More about Riad Dar Anika
Stay Here! You Won't Be Disappointed!
Can't really add much from the previous reviewer's comments, only to re-itterate that we had a very enjoyable 3 night, 4 day stay at the Riad Dar Anika in Marrakesh.
We stayed in a first floor superior room which we thought was great value for around 100GBP per night including breakfast. Breakfast was simple but adequate consisting of fruit, yoghurt, breads, jams and as much mint tea as you can handle.
The Manager was really helpful in booking us a guide for half a day, and recommending excellent local restaurants. There is a place just around the corner called 'Tangine' which had delicious food - definately recommended.
The location of the riad cannot be beaten as it is just a 5 minute walk to the big square. We certainly felt safe when venturing out alone at night as there is always people out and about.
Overall, a 10/10 experience at the Dar Anika and I would recommend others to stay here for an authentic Moroccon experience.
Just got back from Riad Dar Anika and we loved it. They upgraded us to the suite which was an absolutely gorgeous room with a domed roof - it was a little dark but this added to the atmosphere. Breakfast was excellent, really fresh and served on the roof terrace – although, if you stayed for a longer time you may get a bit sick of the breakfast as it is pretty much the same each morning - bread, jams, yoghurt, fruit, coffee. We sunbathed on the roof one day and used the indoor / outdoor pool which was lovely. We also got the hotel to get someone in to do a hamam / treatment – this cost £12.50 per person. Basically, you go into a marble steam room by the swimming pool and she covers you in olive soap, then gives you a very good exfoliating followed by a mask and drenches you in lots of hot water in between. Your skin feels really smooth and lovely afterwards!
The hotel recommended a restaurant on the square called Marrakchi – traditional food, belly dancers etc. It was by far our best meal and it’s one of the few places on the square that serves alcohol. The wine was really nice and reasonably priced too! They also recommend a restaurant right near the hotel (I think it was called Tangia) – the place was impressive/traditional etc but the food was pretty average. Our worst meal was at Bo Zin – a very trendy restaurant / bar / music place out of town. The décor / atmosphere etc was fab but the food was not very nice – it was cold and the service was pretty rubbish. We still had a good time though! There is another place nearby called Dar Soukkar which is meant to be good so we wish we’d gone there instead. We also went to Le Comptoir which is another restaurant / bar / music place on the edge of the Medina. It was a great place to go for cocktails and we wish we had eaten there as the food looked great.
We also went up into the Atlas Mountains which is a must. The hotel quoted us £80 but another hotel guest recommended a private taxi / guide called Omar – he took us for £40 and he was excellent. He spoke great English and he was with us for the whole day and even combined the mountain trip with a city tour at the end of the day – his number is [--].
I’d definitely recommend Marrakech and Dar Anika.
Fantastic 40th birthday
Wanted a 40th birthday somewhere a bit unusual. This Riad is beautifully decorated and has a lovely rooftop eating area, plus a small semi-indoor pool in the open atrium (didn't try it, too cold in December). Breakfasts were lovely, but service very slow at times (not many staff around). Rooms were comfortable if rather dark. Location right in the heart of the Medina, five minutes walk from the main square, so perfect for sightseeing, you can walk everywhere.
We returned last week from a three night stay at the Dar Anika. I had booked the trip as a Christmas present for my husband and became a little worried just prior to travelling as there were several low rated reviews. I e-mailed the hotel and was assured the towel/bathrobe problem had been sorted.
We were collected at the airport as arranged, be ready for a long wait in line for customs when you arrive. Upon arrival at the Riad we were given a cup of mint tea and shown around the Riad and then to our room. We were in a room just off the pool area, it was a superior room and was a good size. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was surprisingly good, better than many we have experienced during our travels! The towels were fine, we had no bath towels on the first nights however these appeared on the second day although we had never requested them. We had water and fresh flowers in our room, but the fruit and moroccan pastries which were advertised never materialised, we never did mention this although I suppose we should have.
