Riad L'Orangeraie

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £137 per night

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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 five-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 seven-room townhouse wraps itself gracefully around two 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 and the food is incredible
  • Very friendly and helpful service from Cyril and his team

Lows

  • It gets booked up quickly
  • Dinner is only available on request (you need to alert staff you're eating in over breakfast)
  • As with all of Marrakech, light sleepers may need to bring ear plugs, but we slept like babies
  • Note that credit card payments incur a 4% surcharge; you might want to pay for your stay in cash/traveller's cheques

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.

Our top tips

Ask to have dinner in one evening, our meal at the riad was better than any food we had out in Marrakech.

Great for...

Romantic
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: Coriander

Rooms

The seven 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 two 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: Boris Macek

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:

Location

Riad L'Orangeraie is in the heart of Marrakech on the Rue Sidi-Yamani in the Mouassine district.

By Air:
Marrakech (10km) is the nearest airport. Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

By Car:
Having the use of a car makes exploring further afield easier although you really won't want to drive around Marrakech at all given the narrow labyrinthine streets - far better to walk and get taxis. See our car rental recommendations if you do decide to rent a car.

Detailed directions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.

More on getting to Morocco and getting around.

Airports:

  • Marrakech 10.0 km RAK

Other:

  • Beach 180.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 19 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Our first adventure in Marrakech and what a wonderful base to explore the sounds, sights and colours of such a vibrant city. Riad l’Orangeraie was the perfect oasis in the heart of the medina and the staff were so welcoming - encouraging us to make the most of our short time and suggesting so much to see and do that we must return to visit the places we missed. Behind an unassuming wooden door, the Riad was stunning - our room was so comfortable, the roof terrace perfect for wonderful breakfasts and dinners or catching some sunshine. As for the staff, we could not have asked for a more friendly welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. From the moment we arrived, we felt we were in safe hands. Thank you Ismael and your team for a wonderful stay and we look forward to returning soon.

10/10,

Riad L’Orangerie, an oasis of calm, a five star welcome and delicious cuisine.  
After a day following Ismael’s agenda of museums, gardens and souks the Riad offers a restful sanctuary where the mint tea flows and the hospitality is homely. From the minute we arrived we were looked after like a member of L’Orangerie’s family. Each morning over breakfast we talked through the day’s plan, Cyril booked a restaurant or Hammam, whatever we wanted. When we returned there were snacks and drinks. Everyone was genuinely interested and determined to make our stay perfect. They even found a couple of mats for our morning yoga on the terrace. We ate two evening meals in the Riad, the food was good quality, plentiful and tasty. Breakfast was eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, crepes and cake all made fresh on the premises. The rooms were stylish and the décor authentic. We can’t recommend L’Orangeraie highly enough. The team, the location and hospitality were perfect.

10/10,

It was an absolute pleasure staying at Riad L'Orangeraie. We were met at the door by Cyril when we arrived late evening, immediately I knew we would enjoy ourselves there. Cyril's great sense of humour permeated throughout the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and done with a smile. Despite having no real choice at breakfast or evening meals, it did not matter. Everything we ate for breakfast was fresh and different each day. Dinner was home cooked moroccan food, it was delicious. A perfect and peaceful place to relax after the mayhem of the souks. We only ate out once, at the Terrasse Des Espices, not far from the Secret garden. The food was exceptional, probably the best meal I have had anywhere this year. And as a bonus, being in the Medina, they serve great cocktails and have some good wine. All in all our trip to Marrakesh was a great success. Thank you for your recommendations and arranging it all.

10/10,

Stayed here for a girls weekend away. We were looked after from the minute we arrived until they helped us into our taxi home. Service was first class, food amazing and every member of staff could not help you enough, always with a smile on their face. Can’t wait to return.

10/10,

A very friendly and informative welcome, a beautiful Riad in a fantastic location. We had a great time at Riad L'Orangeraie.

10/10,

This is a wonderful place and the team were incredibly attentive and made sure that our stay was as good as it could be. Our kids, age 2 and 6 loved it. Food was great, amazing breakfast on the terrace.

10/10,

We had a superb three night trip to Marrakech and Riad L'Orangeraie was the perfect place to stay - right in the centre; great rooms, lovely relaxed atmosphere; great food and wonderful attentive staff. Cyril, Aziz and Ismael each took time to make sure we were enjoying our stay. Ismael gave us a great guide to the sites which we followed and Aziz made sure we had a lovely celebration meal on one of the nights. It was a great trip. Thanks to everyone.

10/10,

The Riad L’Orangeraie is a delightful place - not only beautiful and comfortable but the service is fabulous. Thank you everyone for making our trip to Marrakech so wonderful.

10/10,

great place to stay, great position in medina and the staff are all so kind, friendly and helpful. They took my elderly mother and could not of been more helpful (but lots of steps so worth a thought for the less mobile).

10/10,

Unpretentious, centrally located Riad which has masses of charm. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and for first timers like ourselves the routes they gave us to follow through the city were invaluable. A delicious breakfast is served on the roof and there is complementary mint tea whenever you wish so we drank that under the stars after dinner. Our room was lovely, lit by candles every evening and scented with orange flowers. We ate out every evening, and the staff recommended fantastic restaurants, all very different from each other. We will definitely return.

10/10,

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