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Villa Makassar
Ranked #38 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
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5 reviews
“Just as Pictured”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

The Villa Makassar riad is just as beautiful as in the pictures. Everything is new and spotless. The floors are cool and the marbled bathrooms a pleasure. There are many nooks and crannies throughout the hotel where we sat and enjoyed the art, the singing if birds and a cool drink. The staff is very friendly and professional, able to advise and willing to help. The manager Fouad is a warm and cosmopolitan man. The day trip they arranged for us to Atlas Mountain villages and nature walks was a highlight. We were 2 single women but this is also a hreat place for a romantic getaway.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet (except for the birds and call to prayers which is lovely), beautiful and spotle...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Villa Makassar is a wonderful riad with its beautiful 'Art Deco' interior with every attention to the finest details. It is located in the hustle and bustle of the Kasbar where real Moroccon life goes on, but as soon as you enter the front door its tranquility awaits. We found the owner of the villa very hospitable and his staff attentive and polite. They were wonderful helping me with phone calls to the airport to retrieve my lost luggage which arrived two days later. Our room was both comfortable and chic, and the food we had, a chicken and lemon tajine as well as the breakfasts were very good. I would recommend the villa also for its location only about a ten minute gentle stroll to the main square.

Room Tip: Any room would be enjoyable as there is very little noise from outside.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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hungerford
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at Villa Makassar for a few days at the beginning of April. We couldn't praise the accommodation more highly. The attention to detail was outstanding and the owner Fouad was charming. He has sought and found the most exquisite artefacts from the Art Deco period and furnished his Riad with his prized possessions and made the villa quite beautiful. It is a privilege to be able to view the art and furniture whilst also enjoying the calm and serenity of this oasis in the middle of the busy narrow streets of the kasbah. The staff are all most attentive and pleasant. The manager Sofitane went way beyond the call of duty when a taxi we had ordered failed to arrive and he drove us to the restaurant himself.. A gem of a place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

We stayed for four nights at the Villa Makassar, within the walls of the Medina and only a ten minute walk from the lively square Jamma al Fna. The hotel has been completely refurbished in an Art Deco style with original furniture and original art, including 19th Century posters adorning the walls of the rooms and the public areas. We were there last week at the beginning of the tourist season, but the weather was against us with average unseasonable temperatures of around 16C, if we were lucky. The staff are superb and very attentive. The Spa offers a Hamman (steam room) and massage facilities with a jacuzzi. The walled outdoor pool looked fabulous, but due to the weather, we decided to give it a miss. The owner Fouad Graida is perfect as "mine host" and will make sure you have a good time. Will we go back - certainly.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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manchester, uk
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Reviewed 18 March 2012 via mobile

My wife and I have just returned from a memorable 3 night stay at Villa Makassar. We can't speak highly enough of the accommodation, levels of service, friendly and helpful staff and the great location in the Medina. In particular the manager Sofiane is efficient, friendly and welcoming. He arranged excellent guides for us for a walking tour of the Medina/Souk and a trip to the Ourika mountains and recommended a beautiful Italian restaurant where we dined. Our room (Jules Leleu) was stylish, spacious and comfortable and breakfast on the roof terrace each morning was a particular highlight. The Riad was an oasis of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. We both had relaxing massages in the Spa at the Riad and there are small indoor and outdoor swimming pools. I would recommend the Riad for a relaxing stay in wonderful Marrakech and wouldn't hesitate to return for another stay in the future.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

My mother & I had a memorable stay at the Villa Makassar in December 2011. We used a travelzoo voucher to treat ourselves to a trip to Marrakesh with a stay at a luxury riad :) Villa Makassar is situated down a slightly noisy street in the Medina, but you would never know it as its a quiet zen of a place once you walk inside.

The voucher was a fantastic offer as it is a very beautiful art deco riad, beautifully laid out with its own indoor pool and hammam. The deal included dinner as well as a hammam. Dinner was delicious; canapes, chicken tagine and a delightful pastry dessert called Ktefa. Our waiter was particularly attentive and very friendly and helped teach us some arabic words to get us by during the stay :)

We had a lovely twin room. We had a problem with the shower as it didnt have hot water but as soon as we reported it someone came to look into it immediately and when he couldnt help the charming owner came round to investigate. We were promptly given a key to another room we could use for the duration of our stay to use the shower there (even though our shower was fixed the next day).

Our hammam at the riad was a fantastic experience. Do not leave without having one!

On the whole a delightful stay in Marrakesh.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

An amazing Art Deco riad, made of two riads joined together, so you have plenty of communal areas and it does not feel clostrophobic like some smaller riads do. I have NEVER seen such attention to detail and luxury in a riad (and I have visited many). No wonder this hotel has been featured in top interior design magazines! The owner is delightful and the staff very attentive. After the Mamounia was re decorated in a less art-deco way, Marrakech needed a beautiful art deco place and this is it! Easy access by car all the way to the riad's entrance, great central area.
And it has a pool and a state of the art spa. Note that the pool is separated from the rooms so even if kids play in it, you won't be disturbed by the noise.
The riad is very quiet, you won't get woken up by the call for prayer at 5am!
Could not recommend it more to anyone looking for elegance, luxury and style in Marrakech.

Room Tip: All rooms and suites are unique and delightfully decorated with art-deco antiques.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Makassar
Address: 20 Derb Chtouka | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#23 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#28 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#66 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Makassar 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 stars Art Deco Boutique Hotel with heated swimming pool and SPA, restaurant, 10 non smoking rooms and suites, 5000 sqf terrasse, lift, 3 patios, 2 lounges, direct access with car. ... more   less 
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