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“Would give it Six stars if I could!”
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Riad Dar Anika
Ranked #6 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Would give it Six stars if I could!”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

My wife (who is 6 months pregnant) and I stayed at Riad Dar Anika for 4 nights. Our stay was excellent and the owner Samir and his brother, own a top notch operation.

The Riad is superbly located--only a few minutes walk to Jemma El Fna and just a few minutes the other direction to many of the sights (Bahia palace, Saadian tombs, Dar Si Said). So it was nice to see one thing, come back to the riad to rest and then head out again.

The Riad itself is beautifully done--very elegant and holding true to the definition of a Riad--it has water (a plunge pool), greenery, and an open roof which lets in lots of sun. Even though the riad is right in the heart of the medina, it is very quiet and once entering in through the door, it is tranquil and relaxing. My wife and I slept very well and we're pretty light sleepers.

The room is tastefully decorated and beds were comfortable. The common areas (lounge, sitting room, terrace) are nicely done as well, and allows one to relax, but not feel confined to being in your room.

Wifi worked well and was nice to be able to stay connected. No TV was a good idea, as it kept noise level down.

The thing that impressed us the most was the staff. They were all extremely polite and attentive, always asking if we needed anything. The staff all spoke English very well and communication (for non Arabic speakers) was easy.

My wife was ill with a stomach bug (which ironically, she contracted in Spain, before we even arrived in Morocco) the first day. Samir and his assistants made sure she was taken care of and provided some nice soup that she was able to eat when she was too fatigued to go out to get something to eat. It was a really nice touch and genuine, not something they did expecting to get money or tips.

Overall, I couldn't find any faults with Riad Dar Anika. I've travelled to nearly 70 countries and stayed in all types of lodgings from 5* hotels, to pensions and hostels. This place is well worth the price you pay and I highly recommend it.

By the way, I don't typically write reviews on places, unless I had a bad experience, but in this case I felt it was worth my time to share my experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in Suite 2, the largest in the Riad
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2012

I stayed at this Riad with my wife in December 2011 and was very impressed at all levels. The room was lovely, the communal areas very well done with a lovely log fire to warm the evening. The food was great, not too expensive and most impressive of all was the staff. Very helpful indeed. The location is ideal for the Medina and local shops. I will definitely visit again.

Matthew Tingle.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Having just returned from Marrakech and this Riad, I completely agree with all previous positive comments. The manager, Samir and full time host, Abdul made us feel at home straight away. They ensured we knew were to go daily and at night for dinner, making reservations and inquiries at the slightest mention. The owner too was extremely welcoming and although we saw the 4/5 * hotels we would usually have chosen, we were all so glad we did not! No hotel could make you feel as comfortable, safe or get the personal touch as we did at the Riad. Dar Anika is well hidden so you slip behind the bustling market stalls into this chic sanctuary and it's so quiet !!! Although we opened the stained glass windows to let in the Marrakech sounds - delightful!
The staff even changed all our money back before we left, and gave us special soaps and the tastiest sandwiches for the trip home.
You'd do yourself a big favor to choose Dar Anika if planning a trip to Morocco.
Beautiful people, beautiful place, very happy holiday .....enjoy !

Room Tip: There is no longer any work going on so all rooms were peaceful. We had one room above the street a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2011

As soon as we stepped out of our taxi outside Dar Anika just a few steps away from Jemma El-Fenna we were greeted by the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Leaving the lively sounds of the outside world behind us and entering the Riad we knew we had made the perfect choice! It was as if we stepped into another tranquil, mystical world that left us in awe of what was yet to come.

The place is beyond charming with a warm and inviting setting. Open courtyard with a very inviting heated pool surrounded by burning flames all around it. Whilst on the opposite side , we were welcomed into a cozy room with an open fire where we were welcomed with soothing morrocan tea and delicious pastries whilst gentle music was floating in the background.

Moments later, we were shown to our very spacious room which was decorated in the same tastful manner as the rest of the Riad. Warm colours, inviting bed, great bathroom with colourful mosaic, sofa for the both of us to snuggle opposite the open fireplace....Honestly, the room didn't lack a thing! We were reluctant to leave, but the sights, sounds and smells of Jemaa el-Fenna were calling out for us....

Before we set out into the labyrinth of alleyways which would lead us to the main square, the staff were helful and gave us a thorough step by step guide on where to go or not to go, what to watch out for and some excellent places to go eat;since picking a place to eat on your first visit could be rather daunting.

I don't think anything could have prepared us for what was to come.... Strolling along, you want to take everything in, from the snake charmers, to the colourful food stalls, the spices and the rugs, the silver and the gold. The atmosphere is festive and it seems it always has that uplifting air carrying you along with it....

A couple of hours later we emergerd exhilarated and triumphant making our way back to the Riad. Before going back up to the room we went up take a look at the roof top terrace where we decided to kick back and have a drink before having our massage in Dar Anikas hamam which was divine.

The massage was exactly what we needed after our visit to the souks and before retiring into our room before embarking on our next adventure the following day....

The next few days brought with it the same promises as the first day. I really can't seem to fault Marrakesh nor the exotically serene Dar Anika. Perfection at its best is just one of the simplest ways to describe our stay and experience. Cannot wait to return!

Liz-London

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2011

My friend and I stayed at Dar Anika for four days and had the best time. The staff were amazing, you can be served a meal anywhere in the riad and at any time at great value. The breakfast was included and up on the top terrace was a great start to the day with the birds singing all around you. the riad is perfectly situated - we only had a four minute walk to the souk/Jama el fena square. The hotel also organised for a guide to show us some of the historic points in the area, worthwhile as he had such a wealth of knowledge which really added to the experience.
If you want a relaxing (sooo relaxing) break in beautiful surroundings with friendly staff (including one of the best hammam and massage I've ever had) then try Dar Anika. We couldn't recommend it enough. Definitely, we are going back.

Room Tip: All the rooms looked great and some look out onto the street which is busy but this is Marrakech!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2011

We have to agree with other reviewers that this hotel was one of the best parts of our trip to Morocco. The location couldn't have been better- it was a short walk to the Fena main square, Bahia Palace and the Badi Palace. The staff was extremely helpful providing us with maps and directions. We were treated to an upgraded room and tea, dates and milk upon arrival. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wishing a luxury stay in Marrakech and would certainly stay here if we ever return.

Room Tip: The Dome suite was our favourite.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2011

We had a wonderful time and loved dar anika! i have already recommended it to few people !
it was also great to meet samir assistant manager ; the staff were absolutly amazing .it was like being in our own private hotel!!
icould have done without the wake up call and lack of water ;but hey it all added to the experience !!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you all very very very much!!!

Room Tip: rooms on the south side are quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Dar Anika
Address: Riad Zitoun Kedim No 112 | Madina, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#4 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#19 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Dar Anika 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad dar anika welcomes you to Morocco, a luxurious and intimate boutique riad situated at the entrance to the old souk and close to the Djemma el Fna.With 12 rooms, individually styled with flair and imagination, a swimming pool and hammam, we believe we offer a truly personal experience, a home away from home where guests can relax in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the medina outside.From the very moment you step through the heavily carved door of Riad dar Anika our staff are on hand to ensure your stay is perfect in every way. Every fine detail has been thoughtfully considered from the crisp bed linen and fresh flowers to our authentic Moroccan cuisine. Our roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sun or evening drinks, affording total privacy and stunning views over the surrounding city and Atlas mountains. ... more   less 
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