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... some 60 or 70 years old and because of their quality, were more expensive than new ones. The auction was conducted like a silent auction, with a man carrying each carpet around from vendor to vendor to inspect and make a bid. All the carpets that were going to be auctioned were rolled up and piled up in the middle of the floor, and merchants and vendors sat around and lounged about on them, while those on display were being ...
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... the glistening tiling, exquisite painted ceilings and shelter from the rain.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel Marrakech
Fellow American travelers (and those abroad as well), you need to go to Marrakech and stay at the Dar Ayniwen! I am so surprised that Dar Ayniwen has received relatively little publicity in the United States thus far, especially since it is so well known in Europe.
We have just returned from a week in Marrakech and had the great fortune to have stayed at the Dar Ayniwen. This small luxury hotel was just what we were looking for and is excellent in every way. We were given a full tour of the villa on arrival and a welcome 'mint tea'. We were then shown to the Roman Villa in the garden. This villa is completely separate from the main house and has superb facilities along with a veranda around two sides and direct access to the pool. We loved the whole atmosphere of the place and particularly liked the vast collection of interesing furniture and artifacts. We completely disagree with the previous review on this site where the author felt the furniture was tired and reminiscent of times past. Much of the furniture is antique and has been collected both locally and from the owner's travels. This gives the Dar Ayniwen its character and we really didn't want to stay in a clinical modern hotel with matching modern furniture in each room. The service is excellent and we really felt looked after. The food is fantasctic and after having first thought we would visit some restaurants in Marrakech we decided to dine at the Dar Ayniwen each evening. The menu choice is excellent and we even asked for something not on the menu one evening and the chef prepared it for us.
We stayed at Dar Ayniwen in September 2006 for five days. On arrival we were shown to our room which was beautiful and had a bedroom, huge bathroom with its own hammam and separate living area with mini bar, tv, dvd and cd player.
Dar Ayniwen has a truly spectacular setting in the Palmeraie, which is about a 20 minute ride into the town center. The guesthouse sits on a huge private botanical garden with a myriad of different fruit trees, flowers, rare tropical birds (in cages), turtles, and guinea fowls. If you plan to spend most of your time outdoors sunning by the pool (and you don't mind the mosquitoes) or in town sightseeing or shopping, you might consider this place for the beauty of its garden and the peace and quiet that you will not find in many parts of Marrakech. That the guesthouse provides free rides to/from the medina is a definite plus.
Our family rented out the whole villa (about 7 suites) for the Christmas Holiday. It was a most relaxing holiday and we all were pampered to pefection. The owners and staff were lovely and made us feel very welcome. Everyone there really went that extra mile to try to give us anything we wanted both during our stay and after (a few months after we left my mother in law asked for them to send her some more of the wonderful local Argan oil and they delivered it to Germany for free). The food was amazing (and I am difficult to please!) and the cooks would let us choose whatever we wanted to eat in the morning and they would have it ready for us in the evening.The bedroom suites were beautiful, each with its own particular feel and extremely large and comfortable. I particularly liked the one my husband and I stayed at on the first floor with a large terrace overlooking the grounds. Good sized swimming pool although winter is a little cold to go in (some of us went in anyway). The area where the villa is located is a green oasis just outside of Marrackech (20 minutes drive). If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay while visiting the area around Marrakech I definitely recommend this one! You won't be disappointed.
The best in Marrakech.
This is my fourth time at Dar Ayniwen.
it is one of my favourite hotels in the world. The villa itself, the service, the food and the rooms are simply amazing.
For certain, I will be back again and again. I have stayed in at least a dozen hotels, riads and villas in Marrakech and this one is by far the best!
Dar Ayniwen impresses with its beautiful authentic Moroccan villa and spectacular grounds, which include a large garden with tall palm trees, rose bushes, courtyards and terraces, shaded areas to sit as well as gorgeous pool. The traditional family home that has been converted into a boutique hotel is luxurious and extraordinarily charming and the discreet yet omnipresent service as well as the excellent chef make for the most memorable stay in the palmeraie. Beyond individually styled rooms - some in the main house, one a separate pavillion set in the garden and further rooms in a converted hammam - there are oriental communal areas in which guests may listen to music, play the piano or simply read to draw in the atmosphere of the exotic villa with its softly murmuring water basins. Marble bathrooms with plenty of soft towels, a sauna and an authentic hammam provide all the modern amenities a discerning traveller is used to. Particularly enchanting if you take over the entire hotel with your family or friends for a special event. The owner family went out of its way to make it a memorable occasion in our case.
I have visited Morocco many times over the last 5 years and Dar Ayniwen is definitely the best place I have stayed - I wouldn't consider going to Marrakech without staying there.
The house and gardens are an oasis and you can stay in a choice of 8 different styled rooms, eat delicious food, get pampered with a massage, swim, play games in the garden and generally relax in a lovely location.
Aziz and his staff are topnotch and always spoil us.
I couldn't reccomend it more highly.
Don't miss the Dar Ayniwen
My wife and I had the good fortune to have the Dar Ayniwen suggested to us by a close friend. We thought he was exaggerating when he told us of his stay and how well he was treated by the staff and the owners, but what we found was that he did not stretch the truth. In fact, I'm not sure he did the place justice when he described it! I have travelled to many countries on the African continent as well as many European countries, and I must say that by far my most memorable time was spent in Marrakech and more specifically at the Dar Ayniwen...if you're going to Morocco, don't spend too much time in Casablanca, start your journey from Marrakech!
Excellent from the very start
We were still searching for a hotel when we arrived at Dar Ayniwen. The staff welcome us with tea and biscuits and showed us around. We knew from the very start that we will have a very nice stay and selected Dar Ayniwen without too much hesitation. Great swimming pool, beautifull rooms, teriffic garden and excellent food. Marocco has a lot of great hotels and this is one of the best.