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Reviewed 9 April 2012

beautiful riad in the middle of rhe old city. Clean, simple, impecable service and free wi fi.

No doubt the best value for money

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Thank Assaf99
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

The riad is located on a narrow street and like everything else in the medina it is hard to find at first. We got a taxi from the train station (who tried to rip us off!). I recommend arranging taxi pick up/drop off with the riad. We were dropped off about 200m away from the hotel and bunch of little boys tried to get us to follow them to the riad. We eventually did follow one of them and quickly got to the riad.
It must be said that the arriving at medina in Marrakech was a bit overwhelming. We had stayed in the medinas of Fès and Meknes which were much calmer and people were more respectful of tourists. Plus the street leading to the hotel is full of butcher shops which does not provide a pretty picture. My mom immediately wanted to leave and find a hotel in the new part of the city, but after arriving at the Riad Lena and talking to Abdel she calmed down and began enjoying herself.
We had dinner twice at the hotel and I would really recommend it! Food was absolutely delicious and the dinner room on the terrace was beautifully decorated.
The room was also so pretty and breakfast was a feast.
What I liked most about this riad and what really sets it apart is their attention to detail. Lit candles around the swimming pool and on the stairs at night, high-quality and deliciously perfumed shampoo and soap available in the rooms, bathrobes, rose petals on the diner table... everything was carefully thought through to make the stay more pleasant.
Service was also amazing. The staff was so kind and helpful. We had a bread-making class with the cook (cooking classes are free if you have dinner there). They even make us breakfast at 6AM since we had an early departure.
The swimming pool was also a plus. It was wonderful to relax and cool down after walking around in the Marrakech heat!
I would absolutely recommend Riad Lena to anyone who would like to stay in the medina.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank nina31
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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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1  Thank 91scotty
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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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1  Thank Hanlun
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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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1  Thank Hans D
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