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Dar Zemora
Ranked #47 of 511 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The perfect retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2011

My girlfriend and I have just returned from Dar Zemora where we spent seven nights. It was wonderful from start to finish.

The staff were the best we have encountered at any hotel, boutique or otherwise. The food was sensational - every meal we ate at Dar Zemora was first class and terrific value. Unless you journey into town, you will need to eat at the hotel as there are no alternatives within walking distance. This wasn’t a problem for us and we really looked forward to eating at the hotel. The rooms were equally impressive – spacious, beautifully furnished and clean. We spent a few nights in one of the double bedrooms which was great and then moved to the Zahara suite which was stunning. The garden and pool areas were equally beautiful.

As regards location, the Palmeraie (known locally as the Beverly Hills of Marrakech) suited us perfectly. It is sufficiently far from town to provide the peace and quiet we were after and only a short cab ride into the centre of town (200dhr plus tip will get you there and back and the journey takes about 15 mins).

If you’re in any doubt as to whether to stay at Dar Zemora, don’t be. It’s fantastic and we will be going back for sure.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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74 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Dar Zemora in April 2011. It was the last 4 days of our 11 day Moroccan trip and our 5th time to Marrakech so, we were quiet happy to stay out of the Medina. I had wanted to stay at Dar Zemora for a while and knew it was a special place but, we were both totally taken aback when we arrived.

Dar Zemora is totally beautiful and a real oasis. The furnishings inside are so well put together and I loved the fact that there were so many spaces for you to loll around in - my favourites being the library and the lounge next to the dining room. I also totally loved all the music that was being played – I was constantly checking the iPod so I can add new artists to mine! My husband was totally in awe of the gardens and couldn’t think of anywhere he had seen everything so well manicured.

As for our room, I was a bit apprehensive before arriving since Lindsay (the owner) had told me the bathroom in the Bebra room was very small. Okay, it’s not as big as the other rooms (I popped my head into a couple of empty rooms) but, it wasn’t as small as I was expecting and the hand painted ceiling was gorgeous. There was plenty of storage space and a huge brass shower over the very deep bath - I loved the little touch of a bath pillow.

The room itself was also lovely and spacious with 2 full length windows that let the light in and a couple of rattan chairs. I was very grateful for the proper feather pillows and a mattress with some squidge. A regular feature of the other places we stayed on our Morocco trip was incredibly solid beds and hard pillows.

The pool wasn’t heated but once you got in was a lovely temperature to cool you down and to enable some good lengths to be clocked up. There were plenty of outdoor places to relax either by the pool or maybe swinging in a hammock. I also had a massage whilst I was there which was lovely.

Breakfasts were a light but delicious affair of yoghurt and fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, pancakes and bread, eaten in the dappled sunlight under the terrace pagoda. On the first night of our stay we had the 4 course Moroccan dinner and the food was lovely and reasonably priced. The wine was also priced the same as other places we had visited on our trip.

We dined at Café de la Poste one night which had a lovely colonial feel to it, a great menu and good food. We also ate at Restaurant Casanova where we had really nice pasta and the pizzas looked good. Our meal at Al Fassia was nice. It’s a busy restaurant and the service was good with plenty of meat tagines on the menu. I only eat fish so had to make do with a vegetable tagine which was nice but not the best I’d tasted on our trip. My husband however, really enjoyed his lamb tagine.

Yes, Dar Zemora is a 15 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech (at a price of 200 Dirhams for a return taxi) but that isn’t an issue and we made the trip twice on a couple of days. To be honest, having stayed in the medina on numerous occasions, it’s lovely the have the option to get back to a little oasis and a swimming pool after a sweaty day trawling the souks.

Dar Zemora is certainly a very special place and we’d definitely return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2011

My partner and I spent 5 wonderful days here; we were very fortunate with the weather so were able to enjoy all features of this fabulous hotel. The staff were wonderful, the food delicious, service could not be bettered. The decor was tasteful and beautiful and it provided a wonderfully serene atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

We're already planning a trip back next year...

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank seasonedtraveller98
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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2010

We prevaricated for a long time about whether to stay in the Medina or at Dar Zemora, which is about 15 minutes out of the centre on the area known as The Palmeriae. In the end, we felt we needed to be able to escape the madness of the souks and are glad we made this choice, but with one or two caveats.

Firstly, you do feel a bit isolated. There is no way you can go out without booking a car in advance and using the same car to get you home: a yellow taxi, though a fraction of the price, is unlikely to be able to find the property and you would be unlikely to be able to provide directions. This means you need to allow a minimum of 200dh (about £18) a day for transport, and as a morning and evening trip would be double that, your choices can’t help but be influenced by this.

The property itself is delightful. Somebody commented that it has all the character of a Laing home but I’d like to see the English new build that has made use of so many fine, hand-crafted finishes (polished plaster walls, mosaic floors, hand-painted ceilings), all to excellent effect.