The weather was beautiful on our first morning and breakfas was served on the rooftop terrace. Each morning this consisted of coffee/tea, very fresh orange juice, lovely fresh bread and another cake/pastry, a selection of jams/honey and a bowl of yogurt (the nicest we've ever tasted) and a bowl of fresh fruit. It was loevely having breakfast in the sunshine, unfortunately the weather on the next two mornsing was not so good and we were served it in a room downstairs.
The riad is as many have said perfectly located, we never got lost finding our way back. Be aware though it is very easy to get lost in Marrakech especially when wondering around the souks, we did frequently and ended up following someone who offered to show us the way. They do expect to be paid for this and we discovered that however much you offer at first they ask for more. This did not worry us too much after all the standard of living there is poor, I think we read the minimum wage is 30p an hour!
We ate on the square one night, this was quite an experience and I considered myself very brave to try it, the food was okay but the atmosphere was incredible never seen so many people eating al fresco! On the second night we ate at a restaurant recommended by the Riad near the squrae can't remember its name but we had a great night with belly dancers and morrocan music. On our last night we asked the Riad to book a table at 'Narwama' as we had read reviews and thought it sounded good. We got lost on our way again - be aware we follwed the signs but missed the final turn, that night we walked into a restaurant and had ordered our food before we realised we were in the wrong one! We did turn the corner after our meal and apologised at the Narwama explaining what had happened and drank cocktails. It was a shame we missing the dining experience there as it looked superb!
A couple of tips: we wanted to go to the Bains de Marrakech but couldnt get booked in apparently they book up well in advance so book before you go if you plan to go there. We went to Hammam Ziani instead which is just around the corner from the Riad. This was much cheaper, separate mens and ladies but was a very different but very relaxing experience, where else can you have a gommage (exfoliation) steam room, massage, algae wrap for 20 pounds? We found a lovely bar on the square just near the hotel, can't remember waht it was called but this was a lovely place to sit at the end of the day on the roof and people watch.
To finish I never felt unsafe in Marrakech but would recommend that you keep your shoulders and knees covered in the old town to avoid unnecessary stares and attention, the moroccan culture is that women dress conservatively.
One other point to note at duty free in Marrakech airport they will NOT accept the dirham only euros.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Friendly and calm
Spent 4 nights at Rid Dar Anika early June and was not disappointed.
Rooms were extremely clean and staff went out of their way to be helpful, particularly when my partner was ill.
I ate there one night and the food was excellent
The only minor caveat was the pool temperature-it was freezing!
The location was unbeatable also, near the 'Big Square'
A fantastic week at Dar Anika for my wife and I in the intense heat of July...
The effective air conditioning really made a difference in this spare and elegant riad.
The staff and service levels are fantastic - nothing was too much trouble for Samir and his charming team.
We can thoroughly recommend eating at Dar Anika. Meals need to be booked by midday but the result is fantastic and an order of magnitude better than any other meal we had in Marrakech.
My only criticism is that the bathrooms were a little disappointing compared to the rest of the place. They are quite plain and basic - most rooms only have a shower.
I'd certainly recommend Dar Anika to anyone wanting a restful time in one of the world's most bustling cities. We will definitely return!
We stayed at the Riad for 10 days and throughly enjoyed it. The location is brilliant because we could walk by ourseleves directly to the main Marrakech square which has got the most fabulous atmosphere, especially at night. We found the Riad a calm oasis after the hussle of local life. The rooms are very comfortable which have traditional artwork on the ceilings along with air conditioning. The modern en suite had these lovely coloured glass windows which matched the ones in the room giving a lovely effect. All kept very clean by staff who were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They have about 11 rooms which meant a very special personalised feel to it. Their recommendations for local resturants for lunch were first rate with excellent food at fair prices. The food at the Riad was superb and was served on the roof terrace which was really relaxed and then if we wanted we could go and sit for more drinks on comfortable seats in the Moroccon nights tent also on the roof terrace. It means you can sit and chat either by yourselves or with other guests if you wish.
