We stayed at Dar Anika for 6 days, and it was really a very enjoyable experience! Located right in the Medina itself, it was an easy walk to the souk and Jemaa El-Fna, where you can take in the sights and sounds of the old city. In fact, the Bahia Palace and the El Badi Palace were just a stone’s throw away from the riad! The riad itself was clean and had a quiet and soothing ambience, which was much needed after being out in the busy medina. The manager Samir was extremely comprehensive with information about must-see sights and good restaurants. We had excellent service all the time, and every single person working in the riad was friendly and helpful. We also had dinner in the riad on the first night we were there, and it was simply sumptuous! In fact, it was one of the best meals we had in Marrakesh, which was saying a lot since we did eat at many highly rated restaurants like Dar Rizlane (which was disappointing and overpriced!). We were in Room 2, which was nice and large, but not well lit. Three other things made the room less than perfect for us: (1) the shower area was not enclosed which meant that the bathroom floor was always wet after we showered, no matter how careful we were; (2) the two windows in the room opened out to some random space where people could walk about, and that meant that we had to leave the windows closed all the time or we could have strangers looking right into our room; and (3) little skylights in a dome-shaped ceiling just above the bed was gorgeous, until we realized that it meant we could not sleep in since the skylights allowed light into the room. The skylights were painted white, but still let in quite a bit of light. So if you are the kind to sleep in, Room 2 is not for you! But the drawbacks of the room did not detract from the loveliness of the staff and the wonderful service they provided at all times. Furthermore, the owner of the riad, Abu, is wonderfully knowledgeable and enthusiastic about ensuring the best experience for his guests, and now organizes trips into the desert where you could sleep under the stars! We met some guests whose itinerary was planned by Abu – three days in the desert before coming to Dar Anika for another few days – and they told us it was an amazing experience because everything, from food to facilities to vehicles to guides, was just exceptional. So we definitely recommend Dar Anika if you are planning to have an authentic Moroccan experience!
- 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