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“We loved this Riad Hotel and had an amazing holiday.” 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 #97 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
London, England, United Kingdom
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“We loved this Riad Hotel and had an amazing holiday.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited Marrakech in June 2013. Our room was out of this world. Pierre the Hotel manager was beyond helpful in organising a day trip to the High Atlas Mountains with 'Bruce' the driver and a booking for dinner at Le Tobsil where the journey there, as we were led down tiny winding alleyways from the car, was part of the magical experience. We breakfasted each morning on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel which provided a calm oasis before the chaos of Marrkech proper each day. After exploring on foot and immersing ouselves in the sights, sounds and smells of such a mad city, the only way to unwind was with a Hammam in the basement. Afterwards, sunset drinks, 5 minutes walk away at Kosybar in Place des Ferblantiers, was about as much effort as our relaxed states could manage. A thoroughly lovely Hotel with helpful, attentive staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble, to ensure our stay was fabulous.
Take wet wipes in case you get 'henna'd' in the main square of Jemaa el Fna!!

  • Stayed June 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

An architecturally beautiful hotel with a stunning roof terrace. If you do stay, DO have a hammam, the steam room itself is beautiful apart from the health and relaxation benefits of a good scrub down! You'll feel like a million dollars afterwards. The manager was very welcoming and informative. Our room was beautiful. Couldn't fault anything so far . . .

However, for a restaurant/s that prides itself on its food, we were somewhat disappointed, since this was one of the reasons for booking the Dar Les Cigognes in the first place. The choice for dinner on the night we arrived was a set menu comprising two salad starters, two tajine main courses (one chicken, one vegetable) and two deserts. Incidentally, this was the same menu offered at lunch. We ordered one each of the salads, they were ok, nothing special; the chicken tajine was excellent though; only one of the deserts ordered was available and that was an extremely dense and extremely sweet chocolate mousse.

The following day, we visited their sister Riad Kaiss for lunch as it is highly recommended by Dar les Cigognes. A reservation was made for us to have a late lunch. This time there was no menu; we were told that we could have a chicken sandwich or a meatball tajine. We had a rather passable salad (I've eaten far better salads in the most ordinary Moroccan restaurants) followed by a rather disappointing meatball stew, which was not actually served in a tajine. We were told that we couldn't have wine because there was nobody to serve us. We waited so long for the meal that we had to eat in a hurry and run to catch our taxi to the airport. A salad and a meatball stew for two and two bottles of water came to MAD 529.80, probably the worst value meal in two and a half weeks in Morocco.

The hotel is beautiful and the staff are excellent. Our breakfast was delicious. However, for a hotel which prides itself on its food, offers cookery classes and acted as a venue for Yotam Ottolenghi's food programme on Moroccan cuisine, the management needs to look at what it offers its guests for lunch and dinner. I have eaten far better Moroccan cuisine at half the price in the most humble eateries in Marrakech, the Atlas mountains and Essaouira. I think you need to do better!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Found the trip on Trip Advisor, and stayed here with my partner, the previous reviews are entirely accurate, this is the most amazing hotel.

Situated on a scruffy little street a very unassuming entrance leads you basically to paradise. The helpful and very welcoming Pierre gives a quick induction to those that have not braved Marrakech before. The rooms are lovely (we stayed in the Harem room) and a lovely breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace each morning. The hotel is a short walk away from pretty much everything you need, and Pierre is very helpful in coming up with some great restaurant choices.

We will definitely return here.

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

I went to marrakesh in a group of 9 university friends for a week and the staff at the riad , in particular Pierre , made the trip. Pierre helped us to organise everything from dessert excursions to Hammans to sightseeing and eating and drinking and more.

Before and during the trip the staff ensured our trip was tailored to us specifically, always happy to field questions and provide insight on the what when and how questions of marrakesh

The riad itself is beautiful, well located , and tranquil. I couldn't reccomend this riad and it's staff any more highly

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Serene, exquisite 16th-century riad tucked just on the side of the Badi Palais, taking its name from the Cigognes (storks) which nest on the ramparts of the palace. You could not hope for a better situated (the walk from the riad to the central square ensures a brief but pleasant daily wander down one of the central market streets), more gracious (Pierre is kind and informative and the staff are lovely - if you leave your room for more than five minutes you will find it magically cleaned and a delicious apricot biscuit laid out for you) or more beautiful (the rose-blooming roof terrrace is simply perfect) place to stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I spent seven nights at Dar Les Cigognes with a large group of friends as part of a university reunion trip, and can honestly say that it was a wholly superb experience in every respect.

Pierre is an exceptionally knowledgeable, charming and professional host - he helped us plan our entire stay in Marrakech including excursions, daytime activities, nightclubs, and places to eat. We were also given an information sheet which was very well researched, unbiased, and accurate. As a result having a good time in Marrakech was almost effortless. He was able to advise us on all aspects of our stay (all of his advice without exception being spot-on) and was happy to organise further accommodation for one of our party who was heading on to Casablanca.

The Riad is a beautiful and historic building, located a short walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa and a number of other attractions. The staff are attentive, extremely polite and sociable (not to mention well attired). The food was excellent. The roof terrace is the perfect location to spend an evening, and the rooms are full of character with fittings of a very high standard. The toiletries provided are also of excellent quality.

All in all, I could not fault Dar Les Cigognes in any respect, and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I spent her 40th birthday in Morocco and we stayed in Marrakech for four nights. Excellent time. We were met at the airport by their driver and smoothly delivered to the front door. Pierre, the General Manager, greeted us as we entered with mint tea and cookies, and explained the riad and medina. Pierre provided a comprehensive list of places to eat, shop and visit (this list proved to be extremely helpful).

We did a cooking class that was a great time, including going to the market to meet the vendors they use. During the walk through the market we learned a lot of the history of Marrakech.

We had a hammam treatment and massage in the Riad that were delightful. The spa area was very clean and used great local products (which were also included in the bathrooms).

Highly recommend this tranquil and charming Riad.

  • Stayed June 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#37 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#93 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#95 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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