If you are unfamiliar with Marrakech, you will have to consider two options of accommodations while planning your trip: 1) do you want to stay in a resort-like setting with multiple quarters and amenities some distance away from the heart of all the action? or 2) do you want to stay in a more traditional and intimate "riad" that is walking distance from the colorful visuals and fragrant street-food Marrakech has to offer? If you are a traveler who truly enjoys immersing in the culture that is unique to your destination, then opt for option 2 and look no further than Dar Darma.
Like many of the riads near the main square known as Jemaa el fna, when you first approach Dar Darma's door, you question whether you are in the right place. The streets leading up to Dar Darma are narrow dirt roads filled with pedestrians, motorcylces zipping by and carriages led by donkeys, all at the same time! Once the door to Dar Darma opens, you are enchanted by the friendliness of your greeter, Said ("Sayeed"), or anyone else who may be available that day. As you walk towards the main courtyard, your eye cannot ignore the bold black and white design of old and new. Moroccan touches are everywhere, from the lanterns hanging from the ceiling to the gold brass accent pieces here and there. The photos available on the internet of Dar Darma are accurate representations of what to expect and truly beautiful.
Service-wise, you are always greeted with a smile and courtesy. Maria, one of the main office-staff members, is very knowledgable and gracious, always asking whether we needed assistance with dinner reservations or anything else. It was impressive to learn that all of the staff members were multilingual, including English. We selected the Orange Suite for our stay, because it was described as romantic and private, and indeed it was. We were also fortunate to stay in the Blue Apartment for one evening, which is spacious and architecturally stunning- a more luxurious option to the already perfect Orange Suite.
Meals were cooked by an on-site cook and they were deliciously seasoned with a home-cook's comforting touch. It was great to enjoy breakfast, dinner, or a refreshing glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice on Dar Darma's private roof-top area. There is also a small pool on the rooftop, along with lounge chairs, perfect for relaxing in the afternoon after a day of bargaining in the souks. I highly recommend paying the nominal fee for airport transfers, as the friendly staff will assist you with your luggage, and an escort will walk you to the main street where the airport car will pick you up or drop you off.
In a nutshell, if you are looking for medium-level luxury at a fair nightly rate, an extraordinarily accommodating staff, and proximately to the bustle and excitement of the medina, then Dar Darma will exceed your expectations. Thank you Maria, Said, Isham, the lovely cooks, and the rest of the staff for a memorable and enjoyable trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Darma is a private dwelling that can offer privacy, low-key services and traditional Moroccan hospitality in a relaxed, exclusive atmosphere. A few steps from the Museum and the Medersa Ben Youssef. You can enjoy this experience in the intimate surroundings of your suite, in the relaxation areas or on the terraces with breathtaking views of the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Darma Hotel Marrakech