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“Amazing stay at Riad L'Orangerie”
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Riad l'Orangeraie
Ranked #1 of 1,133 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
West Sussex
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing stay at Riad L'Orangerie”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

We unexpectadly stayed at this Riad, after we arrived in Marrakesh to find our original hotel booked in October had double booked us in favour of a large party who wanted to hire the whole hotel. (see review on Palais Soltan). We had to find accomodation for a 3 night stay.

We contacted Riad L'Orangerie using details from the Lonely Planet guide to Marrakesh, not knowing anything about it, or having seen any photos.

The lady who answered the phone did not speak English, but she understood why I was ringing and gave me a number for reservations. I am guessing that I spoke with the owner. I explained the situation, and he said he had 2 rooms left for that same day, and we could choose whichever we liked. He asked if we wanted dinner that night and gave me directions on how to get there.

By the time we arrived I was upset at the situation with the other hotel (having booked the trip as a present for my husbands birthday), and we were both hot and tired. However, stepping through the small door into the oasis of calm was amazing.

They were expecting us and showed us quickly to the rooms, which were both overlooking the pool area. They were both clean, with character and traditional features, a good shower, comfy bed and electric heater. We chose one and settled in. When we came downstairs to give our passports there was mint tea waiting for us.

The housekeepers did not speak much English, and we very little French, but we managed to get by, and they were lovely!

Dinner was amazing - very freshly cooked, and our table was laid out with rose petals. We could choose where to have dinner - in the Salon/Lounge, on the terrace or by the pool/main courtyard. We ate there every night.

The Riad is calm, clean and full of character. There were no TV's in either room we saw or in the lounge/Salon area, which added to the calm relaxing feel to the place. Hearing the housekeepers talking and cooking etc gave the place a homely feel.

The location was ideal, being in the Medina and 5 minutes walk from the main square. Once inside the Riad you would never know how central you were.

There is a speaker calling people to prayer just outside, but once you get used to the times it becomes no bother and adds to the overall character of the city.

We did not use the pool, which is really just a place for a refreshing dip in summer, but it looked clean. The roof terrace is beautiful with great views of the Atlas mountains.

The staff are very hospitable, and if they knew you were relaxing on the roof terrace they would bring up mint tea without us asking (which never cost us anything). They served breakfast whenever you came down (which was about 9.30-10am for us!) and again you could choose where to take it.

They arranged an airport transfer for us when we left.

As a reference, the hotel does not take cards, we paid in local currency for our stay, but would take Euros if we stay there again (which we are planning too). We will also try and learn more french..

Definatley the place to stay to experience great service, a relaxing atmosphere, and great location.

  • Liked — Hospitality, Cleanliness, Location, Food
  • Disliked — Clutching at straws..no TV in room
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2008

The Riad de L'Orangeraie is one of the many high quality Riads in Marrakech. It stands out for its soothing, simple understated design. Service is very friendly, some speak english. Room price a bit on the high end but that's the standard nowadays in a city flocked with tourists. Location is very good and accessible in the heart of the Medina near the antique shops in the Souk.
Of course the place would be ideal to rent entirely and have the staff cook only for you. There is a sense of luxury here but you need to splash out more cash to actually make it happen.

  • Liked — the design
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 20, 2007

We spent 4 nights at Riad L'Orangeriaie in November this year. This small seven bedroom hotel is a great haven of tranquillity set inside the walls of old Marrakech. After the hustle and bustle of the souks and main square, which are literarily a few steps away, you step into this oasis of calm and elegance. The guest rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Cyril, the manager and his staff are extremely attentive and cannot do enough to ensure the comfort of your stay. The food the chef prepared for us on the first night of our arrival was the best we tasted during our stay.
I would certainly recommend this as an excellent base from which to enjoy the delights of Marrakech.

