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“Warm & welcoming” 5 of 5 stars
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La Villa Bleue
97 Bd Moulay Abdellah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #811 of 1,028 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London
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“Warm & welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

I loved my stay here. Patrick is a dude - he helped organise trips, gave us invaluable advice, created a relaxed atmosphere so you can socialise with other guests if you want to (but no pressure), and plays a wicked game of cards. You feel like you're being looked after, rather than just booking some accommodation.

Thanks to Patrick and Yassine we really got the most out of our stay. We even went to hear Yassine sing one evening, which was one of my favourite moments of my stay.

The riad has plenty of unique touches thanks to Patrick's artistic eye, and is a relaxed haven away from the hustle and bustle. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Liked — great atmosphere and friendly
  • Disliked — sometimes hard for taxi drivers to find
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed at this very warm and friendly riad for a week in July. It is an excellent place to stay with a big and very clean pool where you acctualy can swim, not only take a dip as in many other riads. The riad is located in a very nice and quiet neighbourhood about a 20 minutes walk from Jemna el Fna, if you walk in the cool morning, when it gets hotter in the afternoon you might choose to take a petite taxi for 20 Dirham (3 USD). We never had any difficulties with these taxis, as long as you know how much to pay and Philippe at the villa is very good at advicing you on how to get around.

It was low season when we styed here so we were upgraded to the suite in the back yard, when you stay in this suite (Suite Douiria) you will acctually have a complete house of your own with a balcony overlooking the swimingpool with a lot of flowers all around. The setting is equivalent to any four star hotel, but you don't have all the electronic stuff like TV, waterpot etc. but there is a good air conditioning in the bedroom and the riad is spotlessly clean.

Like all hotels the building is one thing and what really makes the difference in the end is the people running the place. The family running La Villa Bleu is very friendly and helpful, allways doing their best in taking care of your needs in a very respectful way.

Just one thing before you go. Make sure that you have a map or a good description of the way and an accurate phone number to the riad if you go there by taxi since it may be difficult to find the address the first time, it is in a quiet back street rather close to Jardin Majorelle.

  • Liked — Atmosphere, friendly staff, quite location
  • Disliked — A little bit far away from downtown
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

Myself and my boyfriend stayed in the Villa Bleue for a week and had a lovely time. Although a little distance from the medina it was lovely to get away from the hustle and madness of the busy old town. Patrick and all the staff couldnt help enough, and were so friendly and welcoming. Our poor French language meant that communication was sometimes strained, but they never lost patience with us! Patrick organised two day trips for the guests, to the beach at Essoaria and the waterfalls at the base of the Atlas mountains. Both outings were amazing, great value for money and exactly what we wanted to see whilst in Marrakech- (Quite lucky really, as we had been unable to communicate this!!)

Breakfast was lovely, and informal, it was ready for whenever we decided to crawl out of bed. The pool area was beautiful as well, with comfortable sun loungers and a shaded seating areas. The villa is small so there were never more than a few guests around the pool. It gave us a chance to get to know everyone staying in the Villa which was lovely too- and a long way from some of the bigger hotels we considered booking for our stay in Morocco.

I cannot reccommend the riad enough, it really was beautiful....we cant wait to go back.

Stayed June 2008
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Wimbledon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

A gorgeous villa set in a quiet street outside the centre of Marrakech, the Villa Bleue was a delightful place to stay. Patrick, the owner, and the friendly staff, were amazingly helpful and ensured that we got the best out of our short stay. This small residence is designed delightfully, with engaging modern art displayed everywhere you turn. There's a lovely pool in the central courtyard, and a tranquil terrace overlooking the neighbourhood. The villa is ideally located for the Jardin Marjorelle and is a short taxi ride from both the Nouvelle Ville (ideal for 21st century shopping, spas, bars and restaurants) and the Medina (for the souks, plenty of history, culture, architecture and other worldly experiences). With the most basic recollection of my school French and plenty of English sentences thrown in, communication was not a problem at all. The owner organised a trip to the nearby foothills of the Atlas mountains, which was very memorable indeed. Ideal for a short break from London, I can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — Amazing hospitality, cultured guests, refined yet welcoming atmosphere
  • Disliked — That I did not get the chance to stay longer
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

We had a 5 night stay at La Villa Bleue, and I would recomend it to anyone.

