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Gorgeous Award Winning Riad in Marrakech Medina

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 beds, 4 bath, sun terrace, plunge pool, log fires, wi-fi, delicious cuisine

Situated in the historical medina quartier of Sidi Ben Slimane, in the heart of the Marrakech medina just 10 minutes north of the main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Dar Zaman is a traditional 18th century Moroccan home that has been refurbished to create a luxurious guest house. Retaining many of its original features, the riad is tastefully furnished with rich local fabrics, African artwork, soft Berber rugs, pots and beautiful handmade furniture.

Our Marrakech Riad is perfect for families and small groups renting the whole riad as a quality private retreat.

Boasting four exquisite double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning/heating, the queen-sized beds are heavenly; decadent lie-ins are mandatory! For friends travelling together, two of the rooms can be made up with twin beds. Both the salon and salle à manger have log fires, and a third salon is equipped with a small library and board games. Wi-fi is available throughout the property.

The sun terrace is a wonderful retreat in the sun or shade, graced by swaying palms and perfumed by jasmine and orange blossom. Relax with a mint tea and relish in the magic of the call of the muezzin and the spectacular views across the Medina rooftops to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

We offer a high level of discreet personal service, including a comprehensive welcome brief and 24/7 concierge for all your needs in Marrakech. Our aim is to enable our guests to experience the “not for tourist” Marrakech, the Marrakech we’ve come to know and love over the last 8 years.

Our team will happily share their excellent knowledge of Marrakech with you – where to buy things and the prices you should pay, where to get the best spa treatments, where to take your cooking class (at Dar Zaman!), and where you can eat a tagine seated metres from a stunning waterfall in the Atlas Mountains.

A sumptuous breakfast is included in the room rate – a wonderful choice of fresh bread, croissants, pastries and crepes with honey and jam, yoghurt and eggs, served with freshly squeezed orange juice, tea and coffee.

Our housekeeper, Karima, has been feted for her delicious Moroccan dishes. Dining at Dar Zaman is a feast for the senses. Karima can make many favourite local dishes, such as briouattes, pastilla, lots of delicous salads (Moroccan salads are mostly cooked vegetables delicately flavoured with spices), tagines - chicken with lemon, lamb with prunes or figs, couscous dishes, vegetarian you choose, you'll be in for a true gastronomic delight!

Languages Spoken: An English speaking and English managed Marrakech Riad, we also speak French, Spanish and Portuguese.

More Details

Peter Mercer
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 September, 2018

About Peter Mercer

I grew up in the South East of England, lived overseas for 14 years and moved to Marrakech from New York City in 2005 to create what is now the wonderful Riad Dar Zaman.

Peter Mercer purchased this house in 2005

Why Peter Mercer chose Bab Taghzout

Dar Zaman is located in an historical area of the Marrakech Medina which is named after Mohamed Ben Slimane, one of seven patron saints of Morocco. The neighbourhood is mostly residential, charming and authentic. I came to stay here in 2005 and fell in love with the calm simplicity of the neighbourhood.

What makes this house unique

Dar Zaman is a magical 18th century riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina that casts a spell on all who enter! It's hard to leave, it's so peaceful and cosy, you'll wish you could stay longer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had to persuade my partner to come to Marrakech and to come to a Riad rather than a hotel. My problem next holiday would be persuading him to go anywhere else or stay anywhere else. We both agreed that it is probably the best holiday we've had. We fell in love with the Riad Dar Zaman and Marrakech. The Riad is amazing. I love the rooms (we stayed in La Bainot for three nights and in the lovely rooftop room for the final four. The whole place is so thoughtfully decorated. The food is great. The service is wonderful and the brothers Hassan and Yassin are very friendly and go out of their way to help and advise you and ensure that your stay is a good one. I would certainly recommend anyone to book here for a most enjoyable stay. I only regret I didn't take Karima's cooking lesson because I am missing my tagines.
Sep 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Bab Taghzout around the Medina

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • La Douiria - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    La Baignoire - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    La Carbone - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    La Terrasse - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are finished in tadelakt, and are fitted with sink, toilet and shower. In the case of La Baignoire, the bathroom has a large tadelakt bathtub also with shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • La Douiria - 1 Large Double Bed
    La Baignoire - 1 Large Double Bed
    La Carbone - 1 Large Double Bed
    La Terrasse - 1 Large Double Bed
  • We have four magical en-suite bedrooms at Marrakech Riad Dar Zaman with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and heating. The beds are queen sized, and dressed with quality linens. Each of them has a unique feature, all of them are equally charming. La Douiria has its own log fire, La Carbone has a balcony overlooking the courtyard. La Baignoire has a bathtub, and La Terrasse is located on the sun terrace, with the roof garden just outside.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Gorgeous Award Winning Riad in Marrakech Medina
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 10 reviews

A truly magical little gem!!!

  • 5 of 5

Well, what can I say...... First time in Marrakech & we will most definatley return. The riad was excellent, in a perfect location too. Peter (the owner), was so very helpful- prior to the holiday & whilst we were guests. He provided us with a map & made superb recommendations . Peter's staff are very helpful & friendly too. Well done to you all, keep up the hard work!!

Vicki & Tom

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thank you

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the riad for 10 days during May 2008. Neither of us had been to Morocco before. We had the warmest of welcomes from Peter the owner and the welcome continued throughout our stay. The riad is such a relaxing place to stay, with the most amazing of home cooked food. We stayed in the terrace room, waking up to the most amazing breakfast each morning. I cannot fault this holiday....We want to go back soon. Many thanks to Peter, Hassan and Fatima for making our stay so wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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First experience of Morocco

  • 4 of 5

We loved the riad and thought it was beautifully restored. Peter was extremely helpful and organised taxis, a visit to a fantastic restaurant/piscine in the mountains where we had a relaxing day and gorgeous lunch, he also booked our coach travel to the coast.

Hassan was very attentive and we enjoyed a lovely evening meal served by him and prepared by Fatima. The riad is immaculately maintained and we particularly enjoyed the terrace

It was amazing to be in this lovely riad set so close to the souks and amidst the local Marrakesh people.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2008
  • Date of Stay: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Marrakech Menara (RAK)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Cafe Arabe
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Royal Golf
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Dar Zellij
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

A centuries old English owned Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, Dar Zaman guest house Marrakech is ideally situated within easy walking distance to the souks, hammams, Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech Museum, the main square of Jemaa el Fna and other main attractions, and just minutes from two top Marrakech restaurants, Dar Zellij and Dar Yacout. Tucked away at the end of a peaceful derb (cul-de-sac) away from the regular tourist trail and street noise, Marrakech Riad Dar Zaman is a true oasis of calm and serenity. The Riad is easily accessible by taxi, and secure parking is available just two minutes away.

Golf: There are numerous golf courses in Marrakech.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Bab Taghzout,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £2.50 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 11 years.

Rental rates provided are for ONE room based on double occupancy. We operate as a hotel, so you can rent individual rooms or book exclusive use of the riad. For rental of the whole riad please contact us for the rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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