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“Beautiful haven; escape from crazy medina!”
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Riad Lena & SPA
Ranked #160 of 1,172 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2012

We stayed here 17th - 20th FEB 2012, and the service at this Riad was impeccable. From arrival right through until departure we were treated like royalty; the staff really were at your beckon call. Upon arrival, the owner Abdel gave us a map to help us get to and from the riad, as well as a welcoming drink of mint tea which was just what you needed after travelling and navigating through the medina. The place was full of character; very authentic, with comfortable seating everywhere for you to decamp after a long day, free wi-fi, a sitting room with a fire, the candelit courtyard and pool, curtains hanging on the walkways... it really was beautiful, the pictures on hotels.com just don't do it justice! Our room itself was on the small side but again very authentic; a rustic open shower, traditional furniture.. One minor complaint would be that it was a tad cold at night in February.. Security was also not an issue (buzzer to get in the main door 24/7, padlock for bedroom doors), and breakfast was served on the sunny terrace up top each morning; a standard Moroccan continental breakfast, but again served promptly and with a smile. Don't be afraid to ask for more either! On our final morning we were setting off on a 3-day tour and so needed to have an early breakfast; this was no issue at all; it was waiting for us when we went up to the terrace!
The riad is also fairly easy to find and quite well situated for all the main sights (Djemma el Fna, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa etc..), surrounding area pretty sketchy though that is the nature of the Medina!

I would seriously recommend anyone to stay here; I'm struggling to think of any major negative points! A very pleasant stay, and if you're looking to have an authentic Riad experience during your trip to Morocco, you'd struggle to do better than this!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

As others have pointed out, finding the riad can be quite a mission, especially when it involves dragging your luggages through a busy market. BE WARE! when you step off the taxi some people might offer to lead you to Riad Lena, do not, i repeat do not follow them because you will get ripped off at the end (though if you do let them lead you, leave them 50 or so dirham and simply knock on the door of the Riad). I strongly recommend arranging airport pick up with the Riad prior to your arrival, save yourself the trouble. Overall the riad is very sweet, nicely decorated, clean and the roof terrace is an absolute bliss ..i can spend hours just lying there under the sun sipping mint tea or fresh orange juice. The stuff at the Riad are very very helpful and attentive , if you have an problem do let them know, the driver they arranged for us was very reliable and polite (which is rather rare in this country ). I would strongly recommend Riad Lena if you are traveling with a group of friends or special someone ;)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Location is hard, it lies in a very dark corner in some shabby little alley. But after a lot and trial and error, the second day we were used to it. Wouldn't recommend it to bad card readers or people who can't ask for directions though. But if you know you're way it's a 10 min walk from the central square.
The Riad is really beautiful, water from the showers in december can sometimes be cold. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are nice and in proper Morrocan style. Can be a bit noisy if there are noisy guests. Lovely rooftop where the nice breakfast is served.
Only downside is that they tried to charge us for a new years eve dinner they said was free. But they dropped it in the end, so no complaints there.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

If you like to go to Marrakech staying in a Raid inside the medina (and not in a normal tourist's hotel in Gueliz) Riad LENA is perfect for these reasons: great location at the northern-top of the suk, in a very quite darb (but not too dark or scary), takes 10mins to go to Place Jamhal; very very very clean, personnel super kind, great terrasse on top with sofas, big umbrellas but even a windowed room for breakfest if it's cold.

Rooms are very good, beds perfect (ours was a bit small but they have bigger ones) and the bathroom is more than good (in the shower you can fit in 4!). Breakfast change menu each day of the week and is large and super fresh.

Staff is in 24/24 h, so if you are back late you just ring the door, they check you through a camera and open. They also organized for us the car from/to the airport with a modern and big van.

Compared to other riads I experienced they do not have ancient carpets or old/precious chandeliers, but they gain the max rating because everything's is still maroccain and not fake, they have a small but fascinating heated pool you can use all seasons and the general is a very cool place (see photos i attach)!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

I'm not qualified to compare Riad Lena with the dozens of other riads in marrakech, all I can say is that it was a delightful place to stay: Great welcome; a fantastic room that had everything you need but was uniquely decorated; great breakfast on the terrace (from where tall people can see the snow on the Atlas mountains in November). Plunge pool was heated and in use. Very helpful proprietor organised extremely efficient and definitely no rip-off transport to the airport. Food was good and wine served. Going through the (hard to find) street door and into the courtyard was like entering Dr Who's Tardis. Very well placed for all sites etc. Be prepared to be woken early by the first call to prayer; I found it moving, others might not.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Lena & SPA

Address: 8, Derb El Hammam | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #160 of 1,172 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: ₹ 3,925 - ₹ 10,265 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Lena & SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Lena & Spa welcome you to their house, ideally situated in the Medina near the DAR BACHA Palace and eight minutes from the markets and Place Jeema el Fna. The riad has been traditionally renovated with much thought given to your comfort. The riad consists of 10 air-conditioned bedrooms, furnished in pure Moroccan style. All rooms look on to the patio and the swimming pool permitting you to cool down after sunbathing on the terrace with views of the High Atlas mountains. A first class riad in the heart of the Medina and markets, with terraces, a swimming pool and easy car access.. ... more   less 
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