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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
... sitting. He double checked again, making sure he understood what I wanted: tea in the teapot, ice in the glasses. Oui. I really think he had no idea what we were doing.
Once the black tea had steeped, I slowly poured it over the ice. Voila! Iced tea. So happy. Of course, we only had enough ice for one glass, but by the time we drank that, the rest of the tea in the pot had cooled down considerably (and so had we), so it all worked out very well. The salads were amazing too.
... was beautiful, but even better was the amazing floral scent coming from the flowering trees. Hunter had a Berber tagine, and I had a chicken tangia. We also had Moroccan pastries and mint tea for dessert. It was all quite delicious with beautiful surroundings.
Tonight is the last night of Ramadan here in Morocco. It is one reason why we are going on our day trip tomorrow (everything will be closed for Eid).
For all my Muslim friends: Eid Mubarak!
... but inside everything was nicely decorated and clean.
- Arrived at hotel – amazing view of the Sahara desert sand dunes. We definitely felt as though we were in the middle of nowhere. On the drive the desert went from black rock to golden sand.
- We got our turban scarves for the desert and Youssef showed us how to wrap them on our heads securely.
- Outside of Merzouga, there is the Gnaoua ...
... city with poor and rich sections and almost no middle class. We are staying at the Marrakech Meridian Hotel for 2 nights. 5 star accommodation - tough but someone has the keep the economy going. DINNER Dinner was at the Marrakech Medina. We went through the market (see photos) before heading into the restaurant for a 4 course dinner. Trafalgar are certainly feeding us well. I can see lots of long step into life sessions coming ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad L'Orangeraie Marrakech
Excellent Riad at reasonable price
I've just returned from a 6 night stay at Riad L'Orangeraie and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for quality Riad accomodation in the the Medina at a sensible price.
The location is pretty much unbeatable right on the edge of the Souk and a very short walk - maybe a couple of minutes - from Jemaa El Fna/Koutoubia. As a bonus, and unlike a lot of other riads, it is accessible by car which is very handy when you're getting a cab to the airport at 5:00am and can't face hauling your bags through the streets.
Booking via e-mail/website was straightforward and from the extremely helpful e-mails you get back(re: transfers, dinner for the first night etc.) it is immediately apparently you are going to be well looked after.
The rooms and courtyards are all very pretty and appealing, if possibly not quite as elaborate as some of the very expensive Riads. We stayed in the Nutmeg room which was fantastic - wonderful colours, stone bathroom and huge high ceilings (I recall there are individual pictures of all the rooms on their website so you can choose your favourite).
The roof terrace is lovely. It's a great place to enjoy your breakfast in particular, and seems to be slightly higher up than most other terraces with fantastic panoramic views over the city and mountains. It is amazing how peaceful and relaxing the Riad can be despite being so close to the bustle of the heart of the medina.
The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout and gave us useful recommendations on sights, restaurants (as well as making reservations for us-which seem to be essential for many places in March), advice on shopping/bartering and day trips, as well as getting up on the crack of dawn on our last day to see us off.
In particular Cyril was very helpful in helping us arrange a day trip to nr. Kasbah Toubkal and chartering a taxi for the day (I would very strongly recommend at least a day trip to the mountains for anyone going to Marrakech - the scenery and trekking is excellent).
We also ate there on the first night and the food was of a very high standard, comparing well with fairly expensive restaurants like Le Marrakchi/Le Tobsil (albeit - as is the standard when eating Moroccan - it comes in almost stomach bursting quantities!). The menu is the standard prix fixe but you can probably expect a huge basket of crusty bread, Moroccan salad, Tajine/Couscous, and a fruit dessert (for the latter we had fresh oranges dusted with cinnamon which was delicious).
Breakfast consists of tea/coffee with a basket of bread, pancakes, potato cakes, madeira cake, and a range of tasty jams/preserves - extremely pleasant but after 5 days you probably have had enough bread for a lifetime (it comes in huge quantities with virtually every meal you have in Morocco)!
We also had Moroccan rose and red wine from the Riad the during our stay, which were both reasonable (although the red was the best - the same wine as is the standard house wine in most of the better restaurants) and handy to have available given there are v.few bars in the medina.
