182 Rue El Mouasine, Marrakech, Morocco, 40000
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Dar Mo'Da
This large riad is ultra-chic and with its elegant monochrome palette, luxury fixtures and uber-cool soft furnishings, it couldn’t be run by anyone but Italians. Think towering white archways with carved plaster…black marble bathrooms…cream tadelakt fireplaces…hand-woven black and white chequered rugs...linger awhile and you half expect Giorgio Armani to wander in and hand you a glass of Prosecco. Each of the four spacious suites is themed with a single colour, and the private terraces attached to two of them offer that rarest of commodities in riad accommodation – completely private outdoor space. But as beautiful as the interior is, it’s when you reach the roof that the true glory of Dar Mo’Da reveals itself – one of the highest and most beautiful roof terraces in the city, and with the best views of all the medina.
Five-star…Dar Mo’Da is as central as it gets, right on Rue El Mouassine, round the corner from Café Arabe, the souks and the Place Jemaa el Fna.
There are four suites – the black and white ones are the most special and have their own private terraces; there’s also a delightful fifth room on the terrace (smaller than the others - worth thinking about if you're on a budget!). All rooms have heating, air-conditioning and fireplaces.
The ground floor cloistered courtyard is a thing of rare beauty, with its long pool (heated in the winter), elegantly shaped archways and potted palms, surrounded by a selection of beautifully furnished rooms including a living area with a TV, another with a fireplace, a dining area and a sumptuous b’hou (recessed seating area, open to the courtyard). The roof terrace with a second pool, covered dining dais and upholstered sitting area/viewing station, has stunning views of the medina and Atlas Mountains.
Breakfasts and other meals (made to order) are every bit as delicious and well-presented as one would expect.
Two swimming pools – one in the courtyard, one on the terrace; a hammam and the possibility to organise massages and other treatments on site.
Manager Elena Masera is a lovely, warm host, for whom perfection is a minimum requirement. Cultured and multilingual (she has excellent English, French and Spanish as well as her native Italian), she is an expert on Marrakech shopping (she has contributed to books and magazines on the subject).
Couples, families, small groups of friends; in the low season 8-10 people can rent the whole riad for around £850 per night.
More information on Dar Mo'Da:
- 182 Rue El Mouasine, Marrakech, Morocco, 40000
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool