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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
Ranked #15 of 495 Hotels in Marrakech
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Returning for My Birthday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

It is difficult to remember the mixture of apprehension & expectation of visiting Marrakech for the
first time. If you book into Dar Ayniwen you will be guided through what is the Marrakech experience - Enjoy!!!
They collect you at the Airport ( about 18minute drive) which saves you the first hurdle of the
inexperienced traveller to Marrakech of negotiating the Taxi Drivers. In fact the driver/car service Dar Ayniwen offer will save you several hundred Dirham over your stay. But best of all
about the service is the piece of mind and security you will be delivered & collect when you wish, and not end up on an unexpected camel ride.
Visiting Dar Ayniwen for 4th time - so you can guess we like the place.
There are only 8 or 9 rooms - and all are excellent. They are furnished with character/Antiques with most of the rooms having large bathrooms - baths and hand held showers. If you like modern hotels with walk in showers this might not be for you. The experience is alittle like staying in someone's private villa.
It takes a day or so to chill out/gear down to the pace/peace & tranquility off Dar Ayniwen and its beautiful garden.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner can be server whatever time (within reason) and anywhere you want
at no extra cost - they will happily serve breakfast on your balcony or terrace at 11.30am.
Sleep quality is excellent - especially knowing you can wake-up when your body clock decides.

The pool is lovely - heated to take the chill off - this can only be appreciated when you have been in a few minutes as the outside temperatures can be so hot.

In my/our view Dar Ayniwen is a very special place, but it might not be for everyone - you are
15 minutes from centre of Marrakech - so can't walk to cafe's or site's. However - just ask and the car service will take you.
The Staff are excellent - seemingly hidding in back ground. Aziz & Stephane are always on hand with restaurant suggestions and advice. We will return again.

Room Tip: All rooms have either own terrace or balcony - hard to choose
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

The minute that you arrive, you get a sense that Dar Ayniwen has a real soul. The fact is, you are not entering a "hotel", you are entering a private estate and as an accommodating gesture you will be welcomed by the actual owner ( Stefan) himself! It is much more grand than a riad (a smaller home) and the gardens emit a lovely sense of serenity and tranquility. When you've had enough of the peace and feel like you need your mayhem fix, just order a car at the front desk (part of the accommodation rate) and head into the Jemaa El Fna or broader Medina area. The food and service is good, but you need to order well in advance, which is ok if you like to fully plan your day ahead. The other option is that there are many restaurants in Marrakech which are all close-by and Aziz the world champion general manager will organise your car and reservation for you. This is a super place to stay and the facility is grand. Aziz and Stefan are a dynamic duo! Don't hesitate to stay here...

Room Tip: The first floor Galaxie suite has a lovely terrace, ideal for eating your meals or just relaxing out...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Dar Ayniwen lived up to all of our expectations (and reviews) and even surprised us in the end. Despite the weather being unseasonably cold and rainy, our stay was still peaceful and relaxing. Dar Ayniwen is truly an oasis outside the busy city of Marrakech, complete with resident turtles, fish and a bird sanctuary. Having 3 boys (11, 9 and 4) this was an ideal setting so they could run around, play table tennis, lounge in the hammocks, explore nature or lounge by the central pool. Having the Pavilion was ideal given we are a family of 5. The hot tub (only available with the pavilion) was perfect with the cooler weather. The room itself was great with authentic Moroccan charm with plenty of room to hang out, having 2 bathrooms and large flat screen TV with an in-house library of DVD's. Free WiFi service was also a treat, especially for my electronic loving boys!

The free car service was most certainly the best perk of this hotel. They were available at every time we requested. Having 3 children in a country I wasn't familiar with, this service put my mind at ease. All the drivers were so hospitable and pleasant. We certainly saved a lot of money with this free service.

The food was very good and fresh at every meal. Not having a set time for breakfast was so nice knowing we could truly sleep in and eat whenever we wished. There's plenty to choose from for breakfast, eating al fresco was truly a pleasure. My one concern was lack of variety since we have children, who fortunately aren't picky, but still need variety. I know this has been written about before. I can happily say that they added more kid friendly options that would've changed our minds for eating at the hotel more. Unfortunately for us, this change occurred the day we left but happy they saw the need. Another change that is much needed, and coming soon, is a bar. Only bottles of wine can be purchased at dinner, no wines by the glass. That will be a good change.

The staff and management were exceptional and so willing to help or book excursions. We truly felt like we were staying with family. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel for families or anyone wanting to have a relaxing vacation outside a bustling city.

Having been truly satisfied with our stay (despite the lack of sun), much to our surprise, we were never charged for kids meals at lunch or dinner! Apparently this was a policy we weren't aware of. Along with the car service, green space, friendly atmosphere, and free meals for kids, why would you stay anywhere else?

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

This was our third stay at Dar Anyiwn travelling with friends and it's still a special place. As you arrive through the large wooden gates you feel at peace. It really is a magical place, with such a contrast to the madness of the Medina. You feel that you are staying at a private house with great staff. No request is ever too much trouble. We as a family really can't wait to return again. Paradise!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

This place is the perfect spot to relax, the gardens are fantastic, the staff very helpful and the rooms beautifully decorated. There are many lovely riads in Morocco, but this one is something of a gem. The breakfasts were fresh and it was lovely to eat outside by the pool. The evening meals are delicious, although slightly pricey compared to eating out in other places in Marrakech, but you order food in the morning and they go and buy it fresh for dinner so you can see why you pay more (and it's worth it if you want to enjoy the peace of the Riad in the evening without the hustle and bustle of the town centre). If we're back in Marrakech, we know where to book the best night's sleep followed by the most peaceful breakfast.

Cet endroit est vraiment inoubliable et nous avons adoré se promener dans le jardin immense, on a meme trouvé apres 2 jours la table pour jouer au ping-pong! Le lit etait tres confortable (et enorme!!), la chambre tres propre et la salle de bains tres belle. Quand nous serons de retour a Marrakech, on regardera pas ailleurs.

Room Tip: They're all different, so check out the photos to see which one you like the look of!
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  • Stayed November 2011, 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
#8 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price range (per night): $227 - $692
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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