It started with a short drive from Marrakech airport, to the old city Medina at the beginning of a busy street Zaitoun El Kadiem (Old Olive Street) at the entrance of the old Souk (market) leading to Djemma el Fna.
Not knowing what to expect, except some photos we saw of the Riad (Boutique Hotel) in the Internet, we were directed to an old beautifully carved door, the moment it was opened, we were greeted by Abu, Omar and Khalid part of the hotel management, we knew that we were into an experience.
At the entrance there was a small reception area, handled by two pleasant ladies, directly to an amazing courtyard with a massive skylight extending to the upper parameters of the yard, during the winter times it is covered with a transparent membrane, during the summer the membrane is removed totally, at all times light always comes through. The main structure of the building overlooks into the yard to the right there is a swimming pool, directly straight the hammam, to the left a sitting room, some guest rooms on the ground floor and the rest on the first floor in total 12 guest rooms, all with views on the yard, on the second floor there is the roof terrace, beautifully landscaped, focus point Arabian tent, potted plants, trees and flowers, with views over the old city, and Atlas mountain. All floors are furnished in a traditional period style with the influence of mature plantations. In addition to the hotel staff, furniture, fixtures and fittings, there are two tortoises, a chameleon and a stuffed toy monkey on a palm all permanent occupants.
Once inside the Riad strangely the noises of the busy streets disappeared, our luggage were taken immediately to our room, politely we were asked to leave our passports for registration and then taken through the main courtyard of the hotel to a beautifully decorated sitting room with the traditional old style of the Riad , we were offered wet towels to freshen up followed by some traditional soup, dates, Moroccan tea and local sweets, all prepared on the premises, followed by a brief introduction to the hotel and the city. Going up to our room, we were faced with an amazing internally decorated and finished room, red rose petals were used to enhance the decoration, there were complimentary fruits, water and nuts. Although the Riad is of old construction, it has been modernized to a very good standard which is very evident in the rooms and the bathroom facilities.
Our complimentary breakfast, we used to have it daily on the roof terrace with some guests already finished, soaking in the sun with a book, some coming to have breakfast. Afternoon tea is offered daily, with dinner normally served with local dishes in the courtyard, some nights there will be local musician playing traditional music to accompany the food and wine. We must say dining in the Riad is an experience and is a must, so is the hammam translated bathroom, but it is a way of bathing in the old traditional way.
Leaving the Riad to visit the Souk, local attractions and excursions it was always nice to come back to the Riad as a retreat, looking forward to a clean room, shower a glass of wine to relax and to embark into the evening. It is almost like an oasis in the middle of the desert.
In total we stayed eight nights we were sad to leave, the service we received, the attention to our needs and to small details, the readiness of the staff to help and please, all was beyond our expectations, Dar Anika is a boutique hotel with a massive big heart, for sure we will visit again.
Thank you to the management and all the staff to have made our stay memorable one.
Rima & Ata
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Anika Marrakech
- Riad Dar Anika Hotel Marrakech