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“Best dinner in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Flore
4 Derb Azzouz | Quartier Mouassine - Médina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #538 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Milan, Italy
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best dinner in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

A wonderful stilish place, hidden inside Medina, with a very kind and professional staff. The owner is a gentle lady who pass for each table to welcome guests. Suggested for a special romantic dinner under a starry sky.
The menu proposal is excellent: international cuisine with a french and moroccan touch, the best lamb I have eaten in Marrakech at a honest price.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

We had dinner at the restaurant on a Wednesday evening, having decided upon this venue after hours of reading wildly differing TripAdvisor reviews on almost every decent restaurant in the city.

It was a good choice.

The restaurant itself was calm and tranquil, quite a feat given its location in the centre of the crazy souks. The food was good quality and nicely presented (somewhere in between posh pub grub and a posh restaurant) and the staff were polite and helpful, if a little slow. The final bill was expensive compared to other places we ate in the city (around 50 EURO for two courses each and a bottle of wine) BUT it was every bit worth it in our opinion for a more refined experience.

Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

We ate here after being recommended it by our Riad nearby. The food was good (but not memorable) but the service was so indifferent it was barely there. If it had been good I'd have felt the meal was more of an occasion. As my friend said "It's a bit up itself" - summed it up well. If you do decide to eat there the Crevette samosas are good as is the vegetable cous cous, but the chocolate mousse was too sweet.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

We spent four nights elsewhere and were pointed in the direction of the Villa Flore for supper by our riad’s owner. She was spot on as it had the best food in the centre of the Medina bar none and a pleasant change from Tajeen/couscous which can get a bit monotonous. The red wine from the local hills (vin de maison) was a surprise and infinitely better than the ubiquitous 'president'. The reviewer who disliked the 'bouillabaisse' missed the point- you should be decidedly careful eating fish this far from the sea in Africa and I had the fish soup which was very good but the bouillabaisse was the same soup with fish in! That aside the service was faultless by local standards and the lunch a terrace is an absolute must if it is warm but not too hot and the plat delicious.

Eat here definitely and if you like this style of room it offers great value to stay as well. Much recommended.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

Me, my wife and our two teenage sons spent three days here and it was classy, stylish and immaculate. It's a gem, right in the centre of Marakesh, tucked well inside the ancient city walls and a perfect base from which to advance and withraw from adventures in the central square and the sea of markets. The French owners are delightful, he is the architect that built the hotel. The restaurant in the hotel is first class and we would have no hesitation in recommending both the food and the accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Milton Keynes, UK
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

My guide book recommended Villa Flore. It turned out to be only a few steps from my Riad in the Mouassine area of the Medina and it was the promise of bouilliabaisse from a reputable French restaurant that drew me in for a midweek lunch. However, I was somewhat disapponted. In these chic surroundings, I expected an elegant version of this classic Provencial fish stew rather than the rustic platter you'd get in the Coeur Salaya in Nice. What I got was a tapas-sized portion of white fish with julienne carrots and courgettes in a saffron sauce. It was delicious and there was clearly a lot of technical skill in the gloriously golden sauce - but it could hardly be described a bouilliabaisse. Where was the variety of fish? Where was the shellfish? At the very least, a few mussels could have transformed it from 'Fish in Saffron Sauce'. It came with a decent rouille, but only 2 slivers of crouton to spread it on. I can see the skill of the dish and the inspiration behind it, but to call it a bouilliabaisse is a gross exaggeration. No doubt other reviewers will have a more positive experience, but don't go there expecting authentic French food.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

For some reason Villa Flore is not listed on Tripadvisor under restaurants (hopefully this can be corrected??). We were in Marrakech for 4 nights, but due to volcanic ash had 3 extra - Villa Flore was top of our list for another visit. It was just as good second time round. Lovely central courtyard, and elegant surrounding rooms - with 2 visits we had an opportunity to try a good selection off the menu and nothing dissappointed - Lamb main course was a highlight. Prices were very good, compared to some more expensive. We have a little domestic dispute in comparing Villa Flore to Riad Kniza (where we went the following night). We both agree that both are wonderful, but my wife preferred Villa Flore, even though it is almost half the price. In my view, Riad Kniza just won on quality of food and ambience, but it is more expensive. I suggest you try them both.

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Flore

Address: 4 Derb Azzouz | Quartier Mouassine - Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #538 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Flore is a charming boutique hotel, with a very good restaurant. We have five rooms with marble bathroom, flat screen TV, DVD player and wifi. Three of them have got a private terrace. Each room and each lounge are a showcase for antiques from all the corner of the world. Villa Flore is very closed the place Jemaa el Fena in the district of Mouassine. Very quiet place in the heart of the souks. ... more   less 

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