We stayed at this Riad for one week 11-18th February 2014. We booked it over the internet without any problems and emails from Giorgina and Massimo were friendly and reassuring for first time visitors to Marrakesh. Giorgina and Massimo organised for us to be collected from the airport and when our taxi arrived at the edge of the Medina Massimo was there to guide us through the maze of alleyways to our Riad, which was great as we arrived in the dark and it would have been difficult to find without him! Massimo told us Moroccan houses are plain on the outside and all their beauty is on the inside and so it was with this Riad. Giorgina is an architect by trade and has lovingly and beautifully restored this old building and created an elegant peaceful oasis with extraordinary attention to detail. The surroundings are five star, but the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The staff are extremely attentive, and the breakfasts and dinners delicious. Breakfast is a bowl of prepared fruit with a pot of set yogurt, orange juice, tea/coffee and a plate of bread with cake, picklets, or little pancakes and you can have eggs. Dinner is three course, fresh local produce, with delicious olives and bread to nibble while you wait. The rooms have a safe, plenty of storage space and coat hangers (always a bone of contention in hotels I find) Plenty of hot water and toiletries and a comfortable bed with white linens. There is also an a/c system which can be used to heat as well as cool the room should you need it. If the sun is shining breakfast is served on the roof terrace where there are loungers and a plunge pool to relax in during the day when wrestling with the enthusiastic traders in the souks gets too exhausting. The Riad is in a great position just a five-ten minute walk from Place Jemaa-el-Fna. We had supper out at le Salama at the end of our alleyway a couple of nights where the food was good, great service, nice music, euro prices and alcohol if you wanted it. We also ate at Le Marrakeshi on the square where the views from the first floor windows of Place Jemaa-el-Fba at night were great and the food was ok, again euro prices. On our first morning at the Riad we were given a very thorough and enormously helpful induction by Adriana, (Massimo's cousin who has had a house in Marrakesh for the last 10 years and knows a thing or two) she checked us out each day to see if we were OK and organised a wonderful day trip into the Atlas Mountains for us. We had a late flight on our final day and were not rushed out of our room at day break and where encouraged to use the facilities of the Riad until it was time to go. This place is why we never go to large hotels anymore but seek out small, relaxed and beautiful places where people with local knowledge and impeccable hospitality look after you as well as you could ever expect.
- 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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