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“Dar Zelda is a slice of heaven in the hectic medina setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Zelda
Ranked #251 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Dar Zelda is a slice of heaven in the hectic medina setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Brandon was very easy to work with and very pleasant even when I had to keep updating the confirmation because we were a group that kept making changes, he was very sweet about it all.

The riad was beautiful, clean and welcoming. Michael and the local staff were all very helpful and kind. We were a hectic group of 5 women with very few hours to spend in Marrakesh and with no experience of the area. Brandon was able to arrange for a tour to Ourika Valley which was really nice and we highly recommend. Michael was able to put together a box lunch for us to take along since we were so limited on time and it was all delicious.

The riad rooms were very nice and well appointed. The facility was clean and the views from the rooftop were super. The riad is hidden in the tiny streets of the medina, very hard to find if you are a first timer however the taxi driver can call the riad and they will help out easily. The taxi cannot make it all the way to the door because the alleys are too tight however there is always a porter with a wagon near by that can carry your luggage to/from the riad and the taxi so don't let the location deter you from staying at this beautiful riad.

You can sit and relax on the rooftop, get a little sunning time in, check your emails with free wifi and just relax and enjoy the views. Breakfast includes eggs, bread, coffee, tea, etc, all served on the rooftop in a beautiful setting. There is also room to do your yoga!!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We just returned from a long weekend in Dar Zelda. We arrived in the hustle and bustle of the Medina from the taxi arranged through the Riad. Entering the Riad is like entering a another world from the medina, it's quiet and peaceful. We had a fantastic tagine that night and enjoyed a drink on the beautiful roof terrace. We had trip to the seaside which was good, but much more worth while is visiting the Atlas mountains.

We stayed in the grand suite room which was incredible. I thought it put the Bahais Palace (one of the main sites) to shame.

As with everywhere in Marrakesh, you are never far from a minaret of a mosque. So expect to hear the call to prayer at around 5.30am. This was not a big deal for us as we easily went back to sleep in our beautiful rooms.

Room Tip: Grand Suite was incredible. a 2 bedroom paradise!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We booked the airport transfer for 15 euros and as expected we were picked up from the airport by a taxi. Disappointingly the taxi did not have any seatbelts (which we found was generally the case in marrakech), the taxi then dropped us off in place moukef and introduced us to a man who he told us would show us the rest of the way to the riad, as the streets are so narrow.
On arrival at the riad we found that we were then expecting to pay this man 200 dirhams. We questioned this with the staff at the riad as we were under the impression that we had paid for transfer from the airport to the riad, but they encouraged us to pay. We were quite disappointed with this as we felt we had been duped.
From this point the riad was a nice place to stay, in a great central location, but not much more.
We were provided with food each morning which was really nice, and the rooftop terrace was a perfect place to start the day. The general cleanliness of the riad was a bit poor.
Whenever we asked for information Michel or the girls working for him were very keen to help, but we weren't provided with much information without seeking it.
On our last day the card machine was broken, so we had to pay with cash which was a bit inconvenient as we had to go to the square to get quite a large amount of cash out. I understand that this may have been unavoidable but it did make things quite difficult for us on our last day.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Michel and his team give you a warm welcome, you feel like at home!
The interior is sophisicated, sylish with very nice traditional elements. The Girls working at Dar Zelda are nice and extremly helpful. Breakfest or lunch on the Terasse is a dream!
The location of the Riad is in the Medina and easy to find, convinient close to the souks.
We liked our stay very much and recomend Dar Zelda as a nice place to stay.

Room Tip: go for the Douria Suite with a over twohunderd year old wooden ceiling - pure 1001 night feeling
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our holiday in Marrakech actually got off to a bad start. After our driver (airport transfer) dropped my wife and I on the main street, we were escorted to the entrance of Dar Zelda by a man whom we thought is a staff. Apparently not as he started demanding 200 dirhams for his 'service'. We quickly rang the doorbell and was let in the riad. Michel (the owner/manager) was around and took care of the situation by paying the man off. After which, Michel offered us some tea to soothe our nerves and led us to our room.

