I should begin by saying that I tend to be a very critical person - thus the 4 instead of 5 point rating. My husband and I stayed at Dar Zaman at the beginning of Oct. and within a very short period of time felt almost at home there. Peter has done an excellent job of renovating the small riad: in the 4 rooms and the common areas, the decor is tasteful and there are special small touches everywhere. Although the rooms are very small and there is almost no place to put your clothes, the beds are comfortable and the shower was the best we had in Morocco (including a hotel at 4 times the price). Peter also has a computer ( internet ) available for his guests. The breakfast was good and we enjoyed sitting on the rooftop, drinking coffee, and seeing the Atlas mountains in the distance.
Madame Khabira cooks, cleans and does lots of other things at the riad. She is a very special person - bubbling with energy and kindness. She only speaks French, and the great majority of guests are English speaking, so when she found out we could communiate, she practically boiled over.
Everyone working at the riad went out of their way to be helpful in arranging things, orienting guests to the labyrinth of the Marrakesh souks, and just being plain nice. Since this is what makes up a major part of having a good vacation, I can highly recommend the Dar Zaman.
But ... guests should be aware of a couple of things. At small riads (all are like this, Dar Zaman is no exception), the windows face inward to the courtyard. Therefore one can hear other guests and there is little privacy when one opens a window. At Dar Zaman the rooftop room (although with air conditioning units outside of it) and one room with a small terrace door are a bit better in this regard, because others cannot look in. Since the rooms are small, keeping the windows closed and using the air conditioning, does make the room kind of dark and close. So prepare to spend most time in the courtyard, commons room or on the rooftop (that has a nice view over Marrakesh). I must also say that the other guests during our stay were all very nice and pretty quiet.
Another point (also absolutely not unique to Dar Zaman) is that getting to the riad for the first time is kind of shocking. Little alleys, ruined buildings with trash, and then at the end of the path the door to Dar Zaman leading into the small courtyard.
So there are some disadvantages of staying in a real Moroccan house and having a feel-at-home like experience in Marrakesh - and the advantages? meeting really nice and kind people who try to offer a special place and special experience for their guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Zaman is an exquisite Moroccan house in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Chic and romantic, we have four, beautiful en-suite double bedrooms, a sun terrace, plunge pool, and most importantly, a fun and spirited team to take care of you! We're English-owned and managed: come and stay with us and savor our superb hospitality! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Zaman Hotel Marrakech