Riad Dar Zaman Marrakech
Riad | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Situated in the heart of the historical Marrakech medina just 10 minutes from the main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Dar Zaman is a traditional 18th century Moroccan home that has been refurbished to create a luxurious guest house. Retaining many of its original features, the riad is tastefully furnished with rich local fabrics, African artwork, soft Berber rugs, pots and beautiful handmade furniture. Our Marrakech Riad is available by room and is also perfect for families and small groups renting the whole riad as a quality private retreat.
We offer a high level of discreet personal service, including a comprehensive welcome brief and 24/7 concierge for all your needs in Marrakech. Our aim is to enable our guests to experience the “not for tourist” Marrakech, the Marrakech we've come to know and love over the last seven years.
Our team will happily share their excellent knowledge of Marrakech with you – where to buy things and the prices you should pay, where to get the best spa treatments, where to take your cooking class (at Dar Zaman!), and where you can eat a tagine seated metres from a stunning waterfall in the Atlas Mountains.
A sumptuous breakfast is included in the room rate – a wonderful choice of fresh bread, croissants, pastries and crepes with honey and jam, yoghurt and eggs, served with freshly squeezed orange juice, tea and coffee.
Our housekeeper, Karima, has been feted for her delicious Moroccan dishes. Dining at Dar Zaman is a feast for the senses. Karima can make many favourite local dishes, such as briouattes, pastilla, lots of delicous salads (Moroccan salads are mostly cooked vegetables delicately flavoured with spices), tagines - chicken with lemon, lamb with prunes or figs, couscous dishes, vegetarian options...whatever you choose, you'll be in for a true gastronomic delight!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech (RAK) 8 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Owned for centuries by a local family, the riad has been restored to its former glory and is now a gorgeous boutique guesthouse. Boasting four exquisite double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning/heating, the queen-sized beds are heavenly; decadent lie-ins are mandatory! Both the salon and salle à manger have log fires, and a third smaller salon is equipped board games and a small library. Access to wi-fi is available throughout the property.
|Further details outdoors|
Graced by swaying palms and perfumed by jasmine and orange blossom, the sun terrace is a wonderful retreat in the sun or shade. Relax with a mint tea and a good book and relish in the magic of the call of the muezzin and the spectacular views across the medina rooftops to the Koutoubia minaret and the snow-capped High Atlas mountains in the distance.
There is an outdooor shower to cool you off, and during the hot summer months the plunge pool in the courtyard is an absolute delight to refresh and invigorate the soul!
Dar Zaman can receive a maximum of eight adult guests in its four double rooms. Two of our double rooms can be configured with twin beds; it's also possible to add a camp bed in La Douiria for a small child..
You can rent a room or the entire riad exclusively. (Because of this, the availability calendar on this site may not show the property as fully booked very often. Please contact us if you are a small group/couple etc as chances are we may have a room for you)
English-owned with English speaking management, we also speak Français, Español and Português. Secure parking is located 2 minutes from the riad. Airport pick-up is available.
Therapeutic massage is available at the riad.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Marrakech, a mix of medieval and modern, an enchanted place buzzing with life. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Atlas Mountains, its maze of honeycombed alleys glow in different tones of red as the sun moves from East to West. It is a place which floods the senses with strange and overwhelming sights, sounds and aromas, casting a strange, heady spell over the unsuspecting traveller; a place where Europe meets Africa and Arabia, where time becomes suspended, offering a glimpse of a rich and exotic past...
The only way to explore the medina is on foot. You'll be competing with donkeys and scooters, but somehow everyone seems to blend and it works out! Close to the riad you'll find numerous artisan shops, and 10 minutes away through the ancient streets, you'll reach the main souks area (market stalls), and also the historic Medersa Ben Youssef (the religious school where students used to study the Koran), and the Museum of Marrakech.
The Jardin Majorelle is in the new town of Gueliz. It's walkable, about 25 minutes, and well worth a visit. From there you can jump in a horse and cart to make a big tour of the ramparts (the great thick wall around that surrounds the medina), finishing up at the main square of Jemaa el Fna. Don't be bashful, bargain hard!
In the southern part of the medina you'll find several historical sites - the Saadian Tombs are magnificent tombs from several centuries ago. Ancient palaces, such as Dar Si Said (which now houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts), El Bahia Palace and El Badii Palace, with its resident storks.
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