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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
Ranked #17 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Switzerland
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“A paradise”
Reviewed 28 March 2010

This is an exceptional hotel, indeed. Located far enough from dusty, noisy and polluted Medina of Marrakech, surrounded by a wonderfull garden with a big heated pool, it was for us a quiet, relaxing and really luxuriuos run-away. Oriental interiors are all originals from 1819, when this villa was built. It is like a museum full of antique items (not for those who prefere modern interiors). Service is great- very very attentive and kind staff. Transfers are very well organised and in general a great service (which is included in the price). Marrakech Medina is just 20min drive and next golf course is 5min drive. It is recommended to have at least some basic french knowledge, because not all service people talk english, but all are great in french.
This hotel was a paradise for our kids- playing in this beautiful, big garden was a reall "slow life" experience, which is unfortunatelly not possible for so many city kids. Playing soccer, ping-pong, bathing in the pool, swinging in a hammac, observing little animals in the garden (parrots, turtles, gold fishes, butterflies), discovering smells and colours of trees and flowers- these were the delights for small ones. Our kids (3.5 and 1.5 years old) were treated like royalty; the staff was so kind with them, spoiling them with deliciuos menus and ice-creams. It was also possible to arrange baby-sitting when me and my husband went for dinner in Marrakech.
I also tried body massages and facials, it was a very relaxing experience.
Kitchen was open all day long, so there was a possibility to get food at any time of the day. Breakfast was splendid- deliciuos maroccan pancakes, very fresh pastries and lots of freshly pressed orange juice. For lunch and dinner hey offer a traditional moroccan and a french cuisine menus. Food was simple, of good quality, made from really fresh products. However, it wasnt a gastronomic top-end and therefore, a bit too expensive (to our opinion).
The only negative thing was that the babychair was never being cleaned. However, because all the rest was so great, we didnt mind not to complain and clean it ourselves before every meal.
We will definitely come back to this exceptional hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Manchester
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

Have recently returned from the most amazing stay at this fabulous hotel. The biggest complement I can give it is that it felt you were staying with friends in the most amazing surroundings.

We went to Marrakech to chill out, and we hardly left the suite for the stay, let alone the hotel.

Stephane and Aziz are so friendly, and wil arrange anything.

We will be back very soon.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

We absolutely had a wonderful time in Dar Ayniwen. Beautiful place, relaxed atmosphere, frendly staff and good service. Our children enjoyed the tuttles, the swimming pool and baking cookies with the chef. We would recommend this place to everyone!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Sevenoaks
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

Everything was faultless: from the moment we were greeted with great charm and mint tea, and immediately offered a free upgrade to an even more superb suite (Galaxy), to the farewell gift to send us on our way. Dar Ayniwen is unique and of exceptional quality, with incomparable service: utterly efficient, combined with warmth and courtesy. The facilities were delightful, with the hammam a particular pleasure. The food was excellent and with good variety. Room service was meticulous. The free car service to and from the airport and Marrakech was impeccable, and the drivers were delightful to talk to! All in all, we fell in love with the place: ambience, service, privacy, and highly original and beautiful decor, with the bathroom absolutely exquisite. The views from the (three!) terraces were splendid, and we loved the garden, with the swimming pool, ornamental pond, specimen trees and aviary contributing to the idyllic environment. Dar Ayniwen was above all the people, who could not have been more welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

The positive sides are simply too many to mention. We stayed for three nights in a most charming room that somehow extended to include an inside/outside terrace space, private and just wonderful. After that, we returned to Dar Ayniwen for an unplanned last night before leaving Morocco since we really wanted to experience the bliss again. What is really extraordinary about this place is not the extended gardens; the exotic birds; the carefully matched artefacts; the lulling water pools; the cosy salons and drawing rooms; the spoil-me-rotten bathrooms; the perfectly white linen; the perfumes that linger in all spaces; above all, it is the staff that balance effortlessly between the professional and the personal, that provide for all your needs, that plan your day without any imposition, that help you just do whatever you fancy. These people work literally 24-hrs in order to provide the most tailored service I have experienced in a Moroccan hotel. When we returned for the final night, they have upgraded us to their Roman Pavilion, a stand-alone suite with external jacuzzi, two bathrooms and a fireplace. The gesture was not only soothing (having returned from a not-so positive hotel experience elsewhere) but also immensely generous and indeed sweet. To top it all, they have the best orange marmalade I have ever tried (coming from England, this means a lot) and their Moroccan cuisine starters are some of the best, nay, the best, we tried anywhere.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, England
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Reviewed 19 February 2010

Dar Ayniwen is a superb villa-hotel. With just 7 rooms and something like 24 staff, there is always someone on hand to help, and the service level is discreet but attentive. Set in its own grounds we felt like we were staying in our own luxury villa but with servants to hand whenever we wanted something. We staying in Tiliwane II, a fantastic suite with its own private terrace with hot tub and bathroom with a steam bath. Food was excellent, and flexible on timing and menu. The traditional hammam, scrub and massage was a treat! We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2010

This Hotel is family run with a large , friendly, yet discreet staff. Set in beautiful formal gardens the main house is cool and airy. Furnished and decorated in local style it evokes a wonderful exotic arab atmosphere. Our room comprised a villa in the grounds.
Large, spacious with full heating/aircon. The sitting room had a fireplace with ample supply of logs. Comfortable seating, a large flat screen TV with dvd player. DVDs at no cost from reception. Double bedroom off and 2 very spacious bathrooms.Our well tended,private walled garden included a large hot tub. We took some meals on our own terrace at no extra cost.
Evening meals were ordered after breakfast and prepared just for us. K took a free moroccan cooking lesson in the kitchen one afternoon whilst I enjoyed the hotel's Hamam and Spa treatments. There is a large heated swimming pool in the grounds, several private follys and temples to enjoy and aviaries of singing birds. A fish pond with large koy and fountains.Quite stunning. Two large people carriers are on permanent standby to take you the 10 minutes to town or to and from the airport. One phone call and the vehicle is there in minutes to take you back .All included.
The staff are charming, friendly and keen to help yet neither intrusive nor condescending.
If you want a very special experience stay at this hotel

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
Address: Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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