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“Traditionally Moroccan & peaceful”
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Dar Shama
Ranked #953 of 1,167 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 February 2012

A taxi from the airport costs around 250 dirhams and is around 20-30 minutes away from Marrakech Menara airport. You have to drive past the medina to reach the area of Palmeraie where the hotel/Riad is located. This area is around 10 minutes taxi journey from the medina- Too far to walk. It is supposed to be where celebrities stay so the taxi drivers tend to try and charge you more for your taxi.
On arrival we were greeted by a man who took our cases to our room and the owner showed us to our room. As we arrived later then planned they had taken it apon themselves to order our food in for our evening meal (We paid for Half board) which was a lovely surprise as we were hungry and it was a gorgeous vegetable soup, chicken tagine with lemon and olives followed by orange segments with cinammon on top.You have to order your evening meal by 12.00 every day for the evening and choose off of a menu. We tried everything on the menu in our 4 nights there and had no complaints with the food!The dinner room is lovely and traditional and had pan pipe music playing.
Our room was small and basic but decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Our shower attachement was broken so we could only have baths & the bathroom door didn't shut with out a struggle but the property has its own beautiful gardens and even an out door pool. (Not heated in the winter months so freezing) We were particularly unlucky in November as it was freezing for our whole 4 nights and we had non-stop rain!
I would recommend half board as to order off of the menu each night can be quite pricey and a taxi to the medina to eat can be just as pricey. (around 60 dirhams per couple in the hotels private car each way, or about 100 dirhams each way in a taxi)
There were some nice places in the hotel to relax and we put the tv on & ordered a bottle of chilled wine. A shame they didnt put the fire on for us as it was so cold & the pool table didn't work.
I had a massage on the last day and the room was sooo cold I was shivering through-out although it was a good price around £35.00. I would recommend the hotel for a quick get away as very good prices but if I went back I would stay closer to the medina.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Dar Shama was really an excellent riad in the Palmeraie of Marrakesh. A beautiful garden with swimming pool, nice and quiet if you want to escape the hecticism of the crowded and vivid city.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Vanetta S
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Journey from the airport to the hotel was 20mins long. Once we reached the hotel in the evening, there was a wow factor, the welcoming was great, rooms spacious. We stayed in a standard double room with built in wardrobes and a lovely bathroom, with TV and cable, but all in German. Only English channels available was CNN international and God TV. Services from all waiters were great and tables already prepared and ready for you for when you plan breakfast, lunch and dinner. All staff were very accommodating. The tour bus stops right outside the hotel every hour and a chance to go for camel rides right outside the hotel. Although this hotel is 15mins drive from the centre of Marrakech its situated in a good place if you peace and quite away from the hustle and bustle of the souks.

If you stay here and do not want to travel around too much, I advise that you pay for all inclusive as meals can become very expensive if you only do B&B.

Reccommened for couples, groups or families travelling to Morocco.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Really great place nice gardens and wonderful staff. We enjoyed two pools between around 5 guests food was great and service amazing.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are huge
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank stebay
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

We arrived after a long hot journey as family group. Check in seemed very slow but once through the gates everyone was wowed by the gardens and the rooms which were spectacular. Then disappointment set in. Lunch by the pool took 1 hour to materialise and dinner was at best average, and very expensive. Service for everything was chaotic and seemed very directionless with the manager seeming at a loss to do anything. We had intermittent water supplies in our rooms, and when it did run it was either freezing or boiling. The hotel is well out of the centre of Marrakesh with nothing in walking distance. On the positive side it is an oasis of calm and tranquility.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank MarkinBucks
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Mum and I have just returned from a break at the Dar Shama, without any doubt, one of the best hotels we have have ever stayed in.
In the most beautiful grounds, even nicer than depicted in the website, this small intimate hotel offers a level of service and elegance that is comparable to some of the best 5 star hotels in the world.
We failed to meet one member of the staff who did not go out of their way to make our visit as easy and relaxing as was possbile, and nothing was too much trouble. Our suite was furnished with the most exquisite Moroccan furniture, and was clean, and beautifully maintained. Both mum and I are vegetarain and the chief went out of her way to provide us each day with a different culinary delight. The food was outstanding, and together with the excellant service, were every attention to detail was taken, we had no reason or desire to look for alternative restaurants outside of the hotel..
We were told by reception to treat the hotel as our home, and they all went out of their way to make that happen.
If you are looking for elegance, charm, and excellant service at a hotel that offers you a 5 star stay, then we could not recommended this hotel more highly, and we certainly shall be revisiting next year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Pam4377
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

My family , 9 adults of varying ages plus one 10 month old baby, have just returned from 5 nights at the Riad Dar Shama in Marrakech.

We had a wonderful time.

The Riad is situated a short journey from the historical centre of Marrakech in the beautiful Palmeraie area, and is surrounded by lush and beautiful gardens where you can sit on one of the many sofa's and enjoy a drink with your friends and family , or just find a spot to sit quietly and read your book and enjoy the warm sunshine. ( We had super weather about 23 - 25c degrees each day).

