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 were really looked after while we stayed there for 4 nights. The location was perfect, the food was absolutely delicious, and the staffs were very helpful and friendly. The whole building was exquisite and beautiful. We loved every minute of it when we were there!
On arrival in Marrakesh after an over-priced taxi, being ripped off by someone trying to show us the right way to our Riad only to find it was the wrong Riad. We arrived at the Riad we had booked online only to be told there had been a problem with our booking and there was no room at this Riad. The good news was there was another Riad nearby where we could stay. We were met by Abdu who helped carry our luggage and were taken to Riad Dar Lalla F'dila, where we were met by the owner Veronique, who showed us around her beautiful Riad that she had renovated. I felt we had ended up with a better deal! We had a beautiful room with 7m high ceiliings, i was in heaven. We were shown around the Riad and the lovely roof terrace with a great view of Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains in the distance. Veronique and Abdu could not of been more hospitable and friendly. We were only on of three couples staying there so it was quiet and relaxing and a respite from the madness of the Souk and Medina. I would wholly recommend staying here.
My wife and I stayed for a week during April and loved it. Hafid was very helpful when meeting us from the transfer and gave us useful tips on how to find it.
It is a little out of the way, but only a few minutes from the main Medina. We enjoyed a lovely home cooked meal on our first night and the staff were very helpful whenever we had any questions.