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“Best "hotel" in a long time”
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Riad Dar Zaman
Ranked #78 of 1,167 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 14, 2013

We stayed for a few days and selected this place because of its high customer ratings. We had a fantastic time, the best value for money ever probably. With only a handful of rooms, this place is very cozy and intimate. We got our own key and left and came what felt like to our own home. We received detailed and very helpful local advice and tips from Hassan, who went to lengths organizing anything we needed; he even picked up our bus tickets for an excursion to Essouira on his way home one night. We highly recommend having dinner at least once at the Riad, the food is amazing and even tops all the great restaurants we ate at, the atmosphere fantastic. The room (we had the terrace room - which we also recommend if it's available) was cozy and comfortable, cleaned daily. Wifi available at no charge.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

After spending some time trying to choose a Riad (there are hundreds), we went with Zaman and I am so glad we did because It is a great place to stay. Apart from the fundamentals-great breakfasts, beautiful decor and clean rooms, the staff are just fantastic. Especially Hassan who is always on hand to help with anything you may need and goes the extra mile to make your stay special. Peter will offer you a taxi to collect you from the airport and I would advise you do this. It makes things much easier as finding the Riad can be tricky while you initially acclimatise to the area. Zaman is a short 10- 15 min walk from the main square but taxi's are very cheap if you require them. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were made welcome from the beginning, with a welcome drink and little sweeties. Hassan thank you for all your help and tips, best places to see, eat and go. Wonderful, clean and friendly, a place not to be missed. A big thank you! Breakfast was lovely, brought fresh every day, rolls, warm croissants, yoghurt, fruit, omeletes and crepe, Mint tea is lovely to try. Nothing was to much to make you feel relax. Booked our excursion through Hassan and Peter, we did the Atlas Mountains 1/2 day trek and meal on top of the local sun terrace, this is a set meal (salad, soup, and main meal) this was cook fresh, guide asks you at the beginning of your walk, would you like dinner ready for the end of your walk, he rings the restaurant and they start cooking it while you walking would recommend it beautiful just watching the world go by, while eating. Camel riding that was good too. Booked all our airport transfers through Hassan and Peter no need to worry at all. Relaxing on the roof terrace away from the hustle and bustle of the souks. Rooms were cleaned everyday and the beds were comfortable so you do have a goodnight sleep which is needed. We recommend staying at dar Zaman and we will be going back to stay, met some lovely people.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

"Zaman" evokes the day of old in a way few English words do. And stepping into Riad Dar Zaman is like stepping back in time -- but with a 21st century twist. The Riad has been beautifully restored, but much of the furniture is contemporary and sleek. Use of Malian mud cloth as art work pays tribute to Marrakech's establishment as a northern crossroads linking the Sahara and Africa to Morocco's Atlantic and Mediterranean trading routes. Food is wonderful -- salads rarely seen in tourist Moroccan restaurants, and as a special request the sublime quince tajine... Rooms are comfortable, and unusually for a riad, very quiet. Best of all is the wonderful service of manager Hassan and chef/housekeeper Karima. Worth many return visits!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

A review of Dar Zaman was always going to be tricky. Reviews are comparative; I can pit one restaurant against another easily enough, and the same thing goes for hotels. But a riad? I’d never really even heard of a riad before booking into Dar Zaman, let alone stayed in one. Was it similar to a B&B or Guest House? I had no idea.

First impressions? We got those before even arriving at the place, as Peter (the owner) emailed up prior to our arrival to see if he could arrange an airport transfer service for us. Little touches like these always breed enormous confidence in any place at which I stay.

The riad was – like most of anywhere in Marrakech – not the most straightforward place to find on arrival so the transfer was very useful, and being met at the nearby square by Hassan (the day-to-day manager) was very welcome. As he led us through the tight streets to Dar Zaman he filled us in on local landmarks for later trips back and forth and, once we were check into our room, spent half an hour talking us though a printed map, marking tourist sites, restaurants and other notable areas on it. Also furnishing us with the phrase “la chokran” was certainly as helpful as all the directions! You tend to need it in Marrakech.

The riad was a very beautiful building, decorated in an appealing mix of Moroccan/Moorish and African themes, obviously loved and scrupulously clean throughout. For people who are used to hotels when on holiday, be prepared for a smaller space to stay. The riad is pretty much just a house, so your room will be much like a standard European bedroom with an en suite bathroom. “Snug” might be a good description of the room but it was a very pleasant space in which to stay.

While there we were completely looked after by Hassan and Karima, and there was nothing that were unable to help us with. You just don’t get this level of service and attention to detail in most places – from organizing excursions, through changing money into smaller notes, on to giving advice on how and where to travel and how much it should all cost, they helped with everything. Peter has picked his staff very well and after spending an afternoon eating cake and drinking tea with him as we crossed paths in Essaouira, it became clear how this place is a very good reflection of his personality and charm. His knowledge of Marrakech and the surroundings is excellent and he was always willing to make suggestions to improve your stay. For example, he heard we were heading for a Lebanese restaurant and suggested that we might like trying a different one, somewhere less well known but with what he deemed higher quality food. He was right, and La Cuisine de Mona was a wonderful place to eat.

Dar Zaman gave us an excellent place to stay. The little touches that showed how much they cared about their guests and the riad itself shone through – on one occasion a stomach bug had us to staying in our room until late afternoon, and when we eventually left to buy water and a few snacks, we returned to find the room made up in that narrow window of opportunity – and you will always feel utterly comfortable there.

Marrakech was an interesting experience and it’s possibly not a place to which we’ll be desperately trying to arrange our next visit. However, if and when we do return here, we will almost certainly return to Dar Zaman. Having now stayed in a riad, I can imagine others would have find it a difficult standard to beat.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

This riad is wonderful. Hassan is the most helpful person on the planet! It was very overwhelming being shown a map of the medina for the first time (and wondering how you wouldn't get lost), but Hassan walked us through everything and we didn't get lost once! He also had wonderful suggestions for restaurants, shops, and attractions. Peter was also very nice and helped to set up many day trips for us.

We stayed in the smallest room (with a bathtub). It was certainly small, but decorated very nicely and had everything you needed. We ate dinner at the riad the first night and it was a great meal, so I would suggest it.

The only thing I would change about the riad is it's location, although it was only a short walk to the main square (maybe 10 or 15 minutes), the first couple of minutes is through a busy road which got a little intense at times. Also, sometimes you could really hear other people opening and closing the doors to their rooms (the fasteners were a little loud). But all and all, the riad was wonderful, the staff was really welcoming and helpful, and we would certainly recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed here one night. The room is small but comfortable, clean and plush. The toiletries provided are nice as well. The water pressure in shower and wash basin was good and there was hot water all the time (which is not the case in many other places we stayed in Morocco). Hassan and Peter were helpful with directions and any other questions we had. This riad is a little away from the main souks and Djema el-Fna. We did not book any trips through them, so I cannot comment on those. Breakfast is the usual fare with bread basket, moroccan flatbread, eggs, OJ and fruit. I will definitely recommend this place.

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Address: 29 Derb Bouelilou | Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #78 of 1,167 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $82 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Zaman 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Zaman is an exquisite Moroccan house in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Chic and romantic, we have four, beautiful en-suite double bedrooms, a sun terrace, plunge pool, and most importantly, a fun and spirited team to take care of you! We're English-owned and managed: come and stay with us and savor our superb hospitality! ... more   less 
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