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“Authentic Moroccan and Classy Riad, Superb service”
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La Maison Arabe
Ranked #20 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I stayed in this excellent hotel/Riad in September 2012 and I have to say this is one of the best accommodations I've ever stayed in. The service was not only the best service I've gotten in Morocco (and I've been around in Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Oujda, Ouarzazate, all in branded hotels); the service was first class by international standards. The staff were all friendly and helpful, all spoke excellent English, with nothing but smiles on their faces. The amenities were great too, the hotel restaurant had really good selections and not just local Moroccan dishes (which were also really good). In fact, my wife was able to join their live cooking classes they have twice daily and it was a great experience for her; they even went out to buy the ingredients fresh with the chef instructor (the class was free by the way even with the final product, which is a free gift). The breakfast was good with modest selections, up to international standards, with a homemade yogurt that was really good! The hotel apparently has a separate country club which I assumed was a spa and health center in a different building, they have a shuttle that leaves to and fro every hour (i didn't check it out but I assume is great). The best part was the excellent attention to detail in design, you really feel like you're back in time at some Andalucian high class palace or something. My room opened up to a small roof-less enclosure with a very small fountain in the middle with actual roses floating in the basin; the enclosure had nice furniture to sit on and enjoy some afternoon tea and snacks after a day of sightseeing (which the staff would suggest when we would come in). The room itself was decorated with beautiful oil paintings and nice furniture designed to look like antiques. The room was fully equipped to international standards. The location of the hotel is doesnt do it justice, because it seems like any other ally in crowded Marrakech but its actually a 10 minute walk from the Medina and all the best sights in Marrakech (which you shouldn't miss while visiting). Do check out this hotel, it's pricey but definitely well worth the money...

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hotel is wonderful. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. The service is impeccable. It is a charming place where modern comforts blend harmoniously with the most typical and age-old elements of local tradition. We were only there for a long weekend, which was not enough to experience everything that the hotel had to offer. We did not use the wonderful spa or learn in the cookery school but we certainly hope to go back and try these facilities. The main swimming pool is at the hotel's country club. A courtesy bus leaves the hotel each hour for a 15 minute drive which takes you passed the Royal Palace to a peaceful haven. We spent the morning exploring the city and relaxed in the afternoons at the tranquil pool and beautiful gardens. Again the service is impeccable as the Country Club staff are informed who is on the bus. They are waiting to welcome you and provide you with a sunbed and towel in whatever area you want. They also have large sofa style double beds under partial shade as well as conventional sunbeds. There is a poolside bar which offers a delicious light lunch. There are two restaurants in the hotel and we tried the taster menu in the Moroccan restaurant on the first night, which gave us a very good sample of different Moroccan flavours. The second night we eat in the international resturant that provided a Moroccan menu as well as European food with a French slant. The food is fantastic. On the day we had to leave, they asked us if we would lke a hotel car to take us to the airport. The cost of this added to the bill and saved the hassle of haggling with a taxi driver. I can't recommend this hotel enough.

Room Tip: We had a patio suite. It was wonderful but I'm sure all the rooms are fantastic.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Having just returned from 4 nights in La Maison Arabe (MA) we were satisfied that we had enjoyed a fantastic short break in Marrakech which had exceeded our expectations. We had chosen the perfect place to stay within the Medina walls and a short walk to the hustle & bustle of the main square and the souks. Our suite in the older part of the Riad had a typically Morrocan feel which made you smile every time you walked through the door. The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom beautiful and the room was so peaceful (except the occasional calls to prayer from the local mosque!!!). We are generally the type of travellers that like to explore the local area during the day and find local restaurants to eat in at night which we did for the first 3 days but on our last full day we decided to have a Hammam treatment in the Riad spa and dine in the Morrocan restaurant at MA in the evening and what a perfect day it was ending with the Morrocan tasting menu which was exceptional and showed us that the Riad also has top class dining facilities as well as top class accommodation. We also made use of the Country Club 15 minutes away some afternoons which was only for MA guests and this really was an oasis outside the Medina with a lovely pool, drinks & food available reached via a courtesy bus leaving every hour to and from the Riad. The staff were always smiling and friendly and the general service was excellent in every aspect of the Riad. All in all a perfect place to stay in Marrakech and highly recommended.

Room Tip: Suites in the older part of the Riad seemed the most traditional
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

our stay at Maison Arabe surpassed all expectations.There was so much to take in when we were taken on the Grand Tour on our arrival , from the sumptuous decor of the public rooms to the luxury of our own room.The food was excellent and it was lovely eating breakfast and afternoon tea at the poolside as well dinner in the evening when the live music duo added to the relaxing atmosphere.The room was very comfortable and very well looked after.We were made to feel extremely welcome by all of the staff and nothing was too much trouble. The spa as amazing I would recommend it as a truly fabulous experience! The location is good as it's such a short easy walk to the square.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Service, welcome, hospitality, friendliness of the staff and the General Management, professionalism and food are all first rate at this beautiful Riad situated just within the city walls in Marrakesh, 10 minutes walk from the Square and the Soukh.
We cannot rate it highly enough
Mary and Stephen Gill

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stayed at this 5 star Riad from the 29th September to the 3rd October 2012, for a long weekend in celebration of out wedding aniversay, right from check in we were made to feel very welcome, the staff here are incredibly friendly, this Riad is a converted 19th century Mansion, and in true Morrocan style is very authentic with tastefull decoration, there is staff always on hand to help guide you around it's many twists and turn's, at it's heart lays a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by terraces and trees. ( Many guide books even recently published ones tell you that there is no pool, well they are out of date, the pool was constructed as a feature in 2008).
As a guest you have access to another of their pools at the Country club, this is like a beautiful Oasis of calm.
We were updraded to a Deluxe suite after our first day curtesy of the management when they discovered we had come to celebrate our aniversery, the suite we got seemed to be straight out of the Arabian nights, a rooftop garden terrace a loung/antechamber ,marble bathroom, and separate bed chamber.
In all it was a wonderful stay the food is magnificent and the Hamman, just has to be experienced. Thank you La Maison Arabe, if you are looking to travel to Marrakech you will not find a more agreable place to stay than this

Room Tip: Deluxe suite are beautiful.
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Recommend by a colleague at work ... all what I can say that this place is heaven .... Staff is very friendly ... Food OMG missing it lot ........ The cooking school was a great experience as well.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Maison Arabe

Address: 1 Derb Assehbe | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#4 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#14 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $190 - $611 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — La Maison Arabe 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This legendary and prestigious hotel boasts 26 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, a new spa, and a choice of 2 large swimming pools (on-site in the medina or at the hotel's country annex, 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle). The hotel's world-famous Moroccan cooking workshops have become a "must-do" activity in Marrakech. Frommer's describes La Maison Arabe as "the epitome of Moroccan elegance." ... more   less 
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