“An oasis in the heart of the Medina with arty rooms, an inviting pool and delectable food”
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!
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.
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.
Teens (over 12)
Tumeric, Saffron, paprika, Coriander and Nutmeg can fit either an extra bed or baby cot, and Ginger and Cinnamon can fit a baby cot.