  • Liked — The friendly and helpful staff
  • Disliked — The small pool which was difficult for less abled bodies to get in or out of.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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1 Thank IsabelKent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 26, 2007

I stayed at Riad l’Orangeraie two times; the first one in August last year and the second time at the beginning of November and both stays were delightful. I came to Marrakech primarily to play golf and Cyril (the manager of the Riad) booked tee times for me and organised transfers to the three different courses where I played (I particularly recommend the ‘Royal’ course which has magnificent grounds). Riad l’Orangeraie has their own chauffeur which made things easier for traveling to the clubs and for excursions outside the city as well. The location of the place is really central; just 5 minutes walk from the main square of the city. The rooms (I stayed in two different rooms, one each visit) were lovely, very plush and the small pool in the patio of the Riad was wonderful after a hot day at golf. The meals (breakfast included, lunch and dinner upon request), were all Moroccan dishes and all marvelously fresh and sumptuous, prepared from food purchased at the market on the day. The staff is excellent and will do anything to make your stay perfect. I would definitely stay here again!!

  • Liked — Food, Location, Staff, Pool
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 15, 2007

We spent four nights with my fiancée at Riad l'Orangeraie at the beginning of November and our stay was absolutely fantastic, calm and relaxing. After the hustle and bustle of the streets and markets we returned to a truly stylish and relaxing oasis. We slept two nights in a suit and two other nights in a room, both were very well appointed and nicely decorated with a special mention for the beds which were very comfortable. Breakfast was available at what ever time you woke up, which was quite late for us. It was served on the roof terrace and that was a great start for the day. The staff were extremely warm and helpful. The location can't be beaten as you are literally steps away from the centre of the action, around three hundred yards from the main square. It’s not always easy to choose among the myriad of choice on the internet but the would highly recommend Riad l'Orangeraie.

  • Liked — Location and staff
  • Disliked — Was all great
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank ps40
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2007

enjoyed three incredible nights at this riad. The location is perfect,
steps away from the souks and the heart of Marrakech. Large, well appointed rooms (big shower heads!), pool, lounges and friendly always
happy staff. Cyril in France handles your inquiry and reservation with
friendly super efficiency and Cyril the onsite manager at the Riad organizes everything you need in Marrakech & Morocco, right down to walking you through the souks to your restaurant reservation. But with
Nadia in the kitchen, you should never go out for a meal (well go out for one at Le Tobsil) - her cooking produces food to die for!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank NelsonBridges
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antibes
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2007

My husband and I lived in Marrakech 20 years ago, and always kept a special memory about these old days. At that time very few people use to rent riads as private houses in the heart of the Medina, prefering new built villas outside town, or expats' condos.
This was not as fashionable as it is now to live in a riad, and the comfort was vey basic, especially in winter, but the Morrocan atmosphere was so genuine in our little riad, that we wouldn't have exchanged it for anything else !
Ever since, we've always been looking for this special atmosphere, and tried many guests houses and Riads.
It was nice but there was always something missing, until we discovered THE perfect place for us : Riad de l'Orangeraie.

This place is a subtle combination of modern comfort, refined decoration, and a vivid feeling of being where you are : in a North African city, with a different culture, different language, architecture, food and influences.

We found in this house a strong recollection of our past life in Marrakech and what a pleasure !
Appart from that, we were treated with extreme care and attention by the staff and especially the owner, Cyril, who was present during our stay. We highly appreciated his advises on the "new places" to go to, and had the feeling that he perfectly understood our desires and expectations.

We had diner once in the Riad, and it was absolutely delicious, freshly prepared by the lovely Morrocan staff in the house's kitchen. We were very lucky with the weather as well, and took all our breakfast and tea breaks on the roof terrace, chating with Cyril about life here, and spent fabulous time simply enjoying.

Eventually, we found OUR house in Marrakech. For the first time since we left this country, we felt at home and this was priceless. We already booked our favorite suite for April 2008 !
So, if you want to feel the real taste of Morroco, try this fantastic and intimate house, you won't regret it !

  • Liked — athmosphere, charm, location
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad l'Orangeraie
Address: 61 rue Sidi Yamani | Medina, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1,133 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Restored to its previous grandeur by a passionate team, this ancient Marrakech residence has been transformed into a Riad with a delightful ambiance. The seven spicy bedrooms, warm and colourful like their name, open onto two patios. The garden patio, where you can enjoy the flowers and aromatic plants while the fountain trickles in the background and the pool patio, an invitation to the art of relaxation, beside the sky blue mosaic pool. ... more   less 
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Riad De l`Orangeraie Hotel Marrakech

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