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“Calm and very welcoming” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad El Arsat
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   10 Derb Chemaa, Arset Loughzail | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #170 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Calm and very welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Two couples stayed here for one night - the next day we were flying home. We would have been very happy to spend more days here. It has an uninviting entrance at the end of a dusty narrow passage - and then you are ushered in to a wonderful open space with garden pond, pool etc. One of the largest spaces in a riad in Marrakech. We had a pool room (next to the pool) and the blue room - upstairs overlooking the garden and pool. The latter was an upgrade. The owner - Charles - speaks good English and is very welcoming. We had complimentary tea and home made biscuits on arrival. There are no keys to the rooms as it is very safe inside. The outside walls of terraces etc are lovely colours and in good repair. There is a great view over the rooftops from the top terrace.The rooms are well appointed. The water pressure in the pool room was poor and the water flow stopped - but Charles soon had it fixed for us.
It was our last night in Morocco so we decided to eat in the Riad - Wine £26 a bottle and meal for 4 was £170.Perhaps pricey but it was wonderful. We ate next to the pool and had wonderful starters of Moroccan salad - some hot and some cold eg aubergine and tomato, A number of these on dishes - bit like a tapas.
There is free Wi-Fi. Plenty of seating areas on all floors and lovely cool lounge to sit in whilst temperatures climbed to 40. Breakfast is typical - pancakes, yoghurt, orange juice, bread and jam.
We didn't have to leave our rooms until 2.00pm on our departure day and then we could sit in the lounge until taxi came. Charles and the staff were all very attentive. I highly recommend Riad el Arsat.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Riadh El Arsat is one of the most beautiful and seculded joys I have encountered in a very long time - the last Garden of Eden if you will. Charles (the proprieter) was every helpful and wonderfully accomodating to our every need: organizing taxis, drinks, and meals for us. We had a room by the pool which was an absolute delight to wake up to each morning. I will definitely be back!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Raid El Arsat is a beautiful Marrakech experience that I challenge you not to love! By rights, it should have a much higher Tripadvisor ranking.

From the moment you enter the gates, it feels like you are in your own private palace. The delightful hosts have created something stunning from a very old merchant's property - it is lovingly restored, with great attention to detail. The central garden and swimming pool make you quickly forget the hustle and bustle outside, giving you the chance to breathe. We had a large room opening out onto a terrace with a view onto the gardens - sublime.

I looked long and hard for this type of property and was so happy I chose this one. I guarantee that you will have a truly wonderful time!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

People make the place. Hospitality makes the place. Food makes the place. Ambience makes the place. Beauty makes the place.

The 'place' makes the place.

This was it. So glad we stayed there. I am sure there are several Riads, but I would probably struggle to find a better one.

So no need to have brain damage. Take my word for it and just go here.....

MM

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at Riad El Arsat and we were not disappointed. The lovely welcome we received from owners and staff could not be faulted. Breakfast served on our own quiet first floor terrace area over looking the fantastic garden. Mint tea and Moroccan biscuits offered whenever we arrived back to the Riad. Beautiful room, bathroom and air conditioning. See you again soon.

Room Tip: We were in the white room on the first floor with a lovely big outdoor terrace where we had breakfas...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

More than a month has passed since we left this wonderful place. Everything was outstanding, and we truly enjoyed every moment. The uniquely decorated rooms, the home cooked food, the exotic garden, the quietness, the location, yes everything more than fulfilled our high expectations based on other reviews. And we cannot think about a more generous, helpful hostess than Agnes, who daily gave very helpful tips on sightseeing, shopping and dining in Marrakech. And Fatima, your excellent food had us looking forward to every meal. We highly recommend this gem!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

When you travel with a big family (15 pax) and still want to enjoy Marrakech, with the change to get out of the kaos in the median, this is the perfect place.. in the middle of the Medina, this gem provide you with the calm and luxiurs lifestyle of a Riad.. with great food prepared for you on request..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Derb Chemaa, Arset Loughzail | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #170 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad El Arsat 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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