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“Dinner and Cocktails at Maison Arabe” 5 of 5 stars
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La Maison Arabe
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Derb Assehbe | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Dinner and Cocktails at Maison Arabe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Our Riad recommended Maison Arabe for dinner. It was just round the corner, down one of the alleys that are so typical of Marrakech. Once inside though, it is difficult to believe something so beautiful and tranquil could be hidden behind the grotty walls. We had pre dinner drinks in the Jazz Bar. The service excellent and dinner was delicious. We sat by the pool with a heater, as it was a little chilly and my wife was offered a blanket too.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned for our final night dinner.
We'd especially like to thank the barman in the Jazz Bar. His cocktails were amazing and his house special was especially fab, with a cheeky vodka added. He made us feel most welcome and nothing was too much trouble, even when the bar got a bit busy, he made sure we were enjoying ourselves and weren't neglected. Our only regret is that we didn't get his name, in order to give him a more personal mention.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I stayed here for five nights as tour leader for a small high-end group. Could not be more pleased with this hotel. The staff are exceptional . . . they knew us by name and were helpful, responsive and friendly. The property is intimate, atmospheric and beautifully located. It's down an alley, so removed from the hustle-bustle and noise of the city. Hint: the homemade yogurt on the breakfast buffet was delicious. Room service is prompt and free of charge. It's very close to a mosque, so expect to be awakened early if you sleep with your windows open! There are a lot of wonderful hotels and riads in Marrakech - but this one rates a Perfect 10!

Room Tip: There are a lot of stairs to traverse - no avoiding it. Even in my room (a standard), the bathroom...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

What a fantastic half term holiday for the family! The location within a few minutes walk of the Night Market and the Souk was perfect. The Hotel organised a very good guide to show us around and get our bearings. The cookery course was also incredibly well organised. The food and service was also excellent. Our children (11 & 13 yrs) loved the experience. The Country Club (a short minibus ride away) was spectacular - with a beautiful pool/restaurant/gardens to investigate. An Oasis of calm. I cannot recommend this Hotel highly enough. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Let me first say that I have been to a few hotels in Morocco that have looked pretty enough but have had horrible service. Not so at La Maison Arabe. Not only is the hotel beautiful, but the service is impeccable. Everyone is incredible friendly and polite, even when we had a fussy and at times troublesome 3 year old running around (they were incredibly patient with her and played with her often). The hotel offers a cooking class which my wife took, the chef would take you to a nearby market and show which ingredients to pick, and then show you how to cook them at the hotel kitchen. The breakfast buffet is amazing, and their restaurant has great food and Tajine. The rooms are spacious and clean (the room gets cleaned twice a day!). Everything was amazing, I am coming back here for sure.

Room Tip: Choose the Suite with patio view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Love this place! I would rate this place a 10 if possible.

Here is the deal in a nutshell:

Fantastic:
1 - The building/rooms----oozing with atmosphere. You really feel like royalty in Morocco. (Rooms are spacious and quiet)
2 - The service - So helpful, so gracious in every way. I'm not kidding!
3 - 5* Moroccan restaurant - Fabulous food, nice music, impeccably decorated.
4 - Location - Right in the middle of the Medina...perfect!
5 - Lap pool - It is a heated pool but unfortunately was not heated during our stay. We still swam laps but it was cold.
6 - Excellent Hamam/spa
7 - Fun hands-on cooking class resulting in an excellent meal.
8 - Some fantastic Moroccan wines

Minor issue:
1 - Breakfast is understaffed. They are set up to serve you but are unable to since there is really only one person doing all the work including making eggs. As a result, people are constantly trying to help themselves with difficulty. Food quality was good though.
2 - Also no gym but there is park (Cyber-park) a few blocks away that you can run in

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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taftaf, General Manager at La Maison Arabe, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
Dear Sir or Madame,

Thank you for posting your kind comments regarding your stay with us.
I will be sure to share them with our team at La Maison Arabe.

Concerning our on-site pool, we usually heat it from mid-October until mid-April; as we
were having unseasonably warm weather in Marrakech these past few weeks, it was not heated the days that you were staying with us. It is now heated and the water reaches a temperature of 25°C during the afternoons.

We have noted your positive criticism regarding our breakfast, and have increased the
breakfast staff to 5 to ensure an exemplary level of service. The service should be at the
level of what we consider one of the best breakfast buffets in Marrakech, that includes
among many other things: freshly squeezed organic fruit juices, cheeses, hams, homemade yogurt and breakfast pastries, organic eggs prepared your way, and a choice of five different Moroccan crepes prepared before our guests by a dada (traditional Moroccan chef).

I sincererly hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon to La Maison Arabe.

Taoufik Ghaffouli
General Manager
La Maison Arabe
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Clovelly
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The hotel is beautifully decorated using authentic hand made items. The staff are fantastic- very helpful. There is an international restaurant as well as a Moroccan restaurant both serving great food. The location of the hotel is excellent- not far from the souk/ medina and it was great to stay inside the old city walls. Take time out to visit the ham man for a traditional scrub , Facial and massage - worth the visit and inexpensive.

Room Tip: We had a room in the old ( original ) part of the hotel- very authentically Morrocan
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This hotel is an absolute gem. The staff are welcoming, charming, efficient and can't do enough for you. The hotel itself has a great atmosphere and consists of a number of lovely courtyards on different levels. Our suite of rooms was just wonderful, with two terraces filled with the scent of jasmine and birdsong.

We had dinner in both restaurants where delicious food is served with wonderful live background. For anyone who wants to learn to cook Moroccan food, the half day cookery courses are great fun and an excellent introduction to the art of cooking with a tagine.

When you want to escape the the frenzy of the Souks, a lovely garden and swimming pool also with impeccable service, just outside the medina can be reached by a complementary bus.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Derb Assehbe | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — La Maison Arabe 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This legendary and prestigious hotel boasts 26 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, a new spa, and a choice of 2 large swimming pools (on-site in the medina or at the hotel's country annex, 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle). The hotel's world-famous Moroccan cooking workshops have become a "must-do" activity in Marrakech. Frommer's describes La Maison Arabe as "the epitome of Moroccan elegance." ... more   less 
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