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“Beautiful, calm riad which is *almost* perfect....” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech
Ranked #38 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, calm riad which is *almost* perfect....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

As soon as my friend and I landed in Marrakech, we experienced Joelle's famously warm welcome. We had arranged a taxi transfer via the riad, and helpfully, the driver was waiting for us after baggage reclaim. He took us to the door of the riad, helping with our bags and introducing us to Joelle who instantly offered us a refreshing mint tea.

The rooms are spotlessly clean, and very tastefully decorated, as is the rest of the riad. The first room we stayed in had the 'open' bathroom that other reviewers have mentioned, but the second room had a door, allowing myself and my friend at least *some* privacy.

During our stay it was insanely hot, pushing 50 degrees some days. There was some air con in the room, but it wasn't as effective as it could have been, and was quite noisy.

In terms of advice, Joelle helped us choose somewhere to eat, and a few bars, providing us with a very useful map, and directions. As others have also said, the breakfasts in the morning are lovely, everything is homemade, and it really sets you up for the day.

However, the reason I say that this is *almost* perfect, is just because some things could be improved to make the stay less.....awkward Sometimes it feels a bit like you are in someone's house, and that you are putting the staff out by asking for food and drinks. One morning, we headed out early for some sightseeing and haggling in the souks. By midday it was far too hot in the medina and kasbah to be outside, so we retreated to the riad for some lunch, a sunbathe and a rest.

We ordered some salad, which although lovely when it arrived, took a long time to prepare, and when we received the bill, it must have been made from very expensive ingredients, as it was far beyond the cost of anything else we had eaten in Marrakech.

The same goes for the drinks, it was so hot that we needed to keep hydrated, but the drinks were warm, expensive and slow to arrive. I think this could be improved by Joelle introducing a drinks fridge or something on the rooftop terrace, with an honesty box, or a book to record what you have eaten/drank, so that you don't have to disturb the staff who seem to be busy from dawn til dusk.

To be fair, we did have an evening where we returned very late, and Joelle was lovely with us, but again it felt like we were staying with someone's Mum. Maybe this is just a matter of taste, and this is just not the place to stay for younger people who want to stay out in the evening, or want to have a holiday on their own terms.

I would recommend this property for couples, and families, but not those who want to be able to come and go as they please. The location is great, in the old kasbah area of Marrakech, located at the end of La Rue de La Kasbah, which although intimidating at first, is a thriving, fascinating street. Marrakech is a fabulous city, but extremely busy- this riad does offer a tasteful, peaceful retreat from that crazyness, and with some small changes could be perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

If you've read the previous reviews, you'd know that this is a little far away from the main square. While some would mind it, my husband and I were prepared for it. But once you enter the door to this Riad, you forget the hustle bustle outside. The muted colour scheme Joelle has adopted lends to a serenity. Our room was on the first floor, same as the one a recent review talks about, with the open bathroom. We didn't mind that. It makes it more spacious. In fact, Joelle let us choose which room we wanted and even let us use the lounge which actually came as part of another room. Delicious breakfast served at whatever time you want. Joelle made dinner reservations for us, gave us a few tips, told us where to go for shopping etc.. All in all, it was a great stay! I would go back to this place if I ever came back to Marrakech.

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Retford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We found this Riad to be the perfect escape from the crazyness that is not to far outside. Its located in a good place of Marrakesh, with easy walking distance to most places, although if you want to go exploring the staff at this riad are very helpful. They arrange taxis for you and give you the low down on the do's and donts, they also recommended some lovely eating places. When we stayed the owners son looked after us and he did a great job. Nothing was to much trouble at all. The breakfast was different i must say, it was good dont get me wrong, fresh fruit, pancakes, cakes etc and plenty of it as well.The rooms were kept clean, in fact the whole place was always clean. The room we had didnt have a toilet door which was the only moan i can say about the place, so it lacked privacy between me and the mrs, apart from that it was exellent. Air con in the rooms, thank god. A lovely roof terrace where you can relax and chill out from the mayhem outside where the staff will keep bringing you drinks. All in all I would return to this Riad for sure.

