The location of Da Mo’da was perfect. It’s on the edge of the souks at the top of one of the main thoroughfares, just outside the hustle and bustle of the main souk area itself.
It’s less than 10 minutes’ walk to Place jemma el fna (the main square) and a simple route so no need to worry about getting lost! It’s also just 5 minutes away from Dar el Bacha Palace where you can pick up a petit taxi is you are visiting sights further afield. We took a taxi over to the stunning Jardin du Majorelle but walked everywhere else (Ben Yousef Medersa, Marrakesh museum, El Badi Palace).
The riad itself is an absolute haven and decorated elegantly throughout. The ground floor has the reception, common areas and the hammam. The comfy chairs around the poool were great for relaxing with a hot mint tea and homemade petit fours after a morning out and about.
The next floor up has the four suites, all of which were beautiful - we stayed in the Green suite which was absolutely lovely with an amazing four poster bed. One more floor up and there’s a gorgeous and spacious rooftop area with a plunge pool and areas to both sit and eat and lounge around - this is where breakfast and dinners are served. The breakfast up on the terrace was lovely – fresh fruit, yoghurt, the jams were homemade and we had different homemade treats each day, including little filo pastries and crepes. As if that wasn’t enough there’s another seating area perched above the roof terrace with a 360 degree view of the medina!
With all the walking we did, we both decided to indulge in a massage – I would highly recommend this as the masseur was excellent.
In addition to the great location and the riad itself, I think the most outstanding thing about Dar Mo’da are the staff themselves. Elena (the riad’s manager) and Sanjai were easily the most hospitable hosts I have ever met. Elena has an incredible knowledge of the local area, sights, restaurants etc and will give you lots of advice if you tell her what you are looking for. The rest of the team also provide excellent service – we couldn’t have asked for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Mo’da with its four exclusive suites is a blend of the magic of the orient and the comforts of the west, making you feel right at home in the fascinating heart of Marrakech. Located just a few minutes walk from the Jamaa El Fna Square in the historical quarter of Mouassine, in the heart of the Medina, Dar Mo’da is a traditional morrocan riad which has been restored with a delicate combination of local and italian decors. ... more less