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Warm and welcoming staff give riad a most personal touch
My husband and I just enjoyed our first trip to Morrocco, and Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes were most certainly the high points. The attention to detail in the beautifully and tastefully furnished rooms was remakable, but most notable were the warm, personable, and helpful staff. They went the "extra mile" and beyond to make our stay memorable and romantic. Also included was expert advice on a large purchase and ironing out some problems with reservations in another city. The food is equally memorable. Don't miss out on the opportunity to make your own tagine. Moroccan hospitality is legendary, and Dar Les Cigognes will not disappoint!
Why Stay Anywhere Else?
This is an exquisite Riad: The location is perfect, the Riad immaculate, massage top-notch, roof-top breakfasts with lovely views (including stork nests), hamman
soothing, beds wonderfully comfortable, rooms good size, bathrooms lovely, and housekeeping/laundry service perfect. As if this is not enough, the care of the Dar Les Cigognes staff with their understanding and respect for the needs and privacy of the traveller, coupled with a fine sense of humor and sincere willingness to help all contributed to an especially magical visit. I will always always stay there.
Thank you Dar Les Cigognes!
Great Place for a Long Weekend
We wanted to stay in a boutique Riad and Dar Les Cigognes didn't disappoint. We booked at short notice and so could only get a superior room, but this was more than adequate and beautifully furnished. One drawback is that the property does not have a pool, but this was not a problem for us as it was too early in the year to be swimming.
We did worry about the weather not being very good (we went 23rd - 27th Feb 06), but the temperature was perfect for walking around the medina and with glorious sunshine was wonderful for relaxing on the roof terrace with a good book. The roof terrace has views towards the Atlas mountains and also of the storks and their precarious nests on the royal palace walls opposite, after which the property is named.
The Riad is located in the South of the medina next to the royal palace and about 10 minutes walk through fascinating winding streets to the main square.
We highly recommend you take the cookery course and learn how to make your own cous cous or tagine - it's really good fun and the staff are very friendly. Also, if you are out late, then they serve breakfast until midday which is wonderful to take on the roof terrace.
Overall Marrakech exceeded our expectations and Dar Les Cigognes was no small part of this, the riad is welcoming and provides a much more homely atmosphere than a hotel, whilst retaining your privacy and levels of service.
1001 one night
We went to Marrakesh for a long weekend, not really knowing what to except after visitng Oman and Tunesia earlier this year. We both absolutely loved the city, and 99% was due to the hotel Dar les Cigognes: Excellent location in the old city, very safe and beautifully decorated hotel, where every detail/decoration has been carefully (and with taste!) sellected.
The staff was adorable, professional very friendly and discrete. They organised an unforgetable candle-light dinner in one of the two dinning rooms.
A ten out of ten!
One of the best boutique hotels in the world
We spent a week in Dar les Cigognes. I am fortunate enough to stay regularly in some of the best hotels in the world, and this is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in the world. It has a perfect location in the Medina, is a simply beautiful riad, has stunning rooms with log fires, but, above all, has absolutely charming staff. Breakfast on the roof terrace, overlooking the Atlas Mountains, is the best possible way to start your day. Definitely the most romantic hotel that my wife and I have used around the world.
Great effort, though a little amateur!
We went to Dar Les Cigognes for our honeymoon and found it to be more than acceptable. The best part is the staff: they really work to make your stay as good as it can be. For example, on the first night of our visit, our four poster bed was covered in rose petals, our bathroom was lit with a collection of little tea lights, and a complimentary bottle of wine was sent down to us to celebrate our marriage! Though the staff really go the extra mile to make your stay pleasant, however, there are some odd things about this hotel. For one, our bathtub was wonderfully deep, but there was only ever enough hot water to yield about 4 inches worth! Further, the courtyard layout really makes the place noisy. On more than one occasion, we were woken up in the night by the bedroom activities of various couples, and though the external walls are thick, noise from the outside streets is ever present. The result was that we got very little sleep during our stay. On balance, I probably would not stay here again as I think that it is a bit too expensive for what it offers. Nevertheless, we had a good time, and were especially appreciative of the staff's special effort to make our honeymoon enjoyable.
Stayed at Dar Les Cigognes in early Feb 2006. Visually it was very nice. The staff, especially Olaf the manager were very accomadating. The roof-top terrace was one of the nicest things about the riad. Our room was lovely and every night we had a great fire going. A couple of points. Due to the way the doors are hung for the rooms (it is hard to explain) there are gaps between the door and the wall and as such it can get kind of noisy (you may hear things at night you would really rather not). I believe an earlier reviewer mentioned this. While the doors are beautiful maybe the hotel may want to work on this a little. Also, the kitchen staff are very pleasant and try hard, but the food could be better especially at $35 (U.S.) per person + wine. For $100 a meal I expect a lot in Morocco, so if staying here I would dine out for dinner. Overall very nice and service was fantastic, but if I were in Marrakech for 5-6 days I would stay 2-3 days here and 2-3 days elsewhere (actually I would skip out of town and stay in Essaouira or the desert for a couple of days)because while Marrakech is interesting, people hassling you and trying to rip you off gets old quickly. Anyway I enjoyed my time in Morocco and a lot of that was because of this hotel, but if you are a light sleeper look elsewhere to avoid getting upset.
A short but pleasant stay
We stayed at this lovely riad in the Medina for our last night in Morocco after 3 days of touring. Although we arrived quite late and had little time to explore its range of facilities, we can tell you that our room (which was a standard deluxe) was wonderfully decorated with authentic furnishings, a comfortable and large bed, and a working fireplace which gave it especial charm (and helped keep us warm during an unusually cool and wet period). Our only criticism might be that the shower curtain (there was no bath in our unit) hung too far into the shower and your body kept hitting it. Also, in the short while our breakfast took to get to our room, the coffee was already on the cool side - a thermos type flask would easily address this. The staff were very accommodating and helpful. All in all - a nice place to stay.