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
Very nice place to stay in the old town, a true hidden jewel for those who love authentic not touristic little boutique hotels. Staff is very nice and pleasant, professional, capable to solve all the problems and the ladies really do their best to make you feel at home. The sunny terrace in front of the Royal Palace with the storks nesting (in early February) in front of you is a plus. They even have an hammam and massage facility in the true moroccan style. Foodies shouldn't miss a day in the homey moroccan kitchen, where you can learn how to make true Tajine, Tanja and many moraccan breads and pastries with a local lady chef. Needless to say the restaurant is fantastic. Overall experience outstanding, if you are heading to Marrakesh don't think twice and book now!
Dar Les Cignognes is an incredibly gracious Riad that is in the perfect location in Marrakesh. The whole staff was amazingly kind and thoughtful and could not have taken better care of us - myself and my two teenagers. Hayat and Hajiba, along with the rest of the staff, were attentive to our every need, without being intrusive in the least. Every detail was attended to—from our favorite breakfast on the roof tarrace and our fireplace lit in the room every evening, among so many other kindnesses. The terrace is magical and such a lovely place for breakfast or a late afternoon drink. The rooms are so clean and the decor is impeccable. The food—we ate dinner twice in the cosy dining room, which feels like you are at home—was delicious and as good as any food we found in Marrakesh. They arranged a guide for the Medina which was so reasonable and such a good idea so that we could easily find the best shops and have fun bargaining! And the market tour and cooking class were so much fun for all of us—don't miss it! I can't recommend this place highly enough and I will return again very soon!
Let’s get one thing clear, this hotel is a dream. A small Riad close to the Palace with excellent staff. You really are taken care of. However 3 things let it down. 1) it’s noisy as it’s next to a main road and my room opened out onto an alley way. 2) WiFi is poor. My 4G was faster. 3) the Hammam is overpriced. Indeed everything about this hotel is overpriced for Morocco.
My wife and I stayed here for approximately 5 days. Each day was wonderful. The manager Ms. Hayat was both attentive and charming. Her hospitality ensured that our time just enjoying the amenities of the Riad were as wonderfully memorable as were our tours of the marketplace and the Moroccan countryside. I hope you too get to sit in the rooftop garden and listen to the market sounds just below you while watching a Moroccan sunset.
We recently finished a lovely 5 day family vacation at Dar Les Cigognes. I can not say enough wonderful things about Hayat and the whole staff at Dar. Everyone was so warm, welcoming and the hotel Is beautiful. Fresh squeezed orange juice on the roof for golden hour every night as we made our own cocktails and toasted another fabulous day in Marrakesh. On clear days you can see the Atlas mountains - just beautiful. Breakfasts were delicious, beds so comfortable and rooms & common areas gorgeous. The whole experience was fantastic - especially all of the hospitality we received from Hayat and her amazing staff. Hope to be back again soon!