About This Listing
Dar Zelda is a 19th-century wealthy merchants' house.The riad's design is in the New Moroccan Style:a mix of pure architecture, sleek lines and ancient artisan-made woods, forged iron and silks+/-900m2.A quiet paradise amidst the thrill of the city!
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 check out our other offers on Airbnb. The riad is in a perfect location, just next to restaurants, museums, and the 'souks'(market/bazaar). Dar Zelda has a small heated pool and incredible terraces overlooking all the 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 tv's ,fireplaces in every bedroom, library, full-bar,massage rooms, restaurant-quality dining.
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, tv satellite
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 December 2015)
The riad is located in the oldest quarter of the Medina(historic city center), the neighborhood of the Great Foundouks: caravenserails or inns used by travellers 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) and the Museum of Marrakesh.
Smack 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 hotel on the 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.
Great salon with fireplace for relaxing, reading from our extensive library of guides + deco books while sipping cocktails or mint tea with your fantastic host, English-French Michel
The reservation was canceled 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Das Riad ist sehr schön und sauber, die Hausmädchen waren aufmerksam , der Fahrer sehr geduldig und hat uns sogar mitten in der Nacht abgeholt.
Dar Zelda ist gut gelegen zum Auto oder Taxi sind es nur ein paar Minuten.
Das Frühstück kann zu jeder Zeit bestellt werden .
Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und würden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen.
Superbe Riad très paisible dans la Medina.
Un chauffeur réservé par Brandon nous a acceuillis à l'aéroport et accompagnés au Riad. Comme nous arrivions tard le soir, nous avions prévu de dîner au Riad, délicieux repas. Les petits-déjeûners sont très bons et copieux. La chambre spacieuse et la literie confortable. Le personnel est adorable et très serviable. Se reposer en fin de journée sur la terrasse du toit fut un régal.
Mon seul regret est que Brandon et Michel n'étaient pas présents et je comptais sur leurs conseils pour des visites hors de Marrakech. Au final, grâce à internet (wifi parfait au riad), nous avons pu réserver une journée à Essaouira (bus supratours) et une journée dans la vallée de l'Ourika (clcikexcursions).
Riad très sympathique, situé dans un endroit calme de la Médina mais non loin de la place.
Nous avons été accueillis par Michel et son équipe. le premier soir nous sommes arrivées tard et pourtant un très bon repas nous attendait.`
Petite incompréhension le dernier jour au sujet de l'heure du départ mais Brandon a su gérer cela rapidement.
Excellent Riad, nous recommandons!
Our stay at Dar Zelda was really enjoyable and relaxing. All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the Riad itself was beautiful and clean. Breakfast on the rooftop every morning was great and the staff were more than happy to cater to our requests.
Overall we would definitely recommend staying here and would like to come back again!
We had such a great stay at Ryad Dar Zelda. Brandon arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and headed to the Medina where we were met by Michel who absolutely made our trip really special with great recommendations for places to go and information on the area. He and the team are so lovely, they make you feel really relaxed and at home. The Ryad is situated right in the Medina, very close to the Ben Youseff Medersa and the Maison de la Photographie. The whole riad has a great style to it, filled with plants and carefully chosen pieces that help you relax after you've been out all day. The terrace was beautiful, you can see the Atlas Mountains and we had some of the best food on our trip there, we would definitely stay at the Ryad Dar Zelda again, thanks guys.
All communication with Brandon when booking was great; very quick responses, helpful and eager to make our arrival as easy as possible.
We asked Brandon to arrange a collection taxi (€20, waited 20mins and had to pull over twice to fix something under the bonnet) which took us directly to the front door which we wouldn't have managed alone! [We picked up a taxi for our departure at Jemaa el Fna for 80dh.]
Dar Zelda was perfectly located for us... allowing for daytime adventures out of the Medina and a walk home of a few minutes each night after going to nearby restaurants.
The ryad is beautifully decorated and our suite was a great size and featured a stunning bath/shower and lots of piping hot water. Breakfast on the rooftop was fantastic and we'd recommend you request it here everyday!
Unfortunately, Brandon and his partner were away during our stay. Judging by other reviews I suspect we may have experienced better service if they had been around.
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About the Host, Brandon
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. 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, perfumes, cuisine, and its amazing Bedouin hospitality. This desert magical city has now stolen my heart. It will do the same for you!