Riad Dar Dialkoum
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... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
On arrival to our Riad we greeted by a gentleman with a big smile and a pot of Mint tea. Once again the interior of the riad was breath taking. The Moroccans sure knew how to create atmosphere. After a short orientation on the Riad and a helpful set of directions to all the main areas we were shown to our room. Our host gave us a smile as he opened the door explaining the "Coco Chanel" room was the best they had. As we had come to expect the room ...
On Wednesday 4 September we left Fes early in the morning as we had a big drive down to Marrakech. We took the longer scenic route through the Middle Atlas Mountains (not to be confused with the High Atlas Mountains which have notoriously dodgy roads). The main road was quite good and a lot better than the road we took on Monday. At first we went through forest with wild olive and Atlas cedar trees. We passed through many ...
... allowed to just have one! So we ordered a bottle of wine to share while we had another look at the menu. Another waiter came over and said we were allowed to share one between us when we asked, but then the other guy came back and said we couldn't again! Sometimes he came and made a joke with us and other times he kind of seemed to make snide comments at us. It was so confusing, and seemed a bit rude for such a fancy place! Eventually we convinced them to let us have just ...
... ornate locks for palace doors. No one lost!! Finally we entered a light airy and scented shop selling traditional medicinal Berber remedies. We had a nice sit down and talk from the man about all the herbs and spices used in morocco. A quick nasal blast of black cumin to clear the sinuses and a sample of amber and musk. Finally back to the square for toasted almonds and a photo with a monkey. We saw some ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Dar Dialkoum Marrakech
Le paradis sur terre par Vivi Belgique
nous avons séjourné 4 nuits/5 jours au Dar Dialkoum et je n'ai que des compliments à émettre à l'égard de ce riad, de son personnel et de ses propriétaires, gentillesse , service impeccable, écoute et attention ont été le quotidien de notre séjour, tout cela dans un cadre magnifique,nous nous sommes sentis comme des rois. Nous ne pouvons que récommander ce riad.
Nothing But Trouble
We booked this riad after reading some online reviews and visiting their website.
Had a few problems booking it which was frustrating but got there eventually...or so I thought!!!
With only a few weeks to go have just received an email cancelling our reservation due to "insurance responsibility problems."
Everywhere else is now fully booked or extremely expensive and its left the 5 of us stranded, literally.
Have never experienced this kind of hassle from any form of accomodation, ever.
Might be a nice place to stay but will never know.
I'd avoid, its been real pain.
Dar Dialkoum is a real oasis inside Marrakesh - giving you everything you hope for from a Riad. its great value and feels very authentic. The building and rooms are very well decorated in traditonal style. The only minor complaint is that the beds are real hard - probably the norm for these parts.
We (2 couples) just came back from Marrakech where we stayed 4 nights at the Riad Dar Dialkoum. Our stay in this Riad was fantastic, starting from the hospitality of Jean-Bernard and Mohammed, the fabulous cooking of Kadiayah, the excellent rooms we have had (Yasmina and Leila)and last but not least the cleaness of all the facilities. This Riad is the best place to stay in Marrakech because it is inside the medina and his proximity to the square Jemaa el Fna(about 20 min. walking). But the most important point is, that it is a authentic Riad, only 4 rooms magically decorated, so when you are coming back from the stressing medina you feel like in an oasis. In the morning we had breakfast on the terrace with a great variety of juices, tipical moroccan pastries, eggs, fresh fruit and yoghurts - all equally as delicious.
Having read the most recent review on this site (the only negative one) it was with some trepidation that we set off for Marrakech. Admittedly, on arrival, the streets leading to the riad are slightly intimidating but as soon as you reach the big wooden door and step inside, all thoughts of the poverty outside are forgotten. In any case once you have walked those roads a few times you realise that there is absolutely no danger or hostility from the people there.
Do Not Book This Hotel
We booked this hotel through Expedia for a stay of one week beginning April 4, 2006, with the understanding from Expedia website that there the hotel allows cancellation "free three day before arrival". The hotel also requires a deposit. The reservation was cancelled on Expedia on March 14, thus 21 days prior to arrival. My AMEX card has now been charged three times (deposit, booking fee, and full room charge) by a company called Maroc Selection Paris. I am having AMEX try to resolve and get me the appropriate refunds. Do not book with this hotel and do not use Expedia, who refuses to get involved.
Upon our recent visit to Marrakesh we looked at various hotels in the are and came across the Riad Dar Dialkoum. The trip was to last 5 nigths 6 days and so we booked the Riad Dar Dialkoum through Maroc-Selection (a popular website through which many people book the Riads). We paid a partial deposit on the website and were told to pay the balance at the hotel --- NOTE that the Riad Dar Dialkoum in particular WILL NOT take CREDIT CARDS, although they did say they have applied for the service, so be prepared to pay in Cash. There are many ATMs in the city center which can dispense cash. We also paid the extra £10 for the airport transfer service - this was worth it's weight in gold. Believe me, if you have never been to Marrakesh and are going for the first time do not even bother with the local taxis, you really struggle to find the place as it's tucked away in the allies of the Medina. Although it will only cost you about 100 Dirhams (£6.50) by local taxi you are must better off paying the £10 and not having the headache of finding the place on your own.
We stayed at Dar Dialkoum in early December 2005 for three nights and we had an amazing stay. The riad is truly a peaceful haven from the busy streets of the medina. The entire riad and particularly the rooms are beautiful decorated with traditional Moroccan furniture and artwork with a modern flavour. We actually stayed in three rooms (due to a reservation mistake on our part) during our stay and all three were excellent (Leila, Soraya, and Yasmina). Bernard and Mohammed went above and beyond in terms of making our stay a memorable one. They ensured that every aspect of our stay was to our liking and were very accomodating. Dinner at the riad was excellent and well worth 20 euros -- one of the top two meals we had in Morocco. We would highly recommend this riad and we will definitely return!!
This place is a pain to find but once you are there you feel as if you have steeped into a film set. From the charming courtyard with a petal filled pool to the huge terrace with amazing views across the city this place oozes atmosphere. The owner (Bernard) is lovely and although his English is not fluent we muddled our way through. We stayed in the Soraya suite which was magnificent - the most comfortable bed ever and full of lovely finishing touches. We had breakfast on the terrace every morning and had a great variety of juices, smoothies, bread, eggs, fresh fruit and yoghurts - all equally as delicious.
We have just stayed at the Riad Dar Dialkoum in Marrakech. It is situated in the Medina of the old city and close to everything - souks, markets, Jemma El-Fna and major monuments. As you can imagine all of these can be crazy and the Riad is like an oasis of calm inside this incredible city´s walls. The best is there are only 4 rooms and the service is so personal. It is managed by Mr Mohammed who ensured every part of stay was taken care of and even though we spoke little French and he spoke little English he managed without any difficulty to make sure no-one ripped us off or charged too much. Breakfast every morning is in the courtyard of the Riad and it was here we got to talk to the other house guests and find out what there were up to for the day (they were French too but spoke excellent English). Other highlights included the incredible Moroccan home cooked meals by Kadiayah and joining in with the other house guests in an impromptu lesson on how to cook a tajine. Excellent and cant wait to come back.