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“2 Nights was enough...” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad les Oliviers
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   47-48, rue de la Bahia | Quartier Riad Zitoune Jdid, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #331 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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“2 Nights was enough...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

The best part of the riad was the lovely and spacious roof terrace. A kitten and it's mother were living up in the terrace providing us with the only source of entertainment available within the riad. To be honest there was absolutely nothing to do so I would recommend staying out for as long as you possibly can, however this is unbelievably easy as there is so much to see in the nearby Jemal D Fna etc.
I hated coming back to the riad late at night which felt like coming home to your mum as you had to ring the door bell and was a bit too intimate!
The beds weren't very comfortable and I think the bed linen needs to be updated!
The staff were lovely and very friendly, providing us with loads of information, maps etc.
I would recommend Riad Des Olivers to couples, not families. Location is a major factor, very central and yet not loud at all.
In my opinion it felt in a way that you were staying in the slums of Marrakesh, unlike when visiting them in other places, I was staying in them. This is definitely why 2 nights is enough! We spent the third night in a hotel with a swimming pool which was more like having a holiday! The riad made me realize that when on holiday, I like having more luxury than I have at home. This is my view... I recommend trying the riad for yourself to see what you think!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

Pros: SUPER friendly and helpful staff, beautiful terrace for relaxation, decent breakfast, classic riad style, and oddly, beautiful call to prayer. Luckily we had a guide from our first Marrakech riad helping us find this place, as it's a fair distance from main medina alley ways. We enjoyed our stay. Great bathroom with a huge tub in one of the rooms, and our friends had great showers in their rooms (a good shower is NOT a given in Moroccan riads!). The morning call to prayer was a rare treat... the closest mosque had what sounded like an Italian opera singer doing the call to prayer. We were all struck by what a beautiful 15 minutes of song it was.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

My daughter and I came for a 5 night break at the end of November to celebrate her 27th birthday. The Riad was down a side street about 500 yards and if it had not been for the taxi driver, we would never had found it! Kamal, the night porter, showed us to our room which was bog standard, pipe in the wall for a tap (copper pipe which was very sharp) and a bath that we did not use. No plug for basin or bath.
Beware the lads on their motor bikes. At least you can hear them coming! We spent a lot of time in the Medina but due to the position of the Riad, made sure we were never late. Sarah was always accosted and by the end of the week was fed up of boys telling her that they were her husband and did she remember them? Knowing some french is very handy and then you try not to reply in English, helps as they love English speaking girls.
Our first impression was that it is a poor country, beggars are everywhere. Be careful in the souks as they will make a lot of money from you. Food is cheap and a glass of gorgeous orange juice cost 30 pence in the market.
The Bahia palace cost 10 dirhams and was amazing. It helped that we went in the winter as it was still hot at 27 celcius. This is on the main street just around the corner from the Riad. Always use the petit taxis as they can be very cheap. Know the price in advance. We have seen several fights due to some taxi drivers trying to get your custom at the main tourist areas when there is a rank not far away. Can be quite scary as my Arabic is nil.
We have decided not to visit Marrakech again, unless we stay in the new City or come on a tour with a group to the mountains. Did not see the Atlas Mountains till we were on the plane leaving the country.

  • Stayed November 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

We have just spent the first week of November in this riad. The communal courtyard area is nice, pretty much what you would expect from a riad. However the rooms are quite poor. We had booked and paid in advance, perhaps that was why we were initially given a very poor room, it was just not acceptable, paint peeling off the wall etc. We asked to be shown another room, and were told we would have to see the receptionist the following morning, but were then shown another room 5 minutes later, which was better. If we had just arrived without a booking (as we usually do when travelling!) we would have said it would do for one night, then looked for something better the following day. Unfortunately, as I said we had booked and paid through a travel agent for the whole week, so we made the best of it. The staff were friendly enough, though you did get the impression they were trying to steer you towards certain restaurants and trips, but that's just the way things work in places like Morocco.
The breakfast was ok, but very little variety, orange juice, low quality pastries / pancakes, jam and yoghurt, tea or coffee, no cereal or cooked options.
In summary, I would advise people to spend a bit more money, do a little research and find somewhere better.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

Our Trip to Marrakesh was memorable one and although you do have to get use to the medina, the riad wasn't that hard to find and the location is pretty good. The Riad was very basic, so don't expect 5 star luxury. However there is charm about it, breakfast was basic, bedrooms was basic, (the door was locked in a old fashioned way...) but the hospitality was lovely. Oh and the showers were a bit tempermental...

