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Dar Zelda
7, Derb Laakar | Kaât Bennahid, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #113 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
St. Gallen, Switzerland
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“Lovley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Michel and his team give you a warm welcome, you feel like at home!
The interior is sophisicated, sylish with very nice traditional elements. The Girls working at Dar Zelda are nice and extremly helpful. Breakfest or lunch on the Terasse is a dream!
The location of the Riad is in the Medina and easy to find, convinient close to the souks.
We liked our stay very much and recomend Dar Zelda as a nice place to stay.

Room Tip: go for the Douria Suite with a over twohunderd year old wooden ceiling - pure 1001 night feeling
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Singapore
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our holiday in Marrakech actually got off to a bad start. After our driver (airport transfer) dropped my wife and I on the main street, we were escorted to the entrance of Dar Zelda by a man whom we thought is a staff. Apparently not as he started demanding 200 dirhams for his 'service'. We quickly rang the doorbell and was let in the riad. Michel (the owner/manager) was around and took care of the situation by paying the man off. After which, Michel offered us some tea to soothe our nerves and led us to our room.

We had dinner in the riad at night. It was 20 euros per pax - consisting of a 3-course meal - a 3-dish salad starter, a lamb tangine and local desserts. We also had a bottle of red wine for 14 euros. The food quality was good and we enjoyed our food though we wished that the portion for the lamb tangine could be more generous.

Breakfast was standard European breakfast with bread and cheese with the occassional Moroccan pastry. The cheese omelet, in particular, was excellent.

The riad itself was lovely and has a beautiful lounge area on the ground floor and amazing chill-out/dining area on the roof terrace.

What stands out is the service - the staff are very friendly and always greet you with a smile. They also take the initiative to hand us toilet rolls when we put on the "Do not disturb" sign. Laundry and Shisha is free and we appreciate the gesture. We met Aladdin on our last night - a very friendly chap who speaks good English.

But the ultimate service gesture was...... We actually booked the La Carbone room (99 euro/night) but Michel has SLIENTLY upgraded us to the Kenza Suite (185 euro/night). We only found out about this on our last night when we were comparing our room to the pictures on the Dar Zelda website. We really appreciate the gesture. What really stands out was, unlike other hotels, Michel did not even make a song and dance out of this. He just quietly gave us one of his best rooms!

The suite was spacious and have an extra lounge area with a sofa bed. Our room itself has another sofa and was beautiful decorated.

The only bummer was there was no wifi in our room. You can access wifi in the lounge area on the ground floor. Not a problem especially when you are lazing on the sofa with a glass of wine and smoking shisha!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a great place to stay. Dar Zelda is very centrally located in the Medina and about a 10 minute walk through the shops to the “Big Square”. The Medina is a maze so it took us two days to realise how centrally located we were, it was fine once we decided to ignore the advice of local people on the streets who claim to be directing you to the “big square” but actually want you to visit their carpet shop/tannery. Be sure to get the taxi collection from the airport, otherwise the Riad might be hard to find, like I said, the Medina is complex.

The room in the Riad was lovely, and well air conditioned, which is much needed in the summer heat. The plunge pool in the court yard was a nice way to relax and the roof-top garden is spectacular. Its amazing how tranquil Dar Zelda is when just outside its walls is the hustle and bustle of the Medina.

The staff were lovely and Aladdin was particularly great. We inquired about the best way to see the Cascades (a waterfall 3 hours away) and instead of just seeing the Cascades, we saw the Cascades, the Arch, experienced a Hammam, saw Aladdins home town, and met and celebrated the end of Ramadan with Aladdin’s’ family. This definitely made the trip!

I would highly recommend Dar Zelda.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Dar Zelda is an absolutely beautiful guesthouse. The photos don't do it justice! We were upgraded on arrival as we were the only guests. The location is excellent - about 2 minutes walk from the souks. The staff were all so accommodating and helpful. The roof-top terrace and plunge pool made the perfect retreat for afternoons when the Marrakesh July heat beat us. The dinner we had at the Riad was really great (if a little more pricey than other local options) but overall Dar Zelda is excellent value for money. It is however difficult to locate so definitely opt for the airport pickup as we would have struggled to find it after our late evening flight.
Thanks so much Dar Zelda - we hope to return soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had a fabulous stay at Dar zelda. Michel and his staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. The location is perfect if you want to experience being in the middle of the old medina. When you need to retreat from the intense atmosphere in the streets, this Riad has a peaceful, great terrace and spacious rooms. Definitely to recommend!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Spent 5 days, headed out to the mountains/coast and then 2 more days. Couldn't have been better. Michel and his team.. Tissam, Meryem and Alladin made us feel super welcome. They were great with the kids. Good breakfasts on the terrace, and the food that was cooked in the evening was some of the best we had in Morocco. The room that we got on our return, was, it has to be said, the most amazing room I've ever stayed in. Having travelled in over 70 countries, no small feet.

A fun, great place, with a very warm atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Michel and his great staff make Dar Zelda a great place to call "home" now for my wife and me. Dar Zelda has so much magic, because not only is it breathtakingly beautifu decorationl(see the new decor done in December 2012), but in the great hospitality of the staff: Alladin; Meryem, Tissam and of course the best host in Marrakech, Michel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7, Derb Laakar | Kaât Bennahid, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #113 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Dar Zelda is a small luxury boutique hotel in magical Marrakesh. The Riad has 4 double bedrooms, 3 junior suites and one grand 19th-century luxury suite. The decor is resolutely Zen and minimalist, but respectful of the ancient Moroccan artisanship: wrought iron, silks, precious woods. Every room is refined and luxurious.Dar Zelda is ideally located in the heart of the Medina (historical city center), just next door to the Medersa Ben Youssef (a must to visit; in all the guides) and the Museum of Marrakech. The riad is 10 minutes from the celebrated Place Djemaa El Fna and 2 mn to the souks (bazaar).Dar Zelda has a discreet/competent team of workers always attentive to realize your desires.The riad has 24 hour reception and room service. Lunch, dinner or snacks can be made to order anytime. You will enjoy the small heated pool and several terraces dominating the entire Medina and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. ... more   less 
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