I've waited a couple of weeks since visiting before writing this review, as I wasn't entirely sure if I could put into writing how fantastic this place is. Even now, I don't think anything that I write can do this beautiful Riad any justice.
My husband and I visited Marrakech for a long weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Within minutes of confirming our booking via the Escapio website, I had received an email from Giorgina and Massimo to confirm the booking, request our flight details to arrange airport pick up, and ask if we wanted to eat at the Riad on our arrival night. Good vibes so far!!
On arrival at Marrakech airport, our driver was waiting for us in arrivals (as stated) and drove us to the Riad. We were taken down back streets to find this beautiful building and although it was a matter of metres from hustle and bustle, was in fact, very quiet. On arrival, we were treated to Mint Tea (the best we tasted at all during our visit) and pastries, whilst Giorgina provided us with a detailed map of Marrakech, which also, on the reverse, provided a more magnified map of the Souk area, which was invaluable (and having spoken to some other English tourists whilst out there, this is not something that is generally provided by other establishments). Giorgina went into a great deal of detail with the map; areas to avoid at night, areas where you will find specific items, locations of interest etc etc.
We were then shown to our room, which was beautiful, clean and tidy and provided everything we would need.
Our meal that evening was delicious and I would certainly recommend that anyone staying here enjoy at least one evening meal.
The following morning was my birthday and when we went to our breakfast table, I was greeted with a vase of Roses, with a note wishing me happy birthday from the team, which was a lovely touch. Breakfast each morning was delicious (fruit, fresh juice, yogurt, pastries and the option of eggs). Each morning the fresh fruit and fresh juice were different, but lovely.
Another birthday gift of a beautiful pair of moroccan slippers were given to me by Giorgina after our day of exploring and no matter how busy Giorgina or Massimo were, they would always take the time to come over and greet you, ask you about your day etc etc.
The building itself is beautiful and peaceful. In addition to Giorgina, Massimo and Adriana, the entire staff were friendly and helpful and always smiling.
I want to carry on writing, because I really don't want to miss anything out and I also want to make sure that I get across exactly how fantastic I thought this place was. I have stayed in many lovely places, which I have thought could never be topped, but after having stayed here, I really think anywhere I visit in future will be hard-pushed to match Riad le Clos des Arts. I will definitely stay here again whenever I visit Marrakech.
Thank you to Giorgina, Massimo and Adriana - you made my 40th birthday one that I will never ever forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a narrow street of the Medina of Marrakech come and discover Riad le Clos des Arts: a charming Arab house renovated in pure Moresque style. Be seduced by this fascinating oriental atmosphere, be tempted by the authenticity of traditional Moroccan flavours, be refreshed by a plunge into the small pool on the terrace.The riad offers 4 suites and 2 rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and the possibility to have dinner on order. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Le Clos Des Arts Hotel Marrakech