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“Tranquility in the medina”
Review of Riad Villa El Arsa

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Riad Villa El Arsa
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London, United Kingdom
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“Tranquility in the medina”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The location was excellent and very convenient in the middle of the medina and was just a few winding streets from the main square.
The Riad is very clean, stylish and well looked after by the owners and staff. It is an oasis of peace and tranquility in the middle of the bustling old town.

I was staying at the Riad with my partner and friend for 5 nights in September 2012 and we shared a 3 bed room which was extremely comfortable.

Noel and Fabrice were always on hand to offer advice, dining and travel tips which was extremely helpful as it was our first time in Marrakech. He also invited us out with his partner and friend on a day trip to an authentic market town and out to the Atlas mountains for a great walk and lunch.

I highly recommend the place for people looking for a peaceful, helpful and conveniently located stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Fabrice and Noël are hosts who understand hospitality - nobtrusively on hand to offer guidance, advice and recommendations. Returning to the Riad from the heat and bustle was sweet relief. The plunge pool cools, the surroundings soothe, the mint tea revives.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Noel and Fabrice are the most wonderfully attentive hosts who made out four night stay at their riad an absolute joy. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, the plunge pool was well used by our daughter and I loved spending the afternoons reading on the roof terrace after a hectic morning in the souks. The riad is right in the centre of the medina and is only a few minutes walk from the square. Noel offered excellent advice on where to eat etc and personally took us through the maze of souks to find our way around. We ate at the riad one evening and had the most wonderful meal, cooked by Fabrice. It is the perfect place to stay in Marrakech as it is so central (we walked everywhere) and yet it is also an oasis of perfect calm.
Daryl.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Welcomed with tea on the roof terrace, and then not only were we recommended a place to eat that suited our requirements (traditional Moroccan food, alcohol, music), but were guided through the streets to the restaurant door by the very helpful Riad owner to decide see the menu and decide for ourselves. This was above and beyond, and felt like a safe and stress free welcome to a first night in Marrakesh.

Beautiful surrounds and great breakfast in the Riad.

Room Tip: smaller and larger rooms available but all ensuit and comefortable.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Noel and Fabrice SO welcoming and sorted out the issue with leaving my camera in the car by making the calls for help. Once that was done, we asked their advice on where to buy something, and they personally took us to the most likely street. It was my birthday, and they very sweetly brought out a birthday fromage avec candle for us to share! Never intrusive but exceedingly friendly, they were a joy, and they made excellent recommendations for us. The riad was great, and that plunge pool much bigger than expected. It just had the most wonderful calming atmosphere, with chanson drifting in the air....

  • Stayed May 2012
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Riad V, Propriétaire at Riad Villa El Arsa, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Thanks a lot! We are happy to live here and so happy to share with guests!
When we arrived in Marrakech, in last february, we didnt imagine to be in the fourth better guest houses of Marrakech... this is thanks to you and all comments...
so thank to you very much and to all guests...
to feast it we eat a large piece of cheese, thinking to you!
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We stayed at Ridl Villa el Arsa in July 2012 for four nights. Because we have four children under seven, the youngest just walking, we took the whole house. the two french owners live on site, and treated us wonderfully, taking time to accompany us around the souk, to the hamman and around the town. My children were smitten, both with the plunge pool and the owners. We ate in the riad three evenings and the food was of a fantastic standard, served to us in the central courtyard. The roof terrace is a delight, the whole place is charming, and spotless, and we would love to go back. One thing to note , for anyone else with a toddler, is that the plunge pool is freely accessible and central, making life a little interesting at times.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is an excellent Riad is located in the medina. Clean, superb rooms with bath and shower, friendly service. Better than average breakfasts are served on the roof - although there is not much of a view from the roof - pity! Only real "issue" is that it is located down a warren of narrow streets and, it is easy to loose directions either leaving the Riad or, returning to it. A better map would have helped - possibly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Chris595
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Property: Riad Villa El Arsa
Address: 18 Derb El Arsa | Kennaria, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 278 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the Medina of Marrakech, with easy access, 5 minutes' walk to Jemaa el Fna and other mythical places of Marrakech.Villa El Arsa is an oasis in the midst of excitement and wares of magical red town.Fabrice et Noel welcome you in this bed and breakfast with five rooms,accommodating up to 11 people (4 double bedrooms, one with fireplace and 1 triple room, bathrooms tadelakt). Official Guest House n°239/2004 - Travel in security! ... more   less 
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