However, the lack of lighting almost drove me to distraction, and I was forced to sit inside to read in the evening instead of on the delightful terrace, where it was impossible to see your hand in front of your nose, let alone read a book. (My husband’s iPad really came into its own here.)
The gardens are very attractive, with a lovely swimming pool and some reasonable wooden sunbeds, although more comfortable mattresses wouldn’t go amiss. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and well finished, with lovely, fluffy towels, but again the light is all but non-existent.

The food is patchy. The light lunches are the best feature here, consisting of a small amount of meat of chicken and three delicious Moroccan salads, usually with rice or couscous, too. There is also a small dessert.

Breakfast, though, is very unimaginative: a ramekin dish with some fresh fruit; a yogurt and three bakery items. These were a tiny soft roll, a Moroccan fried pancake and a third item which changed daily. I can’t say that any of these were to my taste: oh for a piece of baguette or a fresh croissant!

We had dinner in the hotel twice and were surprised to find that the soup was the same on both nights, even though they were only two days apart. The portions are miniscule and the courses served up much too fast (as one dish is cleared the next is put down) so the whole thing is over in about 25 minutes.

The staff are delightful and helpful, but I did feel it was inappropriate to leave the house without a member of the management team for long periods from early evening until after breakfast. This type of property always benefits from resident owners or at least managers.

Reading over this review, I think I have been a little harsh, because we really did have a very lovely time and I would recommend the hotel to a friend, but I think a little constructive criticism can go a long way.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2010

I'm not going to spout on about this place. The owners are Brits, this means they have a better grasp than locally owned Dar's of what a traveller looks for. They have fine tuned their staff to run like a jewelled watch. Everything is professionally done right down to knowing not to encroach too much on the clients privacy.
It's a rare find in that customer care is top of the list...and I bet almost everyone moans about that from time to time.
The owners deserve a pat on the back for what they have achieved. Good luck to you.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WTaylorUk
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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2010

We had the most fantastic stay at Dar Zemora in June. Difficult to know where to begin because the level of relaxation that we had there, and the level of service which is provided is exemplary but probably doesn’t translate well into words. It really needs to be experienced to be understood.

From the moment we arrived, when two members of staff come out to warmly greet us, we felt all our stress evaporate. It is a really well laid out building and we found that we could meander around the public spaces with ease and admire the beautiful decoration and particularly the artwork. Each lounge has a different feel and each is more welcoming and relaxing than the next. We stayed in the Zahara Suite which was just heavenly. The artwork, the attention to detail and the luxury of it is just fantastic. The couches and chairs inside are lovely and comfortable, but we particularly liked the sheltered ‘day bed’ on the terrace for an afternoon snooze or a read. We had our breakfast on our terrace every morning, and each morning the birds would serenade us. They are able to sniff out the sweetness of the pancakes and fruit and are just waiting for you to finish before they swoop. We’ve never seen anything like it before – but it was so entertaining to watch them hide in the surrounding plants and plot their next move.

My husband particularly loved the pool area and would have been happy to stay there all day, every day, if I didn’t drag him off to do sightseeing every now and then. The pool is just gorgeous and beautifully clean and the staff regularly come around with cool water and occasionally, a cool flannel. We’ve never been spoiled like that before.

We found that the calmness of the hotel was a necessary foil to the hubbub of the Medina. They really are like chalk and cheese – but only if the chalk is really chalky and the cheese extra cheesy. After a day of milling around the souks and sightseeing all the wonders that Marrakech has to offer, it was such a pleasure to go back to Dar Zemora and relax again.

Even though everything is perfect and I could gush on all day, the most praise must be given to the staff and the service. All the staff were extremely warm and friendly. Yousseff talked football with my husband (the World Cup was on), and shopping with me - he really is the perfect man. The staff anticipate your every need. If I was thinking that a glass of water would be nice, I would turn around and there it would be. The level of service spoiled us for restaurants where not only was the water not on the table when I fancied a sip, but attracting the attention of the wait staff was difficult. After a couple of frustrating evenings out like that, we had the rest of our evening meals at Dar Zemora where the quality of food matched the quality of the service. We particularly liked the Moroccan themed food nights all the food was top notch and our personal food likes and dislikes were taken into consideration by the chefs.

All in all it was a very memorable holiday and we are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank terrip
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Zürich
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2010

Top End Hotel with only 10 rooms and a beautiful interior design mix of Moroccan and western design. Spacious rooms and lofty areas to share with the few other guests. Mostly couples. Wonderful food. Fantastic service.
It feels like some friends place who is not there but his employees do everything to make you feel at home. Great pool and beautiful gardens.
Love it and can't wait to come back. Thanks to Jawad, Chafik, Rajid and all the other fantastic personnel.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Petunia03
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Property: Dar Zemora
Address: Rue el Aandalib, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#28 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#32 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Dar Zemora 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech and set within 1 hectare of gardens. Large swimming pool. Traditionally built with some contempory features. Great space for a maximum of 14 guests. Many sitting rooms, Dining Room and Hamman on site. 4 Suites, 3 bedrooms. ... more   less 
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