We couldn't have asked for a better setting for our holiday with our children (aged 9 and 11). Having debated whether we should stay at a large hotel, we opted for the uniqueness and charm of a riad. Maison Arabo Andalouse is full of charm, beautifully restored to retain its original features (carved celings, painted doors, tiled floors) with a cool inner courtyard with a small swimming pool and a wonderful roof terrace. The riad is perfectly located for all the major sights of Marrakesh, including Djema el Fna square. The rooms are beautiful and spacious and all have air-conditioning. Some reviews focus on the dark rooms (ask for a room with windows overlooking the courtyard and some have their own terrace) but riads were built like that for a reason - they keep the inside cool and the noise outside. However, Maison Arabo Andalouse's best feature by far is how it treats each of its guests as family, providing a home away from home. GianPaolo and his staff provide a wonderful warm and friendly service and made every aspect of our stay so easy, from airport pick-up, to recommending local eateries, helping us organise a day-trip with the kids.(they recommended a couple of water parks but we never went - Marrakesh is far too much fun and the riad offered everything we needed after a day out) and the lovely mint tea and hot chocolate provided on the roof terrace every night. Breakfast is provided at your convenience, a variety of fresh breads, pancakes, different fruits every day and eggs on request (all the food is locally sourced). We opted for dinner at the riad on the last night and were treated to a wonderful feast in a magical, candle-lit setting (its pricier than many local restaurants but the food is fresh, its quality outstanding and the setting is unbeatable). We all left with heavy hearts but knowing we have found somewhere truly special to return to someday. Highly recommended and take the kids!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sumptuous,Traditionally Stylish,With An Italian Fashion Appeal This house of traditional Moroccan architecture was built next to the buttresses,an amazing building which hundreds of storks allocate as their nesting place. It has maintained its original building and decorations: stuccos,tiles,cedar wood and geometric floors laid on clay for maintaining a constant temperature. within the old walls of the "Medina" (old city) a sumptuous Riad residence,next to the buttresses of the Palace "El Badi" of XVI century,certainly a priceless spot. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower,air-conditioning.furniture in traditional Moroccan decor,wrought iron beds,furnished in Italian silk ,local cotton,and a different coordinated colour in each room with access to terraces. 2 suites of 42 sqm and 6 suites between 26-30 sqm. Location infos: 7-minute walk from Jemaa El Fna Square 10-minute walk from Koutoubia Mosque 4km from Marrkech-Menara Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maison Arabo Andalouse Marrakech