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Maison Arabo Andalouse
Ranked #29 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I LOVED Maison Arabo Andalouse! It was my first time in Morocco and I was traveling with my sister and brother-in-law. From the arranged pick-up at the airport to meeting our taxi to navigating the narrow, maze like roads to the Riad, it was perfect! Paolo and his staff were wonderful. I am smiling thinking about them. You cannot find a more personable, friendly, helpful group of people. Paola, Mohammed and Fatima were always there, early in the morning or late at night with smiles and attending to any of our needs. We stayed in numerous places in Morocco and none compared to the staff at Maison Arabo Andalouse. The rooms were beautifully appointed, ours with our own patio. Breakfasts were served on the upper terrace and the food and views are great! I cannot recommend this enough! Morocco is magical! I adored Marrakech and Maison Arabo Andalouse!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Before to speak with this hosts it's smile and enthusiastic appreciation of our Riad make her stay with us a great experience,
We have the same treatment for all the guests,of course the persons more curious to discover the differences give us furthers stimulations on let them try difference dishes and local products called (Beldi)
Thanks, dear host, your positive energy give me the force to continue to receive the guests in our Riad that become more more hard

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

My wife and I were first time travellers to Marrakesh and we had heard stories of the chaotic streets, vibrant markets, etc. We speak little French and no Arabic so I was relying on the hotel to help with some day trips and suggestions/ validation on our plans. We could not have been happier with the Maison Arabo Andalouse and Paolo's help throughout our stay.

The Riad (Moroccan term for an large old house that has been converted into a 5-6 bedroom hotel) was perfect. Clean, wonderful old rooms with character, a roof-top garden where we had breakfast served to us every morning and a lovely courtyard with a central water feature and large banana trees.

After a day spent exploring the souks (markets), having some lunch on the roof top terrace of a cafe on Jeema El Fna (Marrakesh's central square) and wrestling with the 1001 motor bikes, horses and cars that seem to be travelling in all directions at once... coming back to the Arabo Andalouse was like entering an oasis. It was quiet, friendly and understated, which I love. It was everything we were hoping for.

Located minutes walk from everything you want to see in the central part of Marrakesh. Paolo (the Italian born owner of the Riad) was amazing and very helpful with suggestions of what to see, when, where to eat, where to buy, etc, etc. There are 3 staff in the Riad... all very attentive and lovely to deal with.

No doubt, Marrakesh is as chaotic a place as I have ever visited... but soooo interesting and rich. Paolo made this experience better by personally seeing to every detail of the trip. From having someone to pick us up at the airport, to organising a day trip to the foothills of the Atlas mountains, to the glass of mint tea and seasonal fruits served when you arrive... he was of invaluable help to us and we would not have seen half the things we did had he not been there to suggest half of it and arrange ALL of it.

You can tell the owner of this hotel is personally involved and invested in your stay.

When I return to Marrakesh I know where I'll be staying.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Not yet back to your Australia and immediately your long positive enthusiastic review,what to say,I've done what I do with everybody,of course you your wife and others friends you were more curious and interested of the live the history and also the origin of our "House''.
This it's also a reply at the understated reviews recently received for others not so fear hosts!!!!! Grazie, you give me more confidence to continue my job to welcome hosts,I hope you will be back and wrestling with Marrakesh chaotic city.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Riad Arabo Andalouse is a little paradise on its own. Palmtrees cross storks while the sun is divided into hundred golden stripes. Paulo gives you the most warm welcome anybody needs. Not only the Riad's owner but also the staff (Mohammed, Fatima, etc.) give you the familiar feeling which sometimes helps to escape from the busy Marrakech that lays outside the riad.
The rich breakfast was a perfect beginning for a new day, and a dinner in Arabo Andalouse is also very recommendable: you get little bites of every well-known dish of Morocco. Also, Paulo will give you information, guidance and tips for the trips you plan to do. This was the best experience we had during our one week stay: Paulo will help you with everything you ask him for: from a daytrip into the Atlasmountans to the best restaurant in town.
So: ask (politely!) and you will receive (the best Paulo can give you).

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

This unexpected review make me particularly satisfied because it's coming from a very young host and I think it's very sincere without excesses;
Particularly pleasant was the weather,to give the chance to dispose of the big terrace for the breakfasts,except for one diner that they enjoy in one saloon on the ground floor.
Thanks dear young host even if in your private terrace and romantic Junior-Suite you don't have any media,you enjoy reading and relaxing,my duty it's you had positive experience meeting different culture and live-style.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

A very nice experience ! Paolo and his staff provide for a warm welcome, a delicious breakfast and help you with tips and negotiating good prices for trips in the mountains or to the sea.
The rooms have an authentic feel and are clean. A real gem. Excellent and indeed very recommendable.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