All in all i would recommend this Riad, and although my review doesn't sound like glowing report, we did enjoy it...

  • Stayed January 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

After reading these reviews i feel really confused. There are a lot of negative reviews about this Riad, but none of these ring true for the experience my partner and I had while staying in Marrakech for 10 days.

The Riad was very comfortable and beautfully, traditionally decorated in a typical moroccan style. The main courtyard (?) where you can eat your breakfats has a pretty running fountain where you can watch birds come and drink, while the courtyard next door has orange trees growing from the centre up through the roof.

The service we recieved from the staff was good and accommodating. We arrived very late at night and had an airport pick up. This is very, very expensive (around 30 euros for a 15 minute journey) but the driver took us up this apparently 'dark scary alley' to the door. I would just like to assure you that the alley is neither dark nor scary and a typical narrow street of a medina which is well lit and with plenty of people walking up and down it late at night; when we arrived at midnight, there was an old lady walking her dog down it!

The staff seemed very friendly and always asked how you were and if they could get you anything. The room was cleaned every day (by very friendly and happy ladies). The room was resonably basic but nicely decorated and we had clean towels every day.

The rooftop terrace was lovely and a welcome break from the busy streets. There are plenty of tables and chairs and even sun loungers, so you can relax amongst the plants and flowers.

Breakfast was fine, mostly coffee, tea, sweet bread (which wasnt stale), pastries, yoghurt and orange juice. My partner and I only ate in the Riad one night and it was very expensive compared to restaurants in the medina, the food was nice but nothing special.

We really enjoyed Marakkech and found the people generally very good humoured and friendly. I think we were expecting it to be a lot more difficult, but we were pleased to find our time there very enjoyable and easy.

I would recommend this riad and marakkech as great place to go. Perhaps if you are used to a more luxurious way of life, this riad is not for you and some of the time it did feel a little like being in somebody's home, but that only added to the experience.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

After finally booking our holiday we were so excited to get our holiday started. We arrived at our Riad at around 9am, after a welcome and an offer of mint tea we wre both happy to be there. Waiting for our room to be cleaned we had a nose about and the riad seemed clean and the staff friendly.
We were taken up to our room only to be dissapointed by the dark,small pokey room that we were having to stay in for a week, my partner was not happy so I went to speak to the lady owner who was not at that point very helpful or friendly and was further told all rooms were in use and we'd have to stay where we were. Making the best out of it we unpacked and set out to explore.
After 3 days of my partner not being able to sleep on the uncomfortable bed I went to press the matter again with the lady but was told other people spent more money and therefore she would not put us in another room, (out holiday was a package,we would have spent the same!) she in the end offered one on the noisy ground floor without air conditioning(it was 35*c and above for the duration of our stay). He decided that we needed the air conditioning in the weather and that we couldnt move, so had to stay there.
The only thing that was good in this Riad was the night watchman who was there for 5days out of out stay, he was so helpful and always smiling, stopping for a chat to see how our day went and what we got upto. He recommended places we should visit and restaurants to eat in.
The cherry on top of the cake was with the lady's husband on our last night there, we asked for breakfast at 6.30am because our flight was early, he wasnt best pleased, he said that somone would have to get up to do it, that someone was him! When asked about a taxi to the airport which is 10mins away, we were told that it would be nigh on impossible to find one at 7am because it was Ramadan and all taxi drivers were sleeping at that time, so if we wanted a taxi we could do it through him but it would cost 200dhs, I questioned the price because it seemed expensive but knew we had to get to the airport, when the taxi arrived we loaded our stuff, the minute we hit the road there were taxi's everywhere, there was no way there would have been a problem to get one, we had been ripped off by using his 'friend', he would have had money out of it too. I was so angry by his lies and using Ramadan as the reason, when its supposed to be there religious holiday, Unbelievable!!
Overall the owners of this riad were shocking, the other staff were lovely and friendly. breakfast was good and Marrakech beautiful. It;s a shame so many good memories of our holiday will be clouded with bad one's.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Riad Les Oliviers Hotel
Address: 47-48, rue de la Bahia | Quartier Riad Zitoune Jdid, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#231 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad les Oliviers 3*
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