We had dinner in the riad at night. It was 20 euros per pax - consisting of a 3-course meal - a 3-dish salad starter, a lamb tangine and local desserts. We also had a bottle of red wine for 14 euros. The food quality was good and we enjoyed our food though we wished that the portion for the lamb tangine could be more generous.

Breakfast was standard European breakfast with bread and cheese with the occassional Moroccan pastry. The cheese omelet, in particular, was excellent.

The riad itself was lovely and has a beautiful lounge area on the ground floor and amazing chill-out/dining area on the roof terrace.

What stands out is the service - the staff are very friendly and always greet you with a smile. They also take the initiative to hand us toilet rolls when we put on the "Do not disturb" sign. Laundry and Shisha is free and we appreciate the gesture. We met Aladdin on our last night - a very friendly chap who speaks good English.

But the ultimate service gesture was...... We actually booked the La Carbone room (99 euro/night) but Michel has SLIENTLY upgraded us to the Kenza Suite (185 euro/night). We only found out about this on our last night when we were comparing our room to the pictures on the Dar Zelda website. We really appreciate the gesture. What really stands out was, unlike other hotels, Michel did not even make a song and dance out of this. He just quietly gave us one of his best rooms!

The suite was spacious and have an extra lounge area with a sofa bed. Our room itself has another sofa and was beautiful decorated.

The only bummer was there was no wifi in our room. You can access wifi in the lounge area on the ground floor. Not a problem especially when you are lazing on the sofa with a glass of wine and smoking shisha!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a great place to stay. Dar Zelda is very centrally located in the Medina and about a 10 minute walk through the shops to the “Big Square”. The Medina is a maze so it took us two days to realise how centrally located we were, it was fine once we decided to ignore the advice of local people on the streets who claim to be directing you to the “big square” but actually want you to visit their carpet shop/tannery. Be sure to get the taxi collection from the airport, otherwise the Riad might be hard to find, like I said, the Medina is complex.

The room in the Riad was lovely, and well air conditioned, which is much needed in the summer heat. The plunge pool in the court yard was a nice way to relax and the roof-top garden is spectacular. Its amazing how tranquil Dar Zelda is when just outside its walls is the hustle and bustle of the Medina.

The staff were lovely and Aladdin was particularly great. We inquired about the best way to see the Cascades (a waterfall 3 hours away) and instead of just seeing the Cascades, we saw the Cascades, the Arch, experienced a Hammam, saw Aladdins home town, and met and celebrated the end of Ramadan with Aladdin’s’ family. This definitely made the trip!

I would highly recommend Dar Zelda.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Dar Zelda is an absolutely beautiful guesthouse. The photos don't do it justice! We were upgraded on arrival as we were the only guests. The location is excellent - about 2 minutes walk from the souks. The staff were all so accommodating and helpful. The roof-top terrace and plunge pool made the perfect retreat for afternoons when the Marrakesh July heat beat us. The dinner we had at the Riad was really great (if a little more pricey than other local options) but overall Dar Zelda is excellent value for money. It is however difficult to locate so definitely opt for the airport pickup as we would have struggled to find it after our late evening flight.
Thanks so much Dar Zelda - we hope to return soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Dar Zelda
Address: 7, Derb Laakar | Kaât Bennahid, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #251 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Dar Zelda is a small luxury boutique hotel in magical Marrakesh. The Riad has 4 double bedrooms, 3 junior suites and one grand 19th-century luxury suite. The decor is resolutely Zen and minimalist, but respectful of the ancient Moroccan artisanship: wrought iron, silks, precious woods. Every room is refined and luxurious.Dar Zelda is ideally located in the heart of the Medina (historical city center), just next door to the Medersa Ben Youssef (a must to visit; in all the guides) and the Museum of Marrakech. The riad is 10 minutes from the celebrated Place Djemaa El Fna and 2 mn to the souks (bazaar).Dar Zelda has a discreet/competent team of workers always attentive to realize your desires.The riad has 24 hour reception and room service. Lunch, dinner or snacks can be made to order anytime. You will enjoy the small heated pool and several terraces dominating the entire Medina and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. ... more   less 
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