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
We arrived at lunch time and were met from the taxi (it can’t get to the Riad) which was great and it was then a short walk to Dar Lalla F’dila. Marrakesh is quite overwhelming if you haven’t visited before so being met was great! Just to note we were pleased we’d taken rucksacks as the small wheeled suitcases would have been cumbersome if you are staying anywhere near the centre of the action, not just this location.
We were then shown around what I can only describe as being an amazing, beautiful building and rooms. The rooftop views were breathtaking of the Marrakesh rooftops and Atlas Mountains. The mint tea and sweet biscuits made freshly for us were just what we needed after a very early morning wake up to travel.
The staff couldn’t have done more, they were all so warm, welcoming and helpful. They gave us tips for being out and about in the souks etc and supplied mobile phone numbers so we could reach them anytime when we were out and about. Someone is always at the Riad, which we found really useful and refreshing.
Each rooms is individual and the other guests we met said how they also loved their rooms and surroundings.
Each night after a busy day sightseeing we would sit in front of the roaring fire and felt so at home, cosy and relaxed. We both stay in chain hotels for work purposes and this feeling was an entirely new experience for us both.
We had a couple of evening meals at the Riad, in front of the fire. We made arrangements for these in the mornings and we were always asked what we would like, it was then brought freshly and cooked during the day. We could then eat in the evening at a time to suit us.
We would also recommend highly a local restaurant- please have a look at my other review for there! Again the Riad staff gave us excellent directions to get there, very easy as it was just 2 minutes away, but it was difficult to see that from the map!
This was our first visit to Marrakesh and would 100% recommend staying here - we’ve already told friends about it.
If we have the opportunity to visit Marrakesh again we won’t stay anywhere else.
If you are visiting Marrakesh do stay - you’ll have an amazing experience and memories forever.
This Riad is an oasis. Welcoming and friendly staff. Abdou was exceptional at making us feel at home and taking care of our meeds. Hafid who worked at night, as also very attentive. The accommodation was beautiful and spacious. Lovely little spaces to enjoy breakfast on the veranda or the evening sunset on the terrace rooftop. Our dinner here was excellently prepared and beautifully laid out with the fireplace lit. The Avocado dessert was delightful. The location was great- easy walk to small and main square. Many eateries close by. I highly reccommended this place.
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.