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“Our idea of Morocco!” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dalia
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   40 derb Tizegarine | Rue Dar El Bacha Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #54 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
St. Albert, Canada
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67 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Our idea of Morocco!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We arrived in Marrakech on a Sunday evening and found getting a taxi at the train station to the riad difficult. Finally found one who could take us, but only so far as cars cannot navigate the narrow and winding lanes. We were immediately pounced upon by a group of young boys who offered to take us anywhere - and we immediately realized we were at their mercy as we had no idea where to go. We were slightly apprehensive as we were hurried through the maze, but as soon as we arrived at the riad, the welcome given by Mohammed put us at ease. He claims his English is poor, but I think he just looks for compliments - communication about anything was no problem at all. He is a very friendly and warm gentleman. We stayed in two different rooms; both were very Moroccan in decore with tiles, scarves, cushions, carpets, potpouri, brasssware everywhere. The riad could be a small museum or a gift shop - there was always something to look at. One of our rooms opened out into a sitting room with a great collection of Moroccan travel books. Bathroom was big - as was the bathtub - and the water was always hot. Breakfast was excellent - we still dream about freshly squeezed orange juice and Moroccan pancakes - and we enjoyed it up on the rooftop terrace one morning and in the central courtyard, teeming with flowering plants, vines and small fountain, the next. If you are òf the arthritic knee vintage, the stairs up to the terrace can be a small challenge, but once there the climb is well worth it. . This is not a western style, ultra clean (and ultra impersonal) hotel. It is a wonderful collection of rooms full of colors and textures and wooden window shutters, hidden away behind a closed door, that meet all the exotic expectations of Marrakech. Many of the attractions of Marrakech are within walking distance of the riad or a short taxi ride away. Mohammed has all the information about where to go and how to get there and has a great map of the immediate area. He advised us which alleyways to take our first night there and which to leave for the daylight hours - not, I`m sure due to safety, but just to help us from getting lost at night. He also made sure there were no language mix-ups with taxi drivers and that they were sure of our destinations. Mohammed is the star of the show!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I could not recommend a better place for your stay while in Marrakech! My wife and I stayed here while on a Moroccan Holiday. We stayed here for two nights and the hospitality blew us away. While Morocco is known for wonderful hospitality, this place is hands down, better than every other place we stayed in Morocco. We had been traveling all over Morocco and only wanted a short stay in Marrakech. We stayed one night, then booked a 3 day desert tour through the hotel (review of that below) and then came back for one final night at the road before we flew home. We stayed in a lovely room that was one floor up form the main level and overlooked the courtyard. The room was spacious and warm. The pillows were wonderful and the bed was super comfortable. The terrace is a great place to request breakfast! Our hosts went out of their way to have a breakfast waiting for us the day we departed early for the desert trek and were so generous to keep our bags while we enjoyed this adventure!

Everything about this Raid was wonderful! It was a great price, WONDERFUL service, a lovely room, and overall a wonderful stay.

I hesitate to associate the following info with the Riad but since we booked the Desert Trek through the Riad and I cannot seem to find the company on Trip advisor, it will have to suffice. PLEASE do not let this review of the 3 day desert trek deter you if you are only planning to stay at this Riad and not do the 3 day tour. The RIAD is a GREAT Riad for the price and you cannot go wrong with this place!

If you are considering the Camel Trek adventures, please take this into consideration:
We purchased the three day camel Trekking from our hotel while in Marrakech. We were told that all of the guides spoke English and that the Tour was all inclusive except for lunches.

Here is what actually happened:

We were picked up by a pair of guys who did not speak English who put our things in a van and took us to another part of the city. They both got out of the van and did not say a word to us. 30 minutes later, they came into the van and drove somewhere else without saying anything to us. We then arrived at another location and was told to get out of the van and get our thing. We were then told to stand on the corner of the street and someone would come get us soon. 30 minuted later, others joined us on the side of the street with similar stories. We then were told to get in a van and it was PACKED. They threw our bags on the top of the van and we were off with a "guide" who spoke VERY little english. I hesitate to call him a guide because he was really only a bus driver. There was no real guide the entire time! The only way to learn anything (even where we were) was to look at the travel books we brought with us. He also only played music he knew and sang real loud the entire time. It was quite funny.

The hotel they put us in was ok and the food was average. We learned that the amount people paid varied from 71 Euros to 100 Euros per person. We paid 95.

The actual camel ride lasted about 1 hour and that is all you really need. Your butt will hurt after one hour! It is pretty amazing though. The desert is simply fantastic! Sleeping out there was a lifetime memory. I wanted to stay longer. We woke up super early and was able to see the sun rise as we rode back! It was simply amazing.

