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
We spend three nights at the Riad Laurence Olivier. In the first place we had actually paid via Voyage Privé to be six nights in one of the superior rooms. Unfortunately, things went very badly for us. For the worse points it looks like this was mainly the fault of an very unprofessional travel agency that is the contact point between Voyage Privé and this Riad.
End of the story was that we found ourselves not in one of the very nice superior rooms in the inside of the Riad but in a little tiny room on roof-Terrasse. Two things made it impossible to sleep in this room: firstly, a very strong and breathtaking smell coming out of the lavatory in the bathroom which forced us to keep the room door open over night. Secondly, a noisy surrounding caused of the air conditioning system (also based on the roof). The owner of the Riad offered us one night in the Suit and a dinner when she realized that we have been down-grated of our superior room thought the fault of the questionable travel agency she is cooperating with.
On the positive side, this is indeed a wonderful Riad, designed with much love and eye for details. The service is great, the food is amazing, the personell is super friendly and welcoming. Everything in the inside of this Riad is just perfect but unfortunately, we got unlucky, being placed in the only unacceptable room for this price class in Riad Laurence Olivier, even though we had paid for one of the lovely superior rooms inside..
Despite being in Marrakech during a very cold and rainy week the staff made us feel very much at home and nothing was too much trouble. As well as Laurence being the perfect host all of her staff are nothing short of excellent. In particular Simo who works tirelessly to meet the needs of the guests, even going out in appalling weather on his scooter to fetch some 'local' cold medication for my wife - and which worked! Having a lovely garden with a pool and superb roof terrace would have greatly added to our stay but for the poor weather.
I spent two nights in this Riad whilst in Marrakech, and Laurence and her staff made it an unforgettable experience which I did not want to leave from!
The inside of the Riad was easily the most beautiful and peaceful Riad I'd ever seen (and will probably ever see), and acted as a much needed break from the busyness of the outside medina.
I was also blown away by the friendliness of Laurence's staff, and their constant willingness to make sure my stay in Marrakech was pleasant.
The Riad is beautiful, the staff are amazing, and Laurence is the perfect host who will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive.
We spent the most special 4 days in Marrakech thanks to Laurence’s amazing hospitality and recommendations. Laurence is a true ambassador of morroccan culture, which made our trip truly authentic. She has managed to create the most exquisite and tasteful Riad in the middle of the medina, that combines all the different cultures where she’s lived in. We really thank Laurence and her wonderful staff for giving us such an experience which made it very difficult to go back home! Defineatly looking forward to our next visit very soon.
We stayed there for 2 nights and were very satisfied.The riad is spotlessly clean and the rooms are comfortable.The staff are helpful and friendly.It's a 10-15 minute walk to the main square through very colourful busy streets.
It certainly has more charm and character than the typical international hotels.