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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 #95 of 469 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hastings, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Dar Les Cigognes Hotel is just perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It was our tenth wedding anniversary and we were looking for a short break to relax and celebrate. After much searching, we finally settled on Marrakech and the Dar Les Cigognes and we were so glad that we did, it was absolutely perfect.
It was a quick drive to the hotel from the airport and as the door opened and we were welcomed by Pierre with a smile and warmth you wouldn’t usually get from the manager of a boutique hotel of this standard. But as we were to discover, this was how things are done at the Das Les Cigognes – and this is what makes it a cut above other hotels.
Our flight had arrived mid morning but Pierre explained that our room was ready for us to check in and relax in straight away. But before we did we were treated to home-made pastries and refreshing, sweet, mint tea in the courtyard of this gorgeously restored riad as Pierre filled us in on the what we could expect from Marrakech – all positives by the way – and advice on how best to spend our brief, two night stay in Marrakech. He gave us options for restaurants, historical sites to visit, spas, markets and shops. Pierre proved to be such an affable and entertaining chap that we could easily have spent all afternoon chatting and listening to him.
Our bags were taken up to our rooms and were shown around the Riad, the Hammam and massage rooms, the beautifully decorated rooms that sat on the edge of the courtyard where you can read it private or enjoy lunch and dinner the winding staircase that take you up through the hotel to the sun drenched roof terrace that looks out all over the surrounding area. We then entered our room and were so pleased with our choice (the Oriental Suite). It was just beautiful. A large bedroom book-ended by a luxurious bathroom – complete with both stone bath and separate walk – in, tiled shower- and on the other side a lovely and comfortable lounge area with a window overlooking the royal palace and the street below.
We had booked a cooking lesson that afternoon and were so glad that we did. At 2pm we met Pierre in the courtyard and he whisked us off for a brilliant and informing tour of the surrounding area and a local market where most of the ingredients we were to use for our lesson where supplied by. Passing thorough the tiny alleys on our way to the market Pierre entertained us with the history of the area and Marrakech. We popped into a communal oven where the local brought their dough to be baked, took a shortcut through a public hammam and reached the market. Everything is close to the hotel. Pierre was welcomed warmly by all of the people in the market and he introduced us to the butcher, fish monger and all of the other stalls that were there. Explaining the local produce and how they were prepared. One of the most surprising stalls was the spice stall where we were treated to a sample of Royal Tea which was absolutely delicious and welcomed on a hot day.
After an hour we returned to the hotel and were taken to the kitchen to meet the dada and were shown how to cook a three course meal by her with Pierre translating. As we were dazzled by the dada and her skills and were allowed to help by chopping and preparing the ingredients we were treated to a few glasses of wine as Pierre regaled us with stories and entertaining us all the way. We were having so much fun that the lesson passed by so quickly amid laughter, chopping, wine and plenty of taste testing of the dishes that we prepared. We retreated to the courtyard and finished off our wine with Pierre before heading back to our room to relax. That afternoon we visited the Souk which was a ten minute walk away and enjoyed some refreshments as we people watched. The walk to and from the Souk is filled with various shops for you to browse in and we did not feel hassled at all by any of them.
That evening we enjoyed our dinner that we had helped prepare earlier, on the roof terrace… I don’t think I have had such a relaxing meal in my life. Every course was as tasty as we hoped and we were absolutely stuffed before we slunk off back to our room for the night.

The next day we went up to the roof terrace where we found a table read for us to have breakfast – which was also delicious and set you up for the day. Fresh fruit and yogurt, a generous selection of pasties and then poached eggs and toast. That day we took Pierre up on one of the many recommendations and visited the BeldiCountry Club. What a place! A wonderful pool surrounded by herb gardens and acres of rose bushes. We were instantly relaxed and we laid back the loungers around the pool and were brought our drinks orders. The Pool was gorgeous as we took a dip every now and then and was surprisingly quiet but that just added to the tranquility of the place. We decided to have lunch there too and were not disappointed.
We returned to the hotel later that afternoon where we had booked further relaxation in the form of a traditional Hammam followed by massage which I could not recommend enough, I really can’t and was an absolute bargain. That evening we went and enjoyed a few drinks at the Kosy Bar which is just around the corner and overlooks a local square before heading back to the hotel for some more drinks on the terrace.
The next day we relaxed around the hotel as our flight was not until mid afternoon. Unlike most hotels Pierre let us use our room right up until we left.

I really can’t sing the praises of this hotel enough. It was a truly wonderful experience staying there. One of the only times that a hotel has felt like a home away from home where you are instantly relaxed and looked after by the fantastic Pierre and his charming staff. It cannot faulted in any way.

We will be back without a doubt!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

While most global tourists often look for a trusted names or boutique luxury, Moroccan tourists still opt for the traditionalism in aesthetic and culture that the country brings. As a result, the nation is one of the only places in the world where people would rather stay in historic traditional homes that have been re-equipped to cater to foreign clientele, than try the nearby 5-stars and whatnot.

