We had a car pick us up at the airport in Marrekech, to take us to the Riad, La Maison Arabe. The driver pulled into this alleyway, that housed an appliance store, with washing machines out side & nothing else in site, but a few doors.. He stop & told us we had arrived. My husband & I looked at each other, both of us showing much concern. We wondered what kind of place we had picked to stay in. Suddenly out of a narrow alley, a bell hop appeared with the standard brass luggage cart. He took our luggage & told us to follow him, down this very narrow alley. We then arrived at the most charming of small hotels. It is acutually a group of Riads, that were put together to make a larger complex. We just loved the place. It is so charming. It is everything we pictured a Morrocan building to be. The place had many cozy sitting areas, where you could enjoy a quiet snack or drink. It is decorated beautifully, in the typical Morrish style, so much so that I almost expected Humphrey Bogart to walk in. They have fireplaces in various locations, always buring nicely on those chilly Morrocan nights & lots of candles lit, to add to the ambience. Afternoon tea is gratis & is served to you wherever you like, which could be in the comfort of your room, also very beautiful decorated & serviced or in the court yard, with its bubbling fountain, in one of the cozy sitting rooms or by the pool, which also offers a variety of diferent seating arrangements. The pool is beautiful & that is where your complimentary breakfast is served, which is an excellent breakfast buffet, offering the typical American, European & Morrocan breakfast offerings. It is also where you can take lunch or have a very nice candle lit dinner, feauturing some Morrocan style food, but predominately international, cusine, which is very good. If you want a wonderful Morrocan dinner, they have a beautiful Morrocan restaurant, which is beautifully decorated in the Moorish style, serving delicious Morrocan food. Every evening, whether you are in the Morroccan restaurant, poolside restaurant or the court yard, their is a Morrocan muscian, playing soft Morrocan music on various Morrocan musical instuments. Very romantic.
I also can't say enough about the wonderful service we received, by all the very attentive staff. They even offered to have the bell hop walk us to a restaurant that was very difficult to find. It was in one of those hidden places that was in an alley, off an alley, off another alley, off a main street. They were always very accomodating.
So after a hectic day, in the extreme over sensory experience of the souks & the Medina (main square), the La Maison Arabe Riad is an beautiful oasis, located in the old city, just a few walking blocks from the Medina & all the sights. You can't beat the convience of the location.
I would definatley highly recommend the La Maison Arabe Riad to anyone, looking for a wonderful experience in Marrekech. Enjoy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Maison Arabe Marrakech
- La Maison Arabe Hotel Marrakech