This hotel is pretty much perfect.
It is located just outside Marrakech in the rural palm tree plantation are, but there is a frequent, complimentary bus to the centre of town so guests get both peace and quiet, and easy access to all the fun of Marrakech. The main building and surrounding little villas are beautifully designed, reflecting the local architecture and expertly decorated to give you a sense of being in Morocco without ever feeling like a tourist. It genuinely feels like you're a guest in someone's beautiful home, someone who very kindly turns up with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every time you step out of the pool!
The hotel gardens deserve a review all by themselves. Even if you decide not to stay here try to come over for a visit, they are exquisite. Cleverly placed paths give you the sense of an even much larger space and the fun of discovering a new corner in every walk. A coy carp pond, free range turtles and a stunning collection of birds complete the experience.
Hotel staff are extremely friendly and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. They did their best to cater to our every need, from wonderful meals of local cuisine, to camel rides, to recommendations for antique dealers and Beduin carpet sellers!
We visited with our 2 year old daughter which was a bit of a gamble, but it worked out really well. We booked the little villa furthest away from the main building, which had no immediate neighbours so no possibility of disturbing anyone with toddler tantrums, the bus took us into town every morning which was a great diversion for the little one and then we spent the late afternoons by the pool.
- 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