The rooms are in the main part of this lovely old Riad, and ours had the beautiful and original floor and wall tiles, with stunning Moroccan rugs. The bed was large and very comfortable and the whole place is spotlessly clean. The water like in any old house, takes some time to run warm ,but when it did reach the taps, it was very hot and plentiful.
Some of our family had modern showers in their rooms, we had a huge old bath in ours, which was perfect for a long lesiurely soak.
From reading other reveiws it seems that others were expecting a modern , faceless, hotel, that could be anywhere in the world.
Riads are not like that. They are old merchants houses or palaces, set in private walled gardens.
Dont expect double glazed windows , piped music and plasma tv's( although Dar Shama does have TVs in the rooms )
Do expect traditional architecture and furnishings, antiques and good old fashioned service.
If this is not the experience you are after then book with one of the big hotel chains.

At Dar Shama, breakfast and dinner are served in the main dining room, surrounded by lovely antique Moroccan furnishings and the gorgeous tiles floors are covered in hand made rugs.
In the winter the temperature drop considerably at night and we sat each evening around the large open log fire with the candles burning and discussed our day, whilst the lovely waitors looked after us. This is the nearest we shall ever come to having our own butler !

The food was typically Moroccan, and we have returned home with tangines and recipes hoping to be able to recreate some of the marvellous dishes that we were served. The soups, the salads, the tangines were all so tasty and we ate far too much!
Do try the local wine, both red and white is very very drinkable.

Breakfast is not to be missed . It consisted of pancakes, potato scones, fresh bread s and preserves and homemade cakes.The freshly squeezed orange juice was also a great favourite along with the mint tea.

For lunch I recommend the chicken and almond pastille, a sort of filo pastry pasty, full of delicous minced chicken and almonds with a spicy seasoning.......but there was so many things to chose from we were spoilt for choice,

The girls in our group had a Hamman treatment one evening. It was well worth the money. 250 dirham for the bathing and scrub and 350 dirham for the oil massage.( about £43 in total ) It takes about an hour and your skin feels amazingly soft afterwards. A real holiday treat.

The shuttle bus cost the 9 of us 300 dirham ( about £2.40 per person ) to take us to the main square in the medina. I wouldn't recommend driving in Marrakech unless you have nerves of steel. The traffic is chaotic with as many a 5 lanes of traffic going around roundabouts a once !!!
We saw a man on a morobike with a bed under his arm, another had a large TV on his lap and one young lad had his pals and his dog all on his pushbike !!

The sights and sounds of Marrakech must not be missed, The carpet sellers, snake charmers, spice dealers and tanneries make for a fascinating shopping experience. As Brits we are not very good at haggling, but you must try as it is expected and is all part of the fun and we came away with cushions, slippers, pots and throws for a fraction of the price you would spend in the UK. The Moroccan people are kind and good natured and they do love to talk. Shopping becomes an occasion not a task.

We took the tour bus around the city, at about £14 per person it was a bargain. You get to see everything and get a real understanding of the history of Marrakech. You can hop on and off as you want.

Dar Shama made a perfect retreat from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The pool ( we didnt use it as the water in January was a little too cold for us softies ) looked inviting after a long day sightseeing , and it was lovely just to flop down on one of the many garden sofas, and have a welcome beer or gin and tonic. Just to be able to sit in the warm sunshine, in January and relax was lovely.

It was my husbands 60th birthday on our first day and the hotel, made a big fuss and presented him with a beautiful birthday cake.........it really is a perfect venue for a special occasion. Hamza, the Manager made sure that nothing was too much trouble and that we had verything that we wanted.

I am not sure that any Riad is the place for children and younger teenagers, in fact I am not sure that Marrakech is the place for children, as they don't normally appreciate being dragged about shopping and there is no beach, but for adults of any age it is perfect holiday destination. The baby in our party was treated like a little princess and all the staff made a big fuss of her.
We found that the Riad Dar Shama catered for all our needs, and we all left promising to return .

The sights, sounds and smells bombard the senses ( sorry I know this is an old cliche, but it really is true) and somehow Marrakech and its happy inhabitants leave a real imprint on the soul, I can understand why the hippies of the 60's and 70's found it so addictive.

Visit Marrakech, stay at the Dar Shama as we did, I dont think you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Dar Shama

Address: Douar Abiad | Circuit de la Palmeraie, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #953 of 1,167 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £54 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Shama 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There you find 10 rooms and suites of Villa Shama, each colorfully decorated with authentic detail, and also 4 individual suites of the Kasbah, each with their own private pool, you will not lack for anything at Dar Shama. The on-site restaurant is famous for its Moroccan cuisine, you may dine in the garden or by the pool, if that is your wish. There are two outdoor pools and as well the private pools of the Kasbah suites. Dar Shama, where natural beauty and attention to detail meet for an unforgettable experience. The kasbah, also called the house next door, displays harmony between tradition and modernity, comfort of a living room and charm of a pergola, warmth of wood and delicacy of linen. Nestled in a tranquil haven in the heart of the palm groves, away from the bustle of the city center. Dar Shama's splendid garden provides an oasis of combined luxury and authenticity. ... more   less 
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