The kind host as replayed to the previous others guests witch accused us of poor breakfast choice,I don't want to comment even for others attentions we reserve to ours guests,sincerely complete and detailed answer new hosts will read soon at list I hope.
I try to improve every day our level,it's seams we obtain results as for this friend review;
Many many thanks

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

A beautiful Riad very close to Jemaa El Fna and Palais Bahia. Paulo is an incredible host - so friendly and welcoming. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was a real treat. We stayed for 2 nights and could have stayed a week! It was wonderful and the rooms were beautiful - clean and beautifully decorated. A genuinely perfect place to stay in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Just few hours passed when this groupe of friends stayed at our Riad just for two days,immediately something happen,even they can be my kids,for the young age;we had a deepest friendly relation.
I discussed about, the not really enthusiastic, last reviews but very shortly they disapproved what others hosts has wrote.
Thanks for appreciate ours effort,I need those positive contacts for continue my mission.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We - a Danish couple - stayed a week in the first floor room and enjoyed from the first day the most kindly hospitality from Mohammed and the lovely ladies in the kitchen. We were treated as family and if we had questions or a problem occurred - Mohammed were there to solve it! The riad is nice, clean and quite, and perfect situated just next door to the Badi Palace ruins. You find the lovely Place de Ferblantier with the recommended Koseybar around the corner and you can stroll to Fna and the souqs in less than 10 minutes. We enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the well maintained riad, the roof terrace, the breakfast and not least the the friendly " Hello - Ca Va?" when ever we came "home". We speak only French un petit peu and Arabic sway sway, so we were pleased that Mohammed could help in English. This was our first Marrakech experience. We will love to come back. Kjeld And Lene

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Thanks to this kindly couple making also effort for understanding,I appreciate the fact of no complaining but unfortunately if you are not excellent or totally bad the review don't help us to maintain our position against the more and more strong competition,and the future guests are confused.
Anyway thanks for spending time for your comment.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Maison is located near the Palais Badi, and the Place Ferblantiers, close to the main attractions in the Medina and within short distance to the Square. The tiny street is very silent, calm and clean, with no shops or activities disturbing the rest. Inside the heavy entrance gate you find a tiny garden with tall palms and potted plants, tiles on the floor and the walls.
Mohammed and Zora warmly welcome you and do all they can to let you feel like at home.
The rooms we had (nr 8) had a wide terrace, a sitting room and a cozy bedroom, with nice Maroccan decoration. Almost every room has its own terrace and private space.
Soon the place takes you and you really feel it as your tight link to the city.
The only weak point are the breakfast, that is quite simple, and the bathrooms, again too simple compared to the remaining decor of the House.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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GPaolo B, Owner at Maison Arabo Andalouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Thanks to this kind couple for all the appreciations of our Riad;
It seams strange the wikness of breakfast when 99% of the guests are comparing more then a 5 Stars hotel,where the quantity it's NOT quality.
For us it's difficult organise such kind of Buffet simply for the fact maximum capacity we can have it's 20 person for that reason we personify.
Probably a problem on communication with our staff accours!!!
Sorry about.

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Address: Derb Touareg No 67 | K'Sibt N'Hass Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#31 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $97 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maison Arabo Andalouse 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the old walls of the “Medina” (old city) this stunning Riad is right next to the buttresses of the XVI century Palace “El Badi, and offers you a priceless experience of traditional Moroccan hospitality. While relaxing on our rooftop terrace, you are literally right next to the palace walls, on which hundreds of storks makes their nests. Within the Riad you will find many original features; stuccos, encaustic tiles, cedar wood carvings, decorative plasterwork, vaulted ceilings of brick and geometric floors laid on clay for maintaining a constant temperature. Marrakech is a city of mystery and Minarets, exciting contrasts and contradictions, intense colours and smells, and we provide you with the starting point for your voyage of discovery into this exciting world. The Riad consists of 6 bedrooms, two with private terraces, a public roof terrace, a garden patio with a plunge pool (4 x 3 x 1.30 m) and a salon and restaurant area. One of our suites on the ground floor is specially adapted for people with limited mobility. All rooms have: private bathroom with shower and reversible air-conditioning. Rental Includes breakfast served every morning. Breakfast and other meals, if required, can be served on the roof terrace, on the terrace at the edge of the small pool or in winter by the fireplace in the living room, or in the comfort and privacy of the rooms or private terrace. All our menus feature Moroccan dishes made from local products. There is also free Wi-Fi access, a roof terrace with sunbeds and a garden patio with a plunge pool and palm trees. Our wonderful staff will be on hand to offer advice on where to visit and are happy to show you the area. Evening meals can be booked in advance. We are situated in the Kasbah, just a 7-minute walk from Jemaa El Fna Square and a 10-minute walk from Koutoubia Mosque. We are 4 km from Marrakech-Menara Airport ... more   less 
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