About this listing
Dar Zelda is an early 19th-century wealthy merchants' house.The riad's design is in the New Moroccan Style:a subtle mix of pure architecture, sleek lines and artisan-crafted woods, forged iron and silks.Eclectic antiques,beautiful rugs and fine furnishings from non-conformist artists. 1100m2. Heated pool,large, heated roof-top jacuzzi. At the Riad Dar Zelda the superb level of calm,service,food and environment has all been transposed on a magic carpet to Marrakesh!
Dar Zelda is a beautiful 'riad'(house garden) in the historic city center of Marrakech.THIS OFFER includes 4 double bedrooms. If you are interested in more bedrooms or suites, you can also check out our other offers on Airbnb: 'junior suite', 'grand historic suite La Douiria' and 'Riad Exclusively'; capacity 25 persons. The riad is in a perfect location, just next to restaurants, museums, and the 'souks'(market/bazaar). Dar Zelda has a small heated pool(30 degrees celsius) and a large, roof-top jacuzzi intimately-placed next to incredible terraces overlooking all the historic city and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The riad has a 5 person staff: butler, excellent cook, maids, chauffeur and your English-speaking host and owner, Michel. Free Wi-Fi, satellite flat-screen tv's ,fireplaces in every bedroom,very soft 900 thread-count bed linens,a library, full-bar,massage rooms, restaurant-quality dining prepared by an excellent chef. The riad is 10 minutes by foot to the famed Place Djemaa El Fna, 2 minutes to the souks. Just 10 minutes by small taxi or our chauffeur to Yves St Laurent's Majorelle Gardens or to the prized golf courses: Golfe Royale, Al Madden, Amelkis. This year we are hosting YOGA retreats for the weekend or a week! Please inquire!
All guests have access to massages, excursions, chauffeur, 24/7 room service. Non-smoking rooms available, fire extinguishers on every level, fine dining in-house, full bar, fireplaces in every bedroom/suite, satellite tv
Interaction with guests
Your host, Michel, is a veritable fountain of knowledge of the city: the trendiest restaurants, the most romantic venues, the best excursions , guided tours, reservations for spas(we are opening our own adjacent to the riad late March 2017)
The riad is located in the oldest quarter of the Medina(historic city center), the neighborhood of the Great Foundouks: caravenseries/inns used by travelers on the Silk Roads of Africa in centuries past. Great auberges with immense courtyards and columned porticoes. The riad is just next to the Medersa Ben Youssef(a must to visit; in all the guidebooks), the Maison de la Photographie and the Museum of Marrakesh.
Nestled in the heart of the historic city center, Dar Zelda is in walkable distance to all the monuments, gardens, restaurants, souks; short walk to the Place Djemaa El Fna. 10-minute small taxi ride to the Majorelle Gardens, the new city, Gueliz and the breath-taking Palmeraie(fantastic for golfing!)
Other things to note
Dar Zelda has so many return guests doubtless because Michel, your host, is so good at his vocation, having been born in a grand hotel on the southern coast of Brittany, France.
At Dar Zelda we want you to feel right at home.You can take your breakfast on the terrace as late as you wish. And choose a typical Moroccan, English(eggs/omelets) or continental breakfast. Beverages such as coffee, mint tea and orange juice are served free throughout the day.
Hello everybody! I was an exchange student to Britanny in France when I was 16, and never came back home to the states, having fallen in love. I spent 2 1/2 years at the American University in Paris, 1 year at l'Universite de Versailles, studied auctioneering at Sotheby's Paris, then graduated in French and political science at the College of Charleston in SC(USA). I worked in a famous French night club, Le Calao, for 9 years as manager, then bought and renovated this riad in Marrakech in 2001, one of the very first boutique hotels in the 'red city'. I adore Marrakech every day more, for its vibrance, colors, perfume, cuisine, and its amazing Bedouin hospitality. This desert magical city has now stolen my heart. It will do the same for you!