This review is long overdue. My friend and I traveled to Marrakesh for a girl’s birthday trip last July 2013. We found this riad via Trip Advisor and while there are plenty of options, we booked this one based on location and budget. We were extremely pleased and from arrival we were greeted and assisted in every way.
This was our first time in Marrakesh and our visit was during Ramadan. While we were two females traveling on our own, Alain & Laurence (the owners along with the awesome staff) took care of us and made us feel safe despite the challenges we faced from the local men as we explored during the day. We were extremely grateful to the owners ast the riad was closed due to renovation construction yet they honored our reservations and allowed us to stay. We had the whole riad to ourselves – it was amazing!!
We were given a double room on the second floor – gorgeous!! The room was spacious with a sitting area, bathroom with double sink and shower – we did not want to leave the riad! Considering it was so hot in July (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) it felt comfortable and every afternoon after sightseeing, we would take advantage of the courtyard pool to soak and cool down. One night we went to the roof top and took a nap while listening to the sounds of the medina. Breakfast was served every morning on the roof top and we could see the mosque as well as some storks fly around.
The location is inside the old medina close to one of its border walls. There are many alleys and one can get lost. Thankfully Laurence would meet with us every morning, draw us maps guiding us to where we wanted to go and provided us tips. She showed us a 5 min walking short cut to the Jemaa El Fna. She even booked tours to the Atlas Mountains, waterfalls, camel ride and our relaxing day at the spa – Les Bain de Marrakesh. A tip: while it’s fun to explore within the medina, we suggest taking a horse carriage ride which takes you to the new area with all the new luxurious hotels – quite a sight.
Overall, we loved our stay. Our hosts were charming and delightful. If and when we return, definitely staying here again. This is a top recommend in my book.
- 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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