We're a traditional, family-owned and run riad situated in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech. It is a perfect example of a a two hundred and fifty year old Moroccan courtyard house. We are a Moroccan home-from-home.
Just a minute’s stroll from the bustling Jemaa El Fna, l’Orientale is a haven of peace and tranquillity, where we aim to delight all your senses. We place great importance on good traditional Moroccan cooking, comfortable beds and the warmest of welcomes, all within a traditional and elegant environment.
This listing is for a private room with a double bed and the option of adding a single bed if needed. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower and towels are included.
Whether your stay is just overnight or for a week or longer, we hope you will feel, as many of our guests do, that you have found a new home in Marrakech to which you will want to return.
Other than the room itself, we have a good selection of areas throughout the riad where you can relax, slumber with a book and sip mint tea. Downstairs we have two traditional salons, one with a large fireplace which we use for cold winter evenings. The courtyard itself is available for using at all times of the day.
On the top floor, we have a glorious sun terrace which is broken into separate areas and levels to maximise privacy. There is a sunshade for those who chose not to sit directly in the sun as well as four sunbeds on the very top terrace where you can spend an afternoon gently tanning!
Interaction with Guests
Our manager Latifa will be present daily to welcome guests and to ensure you have everything you need. We also have a night man who looks after the house and guests from early evening through to the morning, in addition to our excellent team of cooks and cleaners.
Taxis to and from the airport can be arranged and we can assist you with reliable car and minibus hire, either self-drive or with a driver.
Parking nearby is possible, although with the small streets of the medina its not possible to drive to the riad. It is 4-5 mins walk from the nearest car park.
If you're arriving under your own steam, just let us know when you're due to arrive and we can meet you at the main square and show you the way back to the riad and help you with your bags.
Other Things to Note
Our authentic Moroccan breakfasts are included in the cost of your stay. In addition lunch and dinner can be provided on request. Aziz will serve your dinner by candle-light in the courtyard, or in winter, beside a cedar log fire in the Salon.
Our food is all home cooked, with a great emphasis on quality local ingredients which are all freshly bought daily.
In addition to keeping your room clean and tidy, our staff are happy to take care of your personal laundry on request.
There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the Riad, for those who just cannot bear to be out of touch with the world!
Latifa will be happy to suggest interesting trips and help you to make any necessary arrangements.
We're really not a place that has a "set of rules" - we aim to be a home from home, not a strict hotel. However, we obviously expect our guests to be considerate of others and to not make too much noise if leaving for a 5am flight from the airport!
My partner and I stayed at Riad de l'Orientale recently and enjoyed every second of our stay! We initially booked for 3 nights, then had to book an extra night at very short notice once we learned our return flight was cancelled.
From the very start, everyone was so helpful! A taxi was arranged to collect us from the airport, then we were greeted from the taxi and shown to the Riad. Latifa and the team were all very friendly and welcoming, we felt right at home immediately. The Riad was very comfortable and clean, a beautiful building tucked away just a short walk from Jamaa El Fna. The Riad was so peaceful, it was perfect for unwinding after a busy day of exploring and taking in Marrakech's vibrant atmosphere.
Our room was fantastic, situated at the top of the Riad we had a very spacious room with a lovely comfortable bed.
The breakfast was included and was great! It was the perfect breakfast to fuel our days of exploring.
We loved everything about Riad de l'Orientale, we would most certainly stay here again and we would highly recommend it to any friends or family visiting Marrakech in the near future.
I sure am going to miss Mimi the cat as well :)
Thanks for the kind words Alex - I know reviews means a great deal to Latifa and the team here in Marrakech. I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to meet you during your stay but I'm really glad you had a great trip. You are, of course, welcome to return back to your Moroccan home-from-home at anytime in the future!
We had a warm welcome to the Riad and ejoyed a great week at this beautiful place. Latifa and the staff were very nice and helpful. The Riad ist clean and calm and situated perfectly, colse by Jemaâ el Fna.
We would recommend this Riad to anyone visiting Marrakesh and are looking forward to stay there the next time!
Sehr schönes Riad nahe dem grossen Platz. Total ruhig in einer kleinen Seitengasse. Freundliches und liebenswertes Personal. Saubere Unterkunft, hervorragendes und üppiges Frühstück und tolles Zimmer auf dem Dach des Riad. Sehr gerne wieder einmal und absolut empfehlenswert.
Hugo's Riad is absolutely amazing!!!! It's beautiful, clean, and in the perfect location. We had a wonderful time. Latifa the host was incredibly helpful and hospitable throughout our stay, as were the rest of the staff there. Although Hugo wasn't there, he was very easily contactable so all round everything was perfect. Also, the breakfast is amazing!!! The Moroccan pancakes are out of this world (I'm still dreaming about them...) We'd 100% stay here again and wish we stayed for longer! Thanks so much.
Extremely nice staff, made us feel at home immediately.
Sent us a driver to the airport and answered to all of our questions .
Dette ble 11 fantastiske dager. Vår første reise til Marrakesh. Verten tok veldig godt imot oss. Vi følte oss straks hjemme, ble servert te og fikk god informasjon om severdigheter og nyttige praktiske opplysninger. Under hele oppholdet fikk vi servert nydelig frokost i et lite vakkert rom ( for kaldt å spise ute i januar)
med fyr på peisen. På bordet sto det varmt brød, yoghurt, fruktsalat, god kaffe , ferskpresset appelsinjuice og mer til.
Her ble vi også servert nydelig middag de kveldene vi ønsket det. Vertinnen var alltid imøtekommende, serverte oss te på terrassen og fortalte oss om den marokkanske hverdagen som vi etterhvert ble nysgjerrige på.
Rommet vårt, som resten av huset var vakkert innredet og alltid gullende rent.
Inne i Riaden var det stille, også om natten, og når vi gikk ut av døren var vi midt inne i The Souks, rett ved Jemaa El Fna og nær flere vakre parker.
Vi vil anbefale denne Riaden til vår familie og venner!
We loved it! After one night at the Riad, we started to call it home. A great base for all our adventures in the Atlas Mountains and beyond.
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I (unfortunately!) live full-time in London, so Latifa will host you in Marrakech. Her and I have been running this little haven of peace in this ancient city for over 10 years now...
If you need anything or have any questions prior to booking, don't hesitate to ask me via Airbnb. Once you've arrived, Latifa will be able to assist you with the best tips regarding the city. She is a born and bred in Marrakechi and knows it very well indeed - she's also the best host you'll ever meet!
Send through any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.