A minimalist remodeled riad in the medina, the Neroli House combines local with luxury. The name "neroli" comes from the four orange blossom trees in the courtyard, and the scent that will follow you throughout the house.
Colorful Berber blanket and Azilal carpet in your bedroom. Windows look out onto courtyard.
The Neroli House is the perfect environment for a tranquil afternoon of tea and reading, an evening on the terrace, or a night of celebrating with vinyl spinning on the record player and cocktails. Design enthusiasts will feel especially at home here; a picture of the Neroli House was recently featured on Design*Sponge, and Airbnb is using the photographs for a project with Lonely Planet!
You have a private bedroom and toilet. The shower, however, is shared, and this is the reason I charge a lower rate than other riads of similar quality. The rest of the house is shared and open: courtyard with the daybed, terrace, and balcony with the record player. There is also a washing machine and line for drying clothes on the roof. As there is only one guest bedroom, the experience of staying at Neroli House is more private. It's the closest you can get to "private home" while still paying the price of "private room in a house," because the house is so spacious.
Interaction with Guests
I like to get to know my guests and help them to have the best experience of Marrakech, so I'm happy to make recommendations for hammams, shopping, and sights. I always sleep at the house, but I usually wake up and leave for work before the guests have breakfast. Breakfast is served by the maid, Saadia, who speaks French. For any other assistance, I'm available during the day by phone or e-mail.
The Neroli House is in a friendly, residential and less touristic part of the medina. You will see women walking to and from the communal oven with trays of dough, kids playing football, and men carving wooden furniture in their workshops. A few minutes from the house, there is a produce market, so the house is always stocked with the latest seasonal fruit. While being in a less touristic area, the house is still just a 5 minute walk from the souk. I think this offers the best of both worlds.
Next door is the famous restaurant Dar Yacout-- if you're feeling flush or have something to celebrate, it's one of Marrakech's finest places to enjoy a 5-course meal and a night of traditional music. (900 dirhams per person.) Or if you're not inclined to spend that kind of money, just go up to my terrace and listen to the music wafting over the walls.
Like everywhere in Marrakech, the easiest ways to get around are by foot within the medina, or by taxis, which are easily accessible. City buses are not recommended.
Other Things to Note
Breakfast & Airport Pick-Up
Coffee and/or tea
Moroccan crepes (m'semmen) and a soft, delicious Moroccan breakfast bread.
Butter, selection of jam, nutella
Yogurt with fruit and granola
Breakfast is served by my maid, Saadia, and there is no strict schedule; simply eat whenever you wake up.
If you have any special breakfast needs or desires, please write me beforehand so I can make additional purchases as needed.
My driver Abdelghani can wait for you at the airport with your name on a sign and bring you all the way to my house. The charge for this is 100 dirhams, payable directly to him.
A few small rules:
1) Wear shoes on the terrace.
2) Lock the terrace door behind you when you come inside.
3) Don't leave the vinyls sitting in the sun.
Lola was the perfect host! The place is exactly as nice as it looks on the pics, and the rooftop terrace even better! The driver picked us up at the airport, and drove us safely to the house. Her maid is so sweet, and made us a really delicious breakfast everyday, whenever we wanted it. We recommend this place to everyone!
After being picked up by Lola's very friendly driver at the airport, she warmly welcomed us to the neroli house. A beautiful riad with a perfect balanced mix of authentic Maroccan and modern furniture and details situated in a calm backstreet close to the busy souks in the medina. After our arrival, Lola showed us the way in to the souks and how to get back which was a perfect introduction to understanding the area.
Being waken up in the morning by all the birds in the orange trees in the backyard, was the perfect alarm clock! Then the amazing breakfast prepared to us everyday by the sweet maid Saadia who was caring and helpful with our requests.
An advice, if travelling in the winter, make sure to bring (or buy a pair of Moroccan) slippers as the floors get very cold.
Lola made sure to help us with everything we needed during our stay!
We would definitely stay at the neroli house again!
Erika & Benjamin
Lola was a really nice host. She picked us up at our first hotel and showed us around in the neighborhood. The breakfasts on the beautiful rooftop were delicious and relaxing. The place was super clean and the riad tasteful and beautiful. Totally recommendable!
Lola is a great host. All communication before my stay was satisfying, and her driver picked me up at the airport.
She is very friendly, open and always smiling, making you feel welcome. She seems very knowledgable on Marrakech, and her languages-skills are impressive. The house is nice, and the bedroom in particular is very cosy.
There was always fresh fruit in the kitchen, and the maid made me a very nice breakfast every morning.
The first night Lola took me for a walk in the neighborhood, and she was very good on giving useful information on how to find your way back to the house.
Lola was an absolutely delightful hostess throughout the duration of our week-long stay at Neroli House.
Our welcome was sincere and heartfelt, and little touches such as leaving dinner on the stove for us to arrive to are testament to her generousity. She organised airport tos and fros, acquainted us with the local area and masjids personally, gave us recommendations and insider tips to get the most from our visit, sat sharing stories with us until late - and always with a beaming smile. I couldn't imagine a warmer, kinder or more interesting hostess if I tried. Her enthusiasm for language and Moroccan culture is infectious.
Neroli House is a beautifully restored and maintained riad, a peaceful refuge after a long day in the bustle of Marrakesh. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, amid a labyrinth of souks, close to Jamaa El Fna. Well equipped, reasonably well heated (considering it's such an open home), and the bed is large enough for two and extremely comfortable. The rooftop terrace provides a breathtaking view of the mountains, and by night the stars are spectacular. Hearing the symphony of adhans overlooking that sight is something else.
Due to Lola's work schedule, we had the privilege of being the first guests to taste her housekeeper's breakfast. I wish I could make Moroccan pancakes like those. If I could have brought Saadia home in my suitcase, I would have.
I would highly recommend a visit.
Lola went above and beyond to help us out. She introduced us to the labyrinthic neighborhood (the whole medina is like that!) and made sure we could orient ourselves, she made us find a delicious breakfast every morning, made phone calls, walked us places at 6 in the morning to make sure we were safe. We'll miss her!
Lola was a fantastic host. She made me feel right at home and ensured that I understood the lay of the Marrakech land by giving me a tour the first day. Sadly I had to do a lot of work while on vacation and hanging with Lola was also a lot of fun and reminded me why I love airbnb. Riad Neroli was beautiful. I would totally stay with Lola again when in Marrakech.
I'm a natural hostess from Charleston, South Carolina, where hospitality is in our blood. I derive great pleasure from unearthing treasures at flea markets and spending a Sunday reading the newspaper from front to back. Before moving to Marrakech, I've lived in Prague, New York, and Beijing. So far, Morocco is at the top of the list.
I've been in Marrakech for one year, and I came here in order to join my sister, brother-in-law and baby niece. I oversee guest relations in a hotel in the palmeraie, the palm grove just outside the city, called Jnane Ta(website hidden)a.