This was our first visit to Marrakech and to Morocco and Riad Charme d'Orient was the ideal place to stay. Laurence and Alain are perfect hosts, and did everything possible to make our visit memorable. We took advantage of the offer of airport transfer, which made arrival swift and easy. The taxi stop is a short distance from the Riad, and Alain, Laurence and Said all turned out to meet us - what a welcome! Over several cups of sage tea, Laurence talked us through the major sights, then walked with us almost as far as Djemaa El Fna to show us the safest route at night.
The city is fascinating, but noisy and crowded, so the ability to withdraw into the calm of the riad was a huge bonus. The courtyard and the rooms have all been restored with immense taste and sensitivity. Our room and bathroom were beautifully appointed - lovely fresh linen and towels, and lots of little touches.
Breakfast, served in the courtyard, was generous and quite set us up for the day. One evening we ate in - Alain prepared us two magnificent tagines, one lamb and the other chicken. We dined in the salon by the fire, starting with a salad of tomatoes and onions and ending with slices of orange with cinnamon and dates. Delicious!
Said looked after us very well, organizing taxis and a wonderful trip into the Ourika Valley. Asma, who is at the riad during the day, showed us great kindness, and we particularly appreciated her mastering the art of making English tea, which she served us on the roof terrace each afternoon.
The location of the riad is extremely convenient: the whole of the medina is in walking distance, but sights such as the Saadian tombs and Badi and Bahia Palaces are only a couple of minutes away. The little street where it is located is very quiet (by Marrakech standards) and easy to find. We had a fabulous time, and would recommend the riad without hesitation.