I usually don't write reviews here, but we just got back from our vacation and stayed here again.
We have stayed at this location 3 times in the past 4 years - I heard about this place when I met the original owner (father of the current owner) while travelling about 10 years ago, but never got the chance to stay there until 2009. We have stayed in other places in Morocco for work and vacation, so we do have some other experiences to compare this to.
The house is a beautiful traditional Moroccan design, the location is in a very nice area and (thankfully) a bit outside the noisy downtown area, and the service is excellent. By Western standards, this place is really great. By Moroccan standards, it's off the charts.
One of our favorite things is the breakfast by the pool / garden area. The grounds are very nice and well-kept. There are fountains, birds, trees, and lots of other nature stuff that the wife loves. I like the peace and quiet. There's satellite TV and lots of places to read and relax, and the wi-fi is pretty good (especially by local standards). There's a free shuttle to/from the airport, and to all of the usual touristy spots.
Price--wise, this place is a good deal. The rates are comparable to the other riads in the Marrakech area - but this place is far nicer, our rate always includes breakfast, and there's a free shuttle service. So to me, it's better for my wallet. If you compare this to the name-brand places, it's much better value (less expensive).
By the way, the staff is really knowledgeable about the local sights and attractions - we have always gotten good recommendations about what to do and what to see in Marrakech and other parts of the country. And they give you good, solid (honest) advice, as I found out several times.
This place is not Club Med. If you want a recreation direction and planned activities, this is not the place for you. And if you want to stay with the noise and the action, it's also not for you. But if you want peace and quiet and no hassles without spending a fortune, this is the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 28 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Ayniwen Marrakech
- Dar Ayniwen Hotel Marrakech