I'm afraid that this review is simply going to echo those before me. Paolo & Emanuela and the women who work for them are all simply wonderful. The riad itself is stunning. No, it doesn't have a pool, but they run another riad that does have one (which is also lovely) if that is something that you must have.
Riad Dar Zahia is extremely intimate with only three rooms. The rooms themselves are all beautifully decorated and very large. The A/C was certainly strong enough to battle the July temperatures. While the rooftop doesn't have a view, the high walls do keep that calm, intimate sense that is in the rest of the riad. It is a wonderful place to relax and do a bit of reading or sunbathing if you'd like. Breakfast, included, was nice and filling. Yogurt, fruit, bread and jam- all delicious! My husband and I are unable to eat wheat and there was no problem accommodating us during breakfast, dinner, or even during our cooking class! We actually had fresh bread- heaven!
We organized our cooking class and a lovely excursion into the mountains with Paolo. He took us to visit some Berber villages where we were invited into homes and even learned a bit at a Quran school. I was quite sick for most of our trip (pregnancy, not something I picked up in Marrakech) and Paolo & Emanuela went out of their way to make sure that I wanted for nothing.
I realize this review seems to be more for the owners than for the Riad, but there's a reason for that. Marrakech is filled with so many beautiful Riads for every budget. I believe it's the people that will make your special and Paolo & Emanuela do just that. Our second anniversary and most likely last romantic trip away alone together (for 18 years or so) was just perfect. Thank you very much everyone at Riad Dar Zahia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dar Zahia enjoys an exceptional location. It is located at Mouassine, one of the most exuberant and beautiful districts in the heart of the Medina, a 2-minute walk from the vitality of the famous Jemaa el Fna, without giving up the tranquility and intimacy.Dar Zahia has been renovated with the utmost respect for the ancient art, which amazes with its magnificent architecture that reflects the talent of Moroccan craftsmen. You will find the magic of the workmanship and decoration of wood, stucco, tadelakt, zellige, admiring the rich colors of the fabrics and the wonder of antique furniture.Dar Zahia consists of an amazing open-air patio, a living room warm and welcoming with a fireplace, a private terrace surrounded by plants, three stylish suites comfortably sized, two of which have fireplaces and private balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Zahia Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Dar Zahia Marrakech