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“Very service orientated” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Zahia
60 derb El Hammam, Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #27 of 472 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Very service orientated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There are two Riad Dr Zahia in Marrakech and this is the one owned and operated by Emanuela, a young Italian that speaks good English. We arrived by air and had the prearranged taxi waiting after a length process of entry customs. Emanuela met us at the entry with a man and his cart to carry our bags to the Riad. This was the start of a 3 week trip through Morocco and fortunately we picked a perfect Riad for our first 4 nights. The rooms are nice sized, comfortable and nicely furnished in Moroccan style. The Riad is beautiful with an attractive atrium with small pool and a retractable roof. The recessed lounge areas off the atrium are quite pleasant and the location for breakfast and dinners if you elect to arrange an evening meal at the Riad. Do not miss out on eating at the Riad. Two of the best meals of our trip were the dinners that we prepared true to custom and explained by the wonderful staff that prepared and served. Emanuela did everything possible to be sure we had a full calendar of things to see and do and where to eat. We got lost in the Medina, rather late, on our first night and ended up at the other Riad Dar Zahia. They gave us directions through the Medina maze and when we arrived Emanuela was dressed and about ready to go out looking for us. A bit embarassing. Our time passed too fast and we were sorry to leave.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem nice. Typical of a Riad is the potential for noise in the atrium if guests retur...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

When I started looking for a Riad to stay in, Dar Zahia stood out. Lovely pictures and really good reviews. But I was surprised, as having expected to be staying in Dar Zahia, that I found out we would actually be staying in it's sister hotel Riad Anjar. I thought this was a bit misleading!

This Riad was lovely though. Lovely bedrooms, very comfortable beds, gorgeous big bathtubs, and an amazing roof terrace. The location was great - very close walking distance to the Souks and Jemaa El Fna, but still incredibly quite and tranquil.

As lovely as the Riad was, I felt the hospitality was lacking. My boyfriend and I had arranged to do a visit to the Cascades d'Ouzoud, which meant we had to leave by 8am. We were told on arrival if we needed an early breakfast all we had to do was ask. When it actually came to asking the lady huffed and was clearly very annoyed and put out.

We also did an overnight trip to the desert, which meant one night we didn't end up sleeping at the hotel. On our arrival back the following morning we were accused of having ran off without paying! Not sure how she managed to come to that conclusion as all our clothes, suitcases and passports were still in our room.

Lovely hotel. Unfriendly service.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Snaking your way through the alleyways of the historic old town you cannot imagine what you will soon discover . Behind a single door in the wall is a corridor lined with photos leading to a wonderful courtyard garden . At each end small lounges are tucked away in nooks. In the centre tables dressed beautifully and with fresh flowers . Rising above this courtyard is a balcony which on either side has the riads superior suites. These have stained glass windows, carved wooden shutters and antique furniture . The ensuite bathrooms have brass wash basins and traditional tiled showers . On the level above this is a roof terrace where you can sit in the shade . Breakfasts are a sumptuous affair - brown seeded bread, four types of preserves, pastries , yoghurt , fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange and good coffee. This is so individual and special it beats all the big hotels with their corporate offerings and faceless if opulent facades. You won't be disappointed if you book here

Room Tip: Go for the deluxe suites - it's worth the extra
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We arrived at the door of Dar Zahia after dark having followed our escort through a maze of ever narrowing streets and alleyways not quite knowing what to expect. As the heavy door was opened a gentle light from a trail of candles streamed out we and entered into the beauty and peace of the riad. With the delicate scent of amber and musk and the very gentle, soothing music our travel weary bodies were soon soothed and relaxed.

We were greeted by Paolo and his lovely team of ladies. Their manner was gentle and obliging and every effort was made to relax and welcome us into what should be described as a luxurious home. Dar Zahia has a very special feel of being luxuriously spoiling but in a subtle and discrete way. It is comfortable and spacious, and while the accommodation feels open one can retreat into privacy at any time. Our bed was strewn with rose petals and was heavenly to sleep in! It was amazingly quiet at night and in the early morning.

Breakfast was a feast, beautifully prepared and plentiful to set us up for the adventures of the day ahead. If it so suits you can request a private dinner cooked by one of the lovely ladies - book ahead. At the end of the day it was fabulous to take a drink and enjoy the cooling of the evening on the roof terrace - all we had to do was request what we wanted and it appeared!

While the riad is beautiful, and may compare to well to others, what sets it apart is the kindness and hospitality of Paolo and Emanuela. Paola has an incredible sense of what suits his guests and advises on restaurants, shopping, spas and site-seeing accordingly. His hand drawn map was invaluable - if you like to plan ahead share your thoughts with Paolo and he will hone your plans to make them really work for you.

All in all we had a magical trip, experiencing the marvels of old and the new Marrakech with all the hustle and haggling, the crush and the wonders of the city with the knowledge that we could escape and recover in the haven of Dar Zahia at any time - or take a plunge and sunbathe at the sister Riad Anjar. Thank you to Paolo for making our trip so special and memorable.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

We have been to Marrakech a few times and stayed in exquisite raids each time. Riad dar Zahia was a little smaller but did not disappoint. The Sakina suite for 3 nights was perfect. The stained glass, the warm colours of the furnishings and the antiques were all beautiful to be surrounded by. Paolo was always attentive and very helpful with any special requests. Personally, I could have done without the serene music but that's just a matter of taste. We ate at the Riad one evening - it was good but quite expensive.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Emanuela was v. available from the beginning. She explained us main monuments and places to visit and ensured us about safety in Marrakech. The Riad is v. beautiful, the breakfast served in the morning is delicious. After walking around the city which is very noisy, it was amazing to get back to the Riad that was so quite. Perfect place to relax after some sightseeing. It is located 3 mins from Souks and 5 mins from the main square Jemaa El Fna. We celebrated my fiance's B-day, so Emanuela recommended us great place to eat, we loved it!!! Every detail of this trip we enjoyed fully!!

You won't be able to find better place to stay in Marrakesh.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Definitely an oasis of peace in the heart of the busy and chaotic Medina. After a hot day of wandering around the narrow souks and markets of the old town, bargain and tasting the delis of Marrakesh, coming back to Dar Zahia and relax in this extra fine acommodation was a priceless experience. Paolo and rest of the staff were very nice and kind, and make the stay a trully recomforting medication for those like us, who scape from the stress of daily office work.
Don´t forget to try at least breakfast and dinner here, food was top quality and completelly traditional home made style.
Ah, and finally don´t loose your time and effort pulling your bags to/from the airport, let Paolo offer you the local way ;)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 60 derb El Hammam, Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#48 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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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