Dar Les Cigognes captured the essence of that movement. It encapsulates the bear beautify of Moroccan orientalist architecture, with consistent decor and a great helping hand of impeccable hospitality. In fact, the hotel does that so well that is gives other luxury hotels a run for their money in terms of comfort level and overall beauty.


What was once a rich merchant’s house opposite the palace in the city, small hotels rarely come more stylish and intimate than this one. With an understated entrance and a knack for unabashed luxury and the help of celebrity architect Charles Boccara, the creators of Dar Les Cigognes have turned two heritage-drenched riads into a boutique hotel. Dar Les Cigognes translates as ‘the storks’ in French, as you can see them circling the skies.

This is truly a remarkable place to stay in the city of Marrakech for the traveller who is keen on absorbing some more culture during their travels.

Original review on FLIGHT965.com

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stayed at Dar Les Cigognes for two nights in early August and really wished we could have stayed more. On our arrival at the stunningly beautiful riad, we were greeted by Pierre and his lovely staff who couldn't have been friendlier or more enthusiastic. Our early flight had got us to the hotel at breakfast-time but our room was ready for us which was wonderful and meant we could get on with our day.

Before showing us to our room though, Pierre took the time over tea and homemade sweet treats (delicious) to tell us all about the riad and the services it offered (the Hammam is amazing and well priced for a bit of luxury) as well as Marrakech itself. He helped us design the perfect plan for a couple of days in the city based around what we wanted to do and what he knew would work best - so incredibly helpful and helped us make the most of the time we had. He's also just such a fun character to chat to!

The riad and the rooms themselves are beautiful, filled with nice touches such as beautifully presented hommade potions and lotions in the bathroom and fresh fruit to snack on. Breakfast was delicious - go hungry as it's a feast that will last you the day - and served on the flowery and peaceful roof terrace.

Can't recommend it enough and will be back no doubt! Thank you all at Dar Les Cigognes!

Hywel and Lani.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I stayed in Dar Les Cigognes for 4 days in December 2013, and I couldn't have been more happier with my choice. Beautiful, authentic and quiet riad just 5 minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of the old city. The old city wall if just a minute away...
All employees were friendly, smiling and willing to help. Breakfast (if only somewhat costly compared to other hotels in Marrakech and even other countries) on the roof provided the loveliest view.
The owner was there every day and he made sure to chat with me to confirm that I was happy with my stay. I've also got nice recommendations about places to visit and places to eat at (btw, very nice places are just 2 minutes walk on the square, food, drinks and even some light clubbing)
If I ever return to Marrakech I will definitely stay again in Dar Les Cigognes

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

As with so many riads in the Medina, there is nothing from the road outside to hint at the oasis of calm that lies behind the front door of this classy and relaxed small boutique hotel.
The manager Pierre takes time to explain anything and everything you need to make your stay in Marrakech as you wish it to be. If you have never been to this mad but enchanting city before, it is a place that can assault your senses but Pierre will ensure that you find the best of anything that you want to include in your stay in Marrakech.
We took their half day cooking course, including a visit to the markets which I would recommend as the guided tour meant we got to see and learn far more about the history and culture of the city in a short space of time than you would from any guide book.
As for the rooms, they are understated and stylish, peaceful and calm, a bathroom with a cavernous bath in ours. We had a standard (superior) room, which was of average size for a hotel room and perfectly adequate.
Nice rooftop area for drinks, dining, sun-bathing (not something we attempted in the 42 degree heat we experienced in June) and highly efficient, attentive but unobtrusive staff.
A nice bonus is that this Riad is only a two minute walk from the only nice bar we found within the Medina (Kosybar), which has also recently opened a fantastic Hammam/Spa within the same building that also comes highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

To preface my review, I have been to 52 countries and had just come from the Burj al Arab in Dubai, a hotel that bills itself as the world's most luxurious. Yet, the service at Dar Les Cigognes was the best I have ever experienced. The staff could not be more helpful. And the best part is that their desire to help comes across as truly genuine. From typed up personal "favorites"/recommendations at check in from the manager, to a private dinner in the courtyard, to the maid that waits to go home just because you chose to sleep in, each staff exceeded my expectations time and time again. The hotel does all of this while charging very reasonable room and food rates. I would love to return, and would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for traditional Moroccan hospitality and personalized service. It goes down as one of my favorite hotels in the world, which also include The Breakers Palm Beach and The Peninsula Los Angeles.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Traditional Riad with good rooftop garden area. Location ten minutes walk from the main souk which is a bonus as 1) it was quieter and 2) a taxi can take you to the door.
Greetings and checking in were friendly and traditional. Room was clean with the biggest baths you could ever need unless you were keeping dolphins.
Pierre and team looked after us very well with good reaervations off site. Make sure you do the cookery class. The local shops were well hidden and pierre appeared to lnow everyone in town. As to Fulya the chef. Great fun. Just go easy on the wine. Pierre is french.

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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 ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#40 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#41 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#81 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#89 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Les Cigognes 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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