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Maison Arabo Andalouse
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb Touareg No 67 | K'Sibt N'Hass Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Why would you stay anywhere else”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My wife and I were first time travellers to Marrakesh and we had heard stories of the chaotic streets, vibrant markets, etc. We speak little French and no Arabic so I was relying on the hotel to help with some day trips and suggestions/ validation on our plans. We could not have been happier with the Maison Arabo Andalouse and Paolo's help throughout our stay.

The Riad (Moroccan term for an large old house that has been converted into a 5-6 bedroom hotel) was perfect. Clean, wonderful old rooms with character, a roof-top garden where we had breakfast served to us every morning and a lovely courtyard with a central water feature and large banana trees.

After a day spent exploring the souks (markets), having some lunch on the roof top terrace of a cafe on Jeema El Fna (Marrakesh's central square) and wrestling with the 1001 motor bikes, horses and cars that seem to be travelling in all directions at once... coming back to the Arabo Andalouse was like entering an oasis. It was quiet, friendly and understated, which I love. It was everything we were hoping for.

Located minutes walk from everything you want to see in the central part of Marrakesh. Paolo (the Italian born owner of the Riad) was amazing and very helpful with suggestions of what to see, when, where to eat, where to buy, etc, etc. There are 3 staff in the Riad... all very attentive and lovely to deal with.

No doubt, Marrakesh is as chaotic a place as I have ever visited... but soooo interesting and rich. Paolo made this experience better by personally seeing to every detail of the trip. From having someone to pick us up at the airport, to organising a day trip to the foothills of the Atlas mountains, to the glass of mint tea and seasonal fruits served when you arrive... he was of invaluable help to us and we would not have seen half the things we did had he not been there to suggest half of it and arrange ALL of it.

You can tell the owner of this hotel is personally involved and invested in your stay.

When I return to Marrakesh I know where I'll be staying.

  • 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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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Not yet back to your Australia and immediately your long positive enthusiastic review,what to say,I've done what I do with everybody,of course you your wife and others friends you were more curious and interested of the live the history and also the origin of our "House''.
This it's also a reply at the understated reviews recently received for others not so fear hosts!!!!! Grazie, you give me more confidence to continue my job to welcome hosts,I hope you will be back and wrestling with Marrakesh chaotic city.
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Zoersel, Antwerpen, Belgium
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Riad Arabo Andalouse is a little paradise on its own. Palmtrees cross storks while the sun is divided into hundred golden stripes. Paulo gives you the most warm welcome anybody needs. Not only the Riad's owner but also the staff (Mohammed, Fatima, etc.) give you the familiar feeling which sometimes helps to escape from the busy Marrakech that lays outside the riad.
The rich breakfast was a perfect beginning for a new day, and a dinner in Arabo Andalouse is also very recommendable: you get little bites of every well-known dish of Morocco. Also, Paulo will give you information, guidance and tips for the trips you plan to do. This was the best experience we had during our one week stay: Paulo will help you with everything you ask him for: from a daytrip into the Atlasmountans to the best restaurant in town.
So: ask (politely!) and you will receive (the best Paulo can give you).

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
This unexpected review make me particularly satisfied because it's coming from a very young host and I think it's very sincere without excesses;
Particularly pleasant was the weather,to give the chance to dispose of the big terrace for the breakfasts,except for one diner that they enjoy in one saloon on the ground floor.
Thanks dear young host even if in your private terrace and romantic Junior-Suite you don't have any media,you enjoy reading and relaxing,my duty it's you had positive experience meeting different culture and live-style.
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

A very nice experience ! Paolo and his staff provide for a warm welcome, a delicious breakfast and help you with tips and negotiating good prices for trips in the mountains or to the sea.
The rooms have an authentic feel and are clean. A real gem. Excellent and indeed very recommendable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
The kind host as replayed to the previous others guests witch accused us of poor breakfast choice,I don't want to comment even for others attentions we reserve to ours guests,sincerely complete and detailed answer new hosts will read soon at list I hope.
I try to improve every day our level,it's seams we obtain results as for this friend review;
Many many thanks
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

