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“Overpriced and disappointing but lovely staff” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Oliveraie de Marigha

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L'Oliveraie de Marigha
Ranked #2 of 9 Ouirgane B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Overpriced and disappointing but lovely staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We originally booked to stay for three nights based on trip advisor reviews, but only ended up staying one,as this place did not meet our expectations. Reality and previous reviews did not match, which causes me to question their nature. Good points, the staff where EXTREEMLY friendly and helpful throughout our stay and we are so grateful they let us leave early when we had originally booked for 3 nights so this is a credit to them. But unfortunately this was the only plus point to our stay here. Firstly, the food was ridiculously overpriced and of a very poor standard (I must point out I don't have particularly high standards). Our meal was basic and most certainly microwaved ( mine was cheesy pasta with peas and carrots which was reminiscent of a children's meal), my husbands was microwaved chicken and frozen fries. This was our wedding anniversary meal and was HUGELY disappointing. I'm at a loss as to why previous reviews raved about the food when it lacked so much? The most recent rough guide also describes the resturant as being 'award winning' and I will be sending them an email as to the current menu and standard provided as this was another reason we chose this place. The bungalows themselves tried hard to be stylish but were shabbily built and quite a treck through winding, uphill paths which were overgrown and poorly lit. Although a member of staff did escort us to our bungalow with a torch after our meal which was appreciated. Getting back to the bungalows, the bathroom door didn't shut properly and the main door didn't either and would only stay closed when you locked it. This and the fact that there was a gaping hole between the door and the floor added to the poorly built feel and also meant that our room was crawling with ants and spiders (I know we were in the mountains but I don't expect to find two spiders in my bed as I am about to get in!). For me it was glaringly obvious that the resturant and pool where the original business and the bungalows were added as an afterthought, and this really shows. Nobody checked us in, no welcome drink and nobody told us when or where breakfast was which just seems odd and highlights the amateurish feel of the place. Breakfast itself was disappointing again although served with a lovely smile but unfortunately when you are charging over £75 pound a night a breakfast of a yogurt pot and croissants and jam just isn't acceptable. Furthermore the pool didn't not seem clean and the pool furniture was genuinely unusable (rusting frames and torn padding). To sum up this place is missing the mark hugely and is aiming for style but has no substance which is a genuine shame as the staff where LOVELY. This is a rare negative review for me but this place does not match previous reviews and we were glad to leave.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

We spent a fantastic, relaxing three days here before going on to Marrakech and Essaouira. Would definitely recommend it! The stunning pool, gardens and accommodation all exceeded our expectations, and the service and food were both fantastic.

It was a wonderful start to our holiday, and an ideal place to charge up the batteries before we went into Marrakech. Our first hour was simply spent by wandering round saying 'wow'! We then spent the rest of our stay enjoying the pool, surroundings, and our first (& delicious) tagines, accompanied by traditionally made Moroccan bread.

The only thing I can think of that would improve this place is a snack menu for residents, as the menus on offer at lunch and dinner were very filling, especially by day three! However the staff were always happy to let us share the main meals.

The best evening meal by far was when they used the beautiful outside dining area, which was followed by a nightcap on the terrace of our bungalow... Perfect!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Lisa W
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This hotel is a great place to relax, it has an idyllic setting with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. The pool is also very inviting. Meals are normally served at the side of the pool at lunchtime and in the restaurant in the evening. The food is delicious and other diners often arrive to sample the food and maybe have a swim. We stayed here for five nights, we were the only guests for the first three. The manager arranged for his staff the serve us on the terrace of our bungalow for the first two nights and on the third night he drove us to an Auberge nearby and waited for us (food also excellent). We found the staff very helpful, friendly and always willing to advise on the surrounding area. A wonderful place to stay, hope to return in the near future.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rocker1066
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Woking, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a wonderful place to stay for a family - very easy place to stay, amazing service and a heated outdoor pool (one of three pools) which the children loved. The views are stunning, food wonderful and there is plenty to do at the hotel (despite its small size) eg mini golf, table tennis, board games etc. The owner went out of his way to suggest walks and even drove us half the way when the childen moaned it was too far! Also recommended is hiring a guide and horses / mules to trek the surrounding hills, visiting villages and taking lunch and tea with the locals - again all organised by the hotel. A final point - this is of the few hotels at which I have stayed that I would consider to be good value in terms of the extras (meals drinks etc), particularly appreciated was the excellent children's menu and the complimentary suncream when we ran out! Thanks and we would love to return!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Helen W
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

L'Oliveraie is an idyllic hotel set in the spectacular backdrop of the snow capped Atlas Mountains. Each room is a little Moroccan style "house" each with a patio with a lovely view of the gardens and the surrounding countryside. They are tastefully decorated in earth colours, heated and the duvets on the beds are luxurious - warm and cosy and kept the evening chill at bay! All the staff are charming and really helpful - the manager is very "hands on" and makes a point of talking to guests at breakfast and dinner. He will happily arrange tours in the surrounding countryside which is glorious. Meals in the restaurant are delicious (nice log fire too!). I don't eat meat and although there wasn't always a vegetarian choice on the menu , the staff were happy to prepare something especially for me. A wonderful place to stay for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chris O
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Dorset, England
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Wonderful stay here in the Atlans Mountains. Peaceful and tranquil with swimming pools suitable for everyone. The bungalows are all set around the olive grove, very clean and extremely comfortable. Restful just sitting outside the bungalow reading and enjoying the views of the Atlans Mountains. Can get cold at nights but the THICK quilts are very comfortable and warm. The staff are wonderful happy people nothing is too much effort for them. The food in the restaurant was always very hot with a good choice each evening. We have to recommend Frederic the Manager who, when our taxi failed to pick us up on our return to the airport, arranged another taxi for us at once. Certainly somewhere we would consider if we visited Morocco again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gillian W
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

L'Oliveraie de Marigha is Paradise! When my husband, my son and I arrived in Marigha we were greeted by Gaetan the host. Over a drink he attended to our luggage and room without us lifting a finger. The grounds and pools were perfect and very tranquil. Our bungalow was so very comfortable. Everything was perfect! All the staff were very friendly and helpful and Gaeton booked us a donkey ride up the Atlas Mountains to a Berber village with lunch with a Berber family. After 10 days in Morocco this oasis was a wonderful ending to our trip.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GregorieL
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Property: L'Oliveraie de Marigha
Address: Km 58, Route de Taroudant, Ouirgane 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Ouirgane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ouirgane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — L'Oliveraie de Marigha 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'oliveraie de Marigha located in the countryside, 60 km south of Marrakesh.The hotel restaurant serves traditional cuisine, which can be enjoyed in the Marigha’s dining room of outdoors. There is also a helipad at the hotel for VIP access.Guests of L'oliveraie De Marigha can enjoy hiking in the countryside around the hotel and enjoy trips into the Atlas Mountains and Toubkal National Park. ... more   less 
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