The riad is located on a narrow street and like everything else in the medina it is hard to find at first. We got a taxi from the train station (who tried to rip us off!). I recommend arranging taxi pick up/drop off with the riad. We were dropped off about 200m away from the hotel and bunch of little boys tried to get us to follow them to the riad. We eventually did follow one of them and quickly got to the riad.
It must be said that the arriving at medina in Marrakech was a bit overwhelming. We had stayed in the medinas of Fès and Meknes which were much calmer and people were more respectful of tourists. Plus the street leading to the hotel is full of butcher shops which does not provide a pretty picture. My mom immediately wanted to leave and find a hotel in the new part of the city, but after arriving at the Riad Lena and talking to Abdel she calmed down and began enjoying herself.
We had dinner twice at the hotel and I would really recommend it! Food was absolutely delicious and the dinner room on the terrace was beautifully decorated.
The room was also so pretty and breakfast was a feast.
What I liked most about this riad and what really sets it apart is their attention to detail. Lit candles around the swimming pool and on the stairs at night, high-quality and deliciously perfumed shampoo and soap available in the rooms, bathrobes, rose petals on the diner table... everything was carefully thought through to make the stay more pleasant.
Service was also amazing. The staff was so kind and helpful. We had a bread-making class with the cook (cooking classes are free if you have dinner there). They even make us breakfast at 6AM since we had an early departure.
The swimming pool was also a plus. It was wonderful to relax and cool down after walking around in the Marrakech heat!
I would absolutely recommend Riad Lena to anyone who would like to stay in the medina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Philippe and Celine welcome you to their house, ideally situated in the Medina near the DAR BACHA Palace and eight minutes from the markets and Place Jeema el Fna. The riad has been traditionally renovated with much thought given to your comfort. The riad consists of 10 air-conditioned bedrooms, furnished in pure Moroccan style. All rooms look on to the patio and the swimming pool permitting you to cool down after sunbathing on the terrace with views of the High Atlas mountains. A first class riad in the heart of the Medina and markets, with terraces, a swimming pool and easy car access.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Lena Hotel Marrakech