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“Tranquil retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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La Maison des Oliviers
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Douer Lgouacem - Tasoultante | Km 6 route de l'ourika BP 429, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #166 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
England
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Tranquil retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

At the airport you will need to change up some money for Dirham, at present 13 to the pound, and when you go change it back. No problem.
This is a perfect place to hide from the real world for a few days, not far from the airport, though rather out of town if you are looking for somewhere to go with nightlife. We spent 6 nights here at the end of November so it was very quiet; bliss. The weather was warm and sunny and perfect for sitting by the pool. We had the Ambassadour Suite which is spacious and comfortable. Be warned, the television programmes in English are limited to BBC News and CNN News, so take plenty of good books or a DVD player for long evenings. This suite has a little private garden with acsess a pool only shared with two other suites. In November the pool is freezing, but still good to sit round in the sun. The steps in and out looked a bit scarey as they were so steep. The main pool is heated, it has a wierd shelf arrangement to get in and out, again, it wasn't easy. Half board is a good option as to buy a meal in the hotel is quite expensive and just popping out for a meal isn't really an option. The food was good, the same menu every night, so after six nights we had tried most things. My companion is vegetarian, the vegetarian option was vegetable tagine with cous cous and a green sauce. Safe to say cous cous is now banned from the house! Breakfast is stodgy, but fills you up, there was toast and hard boiled egg, cake, flat bread, jam, honey, fruit, cereal and milk. Lashings of coffee, tea and orange juice. Another warning, if you are not keen on birds in doors, avoid the restaurant. The birds have sussed this is where the food is and nip in to grab crumbs. They are very calm, not flapping, so we just shooed them out.
The big plus is how clean it is, I have never stayed in such a clean hotel, and the staff are warm and friendly. A trip to the Souk is a must, the hotel 'mini bus' is a good way to go. You can arrange to be picked up at a specfic time and it is very reliable. Both drivers we had were good fun, spoke a little English and loved our attempts at French.
The Souk is a laberynth of narrow streets and it's easy to get lost, however, the people of Marrakesh are all very helpful and they head you back in the right direction! We stopped for coffee and a meal in there and had no after effects! I suggest you go twice if you can. First time to get the feel of the place and second time to really enjoy it. Never pay more than half of the original starting price is great advice we were given. All in all it is a lovely hotel I would highly recommend for a total chill out week. I would definately go back for some Winter Sun.

Room Tip: The suites all seem to be good, we liked being on the ground floor, no stairs to negociate.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dusseldorf, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a typical Riad and you can feel quite isolated from the rest of the world. It is situated not far from the airport, or the the centre of town. The staff are excellent in their knowledge and very friendly. The food is OK, maybe a touch stodgy at breakfast. Good size swimming pool and plenty of room around it. So for a holiday base, this is very good. The downsides are that it is down an unpaved track off the main road and with no signposts that I could see indicating where it was. This is even more of an issue at night with no street lighting. I was sent a cab to pick me up from the airport, so he knew where he was going, but I am not sure all cab drivers would. The local area is a bit rough, uncompleted blocks of flats. There are no local shops, or restaurants. Within the Riad there is not much else other then the pool, gardens and a health centre, but no shop to buy suntan lotion, papers, postcards, stamps, etc. It is good as far as it goes, but with a bit more effort it could be even better. I was particularly made aware of this, when for half a day it rained.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Schelle, Antwerpen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This place was not so easy to find and is located at the end of a bumpy gravel road.
Once you get there you become completely Zen.
Friendly and professional staff.
Harmonious and tastefull design of the rooms, the premises and pool. Beatifull garden with old olivetrees and bougainvilles.
Relaxing Spa and Hammam.
Delicious Marrocan and Western food and breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Stayed at this small hotel for 4 nights in October 2012.
The hotel is located about 15mins by car from the centre of the city.
The hotel is located opposite a new development of houses that are under construction down a very bumpy road - initial impressions based on location are not good so be prepared for this.
HOWEVER upon entering the hotel through the large wooden gates your impression changes totally. The hotel is beautiful and boasts lagre clean rooms, pool (with Ibiza style loungers/beds) bar.The is a Hamman on site wjich is worth a visit and the food is good, though breakfast is te weakest feature of the hotel.
Without exception the staff are very friendly and helpful.
I paid £209 for 4 nihts through Hotels.com
Being out of town is worth the 100 Dirham Taxi fare (£7) or £1.50 (each) into town in the hotel shuttle.
I would say this hotel is quite different to most as it is not a city Riad nor nothing like a western chain hotel in the new city.
It allowed tranquil sun bathing - chill out - in deep contrast to the chaos of the city & I would use it again

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

we were upgraded too ! lovely room ,big bed and very comfortable . great shower looking over lush view . the hotel /riad is in its own grounds , we looked around the whole place which took about half an hour . lovely flowers and trees and donkeys and tortious !its like an arabian castle ..amazing .

the pool is very relaxing and very chilled out . good food around pool -about £7 per person .the loungers are very comfortable and plenty of them .beer £3,50 a bottle which seems to be the same price everywhere

the food in the evening was good too .

