The Riad le Clos des Arts had quite a reputation to live up to but from the moment we were met by Massimo to the time we reluctantly had to depart, it exceeded our expectations. Massimo walked us from the drop-off point after our airport transfer and pointed out routes and sights on the way. He continued his introduction to Marrakech over mint tea and biscuits when we reached the riad and no stone was left unturned - everything he told us came in useful during our four night stay and we were very grateful for the map that helped us out on more than once occasion.
The entrance to the riad is, like many similar properties, unassuming - it gives you little clue as to the comfort and beautiful decor that you're treated to inside. The surrounds are lovely, the fountain atmospheric and the smell and sight of the roses welcome you every time you return. We had turquoise room and it was beautifully decorated, peaceful and comfortable with a lovely bathroom and gorgeous four poster bed.
Nothing was too much trouble for Massimo and Giorgina and their expert team - some have commented about the family environment in the riad and it really does feel like you are being welcomed into your hosts' home. They were only too pleased to attend to our needs, answer our questions and feed and water us when we needed it. The icing on the cake was the roses in the room when we returned on my wife's birthday and a special gift for her from the the riad - it was a lovely thought, vey generous and much appreciated by us both.
Incidentally, we ate at the riad on our first night because we arrived quite late - the food was outstanding and the service impeccable in keeping with everything we experienced during our stay. The rooftop terrace was a perfect spot for our first meal in Marrakech and each morning started perfectly with a delicious breakfast that changed each day. We spent as much time up on the terrace as we could between meals and sightseeing - it epitomises the oasis that this riad is for its guests.
Staying in the Medina is for us the only way to experience Marrakech - the sights and sounds, the heat and the colour - and, after all of that, a return to the tranquility of the riad. There is certainly nowehere else that we would rather stay and we're looking forward to our return!
- 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