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“Oasis of Peace in a CRAZY place :)” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Magie D'Orient
16 Derb Jdid | Bab Laksour, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #301 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Oasis of Peace in a CRAZY place :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Beautiful Riad about 5 minutes walk from the main square (JeF). We were met at the airport by the transfer organised by the Riad, who then took us to our lugage porter outside the Bab Louksour of the Medina - all very efficient. With the hustle and bustle and heat of the Medina, the Riad Magie D'Orient is an oasis of peace and calm to chill out and enjoy the lovely weather and relaxed surroundings. The Riad only has 5 rooms so it is never too crowded. The rooms are spacious, very clean and tastefully decorated, and our keys allow access to the Riad at any time. Breakfast is served wherever you wish whether beside the plunge pool or on the sun terrace between 7 and 11am. Would really recommend the food, we ate in the Riad 4 nights out of the 8 we were there, including a special birthday dinner they organised for my partner, traditional Morrocan food at it's best. Wine, beer and champagne are also available if wanted. The one thing though that really makes this Riad stand out though are the staff. The owners David and Bernie are so friendly and will go out of their way to help you anyway they can. Nahwar is also amazing along with her colleagues Najib and Abdul. Would definitely go back - we have found our Morrocan retreat!

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We had excellent 3 days. Clean room, good breakfast and friendly staff. The price was good in comparison to other riads in that area. We really can recommend that place. Transfer was also well organised. You get your own key there, so it's on your choice when you go and come back. Easy to find the way back also at night times

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Don't book yourself in to a hotel on the outskirts of the city. Riads are the way forward.

Down a twisting passageway (that's well lit at night, and easy to reach from the JeF) the Riad sits amongst many others of its type. Unlock the thick, sturdy wooden door and you enter an incredibly peaceful, quiet, relaxed and homely, stylish Riad that somehow manages to combine great location with reasonable price, good furnishings with a warm feeling, a welcoming atmosphere that makes getting in to the holiday mood all too easy with many of the comforts you'd expect of a good hotel. But at less cost, with warmer more knowledgeable staff, better food and all within a stones throw of the places you'll want to spend time at while in Marrakech.

This'll be the easiest choice you've made about accommodation in years.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

Lovely traditional riad, really felt so calm after the bustle of outside.
You would be completely unable to find it from the taxi rank so trust the 'charioteers' who'll guide you there for a tip.

Our room was clean and the plunge pool and roof terrace were lovely. Our room was a little strange with the toilet and the shower being 'open' so there was very little privacy, probably better for a couple.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

We stayed here for a long weekend at the end of May. It was our first trip to morocco so we were a little apprehensive. The cabbie met us at the airport & took us straight there. A guy with a cart met us at the cab to haul our luggage. It was really helpful. As others have said, the alleys are dark & can be a little nerve racking. Najib met us at the riad & made us totally comfortable our whole stay. We stayed in Neroli, it was one of two cheapest options & by far the best. (I can say this because we had the place to ourselves the first night & I peeked in the other rooms :) ) My only complaint is that breakfast was thawed & microwaved "crepes" which were really tough & greasy. We asked Najib about the Moroccan pancakes we read about in Frommers & he said we were having them the next day. We had a different person the next morning & same nasty crepes. The refrigerator was stocked with water, wine & beer, we just settled up at the end. The raid was a perfect oasis though, the terrace was awesome & the pool really nice. There was a birdbath that even had fresh rose petals in it! It was also close to the square but not too close, it was still very peaceful at night. It was one of the trips highlights and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

We were on a tour of Morroco, but finished off with a few nights in Marrakech and wanted to have a Riad experience. The Magi D'Orient was lovely - small, comfortable, good breakfast and refreshing plunge pool (unfortunalety the weather wasn't hot enough for me to be tempted to put more that a foot in though).

We stayed in the Amara room (blue) and our friends stayed in Shalimar (black). Despite Shalimar being 10euros more per night - we felt Amara was the best room as it was more light and airy. The rooms are colour coded - with a beautiful tapistry on the wall and bedding to match. there's some board games to borrow when the weather is rainy - we spent a morning playing monopoly. You can also arrange to do a cooking lesson at their sister hotel (30euros each)

It was hard to find - we'd come from another hotel. My advice would be to book an airport transfer or arrange a time for them to meet you in the square. When we eventually did find it (there's no name on the door) - there was no one there and we had to phone - someone came very quickly, but it meant using our mobiles - expensive abroad.

A few small criticisms - there was not enough hot water in our system for both of us to have a shower in sucession - and on the second day - the hot water ran out while I was washing my hair (and my partner had not even had his shower yet). there was also a big hole in one of our bedding sheets - I perhaps sholud have pointed this out and I'm sure they would have changed it - but they need to monitor for this sort of thing!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

We are two senior ladies, budget travelers, we hardly ever pay more than $50/nt for a hotel. Finding a riad in Marrakech was a challenge. We felt very lucky to find Magie. We paid $61/nt for the Mesc el Lil room, a tiny twin room.

The riad looks exactly like the website and is beautiful. Our room was pretty, just small. We had just enough room to walk between the twin beds. We had a heater and ceiling fan, closet, and bath with shower (no curtain but half wall) and sink w/hot water. Our room opened on to the patio/breakfast area and might have been noisy if other guests were eating or visiting on the patio. We had free wi-fi available in our room and patio/lounges. Since it was cold and raining, we really wished our room had tv.

There is a rooftop patio but it was not usable as it was very cold and rainy the 3 days we were there. Breakfast was fresh OJ, coffee, tea, cake, crepes, jellies. Beer and wine were available on the honor system.

The riad is about a 15-20 min. walk from the Fna.

A funny thing . . . on our first night, the manager asked if we needed anything (we didn't), he said help ourselves to the kitchen (we did, beer), and left. We were the only guests there and we had the whole place to ourselves. It did not bother us, but it might have made some uncomfortable.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16 Derb Jdid | Bab Laksour, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #301 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 5
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