When we arrived near the riad, we were dropped off by the taxi driver some way off. It was dark and the area is full of narrow alleyways. We would have got lost, but a gent showed us where to go for money obviously. I would therefore recommend anyone staying at this riad to get the owner, Joelle, to organise a taxi transfer so the taxi driver knows exactly where to drop you off. The entrance to the riad is very unassuming, but inside it was a different world. We were welcomed by Peter, the owner's father-in-law, who helped us settle in and was always available througout our stay. The riad has rooms on 2 floors set around a central courtyard which also acts as a sitting area with tables, chairs and sofas. The riad is really beautiful, peaceful and a haven from the maddening heat of Marrakech. The rooms are small, but very clean, tidy and cool. I was saddened that although I had booked two superior rooms, I was only given two standard rooms so I wouldn't pay extra for superior rooms as it has makes no difference when you arrive. Breakfast is served on the terrace on the roof of the riad. Its bliss at 9am in the morning. The food is made just for you and plentiful. Try and avoid having lunch at the riad as it can be expensive.
The riad is on the outskirts of the madina and about 15 minutes walk to Djemaa el Fna and this can feel longer in the heat which can hit 39c at the end of June. The taxi to the square costs just over £3 (40 dirhams) so its better to use these during the day and have a stroll after dark
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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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