During my trip to Morocco last December, my father and I stayed in quite a few riads but our absolute favorite was the Riad Reves D'Orient. It is tucked away in a quiet part of the medina but it is still close enough to the famous Djemaa el Fna Square to see all the action which was only about a 7 minute walk away. The women who run this riad are extremely polite and very pleasant. Samira, the owner, made sure everything was done right for us and really wanted us to enjoy our stay. She gave us a little map of where the riad was located which helped us navigate ourselfs around the winding mazes of the medina. Inside the riad, you will find a nicely furnished courtyard with beautiful Moroccan decor. During the day, they usually played pleasant Arabic music in the courtyard which created a relaxing ambiance. Of course I was excited because they played the newest album of Nancy Ajram, one of my favorite Arabic singers and also the most famous.
We only stayed here two nights but wished we had been here longer. On our first night, we were served an excellent dinner with plenty to eat. It was our favorite dinner during our whole trip!!! The chicken was so moist and was served in a savory sauce with amazing spices. I have Moroccan relatives so trust me, I know how Moroccan food should taste and I must say this food was OUTSTANDING! My father had jokingly asked where were the belly dancers. The woman who served us simply smiled and said they were coming out soon. We had assumed she was joking too but before we knew it, two young women who worked at the Riad were belly dancing in the courtyard for the guests with lively traditional music playing. It was a really nice surprise and I felt like I was at a live show in the comfort of eating dinner. I even got up and attempted to dance which was pretty funny.
Later that first night is when my nightmare struck me. Right as I was going to bed, I realized I had lost my backpack. The women at the riad looked all over but luckily we were able to locate it the next morning with the help of my Marrakech tour guide. I had left it at a public cafe as I entered Marrakech's medina when I used their bathroom. Samira had been very concerned for us and the ladies at the riad tried to keep us calm during this nervous situation. No passports were in the backpack but it had $150 cash, ipod, mobile phone, and $75 worth of souvenirs. The servers at the cafe were very honest people and had put it in a safe place until somebody claimed it. I found everything in the backpack exactly as I had it. My father and I were so happy and we really appreciated the effort the riad staff had put forth to help us. They really care about their guests and want everyone to be happy.
The breakfasts served at this riad were the best we had during our 8 day tour of Morocco. We found everything to be very freshly prepared and tasty. Overall, we were really impressed by the food during our 2-night stay.
Our room was very comfortable and had nice decor. Everything was clean and the bathroom was a decent size. I found that there was a lot of space to move around in the bedroom area which was convenient because we had big suitcases. We could not have been more pleased.
The best thing about this riad was the service obviously. Samira and the ladies operating this Riad showed the highest level of hospitality and treated their guests like family. They always had smiles on their faces. We really felt the true Moroccan experience during our stay. When we return to Marrakech in the future, we will definitely stay at this riad again!!! I highly recommend for people to stay here! You will not be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Reves d'Orient a unique journey Luxury - just steps from the famous "Jemaa El Fna" with all of its life and charm is what we can offer our guests at Riad Reves d'Orient. The riad is refined and enchanting, and you will open its doors to an oasis of calm and serenity including the wonderful spa on the terrace. The jacuzzi will give you some unforgettable memories as you gaze at the stars, and the patio designed in the tradition of Arab-Andalusian art will provide you a haven of tranquillity when accompanied with a mint tea. The accommodation will provide you with a very comfortable stay - mainly composed of suites, and all are equipped with plasma TVs. Riad Reves d'Orient therefore is the perfect place for family visits(family room) and couples (romantic suite). Breakfast is included in the price and we offer complimentary Moroccan mint tea and coffee with homemade cookies at all times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Reves d`Orient Hotel Marrakech