What suprised us was how good the night life was. The Riad suggested some places to try and organised taxis for us, they were taxis's they use all the time so we were not ripped off at all, plus they could tell them exactly where we wanted to go so there was no language problem.
There is a great massage room which I can't remember what it's called but felt amazing afterwards!!!! Felt as though every dirty pore in my body had been thoroughly cleansed.
The Riad is beautifully done including a pool, although not overly large, is inside on ground level which enables you to cool off nicely with towels provided for you close to hand.
We loved how they have managed to retain that old traditional feel to the Riad but incorporating the modern things you need, even down to a lap top left our for everyone's use, It was so relaxing we could quite easily of stayed longer. We have bored all our friends about it and the amazing trip altogether. If your looking for somewhere to visit that combines very friendly hospitality, excellent food and great experiences, then we can recommend you go and stay at the Riad D'Anika, we guarantee you wont be disapointed.
We are now organising to go back with a group of friends for a long weekend and can't wait!!!!
Understated Decadence and Tranquility
I returned for the second time to Dar Anika in May of this year before the scorching weather arrived. I had visited the Riad when it first opened and found it a wonderful place and the return only added to and excelled my original thoughts. The staff were so helpful and their skills had been polished to a high degree and they were able to offer so much not only to the Riad itself but to the experience of Marrakech -of where to go and what to see.
The Riad itself is exceptionally clean, the rooms are wonderfully cool even without the air conditioning, the artwork is fantastic and the decor has been chosen with care and fits in fantastically.
The close proximity of the D'Jeema Al Fna (main square) was great too. With a slow stroll along what appears to be a rather wide alley but in fact turns out to be an access way for all sorts of transport, you end up after a colourful experience at the Square.
I would highly recommend the Riad to anyone I know and given that I have now been there twice they are obviously doing something right.
Thanks to all the staff.
Very comfortable and welcoming riad
Just returned from 4 nights in Morocco. We booked this riad based on recommendations on Trip Advisor. We were very pleased that we did. The riad is nicely presented, the staff were very welcoming and very helpful. The staff were some of the most helpful that we've come across, and we've stayed in quite a few places. The riad itself is very comfortable, with a small but refreshing pool. In terms of location it is good. It's within the city walls and about a 10 minute walk from the main square. The walk itself is very interesting so for us was not a problem. The food in the riad was okay, but we would recommend eating out as the atmoshpere in local resturants is better. It would also benefit from a couple of extra parasols for the roof top terrace.
We are pleased we stayed there and would recommend it to other travellers as a good base to explore the area from. It's not aimed at people who would rather stay in an hotel all day
Stunning on all counts!
This is the only place to stay in Marrakech, without a doubt. An oasis in the midst of the insanity, with square Djemm el Fnaa only a few minutes away!
The staff are amazing, and thoroughly courteous, helpful and attentive. (Special mention to Nourreddine, Fahd and Habiba...thank you again!) Breakfasts were great, the chef's firm set yoghurt as good as it gets, and with fresh fruit salad, breads, jams, honey, fresh orange juice and teas or coffees, you'll be hard pushed to eat lunch......but we did, salads and BBQ. First class.
We also had our evening meal there on our last night, and it was truly excellent, finishing with a most spectacular fruit display. The quantities were more than we could manage, and so much care and attention had gone into the meal that we felt awful at not being able to finish every last scrap.
The Riad is certainly 'class' and all the care, attention and love that has been central to it's development is apparent at every turn. It is very beautiful from the entrance hallway, air conditioned reading/ CD/ relaxing area and separate pool on the ground floor, right through the delightful accomodation on the first floor and onto the roof with the tables for breakfast, the sun loungers (towels already in place) and the tented dining area with candles in the evening.