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“Fantastic short break!” 5 of 5 stars
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75 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi - Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #430 of 1,101 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic short break!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This company sure knows what customer service and offering a genuine Morrocan experience is all about! I thoroughly recommend staying a few days at one of their Riads, but just make sure you take a day or to to travel up into the Atlas Mountains as well. Yours truly spent a day hiking around Imil and it was just wonderful. The football pitch high up in the mountains where the local villagers meet up regularly for the beautiful game is a site to behold. I challenge anyone to find a pitch with a better view.

While at the Riad, make sure you sample some genuine Morrocan food cooked up be one of their excellent chefs. I also had the pleasure of meeting the owner, who has a real drive to offer his guests a fantastic stay. Nice guy too.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Swedish first
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is all you ever dreamed of a maroccan riad would be. It is in the middle of the hustle and bustle although, the second you enter the riad, it is cool, quiet and beautiful. The rooms are beautiful and the terrace so nice for breakfast overlooking the rooftops and the sunrise. The staff is friendly and serviceminded in a very personal and professional way, always there to assist you in any matter. We just had a wonderful time here!

  • Stayed October 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed in one of Origins hotel’s riads for a few nights in March. The location of the riad is really great, just five minutes from the Jamaa el Fna square. The riad was very nice decorated and had a terrass on the roof that was a great place to get some sun and a glas of vine. The staff was really friendly and helped us organise our stay in a great way. The breakfast and lunch was ok, nothing special.

The biggest disapointment was our room. It was nice decorated, but it was heavily damaged by mold and damp, and had an unpleasant and sticky smell of mold. After the first night we asked the manager for another room but it was fully booked. They tried to fix the issue with incense and air conditioning but that didn’t help. The room would probably need a complete renovation. All our clothes and luggage now have the smell of mold, some will need dry cleaning to get rid of the smell. So if you are planning to stay at this riad, make sure that you book a room without any mold and damp.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RobertHl, Ägare at Origin Hotels, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you very much for your review.

We are please to read your very positive comments about the location,
staff and the interior decoration.

Regarding your room, we value your feedback.
The whole riad, including your room, was fully renovated only four months
prior to your stay. However, we always try to use the traditional
materials in our houses and do the renovations respecting all that is
tradition. For example we only use the hand-made Moroccan "zellij"
ceramic tiles. They might look old at first glance, but actually they aren't. We would not say it looks old, but rather authentic.

About the smell. We verified it at once, and you are right. We had not
noticed it earlier and it was a surprise to us.

The problem was due to a construction mistake by the plumber during the renovation. By adding an extra valve to the bathroom drainage we managed to solved
that problem. We are relieved that this problem does not exist any more.

If you do have a chance to visit Marrakech again, please stop by us and
let us show you that all rooms smell fine.

Kind regards

The Origin Hotels team
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Very nice with personal touch and design. Super staff. Very friendly.
Swedish owned. Offers specialities like golf, cooking classes, excursions and MICE.
Three riads incorporated in the name Origin Hotels.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Forget the hotel association you get with the name. This beats any 5 star hotel I have ever stayed at. The location is fantastic - in a quiet residential just steps away from the buzz of the Jemaa El F'na and the beginning of the Medina.
The Riad has only 6 rooms. We stayed in the Pasha room. It was beautifully decorated down to even the smallest little detail. AC worked a dream, power shower - we were overwhelmed.
We had the choice of breakfast in the courtyard or on the rooftop. It was varied, beautiful presented and there was enough to last until dinner if you didn´t stop yourself.
But best of all were the staff who bend backwards to make sure we had all we could ever ask for. I have NEVER experienced such fantastic service. Not even at Burj Al Arab :). This is our choice of accommodation and recommendation for Marrakech. Enjoy. :)

  • Stayed May 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

What a wonderful experience was to stay at Origins! Staff was very friendly and organization was flawless. Transportation was one of our main worries as we anticipated difficulties navigating Medina, but it all worked out great, from the airport to the hotel, all arranged by hotel.
Location is great - we were able to walk everywhere as the hotel is located in medina, but again after entering in – the world completely changes from hustle and bustle into tranquil place.
We loved relaxing at the roof terrace in the afternoons, enjoying the Medina view and sipping traditional Maroc mint tea. The rooms are new, cosy and very tastefully decorated, and the food was excellent.
The breakfast is made of freshly made orange juice, Moroccan pancakes, yummy jams, and pastry, with good coffee or tea was more than we needed for a great start of the day. We had only one diner there, and I regret not having all my diners at the hotel while in Marrakesh as the food was the best we had in all of Morocco!
Initially, I was surprised to see golfers at the Hotel in the middle of medina, but now I understand - Hotel made transport and all logistics very easy for guests, so after all day of golf one could spend evening roaming around medina. Will definitely recommend this Hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: I saw couple of rooms, they are all very nice, new and have AC
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

We have just returned from the most amazing holiday and big part we have to thank to wonderful stay in Origins! We arrived in Marrakesh after a long flight and weren’t sure what to expect after passing busy Jama-El-Fna square. When we entered the Origins hotel, we couldn’t believe our eyes and ears - the smiling friendly personnel waited for us in a beautifully lit garden, filled with smell of Clementine tree, mint tea awaiting for our arrival, and soft music playing. Knowing we will be arriving late with our children, we organized transportation through the hotel, which went smoothly, and reserved a diner, as this was our first time in Morocco and we didn’t want to look for places to eat being so tired. It was so delicious that we ended up having all our diners there! Try chicken tajine with apricots, or barbeque, mmmmm. Our amazement continued entering the beautiful rooms, already heated for our arrival. I kept asking where I could buy all the nice things they had in the rooms, and I really wish I could take the bed sheets home with me! The personel was very kind and helpful with any of the questions we had. We hope to return soon, and have more time to enjoy this lovely place!

Room Tip: I have seen all the rooms, and they are all beautiful! Cannot go wrong.
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 75 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi - Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #430 of 1,101 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Origin Hotels has five riads in the Marrakech medina. Riad Lhena and Riad Magi are located only two minutes from the famous square Jamaa el Fna. Riad El Faran is located near the noted Sidi Ben Slimane mosque north of the main souks. Riad Alegria is located next to the Mellah (Jewish quarter) and Badi Palace. Riad Saha is located in the traditional Bab Ailen neighbourhood. All five riads have been renovated using traditional Moroccan materials and techniques. All rooms are air conditioned and decorated with an individual touch. Breakfast included in all rates. ... more   less 

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