Dar Ayniwen is a quirky, fascinating, almost museum-like experience. The early 20th century house and its contents enable guests to walk back in time to an affluent family's life on the outskirts of Marrakech. You're surrounded by the personal collections of the family: Over 200 champagne buckets; dozens of French travel posters; lamps, sculpture, etc. It's interesting but, for my minimalist tastes, sometimes a little over the top. The quiet gardens and poolside dining made for a serene break from the non-stop activity of the city, which was welcome. Aziz, the manager, was incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of details, big and small, for us. That said, some of the other staff faltered. We received breakfast at our requested time only two mornings of the five we were there. On the other mornings, we had to ask for breakfast a number of times and it finally arrived well after our requested time. Staff varied in their command of English and our French is limited, so a language barrier may have been part of the problem. That said, we enjoyed our stay and would see this complaint as minor in the face of an intriguing and probably unique experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 36 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains with his heated pool. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites & rooms guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Ayniwen Marrakech
- Dar Ayniwen Hotel Marrakech