. They will arrange for cars to and from the airport and you can also eat an evening meal there - I really enjoyed outer Tagine on our first night. They also serve beer and wine, which is useful in an otherwise fairly dry country, alcohol-wise.
You can eat in the dining room, or on the roof-top terrace, which also serves as a solarium, and provides great panoramic views of the City on the Atlas Mountains.
Breakfast is a simple affair, served from 8.30 onwards, and consisting of tea/coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, a croissant, and a warm pancake or similar with butter, marmalade some fresh fruit or yoghurt, and jam. It is surprisingly filling!
Our room was on the first floor, and had, in common with all the other room (or so I think) a window looking out to the central atrium, but no window looking to the outside (which us a fairly common feature of riads that are tightly packed together), the TV was fine (although the only English Speaking channels we could get were Russia Today, France 24 and Al Jazeera - BBC News was available, but the reception was poor).
The bed was firm and very comfortable, and the bathroom was nice and clean. It was good to have air conditioning in the room.
People have mentioned the noise of the calls to prayer - I would like to point out that a) it's no louder than anywhere else in the city and b) even at 5.00am it's hardly intrusive. Honestly, if you are disturbed by the call to prayer, then Marrakech isn't really the place for you!
Anyway - all in all an excellent place to stay with fine facilities and wonderful staff. I would gladly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad dar beldia has wonderful location, its accesses easy, not far from the badi palace and legendary square "jamaa el fna".its comprises six doubles rooms with full equipment, set around an interior patio with heated swimming pool.at night-fall, having visited the famous bustling jamaa el fna square, strolled for a long time in the busy souks, experienced the profusion of colors and scents of the medina, let yourself be guided by the magic of this pleasant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Beldia Marrakech