We stayed at the Riad La Rose D'Orient (The Baccarat Suite) for 4 Nights from the 7th of April 2013 for our 10th Wedding Anniversary.
I chose this Riad, after checking hundreds of other Riads and Hotels in Marrakech.
The determining factors were: The Exquisite Decor, The Very Large (6ft wide) Bed, The Huge Bath Tub, The Safety Deposit Box, The Daily Room Service and Free Toiletries, Staff Reviews, The Satellite T.V (a rarity in a Raid) , A.C/ Heating Facilities, Iron and Hairdryer Facilities, WiFi availability (to cheaply keep in contact via whatsapp with family back home) The Breakfast, The Terrace Jacuzzi, The Proximity To the Square and the Airport Shuttle Service.
The Riad, and our suite, were both Beautifully decorated and have stunning fixtures and furnishings-the gorgeous decor extends to the moulded ceilings and beautifully Tiled Floors. The storage is ample, with two wardrobes, a double chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets. An unexpected plus was the fridge/freezer which I was not expecting-and in my opinion was the only facility that would have otherwise have lacked. The Rug I did not like and hence rolled up and placed outside!
The Bed is extremely comfortable, and huge being 6ft Wide-a real sense of luxury.
The Bath Tub is Huge, as depicted, and the water pressure is very good (same as the U.K). The water was piping Hot, just how I liked it-hence we were very happy having chose this Suite!
The House-keeping was carried out on a daily basis, and towels, toiletries and sheets replaced if needed-so faultless service there. The staff were lovely.
The Satellite T.V was a little Dissapointing, as although there were an abundance of French channels, there were not many free English Channels-however, as we only really like to watch the News when away-it sufficed.
The A.C and Heating worked fine as did the hairdryer. The Iron, I understand is available on request-however, I did not need it-hence cannot comment.
The Wifi Connection (with the exception of a few hrs) was very good and worked in the room too!
The Breakfast was very good with Tea/coffee, fresh orange juice, Fruit and crepes/pancakes/cake. The Portions were ample and filling.
The Jacuzzi is available on request-you request the service in the morning and they heat it up ready for the evening-although the motor works fine-the heat was a bit of a dissappointment. I would say it is more for cooling off after sunbathing on the terrace
The Riad is said to be located a 10 min walk from the Square-I would say it was a minimum 15 minutes brisk walk (dodging the motorcyclists and people-but always good fun! I am glad we stayed in the Old Medina-the location is recommended for a taste of the real Marrakech.
The Taxi Service to and from the Riad is a little expensive, but best taken on the way there-as the Riad may otherwise be difficult to find-especially as it does not have an outside Sign/Plaque.
The Riad does not have outside windows (although it does have a plastic covered 'roof' terrace) and hence there is a lack of natural light in the bedrooms-however, this aids a lie in as very little noise can be heard from the outside. Also, our Suite only had one window (where as the majority had two) AND it was shielded off a little as they used that side of the patio for storage. However, this did not bother me, as with all windows facing the patio in such a small Riad, there will always be privacy issues. However, the numerous lights in the Bedroom create a beautiful Ambience-and generally you forget about the light issues after a while.
There was a little shop about 50 metres from the Riad-useful for biscuit type snacks and drinks-about 1/4 of the price charged by the Riad.
Overall, I was Extremely Pleased with my Choice of Riad and Especially with the Suite Chosen. It lived up to my expectations and delivered in a few other unexpected areas too! A Stunning Find in the Hustle and Bustle of the Old Medina.
Negatives - Patio Storage, Lack Of English T.V Channels, No additional Toilet As Stated, Lack of Natural Light, Jacuzzi Heat levels, A Little Expensive Maybe.
- 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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