I am a cynical grumpy old bugger, but my gorgeous wonderful wife took me here to Celebrate my 50th birthday at the hotel, the staff presented me with the most delicious chocolate cake with lit candles and then proceeded to sing happy birthday in English, French & Arabic. The staff cannot do enough for you and always have a genuine smile. The Hotel itself is a hidden gem tucked away down a lane in true Moroccan style. Once inside you enter a wonderful world of understated elegance and sublime beauty; this really is one of the best places I have ever stayed in. Nothing is too much trouble. The building is an intoxicating mix of gorgeous indigenous architecture and the modern world gently adapted to make your stay even more wonderful. The place isn't built along traditional horizontal linear lines, you have to walk up and down short sets of stairs, turn corners, open doors and go in and out along balconies to fully enjoy this tiny gem. The Hammam is down in a subterranean world of subdued lighting flickering off the gently curved warm brick, with a myriad of wonderous smells and sounds to seduce, calm and relax you as the staff pamper and pound the stress of modern life away. The heart of the place is a small courtyard centred around a small fountain with fresh roses floating in it as the water bubbles off the tiled floor around which you may sit and enjoy mint tea, should the sun drop then step inside the lounge and huddle within the womb like embrace of the log fire sitting in comfort like a Vizier of old. The restaurant is entered through two wonderfully shaped carved doors, duck if you are over six foot and enter the splendid room serving fine foods and wine. The Jazz bar reminds one of dark smokey prohibition set from a Bogey film, you can sit amid the passionate paint scheme and wood pieces and imagine secretive meetings over bottles of whiskey with eyes foxed on the door watching to see who comes in. There is a Piano and a pianist most evenings and when he is absent then the staff play a fantastic range of old and new jazz to while away the time in decadent comfort. Breakfast can be served indoors, don't, sit out on the mesmorising balcony warmed by gas fires overlooking a rippling heated pool swathed in potted plants of all sizes, look around and take in the rest of the courtyard with its trees, high walls and what must be the most attentive staff in the land.
I really cannot emphasise how warm and helpful the staff are. Adil Chaif at the Front office for instance replaced the batteries of my wives' camera, put stamps on mail and posted them all without charge. Raja was the delightful person who first greeted us and showed the hidden depths of this most exquisite place with a gentle smile.
Go people just go.
- 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