Dar Les Cigognes
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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... Cafe and went there for something cold to drink. We had Coke Lights, and Hunter ordered some hummus for lunch. The heat and my migraine kept my hunger at bay.
We were up on the terrace by ourselves, but then a large group of (highschoolers?) from Bristol, England joined us. We had a good time talking to them. They had been trekking in the Atlas Mountains for three weeks. They are going home tomorrow.
We got to the spa right on time this time. ...
... evening we headed down along the cobbled alleyways past the stall holders and across the wide, currently dry, river to visit the Kasbah, which dates back to the 17th century. As we climbed the steps and wound our way up through the ksar to the top of the hill we stopped to admire the rustic buildings, some of which are still inhabited. Glad to reach the top and catch our breaths we were rewarded with sensational sweeping views back over the ksar, now ...
... We have listed some of our memories below. Favourite hotel? Riad el Faran in Marrakech, Rothenburg, best view bled, best location with most helpful staff Venice Worst hotel? Motel Lila in Czech Republic Favourite sight? Too many to just pick one - Burano, Mont St Michel and Monet's garden. Close contenders for favourite sight - Fort Dumont in Verdun (guess who picked that one), Sagrada Familia's stained glass windows, bookshop ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Les Cigognes Marrakech
Enjoyed Dar Les Cigognes
We went to Les Cigognes after reading the recommendations from other Trip Advisor members. We were not disappointed. The staff was excellent, our room was beautiful, and the roof top garden is an excellent way to unwind after a day in the Medina. I think they could take it up a notch by having a permanent attendant/bar on the roof top to attend to the guests. This would make it much more social.
Style, comfort and top drawer service
We booked here on the strength of previous reviews, and our expectations were met and more. The location is superb ( all the Medina attractions are walkable ) and the feel of the building is stylish, comfortable and authentic Moroccan. It is a skilful combination of historical ambience and modern facilities. I think the most striking feature for us though was the staff, who clearly enjoy working there and the presence of guests. They also manage to be both attentive and low profile, and there is a distinct sense of having a huge house to yourselves. We thought it was a wonderful place, no drawbacks whatsoever and desrving of all the plaudits received from earlier visitors.
The difference between 'good' and 'excellent'
We spent the best part of a week at Dar Les Cigognes in the hottest month of the year and can assure you that this is an excellent hotel. Well, technically it is a Riad, and the service and initmate surroundings make it one of the very best Marrakech has to offer.
I spend a lot time travelling on business and staying in various top hotels all over the world. But this was holiday and in many ways one becomes more demanding and the need for everything to be just right is that much more important. Dar Les Cigognes has got it just right.
The most impressive thing is the service and the people who work there. It is a beautiful and stylish Riad (we looked at most of the rooms) and the location in the southern part of the Medina is excellent for seeing most of the main sights. However the staff make your stay a joy and without exception they struck the perfect balance between informality and professionalism. In the end the difference between a good hotel and an excellent hotel is service, I really think that DLC fits into the latter.
We tried the Hammam at the hotel and if you are tempted then go for it. It really is a properly 'clensing' experience.
The only downside to Dar Les Cigognes is that there is no swimming pool. We tried the upmarket 'Sunset Club' at which as a guest of DLC you get free entry to (it's a country club basically with a pool, tennis courts etc) but just as another reviewer found it is not a relaxed place to go. It is full of self regarding 'beautiful' people just strutting their stuff. Not our kind of Marrakech.
In August you really miss a swimming pool but even given this I still award top marks - if you are looking for an idyllic Marrakech experience then this is an excellent place to start.
Well taken care of!
The friendly receptionist recommended many activities in and around Marrakech and we were very happy to be so well taken care of, having never been to Morocco. Our room, the Safari Room, was very pretty and oh so comfortable, and our dinner, on the terrace, excellent and well-presented. I had a massage in the beautiful massage room and my friend a hammam (and another and another!). We certainly recommend this hotel to all our friends and will return asap!
An Oasis in a Mad City
Wow, has Marrakech changed for the better! We went ten years ago and there weren't so many restaurants, interesting shops, and such great hotels. We stayed one night at one riad, and then we changed because it was a bit too hard to find. Dar Les Cigognes is easy to find because it is on a street--facing the palace and their guards! We had an incredibly friendly welcome, and felt a day of souk-traipsing wash off us as we had a nice refreshing smoothie-type drink--it was sensational, with orange blossom water and carrot juice, I even got them to give me the recipe. We ate in that night, and the food was excellent, Moroccan, but not the same as we saw on the menus in the restaurants. We would recommend staying in the Atlas room, which was quiet and tucked away, and in the hotter weather, was quite cool and refreshing. The sound of the fountain splashing lulled us to sleep. We had a great time. This is a low key hotel, excellent service, but not at all stuffy...and we loved our little Dar Les Cigognes slippers. The massages we both had were worth the whole stay, and the massage room has to be the most beautiful room I have ever had a massage in. We can't wait to come back.
Beautiful Riad - some irritations though
Having read the reviews listed I was very much looking forward to Dar Les Cigognes.
It is a beautiful hotel and extremely peaceful. It has some excellent amenities - the Hamman is fantastic, the restaurant is superb and the terrace just perfect.
We had just a few irritations - not least was actually trying to find the hotel! The map provided is very difficult to understand - especially if you are driving. Best to just park somewhere and find it on foot (there are 3 doors all marked 108 - it's the one with the lanterns outside!)
We had requested NOT to have a certain room (we wanted AC and their website said that this room didn't have it) - however that was the room that we were given - with no explanation or apology. The room was extremely hot. When we asked about another room we were told that none of the others had AC - not what it says on their website. This may sound trivial - but when it's over 30 degrees - one small fan is no use!
One final thing - the staff are very helpful - so much that they don't like to tell you when they don't know something. We asked for some directions to some of the outlying attractions - the directions (everytime) were hopeless and we ended up going several hours out of our way! If in doubt - believe your guide book and not the hotel!
Oh yes - and if you go to the swimming pool that is "linked" to the hotel - it's like stepping into a Footballers' Wives party - take your Jimmy Choos and plenty of bling as it's the place to see and be seen - great place for people watching but not for just relaxing by the pool!
All in all we had a great stay here. It's a really beautiful riad. And definitely have dinner here - it was the most romantic meal we've ever had.
My husband and I had never been to Morocco before, and we usually book our holidays through a tour operator, but the website looked so nice. but of course you don't know what to expect until you get there. the Dar Les cigognes hotel was one of the most unexpectedly wonderful places we have ever stayed. The hostess bent over backwards to make Marrakesh come to life for us, telling us about the history, getting us into all the best restaurants. Our bed was more comfortable than the one we have at home and the whole place is very romantic, very adult. After taking a hammam and a message I felt like I had turned to jelly, so we decided to eat in and had the best meal we had on our entire stay. but the best thing about this place? The price--this was the cheapest high-end hotel we've ever stayed in, and as far as we could tell the best deal going in this magical city. we'll be back!
Paradise in marrakech
we stayed at dar les cigognes and were so impressed about the facilities and efficiency of the staff that we are telling all our friends: "there is only one address in marrakech - dar les cigognes!"
from the moment you step inside you are in a different world and are emerged in exceptional service by friendlyness and highly motivated staff dressed in very attractive day time or evening wear. our room was very well appointed in terms of amenities, decor - we could have stayed forever! food was full of variety and exotic tastes and the roof top afternoon tea was awesome with its spectacular views.
We loved staying at this wonderful hotel; the service was excellent, the staff incredibly friendly, the beds to die for, the food superb and the massages great icing on the cake! We'll be back!