Just returned from Marrakech last night. This riad was fantastic in terms of friendliness and service. (The only reason I have scored it very good as opposed to excellent is the location - haven't been to other riads so maybe it's normal but - found the area a little bit 'off the beaten track' and at times felt uncomfortable when walking to and from the riad.
As others reviewers have said, Hasan deserves a specific mention - he can't do enough for you and his tea was the best we had. Fatima - great omelettes! and she had made a fantastic banoffi pie for my cousin's 'special' birthday.
Peter was great in organising everything we wanted to do. We ate at Al Fassia which was excellent (and the air-conditioning very welcome!). Peter arranged the taxi for us and the driver waited all night outside the restaurant. Had really good food at the Cafe Arabe - lovely courtyard with a covered over roof during the day and open in the evening. Peter organised our own private day trip to the Atlas mountains (only 120 euros for the day for 3 of us in an air-conditioned people carrier). Visited Kasbah Tamadot (Richard Branson's place) - very luxurious with amazing views but you could be anywhere. Visited Kasbah Toubkal - the driver had arranged for our own guide to walk us up there - note of caution, it is about an hour's walk from the village to the Kasbah over rough ground. You can take the donkey! We had then wanted to relax for a bit and Peter arranged a stop at a B&B with pool where we had lunch and swim in lovely pool.
On our last day, we spent the day at Beldi Country Club just 6kms out of Marrakech and 15 mins from airport - well worth a visit if you just want to chill out for the day by the pool, under the olive trees and away from the hustle and bustle of the medina! 350 dirhams for the whole day with lunch and pool. We got changed there and got taxi back to airport.
I can't end this review without mentioning the weather! It was so, so hot - on one day it got up to 49 degrees in the medina! However, the mountains were a much more pleasant 30 degrees. We only discovered when we got back that Morocco has been having a heatwave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Zaman is an exquisite Moroccan house in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Chic and romantic, we have four, beautiful en-suite double bedrooms, a sun terrace, plunge pool, and most importantly, a fun and spirited team to take care of you! We're English-owned and managed: come and stay with us and savor our superb hospitality! ... more less
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