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Riad Lorsya
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   61, Derb El Hammam, Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #373 of 481 Hotels in Marrakech
Melbourne, Australia
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

To experience the true Marakech Medina one must travel down narrow alleyways to a secluded Riad with all the hidden beauty behind well locked doors. Riad Lorsya takes some navigating ( or escorting) to find and does make it a real adventure coming and going but Abdul (by day) and Mustafa (by night) were so friendly and helpful it was well worth the navigational challenge. The decor was colourful and stylish, the rooms narrow but comfortable and there were plenty of couches, tables and seats both inside and outside up on the roof terrace to research dinner, shopping and sights from the abundance of supplied guide books, magazines and advice from fellow travellers. The breakfasts are fantastic with a different combination of bread, fruit, eggs each morning and if you want to eat in you can enjoy a tagine and moroccan salads ( like chunky dips). The terrace is the best feature with lovely views over the Atlas mountains in the distance and ragged rooftops that catch the glow of dusk and the setting sun. Bring a bottle of wine or champagne (from home or previous country) if you like a drink and store in the Riad fridge and enjoy on the rooftop at sunset as there are only 2 places you can have alcohol in the old town. One is Cafe Arabe, conveniently cloe which serves great cocktails and reasonable meals, the other is Hotel Tazi down in the Jeema el F'na but a bit dodgy. Also hard to find snacks so bring or buy nuts in the square. Abdul is very helpful for organising train tickets, taxis or guides, although our guide at 50 Euro for four hours seemed v expensive and was not that friendly. Abdul will supply a good map and bus card that shows how to get to and from the Riad to the square and surrounds. A word of warning: chances are if you book an airport pickup you will need to find your driver amongst dozens of men holding up Riad name signs at the exit then you will enjoy a short drive to the outskirts of the medina where your luggage will be unloaded into an old cart manned by an even older man who will run off through the narrow streets and you simply must stay close and follow until you arrive at the Riad door. You will need to pay 20 Dhirams to the cart man - all this was unexpected for us arriving late at night! Overall a great Riad experience with super friendly staff and as long as you are a good navigator, a great place to stay!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stayed at Riad Lorsya for a long weekend in March and found it to be the perfect setting for our trip. The staff are friendly and incredibly helpful and the accommodation is beautifully decorated, clean and calm. Roof terrace is great and the Raid serves a very good breakfast and evening meal if you want it. The location is very close to the main square, quite hard to locate down winding alleyways but once we had found our way it was a great location from which to explore Marrakech. the local people are friendly and will help out if you get lost. Good value for money.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The riad is OK but a little basic. The riad location is terrible. It is in the middle of dank smelly small narrow alleyways. Leaving the riad and coming back was a struggle as you need compass. the food on the riad was basic but fine. friendly staff. the shower was faulty as was the toilet cistern.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Riad is placed a short walk from the main square, so position is great.
Decor inside is wonderful, roof terrace is great.
Rooms were clean and comfortable, management were really helpful, organised everything we needed.
I would recommend this to anyone

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

First of all make sure you know about this city before you go, it's not for the faint hearted, scared the life out of me! As far as the Riad is concerned we absolutely loved it, Abdul who runs the place is very nice and very helpful, the food, especially breakfast is great and when you walk through the front door you leave the crazy medina behind and can relax in absolute peace and quiet.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Odivelas, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had a really good time on this riad. The staff and the manager couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. My husband and I went with our 2,5, year old daughter, so we always have special requests which were promptly attended we had fresh soup every day, wash the thermos, storage the yogurts. We couldn’t ask for a better service! We ate at the riad several days and the food is fabulous! The best we ate in Marrakesh, so don’t miss it. We also strongly advise you to book the transportation from the airport with the riad. It costs 15€ and saves you a lot of work in trying to find the riad in the very streets of the medina.
The wi-fi is not very strong in the rooms but you can use it in common areas. The bathroom is inside the room (no door), but it seems that is very usual in all the riads, anyway, it didn’t influence the quality of our stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Abdul, Moustafa and their team are lovely hosts. They offered us a yummy complimentary dinner on our first night, lovely breakfasts every morning, and mint tea at any time of day or night, in our rooms, in the cozy main room, or on the roof terrace. We really felt we were coming "home" at the end of each long, hectic day in Marrakesh. Abdul went above and beyond by going to the bus station outside the Medina to purchase our bus tickets to Essaouira for an early departure the following morning--no other riad proprietor offered to assist us in this manner. Riad Lorsya is also wonderfully appointed: great location in the center of the Old Medina, and the rooms are lavish, spacious, and quiet. The beds were very comfortable, which is rare in Moroccan riads and dars. Even though there were other guests staying at the same time as us, we felt it was our private riad since it was so quiet and spacious. The roof terrace is a great place to relax and escape. I'd definitely stay at Lorsya again if ever back in Marrakesh.

  • Stayed September 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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Additional Information about Riad Lorsya

Address: 61, Derb El Hammam, Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#186 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Lorsya 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Lorsya is situated at 2 minutes walk from the Jamaa El Fna square, in the heart of the antiques market souk. It has been renovated with care in the pure Morrocan tradition and retains all the charm of the old Marrakech riads. Our professional team invites you to discover the serenity, the comfortable lifestyle and the quality services offered to you in this wonderful riad. A free dinner is offered for any booking of 4 nights and more. ... more   less 
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