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“Wonderful Riad!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Villa El Arsa
Certificate of Excellence
East coast, US
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35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful Riad!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2007

The hotel is beautifully decorated and maintained. The staff were extremely friendly and spoke English. They were able to give great directions and suggestions about Marrakech. Although the hotel is initially difficult to find, it is a very short and convenient walk to djemma el fna and the souqs.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank travelling_to_eat
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2007

We spent 5 nights in Room 1 in May and found it to be perfectly fine.

The Riad is well located and relatively easy to find from the main square (which makes a useful point of reference).

The room was a good size and the bed was comfortable.

The Riad has a lovely roof terrace although we, like some of the other reviewers, found the courtyard to be very cluttered.

The breakfast was croissants and bread with jam but curiously only served at 9 am (which seems particularly inflexible given that it takes barely any preparation).

We had a great time in Marrakech but if we were to return would probably stay somewhere else. There wasn't anything particularly bad about the Riad or the staff - just a number of little niggles (like having to ask for more toilet roll because they didn't replace it at all during our stay!).

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Pingu-rocks
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chicago
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2007

Great place to stay in the heart of the Medina, wonderful staff and great food.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank pak7
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Atlanta Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2007

I lived in Morocco for 10 months from Sept 2005-June 2006 and I traveled extensively as I had 4 separate sets of friends visit me and I toured them around Morocco. I found El Arsa from the Lonely Planet and I fell in love with the intimate setting, the super staff and the easy access to Djema el Fna. Once you learn your way through the labryrinth, you appreciate the off the beaten track nature of this riad. I stayed in hotels and other riads all over Morocco during the 10 months and I found El Arsa to excel far and above others because of the kind and helpful staff. And, Simo can cook (he has culinary training)! I read one less complimentary review and must say that was a fluke. This is a jewel of a find.

Stayed May 2006
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3 Thank BeniMellal
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Vicenza
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2007

We went to Marrakech and wanted to stay in a riad. Following the "Lonely Planet Guide" we choose the "Villa el Arsa".
It is a pretty, clean riad in the Medina: when Simo opened the door we found a nice patio, with plants, flowers and an old pool, 4 rooms with bath, simple, but in very elegant moroccan style, a sunny confortable terrace for breakfast and relax; everywhere a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere.
Simo, Ibrahim and the staff followed us friendly and kindly. They also cooked for us two unforgettable dinners: delicious food, with music, fresh flowers,candlelight and the stars in the deep blue sky over our heads.
We will go back again and we hope other people could enjoy our pleasant experience.

Antonietta e Carlo Vitale
Margherita e Mario Marchetto

  • Liked — a beautiful atmosphere, clean rooms, very kind owners
  • Disliked — nothing in particular
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank CarloVi
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London
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2007

We stayed in Riad El Arsa for three nights and had a fantastic time. The staff were welcoming, friendly, professional and were always willing to go the extra mile for us.
El Arsa has everything that we were looking for in a riad: it is a beautiful gem in the heart of the medina and a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the souks, just a five minute walk away.
The central courtyard is stunning and complete with beautifully lit plunge pool along one side. Our room had a fabulous vaulted ceiling, and the bathroom was entirely finished in tadelakt plaster - so beautiful. The roof terrace is wonderful and an amazing place to have delicious meals from the kitchen downstairs, or to soak up the sun, or both!
I cannot understand why previous reviewers have had anything but the highest praise for this perfect place. We cannot recommend it more highly and will definitely return.

  • Liked — Friendly service, beautiful surroundings
  • Disliked — Short length of stay
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank RamblingWungle
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2007

Stay at El Arsa riad in Marrakesh. Pick up at El Fna square, escorted to riad, clean, friendly. Ate in one night great food.

Stayed March 2005
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5 Thank LeslieLondon
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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 #2 of 266 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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