About this listing
Dar Zelda is an early 19th-cen rich 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 +/-700m2.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 also check out our other offers on Airbnb: 'junior suite', 'grand historic suite La Douiria' et 'riad exclusively'; capacity 21 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 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
He spent a lot of time telling us about how to find our way in/out of the marina and how to get to interesting sites. He was extremely cordial and genuinely helpful.
If I could give ten stars, I would. Brandon and Michel were so welcoming, the place was beautiful and immaculate, and their recommendations for restaurants and activities were spot-on. I felt so completely taken care of, and I can't wait to return someday!
The location of the Riad is good.
We didn't meet the host. There are few people who is working in the Riad are nice people but limited to English communication. So we didn't have any greeting or information tips for travel.
There is smell from the plumbing system, but this is pretty normal from the Medina.
It's lack of maintain and cleanness in the terrace area.
Overall, I feel it's lack of attention to details.
Every time Michel arrived at the riad, the guests were out touring the city. They only stayed 2 short days. It also rained during their stay, which made the terrace difficult to keep clean. We hope they enjoyed their upgrade to a suite. We hope also that they will return soon so they can really get to meet us!
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!
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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!