Riad Dar Anika Hotel

, Marrakech, Morocco
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Riad Dar Anika Hotel

, Marrakech

Rooms: 9

Riad Zitoun Kedim No 112 - Marrakech - Morocco Hotel Website | | 212 (0) 24 39 17 40
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A must, would highly recommend!!!

from ACS81
After searching the 1000's of Riads in Marrakech we came across Dar Anika. I was taken by it because of its English owners, true Moroccan style but newly built and its location.

After having just come back from 3N/4D's there I am thrilled that we chose this Riad.

We stayed in a Superior room on the 1st floor and paid about £100 a night.

The experience was fantastic, we were greeted at the airport and driven directly to the Riads front door - a luxury in Marrakech - then led into the Riads relaxing Lounge to drink mint tea while our bags were taken to our room.

We were then left to our own devises but with staff constantly on hand to answer questions or get you more mint tea!

Other travellers have commented on the 4am alarm clock with the call to prayer from the mosque across the road - this may put you off but I wouldn’t let it! It is all part of the charm and attraction of Marrakech!

Also note peoples comments about towels and robes - ours were all white and in perfect condition - if this is an issue for people!!

Dar Anika really is in a fantastic location - turn left and you are 5minutes walk from the main square, turn right and you are 5minutes walk from the Kasbah - couldn't be better.

What more can I say - take a trip to Dar Anika!!

Great Riad

from Miguelelviajero
We stayed in Dar Anika three days in March. The Riad is incredible, is almost new. The staff are very friendly. We ordered a dinner at the terrace and everything was perfect. We stayed in a standard room, we recomend you booking room number 8 because is situated in a quiet area of the Riad and even you have a small solarium.

Totally fab - would highly recommend

from southcoasttraveller
Stayed ar dar Anika for 2 nights in March - beautiful riad, great location, all staff very helpful and attentive. lovely room - stayed in number 7 on ground floor - superior room. airport transfers were well organised. manager Samir will also book you taxi, horse and cart rides, recommend restaurants etc, all towels were new!! (see other reviews) - in all totally fab riad in fab town!!

Georgeous and prime location

from jiffinsky
Out of what seemed like hundreds of riads to choose from I am so glad that I settled on Riad Dar Anika.
It is a little more pricey but the quality and attention to every detail make up for it. Samir listened intently to my crazy brother and all of his far out ideas and made suggestions based on our interests. He
arranged everything we asked for. Absolutely everything was taken care of. The Riad itself is so peaceful and relaxing not to mention georgeously decorated top to bottom.
Only a few complaints: we waited over an hour at the train station to be picked up, the pool was freezing cold (I picked the Riad for the "warm pool"), and the towels and bathrobes were very worn and tattered.
A few tips:
Venture out to side streets where there aren't too many tourists- the venders were more eager to get their stuff sold out there.
Once you do the Jemma el Fna, the tombs and the palace, there isn't much left to Marrakech. Don't do the bus tours- all they do is take you around to see the hotels on the outskirts of the city and charge 130 dirhams to do it.

If you are looking for a quiet place to stay in a fab location and get pampered then stay here. It's not the place for kids or rowdy and loud travellers. My brother got a little loud one night after downing a lot of moroccan red wine (must try it) and got told to go to sleep now!
Oh, and eat dinner up on the terrace at least one night- private, beautifully decorated and the food is amazing- lamb Mmmmm.

Super riad but room for improvement

from AnneNorris
Just returned from the lovely peaceful Dar Anika. Our superior larger room was well decorated in typical Moroccan style and very romantic. Shame about the dull towels and robes. Staff always on hand but we were disappointed not to be met on arrival at the airport. We had no expanation of what had gone wrong and we ended up paying too much for the taxi fare and paid even more to have our luggage placed in a barrow to be marched around the block back to where the taxi had left us, right outside the riad!!!. The locals are extremely friendly but we always felt that they were trying to get as much money as they could out of us. We found a great taxi driver to take us to the Atlas mountains for the day for 600 dhms ( £38 ). Oujhain Abderrahman Grand Taxi number 526. Great guy who also took us to supermarket to buy wine and back to airport on last day. Highlight of the holiday was the trip to the Ourika valley. he took us to a Kasbah, to the waterfalls, to a Berber house and a lovely restaurant for lunch called Ramuntcho. Beautiful food with a spectacular dining terrace.
On the subject of food, the meals at the riad were just okay, nothing to rave about. After 5 days breakfasts had become boring, same fruit, yogurt, bread and jams, the only variation was the type of crumpety thing. Evening meal okay on quality but lacking in quantity at times.
We thought that the roof terrace was delightful, a lovely place to dine especially with the portable heaters that were provided on chilly evenings. The staff were only too happy to give us a lunch on the terrace instead of the evening meal. Good quality wine at £10 a bottle but beware of the small local beers at nearly £4 each!!
Really enjoyed bartering in the souks. As a general rule we found that you should start by offering a quarter of what they ask. Never go more than a third of what they ask and just walk away with a smile and a laugh if they wont deal. You will see plenty more of the same item and you can always go back! Tip - take bubble wrap with you if you intend to buy pottery.
Overall a super holiday but if you go to Marrakech you must be prepared for the extreme poverty everywhere you go. I was quite shocked when dining in the square to be asked by a beggar for the food that I had left on my plate, a half eaten piece of fish.

