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Riad Laurence Olivier
Bab Ghemat | Arset Mesfioui Derb Tbib N°82, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #103 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“riad Laurence Olivier-august 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

dear advised traveler,
Morroco is really a great place to spend a vacation! It offers adventure, an exotic lifestyle,healthy food, and, at last, an unlimited choice of accommodation possibilities, one of them being the ''riad'',a traditional family house embedded in an old neighbourhood, frequently converted into a guest house.
Lately, I stopped in ""Laurence and Olivier" riad,located in the middle of the old city of Marrakech, walking distance from the main place, and famous souks. One friend had told me the amazing class and comfort of this fully renovated old house, and, he was right!
The owners, a very inspired french couple have decided to invest themselves here and create their own jewel.They had the place renovated using the best of the best morroccan styles: engraved plastered roofs, ''marquetterie'' furniture, chalk wall(tadelak),mosaic style flooring, marble patio, trees, even wildlife, as birds(kind of small sparrows) made their living in the trees of the patio and whistle at sunset and dawn. Laurence and Olivier spent a complete year studying morrocan art through local museums and palaces, found the best makers, and started the hard job. After 2 years, renovation was completed, and the result is outstanding!
This Riad is located in a very tiny street, has no sign on it, but a marvellous brass door which lets you guess that the best is behind the door. You enter the house through a marbled patio equipped with a small fountain,serving a dining room, a living room, kitchen and laundry, and one bedroom. The house is built with 2 floors using ''cloitre'', vegetation, big wood doors, to get best protection from summer heat and also winter cold! It has 5 bedrooms, all ensuite, all totally different in decoration. 1st floor has 2 master bedrooms, that you must visit as they are absolutely amazing in decoration and size. Bathrooms use brass bathtub and taps, not to talk about the extremely decorated furniture of the best taste. 2nd floor has a Spa and 2 terrasses overviewing roofs, minarets and Atlas chain. Lately a swimming pool and outdoor dining area was added using an extension of the house. it is a very good decorated resting place with fountain, grass, trees,( even cameleons, and turtles painted in red so you don t step on it), dining place, and of course swimming using a Taj Mahal technique.
At last, the 5 employees, take care of you with simplicity, discretion, and authenticity . The cook is fantastic, so is Ali the waiter, a chauffeur service is there...nothing is missing.From time to time, Laurence will also advise you on downtown visits, and always will make you feel at home. Laurence has a very high education level and job expertise in journalism, speaks fluent English and had a long expatriated life before. She s definitively the best to host customers from all cultures and regions.
I was supposed to stay a couple of days with my wife, and my 2 teenage kids...I extended my stay for almost 2 weeks, and I hardly stepped out as I was having all the relaxing and morrocan experience I could ever dream of. Thank you Laurence and Olivier. I hope that recommendation will serve you and your customers.
Jerome in Dubai, UAE

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The Riad is a true haven for travellers wanting to relax in authentic Moroccan surroundings. We truly enjoyed our stay, and can honestly say, that in such beautiful surroundings and with such wonderful staff, doing absolutely nothing, seemed just perfect. The staff were fabulous- always smiling and doing their best to make us feel at home. Laurence went out of her way to make our stay special and she is very clued up on where to go and what to see in Marrakech. The food at the Riad was outstanding, so do treat yourself to a lovely dinner in the exquisite garden. If you choose to stay here when going to Marrakech you will find yourself returning home from your holiday totally revitalised, and at the same time inspired by the Moroccan culture.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Beautiful riad hidden on a tiny side street on the outskirts of town. Madame Laurence has spent two years refurbishing the building (international / Eastern style) and it paid off - amazing attention to detail, beautiful furniture, stunning gardens and terraces. Lovely to relax by the pool after walking the city centre - a ten to fifteen minute walk away.

Service was excellent - enthusiastic and attentive. Laurence took us out to the souks to look
for specific things which was great.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

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!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful - all were decorated by Laurence herself, and she explained that each ro...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

We just came back from our trip and we couldn't be happier by our choice of riad. The location is excellent and the place itself is magical... The staff was really eager to please us ( we highly recommend to have diner there as the food is wonderful !!! ) and Laurence is a great host... Simply outstanding !

Room Tip: We stayed in the suite and were very pleased with the fact that it was very quiet...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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 January 13, 2012

Riad Laurence Olivier lived up to our New Years eve 4 day getaway....fabulous beautiful home from home with every need catered for by the beautiful host Madame Laurence who flew in from France solely to ensure our every indulgence was catered for......great New Years Eve party with the other guests who became our friends over bottles of champagne compliments of our host.

Marrakech is a holiday destination not for the feint hearted....hustle and bussell just outside the door with a mixture of luxury cars, battered taxis, mopeds and donkeys......but it is an experience offset by the luxury and comfort of the riad to return to to recharge our batteries...to enjoy a glass of wine in the dining room or sit on the roof terrace sipping mint tea and watching the sun set.

If you want the most wonderful indulgent escape...choose Marrakech......and stay in a hotel that will blow you away.....

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic....we were shown around them all by Madame Laurence!
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  • Stayed January 2012, 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 December 8, 2011

We spent a week at this Riad spending my 50th anniversary together with friends so we basically were on our own. Not only that Mme Laurence is an absolute great host and more than eager to fullfill any wishes you may have also the personnel there is more than friendly, open and very helpful. We very much enjoyed our stay there by - amongst others - experiencing a cooking lesson by the fabulous cook and her assistants. Mme. Laurence organized a surprise party for my birthday which did not leave anything open. Music, dinner and other events I should not elaborate on (it was and will be a surprise to anyone facing it) made this evening a very special one which I will never forget. The inside of the Riad is like a fairytale and tells stories about all the place ont his earth where Mme. Laurence has been. With very lovely and amicable details it makes this place outstanding compared to any otehr Riad I have seen in Marrakech. So shoudl your plans call to go to Morocco I strongly suggest to stay at this wonderful place - and you will never forget it. Many thanks to Mme. Lauence and the Team at Riad Laurence Olivier.
Siegmar

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Bab Ghemat | Arset Mesfioui Derb Tbib N°82, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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