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“Oasis of calm and style in quiet location” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad La Rose D'Orient
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17-18 derb draoua-sidi soussan-medina | Bab Lalla Aouda Saadia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #220 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Melbourne
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12 hotel reviews
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“Oasis of calm and style in quiet location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

We stayed in August 2010 for 5 days and had the whole riad to ourselves as it was the lowest of low season and not many people were crazy enough as we were to travel to Marrakesh at that time. It was 49 degrees C the day we arrived and the breakfast butter melted in front of us! Weather aside we loved our stay so much we can't wait to go back.

Riad La Rose D'Orient is a fabulous new riad but has been meticulously built and decorated by very caring owners. The couple and their staff were fabulous in arranging our first night's dinner (lamb tagine and cous cous like we've never had before!), restaurant recommendations and general advice on gettting around.

They even helped me arrange a secret birthday surprise - a 2 day side trip to Essourira - highly recommended.

The rooms and bathrooms are private and beautiful with plenty of space and good aircon. The traditional Moroccan decor was such a treat and it was lovely wandering the souks trying to work out how we could have a Moroccan room back home.

Although it is not in the centre of town, it is an interesting and easy walk to the square and it is well lit and feels safe. The location is nice and quiet ensuring a good night's sleep.

The rooftop covered spa was refreshinly cool in the heat and we used it everyday. The pool downstairs is so pretty but we didn't use it, preferring the roof top.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Breakfast with fresh orange juice on the rooftop of this Riad is great. From the rooftop there is a clear view over the city up to the Koutubia.

After our delayed flight, we parked the car conveniently near the pharmacy opposite the entrance of the Lycee Lalla Aouda Saadia. Were couldn't locate the riad at first. We called were fetched within a minute by Muhammed. Although it was very late, we had a great meal in the riad and felt very welcome.

Muhammed is a great and very charming guy from Senegal, who works all day to make the stay of every guest as good as possible. Food is great and the ambiance is wonderful.

The riad is a 15 minute walk to the Jamna el Fna thru narrow alleys. Allthough very busy, we always felt safe.

The riad itself is a very quiet oasis in a busy city. Every day some roseflower leafs were left in the room by the maids.

Some practical recommendations:
- I was very glad I bought a cheap prepaid SIM card at the airport on arrival.
- We paid the old guard near the hotel some dirhams each day to look after our rental car. Muhammed knows the regular rate.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

We visited in October 2010 for a week with our children aged 8 and 13.

We wanted a reasonable priced riad within walking distance of the main square and souks, and were very pleased with our choice.

The Riad La Rose D'Orient is very beautifully decorated in traditional Moroccan style. The room we stayed in had a main bedroom and bathroom, with stairs going up to a twin room for the children. It wasn't huge but it was very pretty, with some lovely thoughtful touches.

The Riad is about a 15 minute walk to the main square and to the souks. The walk takes you through several busy narrow streets and small marketplaces etc. We really enjoyed those walks, because there are very few tourists along the way, so you get a glimpse of everyday life. Taxis are available everywhere ; we never needed one as we found it easy to walk, but we weren't ever out very late in the evening.

The breakfasts were generally very good, especially the pancakes and honeyed yoghurt (yum!). Mohammed was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. Most days we had breakfast on the terrace which was really atmospheric.
We met the owners a couple of times and they were very friendly too.

The children enjoyed the little pool downstairs. All in all, lovely, would definitely recommend!

The only downsides for us:
- a fridge in the room would have been good, so that we could have bought our own drinks and kept them cold.
- it would have been lovely to have been asked our preferences for breakfast, as it was different everyday, so some days we enjoyed the choice more than others!

Also, for Marrakech in general, useful to brush up on that O'Level French, as it can be really useful.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Boquete, Panama
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

It will take some time to find this riad the first time but it's a breeze after that and about a 15 min. walk from the square. Mohammad is always on hand and nothing is too much trouble for him. Breakfast is served in the courtyard or the rooftop. We stayed on the top floor, very comfortable bed, large tub and quiet. It is traditional but only built a few years ago.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

Just returned from a five day trip to Marrakech - our stay in the Riad La Rose D'Orient was a delight. The Riad is peaceful, beautifully decorated and has a wonderful sun terrace on the roof. Our children really enjoyed splashing about in the small pool after a morning in the souks and the sunshine. Mohammed provided great service and the breakfasts and evening meals were really delicious. The lamb tajines with couscous were particularly good - much better than those we tried in the central restaurants.

Before we arrived I was slightly concerned about the Riad's location - but there was no need to have worried. It is only a 15 minute walk to the Djemaa el Fna, 10 minutes to the souks and 10 minutes to the Ben Youssef Medersa. Despite the proximity to the tanneries there were never any bad smells. We walked into the centre every day, never needed to take a taxi. At nine pm the streets were still really bustling and we felt perfectly safe walking back after visiting the night market.

I would recommend this riad to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011 via mobile

A great place to stay to enjoy the real Marrakech. A gem in the old city. Well worth a stay!!!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 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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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2011

Enjoyed our stay at Riad La Rose D'Orient - a great retreat after the hustle & bustle of The Souqs and Square. The staff were every willing to please. The challenge is going to and from the square but you are never far from a taxi and taxis can drop you very close to the Riad which cannot be said for alot of Riads within The Medina. Breakfasts were tasty and dinners were delicious. Thanks to all for making us welcome during our recent stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17-18 derb draoua-sidi soussan-medina | Bab Lalla Aouda Saadia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #220 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad La Rose D'Orient 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad la rose d’orient will receive you in a traditional ambiance of the riads in the magical red city.You will be taken by the magical aspects of the place , sculptured materials by local craftsmen, mosaiques ,gibes stone, wood , flashing lights of the thousand and one night, harmony of colors. ... more   less 
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