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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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wales
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“Total Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2010

Went here for a belated honeymoon everything was perfect from start to finish,free upgrade to the Galaxy suite which was much appreciated,huge room lots of nice touches.
Stephane is a wonderful host and always on hand with help and knowledge and at the end of the phone if you get lost!
The hotel is truly magical if you are looking for peace and relaxation with five star service.
The team of staff are friendly and attentive without being obtrusive.
I did read another reviewer stating that this was far from five star? If you are looking for modern/corporate style decor with average run of the mill service and overcrowded noisey swimming pools then this place is not for you.
The free use of the car and driver was a particular added bonus.
We wanted a traditional Moroccan experience,mixed with good food wine and service and that is what we got,total bliss.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

This was our first trip to Marrakech with our best friends, who have been raving about Dar Ayniwen for the last few years. Really didn't know what to expect as we are used to the large hotel resorts in places like Dubai. However, we are quite reluctant to praise this magical place as we really want to keep it as our 'secret find'. This wouldn't be fair on Aziz and his wonderful staff, who really deserve a huge amount of praise. Our 5 night break turned into 14 nights due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and we still didn't want to leave at the end of our extended trip. We felt the luckiest people on earth to have been stranded in a place like this and Aziz made what could have been a nightmare for us into a dream! It is the most relaxing place we have ever stayed in and absolutely love the contrast of the chaotic souks to the peace of the hotel. All staff work so hard to make you feel so welcome and at home. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We shall definitely be returning!!!

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Just far enough out of Marrakech and lovely and peaceful after the din of the Medina.Breakfasts wonderful with great local pancakes and crumpets,restaurant dinner also very good,although food and drinks prices quite high.
Kids loved the pool and the safe enviroment within the walls of the hotel.
The hotel is a real treat,with great service coming from Aziz and his waiters,waitress',drivers and maids.Thanks very much.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

We had the most wonderful stay at this incredibly peaceful and welcoming Riad. Aziz and his colleagues could not have been more welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. From breakfast by the pool every morning listening to the wonderful bird song to candle lit dinners at night. Aziz stressed that this was our home whilst we were there and he meant it....it was just so relaxing and peaceful. Being about fifteen minutes from Marrakesh meant complete calm whilst at Dar Ayniwen but the complementary cars made journeys out easy and stress free. A wonderful experience and one we will repeat. Thank you Aziz for your wonderful hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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 April 10, 2010

Absolutely stunning villa and gardens. We travelled with our 14 month old who was made extremely welcome. He enjoyed toddling around the gardens, chasing the tortoise and watching the parrots. I agree with the reviewer who said that it felt as if we were in a private villa rather than a hotel. Service is extremely personal and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is a 10/15 minute drive from Marrakech, but use of the car meant that this was no problem, and we actually enjoyed staying slightly away from the hustle of the centre.

We found it difficult on ocassion to find staff to order drinks from, and it seems a shame this was the case when it would be so easy to fix. We also had a few misunderstandings caused by language issues which is worth bearing in mind if you visit (only so that you make doubly sure everyone understands what you're asking for, this happened a couple of times, but as an example, we asked dinner to be served as soon as they were ready, whilst the staff thought we said we'd tell them we were ready - an hour and a half later, we realised the mistake). This said, it really did seem insignificant because the staff really are extremely helpful and friendly and we were so happy to be staying in such a wonderful place. We would undoubtedly return and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

We had a wondeful stay at Dar Ayniwen on our first trip to Marrakech. The staff could not have been more helpful, nothing was too much trouble, we would definitely stay there again, it felt as if we were in a private villa rather than a hotel. Aziz could not have been more heplful in organising our various trips.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 4 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 March 31, 2010

This was a second trip to Dar Ayniwen and it still managed to impress us and tick all the right boxes! All the previous reviews are so spot on....it is magical! You can't quite imagine what the fuss is all about until you’ve actually stayed there! On both trips we had chosen to stay for the first few days in the medina at two very chic and contemporary designed riads. Dar Ayniwen is quite a contrast in design with mix of antique and beautiful paintings and a bit of quirkiness thrown in! The gardens are simply stunning and in my view better than a trip to the Majorelle gardens which is full of tourists....don't bother, just stay here! Lying by the pool, surrounded by the wonderful birds, tortoises, guinea fowl and resident cat whilst reading a good novel is the best form of relaxation you could wish for. We were taken into town at the drop of a hat, but chose to have breakfast, lunch and dinner here as the food was excellent!
The staff are all exceptional; Aziz, Lamais and Zack were faultless and nothing was too much trouble. They seemed to glide and float around the house always with calmness but effortless efficiency which goes beyond all the 5 star hotels we have experienced. Not forgetting the tireless work which goes on around the beautiful gardens where the upkeep is impeccable and the staff always smiling! Thank you Stephane for a truly wonderful stay in your beautiful grand house..we shall be back!

  • Stayed February 2010, 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: Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
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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