We stayed at the Dar Ayniwen from Oct. 8-10 for the last couple of days of our vacation in Morocco. It is certainly away from it all - down a dirt road, behind an imposingly large gate. The garden is certainly beautiful and well-maintained and the pool is large and refreshing. There are lots of staff (gardeners, waiters, cleaners, drivers, etc.) who take care of the guests. Aziz the manager speaks excellent English and seems to work 24 hours a day. We were upgraded to a villa with a private garden which was decorated in what could be called Arabian decadence (thus its name:Roman?).
I generally enjoyed my stay at Dar Ayniwen and since my husband and I tend to be (over)active, also appreciated that the transport service to town was always readily available. The fact is that given where Dar Ayniwen is, it would be quite difficult to take a taxi there (what is the address? can it be found?) and even if it were possible, it would be expensive. So without a car, one is dependent on the hotel´s transport service, which was very reliable, but is sometimes hard for people who are used to alot of independence. So it really is most appropriate for people who want to spend some of their time in Morocco relaxing by the pool and hanging out in a nice garden. The Hammam is very nice too.
Otherwise my criticisms would be that we ate there one night and found the food pretty bad and quite expensive. Also there was no really good shower in our villa although we had 2 bathrooms. Finally for a place that was quite expensive, especially for Moroccan standards, there was a strange feeling of being kind of "nickled and dimed". For instance, breakfast is included, but if you want fruit, it costs more. Or there is no complementary bottled water, which in a place like Morocco (brushing teeth no problem, but probably wouldn´t drink from tap) is kind of odd. These are not big things, but it does seem kind of petty for a place like Dar Ayniwen. I recommend that they rethink these policies. On the other hand I should point out that at the end of our stay, they generously offered me (female guests in general) a complementary Moroccan necklace as a gift, which was a nice gesture.
All in all, I liked Dar Ayniwen - nice staff, beautiful garden, etc. But as I said, it is for those who feel they need a luxurious break and want to spend part of their trip (a chunk of the day or some days of a longer stay) just relaxing by the pool and don´t mind spending the money to do it.
- 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