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Riad l'Orangeraie Marrakech Reviews
Upscale, well kept medina riad - Great location Nov 04, 2010
A tasteful, elegant riad (7 bedroom guesthouse) located 5 minutes walk, north-east of the famous Djemaa el Fna. It's very easy to find again, once you've been shown the way. It's on a major alleyway (for lack of a better term) in the Mouassine district of the medina.
From the street outside, it just looks like another non-descript wooden door set in a dusty, pinkish wall. Walking in, however, is a step into another vibe all together. There are 2 open-air courtyards with tropical trees; one with a small plunge pool, the other with a water feature. Very quiet and peaceful everywhere inside (though it is very close to a mosque, and the regular calls-to-prayer are quite loud. They definitely remind you that you are in a Muslim country). Mint tea was served on arrival, of course.
The design and decor are very lush but low key. Well decorated in subtle but very Moroccan tones. The entire riad was very clean. The lighting throughout is very local and atmospheric.
I stayed in the Paprika Suite, which was 170EU/night incl breakfast. A little steep, but you do get what you pay for here. The room was a good size. The bed was very comfortable. The shower was finished in a bright red tadelakt (smooth plaster) with bright gold sink and fixtures. As with other riads in the medina, water temperature was hit-or-miss in the shower. No TV in this suite, but there is one in the salon/library on the 2nd floor.
The roof terrace has loungers, tables & chairs, parisoles and a covered-over lounging/sofa area.
The service delivered from the entire staff, including the owner Cyril, was top-notch and genuine. They made the guests all feel very welcome and looked after. Dinner and breakfasts were very good. Meals can be taken by the pool, in either courtyard, the dining room, or on the large rooftop terrace.
Riad l'Orangeraie is very highly rated on other sites and by popular guide books for Marrakech accommodations. It deserves the attention it gets. The only real down-side is the price, but like I said, sometimes you get what you pay for. (This is one of those times). I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for an intimate, romantic riad, with great service and a good location, between 130 & 170EU/night.
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