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“Tranquil riad within the heart of the medina” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riad de l'Orientale

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Riad de l'Orientale
8 Derb Ahmar | Quartier Laksour Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #256 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Tranquil riad within the heart of the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

After being picked up from the airport and arriving late to the riad, the staff were extremely helpful and also provided us with our first taste of Morocco. The riad was completely tranquil and I was amazed when I realised that we were only a couple of minutes walk from the main square – which was easy to find.

The food was fantastic with breakfast being a great way to start the day. While after the 40 degree heat, dinner served in the coolness of the courtyard was perfect – with the riad serving the best tangine I had tasted. To top it off, if you just wanted to relax the roof terrace was perfect for a little sunbathing or just relaxing in the evening.

The rooms was spacious and while the temperature was hitting 40 degrees everyday while we were there, we still didn’t need to use the fan, as the room managed to remain cool. The staff were fantastic with nothing being too much hassle.

A lovely riad, topped off by exception staff and food.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hairy_Barber
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14 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We share all the previous reviews and can't fault this riad together with Latifa and also the guy who was always on night duty. They were always so caring and concerned. But let me add how close this riad is to the souks and Jaama Square - about a 1.5 minute walk but when relaxing in the courtyard or on the roof terrace you could have been a million miles away. For 18 euros per person, Latifa (and team) will cook you the most amazing Morrocan meal - the best we had during our stay. Amazing quality and the most beautiful surroundings in which to eat it. This is truly a beautiful riad.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

The Riad de l'Orientale was the perfect getaway for our long weekend in Marrakech. We arrived in the morning having been collected from the airport and accompanied through the myriad of streets to the riad. We were then brought breakfast and helped with maps and suggestions of which sites to see by Latifa the lovely housekeeper. Our room was beautifully presented and we took full advantage of the sunny roof terrace for relaxing after a hectic visit to the souks or for having breakfast. Luckily the riad is very close to the main square in the Medina so easy to find - this is a big bonus in Marrakech considering how easy it is to get lost! The location, food, facilities and staff were second to none and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Latifa and Zaccaria were both so helpful including assisting us with bookings and directions, etc. And Mimi the cat was great company on the sun terrace! We definitely plan on visiting Marrakech again and will definitely be staying at the Riad de l'Orientale when we do.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Buckingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We don't think we can add much more to the other reviews about this riad - we had a wonderful stay here during the Easter holidays. The riad was recommended to us by friends who had stayed a couple of years ago. Latifa replied very quickly to my initial email enquiry about availability - we are a family group of seven adults, and we needed four rooms - and she was very helpful throughout. She arranged for us to be met at the airport and driven to the main square, Jemaa El Fna. She was waiting for us when our taxi dropped us off and showed us the way to the riad, which is only a short walk from the square tucked away down some narrow alleys. The riad is a gem - the rooms and en suite bathrooms are traditionally decorated, comfortable, and incredibly quiet given the riad's proximity to the souks and the main square. Latifa and Zach looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts are delicious, and we asked Latifa to cook dinner for us on our last evening which was superb.

We spent two and a half days just walking everywhere - through the souks in the Medina, exploring all the little alleys, streets and shops, avoiding the mopeds, scooters and bicycles, and soaking up the atmosphere. We ventured into the New City and visited the Jardin Majorelle, went to the tanneries, rode dromedaries, and saw some of the old palaces. We walked miles and miles and never once felt unsafe or threatened. Weary and a little footsore, we'd return to the riad at the end of the day - an oasis of peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle.

Latifa also arranged for us to go on a day's excursion to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains which was great fun if a bit "touristy", and the scenery was lovely with snow on the highest peaks in the distance. Our driver, Hamid, found a very good local mountain guide called Moustafa who accompanied us up to the cascades - quite a scramble over the rocks and, at one point, up a metal ladder onto a steep rockface! Very pretty, though, and worth the effort.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Trondheim, Norway
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

There are many nice Riads in Marrakech and many get top scores here at Tripadvisor. So, how to make a choice between them? Our choice was done for us beforehand, by our excellent guide Ali (see Sahara-Exploring-Expedition.Com) and it was a good one. First, let me confirm the reviews of others regarding this hotel, it is all true. I would like to emphasize a couple of things. First and foremost, it feels totally safe once you're inside the doors. The front door is always locked and the staff is always there, or at least that was our impression. There was total silence at night. While we were there the temperatures were good, below 20 at night; I guess it might become rather hot in summer. The rooms are not air-conditioned and have windows to the central hall. However, we slept with open windows without being disturbed at all. Although very close to everything, after dark, the walk to the hotel might not be that pleasant, especially if you are alone. Some parts of the street are dark and people are hanging around seemingly without purpose, some begging for money. Probably not as dangerous as perceived - Moroccans are generally very honest and service-minded!

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in March 2012. It provided a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the nearby souks and main square. Latifa and Zacaria were very welcoming and friendly and very helpful. The transfer from the airport was effortless, as it was arranged by the riad and we were met from the taxi by Zacaria. Latifa had mint tea and cakes ready for us when we arrived, so we immediately felt at home and couldn't believe how beautiful the interior was. Our room was superbly appointed with stained glass windows and hand-painted wardrobe. The bathroom was also very attractive with lashings of hot water.
The atmosphere in the riad was very calm and quiet. It was lovely to be woken in the morning by the sound of exotic birdsong and to watch the swallows soaring overhead at breakfast-time. The rooftop garden was a lovely place to sit and look over the city to the snowcovered Atlas mountains or the Koutoubia. We will definitely return to this riad when we next visit Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here at the end •••• •••• •••• 9821of December 2011. The riad was in a great location and an easy walk to the main market square in Marrakech. The room was a bit small but very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was nice and the hot water was plentiful. The best part of my stay was the wonderful breakfast in the morning with probably the best coffee compared to the other places I stayed at in morocco. Finally, the people working there were some of the most friendly and helpful people that I've met during any vacation. This is definitely a riad I would love to return to.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8 Derb Ahmar | Quartier Laksour Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #256 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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The Riad de l'Orientale is a small, family-owned riad, situated in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech. The riad, a two hundred and fifty year old Moroccan courtyard house, has been traditionally restored and has uniquely attractive rooms, all with en-suite facilities. ... more   less 

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