Riad Laurence Olivier
What We Love
- A boutique Marrakech riad with an unbeatable location, tranquil pool, breakfast and moreKicking back on the rooftop terrace overlooking the minaret-studded cityscape and snow-capped Atlas Mountains
- The mix of Arab-Andalusian architecture and Moorish décor
- Staying in a peaceful, traditional riad, just steps from all the action unfolding in the intoxicating medina
What To Know
- If R&R is in order, head for the onsite hammam or luxe spa
- Suites have A/C and heating
- Private airport pick-up/drop-off can be arranged
- Free WiFi works well
Arranged around an open-air courtyard filled with bubbling water features and orange trees, just five Moroccan-inspired rooms and suites create an intimate and exclusive feel at Riad Laurence Olivier. Combining Arab-Andalusian architecture and Moorish décor, the beautiful riad is a charming mix of arched doors and windows, soaring columns, Mosaic tiles, hammered copper accessories and stucco flourishes. Set in the heart of Marrakech’s medina quarter, this peaceful hideaway sits pretty on a quiet street, just 10 minutes from Djemaa el Fna square – the playground of snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and musicians.
Staying in Morocco is nothing short of a feast for the senses: wake to the sound of donkeys braying and the nearby echo of drums, sip on an aromatic mint brew in the cozy tea room and zone out with an orange blossom-infused oil massage before feasting on aromatic plates of tagine. As the sun starts to sink, take a dip in the palm-lined pool and then hotfoot it to the upper terrace, where you can soak up the minaret-studded skyline and, beyond, the raw beauty of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
How to Get There
Our room was beautiful! We were three people and we had one large room with a full sized bed, a couch and TV, a bathroom that connected to a smaller room with another bed and small table. The staff were very accommodating! They even made us a full spread of breakfast at 4am before our flight. The breakfast was very good, traditional Moroccan breads and pastries. The only thing is that it smelled like horses near the pool which was a little unpleasant. But other than that, had a great stay.
This is a beautiful Riad, truly an oasis in the heart of the Medina madness and mayhem. 15 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle, it is wonderful to return to peace and tranquility. With stunning roof terrace views across Marrakesh and out to the Atlas mountains, the sunset and sunrises are totally breathtaking.
We arrived and were immediately greeted by the warm and friendly staff who could not do enough to look after us. The delicious Berber breakfast was served and we were totally relaxed and ready for the day.
With a beautiful pool and terrace as well as the Riad courtyard and many relaxing rooms, there is plenty of space in addition to the lovely bedrooms to read and chill out.
Laurence and her team of staff are wonderful hosts. I would highly recommend this Riad and look forward to returning again soon.
Many thanks again
Excellent riad. Good staff and good food. Well priced. Very nice pool. Having read some of the other reviewssince we got home I would liketo defend the small roof terrace rom - we thought it was a great price - lovely to be on the top floor and have the terrace area all to yourselves. I can appreciate people who had expected larger rooms would be a tad disappointed but having had a recent visit to Kenya where some of the "deluxe" rooms were a disgrace we thought this little riad was great. My only concern on being dropped off by the taxi was .... if I hadn't booked with Vogage Prive I would not have gotten out of the cab. The "alley way" you walk down to get to the riad is pretty grim - so beware but once you are at the door of the riad you're fine to go! The walk to the medina is very "authentic" - too much so for me - its workshops, donkeys pulling carts of cement, car repairs etc - to be honest - not to my liking and looking over the walls of the roof terrace makes you think you are in a very different place. So all in all - its a lovely riad, its close to the centre but I should probably have been in the modern part of town rather than the old part. On the other hand my husband loved it (did a motorcycle trip across Morocco last year - so he is more accustomed than me!)
My wife and I stayed with Lawrence for 11 days over the new year. Our stay was first class. Laurence made recommendations on where to visit and what to do, her recommendations fitted our needs perfectly. The staff were all wonderful. The Riad was just perfect.The food was amazing, we ate in the Riad on two nights, we would have enjoyed eating there every night had we not wanted to try different places. The roof top garden is an idyllic escape in the sun all day long. Great place, have no reservations I assure you that you will come back super happy like we did. Even the people out in the street know and admire Laurence and do all they can to help her guests. 5 Stars all the way. See you soon Laurence. Pete and Kirsten
2 perfect days in Marrakech enjoying the hospitality of the staff at Riad Laurence Olivier. The riad itself is a work of art and the best place to relax after a busy day exploring the streets of the Medina.
Breakfast went beyond our expectations - simply delicious. In terms of distances, literally 10 mins walk to the main square.
Definitely worth the visit and 100% recommended.