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
My wife and I fell in love with this place the moment we set foot inside. Hayat and her staff are simply top notch - best hospitality we had in all of Morocco. Absolutely exceptional. Hamman - amazing. SALT - AMAZING and must do. Roof top - amazing. It is located just outside of the mellah and a 10 minute walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa - absolutely awesome. Cooking class is well worth it. My wife and I caught some travelers stomach in Fes and this Riad with the amazing staff was the perfect respite. When back in Marrakech, we will be back - no reason not too.
From the moment of arrival, Hyatt and Hajiba and the entire team made us feel as welcome and comfortable as if we were family members.
Highlights of our stay included watching the sunset on the terrace, endless stork viewing, the beautiful plants in all their spring glory, a hammam followed by massage (heavenly), a delicious dinner (best we had during our week in Morocco). Ultimately, though it was the warmth and kindness of our hosts with their beautiful smiles that will be our strongest memory and a reason to return to Dar les Cigognes.
This was our first visit to Morocco and Marrakech. What a place to get a first impression!
This Riad is perhaps a little more expensive than others but it is well worth it. We are pretty savvy travellers, we understand good value and Cigognes has an abundance of positives. Like most Riads, from the outside, its a door in a high wall, but you step inside to four centuries of Moroccan charm with bedrooms that are traditionally and tastefully decorated and well equipped.
The staff and management are its greatest asset. They are perhaps the friendliest people we have ever had the pleasure to stay with. A special mention to Hayat who is a Duty Manager there, a delightful woman who should start her own charm school.
Breakfast is hearty and healthy, Lunch and Evening meal is traditional and contemporary Moroccan/international - and all incredibly tasty because it is home made. All meals can be served in the cool of Ground Floor Dining Areas or on the Roof Garden where you can gaze at Storks nesting in the roof of the Royal Palace next door whilst the bustle of Marrakech passes by three floors below.
If Trip Advisor did 7 stars - we would have rated it such without hesitation!
Allez Dar Les Cigognes!
Enjoy the tranquility of a Riad steps away from the Medina in Marrakech. We were a couple traveling to have a foodie adventure in Marrakech and we couldn't have found a more perfect perch.
From the friendly engaged staff to the charming room and plant filled rooftop garden to the authentic cooking experience in the hotel kitchen we couldn't be happier.
From the time we arrived rather frazzled at the riad till the time we left we were looked after extraordinarily well. The riad itself is beautiful and quiet and it often felt like we were the only guests. The staff are terrific. Welcoming, friendly and helpful. The upstairs rooftop area is a fantastic place to relax, enjoy a wine or beer, look out over the city rooftops and marvel at the stork in its next across the way. It's close to the souk, square and other important attractions and relatively easy to re-locate.