I don't really know where to start... This hotel is the best I've ever stayed at. The staff is unbelievably friendly, service minded and helpful. Dina and the other guy, whose name I've forgotten, would constantly go out of their way to serve us. They remembered our names, what we liked to drink and Dina had the most amazing ability to show up at the pool with a tray with fresh orange juice, water, and snacks just a few seconds before I realized I needed something to drink or eat. And of course she remembered that I wanted cold drinks, while my friend wanted coffee and water. She's such an angel! All the drinks and snacks we had at the pool were complimentary. We didn't realize that before we got the bill at the end of our stay.
The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated and very clean. Fresh roses in our room every day! The food is delicious! You can eat anytime and any place you like. We had breakfast at the pool or at one of the roof-top terraces, dinner in the restaurant or in the garden. You just tell them where you'd like to eat and when you'd like your meal to be ready. There's no "breakfast is served between....". It felt so much like it was our own (luxury) home with our private staff.
This riad is situated in an up-scale residential area, and it was very, very quiet. I loved it. No noise or smell from traffic, no noise from anything, all you could hear were the birds in the trees. I was traveling with my best friend from high school, and being away from my husband and our three kids, it was such a wonderful experience to be pampered and be allowed to follow your own schedule, whether that be sleep in or eat at the strangest hours.
The distance to the center of Marrakech was not a problem for us. We usually got a ride with Mohamad, he has a really nice car. It took about 10 min and cost us 150 dirham in the evening and 100 dirham daytime. (I don't think Maria gives free rides anymore). One night we took a local cab home. Kinda scary as he drove very fast, my door couldn't close properly and the safety belts didn't seem to work. He had big problems finding the place, it's still so new that many people don't know it exists. He had to stop several times to ask others for directions, he even went in different directions, so it took forever to get home. He had no mobile phone, so he had to borrow ours so he could call Dar Selwan to get directions. He was thrilled to get 100 dirham even thogh it was quite late at night (and he had driven around for about an hour). So I guess Mohamad charges more as he has a nice car and he knows the way.
I would definitely consider staying at Dar Selwan again and I would absolutely recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing in the luxuriant Marrakesh Palm glove « La Palmeraie », 2 minutes away from the famous Palmeraie Golf, Selwan whispers the prophecy of tremendous joy to its guests.Imagine a dream where healing colours and fragrances welcome you to a new precious day. Imagine being at the pool savouring a mint tea while enjoying a delicate foot massage.Imagine a traditional hammam with exquisite flavours where your body revives and your mind is fully satisfied.Welcome to Selwan. ... more less