Having just come back from a (too short!) stay at Dar Zaman we are already looking into a longer return visit.
Efficient taxi transfer with friendly, English speaking driver, easily arranged with Peter via email and recommeded as a stress free way of getting to your destination. Hassan met us to take us the last part of the journey on foot then we were provided with a very welcome meal prepared by the lovely Karima. Delicious doesn't do it justice!
The area is a residential one with people going about their daily business and few tourists. What seems like a maze of alleyways is actually quite simple once you have done it a couple of times and Hassan provided a clear map. I didn't feel at all intimidated, day or night - on the contrary, we were met with polite greetings and smiles even from the children.
Dar Zaman really is like the photographs. We had La Carbone which was simple and elegant with a spacious shower. I liked having the little balcony looking straight into the courtyard. The bed was very comfortable and I was tempted to smuggle out the wonderful pillows! The water heater made a strange noise at times but this would only be an issue if you wanted to sleep at unusual hours. The call to prayer was not a problem for us either - a melodic intrusion into my dreams and I soon drifted back to sleep (and I'm not generally a good sleeper!). Because of the design, sound travels within the building and this might be a problem if you are easily disturbed or unlucky with fellow guests. I can't say it was a problem for us.
Marrakech itself was everything I had anticipated - and more. Hassan gave excellent advice on where to eat and shop and how to avoid any problems.
I chose Dar Zaman almost at random as there are so many riads with excellent reviews to choose from but I don't think I could have chosen better. Thank you Karima, Hassan and Peter for an unforgettable stay and see you soon (Inshallah).