Room Tip: Ask for the room at the top of the stairs 1st on the left, i think it was called sophia. Its got a h...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Just returned from a manic weekend break in Marrakech and it was lovely to go back to the tranquil Riad every afternoon to relax on the wonderful terrace. Could not fault anything about this property, rooms good, comfortable beds and pillows. Perhaps the only thing missing was a small pool that a few of the Riads do have. We ate in on our first night and had a lovely meal also must agree with other reviews that the breakfasts were great (very different from the usual continental). Unfortunately did not catch up with Joelle as she was on holiday but we were very well looked after by all the staff.Would highly recommend this Riad.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Worcester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Just returned after a weeks holiday in Marrakech. Our room was gorgeous - peaceful and calm - with a fab walk in shower room and traditional styled furnishings. The breakfasts were to die for - pancakes, yoghurt, fresh fruit, cakes and jams - it just kept coming - more and more of it and slightly different every morning ! Joelle and Lauren were the perfect hosts. Joelle provided us with lots of very useful advice and information about Marrakech, even organising an invaluable private local tour guide and arranging a private trip to the Atlas Mountains which was one of the highlights of our holiday. Lauren provided the entertainment !! - his taxi driver jokes were highly amusing. The whole of the Riad was fantastic, cosy lounge area, beautiful roof sun terrace and a much needed plunge pool in the courtyard. This was the perfect place to retire to after a manic but exciting day in the Soukes and square. We would highly recommend the Riad to anyone wanting to visit Marrakech - a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should do.
Our very special thanks to Joelle and Lauren for a fantastic stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in Salma - a ground floor room. Rooms upstairs may have been a little quieter but they we...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Northants
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We were treated to a trip to Marrakesh by our children and, despite being well travelled, neither of us had been to Marrakesh before. The Riad les Orangers is a lovely oasis of calm away from the madness that is Marrakesh but, at the same time, is near enough to all the places you need to see although Marrakesh is no good to visit if you don't like walking ! We arrived during an unusually hot week (42 degrees mostly) and were welcomed by Joelle and her staff with a refreshing pot of mint tea which we had on the rooftop terrace, a lovely experience and most welcome. Joelle was more than helpful in every way and made us feel most welcome. Breakfast was Morrocan style with freshly home made cakes and pancakes etc as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt. Don't go expecting a full English though. If you don't like experiencing other cultures, go to Spain instead lol. We did the usual trip to the Atlas mountians arranged by Joelle who has contacts with a local taxi driver for day-trips and iarport runs etc as well as being able to give us good advice on places to eat and places to visit.
Many thanks to Joelle and her staff for a lovely holiday, we hope to go back some time in the future.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Linn, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Riad les Orangers d'Alilia was an absolutely wonderful place to stay during our three nights in Marrakech. From the moment we were greeted at the door by owner, Joelle Sourbe, we knew we had made a superb decision in choosing this riad. Joelle was extremely helpful in every way a weary traveler could hope for. She and her staff prepared a wonderful, romantic candlelight dinner for us for our first night. The breakfasts that were included were outstanding. Our room had a wonderful veranda area with comfortable couches, with draperies one could close to get even more privacy, however, since our room was situated on a corner of the riad, we already had wonderful privacy. Most riad rooms are somewhat small by American standards but this room was very neat and clean, with daily service by the staff, and it met all of our needs, so size was not really a problem at all. Joelle has a nice rooftop terrace with lounge chairs, and she also has a pool on the ground floor.

I highly recommend this riad to anyone who travels to Marrakech. It is in the medina, and located such that it is easy to walk/take a taxi to most anywhere in the medina in a very short period of time. The prices are very reasonable and Joelle does a wonderful job of making you feel very much at home in her riad.

Room Tip: We had the India room and it was excellent!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech
Address: 216 Rue Tadla, Derb Chtouka Marrakech-Medina, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#30 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#63 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Moroccan hospitality is legendary and at Riad les orangers d'alilia you have the opportunity to experience this fine tradition. Riad les orangers d'alilia is a home with lots of atmosphere and a dedicated staff at your disposal.Riad les orangers d'alilia has been entirely restored in accordance with traditional Moroccan materials and architecture. ... more   less 
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