A beautiful Riad very close to Jemaa El Fna and Palais Bahia. Paulo is an incredible host - so friendly and welcoming. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was a real treat. We stayed for 2 nights and could have stayed a week! It was wonderful and the rooms were beautiful - clean and beautifully decorated. A genuinely perfect place to stay in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 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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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Just few hours passed when this groupe of friends stayed at our Riad just for two days,immediately something happen,even they can be my kids,for the young age;we had a deepest friendly relation.
I discussed about, the not really enthusiastic, last reviews but very shortly they disapproved what others hosts has wrote.
Thanks for appreciate ours effort,I need those positive contacts for continue my mission.
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København, Danmark
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We - a Danish couple - stayed a week in the first floor room and enjoyed from the first day the most kindly hospitality from Mohammed and the lovely ladies in the kitchen. We were treated as family and if we had questions or a problem occurred - Mohammed were there to solve it! The riad is nice, clean and quite, and perfect situated just next door to the Badi Palace ruins. You find the lovely Place de Ferblantier with the recommended Koseybar around the corner and you can stroll to Fna and the souqs in less than 10 minutes. We enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the well maintained riad, the roof terrace, the breakfast and not least the the friendly " Hello - Ca Va?" when ever we came "home". We speak only French un petit peu and Arabic sway sway, so we were pleased that Mohammed could help in English. This was our first Marrakech experience. We will love to come back. Kjeld And Lene

