Riad Charme d'Orient is a a gem, both because of its structure (a renovated courtyard house hidden on a narrow lane in the Marrakech Medina) and because of the exceptional service offered by owners Laurence and Alain, and their friendly staff.
It was our first visit to Marrakech and we wanted to experience the town's history and culture, so staying in a large tourist hotel was definitely not going to fit our needs. In looking for a more personal experience, we stumbled upon Charme d'Orient and I cannot imagine it is possible to find a better place! From the warm welcome (three people came out to greet our taxi and escort us (3 mins) down the winding lane to the Inn) to the exceptional assistance and advice offered by Laurence on touring and dining, to the friendly, smiling service staff (Said and Asma), this was an outstanding way to exeperience Marrakech.
The location is ideal -- close to some of the major historical sights of the Medina, including the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the gem of Islamic art that is the Dar Si Said museum. We walked from there around the old city, and at the end of an exhausting day experiencing the clamour and congestion of the narrow streets and alleys, it was a breath of fresh air to return to the calm Charme d'Orient courtyard and sip a quiet glass of wine. (Because the hotel is so small and intimate, we found ourselves actually chatting with other guests, which was a welcome social touch.)
We didn't stay at the Riad for any evening meals, but we did enjoy beer, wine, snacks and even a few whiskies in the courtyard. Breakfasts were excellent -- good quality "pain au chocolat" is a sine qua non for a good breakfast, but Asma also offered cooked omelettes and yogurt or flan.
All in all, our stay at Charme d'Orient was one of the best B&B experiences we have ever had, and I would recommend it to anyone -- other than families with small kids. (While they would be welcome, I am sure, the serene atmosphere of this place would not benefit from their presence.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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> vous ouvre ses portes. Restaure dans le pur style Arabo-Andalou ce riad de charme, subtile harmonie entre tradition et confort vous plongera dans un univers raffine et enchanteur. Sa proximite avec les tombeaux Saadiens, le palais El Badi, Le palais de La Bahia et la celebre place Djeema El Fna, lui confere une situation privilegiee. Autant d'atouts pour vous seduire et permettre au riad << Charme d'Orient >> d'operer sa magie. Alain & Laurence et toute leur equipe seront heureux de vous accueillir au fil des saisons pour vous faire partager leur passion et rendre votre sejour inoubliable.... more less
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