Riad L'Orangeraie

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £123 per night

An oasis in the heart of the Medina with arty rooms, an inviting pool and delectable food
At first, it was a love of golf that made brothers Laurent and Cyril Bernard occasional visitors to Marrakech, but it wasn’t long before a love of Moroccan style made them permanent fixtures. So, fortified with a family inheritance plus a sense of sophistication only hip young Frenchmen seem to possess, the Bernard brothers bought a neglected riad from Marrakech’s influential Tigani family and transformed it into the elegant Riad L’Orangeraie.

Situated in the Mouassine district of the old Medina, a 5-minute stroll from the vibrant Djemaa El Fna, the words ‘prime location’ and L’Orangeraie are inseparable. But it’s not just a pretty face in the right place. Inside, this harmonious 7-room townhouse wraps itself gracefully around 2 expansive patios - one with fountains and aromatic flowers, the other with a mosaic swimming pool and steamy hammam. And, literally topping it off, a dazzling roof terrace with views to the Atlas Mountains. Romantic bliss.

Highs

  • Location, location, location - you can’t beat the L’Orangeraie’s position
  • Perfect for nipping back to download your parcels and for a post-shop swim
  • Cars can stop at the front door, a real rarity in the old Medina
  • The bedrooms are lovely

Lows

  • As with all of Marrakech, light sleepers may need to bring ear plugs, but we slept like babies
  • Dinner is only available on request (you need to alert staff you're eating in over breakfast), but the food is incredible
  • It gets booked up quickly
  • You'll find it really hard to leave!

Best time to go

March, April and May are busy months in Marrakech because of Easter and the clement weather. June is fine but it starts getting very warm, and July and August are extremely hot. September is the coolest and most comfortable of the summer months. Christmas is ideal for family or friends who want to hire out the whole riad for the holidays.

Great for...

Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • Riad Hotel
  • 7
  • Breakfast (+ dinner on request)
  • Accepted but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 7 spicy bedrooms at Riad L’Orangeraie are warm and colourful, like their names. The traditional tadelakts are a cunning combination of Marrakech earth reflecting each spice pigment - so the Saffron room has mandarin tones and the Turmeric is a sunny yellow. Those are the twin rooms on the second floor and along with the doubles (Ginger and Cinnamon), have views to the garden and swimming pool patios.

The 2 suites on the ground floor, Coriander and Nutmeg, are larger doubles opening onto the patio and garden - their sister suite Paprika is on the second floor.

All the rooms feel fresh and vivid. As you will too, after using the exemplary bathroom facilities. One of Laurent’s pet peeves is below-par plumbing, and one of the reasons the riad re-construction took more than a year is his determination that under no circumstances would this be a hotel where the hot water was unpredictable at best, and tepid at worst!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Mobile phone (on request)
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Recruited from the kitchens of the better guesthouses in the Marrakech Medina, Nadia is the chef at the Riad de L’Orangeraie and she will be enchantée to fulfil guests’ gourmet requests.

Breakfast is a Franco-Maroc combo of crepes, breads, fruits and juices and is included in the room price.

Dinner is available on request - just let staff know over breakfast; you can choose from a range of dishes, or tell Nadia if you’re desperate to try something specific, and she’ll head off to the market in order to get all the ingredients she’ll need. Her speciality is pastillas, delicious fold-over filo-crust pastries layered with meat and eggs and laced with cinnamon, almonds and sugar. But she is an equally dab hand with tagines, terjla and, of course, cous-cous. There is a barbecue on the roof terrace which can be used with the assistance of staff.

All meals are served on the patio with the aroma of orange flowers and the tinkling of fountain water ... and perhaps a Moroccan rosé for accompaniment.

If you prefer to dine in town, there are numerous eateries on your doorstep.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hop to the shops - the famous souks of Marrakech are literally on your doorstep
  • Spend an evening in the vibrant Djemaa el Fna, the mad must-see marketplace with everything from fire-eaters to snake-charmers
  • Relax in the steamy hammam - and let personnel know you’d love a body massage or rub-down afterwards
  • Swim in the pretty mosaic swimming pool
  • Have a barbecue on the roof terrace ... let Nadia do the grilling, though!
  • Plan an excursion to Essaouira or the desert: Riad l’Orangeraie is working with a local agency to help guests organise trips
  • Listen to the glorious sounds of ‘gnaouas’: Arabian - Andalusian musicians who play regularly at the L’Orangeraie

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, and cots and extra beds can be provided for an additional cost. However as this is a city riad, it is more suitable for older children.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Tumeric, Saffron, paprika, Coriander and Nutmeg can fit either an extra bed or baby cot, and Ginger and Cinnamon can fit a baby cot.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 24 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

L'Orangeraie is a wonderful place to stay. We would like to thank the owner Cyril and his entire staff for making our first trip to Marrakech so memorable. Every question and request was responded to with warmth and enthusiasm.

10/10,

Cyril and his team made us feel so welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. The Riad is perfectly situated in the Medina. An excellent short break all round apart from the weather being rather cold.

9/10,

We really loved our time here. The whole team were friendly and helpful and made our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. The Riad is beautifully furnished with everything that you need. The location is great and it is easy to reach all of the main sights and explore the souks. We would definitely go back again.

10/10,

The service was very attentive. The roof terrace was good to use.

9/10,

Riad l'Orangeraie was fantastic. The service was the best we've had. Cyril and his team couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome. The riad has been beautifully restored and was a wonderfully relaxing place to reboot after the clamour of the medina. Highly recommended.

10/10,

We stayed at the Riad for three nights and it was splendid; the location is key as you can walk to all the main souks so easily and return to the quiet oasis of the Riad to take refuge. The rooms are wonderful and the whole house has been very tastefully renovated, designed and thought (nice toiletteries). The staff went out of their way including making up a tasty salad at short notice during Eid. When we visited the owner Cyril was managing the place and he went out of his way to help: booking us restaurants, negotiating taxis and carrying our bags. The breakfasts were wonderful especially the homemade yoghurt, Moroccan pancakes and fresh orange juice.

10/10,

Cyril and his team are very attentive, very helpful with any requests or information. The atmosphere is relaxed, an oasis in the middle of the medina. I would definitely stay here again.

10/10,

Fell in love with this place the minute we arrived on the roof terrace and were offered breakfast after our early flight

10/10,

I can't rate Riad L'Orangerie highly enough. The Riad itself is beautifully done and in an amazing location, the staff couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. My two children (aged 11 and 9) loved it too, especially the three tortoises. After a full day of souks, hammam (would highly recommend Bain Bleu) and exploring it was heaven to come back to the Riad, relax, eat and play card games together. Thank you.

10/10,

My family and I had the most amazing stay at Riad L'Orangeraie. It is the most beautiful and calming Riad. A lovely place to unwind after a long day in the souks. It is also in the best location. All the staff at L'Orangeraie were very kind and attentive. They brought us whatever we needed, whenever we needed it with a smile. When my mother asked if they had any conditioner, someone ran out to get her some and was back in 10 minutes with a brand new bottle. Every detail has been thought of and covered. It really is a magical riad and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Keep your eyes peeled for the three tortoises walking around.

10/10,

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