As you’ve read…the reviews here are overwhelmingly positive, and I’m happy to add….they’re 100% accurate. This Riad is a spectacular place to stay.
We stayed for 3 days in mid-February in the “Nacre” suite on the first floor.
Briefly (because so many others have covered it…), the Riad itself is very beautiful. The details are all nicely considered, our room was comfortable; the center “courtyard” was lovely and the whole place smelled amazing. It was a quiet, calm oasis to come home to…and when you’re coming in from the chaotic, loud, crazy streets of the Medina it’s all the more striking and appreciated.
Next, the food was excellent. We had breakfast every morning and dinner one night. Breakfast (served on the roof terrace) was great. All homemade…including the delicious yogurt and freshly baked basket of local-style breads and pastries. Dinner one night was special…a set 3 course Moroccan menu that was delicious. We had chicken Tagine with lemon and olives and it was the best single dish we had out entire trip to Marrakesh.
But what really sets this Riad apart is the hospitality and attention of the staff.
It’s immediately apparent that for the owners, this Riad is a labor of love. Georgina and Massimo made our trip measurably better-- and when was the last time you could say that about the owners of a hotel you were staying at?
They have a brilliant system that, for us, was welcoming and just what we needed during out first trip to Marrakesh. Georgina personally welcomed us at the parking area and walked us back to the Riad, pointing out landmarks and basically explaining how to “home in” on the Riad from anywhere. The Medina can be confusing, so that first 5 minutes was invaluable. It should be noted that the Riad is on a very quiet back street about a 5-7 minute walk from the Jemaa el-Fnaa. Very centrally located if you’re walking everywhere (which we were).
Georgina then sat us down for a short welcome (over Mint tea and cookies) and a review of the map of the medina. She outlined the basics and some places to see…and importantly, some neighborhoods to watch out for. All very nice and very useful for us.
Massimo was interesting (and gregarious!) and always willing to sit for a few minutes to chat over a tea. He’s a super interesting guy that has done some amazing stuff.
Both of them (and Adrianna, the daytime manager) were always available and present for a recommendation or a bit of help on any topic.
For me, the most impressive part of our visit wasn’t anything tangible. It was the hospitality provided by the owners. We literally felt like friends of theirs. Really.
And when you consider that they replicate that same level of attention (and that same feeling) for all their guests…it’s all the more impressive.
If you’re thinking about staying in the Medina, you should stay at this Riad. Full stop. Just do it…you won’t be disappointed.
- 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