Riad Dar Anika
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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.
... sitting. He double checked again, making sure he understood what I wanted: tea in the teapot, ice in the glasses. Oui. I really think he had no idea what we were doing.
Once the black tea had steeped, I slowly poured it over the ice. Voila! Iced tea. So happy. Of course, we only had enough ice for one glass, but by the time we drank that, the rest of the tea in the pot had cooled down considerably (and so had we), so it all worked out very well. The salads were amazing too.
... a room. The spa was lovely, and our 1-hour massages were WONDERFUL. It was a soft, relaxing massage with essential oil. It was great in general, but it was even better for my migraine. When she massaged my neck, face and scalp, that was the best. To top it off, we had mint tea afterward.
We then came home, showered, and relaxed for awhile during the hottest part of the day. The Canadians arrived, so we got to meet them. They might be joining us on our ...
... he wasn't a good man… meanwhile he was trying to tell Hinesh that his 3pounds was 12pounds… The souks were filled with watches and bags and glasses oh my :) In the backdrop of the souks were the Atlas mountains, not a bad shot for photogs out there. Lunch and dinner were non events even for me and I've been told I have no taste buds. We tried restaurants and street food markets but the local food just didn't cut it. Pizza was ok though. Night time activities on Saturday was ...
Friday morning: still no bags as of this morning. I could see how this could ruin one's vacation, but Jill and I are trying our darnedest to not let it. After a delightful breakfast, we are heading to Les Jardins Majorelle which were owned by Yves St. Laurent. After that we are heading to the nicer shopping area to buy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Dar Anika Marrakech
Cosy Dar Anika
We stayed in Dar Anika for 3 nights from 1-3 Feb 2007. We then stayed in Riad L'Orangeraie for 2 nights. I was in a group of 7 people of different ages and i think our impressions of Marrakech and the Riads varied quite a lot. I loved the Riads - I liked the fact that the riads were on dusty, bustling roads and the doors to the riads opened into an oasis of calm. However, older members of our group were less impressed although safe to say Marrakech and the riads grew on them by the end of the trip.
Dar Anika is in a good location for walking to the main square - it is about 7-8 minutes walk although the lane is quite deserted at night (but totally safe). My first impression of Dar Anika was the bustling street with donkeys and craftsmen surrounding the door to the Riad- for me it all added to the atmosphere. When I walked in I was struck at the peace, calm and beauty of the Riad. It was very cosy and welcoming and the staff especially made it a great stay. The rooms were lovely. They were low lit which suited me fine but some of the older members of the group found them a bit dark. The terrace was nice but it was too cold to eat breakfast or dinner there. The dinner on the first night was fine and a good choice given that we didn't want to start wandering around the medina looking for a restaurant when we hadn't yet got our bearings. We really enjoyed sitting in the salon, having a drink and chatting to the staff . They were happy for us to bring our own alcohol although you can get beer/wine at the Riad. The Riad is ideal for couples and I thought the decor, lighting and pool added to the atmosphere. The indoor pool is a lovely feature in the Riad although it was too cold to swim as it was never really heated (although a few of our group did use it!). Overall it is a fantastic riad with amazing decor and features - I would highly recommend it. One thing to mention, is the daily 545am call from the mosque. Now, some reviewers have suggested that this adds to the atmosphere and was a minor concern. By the end of the holiday I would (mostly) agree but each morning the call was a 20 minute speech/sermon (one of the Riad managers told me that the morning call was not just the usual call to prayer which you hear throughout the day but was more like a sermon). And on the first night I was shocked at how loud and startling it was - probably because there is a speaker on the road right outside our room (6). If you do not mind being woken at 545 every morning then fine but I wouldn't say that it adds to the romance. But to keep this balanced, my parents in the suite on the ground floor at the other side of the Riad (room 7 I think) hardly heard it. But I think this happens in every Riad in the medina so it is not particular to this riad.
Best Riad in town!!!
