- Swimming Pool
- Spacious Roof Terrace
- Excellent management
- Cheerful decor
A constant high ranker on tripadvisor, this riad is in a prime location in the Mouassine district of Marrakech's medina; without doubt the best part of Marrakech to be located in. There are seven rooms in total; 3 suites and 4 standard rooms. Two of the suites can fit one extra bed, the third, the Coriander suite, can accommodate two extra beds for children. Larger families will want to take two rooms so they can spread out. Rooms are all colourful and individually decorated. The owners have chosen a spice theme for the rooms and they are warm and welcoming with traditional tadelakt bathrooms. The riad is laid out in a traditional format, with a central courtyard. Just off the courtyard is a small swimming pool, a rarity in Marrakech. It is small, but nonetheless a genuine pool for cooling off in, not just ornamental. Parents can feel relieved that their children can have a quick dip to cool off without worrying about disturbing the peace. Elsewhere in the riad, the roof terrace is large and has plenty of sun loungers, so you can have space from the other guests. On a clear day, the Atlas Mountains are visible from the terrace. Downstairs there is also a cosy lounge area with comfortable chairs and games and a Moroccan salon.
In the evenings, the riad transforms itself from a friendly guest house to a chic and tranquil oasis. The pool area and roof terrace are all lit up with candles and serve as dining areas. Later on in the evenings, the movie Casablanca is projected on to the crisp white walls.
It is a short walk to the main square from the riad and there are several excellent restaurants in the vicinity. Unlike many of our riads which are located at the end of long and winding derbs, L'Orangeraie is on a well-lit street and is easy to find. For extra peace of mind, you are given a mobile phone on arrival so you can call for help if you get lost in Marrakech's labyrinth like souks.
We love this unpretentious, yet boutique riad, but so do others; it books up well in advance, so it pays to get in early with this one.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
Wow, we had a brilliant time!! Not sure where to start…
Transport was great, very reassuring to have all that taken care of and all drivers were polite and helpful. Good to know in advance to have some dirham ready for tips.
Treking: Our guide Hassan, muleteer Centim and chef were great. We’d never been guided before and were a little worried about how it would all work out but Hassan went at a pace that worked for us, always made sure we knew where we were going and happy to answer questions but also to give us some space. Food was such a treat! Beautiful locations and we were thoroughly looked after.
Accommodation. Mountain lodge were brilliant. Very cold at night in Imlil so glad to have layers. Staff helpful, food plentiful and delicious. Ouirgane Eco Lodge was a real treat after the mountains. And the riad. Oh my goodness. We loved it! Breakfast on our own terrace, a pool to cool off in. So much space and so beautifully decorated. We couldn’t believe it was ours for the period of time and a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
The balance of the trek and city was great for us, kids saw all kinds of things in both places that really opened their eyes. Weather was very kind to us so it was an extra treat to have the sunshine.
It definitely felt like a real adventure and something that we’ll always remember as a family.
We had plenty of info from Tourdust and plenty of prompt replies as my queries popped up.
Kate A reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 26 April 2019
The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019