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
The accommodation was beautiful, location was right in the middle of everything in the old town. Ate in the accommodation several times and the food was excellent. They make the food especially for you fresh that day. Breakfast was really good, ate it on the terrace in the sun. All really helpful and helped book restaurants and cars
We had the perfect stay in real Centre of Marrakech at Dar Lalla F’dila. It is a charming house where you’ll be krot by the real Morrocian atmosphere.
Breakfast and diner is more than perfect. If you think about going to Marrakech I advise you to go here: Dar Lalla F’Dila gives you the best time here.
We stayed at Dar Lalla F'dila to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, and it was absolutely perfect. Romantic, beautiful and relaxing.
The Riad is inaccessible by car, so Abdou met us by the Baba Ali Mosque and walked us about 0.5km back to the Riad. Upon arrival he gave us a tour of Dar Lalla F'dila, and all of the history of the building and its connection to the Marrkech Museum. We sat down on the roof terrace and had Mint Tea and Moroccan pastries, and he provided us with a map of the local area, and gave some very helpful advice to avoid us getting lost and to keep us safe (this was invaluable).
Throughout our 3 night stay the entire team, including Riad owner Veronique, were so friendly, helpful and accessible at all times. The Riad felt like a safe and peaceful sanctuary away from the crazy city outside.
The rooms were absolutely beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have one of the original rooms on the ground floor. Massively high ceilings, beautiful Moroccan interiors and very clean and well-maintained.
If you are staying here, you must have a meal in the Riad. The food is traditionally Moroccan and absolutely delicious. We advised Abdou at breakfast that we would like to have dinner that night, and our dietary requirements and preferences, and they cook your meal to suit you. We ate our meal on the roof terrace and watched the sunset over the mountains.
We were extremely tempted to use the in-house Hammam (very reasonably priced), but unfortunately did not have enough time to do so on our short trip.
From our arrival until our departure the staff were exceptional, and we would definitely return to Dar Lalla F'Dila. I would very highly recommend this Riad for couples, families, individuals... anyone who wants to enjoy a truly Moroccan experience.
Me and my friend stayed at Lalla f'dila and it was the best part of the trip. Not only a historic place, where singers like Josephine Baker has stayed, but also well located in the Medina. The staff are kindness incarnated and will do anything to help you and give you a personalised and detailed experience of the city and it's surroundings.
My best recommendations!
Kind regards Kristine and Caroline
Everything about this Riad is incredible! The building is part of the Marrakech Museum and the interior is so beautiful. We spent 4 nights at Lalla f'Dilla in a gorgeous room which breathes the Arabian Atmosphere. Also, the roof terras with a view over the old city is beautifull. The staff is exceptionally friendly and caring and will help you whetever they can. Our host even helped us track down our tablet and e-reader we forgot in a tourbus.
Even though all this already makes for a great stay in Marrakech, the best thing about this Riad for us was the amazing food. We had dinner a couple of times at the Riad and all the dishes were excellent. The lamb tagine was easily the best dish we've had al week troughout Morocco.