Do,nt look any further just book it.An oasis.Perfect location .Great staff. Excellent food .Comfortable and tastefully furnished.My tip would be to save at least one evening to stay and relax and have dinner at the Riad.Also take Cyrils restaurant recommendations(and directions !!)Fondouk is excellent.
A truly wonderful and tranquil place in the heart of the Medina
From the moment we were met at the airport by the arranged taxi driver, to the moment we were taken back, we entered a new world with our every need catered for.
Booking via e-mail had been easy, and Laurent (one of the Brother's who own the place)answered all of our questions and made the whole process very simple.
The Riad itself is an oasis of calm in the heart of the Medina, with one on the Souks (Dyers) within metres of the front door. The room was first class, the salon where we ate in front of a log fire on the first night was beautiful, and the pool looked lovely. The roof terrace where we had a late breakfast each morning, at anytime you like,and a glass or two of the surprisngly good Moroccan Rose each afternoon as the sun went down was wonderful with views over the Medina towards the Atlas Mountains.
However the best feature of this Riad was the ever helpful and friendly staff, led by Frenchman Cyril and supported by five delightful Moroccan ladies.
The food is excellent, the service efficient (including making restaurant bookings), and nothing was too much trouble.
The location is excellent and it was easy to walk to Djemma el Fna, the souks (practise your bargaining before you go!), and some local restaurants (Cafe Arabe is good especially for lunch)and other restaurants including Dar Moha (great food and atmosphere) and Yacout (amazing place- the Arabian Nights come to life) can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes but do get the Rough Guide map before you go or get a taxi !
The Majorelle gardens are well worth visiting and the whole of Marrakech was like a different, exotic world, with the Medina taking you back through time (until the mobile phones start).
I cannot speak highly enough of the Riad and especially the staff and they truly made our visit something special.
Would we go back ? We are about to book for next year !
A fantastic place to stay in the heart of Marrakech
We have just returned from 5 nights at the Riad L'Orangeraie which we booked after reading the reviews on this website, and I can only concur with everthing that has been written about it.
We booked a basic standard, which was excellent The rooms are comfortable, with lovely bathrooms and lashings of hot water.
The Riad itself is a real oasis of calm and tranquility. It is built around 2 courtyards (I believe a riad is a courtyard), one with greenery, the other with a fabulous plunge pool. There are a couple of seating areas if you need to escape the sun (or the rain in our case for one afternoon), plus a roof terrace where we were able to sit out in the sun.
A delicious breakfast is included in the price, and you can choose where to eat it - the helpful staff will bring it anywhere in the Riad. We always ate it up on the roof terrace, and it was a perfect start to the day. You can also have dinner at the Riad if you book in advance (all the food is freshly prepared), which we did for our first night. The food was excellent - salads, a chicken tagine, cous cous and orange & dates salad. There is also wine or beer at a very reasonable price. Sometimes we would sit having a beer before going out to dinner, torturing ourselves with the delicious smells from the kitchen.
The staff were great, and very helpful. The frechman (also called Cyril) who runs it on a day to day basis even got up at 7am to check our taxi had arrived to take us back to the airport.
The other great thing about the Riad is location location location. It is on the edge of the souks and only a short walk from the Djemaa el Fnaa square. We really ejoyed our experiences in the souks, and came home laden with gifts, tagines etc. Other reviews have referred to constant hassling - it's true that many people will invite you to visit their shop. We found that a polite "Non merci" and a smile did the trick. You will get lost, and when you stop to look at a map, be prepared for people to offer to show you the way. A smattering of french certainly helped. Don't be afraid to barter, it's expected and part of the fun.
We would definitely stay here again.
Beautiful. Tranquil Riad in the heart of the Souks
Myself and two of my friends, just recently stayed in this Riad, which in first impressions seems to be in the middle of knowhere, however it is actually in the heart of the souks. The people in the Riad are friendly and more than willing to provide for everything you want. It is such a beautiful place and so peaceful, a real escape from the bussling souks. The splash pool is enough and views from the roof terrace are stunning. Hospitible, Friendly, beautiful and a real escape in Marrakesh.
