Spent three nights here based on the recommendation of our travel agent, Michael Diamond at Heritage Tours. Upon arriving, our driver pulled up in front of a double Moorish door, and our guide said this was our hotel. We had come from the chaotic streets around the medina, and within seconds were in the most serene place I have been in a long while. Upon arrival, we were ushered into a courtyard where music was being played and served Moroccan tea. We stayed in a suite with private balcony, which also comes with access to a small rooftop pool with great views that is very private. The room was lovely – great shower, the best smelling soaps ever, pitch black at night – and the service was terrific. Upon returning from a day of touring, we slipped into bathing suits and headed upstairs to our private patio and the small pool. Breakfast is served in the room or in the courtyard by the larger pool downstairs, a pretty setting and a nice way to start the day. I highly recommend this property – great location, classic Moroccan style, near perfect service, beautiful and quiet rooms. Serenity at its best. We did visit Vanessa Branson’s Riyadh hotel in the Medina, El Fen, to see it and have a drink, and I was happy we chose Villa des Oranagers. By the way, we didn’t want to bother our driver and wanted a more authentic experience, so the hotel arranged for a taxi to take us to El Fen and back. The driver parked his car, walked us to the hotel, came back for us in an hour and walked us back to his car – we were never on our own. Nice, and unexpected, service, the hotel arranged for us with zero notice.
Two complaints: (1) There is no gym. Not even a tiny room with a treadmill; (2) If you miss lunch, the room service menu is pathetic. All else is flawless.
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