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Riad Dar Zaman
Ranked #80 of 1,167 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

My husband and I chose Dar Zaman following a recommendation from a friend who had stayed there a few months before us. The owner, Peter, was extremely helpful prior to our arrival and responded very promptly to my numerous emails. We were given a very warm welcome and after a pleasant dinner in the riad we wanted to go and explore but were a little concerned that we would get lost, Marrakech (within the medina anyway) is a labyrinth of narrow streets, some of which can be quite dark. Peter arranged for Hassan, a charming guy who works for him, to walk with us into the medina which he did happily. There were other occasions, i.e. when we couldn't find a restaurant, that the two of them walked with us. The riad is very nicely decorated and kept very clean and the bed was really comfortable. We would highly recommend staying here. It is located in a great spot within an easy walk of the medina (easily done once Peter has taken you through the map, which he does very thoroughly), is very tastefully decorated but the main unique feature of Dar Zaman is Peter, and of course Hassan, who made us feel so relaxed. P.S Peter also took us to a wonderful shop that we would never have found without him that was like an Aladdin's cave full of beautiful lights and lanterns, leather, ceramics etc. Thanks to both Peter and Hassan from - Louise and Delvin, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

The service we received throughout our stay was excellent.
Peter has a great Riad in the perfect place, you really feel as if you are part of the local life style. Hassan and Fatima are a dream, Hassan willing to help you with anything while Fatima will cook you up some of the best food you will taste anywhere in the world.
The rooms are perfect, nothing flamboyant but typical Moroccan style. The roof terrace is great, what a sun trap.
Go to the main square and visit the Souks, you will be amazed at what you can get, remember always barter.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

As our family has grown up we take a trip with everyone (all 9!) for a week in August every year — with an age range from 10-54 it's not necessarily easy to keep everyone happy. We spent a week in Marrakech to be together, give our teenagers some experience of the Muslim world, and chill out (ha, ha). August is low season in Marrakech, and outside temperatures were high, so it was important to be somewhere with air conditioning. The plunge pool was excellent, too, and the roof garden in the early mornings and evening. Everything was immaculately clean and worked — DZ is a beautiful medieval townhouse that's had a "grand designs" type makeover, with really stylish design to go with the grain of its architecture and location — is ideal for the souks and near enough to the newer city for us to walk, say, to the Majorelle gardens without undue effort.

Peter, Hassan and Fatima really looked after us, as though we'd knowon them for years as friends — nothing was too much trouble. Peter filled us in as first timers on the place, and its incredible possibilities; his advice, based on local nolwedge, was spot on every time. It was great, for example, to be able to use a local (non touristy) Hammam, with some idea of what was going on and what we needed to take, and how everything worked.

Being in the thick of the old city, it was important to have a calm and empathetic home base. Fatima cooked a family meal for us one evening — absolutely extraordinarily yummy for all. Peter was glad to arrange a day trip out to the hills, and all transfers etc.

Being in Marrakech in Ramadan worked well for us. There were times in the day streets were amost deserted (good for photography), the water park at Oasiria was almost empty for the afternoont he kids went out there to play, and everything was available when we needed it.

All in all DZ was as good a base for a family adventure as it could have been a quiet romantic getaway. We were bowled over by thekindness, skill and helpfulness of staff.

All this — flights and all — for rather less than the rental fee we paid three years ago for a cottage in the UK where the kids were bored, we got ripped off for food etc, and it rained all the time!

We'd definitely do it again

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

We stayed in Dar Zaman in July of 2009 and although extremely hot, once inside the peaceful surrounds of this Riad it was easy to relax. Rooms are very elegantly designed and Peter and Hasan extremely helpful and courteous. I would heartily recommend this Riad.

Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

I have stayed in Riad Dar Zaman three times. The first time was with my sister and her son, the second was on my own and the third time that I stayed in the house was with my girlfriend. All three times I have enjoyed my stay at Dar Zaman as if I was at home. The hospitality of Peter, Hassan and Fatima is the same kind as you would find just a few doors away from the Riad, in the narrow alleys where the Marrakechi of the old town live. Dar Zaman is situated in the hart of the old town of Marrakech, right at the edge of the Souks, just a 50 meters walk brings you to the great shopping labyrint and another 10 minutes brings you to Jamaa el Fna.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

From the moment we arrived we were made most welcome. Peter talked us through some of the things to expect in the locality. Hassan and Fatima were ever helpful. We were treated to a well prepared meal on our arrival. Pick up and return to the airport was well organised, including being met from and returned to the place where we dropped off/picked up. A trip out to the Atlas Mountains was arranged through Peter and also a guide on our first morning. We would recommend this as your first venture out is a little daunting in a totally different environment. Some of the locals spoke a little english but with a little french we were able to overcome most language barriers. Breakfast was more than fine fare to prepare for a day out of the Riad. We sampled good food and all the culture of local custom. The plunge pool was a welcome relief in the afternoon and late evening to cool down. Room and Riad were clean and on more than one occasion we were encouraged to ' treat this like your home'. Thoroughly enjoyable stay. Paul and Lex White

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

This is a splendid place. The Riad is at the end of a lane in the depths of the medina. Peter, the English owner, was very welcoming and full of helpful advice. Fatima the cook / housekeeper gave us some excellent meals and was very friendly. Hassan who was the general factotum could not have been more obliging.

When we arrived we were shown round and given a choice of bedroom. They were beautifully furnished and looked very comfortable. We chose one with excellent facilities including a large shower. Downstairs there is a dining room where we had traditional breakfast with Fatima's home made yoghurt and dinner on one night. There is also a small lounge. We spent time relaxing in the sunshine on the roof terrace.

A lasting impresssion is of a quiet oasis in the middle of the hurly-burly of the busy medina which never seemed to sleep.

We will certainly go back.

Myles and Paula.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 29 Derb Bouelilou | Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #80 of 1,167 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £62 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Zaman 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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