This tour is not for anyone who likes to take their time and look around. You can take their itinerary and do it yourself and be much happier. We FLEW through each stop with only 5-10 minutes at each stop to take photos and we stopped for photos at some random places while we passed some amazing photo opps along the way. I would have rather hired a driver and done it on our own. It would cost more but it would have allowed for a little more adventure and time in each place.

I do not regret going on this tour but it reaffirmed that I do not really like canned tours! If you have the money and the time, do it right! If you just want a wham, bam, thank you m'am tour, this is for you. Keep your expectations low and you will be happy! PLEASE do not go with high expectations and complain the whole time. It make the trip bad for the others. (we had 3 or 4 of those on our trip). If you are going to complain, stay home!

All in all, the trip was Average because it could have been a lot better! If you happen to be in Marrakech or Fes and only have 3 days for the dessert, DO it. If you have longer, plan it out and hire a private guide company.

Room Tip: Ask for the room just up the stairs leading up to the terrace. It is a lovely room!
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  • Stayed May 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The owner Mohammed was very kind and went out of his way to be helpful as did the two kind and friendly sisters working there. He organised cheap transfers from the airport, advised us about things, gave us free drinks, generally made us very welcome. The hotel was clean, comfortable and cool with a great breakfast terrace with lovely views to compliment the traditional Moroccan breakfast with yummy fresh orange juice (some other riads we stayed in didn't have fresh juice) and hot pancakes along with bread, butter, jam, cheese, yogurt, tea and coffee, great! Lovely library and courtyard area, location was good and quiet at night but a couple of minutes down few little alleys take you right into the souks (market area). Safe as a lot of security guards and police at nearby museum etc adds to feeling of safety especially at night. Cant remember if there was air conditioning but was so cool inside the room we didn't need any. large room with desk and seating area and large bathroom with shower and old traditional clay bath, very atmospheric with several shuttered windows overlooking the courtyard. There are some slightly cheaper options closer to the main square but this was very nice if you want a traditional experience. Personally I also like the fact it is Moroccan owned as most Riads seem to be French owned and I feel better contributing back into the local economy more directly.

Room Tip: the room with the door within the library area is great, spacious and full of traditional touches
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We just returned from Morocco and 3 nights in this riad. It has few amenities, few services -- no concierge, no room service, no restaurant, a courtyard dirty with bird droppings and a tiny kitchen (bfast was a hassle -- when we didn't want to eat at 8:30, we had to scrounge for ourselves). Rooms were seedy and uncomfortable. If the light had been have decent in the bathoom we would have been really grossed out, I'm sure. Just our opinion.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Everything about Riad Dalia was absolutely positive! This place was one of my favorite places to stay of anywhere I've traveled in the world. It's truly a hidden gem. Nestled in the back alleys of the medina, it's a short walk to the souks and main square. The facilities, staff, and food are impeccable. Truly one of the nicest places I've ever stayed...and at such a reasonable price. I couldn't recommend Riad Dalia more highly!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cork
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131 reviews 131 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I and three friends enjoyed our stay here

The staff were warm and friendly

It's a genuinely traditional riad and the rooms are furnished in a traditional manner

Breakfast was excellent

The location is good as its walking distance to square

One minor drawback of the location is that it's off the Main Street down a lane way
So some people may feel a little nervous walling down to the riad at night time but we found that there is always residents walking up and down the laneway, plus the palace police/guards are on the Main Street

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We booked Riad Dalia not knowing exactly what to expect and as we approached down the Medina's dark and narrow streets, we were immediately having second thoughts. But as soon as you open the front door you are confronted by a beautiful and calm oasis of comfort. Like everyone who stays here, we were impressed by the welcome the Mohammed gives. He goes out of his way to make sure that you have everything you need. When we told him where we wanted to go for dinner, not only did he make the reservation but he arranged for one of his friends to come and walk with us to the restaurant so that we would definitely find it. It was absolutely essential that he did that.

The room was plenty large for us and looked at many of the others which were all amply sized. The bathroom was gorgeous and the hot water was plentiful and very hot, something that can be rare in Morocco. The breakfast is a mix of Moroccan and European and while simple is more than sufficient. The common area of the riad is very nice and great to have a drink at the end of the day. We had a couple small issues at the very end of our stay, but I don't think those were really Mohammed's fault.

For the native English speakers: Mohammed speaks and understands English better than he is willing to admit. He's not confident about it though. It would be good to tease it out of him as much as possible so he grows more confident.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: 40 derb Tizegarine | Rue Dar El Bacha Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dalia 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dalia, located near the palace of Pasha Glaoui, once home of a boss of it renovated by the miniaturist painter Mohamed El MRAMER, create a calming effect. A vine (Arabic Dalia) and a fountain adorn a patio surrounded by 5 bedrooms. In this haven of serenity, your desires will be satisfied by the artist and his staff. Your vacation will be a dream holiday. Warm welcome, airport transfer, shows organized, traditional Moroccan cuisine. ... more   less 
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