the taxi shuttle was very handy . just book what time you want to go and when you want picking up 25 dirh each (50 if just you in taxi ), nice helpfull driver although he could only speak french . he works until 8 pm .

for £50 per night i think it is great value .next time i think we will go half board .we have always stayed in town before (this is our 5th visit ) which is a bit crazy so it was so nice to get away to some real peace and tranquility .

staff were all very friendly and helpfull with a good sense of humour !

we will defo be going back . perfect in every way

Room Tip: dont choose room 402 ! thats our room (only jokin !! )
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  • Stayed October 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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ENGLAND
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18 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Just got back last night and wanted to do review while still really fresh in our minds....well where to begin, im a capricorn so not given to flights of fancy but when we arrived and were greeted by the super lovely Adbel , i honestly expected to see Alladdin flying by on a magic carpet!!! the place is awesome!!!...it was nightime when we arrived and the beautiful smell of all the plants and flowers stays with me even now im back home in rainy england...check in was about as laid back as ive ever experienced....we had booked a senior suite but were upgraded to an ambassador suite-i actually squealed with delight (must get out more ;-))....the suite was huge and just like something out of Arabian Nights, huge comfy bed, living area and fab bathroom with walk in double shower bit and lovely smelling lotions and potions....after a delicious 3 course dinner (we went half board and would majorly recommend this if youre just there to chill out as we were!!!) we slept soundly and awoke to beautiful sunshine and after a brekkie of mainly sweet things (my husbands idea of dying and going to heaven!!!)we went exploring and saw our pool shared just between 3 ambassador suites, the main pool area is lovely too, extremely comfy beds, nice quality pool towels and reasonably priced and extensive lunch menu by the pool bar(have no idea why people think any of it is pricey!!!)...after a long hard day sunbathing and chilling we had another fab evening meal (any meat eaters must try the filet steak, absolutely bang on the money in terms of quality!!) and retired to our garden with some wine.....ok the "downsides" though they are almost too insignificant to mention but we have to be fair.....if you have mobility problems the pools may not be for you, i have a dodgy knee and its way to steep at 5ft 5 for me to climb into, my husband at just under 6ft managed ok but there are no "nice" steps or gentle shelving into the pool, its just about a 2ft "drop" into the main pool and even the semi private pool only had 3 huge steps when 4 or 5 would have been perfect...ive checked with hubby and im def not being a baby, they really are steep!!!...also the flies drove us mad but thats just the way it is in beautiful gardens with exotic and fragrant blooms so hardly a deal breaker just make sure you take a good insect repellant...also if its peace and quiet you want then this place couldnt be any more perfect but be warned that after dinner there is nothing else to do,it really is a haven of tranquility but if you want a bit of nightlife then have a think!!....in summary, we want to thank Abdel ,Mustafa and every single one of the staff for giving us such a fab time, have been fortunate to travel reasonably extensively and hand on my heart the staff here are the nicest, friendliest people ive met in hotels , without being remotely smarmy or false......would we recommend Maison des oliviers?????....IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!....wishing you all continued success...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We have just returned from a week at La Maison des Oliviers and were delighted to find that the hotel was every bit as good as we had hoped from the reviews and hotel website. We arrived at around midday, and were told that we had been upgraded from two standard rooms to two suites; although we had arrived much earlier than the advertised check in time, we were able to use one of our rooms straight away, whilst the second was being prepared. The suites were very spacious and attractively decorated, with huge bathrooms.

The hotel was an oasis of peace and calm, and was extremely relaxing. It was so pretty, with fountains and flowers everywhere - walking through the fragrant jasmine to get to the entrance to our block was just lovely. We had read that the food in the hotel was quite expensive, and so booked the half board option, which turned out to be very good value. The food was exceptionally good, and with the half board option we were able to order a three course meal from the small but very adequate a la carte menu. Breakfast was a cold buffet, with a wider selection than I had expected. There are a couple of other restaurants within walking distance, although we didn't try them as the food in the hotel was so good.

The staff at the hotel were all very helpful and attentive, and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The main pool was very clean, and large and deep enough to swim properly. The sun beds were very comfortable.

We had a car for the duration of our stay, and there was ample free parking available. The hotel is only a few minutes drive from central Marrakech, but is far enough out to have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. My only, very minor complaint, is that the hotel appears to only have two CDs, which seem to be on constant repeat play every day - covers of Dancing Queen get a bit irritating after the fourth time in one day!

We hope to return to Marrakech before too long, and would very happily stay at La Maison des Oliviers again.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Douer Lgouacem - Tasoultante | Km 6 route de l'ourika BP 429, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#64 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#67 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#94 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#134 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — La Maison des Oliviers 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La maison des oliviers à l’écart des tumultes de la ville rouge est la destination rêvée pour un séjour à Marrakech. Vous retrouverez dans son architecture le charme du concept d’un Riad traditionnel, allié au confort le plus raffiné.Afin de vous relaxer durant votre séjour, un service bien être vous sera proposé. Des vacances pour le confort du corps et la curiosité de l’esprit.Notre établissement possède 10 chambres standard, 6 Suites Ambassadeur, 12 Suites sénior, 1 Suite Pacha, 1 Suite pour personne à mobilitée réduite. ... more   less 
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