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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dar Shama Marrakech