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks to this kindly couple making also effort for understanding,I appreciate the fact of no complaining but unfortunately if you are not excellent or totally bad the review don't help us to maintain our position against the more and more strong competition,and the future guests are confused.
Anyway thanks for spending time for your comment.
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Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Maison is located near the Palais Badi, and the Place Ferblantiers, close to the main attractions in the Medina and within short distance to the Square. The tiny street is very silent, calm and clean, with no shops or activities disturbing the rest. Inside the heavy entrance gate you find a tiny garden with tall palms and potted plants, tiles on the floor and the walls.
Mohammed and Zora warmly welcome you and do all they can to let you feel like at home.
The rooms we had (nr 8) had a wide terrace, a sitting room and a cozy bedroom, with nice Maroccan decoration. Almost every room has its own terrace and private space.
Soon the place takes you and you really feel it as your tight link to the city.
The only weak point are the breakfast, that is quite simple, and the bathrooms, again too simple compared to the remaining decor of the House.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks to this kind couple for all the appreciations of our Riad;
It seams strange the wikness of breakfast when 99% of the guests are comparing more then a 5 Stars hotel,where the quantity it's NOT quality.
For us it's difficult organise such kind of Buffet simply for the fact maximum capacity we can have it's 20 person for that reason we personify.
Probably a problem on communication with our staff accours!!!
Sorry about.
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Vienna, Austria
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Just returned from a 4-night stay at Maison Arabo Andalouse. Centrally located, it is a convenient base from which to explore the city, but it is a bit difficult initially to navigate the narrow maze of streets leading to it. I would suggest using their transfer service as some taxis don't seem to know the street, although having said that, we had difficulty locating the driver for our airport pick-up - my friend and I walked around for a full 15 minutes looking at each sign being held by a driver and did not find ours. Eventually, we went up to some men sitting on benches holding signs on their laps, and just kept repeating 'Maison Arabo Andalouse'...after a few minutes of this, finally one of the seated men stood up and nodded his head - he actually had been holding a sign for a different Riad...anyway, while the start was not very positive, the drive was okay. We also had a problem with our room (we had confirmed a triple room with 3 single beds for 3 women), but the room they gave us had a double bed and a twin in an adjoining room....lucky for us that one of our friends was unable to come at the last minute, since we were told the room we booked wasn't available...The rooms are basic, but adequate. However, they are incredibly dark and in order to even be able to see enough to pack, for instance, we needed to turn all of the lights on and open the curtains - crazy dark! We even went out on our cute little terrace to put make-up on because there wasn't enough light in the room. Both the sink and the shower leaked a bit - we tried to call their attention to it, but because of the language barrier, I'm not entirely sure they understood. Breakfast was simple - breads, fruit, tea and juice, but upon requests we got eggs a few times too - and guests can eat either in the small interior entry/office/reception area or on the terrace (but again because of communication issues, the time and location we requested for breakfast got a little confusing a couple of times). Mohammed was wonderful. His English is very limited (and our Arabic and French were non-existent), which made things challenging. He was helpful and spot on in suggesting places for dinner (Cafe de France has great veggie fare and a nice sunset as well as great for people-watching in the square from the terrace above, and Oskar had simple, but cheap and descent food). He also was great at providing maps, trying to explain places to us, and even led us out to the main street the first time, to be sure that we could find our way back. He also made a reservation for us at a Hammam/Spa and even walked us there! We did not have good luck, however, when we asked for his help finding a local guide to give us a 1/2 day city tour. First of all, the guide showed up 1 hour late, then, when we tried to verify the itinerary (on a hand-written list that Mohammed had given us), he told us that it was impossible to do all of those things in 1/2 day, but rather that our list was his usual full-day programme. When we insisted, he said he could do it all, but that he would charge us double the agreed price. When we refused, and said we would leave him and find another guide, he reluctantly agreed to what had been previously agreed between his agency and Mohammed. Then, he literally ran us through the city, rarely looking back to see whether we were still behind him, and was rude and agressive the rest of the trip. Back at the hotel, when Mohammed asked about the tour and the guide, we told him it was not his fault but that it had been miserable and we would suggest that Maison Arabo Andalouse does NOT use that guide in the future! He apologized (though not his fault), clearly felt badly and said he would call the company and be sure to not recommend that guide in the future. One last thing - we were 2 women travelling alone -we are in our early 40's and are very well travelled, but still had a few mildly annoying experiences in Marrakesh...particularly after 9 on the way back to the hotel. Nothing overtly horrible, but just had a few men clearly following us one night. We kept crossing streets (the big ones are horrible to cross by the way between the cars adn motorbikes - it feels like a game of human 'Frogger'), tried to look confident, walked into crowds, held our keys between our fingers in a fist in case we needed to use them and used every other trick we knew for losing unwanted attention. I just want guests who stay here to be aware that after dark, the little narrow streets do get a bit dodgy - so just don't forget to pack your street smarts - especially if you're women travelling alone! Overall, a descent place in a central location with a very helpful, well-intentioned Mohammed on hand! :)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
It is pity for those two ladies feasting the 40th anniversary,they make wrong choice of location.
Nothing was acceptable for them, starting for the Airport pick-up,the narrow maze alley,the caotic traffic etc......Arrived at the Riad where they confirmed for 3 persons without any cancellation in advance (firstly ask to reduce the price),complaining , king-size bed of 160X210 and in a saloon a single of 100X210,was not what they aspect!!!!!!!probably for the price paid they want 80 Mts Suite with 2 KING-SIZE Beds!!!!!(They let the room like a field after THOUSAND PEOPLE MEETING)they don't know what Riad it's with the 8 Suites and Standard-Rooms (they paid for a Standard but we give a Suite!!!!!!!!!)In state of original door, window,tiles-walls,zelliges-floor,,plaster-shower,brass-lampe even if renovated they have more than* 60/80 Years*,probably prefer; glass- walls and cut the palms and bananas of Moroccan-patio garden,to have more light for make-up.
The others reply of this review i let others hosts reply as they have done..... Hoping they will continue to do. Sorry for you,dears hosts,nobody follow you if you don't give the people the reason to do it!!!!!!!!! ........ Travelling it's reachable adventure ..........
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Address: Derb Touareg No 67 | K'Sibt N'Hass Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#36 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Maison Arabo Andalouse 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Marrakech Kasbah, the only Riad, which have preserve its initial structure and its Arabo-Andalouse decoration of the end of XIXeme century,Proprety of a merchants family of the old Mellah district.Leaned with visible palace "El Baadi" of XVI century where its storks are the attraction of ours terraces.Located at 7 minutes with foot of the place "Jemaa El Fna" and of the "Koutoubia" (Minaret).2 paying carparks kept at 3 minutes with foot. Plunge Pool 4 X 3 X 1.20Mts. Free High Speed Internet ... more   less 
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