We loved this riad. The staff were amazing and made the stay very comfortable. The Riad is in the perfect location and the perfect size. We had dinner at the riad on our last night on the roof terrace, the table was set beautifully, the staff organised a fire, candles, rose petals around the table. The meal was easily the best food we'd eaten while in Marrakech. We would recommend this riad highly.
Stayed at Riad Dar Anika for 7 nights last week and had a really fantastic time. The Riad is very nice, good rooms, great bathrooms, excellent roof terrace and fantastic breakfast. The location is also excellent as it is a short walk to the main square, but very accessible for cars etc so easy to unload luggage.
The only downside was that you do get woken by the local mosque (although arguably this is adds to the 'romance'). However, we did get woken every morning by the staff arriving at 7am and they did proceed to clatter around, talk, clean etc which is not ideal if you are trying to relax and have a few lie ins. It wasn't the end of the world though.
We ate dinner in the hotel the first night and the food was excellent although pricy at 350dh (£22) per head. You can definatley get much better deals elsewhere, but it was perfect as we were tired when we arrived so worked well.
All in all, the Riad is in an excellent location with good food and very friendly (if not somewhat noisy in the morning) staff. I would definately recommend staying here.
Wow, what an experience! The riad is wonderfully modern in all the right areas, such as the plumbing and electrics, yet traditional in all the architecture and charm! Food is easily the best we tasted in Marrakech so save you time and effort looking elsewhere and concentrate on shopping! Wifi is definitely a big plus and the easy access by car is another bonus. The staff could not be more helpful and we are already planning our return trip. What more can we say, except for the fear of this secret leaking out and no room for us when we want to go again next time!
The only down side, just to make this a balanced review, is the very close proximity to a nearby mosque that you have to get used to the wake up call for prayer 4 o'clock every morning! It is almost unavoidable in Marrakech and it is part of the experience of such a wonder place!
Superb - I'm going back
This place is really outstanding, very clean and the service is really 5 star. You can get a decent english tea with breakfast and they seem to find a beer when ever I wanted one. You wouldn't know the place was modern except for the proper electrics, WiFi and air conditioning. It is very quiet but there is music in the salon (very tastefull naturally - Buddha bar and Arabic lounge!). The food is as good as any so eat in if you can. The locatioin means that the taxi will stop outside too (10 Euros from the airport, the hotel arranged the pickup). The walk to the square is 5 minutes and shopping is a dream from here as ou can go back and drop stuff off and go out again.
Myself and husband wanted a honeymoon destination different to anywhere else either of us had ever visited before, and certainly couldn't have asked for more than Marrakech! And how fortunate that i came across the website for Riad Dar Anika. we were greeted at the airport by our driver and whilst driving through the mayhem of the medina we did wonder what we had let ourselves in for, what with all the hustle and bustle of people, mopeds, donkey and carts, but when through the doors of the Riad to be confronted by the stunning, cool,calm, courtyard of the Riad we new we couldn't have wanted for better. We were shown around by Madeline and then to our room; the suite with its beautiful domed ceiling. Having informed her in advance that our visit was our honeymoon we were delighted to find a bottle of rose wine on ice and the large bed adorned with heart shaped rose petals. The same thoughtful service continued for the duration of our stay.The staff were fantastic and just couldn't do enough for us. Highlights for us include sitting on the rooftop terrace at dusk with a beer, watching the Storks circling around above our heads, waiting for the Fast of Ramadan to be brought to an end by the calling of the Muezzins that echoed all around us. And then as people scurried to eat and break the Fast we would walk up the now deserted alleyway to the Jmaa el Fna. That first sight as we came through the archway was breathtaking-lights, smells, colour, noise. Marrakech is a city of extremes but enjoyed every minute of our stay and Riad Dar Anika was the most perfect, romantic accomadation.
A Tranquil Paradise!
