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Dar Les Cigognes

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stepping into Dar Les Cigognes is like stepping into a secret jewel box. A perfect location - walking distance to everything, yet on a quiet street, next door to the Royal Palace. Hayat was the most warm, kind, and effective hosts I've ever encountered. The service was fantastic, the food was excellent, the room was spectacular, and the Hammam and massage were a special treat. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Marrakech, and can't wait to return.

My husband and I stayed at the Dar Les Cigognes for 3 nights over the Easter Holiday. Before finally booking this room I had researched so many different riads in Marrakech, and I was so happy we chose Dar Les Cigognes. From the moment we got there we had a warm welcome from Hayat, and she instantly made us feel like family. Our room was gorgeous and had so many wonderful details. We even had a fireplace! But when we were visiting it was 90 degrees F so we didn't need the fireplace. We fell in love with the rooftop terrace, so many gorgeous flowers! It is perfect to have breakfast or dinner, or even bring a book and have some mint tea! We also did the half day cooking class which is provided by Dar Les Cigognes. My husband and I have also done cooking classes in Paris & Cambodia, and this was by far better. It was just the two of us so it felt very personal, and we started the class taking a tour through the local market which really helped to make us feel comfortable understanding the culture of Marrakech at the beginning of our stay. And they were right - the best couscous we had all weekend was the one that WE prepared! Highly recommend! I have also written about our stay on my blog.

We studied many options before choosing "Les Cycognes". Despite high expectations, we have not been disappointed. This is a beautiful classy boutique hotel which, while keeping its historic flavor, was enhanced by the good hands of a well known modern designer. Fully suitable for a romantic or quiet escape. Not suitable however for kids as by definition, a Riad is comprised of inside courtyards on which give the room (so it could be noisy if guests are not respectful, although all were at time of our visit). The hotel, which is comprised of two houses for a total of only 11 rooms, comes with a lot of common spaces/salons/fireplaces which really make you feel like being in your own house. Evening turn down service and free tea and cake are offered wherever you want each afternoon. We had the green room with a fireplace and magnificent carved high ceiling. On request they would come and start up the fireplace in the evening. Location is perfect (at the Medina gate) and accessible by car but the old building nature could come with some (minor) water flushing issues at time or hot water limitations. Food is great but on the pricey side (lots of cheaper local options around but with noisy atmosphere, a good or bad thing according to your mode) but the Riad dining is worth at least one night for the magic decor. Wine is cheap and quite acceptable.We opted for the daily a la carte breakfast rather than the all included and it was perfect for us and cheaper. Overall, the minor downsides are largely compensated by the wonderful decor which really set the tone for a romantic retreat (courtyard with fountains, lovely terrace for breakfast, drinks and sun bathing - although no pool), AND the over-the-top and very genuine service by all the staff, and mainly Hayat the manager and Hajiba, who are always one step ahead of you to anticipate your needs. Highly recommended. We cannot wait to be back. ps: all key staff are fairly fluent in English, which is not obvious in an Arabic/French speaking country and a small hotel.

Having loved every minute of our stay at Dar Les Cigognes for our honeymoon 10 years ago, we were keen to return for our anniversary. Our second stay was even more amazing, mostly due to the especially friendly, warm welcome and excellent service throughout our entire stay offered by Hayat and Hajiba and the rest of the staff. We loved returning to the oasis that is the Dar Les Cigognes roof terrace each day after wandering through the markets and sightseeing. With it's well-tended garden, views across rooftops, storks returning to their nests, complimentary mint tea and delicious Moroccan pastries or an easily-ordered glass of wine and platter of olives, it's the perfect place to relax. I also enjoyed a massage one afternoon, a lovely experience in the tranquil on-site spa (a hammam is also available). We stayed in the ornate Silver room this time and thought it was one of the best rooms we've ever stayed in. You can sense the history of the room/place, it's beautifully decorated, everything is thoughtfully provided (bathrobes, beauty products, a fruit bowl, slippers, biscuits and even a poem at bedtime) and we slept extremely well as it's so comfortable, quiet and dark at night. It's tempting to never leave Dar Les Cigognes once you arrive, and this could be an option if you wanted to given the gorgeous roof terrace, restaurant on-site (inc. cooking classes), relaxing beauty services and beautifully-decorated rooms and general areas. Hayat and Hajiba really made it feel like our home and we were part of the family. It was very hard to leave, but we hope to return much sooner than in another 10 years!

This was the best, warm welcoming and professional reception at a hotel that we have every had. (and we have been to MANY hotels worldwide). Ms Hayet is very professional and manages the hotel at a very high level. The riad is very beautiful and luxurious, From a guest point of view, it's important to know the difference between a hotel a riad, before to make a choice. Riad is a guest house which has a the archictecture of a Marrocan villa, so the rooms have their entries and sometimes windows facing the patio, which might result in a lack of daylight. The rooms are very beautiful, clean and the services at the Dar Les Cigognes were always very good. The staff in general are helpful and friendly. We found the room very small with no chair available, based on the pictures we expected to receive a larger room with maybe more facilities. The wifi connection is very bad and there was no television in the room. The location is safe and once you got used to the area, you'll realize how good it is located. The roof terrrace is GORGEOUS.

