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“Lovely riad - low cost luxury” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad L'Orchidee
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   42-43 Sidi Bouamar - Riad Laarouss | Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #153 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely riad - low cost luxury”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this riad last week for 3 nights. We loved it. The riad has 6 rooms, so roughly 12 people are staying maximum. Our room (we stayed in Amarillis) was really quite spacious, with a good sized double bed and a big bathroom, as well as space for our bags etc. The bathroom did develop a bit of an old water smell, but we did have heavy rain and nowhere in Marrakech seems particularly prepared for rain. The rest of the building is equally lovely. There's a pool, though we didn't use it - it's in the center of the riad, around which the rooms are, so it is mostly just for show. We did however make use of the sun terrace, which is lovely - a real slice of peace in a manic city, and the restaurant area (only for breakfast, but it was very good - plenty of food to start your day). You can also buy wine in the riad, which is good, because bars are few and far between in the city.

The staff are the real selling point though - they're lovely, very friendly and helpful. In a city like Marrakech where everybody seems to be trying to trick you out of money, it was lovely to meet a group of locals who love their city and are happy to help.

The riad itself is slightly out of the main souk area, which is good because it makes it easier to find (it's down a somewhat dodgy looking alley, but it only seems that way when you first arrive - it's really very safe) and quieter. I was woken up once by the call to prayer, but I'm a light sleeper. The riad itself is quiet at night. The rooms seem quite close to each other, and the building is quite open plan, so we were worried about noise but mostly noise from ourselves!

Our one concern prior to stay is that we weren't asked to pay a deposit - we neednt have worried. We paid everything when we left, and there was no problem whatsoever. That's just, it seems, how they do things.

I highly recommend this riad.

Room Tip: We stayed in Amaryllis, which was lovely. However, the impression we got is that all the rooms are g...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent one week in Marrakech at Riad L'Orchidee and enjoyed it very much. It is not very expensive, so we didn't expect much. The rooms were quite small but okay (every room faces the patio, so it is not very private), and the staff was actually excellent and very obliging. They organised a desert trip for us and were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast was okay but could have been more diversified. We spent much time on the rooftop to enjoy the sun.
The location is good but you won't find it on your own, so I would suggest to book the driver from the hotel to fetch you at the airport.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This riad was a delightful surprise, we were just looking for somewhere cheap, clean with wifi, and tumbled upon this jewel of a place. This riad has been completely renovated and has a Zen theme. The first we noticed was how fresh and clean it is, it looks like it has just opened but this is down to excellent management and maintenance, including a spotless and well stocked kitchen and a very pleasant roof terrace. There is a cute little budgie which sings all day and can be played with, which was a nice extra. The staff are very welcoming and all look happy, even when we came back at 5.30 in the morning. The manager is handsome, charming and happy to spend time with you and make sure you have enough information for your needs and it is easy to find. They had another riad near to this, which has also been completely renovated and is really beautiful, and very chic. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We chose RIAD L’ORCHIDEE as accommodation during our holiday in Marrakesh. We stayed at many wonderful places all over the world , but RIAD L’ORCHIDEE is now one of our favorites! We spent 3 days and 2 nights at Marrakesh. We just returned from Marrakesh and we would like to share our positive experience about this hotel. The Riad L’Orchidee has a beautiful traditional decoration, very clean and very comfortable. The staff was available and very helpful, they organized everything with a smiling face. The price is very accessible. It is essential to taste a mint-tea in the courtyard listening to Arabic music.
The location is also good at the center of Marrakesh. You can go by walking to all touristic places such as the SOUK, DJEMAA EL FNA SQUARE , KOUTOUBIA etc.
It was nice and practical to have Wi-Fi at our room.
Thank you so much to all the hotel staff at RIAD L’ORCHIDEE
We personally highly recommend this hotel .
Rana-Mizgin

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were 6 friends staying at this Riad from 23th to 26th of february. We have nothing wrong to say and the stay was really pleasant. All the rooms were clean and big and also the staff of the Riad is really nice.They help you in whatever you need and advice you in any question you may have.

The situation is perfect but maybe it's a bit confusing to find it if you have never been before in Marrakech.

Finally note that the breakfast is AMAZING!!!

So, don't hesitate to book this Riad because it's one of the best in Marrakech in quality and price.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My two sisters and I stayed here for five days just a couple of day ago. We stayed in the Jasmin room (accomodates 2- 3 people).
The riad itself is just so peaceful with beautiful decor. The minute you enter, you are taken away from all the hustle and bustle of marrakech. On arrival, we were served mint tea and moroccon biscuits. The manager, Karim, sat down with us and talked us through the different things we could do in marrakech. Karim was just absoloutely wonderful during our whole stay, always willing to help and take his time to explain directions. All the other staff were lovely too, and so friendly.
The room was lovely, but because there were three of us, one person had to sleep on a camp bed which was just totally uncomfy. However, we ended up sharing the bed so two of us were sleeping on one.
The breakfast every morning was great. Slight variations every day so you don't get bored with the same things. The coffee was great, and the orange juice too.
The riad itself can be hard to find, especially on your first day when you are unfamiliar with the area (We got hopelessly lost!). However, by the second day we had found our bearings and could find the place with ease. The riad is located in small alleys but we were always safe walking through them, even at night as the area is well lit.
The riad is actually in good location, 15 mins walk to the square and about 25 min to the majorelle gardens.
We are very glad we booked this riad after alot of researching.
Thanks for a fab stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This was our first visit to Marocco, and we booked our first night at Riad L'Orchidée based on reviews that we found around the web. The room was excellent; very clean and tidy, and spacious enough for even a somewhat longer stay. The atmosphere in the Riad is very relaxing, almost Spa-like, and everything is well arranged. Warm water works, the bed is good, and the air conditioning heats the room well (we stayed in the Riad in February).

The Riad is located in a small ally close to the parking of Riad Larousse. The ally is lit at night, so we felt quite safe walking home at night to the Riad (it's a 15 minute walk from Jemaa el Fna). The Riad offers an Airport pickup (and dropoff) service for 15 euros, that we chose not to use because we wanted to find the Riad ourselves. This, however, proved to be impossible even with a map, so in the end we paid more than 15 euros for the taxi + someone who was 'helpful' enough to bring us to the Riad through the maze of the Medina - for quite a big sum of course. So, I would recommend anyone to use the airport pickup service, because it actually saves money.

The most positive aspect about the Riad is the politeness of the staff. We wanted to drive to the Sahara in a rental car, and return to the Riad afterwards. They organized the (good) rental car, booked the Riad for the day after our return, and even arranged a room at a nearby Riad for us for the days their own rooms were full. They also booked a Hammam for us, and were extremely friendly and service-oriented. When it turned out the other Riad would not provide a very early breakfast for us before our flight back, Riad L'Orchidée stepped in without complaint to serve us the breakfast at their Riad - even though we were not even staying there anymore.

So, in sum, I would recommend this Riad to anyone visiting Marrakech.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 42-43 Sidi Bouamar - Riad Laarouss | Médina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #153 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad L'Orchidee 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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