Patrick and his team are very welcoming, and provide a great service to their guests. I'm afraid my French isn't very good, but we managed to communicate pretty well.

We stayed in the Kasbah room on the roof, a bit of a surprise when you arrive, but it really is excellent, some people would probably call it basic, but we loved it. The roof terrace outside is also very good, and we sat out every evening we were there. La Villa Bleue is out of town, but an easy walk gives access to bus and taxi into the medina.

The pool area, and the interior decoration are also excellent, Patrick's artistic touch is everywhere.

We also had an evening meal, prepared by Yashine, and it was a true Moroccan meal, well worth the 200 dirham cost, and better than in town.

We had slight problems finding the place (we had a hire car), partly because we misread the instructions, compounded by the fact that 3g mobile phones weren't working well when we arrived (I suggest people change to GSM for the duration of their visit).

I think a guest key to the outside door might be useful, both to the guest ,and to Patrick and his team, but there was always someone there to let us in, so it wasn't an issue.

  • Liked — The roof terrace in the evenings.
  • Disliked — Nothing really, our lack of speaking French was a bit of an issue
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2008

We stayed at the villa for 4 nights. We had arranged an airport pick up by the owner, Patrick and he has been really hospitable. He gave us tips on local taxis and was always happy to greet and chat to us - despite our very limited grasp of French! We stayed in the deluxe suite booked through Expedia and it was definitely well worth above value-for-money. We called it our 'palace' in Marrakech, simply because the room was absolutely huge, with a small lounge area, giant wardrobes and equally spacious bathroom. The bedroom ceiling was nicely decorated too. We were well impressed. Breakfast was nice with simple pancakes, warm bread and pasties. Despite the location (it is not easy walking distance to D'jemma El Fena - about 30-40mins walk), we had no problem getting back and fro the riad via taxi, especially with Patrircks' helpful tips and road map!
Overall lovely experience (although the bedroom could do with darker curtains!) and will definitely recommend it.

  • Liked — Large and spacious suite
  • Disliked — Curtains
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2008

We stayed at La Villa Bleue for three nights whilst visting Marrakesh. Patrick (the french owner) was extremely helpful throughout the visit, advising us of how to handle the taxis, what we should see in Marrakesh, where to eat/drink and how to bargain in the souks . Its a very personal place with high standards for the rooms and food and service - we were travelling onwards in Morocco and Patrick was happy to look after our purchases until we came back and then let us use a room to wash and shower after an overnight bus ride and aranged us a taxi to the airport - top service! The rooms themselves are comfotable and individually decorated. The riad is in a quiet, safe area outside the medina, about 20 mins walk to the medina walls and a further 20 mins to the main square. Taxis are available day and night and cost between £1 and £1.50 to the main square. We were lucky enough to stay in the Kasbah which is the room on the roof terrace - email to ask for it, its a little one roomed castle - being english, deepdown I've always wanted a castle, it was great! Thanks Patrick...Matt and Piumi.

  • Liked — Friendly service and the rooms - indidual and comfortable rather than chain hotel blandness
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Villa Bleue

Address: 97 Bd Moulay Abdellah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #811 of 1,028 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close to the Majorelle garden, a street, lined with orange trees, leads you to the Villa Bleue. This artist-owned villa offers you a magnificent stay and an enriching cultural and human experience. The shimmering water, the lemon trees, the doves, the painting and drawings on the walls... a longing to varied sensation! From the patio to the lounges, from the terrace roof to the hammam, everything accounts for a keen choice of colors, materials and objects. ... more   less 
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