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“The calm in the storm” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Les Cigognes
Ranked #91 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“The calm in the storm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Me and my boyfriend started our two week trip through Morocco in this Riad, and what a good choice we made, It was fantastic!! After arriving in Marrakesh and having a bit of a shock to the senses, it was the perfect place to go to escape the madness and relax. We had probably our best dinner in Morocco here on the beautiful rooftop terrace. We got some great tips for sights to see and places to eat, all in all, made Marrakesh memorable.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I would highly recommend Dar Les Cigognes. I took my wife Lucy there for her 40th birthday and could not have picked a better more exotic location. The Riad is stunning and perfectly decorated and the staff were great. Pierre is the most attentive manager in the hotel industry and could not have looked after us better. His carefully considered recommendations of places to eat and visit were tailored to us and our circumstances and were all excellent and were varied so that we had a very full experience. The highlight of the visit was the cooking lesson in the Riad with a tour by Pierre of the local markets to buy the produce. This was an eye opener to say the least and took us off the beaten track. The food we learned to cook was outstanding and the setting in which to eat it in the courtyard was magical. We also had a treatment in the Hammam in the Riad which was excellent. I kept changing the times and days of various activities that we had booked with Pierre and it was never any trouble for Pierre who would always accommodate us with a smile. Marrakech is a fantastic place but can also be exhausting so Dar Les Cigognes was a perfect sanctuary of tranquillity and positive karma.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent 6 magical nights ad Dar Les Cigognes in February to celebrate my 50th birthday. From the moment we entered the Riad -- where we were met with the soothing sounds of a gurggling rose petal covered fountain and offered morrocan tea by the utterly charming concierge Pierre -- to the moment we left -- sent off to the airport with a delicious box of homemade sweets and cookies -- our stay was utterly magical. In fact, we were only supposed to stay for four nights, but we were having such an amazing time we stayed two nights longer. The service was absolutely impeccable; even though there were of course other guests, everyone -- and particularly Pierre -- made us feel as though we were the only ones there. The riad itself is gorgeous and exotic. Our room was lovely, big and quiet. The food? Outstanding. And I had the pleasure of spending a morning with Pierre at the markets and then coming back for a cooking lesson with the Riad's dada, learning to make some of her specialities. A fantastic way to spend the day. Pierre's restaurant recommendations were perfect, and I also especially appreciated the information the hotel provided about Marrakech; exquisite details on what to see, where to eat, where to shop, etc. I cannot say enough about it; I still dream about the Riad. I hope to return one day because it was seriously one of the best hotel/vacation experiences I have had.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Unobtrusive, the doorway leads into the most beautiful and traditional riad. With a warm welcome by the staff and Pierre the manager, we were made to feel very at home. The quality of the food and the attentive service was excellent. However, it is the informed, engaging and humorous Pierre who ensured that not only was our stay relaxing, but maximised the opportunity to see the sights! In particular, we availed ourselves of the cookery course and the associated tour of the market and neighbourhood. This was superb.

We are planning to return as soon as possible - an excellent place to recharge between the frenetic forays into Marrakech!!!

Room Tip: From what we saw, all of the rooms are similar!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greater Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had never been to Morocco before and staying at Les Cigognes was a real treat. The experience of entering the riad is magical. From a small door in a plain wall you step into a delightful inner space with a open courtyard planted with orange trees. They were in flower (mid March) and the scent was wonderful.

Our rooms were lovely especially the Silver Room. The rooftop garden, where breakfast is served, is lovely with views of the storks nesting nearby. In mid March the weather was like a lovely English summer day - not too hot

The service was great and very friendly. Pierre is a mine of information. He arranged some restaurant bookings for us and they were excellent recommendations. We had prebooked two cookery lessons and our teenaged daughter enjoyed the cakes one so much she insisted we book her an extra lesson. We also did the lesson with the market visit and were shown how to make various Morrocan salads, fish tagine, couscous with vegetables and enjoyed eating it all on the rooftop terrace at lunchtime. Delicious.

We tried a hamman and can see how they could get addictive although a massage might suit the timid a better. In the hamman you do feel a bit like an old painted door being rubbed down vigorously for repainting! You certainly glow afterwards.

In all we just can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stepping into the Dar Les Cigognes is like walking into a calm and cool oasis - at least I relaxed immediately when entering from the hustle and bustle of the medina. Have stayed at several riads but this is my favourite - beautifully designed and still very functional. Especially of note are the many "escape retreats" within the hotel (and not just the lovely rooms) like the library with the fireplace and the spa - and best of all, the roof top terrace where once can see the stocks nesting on the palace opposite the hotel amongst lush plants and a nice breeze!. Service was impeccable - and the food lovely - am very partial to their homemade yoghurt! And loved the art dotted around the hotel - especially in the hall ways (and in the rooms - at least what I got to see) - straight out of 1001 nights.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Pierre and team were magnifique! Everything about this riad was perfect - the service, the food, the staff, the tips on where to shop, sightsee and eat. The rooftop garden where meals are served is a beautiful spot overlooking dozens of stork nests. The dinner we had there was probably the best we had in Marrakech. A gem!

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Additional Information about Dar Les Cigognes

Property: Dar Les Cigognes
Address: 108 rue de Berima, Marrakech 40 000, 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:
#56 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#74 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#126 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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