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Riad de L'Orangeraie, Marrakesh: 455 reviews and 5 photos
We spent 4 nights in Marrakech and stayed at Riad L'Orangeraie, located in the Medina, just a minute or two walk from one of the entrances to the souqs, and around 5 minutes walk from Djemaa el-Fna.
The Riad will offer to arrange airport transfers for you - take them up on this offer as you will have trouble finding the hotel. You will be met at the airport by the driver, who will hold a sign saying 'Riad L'Orangeraie'. You will then be driven to within about 5 minutes walk from the Riad, at the edge of the Medina, and the driver will walk you to the Riad. There is no sign on the street, just a large wooden door with the number 61 on it.
Riad L'Orangeraie is a beautifully restored Riad, with just 7 rooms over 4 levels. The serene courtyard is split into two sections - one with a small plunge pool and the other with a small central pond covered in rose petals.
The Riad had a lounge area on the 2nd floor, where you can relax with a book or play one of the games that they have for guest use. There is also a roof top terrace which offers excellent views across the Medina, and is a great place to recline in the warmer months or enjoy a meal.
The Riad staff were very friendly and happy to help in anyway they could. Breakfast was served each morning by the pool - it was a delicious feast of freshly cooked Moroccan pancakes, crusty baguette with several jams to choose from, yoghurt, marble cake, freshly squeezed orange juice and tea or coffee.
Unique Qualities: Our room was called the Muscade suite, and it was located on the ground floor of the Riad. It had a huge wooden door which I was pretty impressed with....though not so impressed by the fact that there was no way to lock the door from the inside....
The suite wasn't huge, but there was a large bed and a couch, which could be made into another bed if required (and as I was travelling with my sister, we required the 2nd bed). The bathroom was very spacious, with twin sinks and a large shower (which unfortunately sprayed water all over the floor as the shower rose had a hole in it).
Riad's are designed to keep things cool during (the usually) hot weather, but as we were there in winter I did find it a bit cold at times in the courtyard and in our room. There was a small heater in our room which helped to warm things up after it had been turned on for a couple of hours.
Don't forget to pack your ear plugs - the Riad is located near to several mosques, and the calls to prayer at 4am may well disturb your sleep (even with the ear plugs!) - but then that is all part of the Morocco experience.
Address: 61, rue Sidi El Yamani, Mouassin, Marrakech Medina
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Located in the Mouassin region of the Medina, about 5 minutes walk from Djemaa el-Fna. Close to the Mouassine Fountain and one of the entries to the souqs
Phone: +212 (0)61 23 87 89
Price: US$180 and up
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