A colleague and I recently spent several nights at Riad L'Oiseau du Paradis with mixed reaction. She needed WiFi in her room late at night and was allergic to cats; I wanted a ground floor room so I wouldn't have to do stairs and always travel with ear plugs in case a room is noisy. WiFi on the third floor was non-existent and there were cats galore, including a new batch of kittens. I slept like a princess and didn't need air conditioning (as there was none in the ground floor room). The library and dining room were right outside my door, but earplugs worked like a charm. My poor colleague couldn't breathe, eyes swelled up, etc., but the owner removed the cats for our remaining nights. In the end we treated ourselves to one night at La Sultana, a REALLY upscale and marvelous five star hotel with a five star price. My colleague departed a day before me, so I moved back over to the L'Oiseau for my last night. My carriage turned back into a pumpkin, but, oddly, I felt at home. The kittens and their mother were back and the riad was full. I had a room on the third floor. However, I actually slept better there than I had in my $500+ room at La Sultana. That said, L'Oiseau is no Sultana. It's informal and relatively comfortable, but the rooms need a face lift and a good cleaning. They could use some of that rosewater or orange blossom room freshener, too. The breakfast is unimaginative, but the dinners "in," ordered early in the day for the same evening, were absolutely delicious, copious and beautifully presented at a fraction of the Sultana price. Mouad, the concierge and all around factotum was brilliant. He went out of his way at every turn and made our experience at L'Oiseau memorable. With a bit more effort from the remaining staff and owner, L'Oiseau could move up the TripAdvisor rating scale.
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- Hosts' house L’Oiseau du Paradis for a paradisiac stay in MarrakeshThis haven of peace, renewed in the purest Moresque style and mix traditional and modern materials : bejmat, tadlakt, solar water heaters, brumization.Its 8 rooms (1 parental suite) with privative shower-rooms invite you in the rest of the senses.Side well-being, relaxation in the hammam and wellness with a professional massage. ... more less
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