My boyfriend and I spent 6 magical nights ad Dar Les Cigognes in February to celebrate my 50th birthday. From the moment we entered the Riad -- where we were met with the soothing sounds of a gurggling rose petal covered fountain and offered morrocan tea by the utterly charming concierge Pierre -- to the moment we left -- sent off to the airport with a delicious box of homemade sweets and cookies -- our stay was utterly magical. In fact, we were only supposed to stay for four nights, but we were having such an amazing time we stayed two nights longer. The service was absolutely impeccable; even though there were of course other guests, everyone -- and particularly Pierre -- made us feel as though we were the only ones there. The riad itself is gorgeous and exotic. Our room was lovely, big and quiet. The food? Outstanding. And I had the pleasure of spending a morning with Pierre at the markets and then coming back for a cooking lesson with the Riad's dada, learning to make some of her specialities. A fantastic way to spend the day. Pierre's restaurant recommendations were perfect, and I also especially appreciated the information the hotel provided about Marrakech; exquisite details on what to see, where to eat, where to shop, etc. I cannot say enough about it; I still dream about the Riad. I hope to return one day because it was seriously one of the best hotel/vacation experiences I have had.