Travel Blogs from Marrakech
Ok so I am in Marrakech, was not to sure how to begin this blog, because I am not to sure how I feel about Marrakech. While I am thrilled I came, I probably will never come again. When I first arrived I headed to customs, which took quite a long time, at least 3-5 minutes per person. The airport is like nothing I have ever seen very different …
Today was a bit of a wash as it mainly consisted of waiting around for the overnight train to Tangier. Check out at our Riad was 11am so we hung around in the common area for a couple of hours until we got hungry and decided to leave in search of food. As the main square was practically on the way to the train station we decided to strap on our bags and stop there for lunch. It was a cheap meal of chicken shawarma and chips where despite ...
... of us to guide us to the riad. We DEFINITELY would not have found it without his help, so we were incredibly thankful and relieved to walk into the riad. It was a beautiful house with three levels. The first level has a hot tub, kitchen and dining area, a lounge area where guests could hang out, and an open courtyard where you could see the other levels where the rooms were. The manager gave us a couple of beers and we headed up to the rooftop terrace to watch the ...
We watched Marrakesh transform itself from dawn to dusk. The souk sellers were still unlocking and arranging their wares. We found miniature Saharan tortoises and chameleons in cages, glossy olives and preserved lemons jammed into jars, buckets of coloured spices and crumbled bark. We spotted tagines of yellow juices decanted into foil lidded jars and pots, nestled into hot coals. The colours of the souk, soft pink and jade leathers, warm ...
Day 228 Day totals: 10 hrs, 12.9 kms At the last minute I manage to squeeze in another stop on Marrakech on my way from Agadir to Casablanca in order to finish that last 13 km stretch from Asni to Tahanaout. Not quite as enjoyable as my group hike, as my backpack rips open and I have to sort of carry it under my arm the who way (I manage to find a tailor in Marrakech to fix in--in time for my Big Trip ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Vedra Marrakech
My Second Stay at the Wonderful Dar Vedra
I first stayed at the Dar Vedra in May of 2006, and loved both the Dar and Didier and Sebastien, the owners and hosts. Nestled in the heart of the Medina, it is exquisitely decorated, an oasis of calm amid the clamouring souk.
Didier and Sebastien are very professional; they organise a taxi to meet you upon arrival (no matter what the time: I arrived at 2 in the morning), which is added to the bill, and so you don't have to worry about having money with which to pay the taxi driver immediately upon setting foot in Morroco. They provide good advise when asked (both speak good English) and are very helpful in planning trips.
I would suggest the Dar Vedra to anyone going to Marrakesh. I don't think there is a better hotel or Maison d'hote in Marrakesh.
A delightful riad. In the heart of the bustling Medina but remarkably peaceful (one soon gets used to the call to morning prayers). The website photographs do not fully reflect the building's splendour and space: there are lots of places to enjoy solitude or drinks with friends. Meals and wine in the riad are first class. The owners maintain the right balance between helpfulness and respect for privacy and the staff are excellent. Hightly recommended by all ten of our party all with different backgrounds and tastes.
I stayed with my partner in Dar Vedra for four days. Prior to us taking the trip, I have emailed several hotels in Marrakesh and received several offers. This hotel was slightly over our planned budget but I decided to go for it as reply that I had received from Didier was far the most professional than the other ones I got. Didier kindly offered to arrange airport transfer for us which we luckily agreed to as finding your way in Medina can be very tricky. The taxi transfer that we arranged through Didier was cheaper and better than the other quotes we got from the other taxi drivers so I would thoroughly recommend it. From the moment we walked into the ryad, we were welcommed and greeted by Didier and his staff and I instantly felt like this was home from home. They made you feel very secure and comfortable. Didier has given us the key to the front door as the room doors, although they do have bolts, are seldomly locked. I felt like I was staying at my friends house not a hotel. The ryad itself has been beautifully restored by Didier and Sebastian to become an oasis of tranquility. Their taste is absolutely impeccable. Dar Vedra is very modern yet very traditional. I appreciated their attention to details like soft feather down duvets and pillows, white fluffly robes and towels, heavy silk curtains, beautiful traditional lamps, fragranced candles, etc. Our room was room No. 1 and it was lovely. It had the biggest bath, huge bed and french door to patio with small pool but what I liked the most about it was the real wood fire place. After the walk in Medina we would spend hours sitting next to the open fire. It reminded me of my childhood and I absolutely loved it. It was very romantic. My partners only complaint was that our TV in the room did not work but I did not mind at all. As it was our first time in Marrakesh, I asked Sebastian and Didier for advice where to eat, which shops to go to, which trips to take. They were extremely helpfull. On our first night Didier recommended restaurant called Dar Zelij in Medina. We were completely blown away by it. The ryad was difficult to find but once you find it it is stunningly beautifull. Huge ceilings, orange trees in the middle of the restaurant, huge red silk curtains and berber rugs and stunning wood painted ceiling take your breath away. The place has word perfection written all over it. It had live traditional music which was quiet enough for us to have conversation, the waiters were all dressed in white robes and the fish tagine that I had was served beautifully and cooked so well it simply melts in your mouth. The three course meal for two costed about 80 euros which is more than we would usually pay in the UK but it was definitely worth it. It was very romantic and my only regret was that my partner did not propose to me there and then as it was definitely a place for it.
