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“The Romance Continues.....” 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 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Los Angeles, California
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“The Romance Continues.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I see that there are over 600 excellent reviews. What could I possibly have to add? But I feel
compelled to write something because I love this place so much. It is the perfect melding of
riad and hotel. Most riads are very small and don't have hotel services such as front desk,
24-hour concierge, laundry, A/C, TV, Pool(s) spa, housekeeping, etc. As far as I know there are
only seven full riad/hotels in Marrakech and La Maison Arabe is perfection.

I was first there for a "milestone" birthday celebration, with 25 friends, in 2011. The way the
staff handled that situation was the equal of any great 7-star large hotel. But this time, I was
by myself and was there for almost a month. The staff was flawless and the experience
was supremely professional and yet, friendly and caring.

Knowing all the rooms, 26 in all, I would say that a few are, indeed, very small but they have
very large private courtyards. If stairs are an issue, I would suggest one of the rooms in the
newest wing. There are still eight to ten steps to negotiate from the lobby but there is an
elevator which goes from the top floor down to the restaurant and lower to the spa.
If one has no ability to use stairs, this hotel will not work. But for everyone else, it's the ONLY
place to be. I also recommend that people traveling with small children, go elsewhere where
there are more activities for them. La Maison Arabe is for older people; aged 13 and up.
And peace and quiet is one of the great features prized by guests. Well.....There ARE the
calls to prayer that come as early as 3:30 AM and are easily heard from some of the rooms.
I like that sound; but in the interest of full disclosure, it is a fact of life in Muslim countries.

I think, beyond the Moroccan charm, high level of taste and efficiency of staff, there is an ineffable feeling of being cared for as a member of an extended family. I had a bad cold while
there and I was treated to all manner of local "potions" and remedies that worked very well.

I wish I could name everyone who is worthy of high praise; but they ALL are. There is the
manager, Nabila, who is a rare treasure. She knows what you need before you do. At the
desk, Adil, Mustafa, Mourad and the others are so kind. The restaurant staff is always eager
to ensure one has a fine dining experience. The housekeeping staff couldn't be more effective.

A word about the "Country Club". This is a lovely garden with a huge refreshing pool and a
place for luncheon al fresco. It's about a 15 minute drive from the hotel and a free shuttle goes back and forth on the hour. It's a most charming place full service pool and luncheon and if
one is lucky, there are three kittens and one adult cat who will come to share lunch with you.
They are extremely lovable and attractive.

A couple of practical caveats: As to guides, if you want one, be sure to arrange it with Nabila
or someone at the desk. Do NOT let someone approach you in the square or on the street
to offer guide services. This is most important.

I was rather surprised to see the way more than a few of the women were dressed. I am
referring to short shorts and spare tops worn by women in their late teens to full middle age.
The ignorance of some people is mind boggling. I am not mindful of Muslim sensibilities in
my country or in Western Europe but when visiting a Muslim country, one is a guest in THEIR
home and a much more conservative manner of dress is a must. Oh, I'm not saying that one
has to wear an Abaya or a Chador but short shorts, and minimal tops are an affront.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. The newer rooms, over looking the pool are in various shades of biege, r...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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West Sussex, UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

La Maison Arabe is tucked away down a side street, about a 10 minute walk from the Medina. The decor throughout is traditional and in keeping with the stunning building. It has a lovely bar, 2 great restaurants and the nicest staff you could wish to meet. We stayed for 2 nights and didn;t want to leave. The added bonus is the country club about 15 minutes away (free shuttle) where there are beautiful gardens, a great pool and lunch restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

One of the best hotels I have ever been to! Stepping inside from the busy and narrow streets of the medina you immediately feel the peace and quiet one needs to recover after an exciting day in Marrakesh. The place is an oasis of style and luxury, excellent staff, excellent food, the whole interior is decorated with so much taste and love of detail that you would have to stay for at least 1001 nights to discover all the beautiful things that surround you.
I will definitely come back.

  • Stayed June 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
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New Mills, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Cannot fault this hotel - location, atmosphere, service, rooms, food etc. just excellent.
A slight problem that we had experienced ( noticed after we returned home ), was handled with alacrity and style by the manager, and we would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone looking for somewhere with an ' authentic ' feel and near the heart of the city.
Fully deserves the high ranking.

Room Tip: Try to upgrade if you can - whilst our room was very good ( overlooking the pool ), one with a balco...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
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Paris, France
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

this plase is one of these places where you stay to experience magic. It is beautifully decorated, the rooms are amazing, the whole atmosphere is about elegance and beauty. The restaurant is awesome and dont miss the "milk pastilla" for dessert! my favorite!
At dinner time, there are multiple musicians playing, alternating between soft traditional moroccan music and luth. If you want romance, that's the place to go as the tables are placed around a small swimming pool surrounded by moroccan lanterns.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Having just returned from La Maison Arabe we have nothing but positive things to say about this lovely place. We really couldn't have chosen anywhere better for our stay in Marrakech. The staff and service were first class, attentive without being over the top. We ate here two nights and on the third night chose to eat out at another 'top' restaurant in the Medina. We sincerely wished that we had eaten here a third night instead! Badr the guy in charge of the restaurant and its staff was extremely friendly and helpful in suggesting places to go. It really was one of the best small hotels that we have ever stayed in - anywhere in the World. The swimming pool at The Country Club is a good size and again, staff are attentive and the food there was lovely too. It was an absolute joy to walk through the doors after a few hours wandering around the souks and markets. It was like being taken into a different world in comparison to the heat, haggling and dirt which you experience outside. Would highly recommend a stay here.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 249 - it was beautiful and it was one of the cheaper ones. We had a nice view of...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

stayed seven nights in june it was perfect great staff lovely room upgraded to a suite for last two nights lovely pool at country club nothing is to much trouble for the great staff even walking you to a hard to find resteraunt this is a superb place to stay can not think of anything bad to write

Room Tip: they try and give you an upgrade if you can afford a pool view suite thats the best
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
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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 ) 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
#7 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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