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“Outstanding Riad in Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad le Clos des Arts
Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50 | Near Dar Si Said and Bahia Palace, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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END OF SUMMER 2014
Ranked #3 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding Riad in Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I cannot recommend Riad le Clos des Arts too highly.
Fantastic hosts. Massimo and Giorgina could not have been more helpful. They gave us excellent advice, recommendations and help in making arrangements for a wonderful stay. Our room was beautiful, very clean and spacious. The welcome mint tea and biscuits, the evening meal as well as breakfast were excellent. All of the staff we encountered were charming. The site of the hotel was very convenient for exploring the main areas of interest in Marrakesh.
We stayed for 3 nights and then travelled for a few days. On our return to Marrakesh we stayed in another hotel that was nearly twice the price of Riad le Clos des Arts and not at all as pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This riad came extremely highly recommended by close friends who sell rugs and have traveled the world many times over. They simply told us, "You MUST stay with Massimo and Giorgina!" We took their word and discovered, from the moment we entered the impressively carved doors, a sanctuary of peace. Having traveled solid for two days from the U.S., we were even more exhausted than we realized. We were met by vases of gorgeous and fragrant long-stem roses, mint tea and almond cookies, welcoming words from Massimo, and sound advice to wait until the next morning to get oriented. We were treated to a delicious, light tomato, cucumber salad and briouates (filo treats) then slept a full twelve hours undisturbed. Leaving the room at 12:15PM, we figured we had missed breakfast, but, no, we were graciously offered a late one.

The riad is simply lovely yet not overdone: exquisitely carved wood, tasteful colors and design, comfy white cushions, and the most gorgeous bathroom I have ever experienced in any hotel room anywhere! Massimo generously offered a wealth of tips on everything from respectful apparel to how to safely carry our valuables, from dining in the neighborhood to suggestions for our future travels in Africa. Georgina was extremely helpful in communicating with me from the moment we first booked a year earlier and helped us out with a miscommunication with a local rug dealer.

It is no surprise that Riad le Clos des Arts receives such a high TA rating despite and countless alternatives. The gracious hospitality, unfailingly friendly and helpful staff, convenient yet quiet location, lovely decor, and special touches everywhere... we would love to come back one day.

Room Tip: We chose the Ambre (Amber) Room. We actually didn't see the other rooms to compare, but it was f...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is by far one of our favorite stays anywhere in the world and we have travelled to more than 40 countries. Our 6 year old daughter actually cried when we left the riad and headed to the airport because she had grown so close to Georgina and Massimo who made us feel like part of the family. They would entertain her as we would sit and have our mint tea after a long day of sightseeing. The room was very nice and the dinner that we had at the riad was the best meal we had the whole time we were in Morocco. Even though the rest of the riad was full of couples, as a family we felt comfortable and welcomed. I wouldn't stay anywhere else if we travel back to Marrakech!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a wonderful Riad in a great location only a few minuets walk from Jemaa El Fna square. Located down some narrow atmospheric streets, the Riad is a calm oasis hidden behind a typical moroccon faceless exterior. The staff are great and in particular the owners Massimo on Georgina are wonderful hosts and instantly make you feel welcome and relaxed. Georgina took plenty of time to give us advise and tips to make exploring Marrakech less daunting...!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Not only the Riad is located in a perfect position, Giorgina and Massimo really are the perfect hosts. But what is even more impressive - I have never witnessed a better relationship between owners and their staff! Congrats to both of you and all your wonderful staff, you are outstanding in so many ways!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We loved this Riad with the most amazing owners Mossimo and his wife. They were beyond accommodating. We had problems with our flight home and they brought us in their office to help us. We got our problem solved! Mossimo and his wife are wonderful and caring. They care about their guests and are always seen talking to the people. We loved the food!! We ate upstairs on the Terrace and it was cozy and delicious. We were walking distance to the souk (market) and the square. What fun!!! This is a must when visiting Marrakech. Also, Mossimo was worried about us and asked me to email him when we were safely home. This was beyond what would be expected!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The genuine hospitality shown to us by everyone in the Riad was heart felt and the food was absolutely delicious. The Riad is a lovely tranquil oasis from the hustle of the city (only 5 mins walk to the main square). We loved our room, loved the pool, and will treasure the visit for many years.
Quite simply, Go There!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50 | Near Dar Si Said and Bahia Palace, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#3 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#14 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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