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“Exquisite Riad, Perfect Service” 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 #5 of 481 Hotels in Marrakech
Wootton Bassett
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“Exquisite Riad, Perfect Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife booked a 3-night stay at La Maison Arabe as a birthday surprise for me -- she couldn't have chosen a more perfect hotel. From the moment the porter stepped up to take our bags, as we approached somewhat nervously down the unassuming alley, we experienced the most professional, discreet and yet friendly service from all the staff. Having been greeted with a welcome drink in the delightful Salon de The courtyard, we were taken on personal tour of this intimate and beautifully appointed riad, culminating in the introduction to our fabulous courtyard suite, adorned with scattered rose petals. We couldn't wait to experience the luxurious spa and booked in straight away -- I'd personally recommend the Beldi hammam and massage session as the perfect way to spend a couple of hours unwinding. We ate in both the traditional Moroccan and modern Les Trois Saveurs restaurants during our stay and both excelled in service and quality. At breakfast the staff were so attentive and friendly that we immediately felt like regular visitors who'd been coming back for years. It's hard to tear yourself away from such an excellent hotel but being located right in the Medina, just a few minutes' walk from the souks, you don't have to venture far. One final highlight was the sophisticated Jazz Bar where we relaxed in the evenings, sipping personalised cocktails, soaking up the cool jazz wafting from the pianist and imagining Hercule Poirot wandering in accompanied perhaps by an American heiress ...

Room Tip: We had a courtyard suite in the older part of the riad with a quiet personal balcony -- well worth i...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

After many hours of research, we decided to stay in the medina, in a traditional riad. With many wonderful options to choose from, my friend through in a last-minute request for a proper pool to swim lengths in. La Maison Arabe seemed like the obvious choice, and I'm very happy we chose it. Close to the edge of the old city, it's easily accessible, being only 50 yards or so from where the taxi we arranged through the hotel stops. We were greeted by the first in a long line of charming and helpful staff who took as through to the internal courtyard to drink sweet tea and eat biscuits while we checked in. We were then taken to our room, which was spotless, beautiful and certainly the most characterful i've ever been in (it has a tagine-shaped wall at the heart of it.). I never saw any of the more expensive rooms (ours was the cheapest) but I imagine they're pretty special.

We had lunch by the pool every day except one, when we decamped to the country club, and dinner one evening. The atmosphere is very tranquil, no doubt romantic with the right companion. We took advantage of the hammam and booked a guide to take us round the souk. Not being culinary types, we didn't book a cookery class, although we met a few who did and they all seemed both very impressed, and to be enjoying themselves.

The setting is beautiful, a true haven in a chaotic and noisy city. But the staff are exceptional. Tips are built into the final bill, and richly deserved. whoever manages this place hires very well and has done a great job to deliver a wonderful guest experience. I recommend this hotel without reservation.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We had a four night stay as part of our tour. This riad hotel has a very modest entrance which belies its character. A beautiful interior and delightful dining room where we enjoyed one of the best meals of our tour. Staff were very friendly and helpful if rather thin on the ground at breakfast! A management issue. A minor niggle in an otherwise perfect stay. Go there and soak up the atmosphere.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool are good.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very nice and posh atmosphere, professional and very discreet staff, lunch at the pool in the courtyard is an excellent experience for both, food and location. The spa center is an absolut must - do not miss out on that!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The manager and staff were incredibly kind and accommodating. There are so many different experiences, eating by the pool, the Hamman, the courtyards and sitting areas were all unique. It is Morocco at its finest.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite, you will love it!
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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holland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

What more to say? Stayed a full week and we really felt at home! Never happened in our life full of travelling. Very nice, helpful and multi lingual (even Dutch!) staff, the room and bed(!) were spacious and clean. The food was excellent, wifi and tv were state of the art, the swimming pool was heated, and a trip to the gardens (free transfer) was also an experience worth while. We loved the intimate atmosphere of a small hotel and the decoration was what you should expect in a top riad. Authentic and not overdone. Like staying with friends. By the way la Maison Arabe has an exquisite shop where they have made a pre-selection of all the good souvenirs of Marrakech. Furthermore the location is close to all interesting places in and around the medina and if they are still too far, the staff will call a taxi for you. We certainly hope to go back there!

Room Tip: ask for a room with view at the garden/swimming pool.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Recife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

All in this HOTEL is special, every employee treats guests with a heartfelt smile, the suite we occupied was 242 (THE NADA SUITE), was perfect. Sheets and pillow cases of the best cotton.
Breakfast was served outside in a semi-covered patio around the heated swimming pool. All kinds of goodies were offered as well as omlets, fried eggs etc. We went for dinner at one their restaurants, the morrocan one, and ate a leg of lamb to die for. The staff was always attentive to every one of our needs to the point of having their porter take us to the corner to pick up our pick up vehicles. My wife is campaining all the family to go Marrakesh next year. Obviously to stay at this exceptional RIAD.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#2 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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