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“Wonderful little boutique hotel with incredible friendly and caring staff in a historic riad”
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Dar Les Cigognes
Ranked #89 of 495 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Wonderful little boutique hotel with incredible friendly and caring staff in a historic riad”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

When my wife and I decided to spend a week in Marrakech before Christmas, we booked the “Dar les Cigognes” due to the good reviews on the web. After seven wonderful, entertaining and relaxing days in this little boutique hotel in an immaculately restored historic riad, I can approve those excellent testimonials.
The rooms and the common areas feature the typical Moroccan Arts and Crafts style. If the weather permits breakfast and dinner is served on the roof top terrace, which provides distance views of the Atlas Mountains. From there you can also watch the storks that gave the hotel its name. They nest on the battlements of the royal palace opposite the hotel. In the basement of the building the hotel has its own Hammam. The little restaurant of the hotel serves a mix of French and Moroccan Cuisine of excellent quality.
The location of the hotel is conveniently close to the Medina and the souks, yet quite and secluded in the local neighborhood.
All these aspects contributed to our splendid time, but the main reason why I strongly recommend this place to any traveler who prefers the personal style and charm of a local boutique hotel over generic international business hotels or huge modern luxury hotels in Marrakech like the “La Mamounia” is the courtesy, friendship and warmth that all of the staff offered. Pierre the manager is very considerate and at the same time entertaining. He is not only very knowledgeable in regard to Marrakech its history and all sights one might be interested to visit, he also arranged every evening great restaurants, bars and clubs for us. Due to his very educated shopping recommendations I had to get an additional suitcase for our journey back to Berlin.
Further I can highly recommend the cooking class we had at the hotel’s restaurant. After we toured the local market for spices and produce, we learned how to cook five different traditional dishes and finally got them served for lunch at the roof top terrace. If you enjoy cooking this is definitely a fun way to take home some new skills and recopies.
Should we return to Marrakesh in the future, I can assure you that we will return to the Dar Les Cigognes.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

I must say, they are very helpfull, I emailed them and there was immidiate response. We stayed here for two nights, and on the website it looks very nice. And it actually does, but when we arrived in our room we were dissapointed. Also there was a on- and off going of a (i don't know what it was!) machine, wich was loud and not very calming, and you could here the road outside. We did mention this to the manager but all the rooms were fully booked. Anyway, I think for this price, you can do soooo much better!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We can't recommend this beautiful riad enough. In a great location in the south Medina, close enough to the souks, yet far enough away to be able to enjoy the riad's relaxing vibes. Pierre, the riad manager, was absolutely charming from the first minute and really made our experience unforgettable. From recommending restaurants, to providing private tours around the markets he really did make the difference. The room was spectacular, as was the food. All in all we had a wonderful stay and would definently recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Booked through Mr and Mrs Smith and the descriptions are wholly accurate. We were spoilt from the start. A 15 min sit down with the General Manager over mint tea with a long list of recommended restaurants, sites, shops etc. Hammam, massage, dinner and a private cookery lesson booked. The room was amazing with fireplace and huge polished plaster bath, the hammam an experience you have to try but the setting for dinner was something else. A private dining room for two, beautifully furnished and decorated with a fire and chess board set up for a post meal game. Breakfast on the roof terrace overlooking the royal palace, the storks nests with the atlas mountains in the distance. Off around the markets where the General manager escorted us round the local markets showing us where they bought their produce and back to the kitchens to prepare our lunch. It's not the cheapest around but it is luxurious, peaceful ( no tv's! :) ) and despite being full, we only bumped into other guests 3 times!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint-Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

My and my wife have been staying 5 nights at Dar Les Cigognes we had a wonderful room, a very personalised service, excellent restaurant. The Riad is also like a museum it is not Disney land but real.
The location is situated next to the actual kings palace and when we go from the Riad to the square we pass through very interrestibg quaters that are less touristy and very nice.
I can only advise you to book this Riad rather then going for resort hotels etc...

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

If you plan to venture into the mayhem that is Marrakesh, ensure that your stay is with the Riad Dar Les Cigognes, which I can only describe as being an oasis and welcome break from the chaos of Marrakech's Medina. The Riad is located directly across from the Royal Palace and although the exterior is rather indiscriminate (in a way rather off putting), it is actually a masquerade for the gem that lies within!

The staff are welcoming and always accommodating to each travelers needs, guaranteeing that your stay in Marrakesh is as worry free as possible. Traveling with our 2 year old son was a concern to us, however the staff soon placed our fears at rest. (I cannot emphasize enough the courtesy, friendship and warmth that all of the staff offered!)

For those weary travelers tired of the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, the Riad also offers a set evening meal each night that emphasizes the best blend of Moroccan and French cooking, that can be served in one of the character rooms located in the Riad. Weather abiding, breakfast and dinner can also be served on the roof top terrace, which provides distance views of the Atlas mountains.

Should we return to Marrakesh in the future, I can assure you that the Riad Dar Les Cigognes would be our first choice in accommodations!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at the Dar Les Cigognes for 4 nights at the beginning of Oct 2012. It is a lovely tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of the souks and busy roads of the Medina. As soon as we arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome, mint tea and shown our room. We stayed in the large and comfortable "Atlas" room in the adjoining section, through a maze staircases and archways. The riad breakfast is served on the roof terrace and we did this twice during our stay and we would recommend this. A great place for couples to unwind.

We soon got our bearings and a short walk away is the main square where it all happens (take a photo of the snakes, monkeys or belly dancers and expect to pay for it). Market stall food here is cheap and reasonable. The souks are as always an invasion of your senses and we found that most market holders are friendly if you smile, are polite and walk past if it's not for you. We would also recommend a horse drawn carriage ride (approx 45 mins), the Cyberpark gardens and the Majorelle (YSL) garden.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dar Les Cigognes

Property: Dar Les Cigognes
Address: 108 Rue DE Berima, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#63 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#74 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#124 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Les Cigognes 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Les Cigognes is a luxurious boutique hotel centrally located in the heart of the medina of Marrakech. An oasis of calm in a dazzling city, relax and enjoy our hammam, have a massage, or an unforgettable meal. The view from the roof terraces to the Atlas Mountains and onto the palace ramparts is unforgettable. Opposite royal palace, parking, 11 rooms and suites, fireplaces, AC. ... more   less 
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