Across the road from one of the King's many palaces, and next to a garage and used tire shop where repairs are done on the street, the sign for the hotel was discreetly not visible unless you looked for it. Marakesh was our last stop after two weeks of adventure in the Rif and Atlas mountains and the deep Sahara close to Algeria. Immediately upon our arrival, we were greeted by Hassan who took care of our check in and provided a tour of the premises. The pool area is gorgeous and the many rooms to chill on the main floor were comfortable and well appointed. We had the 2 level suite which had a fireplace in a small sitting room, the softest bed (it's all relative) during our entire trip, a private terrace where breakfast was served with a great view and very clean and up to date bathroom and shower. The staff were always helpful and service was always with a smile. Priscilla and I travel a great deal and we always save our "luxury spot" to the end. The Villa did not disappoint in that way. We also used the Hamam where we both had a tradtional rubdown and couples massage which was very professional leaving us feeling fresh and revitalized.
We don't usually dine at our hotels as we like the local fare and prefer to get out and about. But after a long drive and spa services, we decided to have dinner at the Riad. I had also o'deed on couscous and tagine and needed a change. The dining room was pretty but the lighting could use some more thought. We found it too bright. The service was very professional, (although a tad corny). We both ordered fish, (me the turbot and Priscilla the sea bass) and a bottle of Moroccan Sauvignon Blanc. The wine (not cheap) was meh. Both of our fish mains were way overdone, rendering them sort of rubbery. The reaction from our waiter was that he would let the kitchen know. At the equivalent of about $40.00 (CAN) a shot, I would have expected more. (The following day we went to a local fish place in the new city and had fresh grilled fish and prawns for less than one entree). Lunch which was included was also sort of meh and tasteless although the presentation and service was very good.
I really like this place. You would like it too. The staff try really hard and are very helpful. The place is gorgeous. Can someone please talk to the Chef and tell him fish needs to be flaky and there is nothing wrong with a little seasoning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the foot of the Koutoubia mosque, with its matchless landmark minaret and only 5 minutes walk from the Jemaa el Fna square, the Villa des Orangers offers an exceptional location to explore the medina. The Villa des Orangers is an intimate haven of peace located near the bustling souks of Marrakech with 27 rooms and suites arranged on two levels around three verdant open-sky patios with water fountains surrounded by galleries of chiseled plaster and a garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa Des Orangers Hotel Marrakech
- La Hotel Marrakech
- La Hotel Des Orangers