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“A small riad, beautiful and relaxing.” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech
216, rue Tadla, Derb Chtouka Marrakech-medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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“A small riad, beautiful and relaxing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed at this riad for 4 nights- 2 in the room on the ground floor, and 2 on the first floor in room Noa. All the rooms in the riad are very nice and very similar, though we preferred to be upstairs. I saw all the rooms upstairs, except Sofia and would perhaps recommend India, on the grounds that its outdoor sitting space is a little more private & comfortable than the others.
The riad is a beautiful building, very calming amidst the verite of life outside the door. It is small and intimate, and noise does carry but that is the nature of a riad, with rooms/windows/doors off a central courtyard and not problematic. The rooftop terrace is a nice spot to relax.
We liked the location but perhaps some may find it a little too far south of the central sites.
The host and staff are all very welcoming and friendly; breakfasts, 8-11 am, are excellent.
In the evenings we ate round the corner ( 2mins away) at the upmarket Les Jardins de Medina hotel, at Kasbah Cafe ( 5mins) and the more modest hotel, Les Borjs de la Kasbah ( 3mins), after our first night eating-in a prebooked meal.
We used the hotel organised taxi from and to the airport, and for a trip to the Atlas Mts/cascades d'Ouzoud- good and reasonably priced. We visited the Jardins Majorelle, Palais Bahai, Medersa Ben Youssef, the Souks, Saadian Tombs and Jemaa El Fna; taxis were easy to use/negociate.
We bluffed our way into the la Sultana hotel for a non-residents afternoon drink( not always easy to find places selling alcohol) and were amazed by its excess sumptiousnes, if that's your thing; the beer there was no more expensive than Cozy cafe. Also looked-in at the hotel Palais Donab and liked the look of this more central hotel.
Disappointing weather- not hot, but overcast and raining one day- but not the fault of the riad.

Room Tip: I saw inside all of the 5 rooms, except Sofia, and of these I would choose India.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My husband and I travelled to Marrakech in December 2012. As other reviewers have said the property is down a rather imposing alleyway however once through the door the property opens up into a light, airy oasis.

The room (India) on 1st floor was comfortable and well decorated in neutral tones however the curtain between bedroom and bathroom made sure we knew a little too much about each others bathroom habits! One small criticism was that the mirror in the bathroom was too dark to use and there was no other one in the room.

The breakfasts in the hotel were amazing. The first evening we ordered dinner and wine and it was one of the best meals that we had in Marrakech, taken in front of an open fire in a little side room. Joelle is a fantastic cook and host.

It was cold in December and the property often felt chilly. There was a heater in the bedroom however it took some time to warm the room.

Overall a very good property however if I was visiting again I would go when the weather was warmer to take advantage of the lovely roof terrace.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Me and my partner both found this riad a beautiful and peaceful escape from an overwhelming but beautiful place. Joelle, the owner, was fantastic she organised everything for us including airport transfers, a local and reliable guide and a great trip to the Atlas Mountains. I adivise anyone visiting Marrakech to get a guide even for half a day, he told us things the guidebooks didn't and was very helpful in giving us good routes back to the riad. The food at the Riad was all fantastic and all home cooked. We had a beautful, very big breakfast every morning which was well needed! We only had one dinner there but it was a delicious 4 course meal, all home cooked again. I really do reccomend this Riad, especially for couples - young or old!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Lovely place to stay, very comfortable, nice staff, the owner was very helpful when we asked her for advice. They serve a great breakfast. Position was OK, difficult to find at first but easy every other time. We would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I can't recommend this place enough! The Riad itself is gorgeous: beautiful main court/hall, with lovely, clean, comfortable bedrooms. Great shower, soft sheets. Everything to perfection. An amazing breakfast (eggs, bread, jam, coffee, delicious pastries). Very nicely located in the heart of the Kasbah. Lovely roof terrace with great views. Joelle was absolutely lovely: so friendly and helpful. Without a shadow of a doubt one of the best places I have ever stayed in. Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay, Joelle!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Stayed for four nights at the beginning of January. A large group of us came to Marrakesh for a friend's birthday and stayed in three different riads in the city. We definitely got the best one!

The riad is so peaceful and you feel relaxed the moment you walk into the beautiful courtyard complete with orange tree. The staff and owners were so helpful and friendly. Breakfast each morning was plentiful and tasty. We drank copious amounts of mint tea, which was served at all hours of the day with a smile to however many of requested it. The rooftop terrace was a wonderful place to catch some January sun.

Definitely recommended!

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  • Stayed January 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My daughter and I spent Christmas 2012 at les Orangers d'Alilia.
We arrived after dark and were conducted down a rather forbidding looking alleyway off Derb Chtouka, but from the moment that Joelle opened the front door we were transported into another world, evocative of all the preconceived mental images one has of this amazing city. As we were to find out in the following days of hectic exploration, this really is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Medina into a tranquil environment.
The rooms were wonderfully appointed and serviced ~ even to the extent of rose petals scattered on the bed!
Nothing was too much trouble for Joelle and her small but hardworking staff, but particular mention must be made of the 'dining in' experience. Two friends from home were also staying in Marrakech, and the four of us had dinner in one evening. It was a truly memorable occasion, a delicious meal served in idyllic surroundings; we thoroughly recommend you to try this unforgettable experience.
Our stay in Marrakech really was enhanced by our choice of Joelle's riad.

  • Stayed December 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
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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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#33 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#65 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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