More about Riad de L'Orangeraie
Great location for exploring
The Riad de L'Orangeraie is a paradise of tranquillity compared to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Marrakech. As soon as the front door opens you are greeted by a beautiful garden and (unheated!) swimming pool. We had one of the suites off the garden and it was lovely, huge ceilings, a comfy bed and a lovely bathroom. It was slightly concerning not having a room key but this appears to be standard practice. The location is great, once you find your bearings the main square is only a 4 minute walk away. Yes, it is next to a mosque so the call to prayer is quite a shock the first time you hear it but this just adds to the experience and I imagine any of the Riads near the main square would be the same.
The roof terrace and shared lounge are lovely and it really does feel very secluded. The rooms we saw all looked lovely and although our suite was nice I am not sure it would be necessary to pay additional money for this over a standard room.
Once you arrive in Marrakech do not be put off by the walk down to the Riad, the taxi takes you to the top end of the square, you bags are then put in a barrow and you walk for about 10 minutes to get to the door. It is all a bit daunting at first but you soon get used to it and enjoy the way of life.
The communication before we arrived was excellent, the only downside is that we didn't get to meet Cyril once we were there and there was some difficulties with the language once we arrived. However the staff are all really friendly and this was easily overcome with gestures!
Marrakech is an amazing place, if it is your first time there I would strongly recommend having a guide on your first day as it enables you to see parts you may never find or have the confidence to go to. We used the guide from the Riad who was great, although he appeared to be on commission as we did end up in a couple of carpet and lamp shops! There are official guides available from the main square which may be better.
I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay in Marrakech, although I am not sure how it compares with other Riads, it is quite pricey, but for us it was worth it.
An oasis of calm
We stayed at the Riad for four nights in mid March having booked with i-escapes. We paid 170 euros per night and were requested to pay in cash (euros) on our final day. My first piece of advice is to order the taxi transfer from the airport as once you enter into the Medina then even the best map in the world would have limited success. If it is your first visit then don't be put off by the small passageways and souks as these all add to the magic of Marrakech.
The Riad is situated on Rue Sidi el Yamami, quite near the Mouassine Mosque. As per previous correspondents noted you will be reminded throughout the day of its existence, with first call at 5.10am. On the Friday morning other mosques started the prayer call at 3am with the Mouassine joining in later. The 'Rue' looks quite substantial on the map but at its best is maybe two cars width. Cars, mopeds, donkeys, carts, horses, dumper trucks will all pass you by before you reach the wooden door of the Riad, number 61.
Once inside the atmosphere changes from hussle and bussle to one of calm with our suite, the Muscade, opening onto the patio and garden with a view of the ice cold plunge pool. The Riad staff were very friendly and a few words of French will most certainly help. The staff are usually found in the kitchen at the bottom of the far stair case. We had a tour of the Riad and room. The Muscade was very spacious with a small wardrobe area behind the bed. As it was quite cool at night we had to request an extra blanket which was provided and there was an electric radiator in the room. The room contained a small sofa and table and a very spacious bathroom with the 'mother' of all baths. The downside being it took forever to fill. There was a hand held shower and his n hers sinks with a small selection of soaps, shampoo's. The towels lacked a little softness and appeared 'old' and well used. There was no hair dryer provided in the room.
We ate breakfasts on the roof top and they consisted of coffee, tea, juice, crepes, bread & jams and cake. It was a good start to the day. There are a small number of well used whicker sun loungers on the roof and at times used breakfast and other dishes were left out for the day, which didn't reflect well. Our relatives who travelled with us who have visited the Riad on a number of occaisions had noticed that standards had slipped.
On saying that the Riad is a wonderful place in a truly amazing city. The square El Fna is a must to visit and you are five minutes away. The numerous traders will always want your attention but a polite 'Non Merci' usually worked. We used four restaurants during our stay and found the Tobsil & Dar Moha to be the best. Both are within walking distance of the Riad and easy to find. £40 a head for a set menu (drinks included) is not cheap but service was 'par excellence'. The El Fassia is a womans cooperative restaurant and reasonable priced. Just og Mhmmed V Blvd in Gueliz - 5 mins or 200 Dhms in a taxi. Cafe Arabe, again a two minute walk from the Riad, was just average and mid priced.
