Riad Fleur D'Orient was one of the highlights of our trip. Down a couple of narrow alleys, it's a lovely surprise to step into the welcoming hallway with smells of incense, and the beautifully decorated lounge area. The pool is a lovely feature although be warned, the water is freezing, but very welcome on a hot day. Rachida has put her heart and soul into this place and you can tell from the lovely little touches everywhere such as candles, cushions, a book-share shelf, brightly coloured Moroccan rugs and furniture and rose petals in the room. Our room on the ground floor was small but cosy and towels, a few toiletries and bottled water were provided. The bed was comfy and the room was cleaned every day. We had air-con although it wasn't the coldest but sufficient for our stay when it wasn't so hot. The pillows are made for giants, we abandoned them for the smaller decorative cushions. WiFi is a bit hit and miss but was usually available.
On a couple of days when we felt tired and lazy, we relaxed on the floor cushions around the pool or upstairs in the shaded lounge area on the sun terrace and tried the shisha pipe. I really recommend taking a couple of sunny mornings to relax at the riad after breakfast reading and listening to music, you're refreshed for the souks or sites in the afternoon.
The staff are without fail absolutely wonderful and can't do enough for you. Anything you ask for they will try and get and they are kind and friendly, especially Othmane the manager. Rachida herself is the most warm and lovely person and makes you feel as though you are in your own home. You always get a really quick response if you email or text the staff which was really appreciated before and during our stay.
Breakfast consists of a selection of breads and pancakes, eggs, Moroccan tea, fresh orange juice and coffee. The addition of some fresh fruit or yogurt would make it even better for those who aren't big bread eaters but Rachida happily provided us with some melon when we asked. We had dinner at the riad the night we returned from an exhausting 3 day road trip to the Sahara Desert. It was one of the best meals we ate during our stay, pre-order the delicious chicken with lemon and olives.
From the riad, you can either take a 10 - 15 minute walk up the main road towards Koutoubia, the main Mosque and the Jemaa El Fnaa is just on the left, or you can be in the souks in 5 minutes if you continue along Route Sidi Abdelaziz once you hit the main junction near the riad.
Most of the staff speak some English but we never had any difficulties being understood. This is a welcoming, charming, cosy, beautiful place to stay and brilliant value. Don't stay in a hotel, stay here!