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Riad Magie D'Orient
16 Derb Jdid | Bab Laksour, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #378 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Vancouver, Canada
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“Great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Great little place, a little tough to find originally. It's down an alley, then another, then another once you walk into the medina, so make sure you know where you're going or find someone that does. Besides that, the location was a 10 minute walk from the markets, and we learned to appreciate the out of the way place where it is.

The staff are great - one guy really helped us figure out Marrakech, went beyond the call, so to speak.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

A really lovely experience and great hospitality.

We got the bus from the airport to the main square (30DHs) and arrived at the Riad after a slightly confusing 20 mins trying to find it. If you don't pay for the transfer package make sure you have some idea about how to navigate through the streets before you arrive, as tourists are very easily spotted and targeted for 'help/money'.

When you enter through the door you find yourself in a beautiful courtyard, full of light and filled with birds singing. After we were given mint tea with Moroccan cookies and were taken to our room (Amara, which was lovely, very spacious), we were taken on a little tour of the medina by the French owner( a very kind offer), he pointed out restaurant recommendations, cash points and places to visit. This made massively impressed us as it made us feel very safe and allowed us to ask many questions about the area.

Both the French owners and the Moroccan staff made us feel very welcome - although our basic French left a lot to be desired, make sure you take a French phrase book with you!

The breakfast each morning was a lovely start to the day and in the evenings a member of staff stayed up to make sure you came back to the Riad. This made us feel very safe.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This riad is perfectly situated close to the chaos of the souk, medinas and Djem el Fnaa, although located in a maze of winding streets once you have walked to and from the riad once it is easy to find your way back.
We opted for the transfer package, collected at the airport, taken to the edge of the medina by taxi and then transferred by hand cart through the streets to the riad.
Arriving at the riad we entered a peaceful courtyard full of light and filled with birds singing. As we sipped mint tea we were given a map, details on how to find our way to and from the riad and a brief oveview of the city's high-lights. After this we were taken to our room (Nahema) which was lovely, and left to settle in.
Both the French owners and the Morrocan staff ( especially Najib ) made us feel very welcome - it's just a shame my tiny spattering of French and 5 words of arabic made communication past the basics impossible. I need to brush up on my french for my next visit !!

All of the 6 rooms in this riad have a different theme, and various layouts - ours was a lovely double, with mosaic inlays, lighting and traditional furniture. The toilet and wash basin facilities were open plan, separated from the rest of the room by a small wall, which was fine for us and which we were aware of before booking (although if you were not a couple / not close it could be a bit embarrassing ). The room was very clean and tidy, and was checked and cleaned daily by the staff to a high standard.
The riad was peaceful, quiet, light and beautifully furnished, it had a "real" morrocan feel to it and we felt it was very authentic. Overall it was perfectly placed for a few days in Marrakech, close to the main sights and within easy walking distance ( less than 10 mins ) of Djem el Fnaa.

We visited at the end of November so although the days were warm ( 16 to 25 degrees ) the evenings were cold. Although a duvet was provided and we slept very well it was chilly in the riad in the evening and there was no heating in the room - but bear in mind though that your riad is a base and you will spend most of your time out and about exploring this addictive city.
We would certainly consider staying at the Riad Magie D'Orient again next time we visit Marrakech - due to it's location, friendly staff and peaceful nature.

Marrakech from a personal personal perspective:

- First and formost the reason we chose a riad was so we could lose ourselves in the souks and medinas, wander through the streets and soak up the ambience.
- DO wander around in the medina, allow yourself to get lost and enjoy the experience ! It is a safe place, with very little crime and a welcoming nature.
- Look at the local cafes and restaurants, if there are locals eating there then the food will be good ( and cheap ). We found the cafe Bab Agneau to be excellent, especially the berber beef tagine ( at 48 dirham = around £3.70 !! )
- Explore both the old medina and the new city of Gullez - to see both sides of the culture.
- The mix of short flight time from the Uk ( 3hrs 15mins ) and the exotic nature of the city and it's mix of cultures make for an exciting short break that will stay with you. Give it a go and see for yourself : )

Room Tip: First floor rooms are more peaceful and away from the main reception area and entrance.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

It was in a great position, once you had been taken to it, it was easy to get back to. Everywhere was in walking distance. The Riad was lovely, small, very clean and beautiful. The staff were most helpful and answered all our questions. One of the guys happily escorted us to where we wanted to eat, as we did not know where the place was. They organised a trip to the Atlas mountains and to the hamman. We ate in one night and that was very good to. In all a really great place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at Riad Magie D'Orient for 4 nights in mid October and both of us were so pleased that we chose it as our base for our trip to Marrakech. We arranged for an airport transfer which was the best decision we made, as we never would have found it on our own. Despite fearing we'd never find the riad again if we left (the alleys all looked the same!), we were so grateful that it was in a peaceful area, only minutes from the main square. You couldn't fault the location!

All of the riad staff was fantastic, although I wish my French was stronger, as it would have been nice to communicate more with the owner and another of the workers. The real gem of this riad was Najib, who spoke brilliant English and helped us organise an amazing excursion to Cascade d'Ouzoud - which I would definitely recommend!

The breakfast was excellent, the terrace and room were beautiful and on our last night we were treated to the tastiest tajine we had during our stay. I can't say enough about this riad and if I'm ever lucky enough to make it back to Marrakech, I would be silly not to stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This small riad is in an excellent location, very central but peacefully quiet. Yes, it is down a few alleyways but perfectly safe once you get use to the layout of the place. Brilliant service from the owner and his staff, couldn't do enough for us and settled us in with mint tea and an informative map. Would definitely stay here again, good value for money.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This riad is right in the heart of Marrakech, perhaps too much so! It is down several alley ways and travelling as two women we were a bit scared at first. However, before you delve into the alleyways there is a "security guard" who sits on a chair - he can guide you down (you will get lost otherwise!).

The riad is small but perfectly functional, however I think we had the worst room - it was a tiny twin room on the ground floor, right on the central area where breakfast is taken. We saw a room upstairs that looked brilliant, but unfortunately they were full and we could not move.

The riad itself is very authentic, with a small plunge pool and narrow stairs up to a roof terrace that we would have enjoyed spending time on if we had been luckier with the weather.

There is a little kitchen area where wine and beer are available. The breakfast was light, but serviceable - a cold continental style self-service set-up laid out on a table. Staff presence was not very noticeable, but they were happy to give advice on where to go and to pick you up from your airport taxi and carry your bags.

Our room was a cramped twin room, with no windows other than those looking into the courtyard - not private at all, so we had to have the shutters drawn, which made the room very dark. There was a door to the bathroom, which I think some rooms don't have!! The bathroom was fine, a lovely decorative mirror. The beds were comfy - but it does get cold (we visited in November) and no extra blankets were provided and we couldn't be bothered to find someone to ask, so we used towels as extra blankets!

For the price, this riad is a good base, especially if you want to be central.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a first floor room!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 2 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 #378 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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