The Riad Laurence Olivier is relatively new so will not have as many reviews as some others, but I can honestly say that staying at the Riad Laurence Olivier is undoubtedly what made our time in Morocco so incredible. I spent five nights there this past February with two friends - it is a true oasis among the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. While providing the luxury of a five-star hotel, it still feels like a home instead of a hotel. The patrons of the riad (Laurence and her husband Olivier) get to know each guest personally and are delightful. Laurence in particular will sit with you at breakfast and map out an itinerary for you each day and make the necessary reservations around the city. The staff is truly unbeatable, they are constantly at your service and incredibly kind. Not to mention the rooms are all stunning and there is a gorgeous heated pool (surrounded by a garden and equipped with lawn chairs).
The highlight of our trip was a Valentine's Day dinner planned only for me and my friends - since the other riad guests decided to eat out that night. There was live music and a delicious meal with more food than we could ever eat. And to top it off, we danced the night away with Laurence and the staff! It was a once in a lifetime experience. Another highlight was when Laurence personally escorted us to her favorite shop in the city and stayed with us while we shopped!
The riad is not in the "touristy" part of Marrakech, it is truly in the heart of the city. But we saw this as a major plus - we were able to experience the real feel of Morocco walking around, but still had our hidden gem to return home to. It is, at most, a 10 minute walk from the main marketplace, and there is always a driver ready at the riad to take you anywhere you want to go. The Riad Laurence Olivier is truly a home away from home and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Marrakech. I guarantee it will quickly become one of the most popular places to stay in the city!
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