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Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech
216, rue Tadla, Derb Chtouka Marrakech-medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #65 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Nuaille Sur Boutonne
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“A wonderful place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

My wife & I stayed here for a week last month with friends, we all had a great time. The riad was so clean & the food was wonderful. Joelle was very welcoming & helpful regarding trips.places to visit & recommending restaurants. After walking around Marrakech which a VERY busy city it was just nice to return to the peace of Les Orangers. So a big thank you to Joelle & Girls for making our stay great & one to remember.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I stayed here with my husband for a short break at the end of september. We had a wonderful stay - beautiful riad with lovely rooms and it was so peaceful and calm. Breakfasts (a delight!) can be taken to suit you in a sun filled courtyard with orange trees. Joelle, the owner was so friendly and attentive and she made the whole trip so memorable. The riad is near the city wall and close to the souks, the main square and the royal palace. On our first night we had a most delicious meal served by Joelle on the rooftop terrace - perfect. Joelle's girls were brilliant too, so hard working and caring.I cannot recommend Riad Les Orangers enough. Marrakech is a constant hive of noise of activity, so it was so nice to return to this oasis of calm.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in this beautiful Riad in late September 2012 and I cannot recommend it enough. Tucked away in a quiet street amongst the hustle and bustle of the medina, the location couldn’t be more perfect - just a short stroll from the Souks, main square and palace we were in the hub of Marrakech.
The Riad itself was so well kept – a blissful escape from the madness of the Medina. As soon as you walked inside and were greeted by Joelle and her staff you immediately felt relaxed – the décor is peaceful and allows you to relax immediately forgetting some of the madness that Marrakech offers (which is also amazing but sometimes its good/necessary to relax)!
Joelle was lovely – one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and nothing was too much of an ask– I cannot recommend enough! Thanks for a wonderful stay. Caroline, London.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I stayed here with my husband in August 2012, after my daughter and her husband recommend it to us. We were blown away by the hospitality of the proprietor Joelle. Nothing was too much trouble and she certainty made our stay there very memorable!
The riad is beautifully decorated with superb food, which was served to us on the roof terrace - this was a real treat!
Marrakech is a very interesting city with lots of hustle and bustle and Joelle was always happy to recommend restaurants and places to visit.
If you are planning to visit Marrakech you really should stay here with Joelle and her staff.
Frances and Bob

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Wonderful and peaceful riad, exceptionally clean and friendly.Very convenient location, walking distance from the main square. We arrived quite late, (so booked the dinner in advance) and that was one of the best meal we had in Marrakech.Loved the fact that the breakfast was served at any time we got up in a beautiful, sunny courtyard.Tea and coffee were made on request and nothing seems to be much bother for staff.This place has definitely made our trip to Marrakech more enjoyable. Joelle and the girls were fantastic

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I stayed here for three nights with some friends and we had a wonderful experience. The staff was very warm and accommodating. A taxi met us at the airport and the driver helped carry our luggage to the Riad. We were met with delicious mint coffee and smiles. The rooms are all very comfortable with Air Conditioning and great amenities.

Joelle, the owner, was fantastically friendly and saw to our every need. We were able to enjoy dinner and wine at the Riad every night, though she was more than happy to arrange dinner at nearby restaurants when desired. She was also very good at suggesting and booking excursions to nearby attractions on our behalf.

Marrakesh is a very interesting city with a tremendous amount of activity going on all the time. By staying at the Riad we were able to enjoy the new sights, sounds, and smells while having a perfect escape near the heart of the Medina to go to once our senses were saturated for the day. Thanks, Joelle & Everyone else!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 July 26, 2012

As soon as my friend and I landed in Marrakech, we experienced Joelle's famously warm welcome. We had arranged a taxi transfer via the riad, and helpfully, the driver was waiting for us after baggage reclaim. He took us to the door of the riad, helping with our bags and introducing us to Joelle who instantly offered us a refreshing mint tea.

The rooms are spotlessly clean, and very tastefully decorated, as is the rest of the riad. The first room we stayed in had the 'open' bathroom that other reviewers have mentioned, but the second room had a door, allowing myself and my friend at least *some* privacy.

During our stay it was insanely hot, pushing 50 degrees some days. There was some air con in the room, but it wasn't as effective as it could have been, and was quite noisy.

In terms of advice, Joelle helped us choose somewhere to eat, and a few bars, providing us with a very useful map, and directions. As others have also said, the breakfasts in the morning are lovely, everything is homemade, and it really sets you up for the day.

However, the reason I say that this is *almost* perfect, is just because some things could be improved to make the stay less.....awkward Sometimes it feels a bit like you are in someone's house, and that you are putting the staff out by asking for food and drinks. One morning, we headed out early for some sightseeing and haggling in the souks. By midday it was far too hot in the medina and kasbah to be outside, so we retreated to the riad for some lunch, a sunbathe and a rest.

We ordered some salad, which although lovely when it arrived, took a long time to prepare, and when we received the bill, it must have been made from very expensive ingredients, as it was far beyond the cost of anything else we had eaten in Marrakech.

The same goes for the drinks, it was so hot that we needed to keep hydrated, but the drinks were warm, expensive and slow to arrive. I think this could be improved by Joelle introducing a drinks fridge or something on the rooftop terrace, with an honesty box, or a book to record what you have eaten/drank, so that you don't have to disturb the staff who seem to be busy from dawn til dusk.

To be fair, we did have an evening where we returned very late, and Joelle was lovely with us, but again it felt like we were staying with someone's Mum. Maybe this is just a matter of taste, and this is just not the place to stay for younger people who want to stay out in the evening, or want to have a holiday on their own terms.

I would recommend this property for couples, and families, but not those who want to be able to come and go as they please. The location is great, in the old kasbah area of Marrakech, located at the end of La Rue de La Kasbah, which although intimidating at first, is a thriving, fascinating street. Marrakech is a fabulous city, but extremely busy- this riad does offer a tasteful, peaceful retreat from that crazyness, and with some small changes could be perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 216, rue Tadla, Derb Chtouka Marrakech-medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#38 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#66 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Moroccan hospitality is legendary and at Riad les orangers d'alilia you have the opportunity to experience this fine tradition. Riad les orangers d'alilia is a home with lots of atmosphere and a dedicated staff at your disposal.Riad les orangers d'alilia has been entirely restored in accordance with traditional Moroccan materials and architecture. ... more   less 
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