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“A little piece of tranquility...” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Les Cigognes
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   108 rue de Berima, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #101 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“A little piece of tranquility...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Unobtrusive, the doorway leads into the most beautiful and traditional riad. With a warm welcome by the staff and Pierre the manager, we were made to feel very at home. The quality of the food and the attentive service was excellent. However, it is the informed, engaging and humorous Pierre who ensured that not only was our stay relaxing, but maximised the opportunity to see the sights! In particular, we availed ourselves of the cookery course and the associated tour of the market and neighbourhood. This was superb.

We are planning to return as soon as possible - an excellent place to recharge between the frenetic forays into Marrakech!!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
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Greater Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had never been to Morocco before and staying at Les Cigognes was a real treat. The experience of entering the riad is magical. From a small door in a plain wall you step into a delightful inner space with a open courtyard planted with orange trees. They were in flower (mid March) and the scent was wonderful.

Our rooms were lovely especially the Silver Room. The rooftop garden, where breakfast is served, is lovely with views of the storks nesting nearby. In mid March the weather was like a lovely English summer day - not too hot

The service was great and very friendly. Pierre is a mine of information. He arranged some restaurant bookings for us and they were excellent recommendations. We had prebooked two cookery lessons and our teenaged daughter enjoyed the cakes one so much she insisted we book her an extra lesson. We also did the lesson with the market visit and were shown how to make various Morrocan salads, fish tagine, couscous with vegetables and enjoyed eating it all on the rooftop terrace at lunchtime. Delicious.

We tried a hamman and can see how they could get addictive although a massage might suit the timid a better. In the hamman you do feel a bit like an old painted door being rubbed down vigorously for repainting! You certainly glow afterwards.

In all we just can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stepping into the Dar Les Cigognes is like walking into a calm and cool oasis - at least I relaxed immediately when entering from the hustle and bustle of the medina. Have stayed at several riads but this is my favourite - beautifully designed and still very functional. Especially of note are the many "escape retreats" within the hotel (and not just the lovely rooms) like the library with the fireplace and the spa - and best of all, the roof top terrace where once can see the stocks nesting on the palace opposite the hotel amongst lush plants and a nice breeze!. Service was impeccable - and the food lovely - am very partial to their homemade yoghurt! And loved the art dotted around the hotel - especially in the hall ways (and in the rooms - at least what I got to see) - straight out of 1001 nights.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Pierre and team were magnifique! Everything about this riad was perfect - the service, the food, the staff, the tips on where to shop, sightsee and eat. The rooftop garden where meals are served is a beautiful spot overlooking dozens of stork nests. The dinner we had there was probably the best we had in Marrakech. A gem!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We were there in May 2013 and it was already getting very hot. This is an absolutely beautiful Hotel. When you enter the Riad its calmness and elegance is captivating, you feel immediately relaxed and at ease, a peaceful retreat from the busy streets. The staff is very friendly and welcomes you with a warm smile, service is impeccable. The location is close to place Mellah, at the edge of the Medina from where you have easy access to the Souks but also can find a taxi in 1 minute walk (some of the Riads in the Medina are in pedestrian areas). The best part is breakfast at the roof terrasse, from where you can see the storks breeding. In the evening you can lounge there, have dinner, smoke a shisha pipe if you want to or just relax. Pierre the GM is very friendly and if you book a cooking class, will show you around the market place (not where the tourists go but where the local people including the hotel buy their supplies). The cooking class was a truly great experience, you will learn in an easy way how to use all those different spices and the cook has been on TV shows and gets many visits from international chefs who want to learn from her. Try it :-)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We had not booked Dar Les Cigognes, but, due to a boiler problem with our room at Riad Kaiss, we were transferred to this riad directly from the airport. The hotel was very apologetic, and provided a lovely welcome with mint tea and pastries and gave us information about the city. Our room was lovely, facing the inner courtyard. All the staff at the riad provided a wonderful service, with nothing too much trouble. Breakfast and dinner were served whenever we wanted and someone was always on hand to provide a mint tea or snack. The air conditioning did fail in our room (clearly slightly unlucky with technical issues) but again it was dealt with very well and we were offered another room to sleep in, which we didn't take. Given the noise of Marrakech the rooms are amazingly quiet at night - you can not hear anything.

The rooftop garden is wonderful and very calm and provides a great setting for breakfast and dinner.

The riad is about 10minutes from the main square, and there are restaurants close by. The riad should be quite easy to find (compared to others) as it right next to the palace walls - however we did manage to get lost. The manager does provide a telephone number and an offer to come and get you if you get completely lost.

We also took advantage of the hamman, which was an interesting experience, but very relaxing. Would recommend to others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

If you are looking for a luxurious Riad with wonderful, friendly, personal service this is it. Pierre is brilliantly organised, a font of knowledge of where to go, what to see and where to eat or drink and nothing is too much trouble for him or the rest of the staff. I had booked a 5 night stay as a birthday present for my wife with the idea that she might particularly like to experience the cookery class. In the end I joined-in too and it was brilliant. Pierre took us around the Jewish quarter in which the Riad is situated and we got to meet his suppliers and see the parts of the souk and markets we wouldn't have done otherwise. We cooked far too much food though it was all delicious as we had expert instruction from Saida despite our lack or Moroccan arabic. In case you are wondering how the Riad got its name it is from the storks nesting on the palace walls that are easily visible from the wonderful terrace where we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner on different occasions. A real find.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Dar Les Cigognes Hotel
Dar Les Cigognes Marrakech
Dar Les Cigognes Hotel Marrakech
Address: 108 rue de Berima, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#38 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#52 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#77 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Les Cigognes 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Les Cigognes is a luxurious boutique hotel centrally located in the heart of the medina of Marrakech. An oasis of calm in a dazzling city, relax and enjoy our hammam, have a massage, or an unforgettable meal. The view from the roof terraces to the Atlas Mountains and onto the palace ramparts is unforgettable. Opposite royal palace, parking, 11 rooms and suites, fireplaces, AC. ... more   less 
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