After reading the trip advisor reports we opted to book 5 nights at the Maison Arabo Andalouse and it proved to be a great choice. Paolo was a fantastic host, always attentive and available for advice and to provide much needed assistance in a potentially bewildering city.
Tucked away in what seems like the middle of the city, the hotel/Riad is tricky to locate so it's definitely advised to contact Paolo beforehand. The surrounding streets are narrow and busy with scooters flying up and down them but as soon as you walk into the Riad all that disappears and is replaced by a relaxed chilled vibe. Stunning architecture and an interesting layout make it a pleasure simply exploring. The roof terrace provides a great space for breakfast with views across the city.
The rooms are aesthetically amazing and functional but don't expect anything too modern, it's more about the character of the place. The Riad provides a great base to explore from. Paolo helped immensely to organise trips to the seaside, the Atlas mountains and around Marrakech itself. Paolo's staff were excellent, friendly and willing to assist with any random task, such as locating lost paintings on buses.
Thoroughly recommended if you are after a more genuine feel of Marakech.
R & R
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Maison Arabo Andalouse Marrakech