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“Oasis of calm” 5 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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Ranked #74 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
wimborne
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Oasis of calm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This beautiful riad is truly a tranquil oasis away from the busy streets of Marrakech. A fusion of Moroccan and French styles. The photos really don't do it justice. Think of orange trees, terracotta floors, palm trees, cactii and succulents, the scent of orange flowers and roses. Immaculately clean. It was a pleasure to have met and talked to Joelle, the French lady owner. She was always available for advice, for making reservations, and helping us decide where to visit, booking taxis etc. Also the lovely, always smiling Kaouitar who served us delicious breakfasts on the terrace every day (home made pastries, pancakes, jam, fresh fruit) who was always there to welcome us back and make us some mint tea. She also cooked us a beautiful Moroccan meal one evening. Highlights of our visit were the Jardins Majorelle incorporating the Berber museum and our day out to the Beldi Country Club where we had a lovely lunch and spent the day lazing around the 50 metre pool, swimming and walking around the gardens. Also a day in the Atlas mountains, climbing next to the waterfalls (strong footwear advised). Our only regret was not experiencing a hammam, as Les Bains de Marrakech were fully booked on the day we wanted to go.

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  • Stayed May 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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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 1 week in February. The host and staff were friendly and helpful. The Riad itself is beautifully decorated and tranquil. Very "romantic" if you are into that kind of thing. Located quite a way away from Jma el Fna. Get your walking shoes on! The rooftop terrace is fantastic for catching some sun but be sure to get up there early as there are only 4 sunbeds and 2 chairs (there are also some table & chairs for eating and a nice lounging area covered from the sunlight). We ate at the Riad quite a few times at lunch and in the evening. The food was tasty but perhaps a little over-priced (plus the drinks) and often quite a wait. The mint tea was lovely and came with some homemade biscuits. The breakfast was lovely - very carb heavy but we polished it off each day! Overall I would recommend but just make sure if you eat and drink there to budget accordingly.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed in the Riad for a week in April. It is a truly beautiful place, and offers wonderful sanctuary from the hussle and bussle of Marrakesh (which is a fantastic place, albeit completely mad in many ways).

Joelle was around for the first couple of days, and very helpful she was too. After that we were left in the admirable care of her charming staff. My fiance fell ill whilst we were staying, and they did everything they could to help, including being very accomodating when we needed to stay for a few more nights.

The food in Marrakesh is nothing special. We would recommend eating at the Riad on at least one night of your stay, as they put on one of the best meals we had on our whole trip.

The one criticism I would have is that it is not made clear that the transfer from the airport is not included in the price (as it is elsewhere). That very small point aside, this place is truly magical and we couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Taurinya, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We came here based on the mainly positive TA reviews, and we would concur with all that others have said about the ambience, tasteful decor and tranquillity. The Riad is reasonably well located: a 20 min walk to the main square, but through a fascinating area where local life hums and buzzes all around you. Most reviewers have written glowingly of the welcome provided by the owner, along with help and advice from her in terms of orientation, finding restaurants and trip planning. However, during our stay, she was absent, and we had no such help, which was very disorientating for first time visitors to Marrakech. Although the two young girls left in charge were absolutely charming and very hard working, it felt to us that the level of responsibility they had been given was onerous and it showed. They were on duty from early morning until late at night, and appeared to have little (if any) time off; as such they were often understandably weary. Riads tend to be situated in narrow lanes of complex alleys, as is this one. A welcome cup of tea was provided on arrival, but no information about the location, maps, tourist information or anything to help us orientate ourselves was available. One of the girls spoke French, which was fine for us, but so far as I'm aware, they did not speak English. Compared to European hotels, the price for the level of service provided in this Riad seems high, especially when the cost of living in Marrakech is factored in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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joetlo, Propriétaire at Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Effectively the riad LES ORANGERS D ALILIA has d excellent REVIEWS for 2 years.
I am in Marrakesh most part of time but exceptionnellent I go away.
My staff is completely capable to counter in the obligations of the hotel.
The riad is situated in 5 minutes to walk to Saadiens tombs, 10 minutes in feet of the historic center of Mellah, 15 minutes of the famous square Jemaa Elfna...
It is really easy to find all the directions to discover this wonderful city.
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Hemel Hempstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Riad orangers d' Alilia is beautiful, it is everything I imagined a Riad to be and much more. The owner is attentive and welcoming, she has an excellent knowledge of the souks and Hamams.
I would recommend having a traditional tagine at the Riad it was delicious, just pre book and a table will be set looking absolutely splendid.
Our room was outstanding with all the Morroccan charm you could ever want. It was cosy, clean and had some lovely complimentary soaps etc.
We loved the courtyard which was lit with candles and lamps at night, it really set the mood.
The roof top terrace was lovely too, I think you can have lunch or dinner there in the summer months which would be great.
Les Bains Hamam was recommended by the Riad owner, she even booked it for us.
I had never had a Hamam or massage before and would thoroughly recommend that you do this.
Also recommended to us was the Kosy bar, well worth a visit, roof top terrace and lovely food.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We booked 4 nights here but didn't actually stay here due to it being full when we arrived. We were instead put in what I think was Riad Awinati just around the corner. This riad was lovely in a relatively quiet area of the city with excellent breakfast and helpful staff. The room was fine overall, though there were slight problems with the smell in the bathroom and some water flooding into the room when the air conditioning was used. We did partly book the Orangers due to its very high rating on tripadvisor so it is a shame we didn't stay there, and of course hard to say whether it was any better or worse. However, we were happy overall with the price we paid and the service we received.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We have just come back from 3 nights here and it was wonderful. I think we got the best room in the Riad (India) since it has its own little terrace. Thank you Joelle!

It is very tasteful and peaceful. Nice furnishings, a big orange tree in the middle and the most amazing breakfasts.And then there's the very nice roof terrace if you fancy some heat and sun

The owner Joelle welcomed us when we arrived and made all sorts of recommendations for eating and sightseeing. We followed her advice and took a Hammam and massage at "Les Bains de Marrakech". Outstanding!

Its about a ten minute walk to the main square and we loved walking down the rue Kasbah each morning and evening

You can ask Joelle to arrange a taxi for when you arrive at the airport . Recommended for first timers!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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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:
#16 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#69 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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