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
Overall a very positive experience. Dar Les Cigognes is a charming and relaxing riad at the edge of the medina, definitely recommended.
Excellent service. The staff were very welcoming and attentive. The massages are excellent.
The cooking class. Includes a tour of the food and spice markets that you might otherwise miss. The food ended up being the best meal we had in Marrakech.
An oasis in extreme heat. We visited Marrakech during a heat wave (110 degrees farenheit), but the design of Dar Les Cigognes meant the ground floor stayed naturally cool throughout the day, and there is good air conditioning in the rooms. Just walking into the central courtyard was calming and relaxing.
The roofdeck. Breakfast on the deck was excellent, with views of the Atlas mountains and out over the medina.
The location. On the edge of the medina. Led to a calmer stay, but some parts of Marrakech are a longer walk. Easy access by car.
The wifi. Was usable but spotty, and I didn't get great cell phone service.
We did the cookery course with Pierre and his team. One of the best things we have ever done as a family. The market your was interesting and fun and the cookery class was brilliant. End result eaten on the fabulous terrace - nothing about it could be faulted. A five star experience- can’t recommend highly enough.
I stayed for three nights in early April and loved every minute. As others have commented, the staff, particularly Hyat and Hajiba, are just lovely - I've traveled pretty extensively and I don't think I've ever had a warmer welcome (nothing was too much trouble). The room was large and spacious and the bath was the size of a small swimming pool. Best of all was the roof terrace - just watching the sun go down, while sipping a glass of wine, was one of the highlights of the trip. In terms of location, everything is in walking distance (just beware of all the mopeds!), and you can be lost in the souks within minutes!
We stayed at Dar Les Cigognes for 4 nights in their suite. The room was clean and comfortable with a separate den and fireplace. However, the windows offered very little outside light, making the room dark and gloomy (other reviewers may have interpreted this ambiance as “peaceful”). The bathtub appeared aged with cracks exposing on the surface and under-lit. Ants were found along the wall edges.
We gave 2 stars because while the hotel was advertised as a 5-star institution, the property proved otherwise. The rooftop terrace was adorned with dying, dried up pots of plants. The tree in the courtyard attracted swarms of flying insects. We took advantage of the afternoon tea in the courtyard, but had to retreat because of the bugs.
However, I’d like to give the proper credit to Hayat and the entire team for their outstanding hospitality. We felt like we were welcomed into their home the moment we checked in. They were very responsive, courteous, and very friendly. They were very concerned when my husband fell ill during our stay from food poisoning (not from the hotel), called our suite to see if he was okay, and made soup for him. I’d like to offer my thanks for taking care of my husband, it means a lot.
Overall, the hotel staff offered excellent hospitality, but the property’s state of disrepair is worrisome. There should be improvements aimed towards fixing the interior lighting, pest control, and renovating in general in order to freshen up its image and compete with neighboring riads. But right now in its state, I would advise looking into other riads that offer lower rates for comparable (or even better) quality of stay.
By far our stay at Dar Les Cigognes was the best not only because it is a beautiful riad and great location but the staffs all were extremely friendly and helpful.
Once we stepped inside the riad we already felt like home and very welcomed
Thank you team
Front desk ladies were truly wonderful !!
Breakfast was fantastic