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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 #72 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Whitby
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4 hotel reviews
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“Excellent place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We stayed at the Riad Les Orangers D'Alilia for 5 days at the beginning of June. The Riad had arranged a taxi to pick us up from the airport and despite being delayed by huge queues in passport control, the taxi was still waiting. A very welcome cup of mint tea was waiting for us on arrival at the Riad.
The Riad is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Our room (Sophia) was on the first floor ( 1 room is on the ground floor and the other 4 on the first) and was well sized with a good size shower ( with plenty of hot water) with a wash basin and toilet adjoining. The bed was comfortable and large. Even though we were overlooking the alley, the room was quiet and there was air conditioning which we used when necessary. The breakfasts were good (but do not expect a large cooked breakfast) , taken on the roof terrace - a lovely way to start the day. Joelle and her staff were excellent - helpful, friendly and nothing was ever a problem. We had one meal at the Riad which was good.
The Riad is some 15 minute walk from the main square but since it is along roads with shops and cafes, was enjoyable. There are not many eating places near the Riad but the Cafe Kasbah ( opposite the Mosque De La Kasbah) provided a good selection of meals and snacks and the rooftop terrace was a good place to have a mint tea and watch the storks nesting opposite. A more upmarket and very good meal we had at the Hotel Jardins de la Medina ( right out of the Riad and then left for about 100 metres on the right).
We had two trips, one to the foothills of th Atlas Mountains and a coach trip to Essaouira - both worthwhile.
Overall, a very good holiday and we would recommend the Riad and Marrakech to everyone.

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The start of our stay in Marrakesh was a bit chaotic as flight was 2 hours late and we made the mistake of not booking our transport through Joelle (which you should always do). The taxi dropped us and we had to walk to the riad only to find we had to go to another one. But Fatiha met us and professionally took us to where we were supposed to be and immediately served us with tea and cakes.
We actually stayed at the Riad Anwinati which is managed by Joelle as well. It is conveniently situated in the Kasbar and walking distance to all the souks and restaurants. Also convenient for taxis to come and go when arriving/leaving from airport or going on excursions.
The riad is very comfortable and clean. The room was a little small but very comfortable and adequate and was at the back of the riad which made it quiet even though still could occasionally hear the call for prayer at the crack of dawn! The shampoo provided had a wonderful scent of orange and was so gentle on the skin.
Joelle herself was so helpful in arranging tours and answering questions. Her knowledge of Marrakesh was good and gave us a good insight to where we might want to go. Interesting to chat to as well and her command of English is very good.
Her two staff members Fatiha and Hasnaa were brilliant. Even though we didn't speak good French and very little Arabic we all made ourselves understood and there was nothing that was too much effort for either of them.
Breakfasts were served up on the pretty terrace with pots of flowers etc. and were really interesting as you didn't know what delights you were going to get each morning and it didn't matter what time you went for breakfast. There was always a crepe, fresh fruit, yoghurt, either a rice pudding or chocolate/coffee pudding, cheese and at least 2 different baked goods which had all been baked in house by Fatiha, who I understand really loves to bake, and they were really good. Even if you had a pot of tea during the day you were always treated to one of the baked delights.
Fatiha also makes a really good couscous and well worth trying but please be hungry as she does spoil you with rather a large portion.
It looked as if the girls were there all the time but they do definitely have time off (witnessed it)and know Fatiha is coming up for some now so hope she enjoys and relaxes.
Joelle arranged with her driver Omar to take us up to the Atlas Mts which was a great day out. Omar was very interesting in telling us little bits of history on the drive up there and stopping at a pottery factory and a typical Bedouin house (always remember to have some change with you for these stops).
I have no hesitation in recommending this riad to anyone and if I should return to Marrakesh it is where I would stay again. Thank you Joelle and ladies for such a pleasurable stay.

  • Stayed April 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 May 12, 2013

We stayed in the Riad Anwinati for my husbands 50th birthday , it is a lovely riad with excellent staff , Fatima was very sweet and nothing was too much trouble for her . The room we stayed in was beautiful very large and tastefully decorated , the whole riad was spotlessly clean and well maintained . The breakfast was very good different pastries , fruits , eggs everyday freshly prepared by Fatima The riad is situated within the kashbar area of Marrakech where you see a lot of the local life and all the people were so friendly . Joellle the owner is a lovely lady , informative and helpful with her knowledge of Marrakech , she organised our airport transfers and trip to the atlas mountains , also booked restaurants for us with the best seats in the room nothing was too much trouble for her . The riad is situated within walking distance to the Jemaa el fnaa square and souks . The trip to the atlas mountain was fantastic our guide Omar was excellent would definitely recommend this trip.
This riad was an excellent find and would recommend it to all my friends and family or anybody who visits Morroco. Thank you Joelle and your excellent staff for a memorable stay in Marrakech .

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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wimborne
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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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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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Address: 216, rue Tadla, Derb Chtouka Marrakech-medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#22 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#66 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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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