I could not have chosen a better Riad for my first trip to Marrakech. My friend and I have just spent four wonderful nights at Dar Zaman and felt totally at home. With just four stylish, compact but well appointed rooms, this Riad is a real home from home. My friend has stayed in two other Riads in Marrakech and whilst both had many positives, this Riad is the whole package. Hassan, Karima and Peter made us feel totally relaxed immediately by being friendly, kind, welcoming and cheerful. Both Peter and Hassan have excellent local knowledge and gave invaluable tips on how to deal with the day to day 'attention' from the locals, be they taxi drivers, souk merchants or children in the street offering their 'help'. They also have many recommendations for things to do and places to eat. We were never rushed and everything was for us, not for their convenience.
Dar Zaman is in a local neighbourhood of the Marrakech Medina and, whilst a longer walk to the souks and main square than more central Riads, we both felt it was fantastic to be in an area that felt real rather than touristy. Dar Zaman is in a very quiet back street. There is no noise from outside, apart from the occasional call to prayer which, in itself, is all part of the experience. As with any building in hot climates, there are lots of cooling, hard surfaces meaning noise from within the Riad does carry but this is not a major issue. My room, La Carbonne, was excellent with air-conditioning, a comfy bed, Juliet balcony and the beautiful black shower room - very contemporary but nodding to traditional Moroccan style. In fact the whole Riad is like this. The communal areas are comfortable and with a fusion design aesthetic which looks especially beautiful at night.
We ate dinner at the Riad on two occasions, the first, our three course arrival dinner and, again, on our final evening, the latter being by far the best meal we ate in Marrakech. Karima is an excellent cook and went out of her way to cook to order for a fussy vegetarian: three Moroccan salads and one Moroccan dhal-like dish to start followed by a divine potato, pea, olive and preserved lemon tagine for me (the vegetarian) and brochettes of spiced chicken with a fresh, herby salad for my friend. Dessert was a simple but effective and tasty cinnamon orange with vanilla sugar. We would urge anyone to eat 'à la carte' here at least once, even if you have the welcome dinner also. Breakfast is also great - a perfect start to the day with delicious omelettes, crèpes, pastries, fruit plus bread and preserves.
Riad Dar Zaman offers excellent value. I know there is a myriad of Riads in Marrakech which I can't possibly comment on but as a whole deal: comfort, style, cuisine, relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable and friendly team and location, I would challenge anyone not to be impressed with this fabulous find.
Thank you to you all at Dar Zaman. We had a marvellous time in Marrakech, made all the more enjoyable by staying with you.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Zaman Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Dar Zaman Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Zaman is an exquisite Moroccan house in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Chic and romantic, we have four, beautiful en-suite double bedrooms, a sun terrace, plunge pool, and most importantly, a fun and spirited team to take care of you! We're English-owned and managed: come and stay with us and savor our superb hospitality! ... more less
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