An excellent riad in a fantastic location
North african city oasis
Have just returned from a week in Marrakech with my wife and 2 kids (12+10) We booked L'Orangerie after recommendations from tripadvisor reviewers and have yet again had a brilliant holiday. The owners Laurent and Cyril, brothers based in Monaco were great, responding to my enquiries quickly, arranging airport transport and our first night at a smaller nearby Riad Zahoun - as they were fully booked.
Riad L'Orangerie is an oasis of calm and style in central Marrakech. It is 3-4 minutes walk from the Jema el Fna - the central square, behind an anonymous brass-studded wooden door. Outside there are all the vendors, beggars, donkeys, snake charmers and acrobats you would expect from basic North Africa, behind the door - 2 charming courtyards, one with trees (and 3 tortoises!), the other with a small cool swimming pool. Off these yards on 2 levels are 7 delightful rooms. I can recommend our main room Paprika as it gets the sun during the colder months. It had a huge comfortable bed and nice sitting area. The bathroom was large hamam style room with constant hot water and a powerful shower.
The place is run by a young Frenchman and several young Moroccan women, who keep the whole place spotless. The rooms are cleaned everyday, they serve a mixed French Moroccan breakfast whenever you are ready, either by the pool, in the sitting area or on the beautiful roof terrace. They will also provide a freshly cooked meal with beer and wine each evening if you want it. Perfect for those worried about eating out, though a little expensive for us to use every evening.
For the more adventurous there are myriad local restaurants and patisseries, culminating in the ultimate risk - the food stalls which set up each night on the Jema el Fna. We ate freshly fried fish and bread on 2 nights and were absolutely fine.
Riad L'Orangeraie in March
Riad L'Orangeraie, Marrakech, March 2005
We have just returned from a trip to the Riad L'Orangeraie, Marrakech. The staff were most helpful, especially Asnee the housekeeper, who did her utmost to help with the non arrival of a suitcase. The rooms are simply decorated, but stylish. I should imagine during the summer months it would be a fabulous Riad to stay in. The view of the Atlas Mountains from the roof top terrace was amazing. We had cool but dry weather, you needed to wear casual, but warm clothes, especially if you wanted to go on an excursion to the Atlas Mountains. The Riad is on the edge of a maze of souks, if you enjoy shopping you wont be disappointed. However, we found that we were hassled in the souks, and you really needed to be good at bartering, and hassled in the square by beggers.
It would be useful to have a compass to help you find your way around the souks. Also, we found that a knowledge of French would have helped a great deal. We felt safe and treated warmly by the local people.
If you want to stay in a traditional guest house, with warm, friendly staff, I would recommend you stay at the Riad L'Orangeraie. Great if you were with a group of friends staying there together. It has about 5 or more rooms, a small sitting area, a great roof top terrace, and a plunge pool. You can view the rooms and other areas on the internet, via their web site. A lovely little place to stay.
Great value for money
A lovely place in the old part of Marrakesh with great atmosphere. Very stylish interior design, friendly staff and big rooms. No need to go for the suites, the standard rooms are very large and stylish as well. If you plan to stay for dinner, reserve 24 hours in advance. Very close to the souks (markets). It's hard to reach by taxi, so plan in some walking. One of the best value for money riads in Marrakesh!
Great and friendly staff
We recently spent four nights at the Riad de L'Orangarie and the comfort and enjoyment of our visit to the city was greatly enhanced by the riad's friendly staff. Set just on the edge of the souk, the riad is laid out with a lovely and in these cool nights, cozy dinning room, with a nice warm fireplace. We enjoyed two dinners during our stay, which were excellent and much more reasonable than some of the places that seem to cater to large groups. It is also much more romantic.
Our room was comfortable, quiet and well laid out. We enjoyed all of our breakfasts on the roof patio, where we also spent a fair amount of time relaxing. While the pool was on the cool side and the hamman is smaller than most. It was the staff, that made our stay the most comfortable and relaxing we have had in Morrocco.
From breakfast to dinner and all during the day, the four women that are there are always willing to help or provide you with refreshment or food. They truly make you feel welcome. I highly recommend it.