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Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers
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All reviewsstunning rooftopmint teahis teamtransportation from the airportauthentic marrakech experienceate dinner at the riadsplash poolmoroccan charmolive treeshome away from homelarge bathroomevery morningtucked awayoasis of calmfew minutes walka wonderful staystayed for nights
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

There are a gadzillion riads (same as “ryad”) in Marrakech, and gadzillions of dars. (While most use the proper terminology, some may not, so beware. “Riad” means “garden”, which means the inner courtyard will be open-air; “dar” means “house”, so perhaps a better option for the dead of a desert winter.) Make no mistake: Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers is a true “riad”, with an absolutely gorgeous inner courtyard that combines traditional Moroccan style with a touch of modern chic. The use of stone in the architectural design insures that said courtyard remains cool, even when temperatures outside or on the rooftop terrace are soaring above 40°C.

But not only is Terrasse des Oliviers really pretty, it’s got the most cordial staff we’ve ever met. It’s a small team – Malika (cook), Rachida (housekeeping), Youssef (all around man: server, night guardian, guide), and Jacques (manager) – and everyone is always ready with a “bonjour” or a helping hand. The food is excellent and served with a smile (including a welcome pot of mint tea, a delicious breakfast spread, and evening wine on the terrace – unfortunately we didn’t have the time to enjoy dinner at the riad). The place is kept spotless and the attention to detail is definitely there!

The thing to remember for those unaccustomed to Morocco travel is that a riad is not a luxury resort. Every team member has a lot of hats to wear, so don’t expect magic. For instance: you may need to ring the doorbell a time or two, and you may need to wait in the alley for a couple of minutes until someone can make their way down the stairs or wash their hands in the kitchen.

Another thing to remember is that Morocco is a developing country. The wifi will be spotty. The water pressure may not be what you get at the Ritz. There will most definitely be men on motorbikes with sacks of squawking chickens flying down the main medina avenue at 25 km/hour right when you’re trying to cross the street. Part of the charm of Terrasse des Oliviers is that it is away from the tourist chaos (down near Jemma el-Fna and the souks) and in the real-life bustle of the Marrakech medina. It’s a little oasis amid the madness of schoolchildren, bicycle repairmen, and various street vendors.

Other pros: beautiful candlelight throughout the riad in the evenings, delicious (homemade!) breakfast cake, staff always easy to find but never hovering, fantastic-smelling bath products in the rooms, super comfy mattress and pillows.

Other cons: Hmm, not a lot. The shower wasn’t the best, but we put that down to water systems in Morocco (though other guests disagreed with us on that point). Because of the open layout of the riad, any obnoxiously loud guests could easily ruin the experience for others (there were no children staying at the same time as us, and I would recommend the riad implement a no-kids policy if it hasn’t already), but we got peace and tranquility for both nights of our stay.

Verdict: Go with the right expectations and you’ll be blown away.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

This was our second visit to the Riad, and if anything, it was even better than our first visit. The staff are all very helpful and friendly, especially when they were trying to understand our very poor French! Jacques, as always, was also extremely helpful. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this Riad, the location is perfect for the medina, and the food is also lovely.

We will be returning again!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

The riad was simply beautiful, but really made the stay perfect was the hospitality received from Jacques who was always on hand to provide much needed advice. He was also very good about us changing our dates of stay, and helped us organise a trip to the Atlas mountains.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

Excellent location - central. Friendly welcoming staff who will advise on everything from finding your way around the souks to where to go for dinner. Jacques made us feel very welcome. Breakfast served on terrace was delicious. Cereals, yoghurt, breads and pastries with fresh orange juice and coffee.

The riad is beautifully furnished - a lovely home to return to after a frantic day in the medina. Our room was very comfortable with air conditioning and all necessities (hairdryer provided). Slept really well there.

We had dinner on the terrace one evening and it was one of the highlights of our holiday and the best tagine we experienced in Marrakech. Do try this if you stay - there is nothing nicer that sitting on the beautifully lit, cool terrace after a day's sightseeing!

Would most definitely love to return to this Riad next time in Marrakech

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank atrist
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

We had originally booked to stay at La Terasse des Oliviers in April but had to cancel due to our flights being cancelled because of the volcanic ash cloud.We thought we had lost out as we had booked independently, but Easyjet offered refund or transfer and we were very lucky in that the owner of Terrasse des Oliviers ,Jacques, emailed saying that due the exceptional circumstances of our cancellation, if we re booked within six months they would honour the payment we had made and we would not be charged again.This was a fantastic gesture and we flew out again on the 7th May and had 4 wonderful nights in Marrakech. The Riad is beautiful elegantly furnished and peaceful and our room was all that we had expected. We dinner at the Riad on our first night and it turned out to be best meal of our stay having eaten the remaining 3 nights in far more expensive restaurants. The staff in the Riad were very attentive and hospitable and our every need was catered for. Although a 20 minute walk into the centre you got to see more of the day to day life of the locals. Once again very many thanks to everyone at Terrasse Oliviers for giving us the opportunity of staying in your wonderful house in Marrakech.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank AlanMarieSurrey
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