An architecturally beautiful hotel with a stunning roof terrace. If you do stay, DO have a hammam, the steam room itself is beautiful apart from the health and relaxation benefits of a good scrub down! You'll feel like a million dollars afterwards. The manager was very welcoming and informative. Our room was beautiful. Couldn't fault anything so far . . .
However, for a restaurant/s that prides itself on its food, we were somewhat disappointed, since this was one of the reasons for booking the Dar Les Cigognes in the first place. The choice for dinner on the night we arrived was a set menu comprising two salad starters, two tajine main courses (one chicken, one vegetable) and two deserts. Incidentally, this was the same menu offered at lunch. We ordered one each of the salads, they were ok, nothing special; the chicken tajine was excellent though; only one of the deserts ordered was available and that was an extremely dense and extremely sweet chocolate mousse.
The following day, we visited their sister Riad Kaiss for lunch as it is highly recommended by Dar les Cigognes. A reservation was made for us to have a late lunch. This time there was no menu; we were told that we could have a chicken sandwich or a meatball tajine. We had a rather passable salad (I've eaten far better salads in the most ordinary Moroccan restaurants) followed by a rather disappointing meatball stew, which was not actually served in a tajine. We were told that we couldn't have wine because there was nobody to serve us. We waited so long for the meal that we had to eat in a hurry and run to catch our taxi to the airport. A salad and a meatball stew for two and two bottles of water came to MAD 529.80, probably the worst value meal in two and a half weeks in Morocco.
The hotel is beautiful and the staff are excellent. Our breakfast was delicious. However, for a hotel which prides itself on its food, offers cookery classes and acted as a venue for Yotam Ottolenghi's food programme on Moroccan cuisine, the management needs to look at what it offers its guests for lunch and dinner. I have eaten far better Moroccan cuisine at half the price in the most humble eateries in Marrakech, the Atlas mountains and Essaouira. I think you need to do better!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dar Les Cigognes Marrakech
- Dar Les Cigognes Hotel Marrakech