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“poor location made up for by great hosts” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Beldi
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oualidia
Certificate of Excellence
Carnforth, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“poor location made up for by great hosts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

dar beldi is 3 traditional houses knocked togehter, so typically Moroccan with gardens in interior courtyards and only four rooms. Owners live on site, and are very hospitable although requiring guests to speak French, however badly ! Pierre Ives ran us around the town when we arrived to orientate us to restaurants, beach and how to get back to Dar Beldi. Most accommodation in Oualidia is near the ocean front, many caravand and holiday homes, most empty in March. Dar Beldi is a good fifteen minutes walk away in the old town, and the wal;k did not appeal at night either by road or along the rocky shoreline. Happily Pierre Ives or Guy or a restaurant owner drove us and this appears to be standard practice. The main beach faces ther Atlantic with great rollers and sand dunes, marred for us by quad bikes making walking not as relaxing as it should have been. There is another beach, with safer sswimming, behind a lagoon. We were there out of season and had restarants to ourselves- good to great food but no atmosphere. Wine is readily available, despite being a Muslim country and ther Sahara labels are good value. There are no tourist shops or facilities other than small kiosks. All four rooms in Dar Beldi face into the courtyards and were dark and cool - we had bad weather so this made them gloomy, but there is a TV room and the roof terrace is very nice.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

We just spent one night here in December. We had a pretty awful experience, sadly. I was travelling with 2 children, aged 7 and 10 years. The room was very nice, and the Moroccan staff who served us breakfast went out of their way to be friendly. But the French owners clearly do not like children. (Although I was clear at the time of the booking that I was travelling with 2 children, they accepted my booking so I did not think this would be a problem). We were the only guests staying at the hotel, and the next morning - around 8.30 am my children started playing tag outside in the garden area. THey were laughing but making no really dreadful noise. A few moments later one of the owners screamed something ( I could not understand as I don't speak much French) at my son, and he came back into the room quite shaken. The owner then bashed on our room door (so hard, that it made me nervous) and then started screaming at me about my children ( I couldn't understand all but the message was clear he didn't want them running around). In shock I apologised, and he stormed off. I was very frightened at this point and was extremely glad we were leaving that day. He then proceeded to do constuction work with quite loud machinery so if he wanted a quiet ambience he was not exactly creating this either. If there had been other guests staying, I would have had 2nd thoughts about lettting the children run outside, but as I mentioned .Moroccan hotel owners for the rest of the trip (who loved the kids). For me, you can have nice rooms but it is 10 times more important that you have friendly people. Please do not come here with children. (We had a brilliant dinner the night before at L'Initiale Hotel-Restaurant -and such a lovely French woman who owned that place. Next time I will stay there!

  • Liked — rooms
  • Disliked — the unfriendly owner who screamed at us
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank Mayaluka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

Charming little place. Very un-asuming entrance around and area with mechanics/garages. Once inside the security gate a little oasis. Guy & Pierre were so welcoming and made the stay a real pleasure. The fact that Dar Beldi is away from the beach is a double edged sword - although an expedition to get there, it does give you a better feel for the Oualidia and the garden/rooftop oasis is a lovely alternative to the beach - I don't think there are too many other places in town which can offer this.

Guy also will play taxi driver for you pretty much at any time of the day. For dinner they will recommend you a restaurant ........ drive you there ....... then arrange for the owner to ring him to arrange a pickup.

Definitely worth the try.

  • Liked — Freindly Owners - Tranquil, relaxed setting
  • Disliked — Maybe location
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JLMelbourne
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Chester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2008

After the madness of Marrakech, entering Dar Beldi really did feel like stepping into an oasis. The garden is filled with beautiful plants and instills an instant feeling of relaxation, especially with the tortoise roaming around the place.

Admittedly, the town itself is hardly picturesque, and the main restaurants might be further away than you'd like after a tough day sunning yourself by the stunning bay, but other elements more than make up for these small inadequacies.

Pierre Yves was the perfect host, attentive without encroaching. Any requirement we had, he endeavored to cater for - even offering to drive us to the local restaurant of our choice each evening (although the town is a little limited in it's food options - especially if you don't like fish, but the oysters are numerous and cheap). Breakfast was available as and when we rose, and was a great start to each day with a typically french twist and homemade 'confit' - delightful on the extensive roof terrace in the morning sun!

The rooms were well maintained and clean, with a fridge and table in a room adjoining the bedroom. There was a TV, but it remained unplugged.

Having read the reviews on Trip advisor and seen the photos on-line i had an idea of what to expect, but Dar Beldi was the making of Oualidia. Yes, the bay is stunning and the coastline dramatic, but without the tranquility offered by the garden and the intimate feel created by the staff, our stay in Oualidia would not have seemed so idyllic.

In summary, I'd recommend Dar Beldi to most. The Beach and Restaurants could be closer, so i'd suggest caution to those who don't consider themselves mobile or willing to walk a good 20 minutes in either direction. Ideal for couples, and a bit of October sun.

  • Liked — the garden
  • Disliked — the 'outside'
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank cuban-ted
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2008

The town of oualidia is not the nicest, and we were concerned as we drove into the village. But walking into Dar Beldi was like entering into Aladdin's cave. It is colourful and firendly, full of beautiful plants and secret terraces. Our room was spotless and well appointed. The owners were incredibly welcoming and useful. Pierre-Yves even woke a two am to make us breakfast before their taxi driver took us to the airport!
The beach is also fantastic and so beautiful. I would probably avoid July as that is when the whole of Marrakesh comes for its summer holidays, but we still managed to find a secluded bit of beach and had a brilliant stay.

Sian, London

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sunbunnyLondon
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2008

My wife and I stayed here for 3 days last year in September and had a wonderful time. The owners and staff were extremely helpful and hospitable....with great breakfasts on the terrace each morning. At that time of year, it felt like we had the lagoon to ourselves...A very special place run by special people

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TBMLondon
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

What a fantastic place. Guy and Pierre-Yves looked after us very well, making us feel very welcome and giving us great advice about where to go locally. I would recommend this place to anyone. We stopped in to a few other hotels while we were in Oualidia, just to have a drink and have a look around, and all we could say was how happy we were that we were staying at Dar Beldi instead. Not that there was anything wrong with the other places, but they all seemed lifeless and cold compared to the warmth of Dar Beldi. Brilliant.

  • Liked — Guy, Pierre-Yves, Jojo, the rooms,
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank A_Miller75
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Property: Dar Beldi
Address: Douar Moulay Adessalam | boite postale N°88, Oualidia 24252, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Doukkala-Abda Region > Oualidia
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oualidia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Beldi: Within a 3 hundreds yards walking distance from the lagoon and its beaches, Dar Beldi is located in the center of the tiny Medina in the Moulay Abdessalam quarter of Oualidia. The owners succeeded in recreating the ambiance of an original "Riad" in assembling 3 small traditional houses around an exotic, luxurious and fragrant garden ... more   less 
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