Dar Les Cigognes
- Style Designer riad
- Setting Neighbouring the Royal Palace
Once a wealthy merchant's house opposite the palace in Marrakech, boutique hotels don't come more stylish and intimate than Dar Les Cigognes. Behind a discreet door in the medina quarter, with the help of celebrity architect Charles Boccara, the owners of Dar Les Cigognes have turned two riads into a boutique hotel. Dar Les Cigognes translates as 'the storks' in French, as you can see them circling the skies.
Need to know
- Rooms Three superior, seven deluxe, one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $137.86 (€100), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rate excludes breakfast (€11 each for Continental).
- Facilities Spa with hammam, aromatherapy, shiatsu massage, reflexology, manicure, pedicure, waxing, boutique shop. There's a private chauffeur available for hire. Small library and boutique. Deluxe rooms (except Silver) and the suite all have open fireplaces.
- Check–out Midday, flexible if possible.
Children Over-fives welcome. Extra bed for an under-12: €35 a night. There are pairs of rooms, which suit families.
- Also VIP transfers can be arranged with the hotel for 250–350 Moroccan Dh. Moroccan cookery lessons can be arranged. Minimum five-night stay required over Christmas, New Year and Easter.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Silver deluxe room has a four-poster bed and big bath. Harem is the romantic red room with a big four-poster. The suite has bathtub, walk-in shower, walk-in wardrobe, and can be partitioned into two rooms if you’re with children.
- Packing tips Don't bring a stack of books: the library, replete with novels and style bibles in many languages is the perfect spot to curl up and relax.
- Also The hotel has put together its own cookbook, available to buy in the boutique.
Food and drink at Dar Les Cigognes
- Hotel restaurant Traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine from a freshly prepared, daily changing menu.
- Dress code Relaxed.
- Top table In summer, on the patio around the fountain, or the roof terrace. In winter, in the dining room.
- Last orders For dinner, 9pm.
- Room service 24 hours: most requests can be accommodated, but the kitchen closes at 10pm.
- Hotel bar No bar as such, the whole riad is at your disposal for relaxing with a drink.