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Villa El Arsa
18 Derb El Arsa | Kennaria, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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“Blissful stay in this fabulous riad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My friend and I have just returned from a 4-night stay and I can assure you that you can believe everything written in these 5* reviews. I spent a lot of time researching the best riad to stay in and chose Riad Villa El Arsa and I am delighted that I did. The riad is in a very quiet and very clean pedestrian derb (alleyway/little street) that is just a few minutes walk from the square and the start of the souks. Noel and Fabrice are the most wonderful and charming hosts, so kind, giving terrific advice about things to do and places to eat, be very confident about their advice. I loved the thoughtful touches such as delightful sunhats laid on the sun loungers on the lovely roof terrace, slippers placed just inside the room, delicious mint tea and dates and pastries served each time we returned to the riad. I also loved Fabrice's homemade jams and particularly the unusual sweet potato jam which was served one morning with the excellent breakfast (on the roof terrace) - this jam is delicious - glorious, sticky, gooey and toffee-like. I felt completely at home, loved my room which was extremely comfortable and clean. The value for money in the riad is outstanding. I shall definitely return to Marrakech and to Riad Villa El Arsa - thinking that I would like to do my Christmas shopping in the souks. Thank you so much to Noel, Fabrice, Abdou and staff for making my trip unforgettable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Got back a couple of days ago from a stay in this wonderful Riad. It is a haven of peace and tranquility but just a stones throw from the lively and colourful street life of Marrakech. The rooms are spotless, the service is brilliant. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone. I really hope it is not too long before I can return. Thank you to Noel, Fabrice and all the staff for making our stay in Marrakech so memorable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This Riad is very well located in the Medina, close to Djemaa el-Fna square. Noel & Fabrice were always so kind and helpful, they took time to recommend us restaurants, hammam, to give directions, guide us around and also arrange transfer from/to airport - everything!. It’s a pleasure to find such kind and nice persons, that you can fully trust, in a place like Morocco when you not familiar to. The Riad is luxurious and beautifully furnished and decorated with a beautiful roof terrace for breakfast, nice and comfortable rooms, perfectly equipped and very clean I extremely recommend the Riad for a wonderful, calm, relax and enjoyable stay! Divine!

Room Tip: All are beautiful rooms is small riad so you will not feel in the croud
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We visited Villa El Arsa as a family of six, booking three rooms just before Christmas. We couldn't have asked for a better welcome as our hosts prepared mint tea and pastries, which we had on the roof terrace, shortly after arriving. We were then shown to our rooms, which were just wonderful. The decor was tasteful and authentic and we loved the open fire in the Royale Suite - perfect for those cold winter nights.

We had dinner in the riad on the first evening, which turned out to be one of our favourite meals - cucumber and orange blossom soup, tagine (meat and vegetarian) and a delicious dessert. It was all prepared perfectly and beautifully served.

Throughout our stay we were welcomed back each day with tea and pastries and started each day with a homemade breakfast served in the roof terrace - which became a favourite part of our trip. Watching the sun rise from the terrace was a sight that will stay with us forever.

We all fell in love with Marrakech and will definitely visit again and most certainly we'll stay at the Villa El Arsa. It's the perfect place to relax from the chaos of Marrakech and we feel incredibly lucky to have found it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We have been in Villa el Arsa for 2 nights and it is a pleasant house that makes guests forget about the chaotic city of Marraketch. Well-served breakfast in the roof terrace. The owners are really helpful and kind. 100% recomendable

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed here for a short break before Christmas, and weren't disappointed. The Riad is owned and run by two French guys, Noel and Fabrice. They also have a small team of people to help during the day with breakfast, and cleaning the rooms.

It's small (5-6 rooms) but that's a Riad. It's decorated in a gorgeous contemporary Moroccan style, with a cosy snug with an open fire on the ground floor. The central courtyard is open to the elements, and as this was winter, they put an awning over the roof. That said we had breakfast most mornings on the roof terrace, which afforded incredible views across the Medina out toward the Atlas Mountains.

Noel couldn't have been more helpful with suggestions of places to go, and arranging our taxis to-and-from the airport. Despite being very near the chaos of the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, it was very quiet once in the Riad. A pot of mint tea was always rustled-up whenever we came in after a dusty day pounding the souks and dodging mopeds (!).

Lovely food, lovely people, lovely atmosphere. For 67 Euros a night, it couldn't be faulted.

Room Tip: We had the cheapest room on the ground floor, and it was fine. Shower /toilet at one end. I think if...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My daughter and I stayed for 4 days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The service was perfect,so friendly and welcoming. The food in particular was outstanding,only 20 euros for a 3 course meal plus drinks that would cost easily double elsewhere.The breakfast included orange juice,pastries,crepes,fruit,yoghurt,bread and homemade jam and there was so much that we took what we couldn't eat for our lunch.Every afternoon we had mint tea and cakes,all free of charge.Other unexpected extras included bottled water, free transfers,slippers,phone in case of getting lost,fresh roses and handmade soap.Loved relaxing on the roof terrace and the lounge with fire was also a bonus.
TIP:We found it was cheaper to book direct with the owners.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 18 Derb El Arsa | Kennaria, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the Medina of Marrakech, with easy access, 5 minutes’ walk to Jemaa el Fna and other mythical places of Marrakech.Villa El Arsa is an oasis in the midst of excitement and wares of magical red town.Fabrice et Noel welcome you in this bed and breakfast with four rooms,accommodating up to 10 people (2 double bedrooms, one with fireplace and 2 triple rooms, bathrooms tadelakt).We will accompany you in your first visit to the Medina and we can present you the main palaces or places. ... more   less 
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