I couldn't have enjoyed my stay at Dar Vedra more. I arrived late at night and they sent a porter to meet me at the train station - a lifesaver considering I was a woman traveling alone and Marrakech can be overwhelming from the start!
Fantastic riad in the medina
We spent 3 very good nights at the beginning of November in this renovated riad (Dar Vedra) in Bab Doukkala in the medina. The peace and calm of the riad was striking compared to the frenzied activity of the surrounding streets and souks. Our room was described as 'standard' but was extremely comfortable with an ensuite shower room. Breakfast on the roof-top terrace was a highlight. The hosts, Didier and Sebastien, are French (both speak English) and were very hospitable and gave us lots of useful information and booked a day trip for us. We found not having a key for our room (just a key for the front door and the rest was 'open house') unusual, but a safe was provided and there seemed to be no risk.
A highly recommended place to stay in a fascinating city.
Nous habitons Genève et avons passé une semaine de vacances à la fin du mois d'octobre 2006 dans ce riad que nous pouvons recommander sans aucune hésitation. Pourquoi ? La demeure a été magnifiquement rénovée (dans le style marrakchi bien sûr), avec beaucoup de goût, la chambre n°3 est définitivement magique, la propreté est toujours au rendez-vous, le personnel de service très aimable et très sympathique, et last but not least, les propriétaires et gérants (français) de Dar Vedra sont tellement accueillants et ne manquent pas de conseils pour mieux découvrir la ville. Le riad est très bien situé (à 10 minutes à pied de la Place Jemaa El Fna, 10 minutes des souks et proche de l'entrée du nouveau quartier de Gueliz). Sans oublier la terrasse si reposante pour se relaxer ou prendre son petit-déjeuner (ou le souper). Enfin, la cuisine de Rachida n'est à manquer sous aucun prétexte, le couscous était savoureux et copieux. Bref, vous l'aurez compris, si vous allez à Marrakech en cherchant le calme, la classe et la qualité, c'est à Dar Vedra qu'il faut vous adresser. timo&adeline
Sebastian and Didier, the owners of the riad, offer French comfort and style served with Moroccan warmth. This is a great place to stay because it's in the heart of a residential neighborhood of Morocco, yet you are just a leisurely fifteen minute walk from square or souk. During the day, a taxi ride should be just a few U.S. dollars.
J'étais déjà allé à Marrakech et j'en gardais un bon souvenir. J'avais séjourné au sofitel, sympa biensûr mais finalement pas très authentique j'aurais tout aussi bien pu être n'importe où dans le monde... un hôtel est un hôtel. Cette fois ci j'avais décider de découvrir Marrakech autrement alors j'ai essayer la formule Riad......
Great place, very cute, very well maintained, great food,...
We stayed 1 week and I have to say that we're very happy that the Dar is great because 1 week in Marrakech is a long time. So we've really appreciated the (small but very refreshing) pool, the terrace on the roof for the stars-watch at night.
The Dar has everything you need, is very clean, under air conditioning, and the property are here (they live in the Dar), which is great when you need an advice, tip... The service is really nice, and the breakfast are delicious.
Really a nice place to stay, in the heart of the Medina, but your cab will drop you just very close (instead of walking in the Medina with your luggages). 10 min from the Place Djema El Fna, 10 min from the Souks.
One word: great place to stay!
My wife and I now have two favourite places to stay in the world. The first was Hotel Le Senechal, Ile de re, France. Unbeatable we thought, until we stepped into the beautiful and peaceful oasis that is Riad Dar Vedra deep inside Marrakech's bustling medina. The beautiful setting, however, is only part of the story - we visited other riads in Morocco and beauty is common to many of them. What sets Dar Vedra apart from any other place I have ever stayed is the service. The service is so good it does not feel like service. It does not feel like people have a job to do, it feels like you are a welcome guest in somebody's home. The French owners live in the riad and have made it their mission, it would seem, to create this atmosphere. They show you the door to their apartment and invite you to ask for assistance at any time. One anecdote, I think, will illustrate perfectly what I mean: the time of our return flight meant that we had to leave for the airport before 6am. Breakfast was waiting for us before we left.