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“A little oasis” 5 of 5 stars
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L'Heure d'Ete
96, sidi Bouloukat, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #97 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Salford, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“A little oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

L'Heure d'Ete is a lovely quiet Riad approximately 2 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna (the main square). The Riad was immaculately clean throughout, comfortable bed, good shower with piping hot water, nice breakfast and extra tea/coffee if we asked for more without charge. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Had we not planned what we wanted to do they would have helped to provide us with an itinerary.

To get to the hotel you turn down an alley off one of the main streets leading to Jemaa El Fna. I've read other reviews that said that it was hard to find but we didn't find it difficult at all. The hotel felt very safe and there was a safe in the room to store any valuables with no extra charge.

We didn't use the spa facility, it's not a massive part of the Riad but looked clean and tidy. The jacuzzi was being refurbished when we were there but we were not that bothered as it was a bit cold in February and we were more interested in going out to see the city.

We drove into Marrakesh which is a bit mental, but if you just go with the flow and are not a nervous driver you'll survive. We got a bit lost and had a bit of help with directions from a local, though we did have to pay for the privilege! We found parking near by the hotel (about 5 minutes walk) but had to haggle for a good price to leave the car for a few days.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

After an enjoyable stay 3 years ago, I returned to Riad L'heure d'ete again for our 7 nights stay in Marrakech. The staff is friendly, always willing to help and the riad is located very close to the main square and taxi stand etc. I was happy with my last stay there, but still I have noticed a lot of improvment overall this time around, especially with the service and cleanliness. There is a beautiful terrace for relaxation and the riad is definitely value for money. I would stay there again no doubt and would also recommend it. The only thing I would mention is that the replies to my emails whilst booking were a little slow, but that wasn't much of a problem as I always did get a reply.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I stayed here for 5 nights at the end of March 2013 and loved every minute of it. We had a premium room on the first floor. The room was pretty small but the big bed Very comfortable and the shower big with lots of hot water. The staff was superfriendly and helpful. We got dinner served at 12 at night when we arrived, breakfast at 6 the morning we left and priceless advice and tips for our roadtrip to Ouarzazate and Merzouga from Hamoud. The rooftop terrace is gorgeous! We enjoyed long, delicious breakfasts in the sun there (put the honey on the table next to you to trick the bees) and afternoons and nights with a book.
Personally I weren't too impressed with the massage in the spa. The wifi works well in the lounge on the bottom floor.

Will without a doubt come back here asap.

Oh, and bring earplugs if you want to sleep til late.

Room Tip: They told us the rooms on the first floor were quieter, I guess this is since the breakfast is serv...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The rooms are clean, the staff is very kind, the riad is centrally located and it offers the opportunity to enjoy an hammam and a dinner on the terrace. However: the French owners won't accept credit cards for the extras (meals, hammam and so on), they ask a 2% extra commission if you pay for your stay with your credit card. This is not correct at all! unfortunately I haven't been able to notice this to Mastercard so far.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed in this Riad for three nights before heading off to Rabat and Fez as part of our week stay in Morocco.

The Riad is perfectly located just a couple of minutes away from the square – it really was the ideal place for us to go out exploring as we could just pop back whenever we needed or wanted to The area, although down a winding alley felt safe even at night.

It was lovely to be welcomed on our initial arrival with a mint tea after a long day of travelling and the room we stayed in was lovely and beautifully decorated. There was a great en-suite with powerful shower. The room was cleaned everyday and was spotless. We found it particularly useful to have a safe in the room and WIFI access was possible at times although the signal wasn’t great and we ended up going down to the courtyard when we needed to use this facility. We also appreciated the breakfast being part of the room fee although it was relatively small (compared to what we have had elsewhere) it was nice and the serving staff were very friendly.

Although our stay at the Riad was mainly positive there were some areas we felt could be improved – which reflects our 4 star rating rather than 5. After reading other reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to book the airport transfer. We were pleased to have paid for this (we were arriving at night and didn’t feel confident finding the Riad ourselves) however it would have been helpful to know in advance that the transfer would involve two people taking us to the Riad. With our limited French it took us a while to realise this when the person who collected us dropped us off in town to be taken by another. The porter had a cart to transport our luggage but having light bags we decided to carry these ourselves. The porter however hung around the Riad for a while and we felt this was because we didn’t give him a tip – but when you are paying 20 euros for the transfer we assumed the Riad would be covering this.

We are not sure on whether there is a reason for this, as we came across the problem in Fez too, but we were not given a key to the outside door of the Riad. On most occasions we did not find this a problem - we rang the doorbell it was answered promptly. There was one occasion however when we were left standing outside for over 10 minutes in the evening. Having rang the doorbell a few times and were still waiting a member of staff at the Riad opposite even went up to his roof terrace and shouted across to ours. It took the Riad’s staff a further 5 minutes for someone to answer the door to let us in. We were informed this was due to showing new arrivals around but having an external door key would have meant this wasn’t a problem.

The male reception staff were friendly and very helpful in suggesting places to see in Marrakech however we, as another reviewer has also mentioned, felt it was inappropriate to suggest guests give them a 5 star rating. No accommodation provider should be asking guests to do this regardless of the current economic climate.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The Riad is down a back street off the main square I'm the medina, a little scary for a first time visitor, the rooms are quite basic, not tv, and no Internet, I ended up not staying there and tey were okay with that I think in future I'll need to check trip advisor more closely

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Positive:
1. Good location to stay. The riad is just 2 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna and within proximity to major attractions in Marrakesh.
2. Thank you to the ladies to clean our room neatly everyday!!
3. Quiet at night.


Negative:
1. Don't be fooled with the rating of this riad. It is NOT AS GREAT AS the rating show on this website. On our check out day, two reception staffs urged us to rate the riad's review all "excellent". We found this action is too much.

2. On the checkout day, we asked the receptionist help to call our preferred taxi driver. They pretended to call and quickly tell us that the phone call didn't go through. Instead, they suggested us to arrange airport transfer with the riad, which is triple times more expensive.

3. Breakfast was good but serving time too slow. The terrace cafe was empty, and all foods are ready made. However, still took them 20-30 minutes average to serve breakfast.

4. WIFI doesn't work all the time.

Room Tip: Choose upper floor rooms. Ground floor is too dark.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about L'Heure d'Ete

Address: 96, sidi Bouloukat, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#43 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#90 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#95 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is in the fascinating shrine of the Medina, sheltered from too much modernity, that you will find this welcoming house that was a traditional Marrakchi family mansion until 2006It took 2.560 trips by donkey drawn carriage to bring all the new materials needed to renovate the house and make a dream come true. But all our efforts have been rewarded and l'Heure d'Eté is now a lovely ryad proud to combine the discreet comfort of stylish modernity with the best of age-old Moroccan traditions. 13 rooms and a suite are distributed on three different levels around a glass-roof patio-lounge that can be opened at will to enjoy the best of the season.L'Heure d'Eté is located in the vicinity of Jemaa el Fnaa Square (3 minute walk) and will provide you with all the expertise and comfort you need to enjoy the unforgettable beauty of the red city. ... more   less 
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