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Riad Olema & Spa
31-32, Derb Sidi Ahmed ou Moussa, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #170 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
1 review
“A friend of mine reccommened a Riad that...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010 via mobile

A friend of mine reccommened a Riad that he stayed at during a business trip to Morroco. What a pleasant surprise. The interior has recently been re-fitted and is beautiful. The food was wonderful and the staff exceptional. Very clean and comfortable. Sandy, the manager, pays attention to every detail, no matter how small.
The Riad is in the Oold Town and very safe with just a short walk to taxi. Had dinner with friends on the rooftop. The compliments I received were embarrassing!
I highly reccommend this place, truley a Morrocan delight!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

My wife, myself and 2 colleagues attended a conference in Marrakech recently. we elected to shun the typical Hotel chains and stay at the Riad Olema & Spa in the Medina (old town). a wonderful experience for all. the Riad is surrounded by the flavor of Morroco, but the interior has all the modern exprctations for today's traveler. The management are French with an eye for detail. We entertained cliens several times and all were very impressed. At the end of the conference I was aproached by several people asking about the place I was staying, all through comments from ym clients. Go to riadolema-spa.com for more.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

We chose this Riad because of the reviews here and some french sites. We stayed in the Suite Histoire d'O for 4 nights and paid 220 Euros a night. In retrospect we found this quite prizey, compared to other Riads and hotels. For instance you have the marvellous La Maison Arabe, 2 minutes walk away, with 20 - 30 rooms of different styles, three restaurants, a lovely pianobar, swimmingpool, outdoor sittingareas, a wonderful Spa, and complimentary shuttle and access to their closeby Golf Club - all very authentic and high quality, and secluded within a quite large space very close by, - and you are not paying much more for any more for all those services and rooms than for the rooms in the Riad Olema basically. Some rooms were even cheaper.

Although they served nice breakfast, you had to book dinner at lunchtime since the kitchen otherwise was closed in the evenings... They had a Jacuzzi on the roof that seemed nice, but that was out of order when we stayed there - also the Jacuzzi was right above our Suite, - and you could hear the motor going at times unfortunately. They had a tiny cute pool in the patio, but the owner bathed there sometimes so we felt we would intrude his privacy so we did'nt bother since he also had the room next to the pool when we stayed there...... (no further comments)

Also there was a small Hammam and some rooms for beautytreatments that you could order. I did, and was very content, but again you can get the same treatments at approx. the same prizelevel at more exclusive Riadhotels like the La Maison Arabe for instance.

I do have to give some extraordinary compliments though to Sandy (the directrise) and the service of the staff that was really wonderful! She helped us in every possible way with bookings, recommendations ecc. ecc. and was ever so serviceminded - so that made it special for us!

Other than that; nicely situated with walking distance to main sites: the Djmnaa el Fna (10 - 15 min), the Souks (10 min), Cafe Arabe (10 min), Jardin Majorelle (15 - 20 minutes) ecc ecc.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2009

Stayed in Olema for a week in July and absolutely loved it! The professionality of the staff , the quality of the food together with the luxurious surrounding ( What a spa!) made our stay all so memorable! Will definitely go back with friends and family !

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

Riad Olema is right in the middle of Marrakech down a little alleyway but once you open the door you are in a bright airy hotel that wouldn't look out of place in Paris or a design magazine. We arrived late but had ordered our food over the phone and we were served, unrushed, a delicious meal by charming staff (Ziad). Afterwards we went up to the beautiful roof terrace and soaked up the sounds of Marrakech with a good bottle of wine.
The weather was boiling and so Olema was the perfect place to come back, relax and cool down in the small pool or roof top jacuzzi.
Breakfast was great beautiful fresh orange juice and crepes. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff went out of their way to be friendly. Ziad went for miles to find us a taxi when we left.
The only critism I'd have was our meeting with Sandy the owner, perhaps we got her on a bad day but she was hyper defensive when we asked about the 5% surcharge for credit cards, we were not refusing to pay just checking through the bill. Everyone has their off days but she was the only person to make us feel uncomfortable and it slightly spoiled our experience right at the end of our stay which was a shame. I would like to return as it was probably just a once off.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paris
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

A really lovely hotel. Excellent service with such friendly staff.
We felt like VIP's throughout our stay.
Beautiful decoration and comfort!
We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Centre
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

Now this Riad is really something else. Comfort, quiet, superb spa for relaxing after a day out. The staff are friendly and helpful and this is one riad it is worth going out of one's way for! The restoration is also very interesting, for anybody interested in restoring old buildings, the Olema has an interesting book retracing the way between "then" and now.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 31-32, Derb Sidi Ahmed ou Moussa, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #170 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Olema & Spa welcomes you in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Well protected behind the walls, in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech, the riad is a 10-minute walk from the famous Jemma el Fna square.   Riad Olema & Spa offers a unique experience, at the edge of modernity and ancient traditions. Enjoy Fatiha's generous ccoking, let you pamper in our Spa and hammam, hava a break on the terrace and have a refreshing bath in the plunge pool. Riad Olema & Spa is 8 rooms boutique hotel with the spirit of a guesthouse. It two inner-courtyards offer space and intimicy. ... more   less 
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