Dar Les Cigognes
What We Love
- The cozy setting in a riad, a traditional Moroccan house
- The kitchen has published its own cookbook and makes everything from yogurt to monkfish tagine from scratch
- Sunset dinners on the lush rooftop terrace, as the storks (after whom the hotel is named) come home to roost
What To Know
- The full-service spa has its own range of argan oil-based products, plus a hammam and traditional henna tattooing
- The kitchen offers private Moroccan cooking classes, including pastry and bread-making
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Just 11 rooms make up this riad hotel, comprised of two courtyard residences joined by a bridge walkway. Here, Tunisian-born, Morocco-based architect Charles Boccara has created a luxurious space that doesn’t overwhelm: original details like keyhole arches have been retained, but additions like polished concrete baths strike a modern note and stop it all from feeling too “Arabian Nights”. If you’re looking to splurge, go for the Orientalist suite, which has a fireplace, views of the palace, a separate living area, and a larger-than-life bed. All rooms have courtyard views and copper lanterns, beaten silver sinks, and often a welcoming scattering of rose petals. It’s tempting to lounge in the library, sweat out impurities at the spa, or simply linger on the flower-filled roof with a strong coffee and a house-made pastry without ever leaving the property.
In the Area
Just opposite the Royal Palace, this hotel is well-situated in the heart of the medina, and many important sights are within walking distance. (If you’d rather not walk in the enervating Moroccan heat, the hotel can arrange a car). For shoppers, the nearby souks are ideal for sourcing spices and jewelry, while the Place des Ferblantiers, where you can find crafts ranging from lamps to metalwork to rugs as well as charming open-air cafés, is just a minute’s walk away. The must-see Jemaa el Fna—a lively plaza where the locals meet in the evenings for the musicians, fortune tellers, freshly squeezed juice, and host of other entertainments—is a mile from the hotel.
How to Get There
No air conditioned (it was announced as a feature of the place). No wifi in the rooms (only in the patio and it was very week). Poor breakfast. Moreover, they were supposed to organice a taxi to take me to the airport at the end of my stay and they did not. I had to arrange it myself in the last moment. Staff was not very helpful.
Our group (two couples) took a cooking class at Dar Les Cigognes and absolutely loved it. We made several kinds of Moroccan salads plus Tajine and couscous along with taking a tour of the market in Marrakesh. The food was amazing, but the best part of the class were the teachers, Pierre and Saida. They really made the experience one that you shouldn't miss if you're going to Marrakesh.
The BEST hotel experience ever. Hotel Manager Hayat was the kindest person I've ever met while traveling. I can't thank her enough for everything she did for me to make sure I was happy and comfortable with my stay. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Beautiful riyad, area isn't noisy, magical room, and amazing staff overall. Highly recommended.
This riad as an amazing surprise for us, from the outside you cannot imagine what/how is it going to be inside, but the overall experience was excellent.
although, this experience would be totally different without the kindness and attention of Hayat. What a lovely human being. Always smiling at you, helping you, asking you how to help, how to contribute to have an amazing experience in Marrakesh.
Rooms are very comfortable, my favorite part is the bathroom, big , high ceiling and amazing bathtube. We stayed in the "Casa" room.
Rooftop is also excellent for breakfast or dinner, nice and calm. we had a great time enjoying a hookah late at night.
All in all, this is an excellent choice if you are traveling to Marrakesh. Do not hesitate, you wont regret it.
Again, my greetings to Hayat!!! thank you so much.
This Riad is a jewel in a great location in Marrakesh. From the moment we walked into this sublime setting and were greeted by Hayat , we knew we had chosen the right place to stay. Besides the beauty and history of the Riad, the outstanding Hammam and massage we had, the feeling of being treated with such warmth and hospitality was so greatly appreciated. Hayat,Hajiba and the staff will go out of their way to make your stay memorable and special. We enjoyed a rooftop dinner our first night, delicious! Everything is so tasteful about this Riad. We loved our room, the Silver, but the other rooms looked very beautiful as well.
There is no doubt we would return in a heartbeat!