This has to be the perfect place to base your stay in Marrakech. Only 10-15 mins from the airport, we were met promptly (even though our plane was 40 mins early!) and whizzed to the Riad.
The pictures can't do justice to the beauty of the place - it is a thing of beauty. It was awe inspiring to hear from the wonderful owners about their transformation of what was a below average building into something of exquisite handcrafted beauty. All the carvings, mosaics, plasterwork and other detail in the building are handmade in a tradition that probably won't exist in a decade. The attention to detail is breathtaking and it really is a feast for the eyes.
The breakfasts were delicious and extremely generous and tea/ fruit/ sweeties were always being offered to us every time we came in the building by the lovely Said. Said also took us on a very special trip to the Atlas mountains, where he seemed to know everyone en route (being a native of Ourika Valley) and was able to help us see fascinating aspects of mountain life that are not open to all tourists. We felt very privileged.
Alain and Laurence really made this trip special for us. Not only their endlessly charming and warm hospitality, but their never-tiring enthusiasm for the city and country. They generously shared all their local knowledge with us and this was better than any guide book. We got a huge amount out of our 5 day trip and are convinced we would not have had such a quality experience or such an enjoyable one without their insights and stories.
Would not hesitate to recommend this Riad to anyone - there cannot be a better place to experience Marrakech and we will definitely be back to stay in the future. Thank you for making it such a memorable holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad «Charme d'Orient» is situated in the heart of the beautiful Marrakech Kasbah quarter. You will be received in pure Arab-Andalusian style after its restoration in subtle harmony between tradition and comfort, and surrounded by a noble and charming atmosphere. It is especially well located close to the Saadian Tombs, the palaces of El Badi and La Bahia, and the famous Djeema El Fna Square. Therefore, the Riad has many appealing features to seduce you, and play its full charm on you! Laurence & Alain and all the staff are looking forward to welcoming you and sharing our enthousiasm with you, together with our friendly staff, any time of the year to make your stay unforgettable. ... more less
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