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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 …
... his nose up at my 40 dirham cents. Looked as menacing as a skinny 16 year old can be bless him. Fooded in the square on some heavy gravied tagline and bits, all for about 7 pounds each? Word of warning, free refills of that amazing sweet mint tea will give you diabetes...or at least a buzz that will last a good length of time!! It's not 1:43am been a busy boy! ...
... do one without the other. After a few hours of walking aimlessly, happy that if you had to get lost anywhere, the streets of Marrakech were by far the most entertaining. Of course we had found retreat at one point for an off the beaten track lunch (Tajine with figs and a yoghurt desert that put every other yoghurt in the world to shame) we did finally reach the square. The walk from there was easy.
It was back to the rooftop terrace for some ...
... the men making the leather bags. Also on offer were exotic lizards and birds. After finding our way out of the maze of Souks we went back through the square where the snake charmers were in full force. There were also men with monkeys. We headed towards the Koutoubia Mosque which dates from about 1147. It is not open to non-Muslims so we just looked around the outside and also at the ruins next door of the original mosque which ...
... see the Royal Palace and some of the tombs, but instead got lost in the slums of the city (which was eye-opening), before finally finding the Palace, with some help from a local. On the way back in to town, we somehow stumbled across the back entrance into the Souks, which gave me a chance to buy some local clothing for our trip into the Sahara. After a fair bit of bartering (from 650 durhams down to 175), I finally found a cream "........" I liked and fit into. We then walked ...
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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.