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“An excellent week's holiday -” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Villa El Arsa
18 Derb El Arsa | Kennaria, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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“An excellent week's holiday -”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A very warm welcome on arrival. Delightful hosts, cheerful and positive staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. A haven of peace and tranquility yet only 5 minutes from the excitement and bustle of the vibrant Medina. Lovely tea and cakes in the afternoon, a very tasty breakfast to set us up for the day. We appreciated the extra details such as fresh flowers, phone, slippers, very useful travel tips, the library of local guide books, the smooth transfer to and from airport and the help with booking a visit to the Atlas mountains. We definitely plan to return to Marrakech and would not stay anywhere else.

Mike and Linda

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I could not agree more with the previous reviewer describing Riad El Arsa as the oasis. The Riad is located just minutes away from the eventful & extremely busy Medina/Souq of Marrakech. However, behind close door, one will leave the hustle and forever bustling sounds of the Medina/Souq and feel relaxed.
We were greeted by Noel and Semone (hope I spell correctly!) on our arrival and we simply love everything about this Riad. Immaculate! We stayed 3 nights.
Each day we were welcome back to the Riad by mint tea and little cookies. It helps to sooth me down and feeling pampered.
Noel also helped us to arrange for hire car. As first time visitor to Morocco, we were very careful and asked many questions regarding the car hire, however, Noel has been very responsive and helped us. Thank you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had a wonderful time staying in this riad a 5 minute walk from the main square in Marrakesh back in February. Fabrice and Noel were very friendly, welcoming and informative and were willing to give advice and booked a wonderful spa session for us. We would definitely recommend the evening meal - the chocolate fondant with a moroccan twist was divine! And relaxing by the fire just off the courtyard off the riad was wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Just returned from 4 nights in Marrakech staying at the RiadEl Arsa with 3 of my 'girlfriends' for my 50th birthday treat, and it was a fantastic treat. Having no prior experience or knowledge of Marrakech at all ( apart from THE film! ) we really didn't have a clue what to expect, but everything was brilliant. After a lengthy wait to get through passport control at the airport, we quickly found the taxi Noël from the Riad had arranged to meet us, and then found our senses completely bombarded by Saturday evening crossing Jemma El Fna. Following our porter down a series of cobbled alleyways looking all very similar, we wondered if we would ever be able to find our way back to the square without a guide ( this was not the case - surprisingly, you do manage to become familiar very quickly with the myriad of souks, derbs, etc).
The riad appeared like an oasis in the middle of this hustle and bustle, calm and serene. It's tiny wooden door ( like something from the Hobbit) led into a stunningly beautiful courtyard, with a plunge pool- an experience, I'm told by my friends who all spent at least 20 seconds in it, that is not to be missed. We had two rooms - the double on the ground floor, and a triple on the first floor. They were both beautifully decorated, and very clean. The owners of the Riad and their staff were exceptionally welcoming and accommodating without being too 'in your face'. They gave us advice on restaurants, what to see and in particular a local hammam experience, which was fascinating. The mint or ice tea and Morrocan sweet, sticky treats when we returned to the Riad mid-afternoon were a lovely touch. After a busy morning sightseeing and shopping, we enjoyed sunbathing on the rooftop terrace until it was time to get ready to go out for our evening meal.
All in all, a wonderful place to stay - would choose this accommodation over a 5 star modern hotel anytime - it's location, personal service and quality of decor can't be beaten.looking forward to a return trip at some point in, hopefully, not the too distant future.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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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
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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
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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 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!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: 18 Derb El Arsa | Kennaria, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 233 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 5
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 five rooms,accommodating up to 11 people (4 double bedrooms, one with fireplace and 1 triple room, bathrooms tadelakt). Official Guest House n°239/2004 - Travel in security! ... more   less 
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