I have just returned from the Riad Lorsya after a trip with my two daughters and we had a great time in Morocco, partly due to the helpfulness of Abdul and the staff at the Riad Lorsya. The Riad has a nice relaxing feel after a busy day out in the city and Abdul makes sure that all the information, bookings and directions you need are at hand. His calm and helpful manner made our days easy to organize and we were able to feel comfortable going out as three women on our own. One night Moustaffa, the night manager, offered to organize someone to take us to the taxis in the square as we were dressed to go up to the new part of the city to an upmarket hotel for dinner. We accepted this offer and tipped the guide for his help although it would have probably been fine to go on our own in retrospect. We were just more dressed up than on usual outings. At all other times we were out and about day and night in the city feeling safe.
We had the ground floor suite which was lovely and traditional and we did not really find it very noisy as most people were not out late and respectful of noise when they came in. This may be different however if you have a child and want to remain in the room more at night when people are coming and going so it might be better to go for one of the upstairs rooms if that is the case. One reservation was that we were three adults and the second bed was a put you up bed more suitable to a child than an adult but my daughter managed okay. However a more suitable sized bed would have been better for her.
We enjoyed the breakfasts and the food was lovely. We had yogurts, fruit, bread and jams, and pancakes of two different traditional types, with fresh orange juice and coffee and tea. We could choose to eat on the ground floor dining area or up on the Terrace rooftop. The Riad was cleaned regularly and we were offered towels whenever we wanted to sunbathe. We ate dinner there on the first night as we had been on an early flight and again, this was well prepared and presented and very tasty.
We ate out twice in the new town but did not go there during the daytime as we preferred the old town and visited the square at night for the local storytelling and other activities. We were not harassed about the monkeys or snakes by the vendors and were left alone most of the time which was reassuring as I have been to other North African countries and found it much worse on going out during the day/night. We shopped in the souks and again bargained for our purchases but were treated with respect and felt comfortable most of the time.
We ate at Comptoir Darna Marrakech one night as it seemed to be one of the highlights in most trip books and found it to be exactly what we expected - more touristy with women, both local and foreign, in more glamourous dresses as well as those casually dressed for the night. It was a nice evening and the food was okay but it did feel that we had stepped into the tourist route. There is a bar on the top floor and people were drinking alcohol as well as eating as diners so I think it works as a bar and restaurant. The atmosphere seemed fun and relaxed.
We arranged a hammam through Abdul but had the choice of several, so the choice was entirely our own. We took a taxi as it was a little way from the Square and I was a bit disappointed at the grubby gowns and slippers but the massage was good and the pedicures were great. It was very busy with tourists so is well known and used. I think the price reflected the area and the facilities - probably should have paid more but It was fun for us as the girls in the family to go together and again, staff were polite and friendly.
We bought dresses from the pop up shop by Norya Ayron which were lovely - more than you would pay in the souks but we liked the syles and material - its worth a visit and you can check it out on Facebook. She has dresses in a variety of fabrics but only stocks a couple of each. The shop is located above Restaurant le Jardin, which is nice place for lunch if you are in the souks. We also had lunch at the Cafe Arabe which is on the top floor of a building in the souk and has nice views. Both restaurants also serve alcohol if you want to purchase drinks with lunch.
So a huge thank you to Abdul, Moustafa and all the staff at the Riad Lorsya. We had a great Marrakech trip and would not hesitate to enjoy their hospitality again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Lorsya is situated 5 minutes walk from the Jamaa El Fna square, in the heart of the antiques market souk. It has been renovated with care in the pure Morrocan tradition and retains all the charm of the old Marrakech riads. Our professional team invites you to discover the serenity, the comfortable lifestyle and the quality services offered to you in this wonderful riad. A free dinner is offered for any booking of 7 nights and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Lorsya Marrakech
- Riad Lorsya Hotel Marrakech