As I cannot compare with any other Riads, it is difficult to gauge the rating but if I was going to travel to Marrakech I would certainly consider the Riad. I would also recommend it to others as I saw numerous hotels that I wouldn't.
Great time and the riad
We have just returned from marrakesh and stayed in this riad. The riad is gorgeous, tranquil and placed perfectly close to the square and all local attractions. The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for us and the meal they cooked for us the first night was delicious. Great roof garden for chilling with a lovely bottle of wine.
we spent three wonderful nights and days in this riad...the ambiance, hospitality and the meals were wonderful!!! from the moment we walked into this oasis we felt completely welcome...from the breakfasts on the terrace to delicious dinners by the fire on a table scattered with rose petals, this was a wonderful oasis in the bustle of the medina...definately recommend getting the transfer from the airport as even the taxi drivers cannot find many riads and definately recommend the riad dinners...they were the best we had...
Fabulous Riad in the Medina
The Riad D'Orangerie was perfect for us, right in the centre of Marrakesch but a haven from all the chaos. The Manager, Cyril, was so helpful and we couldn't have managed without him. Our room was comfy and spotless clean with lovely simple decor and a dramatic staircase up to our en suite!
Our only regret was that the weather was too poor to venture up in to the Atlas Mountains - next time hopefully!
A little oasis in the midst of bedlam
Our stay in the Riad L'Orangeraie was split in two. Our first night was in the Coriandre suite after which we debunked to the Atlas Mountains for 4 nights returning to the Muscade Suite for the last two nights of our Moroccan experience.
The place is a gem. Bearing in mind the noise and chaos of Marrakech and the regular calls to prayer, the rooms were relatively quiet, although some may find them dark as the only windows open our onto the courtyards.
The courtyards were charming, although we didn't make use of the pool in the smaller of the two, it would be most I welcome, we feel, after a hot day in the souks.
We chose to eat dinner at the Riad on our first night, as we didn't arrive until around 6pm, and it was delicious. Wonderful salads, followed by a chicken tagine and a tasty dessert all washed down by local beer and wine. It should be born in mind that many of the hotels and guests houses do not sell alcohol in Morocco so finding one that did was a real bonus!
We made full use of the roof terrace on numerous occasions, for breakfast, dinner and just to chill out.
When we returned we took Cyril's advice on a restaurant in the big square, but the food didn't measure up to the L'Orangerie so we decided to eat in again on our last night and it didn't disappoint; it was absolutely delicious - by far and away the best food we had during our entire stay in the country.
The staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient and made the whole Marrakech experience enjoyable.
I would recommend this little oasis to anyone visiting the fascinating, surprising and chaotic city of Marrakech.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riad de L'Orangeraie- it was an oasis of calm from the heat, hustle and bustle of the souk. The rooms were spacious, extremely well presented and spotlessly clean, only thing lackign was a full lenght mirror but that was a minor detail.
We were welcomed and made to feel at home and the staff and Cyril the manager were very helpful.
There was one disappointment, following the good reports of the food in previous guest comments, we had an very high expectations. However, whilst there was nothing wrong with the food (and the presentation of the table etc was lovely) it was certainly not worth the €22 per head and the service was extremely slow.
However, that aside I would not hesitate to recommend this lovely riad and we will definately by staying there again.
The riad was fabolouso! The staff were tremendously friendly and welcoming, the food was great...i loved everything about the place and intend on going back to stay in l'orangeraie again!
Loved it..Loved it...Loved it. Magnificient Riad in the heart of the medina
I stayed at L'orangerie for only two nights, eventhough the stay was brief, it was truly magnificient. I wish I could have stayed longer and am planning to do so in the not too distant future! I recommend this fine establishment to anyone and everyone.The location is superb ( you can walk to the 'square' and the souks!) The staff makes you feel at home-- and talk about the fabulous food! This riad is beautiful, charming and calming. ( after a long day walking through the medina you will not want to leave) The attention to details make it an experience ( look up near the pool and see a wall light clock or in the patio garden for the two small resident turtles!)
Kudos to Cyril and the staff !! **applause**. They helped plan the trip. Everything from hiring a guide for the day to eating suggestions.