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“Our time at the new amazing Dialkoum. Photos to follow!”
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Riad Dar Dialkoum
Ranked #10 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Torquay, United Kingdom
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“Our time at the new amazing Dialkoum. Photos to follow!”
Reviewed 12 November 2009

Hey! We've just arrived from this Riad and we're currently suffering from holiday blues after just 3 days at the place! We had a wonderful time, both at this Riad and in Marrakech in general. We don't really have any compliants, it was a perfect weekend away for us. We wanted a mixture of authenticity, romance, quality service, a great location, helpful staff, great food, good value for money (a bit of everything!) and we got it here. I'm sure each Riad suits everybody differently but even as quite critical people with high standards, there really was not alot we could fault, we didn't have a hairdryer?! Thats it. I think most take their own anyway! I'm going to give an honest account of our entire trip (both Riad and place) to ensure I remember everything you might want to know! We travelled with just hand luggage for a quick break away. You do not need alot of clothes, just conservative/comfortable dress and trusty shoes as you do alot of walking! It isn't like you need to be really covered up but I think I felt alot more comfortable wearing plain/unwesternised clothes like longish skirts/vest tops and loose scarfs for warmth at night. Because we had little luggage, we zipped through the airport to meet our organised taxi (we recommend this!- its worth the money! and you wont get any cheaper trying to flag down your own) If you don't have the transfer included, then just email Laurent at the Riad and he'll sort it out for you I'm sure. The journey isn't very long but you shouldn't try and walk- its a very confusing place at first! The taxi driver pointed out all the spots we might have been interested in along the way. One of my first major tips is to either do a bit of background reading so you are familiar with the sounds of local attractions or know a little french because everybody really does speak french here! When we arrived at the road leading into the Riad's area, theres a sort of local small market (these are everywhere) but I liked this one the best because you sort of got to see the same tradesmen and women everyday and it felt familiar. It is not a bad area as one review suggested, I think those people must have stayed in, because in comparison to the other massive places, its quite charming! Down this small road (off the street).. the riad is about.. 2 more minutes. When we got to the Riad, we met the owners, a young french couple. We didn't know until the last 5 minutes of the holiday that they were actually the new owners of the Riad and had been convinced they must have been there for years moulding this little haven as they seemed so well suited. Very chilled and together. Good vibes. We got upgraded instantly on our arrival and I think they do this whenever they can or have the space. They were lovely people, really laid back and said we could pretty much do what we wanted which we were pleased about! Mohammad is also great although we hope we did not get him into trouble, this was not our intention! It really did not affect us. We did not want to go to a place where it was too commercial, nor did we want to go to a place where we felt we always had to always interact. We were going for a bit of a romantic getaway so it suited us perfectly. It might be tempting to go for one of those big commercial hotels but I really would not suggest this, you do not get the overall feel for marrakech. Of course, it might have been ideal being in one of the riads right outside the square but me and my boyfriend had some of the best fun on the walk too and from the riad. Your going to get lost, whether you like it or not! We found a few drinks helped to calm the nerves (we took our own from duty free as its soooo much cheaper to be prepared) but you can also get alcohol in the hotel and its great to sample the hand picked recommendations by the owners at normal wine/beer prices (sterling or euro.) Plus you get complimentary yummy snacks. You need to learn to just laugh here while wondering round or you'll end up getting stressed and well, thats not a holiday. On the first night, we had wine down on the Terrace and Laurent told us all about the place, giving us useful tips- this is amazingly helpful. Things like what to say when unwanted strangers approach etc. It was a lifeline. I had directions off various people to the square (off the net/off friends/off the owners) but I think for us, the best thing was to just do it a couple of times and get used to it. You just need a good map and the ability to say no to any help that is offered to you in terms of directions. Whatever they say, they do want money!! Its better you get lost and do it yourself for 3 hours than take help in my opinion. Nothing bad will happen :-) The square is incredible. Head for the stalls and you will only pay £2 for your evening food each or sometimes that price for 2! Try the lambs head! Avoid the snails! Urgh! You ring the bell when you get back and when you get back to your room its the best feeling ever. The rooms ARE beautiful. We want our room at home decorated like that now! Its SO romantic. Rose petals on the beds, candles, gorgeous smellies! Amazingly clean. We often got in and sat on the edge of the shower/shallow foot bath with a glass of wine and rested our veryyyyy tired feet. You can have room service at anytime, just pop downstairs and ask. They bring it up with more yummy nibbles. You can have breakfast anywhere/anytime, again, you just have to ask. We loved the breakfast, loads of fresh pastries, jams and the honey is incredible. My boyfriend was in heaven. I don't particularly like really sweet things in the morning but really enjoyed it. They might want to introduce some savoury options, I've heard they do eggs/english tea but I didnt want to ask as we had such alot of bready/cakey stuff already! Or maybe, just an option of what you can have to choose from. That might have been nice :) The Terrace is awesome, it looks over all the surrounding area which isn't the most priviledged but your just in it and thats wonderful (thats the same everywhere, not just with this riad.) We ate up on the terrace everyday. On the second night, we went to Gueliz and spoilt ourselves with a more expensive meal. The restaurants here are more like trendy english cafe/cocktail bars but your treated like they are exclusive clubs, its great. We had such fun! We got back a bit later that night! ;) On the last day, we decided to spend half a day at the Riad sunbathing. The terrace is great for this, however, although relaxing, I think it might benefit from a little music or such like. It is silent! Which some people might love. The rooms are quite like this aswell. We def. thought not having a tv was fabulous, we spent so much quality time together chatting but a bit more ambience would have been appreciated, like a cd player in the room with calming music. If you want a place to sunbathe with a pool, this riad might not be for you, the pool is for use, however, I would have felt a bit uncomfortable darting up and down the stairs to cool off when the pool was in the middle of where everybody ate. I think they should either make the downstairs terrace by the pool a sunbathing area too or put a cold jacuzzi on the roof! Just a tip! Overall, the trip was brilliant. Another couple who we think were english were arriving as we left so we are interested to hear their opinion too! For anyone who wants to ask me anything else about the riad or the place itself, you can email me on cutestbyfar@live.co.uk. Hope this helps in anyway. I think if you need anything at this Riad, you could just ask one of the owners & they would do it for you. Thats the beauty of it. You wouldnt get this everywhere, believe me. http://www.dar-dialkoum.com/accommodation-morocco-marrakesh-and-its-region-marrakesh-dar-dialkoum-contact-_273-7.html
Kate & Jon xx

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Property: Riad Dar Dialkoum
Address: 317 Derb Jdid, Derb Nakhla | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#14 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#44 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Dialkoum 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Dar Dialkoum (your home) is a Boutique Hotel located in the picturesque and authentic district of Bab Doukkala, within 10 to 20 minutes walking from the main attractions of the medina and the new town. This very old traditional house of the late nineteenth century was restored in the purest Moroccan tradition in 2002, then enlarged and refreshed in 2009 by the new owners, Muriel & Laurent. Haven of peace, the Riad Dar Dialkoum includes 4 rooms and 3 suites, all decorated in different and elegant styles, 2 patios with fountains, one with heated pool, 2 terraces with flowers, trees and solariums, a pergola and a Berber tent, 4 lounges, 1 with Satellite TV, and a dining room. Our Chef will spoil you with the cuisine, legacy of secrets of the tradition of several generations. She will offer you a variety of dishes with subtle and refined flavors, elaborated with the best fresh products from the market. The dinner will be served at the glow of the candles on the terrace, in the patio, near the pool or in the lounges, as you prefer. ... more   less 
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