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.
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- 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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