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“Paradise in the Medina” 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 #149 of 1,120 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
“Paradise in the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is our favorite holiday place and I tell you we are frequent travellers.
Great authentic kitchen, you wil not get a better tajine than the one from Fatima in marrakesch.
It's just like being at home, amazing owner and staff.
The garden and the pool are just the best place to seat, trink moroccon tee and read a book.
Thanks for the great week!! We will be back!!

Room Tip: for us the best room is was the suite in the 1st floor with a very nice varanda
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  • Stayed June 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Many Riad advertise with this a title, but this is really true for Riad El Arsat. With its incredible garden and swimming pool, once you enter through the door you can really relax after a long day walking the souks and the Medina. Just a short walk from the Djemaa el Fnaa, the location is unbeatable and if you rent a car like I did, you can park safely in the car park nearby only a 3 minute walk.
Rooms are comfortable and stylish. The decor of the whole Riad is very tasteful with many original features as it used to be a palace. Service is excellent and also the quality of the food. I had the pleasure of having dinner and lunch during my stay. Fatima, the cook has been working there for many years and her cooking is sublime. Breakfast is also very good and varied, even the place were you have it. i have visited many places during my stay in Morroco but none made me feel so at home as Riad el Arsat.

Room Tip: I stayed at one of the pool rooms which was very convenient to use the pool and for breakfast, but n...
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you go to Marrakesh you should stay at Riad El Arsat. It is a beautiful small palace in the medina.
The streets outside are busy but inside the portal of Riad El Arsat there is air, calm, a beautiful garden and an inviting swimming pool. The rooms are nicely decorated. The breakfast is very good as everything else that was served. It is a small paradise, I am definitely going back. A perfect hideaway for stressed city people who want to relax and then you have the adventure outside the doors...

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I think this is now my favourite hotel.

Only eight rooms share the largest private garden in the Marrakech medina (it's so big you can easily spot it on Google satellite maps!). On two sides of the garden are arranged sympathetically-restored elegant and comfortable rooms, hammam, jacuzzi, pool, large colonnaded salon, roof terrace etc. The garden itself is dense, bird-filled and shaded by mature palms, jacaranda, bougainvillea, figs and many others. We experienced two of the rooms, having been offered a (free) upgrade. One was on the garden (ground) floor opening onto the pool area and traditionally decorated, the second was on the first floor overlooking the garden and pool and, though more modern, also attractive and very comfortable.

The whole has been restored and maintained by Mme Nicole and her family, including the very charming and helpful Charles, our host, who could not have been more welcoming and helpful throughout.

Whenever we arrived - either hot and bothered after travel or just being tourists in the 33C heat of the crowded medina - the Riad was cool, shady, welcoming, quiet and comfortable.

The food was also delicious. We don't often eat in hotels but we did here, four times in five days. Many Moroccan favourites made an appearance - tagine, pastilla, brochettes, tanjia, couscous. Dinner in the garden with a bottle of rose was a highlight of our day. Breakfast, also in the garden, was very good too.

The staff were attentive but discreet. Somehow they always knew exactly when a glass of mint tea or a dip in the jacuzzi would be most welcome.

  • Stayed April 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 May 1, 2014

We stayed in the Riad for 2 nights, everything was absolutely perfect!
Charles arranged for us to get picked up from the airport as we arrived late at night. We had our dinner at the first night in the Riad, both wine and food were delicious.
We were then upgraded to a bigger room as the Riad wasn't too busy, the rooms are very stylish. If I had to name anything not perfect in the room I would perhaps mention the shower head as it was a little bit lose and there wasn't a hairdryer. Two small things that really didn't matter!
Breakfast was fabulous too and as we soon found out we seemed to have the best chef in Marrakesh cooking for us (and we are real food snobs!).
The location of the Riad is great too, a bit of a walk from the market which was nice as after an exhausting day of haggling I wanted to be as far away as possible to relax and unwind. We received complementary mint tea (which was the best I had on my trip to Morocco!) whenever we sat down in the Riad.
On the second evening Charles took some time to sit with us and plan our night out. He booked us taxi, table in the restaurant and in bar afterwards.
Whenever I am going back I will make sure to book into Riad el arsat again. It has everything you need and more!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Like everyone else who has reviewed El Arsat, we too loved it. So what to say that has'nt already been said? Charles and Agnes and their staff are the perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble. They have a lovely small Hammam and a hot tub on the upper terrace and you can have an excellent massage if you book in advance. We loved everything about this place, the garden, the atmosphere, the decor and the feeling that you were staying in a private house. When we arrived late and frazzled with 2 hungry teenagers, Agnes somehow managed to magic up an omelette and a glass of wine although it was long after her chef had gone home. One of the exceptional things about El Arsat is the large garden and the lack of noise, it is easy to forget you are in the heart of the city. I can't think of anywhere I would rather stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is one of the few Riads with a good sized garden and pool in the Medina. A 10 minute walk from the main square and other places of interest. The local staff is friendly though a little shy. Exception is Slimmen, who speaks good english and is very willing to help out.

The owner appeared to show less true hospitality. On our last day we were assured we could have our room until 5pm, when we would depart for home. At 1300 we were suddenly asked to settle our bill. 5 minutes after settling the owner asked us to leave the room at 15:00 because all over sudden new guests were going to arrive. Off course we did understand that. A pity though they couldn't offer us a place to have a shower at 5 pm.
Later we found the specific room was still bookable, as were 4 other rooms. It gave us a less nice feeling about the owner and her hospitality. Had we known before we couldn't keep the room longer, we would have made different plans. I now also felt bad about the high charge for the airport taxi they arranged (€ 25,-, where other Riads nearby charge € 15,-).

Room Tip: The room at the pool is very nice but can have less privacy when there are (manu) other guests aroun...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 #149 of 1,120 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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