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“Magical setting hidden behind the medina walls” 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 #7 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Guildford, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
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“Magical setting hidden behind the medina walls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

We were just passing this hotel and saw a small sign near our hotel. We went in and asked for a tour (always worth doing if you want to get a feel for the place). We were stunned at how huge the place was with its jazz bar, pool and restaurants. We returned 2 nights later for our best meal of the trip and also sent 2 others from our riad there for a hammam massage.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Millom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

A beautiful hotel - exquisitely furnished and decorated, spotlessly clean and always comfortable. A good location approximately 10 minutes walk to Djemaa el-Fna (once you figure out the best way!) and convenient for the Nouvelle Ville, Souks, and plenty of taxis passing nearby. The staff were brilliant and could not do enough to help - always polite, friendly and approachable. I was even offered a herbal tea 'concoction' when they heard I was suffering from tummy troubles! We were given a free upgrade to a suite for our final two nights on account of it being our Honeymoon; both rooms were excellent.
Breakfast is a feast with a delicious and wide selection, highlights being the fantastic home made yoghurt and made-to-order Moroccan pancakes!
We used the hotel's other leisure facilities which are a 20 minute (free) shuttle transfer away on the city outskirts. A nice place to relax, with big comfy beds and a large (but cold!) pool and light snacks available.
We only dined once at the hotel's Moroccan restaurant but had a fantastic meal, including the biggest fall-off-the-bone shoulder of lamb you will ever see! It was not a cheap option, but for a special meal definitely value for money. The restaurant has got the ambience spot-on, and the lute/guitar musicians playing background music added a real special touch.
The hotel has a number of informal seating areas which are lovely places for reading a book, drinking afternoon tea or having early evening drinks. We also used the hotel pool on a few occasions and found it a lovely way to cool down and relax after a day walking the city!
We took part in the famous cookery class and had great fun cooking Moroccan salads, chicken tagine with preserved lemons and olives, and watching a bread making demonstration with the added bonus of eating the products of our labour for lunch after the session!
All-in-all, we had a memorable stay at a fantastic hotel, and would recommend to all who are looking for a top class place to stay when in Marrakech.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our first time to Marrakech and we loved i! The hotel was incredible and from the minute we arrived we were blown away. The hotel's entrance is down a plain alley but once inside the hotel is stunning. There are lots of different rooms and levels and all exquisitely decorated. We had a patio suite in the old part of the building which formed an L shape room overlooking one of the pretty courtyards with two beds in the living area for the children. The service in the the hotel is second to none and our every need was catered for including simpler dining options for our 8-year old, arranging excursions to the Atlas Mountains, guides for the Medina and Souks as well as restaurant recommendations and travel arrangements. The food too is excellent, we enjoyed the International restaurant and whilst venturing out to several other good restaurants in the city we found that the hotel's food and setting were hard to beat. Breakfast too was delicious with homemade yogurts, fresh fruit salad, pastries and pancakes/eggs cooked to order. In addition the Jazz bar was like stepping back in time to the 30s whilst the Country Club, a short bus ride out of town was an oasis of calm and relaxation in a very busy city. We also did the cooking course at the hotel with our 12-year old daughter which was also excellent fun. The staff though are what makes this hotel so unique, they are so warm and willing to make your stay very special. We really felt very fond of them after our week's stay and certainly regarded the hotel as "home" whilst we were in Morocco.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We are just back from a truly lovely and relaxing vacation in Marrakech with our two boys ages 10 and 11. I was expecting something "adventurous" and maybe a bit overwhelming at times, but the trip was relaxed and wonderful from start to finish. We spent our first few days in the mountains before coming into the city to la Maison Arabe. We were met with exceptional service and friendliness. This hotel seems to have thought of everything. There are numerous quiet corners in which to relax, curl up with a book, or enjoy the sunshine. Our boys swam every day in the heated pool and we also went out to the "country club," a 15 minute drive from the hotel, one day to swim in that larger (unheated) pool. Our room for the first 2 nights was the Royal Suite and it was unbelievable, with a private roof deck with jacuzzi tub (!!) and huge luxurious spaces. The second two nights we were in 2 smaller rooms, also lovely, which shared a sunny outdoor courtyard.
The food at this hotel was fantastic - we ate twice at the "traditional" dining room and once in the other one. We didn't want to worry about food safety, esp with children, so we stuck to the hotel food. Our last day we did the cooking class which was terrific and fun.
I can't say enough about the quality of the service at this hotel. Staff were uniformly friendly and helpful, without being annoyingly overattentive. We all felt completely at home here.
The location of the hotel is also excellent - walking distance to the large market area as well as the Marjorin gardens.

Room Tip: If you can afford the Royal Suite, it's well worth the cost. Heavenly!! But, our other rooms...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Paris, France
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have been to Marrakech now 3 times and love it. After visiting with my husband for the second time; I decided to take my sister from the United States who had never previously held a passport. We did a girls weekend here from Europe.

La Maison Arabe is the total package for a vacation destination - close to the adventure of the medina (market). No need for a car and I recommend you don't get one. Just take taxi or arrange for pick-up thru the hotel. The staff are all amazing and willing to assist their guests. The hotel's pools are refreshing and enjoyable to just look at. There are two: on property and another in the gardens which is accessible by courtesy transportation. The pool in the riad is refreshing after a day of negotiations in the market place. The spa...oh la la how wonderful. I went for the hammam and massage with my sister and we had a totally rejuvenating 2+ hours. It was hard to prepare for dinner within the property. They have at least 3 places to eat. We needed more time to enjoy all of them and couldn't even fit in the totally professional cooking classes ;-( Gotta go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This gorgeous riad/boutique hotel is 10 minutes from the central piazza, down an unlikely looking back street, is an ideal setting from which to discover Marrakech. The service is first class as is the attention to detail. The building itself is quite stunning and the 2 restaurants offer fine dining opportunities.

Room Tip: The garden suite overlooking the pool was quite exquisite
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rehoboth Beach
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149 reviews 149 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We were most impressed with this stay -- everyone was so helpful and friendly. The suite we had overlooked a courtyard with a nice terrace to sit outside. Huge closets, much space in the bedroom and a wonderful cozy sitting area down the hall. The furnishings are lovely too, a nice desk, artwork, pillows, etc. You have to be able to climb many stairs to get to the room -- they take your bags up as that would be a real impediment to any traveler with a large suitcase. But to go to breakfast you have to go up and down many staircases, and some are circular and small steps. Nevertheless, the climb is well worth the reward. So we would say this is one of the finest hotels we have seen during our travels in Morocco.

Room Tip: If stairs are an issue, ask for a room on a lower floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#3 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — La Maison Arabe 5*
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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