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“Great location, great food but watch the bill when you check out !” 4 of 5 stars
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Les Jardins d'Issil
Route de l'Ourika, km 13, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #23 of 188 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Essaouira, Morocco
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great location, great food but watch the bill when you check out !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Loved this place but were disappointed the last day : the "welcome drink" and "breakfast includeds" appeared on the bill and were an unhappy ending to what otherwise would have been perfection. Keep your eyes peeled when you check out !

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patmarrakech, Owner at Les Jardins d'Issil, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
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Booking.com affichent des tarifs hors petits petits déjeuners, nous offrons à ,nos clients pour les accueillir un thé à la menthe et non pas le jus d'orange mais votre souhait étant d'avoir un jus d'orange frais, nous vous l'avons offert avec plaisir, regarder bien votre facture, les jus d'oranges ne sont pas facturés.
Si toutefois vous l'avez égarée nous avons le duplicata. Je signale au passage que nos tarifs n'ont pas augmentés depuis l'ouverture des jardins d'issil il y a 8 ans.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Just back from a wonderful 5 day break in Marrakech - we stayed at Les Jardins after reading some UK magazine recommendations and some reviews on here.

What a marvellous place - about 20 mins drive from the center of Marrakech and situated in open land teeming with wildlife. We had the company of peacocks, tortoises, frogs and numerous local birds during our stay.

Meals taken in a wonderful central area with a tree filled terrace, bar was lovely with great service throughout and the meals we ate onsite were excellent, lovely tagines with fresh ingredients and local flavour.

Our accommodation was a smaller 'tent' - although you can hardly describe this as camping - with concrete walls and a full hotel room contained within, this was not like the camping trips you know! We had a canvas roof, but under it was fantastic comfortable bed, a lovely bathroom (with sometimes quirky Moroccan plumbing!), air conditioning and a dressing room/wardrobe - we even had a window for a birds to peck at in the morning.

The hotel was peaceful, with a remote call to prayer being heard in the morning as well as sounds of wildlife - but no noise from other guests and a calm, relaxed approach to service and hospitality throughout.

Be aware of the drive in and out of Marrakech - it is a good 20/30 minutes - but for me, this was a perfect way to see some life away from the touristic areas of the city AND get some peace and quiet away from the bustle. This is not a hotel to go walking out into the souks from.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here - perfect, quality time for us and a wonderful oasis away from the medina of Marrakech and it's assault on ALL the senses.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Geneva
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Please be aware that the place locates 13 (Route de l`Ourika) +4 (small road to left if you come from Marrakech)+3 (even smaller and narrow) kilometres from Marrakech. Luckily we managed to convince our taxi-driver to continue until the destination:).

Beautiful garden, picturesque place!

Unfortunately we discovered upon the arrival that there is no restaurant, only ONE CHOICE MENU is available in this place, no alternatives possible.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

At end of long Northumberland winter and at end of burst of hard work it was exactly the kind of place I had in mind - but even better ! Service, food, peace and quiet and even the weather surpassed all expectation - only negative is that Madame is so chic and elegant in an unmistakably French way that I felt a very scruffy Brit in comparison ...but at least it shamed me into the two hour Hammam special (which was divine) and a resolution to improve both my personal grooming on turn (so I can look like her one day) and my French language skills . Very welcoming and charming couple runt this place with staff to match and even a nice dining room hound who was integral to the ambience. Food alone was a reason to go but they achieve a classy and relaxed atmosphere and unbeatable prices in lovely surroundings. Many thanks and nous revenons.
Joanna and Simon (16 March - 23 March)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We arrived to the Jardin and I wasnt quite sure what to expect.. I booked after it was recommended in the guardian as a great experience. What can i say, I am SO glad that i did. The tent was beautiful and had so much room for two people. We stayed in the zen room and it was lovely! It is impossible to not relax here. The staff are all so friendly and helpful and the owners who really nice and wanted to make sure you enjoyed your stay. The food was delicious - with a set menu for both lunch and dinner - freshly prepared. My favorite tagine of the whole trip and thats saying something! The gardens and pool are completely picturesque and the mountain views are spectacular. I would 100% return here if we were ever to return to Marrakesh! Thank you very much.

  • 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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Liverpool
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20 reviews 20 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Myself and my girlfriend stayed here for 3 nights, and it was pure heaven! We were in tent number 5 (the red and grey tent pictured above) and I cannot stress enough how amazing this place was! The hamman that is located on site was a brillaint way to spend the late afternoon and the pool was refreshing when you wanted to escape the sun!

I would without question recommend this to anyone as it is a great place to unwind, especially after a few days in the madness of the medina!

  • 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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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We loved staying at Les Jardins d'Issil, Our visit was a mid winter one - to brief you a little:-

Les Jardins are about 20 minutes drive from Marrakech (airport side) and about 40 minutes from the Oukaimeden ski resort in the other direction. In mid winter, the pool is chilly - I swam every day - but in a wet suit ! The tents are supplied with an adequate heater/air conditioner unit as we found elsewhere in Morocco. We turned this off for total silence after going to bed - others have commented on cockerels and the distant calls to prayer which can be heard in the early morning - but these are not sounds I dislike. In winter daytime the weather is often sunny, rising to about 22 degrees. Our tent had a little 'sun trap' terrace on the afternoon sunny side, and we spent considerable time in the sun by the pool in the afternoon.

I had a hire car which meant that day trips in either direction were easy(ish), but you have to concentrate, as the traffic comes from all directions. We particularly liked the contrast between the 'madness' of Marrakesh and the peaceful haven of Les Jardins. The hosts are very French, very charming, very laid back. We enjoyed playing cards in the games room by the bar, we enjoyed breakfasts on the terrace, and we particularly enjoyed our evening Tagine meals in this beautiful setting.

I think the effort this couple have put into creating the gardens has really paid off - our photo's of the pool and the gardens with the snow-capped Atlas in the background are breathtaking. I look forward to returning in a future year to see the gardens mature.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Route de l'Ourika, km 13, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 188 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
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