Riad Dar Lalla Fdila
What We Love
- A historic residence in the heart of the Medina, including breakfast and other extrasThe patio's ceramic tiling and fountain, by the same architect as the one at Bahia Palace
- The history of this residence, which once called Josephine Baker a fan
- Stepping out to explore the Medina, after daily breakfast
What To Know
- There's a hammam and a small rooftop pool, which overlooks the souks and Atlas Mountains
- The manager can arrange for airport transfers
- Free WiFi
When it comes to Moroccan boltholes, they don’t come much better placed, or more well rehearsed in hospitality, than the charming Dar Lalla F’dila. Set in the heart of the old city, you’ll find architectural delights at every turn, with traditional Moroccan elements woven into the interior decor alongside up-to-date conveniences. From the prettily painted ceramic tiles that blanket the beautiful patio, to the Berber rugs that grace the guest bedrooms, the devil’s in the detail at this 19th-century douiria.
Follow in the footsteps of Jospehine Baker, who frequented this safe haven over the Second World War, as you relax out on the terrace overlooking the buzzing souks and Atlas Mountains. There’s a small pool up here too – perfect for a calming dip after an afternoon of souvenir shopping, perhaps. If you’ve more free time to spare, indulge with a massage or revitalise with some time in the hammam, before tucking into a dining menu filled with tradition and authenticity – from the succulent tagines straight through to the Essaouira shrimp soup. Rooms envelop all the Moroccan charms you’d expect, and come complete with generously sized showers in their en-suite bathrooms.
How to Get There
I have visited few Riads in Marrakech and Dar Lalla F'Dila is definitely best combination of history, great interior and exterior design. Also, it has perfect position, near Museum de Marrakesch (1 minute walk), The Oriental Museum Marrakech and 10 minutes walk to Jemaa el-Fna. We were afraid we'd be lost but owner made her own map to the main square and other attractions so don't worry.
Every room is different, very clean and "speaks it own story". On the first floor you can stay in the Josephine Baker room (famous entertainer). My favorite thing was big garden with two pools on the roof with the best view I have seen in this beautiful city. Also, they have hammam if you're into spa treatments.
We visited in May and had a great time! Little mix up about dinner (because of nut allergy), but that luckily ended ok. Very friendly staff, very helpfull and nice. We enjoyed our room on the first floor and the roof terrace was brilliant!
Our stay at this riad was the best of the whole journey. Very very nice staff they helped us with everything and showed us the way out to the markets and cafes.
The room is very lovely and nice.
We highly recommend this place and will be there again in two days :)
Breakfast on the terasse is so beautiful.
Riad Dar Lala D’dilla, what makes this Riad special is not only it’s location at the center of the Medina, a 8 minutes walk to the big central square, but the rooms are authentic, very quiet and the atmosphere is 100% relaxed.
We discussed the menu with the cook everything is possible.per person 210 dh for an entree, main dish and a dessert. The staff makes you feel the pasha of Marrakech especially Hafid. Thanks man! There are no disadvantages unless you want to have a big swimming pool. They have a 1,5 square meter pool, just for a relaxing dip.
In brief this is a great place to stay when you want to enjoy the city life while having a relaxed homecoming. Btw at the Market you can bargain the price untill you are at about a third of the first price, or less.
This was my 2nd visit to this riad & it has gotten better & better. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit & the management are very knowledgable & helpful regarding places to eat, visit & cost. Had a peaceful & liberating stay - would highly recommend. Also, you have to be there to absorb just how beautiful this place is. Also, it has an interesting history to it which you should find out about. Amazing team, really helpful & the place is clean & fresh. Only downfall is breakfast options but they try to accomodate allergies/preferences. Eg, for those who are vegan or gluten free. I missed eating eggs for breakfast in uk.