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Riad Dar Anika
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Riad Zitoun Kedim No 112 | Madina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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“Haven of Tranquility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

From the melee of the street markets in Marrakech, you go through the black door into the tranquility of Riad Dar Anika. Without doubt this must be one of the best small hotels in the world. Never have we experienced service like this. From the rose petals around your room when you arrive to the friendly helpful staff, the service was exceptional.

The dinner is a MUST. You will be amazed by the quality and the quantity (the only complaint is that the tables were too small to hold it all).

Abu insisted that we did not tip anyone individually (and the staff did not expect it), but we just had to give a tip at the end.

All this does not come cheap, but when it came to paying the bill, most of the small services like tea and cakes, were free of charge. How many other hotels would do that for you?

We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed March 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 March 10, 2013

Marrakech is quite unlike anywhere in Europe. It is more than you can imagine.An assault on the senses in every way. Dar Anika is an oasis of calm in the Medina.
From our arrival at the airport to our departure everything is taken care of. On the first night we had dinner in the riad and this is something I would recommend. For authentic Moroccan food I dont think you will do better.
The staff our great and Samir is a font of knowledge and is happy to recommend trips, what to do and what not to do.
Some really nice touches, such as the welcome mint tea and cakes right through to our packed lunch for the plane journey home.

  • Stayed March 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Thank you, Trip Advisor friends. Your stellar reviews led us to a truly wonderful 5 day stay at Riad Dar Anika. Particularly appreciated: the welcoming ceremony; the spotless and upgraded room; the hour-long "introduction to Marrakesh" the first morning with Abu, owner and host extraordinaire, who gave us excellent information and confidence to make the most of our stay; a most comfortable location at the end of the souk, which I found I much preferred to other riad locations around the area; and the staff, who actually went out to try to buy a converter at 9 pm when ours broke, who remembered our names, and who seem to be really enjoying their jobs. Unexpected bonuses: lovely rooftop terrace for the hearty breakfast; complimentary, yummy, traditional soup served each evening; help changing US dollars without having to go outside; help arranging a tour and airport transfers; and a colorful community of people just outside the door who have been living there for over 30 years. So unexpectedly relaxing to be so well taken care of in this very unfamiliar city. I could just simply move into Riad Dar Anika; we will certainly be bringing our far-flung family to enjoy the hospitality. Could not be any better. Cannot think of one suggestion for improvement, which my friends will assure you is highly unusual for me. Don't hesitate. BTW: Marrakesh is wonderful, too.

Room Tip: Our twin bedded room, #4, had tinted glass windows looking onto the brightly sky-lit interior courty...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed at Dar Annika for 4 nights having chosen it because of other Trip Advisor reviews. We had a fantastic time and were treated beautifully from the second we arrived until we left. The staff were pleasant, attentive (to the right degree) and provided everything we could want. We had a very pretty room (number 6) which looked out onto a street leading up to the main square (5 minute walk) Our initial thoughts that this could be a noisy room were totally unfounded.On our last night we had a meal at the riad which was superb...by far the best meal we had and a highlight of our stay. Samir and all the other staff did an excellent job!

Room Tip: Number 6 was lovely. I think the only one with windows(very pretty with coloured glass) looking out...
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  • Stayed March 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This was my first visit to Marrakech and I am so pleased that we chose Riad Dar Anika with the help of the Trip Advisor reviews. Our stay was amazing, The owners , manager and every member of the staff were incredibly helpful. They explained the good, interesting and less safe areas of the city, giving us maps and explaining how to get to the best areas and sites. They advised on where to eat safely and recommended itineries for our length of stay that allowed us to see as much as possible whilst we were there.
Breakfasts were amazing and we also ate there two evening meals which were traditional Morroccan cuisine, delicious and in great quantity !
The bed was incredibly comfortable and room was immaculate.
Taxis arrranged whenever we needed them at very reasonable costs, the mint tea was delicious and plentiful...........I really cant say enough about the standards of this Riad, we enjoyed every aspect of our stay there and would highly recommend it to anyone that is thinking of going to Marrakech

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

I have only got raves for this place. The service and hospitality are exceptional from the welcoming "ceremony" to the Moroccon soup each evening. Nothing is a trouble, the staff remember your name and it is sincere.probably the best service I have had anywhere in the world.
The decor and finishes are classy as well as homely. It is an oasis from the noise and mayhem just outside the door. There is wifi throughout the establishment and even a small swimming pool in the lobby. There is a rooftop terrace overlooking the hussle and bussle below.
The breakfasts are delicious especially the yoghurt and the eggs are to die for!!
The rooms are a good size, but if you can get an upgrade it gets even better.
I could have spent a week in just in the Riad without going out into the old city of Marrakech. But the excitement of Marrakech is just in walking distance from the front door. All the main sites are close by.
I would strongly recommend this Riad and hope that I have another opportunity to stay here. I just loved it. So that is my rave!!

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  • Stayed February 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Excellent service. Very tasteful Riad with comfy bed and delicious breakfast. Staff can't do enough to help. Lovely roof terrace too. A few minutes from the main square. Taxis can take you to the door which is very handy.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Riad Zitoun Kedim No 112 | Madina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#1 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#12 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Dar Anika 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad dar anika welcomes you to Morocco, a luxurious and intimate boutique riad situated at the entrance to the old souk and close to the Djemma el Fna.With 12 rooms, individually styled with flair and imagination, a swimming pool and hammam, we believe we offer a truly personal experience, a home away from home where guests can relax in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the medina outside.From the very moment you step through the heavily carved door of Riad dar Anika our staff are on hand to ensure your stay is perfect in every way. Every fine detail has been thoughtfully considered from the crisp bed linen and fresh flowers to our authentic Moroccan cuisine. Our roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sun or evening drinks, affording total privacy and stunning views over the surrounding city and Atlas mountains. ... more   less 
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