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!