We arrived today and what a reception-it was warm, friendly, helpful, and made us really feel at home. I cannot praise our first day at dar les cigognes highly enough. We had a choice of rooms and the rooms are themed- we're in the Sahara dessert and what a lovely cosy room it is. We arrived back from exploring the souks this afternoon to free tea and cake in the seating area! Just what we needed. Being cooler in temperature in Morocco currently, we arrived back to our room tonight to a heater on and hot water bottles in the bed that had been turned down ready and waiting for us. So, day one and we're over the moon with this homely and wonderful riad.

We stayed her for Valentines day and our 44th anniversary trip. Unfortunately my wife became ill during the trip. They could not have done more. The cooking class and walking tour with Pierre was great and so was Hayat at the front desk. The rooms were great. Truly Moroccan. The Riad only has 11 rooms and has an exceptional restaurant. Breakfast on the roof was great with the view of the Palace stork in her nest exceptional.

When we arrived to the Riad and sat down in the tiled courtyard with a fountain in the middle to sip some thé à la menthe, it seemed like we've arrived to paradise. The Riad is beautiful, with high vaulted ceilings, abundant tiling and woodwork around. Our bedroom was lovely, soft cotton bedlinen, spacious tadelakt bathroom, creams and shampoos provided in charming local bottles with metal lids with silk tassels. Throughout our stay we kept on thinking, however, that the distance to the centre of the Medina could have been shorter, and that the services could have been cheaper - breakfast @ 180 DRH and airport pick-up service @ 300 DRH seemed a bit steep. On our last day, we tried breakfast on the gorgeous terrace with lemon and orange trees in terracotta pots, watching the local stork arranging its nest, and thought that the breakfast was worth every penny. When we were leaving, our pre-booked car (200 DRH return, seemed a good deal) didn't arrive, and the manager called us a local taxi for 60 DRH. We only had 50 DRH left, and he gave us the missing 10 DRH. We were touched, we realised we stayed in the right place.

I stayed here nearly a year ago with my 20 year old daughter. We chose to split our Marrakech stay between two hotels as we weren't sure which to choose but should have stayed here the whole time. It was wonderful. From the pre booking enquiries which were dealt with quickly and efficiently, through the warm and helpful welcome when we arrived and the great care taken of us and obvious concern for our safety and enjoyment of Marrakech we could not fault them (and both of us are very critical of hotels so this is high praise indeed). The riad itself is beautiful and has kept its character. We loved the roof terrace which is so restful compared to the bustling city and full of plants and birds. Do not miss having a cookery lesson, this was a highlight from start to finish. Do ask to have a fire lit if you want one, this is part of the service. They do not expect you to light it yourself because they want to look after you, I know this because the owner was staying when we were there and suggested we have one. The food is wonderful. Our recommendation is not to prebook the full breakfast every day so that you have the option to choose from the extensive menu and vary your breakfast. Do not stay anywhere else in Marrakech, Dar Les Cigognes is perfect.

One of the best experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to stay at this charming Riad and to have Foozjs as my full time cooking instructor for two weeks. The cooking classes coordinated by Pierre the hotel manager were outstanding. I was first greeted by Hiyat who was charming. She welcomed me with mint tea and Moroccan cookies as I filled in the registration paperwork and then gave me a tour of the place. Beautiful roof terrace, Hammam, Massage and spa treatment room, dining room, and library. Finally I was escorted to my room , the Casablanca room. It was very luxurious with a king sized bed a sitting area and a beautiful bathroom with an oversized very deep soaking tub. The room was a bit cold throughout my stay but the heater worked very well and it made sleeping under the very fluffy down comforter that much more luxurious. As a very looked forward to touch, every evening turn down service included freshly baked Moroccan cookies and a hot water bottle strategically placed for my cold toes!!! It was a great touch!!!! Food was from my standpoint fantastic but I could hardly complain. Most of what I ate, I had cooked in my class (for lunch or for dinner). Breakfast was not included and was a hefty $19.00 per person/day. Mind you it was a very large breakfast but that cost does tend to add up so just keep it in mind. One word of caution. I think the water bottles in your room are charged even though there is no sign to that effect. Be sure to ask whether anything you are drinking is being charged to you or not before you drink it. For example, other than the welcome tea, if offered water or tea, just clarify if you are being offered the drink or whether you are ordering it. I ran up a very sizable bill for things I had not idea I was being charged for. No free refills in coffee for instance etc... I might have done things a bit differently had I known. A costly error on my part. Aside from this it was an extraordinary experience and I would highly recommend the Riad. I will certainly stay there again for any future travel.

108, Rue de Berima Marrakech

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Jamaa el Fna and Bahia Palace
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Medina, Dar Les Cigognes is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace. This 11-room, 5-star riad has a full-service spa along with free in-room WiFi and a spa tub. Centrally located in Marrakech, the riad is also a short walk from Jamaa el Fna and Dar Si Said Museum.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at the riad's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning off right with cooked-to-order breakfast served for a fee.


Rooms

All of Dar Les Cigognes's 11 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including free newspapers, free bottled water, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and Select Comfort beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters ensure a restful night. In-room massages are available.


Property features

Renovated in 2015, Dar Les Cigognes offers a full-service spa, a spa tub, and a sauna. If you drive, self parking is MAD 10 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for MAD 300 per vehicle one-way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this luxury riad include a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 414 reviews