convinent location

from monenaManchester
Stayed at this hotel in February 2007 for 4 nights. Initally in the Riad room but this room was very hot being next to Hammam so transfered to the Suite. The Riad room also did not have a natural light as the window in the room was getting light from the adjecent hammam room.
The suite was excellent and very roomy although twice the price of the Riad room. The staff were friendly, polite and very helpful. The food was excellent, breakfast was served on the roof terrace but you had to be up early to get a table otherwise you had to eat inside the riad.
The riad was centrally located and very easy access to the main attractions.

Not perfect but good..

from lambley
I won't repeat all that other recent reviewers have said but will try to offer some extra comments.
The riad is in an excellent position for walking to Djanna el Fnaa though the road outside is very narrow and very busy with mopeds, bikes, hawkers, donkey carts and pedestrians, so you need to have your wits about you as you walk there. It is also in easy walking distance of the Saadian Tombs and Badi Palace, though this was closed during our visit. A taxi rank is just over the road in Place Ferblantiers - though again, the road is difficult to cross as cars, taxis, caleches, tour buses and lorries now add to the excitement. Despite arriving mid-morning our rooms were ready and we were welcomed with a coffee. The standard rooms are a bit small but clean and perfectly adequate. My only criticisms being the poor lighting and the really tatty towels and bathrobes which were frayed and an unpleasant shade of grey and clearly in short supply as we rarely received our full quota each day. Not good enough! We breakfasted on the terrace each morning on fresh fruit, breads, jam and delicious yoghurt. We ate dinner at the riad only once and here I must disagree with previous reviewers. We found the food to be dull, tasteless and over-priced compared to nearby restaurants - I recommend Le Tangia in Place Ferblantiers. It has a rooftop bar and a very stylish restaurant below ([---]). Bars are hard to find but there is also another stylish rooftop bar in the pedestrian part of the square. The riad will organise day trips for you or negotiate directly with a grand taxi for a better price. The Ourika Valley is popular with drivers as they have clearly got a deal with the restaurants and shops there but you can cut your lunch bill by half if you walk down from the taxi point - I think the Asgaour was where we ate an excellent tagine. There is quite a scramble up to the waterfalls so wear good shoes and hire a guide as they know exactly where you should tread to avoid slips. An alternative is to hire a grand-taxi to Imlil in the High Atlas which is quieter and has the most spectacular views. For trips round Marrakech I suggest a caleche which can be hired very reasonably by the hour. Our 2 hours cost 400 dirhams between four of us! Enjoy it!

review by two aussie vets in UK

from frankie72
I took my girlfriend for a romantic birthday weekend and this place was perfect for us. First the level of service and cleanliness is top class. Friendly and welcoming the minute the door opened. We had a few bottles of wine (160.00 Dirham, note alcohol is not freely available outside the hotel) and the quality was very good. Plus it was nice to relax in the hotel with its beautiful decor and a bottle of good wine (liked by aussie tastes). We had a massage each for 400 Dirham, which was ok and relaxing but not the strong enough for my liking. The restaurant meal was 350 Dirham each. The entree and main meal was very filling and very good quality. We found the desert a little uninspiring being apple surrounded in a puff pastry. although I am being a little harsh as the rest of the meal was excellent.
Location is great, in fact the best bargains we got were in the street of the hotel, which is about 600 meters from the main square and souks.
All the other guest thought it was nice as well and all reported the rooms were excellent. It has no kids play area so this is more suited for adults, in fact kids may find it a bit boring. It maybe a little on the pricey side but the quality is top notch. Would go back again.

Fantastic

from travelerBristol
We stayed here from 8 - 13 February i can only praise this riad .
Perfect position if you want to be in the Medina it has staff who could not do enough for you, great rooms and very tasty fresh food. If you stay here you will be treated like a king.

Riad Dar Anika for a peaceful retreat

from Gordon H
We selected Riad Dar Anika after reading the reviews on this site and were not disappointed.
The Riad is a fairly new building built in traditional style. It is in a good location and inside is breathtaking, particularly at night when the public areas are candlelit. We had dinner on our first night served in the salon. We were the only diners, and my wife said she felt like "a queen in her palace".
The food was the best we had in Marrakesh (and the most expensive, but worth it)
Staff were friendly and very helpful.
We have both just retired and although located at the end of a narrow passageway we never felt threatened when strolling around even late at night.
Four days was enough for us, and we had time for a facinating trip to the Atlas Mountains arranged by the Riad.
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