Villa des Orangers, Marakesh Morocco
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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A top quality riad style property where attention to detail and quality of service are the rule of the day. Popular with British guests, thanks to its central location and high quality image, the calm, relaxed atmosphere in this walled venue is in stark contrast to the hubbub of the traffic outside.
The less agile may find the many stairs cumbersome, especially as some have no handrails.
A flat fronted, non-descript beige coloured building with a narrow off street entrance. Inner courtyards are a tranquil, upmarket oasis with majestic pillars, gentle arches and draping canopies.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Some rooms
Built Year: 2000
Small lobby and reception area provides a warm welcome with a pair of comfortable lounges featuring traditional Moroccan fabrics and furnishings. Courtyards have small lounges.
Dining area to one side has subtle lighting and polished woods, creating a quality feeling in the intimate evening restaurant. Traditional tiling and ornate ceilings create a refined grandeur.
Ornate courtyards with their tiny plunge pools overflow with style, especially when decorated with traditional lanterns and candles in the evenings. An additional riad has a private pool and a roof terrace has a good supply of comfortable sunloungers and views towards the Koutoubia Mosque.
Area Type: Located on the edge of the Medina, on a relatively busy street, opposite a bus terminus. Koutoubia Mosque is 200m to the west and the famous Jemma el Fna, with its juice stalls, evening dining and story tellers, is 200m to the east. There is a good supply of local shops in the immediate vicinity and a wider variety on a pedestrian street 150m behind the property. Taxis wait across the street and horse drawn carriages wait 100m away towards the central area.
Map Ref: 29
- A la carte restaurant
- Rectangular (8 yds)
- Rectangular (10 yds)
- Public facilities
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- TV (English language)