I can't say enough to praise this beautiful Riad. Great location - just a few minutes' walk from the main square and a stone's throw from one of the very few bars in the Medina not attached to an expensive hotel. Amazingly attentive staff - Madeline and her team really couldn't do enough for us, they were there with a smile whenever you needed them but were so discreet. A room for every occasion - from the air conditioned room with music and laptop, to the breakfast terrace and sun loungers, through to the cooling rooftop tent with the comfiest sofas in the world!! Dar Anika provides a beautiful, calming oasis from the amazing madness that is Marrakech and I would recommend it to anyone!
Nous avons un excellent souvenir de notre séjour au riad.
Aucun reproche à faire sur la propreté, le service, et l'amabilité du personnel.
Les repas sont excellents et bon marché.
Seul bémol : la chambre au rez-de-chaussée est un peu trop sombre et l'éclairage insuffisant.
Nous avons eu des rapports très cordiaux avec l'équipe du Riad : prennez le temps de faire leur connaissance, ils sont dignes de votre intérêt !
Tranquility and service
We were absolutely delighted with our week's stay at the Dar Anika. It was a tranquil haven to return to after a hard day haggling in the souks. We were no sooner through the door than in the pool. Ah! And the charming staff on hand to offer drinks. I could get used to this.
This is a newly built riad on the traditional design - so all the benefits (pool, a/c,roof terrace) with none of the disadvantages of an old building. It's in the medina on a main pedestrian street to the square, so you don't get lost (much!) The bedrooms and lounge were refreshingly air conditioned. (Lap-top or soothing CDs available in lounge. No TV. Bliss.)
The staff were all friendly (but not too friendly) and obliging. Madeleine is English and extremely helpful.
It was spotlessly clean, with fresh flowers in the room. Lovely touches - candles round pool and along balconies after dark. Attractively decorated. Stained glass windows, painted ceilings, moroccan lamps.
A substantial breakfast of fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, moroccan pancakes, crumpety things and french bread was served either on the roof terrace or the a/c lounge, or in the luxurious tent (see their website!) on the roof, depending on your preference. They also managed to somehow keep the guests mostly separate, so we felt as if this was our own house, complete with unobtrusive servants ready to do our every bidding.
Sunbathing (a bit too hot in July except late in the day) on the roof terrace. Hammam in house and a masseuse on request.
It is unusual in a riad in that you can drive almost to the front door, so no problems with transfering luggage. We were met from the airport by a driver who took us on other trips during the week and was always absolutely on time.
Great location with discreet and attentive service
We stumbled across the website for Dar Anika whilst looking for a riad in which to stay and were drawn by the peace and quiet that this riad promised. We were slightly reticent about booking as the property was new and had no online reviews although it is obviously being marketed as an upmarket riad as it appears on several other websites. The British ownership, however, put our minds at ease.
It is situated in a prime position close to several attractions (including the open top Marrakech Tour bus stop - although this is an eyesore not an attraction!) and is accessible by road. It is also at the start (or end) of a busy footpath that takes you straight to the Jemma El Fna (approx 10 minutes); mind the mopeds! In contrast to the noise and commotion in the street, it is a place of peace and calm once you step through the heavy front door.
The service is impeccable with discreet and attentive service. This is a result, I'm sure, of the high levels of professionalism with which the British manager runs the place.
The room price included a healthy breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and a variety of local breads. We also opted for the evening meal, which to my mind included some of the best Moroccan food I have ever tasted! I particularly liked the beef tajine with almonds and prunes (had it twice). This British run riad prides itself on meals that are prepared hygienically and to very high standards.
As is the nature of riads, the bedrooms are quite dark and even with all the lights on we found it a struggle to read. We did have a small patio area, however, that was outside (not suitable to sun bathe due to high walls) and pleasant to sit in.
A note of caution. For most North Europeans, July and August is far too hot. For several days during our stay, the temperature was in the low to mid forties with occasional sand-filled thunderstorms (see picture - this is desert country). If you have been to Marrakech before and just want to relax by the pool it is fine but if it is your first time, temperatures like this sap your energy and make casual sightseeing very uncomfortable.