I took my partner for a 4 night break at Dar Ayniwen from the 14th - 18th February to celebrate his 30th birthday. I booked several months in advance and due to wanting to make certain arrangements ahead of time, I had emailed the hotel on multiple occasions! Aziz was always incredibly quick to respond to my numerous questions and nothing was ever too much trouble - this gave me a fantastic impression before we arrived!
It took forever to get through passport control but even with delay, the driver was waiting as promised to whisk us off to peace and tranquility! We were warmly greeted by Aziz who couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome and at home. We had a tour of the property and made arrangements for dinner. Although dinner was slightly more expensive than in the Medina, it was a lovely meal accompanied by a wonderful Cuban singer who thoroughly entertained despite there being a very small crowd - I'd certainly recommend it if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Jemaa el Fna.
The hotel itself is stunning - authentic, clean and very well maintained. The gardens are beautifully kept and the wildlife (namely birds) does make you feel a hundred miles from the Medina. Its evident the staff take pride in what they do and nothing is too much trouble, whether you want breakfast by the pool or on your terrace.
The shuttle to/from the centre is a godsend as without it, I could not have imagined having to flag down and negotiate with the local taxis on a daily basis. We were picked up and collected as we wished - on some occasions at very short notice without complaint.
Both Stephane the owner, and Aziz the Manager clearly care about people - showing a genuine interest in your stay, offering tips/advice when needed and generally just ensuring you have everything you need. Despite this being a 5 star property, there is nothing too formal or starchy about the service - you get a very human service which in my opinion makes a huge difference.
I would without question recommend this to others as its a truly unique and personal experience and a great place to retreat after a long day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 36 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains with his heated pool. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites & rooms guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Ayniwen Marrakech
- Dar Ayniwen Hotel Marrakech