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“Delicious cooking!”
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La Maison Arabe
Ranked #15 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Delicious cooking!”
Reviewed 26 March 2008

Learning to cook chicken tagine at Maison arabe was one of the highlights of my stay in Marakech- a must do! The food that we cooked was delicious and we were helped every step of the way. It was brilliant to learn about the different spices and herbs used in moroccan cooking, and to talk to Mohammed about moroccan culture in general. The ladies who helped us were lovely, and will show you the most impressive way to cut an onion! Also the place itself is beautiful- be sure to take your swim suit and make use of their pool, surrounded by idyllic gardens. A wonderful wonderful morning!

Stayed March 2008
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2008

We spent four nights at the Maison Arabe and loved every minute of it. The property is hidden away and it is a jewel. It is beautifully decorated and restored. It is located just a few minutes walk from the main square.

Our room was spacious and comfortable and gave onto a lovely terrace in the middle of which was a beautiful small marble fountain (typical in riads). I loved the bathroom with its vaulted ceilings and blue and yellow tiles.

The service was impeccable, friendly and superbly helpful. We also had a hammam treatment. I had the royal treatment, which was nice, but I wouldn't do it again - it just wasn't worth the extra cash because all they do is smear you with extra goo. Next time, I would just have the hammam treatment, the scrub down and the relaxing massage.

The food at the hotel was absolutely delicious -- it's the best in town. The Moroccan pancackes prepared fresh in front of you for breakfast were scrumptious and we'll miss them - make sure you try the mixed cheese and vegetable ones. So good. Their mint tea is also the best we had during our sojourn. We also had lunch and dinner there and they were both fantastic.

Only thing - be prepared to hear the call of the muezzin very early in the morning, but I think that would be the case wherever one stays in town.

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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 17 February 2008

This riad is in medina close enough but at the same time far enough from souks and Jemaa el Fna. You can get by taxi 50 meters away, and you walk to Jemaa el Fna in 15 minutes. Really cosy place, more a palace than a hotel. Ali Baba suite with a balcony is magnificient. Breakfast was delicious, but for a dinner there are better places in the city, for example Tobsil. Service was friendly.

La Maison Arabe is really something to recommend for a stay in Marrakesh!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Northants
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Reviewed 6 February 2008

We came here for the cookery school and liked it so much we booked out of our first hotel and into the top suite! This is such a lovely place. It was very relaxing and only a 10 minute walk to the main square. The three story suite was very comfortable. The roof terrace had a jacuzzi and their was a bathroom on the first floor as well as the ground floor. The service was excellent. The staff were very helpful and the breakfasts were very french! lovely soft french bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, morroccan pancakes, freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee and homemade yogurt. Their is afternoon tea included in the B & B price. The restaurant is stunning and even though one night there was only two tables taken they still put on local entertainment.

Stayed February 2008
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Reviewed 15 January 2008

We have stayed in both a Deluxe Room (2,000 to 2.500 DHS) and a Junior Suite (3,500 to 4,000 DHS). Both of the rooms were disappointingly small, especially for the price paid. The bed in our Junior Suite was actually two double beds pushed together, so not very comfortable because neither one of us wanted to lay on the dividing line part.

The rooms were clean (and surprisingly small), and they do a good job tending to the rooms on a regular basis, including turning the sheets at night. In other words, La Maison Arabe is really a hotel.

The meals were also well prepared and service of high quality. Nice wait staff.

The receptionists and managers, however, are not completely service focused. Their quotes for guides and taxis vary from time to time, which is disturbing given that it is a hotel and all of the drivers they use are probably friends or relatives. Instead of focusing on the business of making money, whether for the hotel or themselves, they should focus on satisfying the customers, which is actually the key to making more money. Anyway, we didn't really find anyone in the front desk to be overly genuine.

During our travels in Morocco, I can safely say, without any hesitation that Riad Kniza (in Marrakech, and truly a Riad, though the dinners there are not great) and La Maison Bleue (Fez) are significantly nicer than La Maison Arabe, and also for less the price. In other words, this neutral rating/average is relative to other options in Marrakech and not an absolute rating for this hotel. If the room rates were reduced by half, they may be worth it.

  • Liked — Cleaniness
  • Disliked — Price and receptionists
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2007

This was a very nice hotel - they upgraded our room and we spent the day at taking a fun cooking class. It was pretty basic and would not be good for serious cooks, but nice for beginners. Do not get a message - they were over priced and oily. The food is excellent and the service good. Nice overall - but not in the medina. About a 10 minute walk out of town.

  • Stayed December 2007
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Reviewed 19 December 2007

First let me put a caveat on the title... We had just come from a marvelous dar in Fez (Dar Seffarine), so we were open to be biased against a more-hotel-than-dar-or-riad. I think La Maison Arabe, then, is a partial victim of circumstance. But just partially.

The walk up to the property is lovely - down a side street, moving away from the hecticness that is Marrakech. We were received by the front desk and quickly checked in. My only complaint would be our confirmed reservation for a cooking class the next day was not on their calendar. However, this was easily rectified. (Side note: I strongly recommend the cooking course available through La Maison Arabe. See separate reviews.)

Our room, "Soulayman", was fine, but seemed a bit of a let down from the expectations set by the photos on the website. It just did not seem as charming in person. The decor felt more like a standard hotel with a few, very subtle Moroccan touches to it. And at MAD 2'200 per night (roughly EUR 195), I felt a bit soaked. I regretted having opted for the junior room and wished I had saved the few extra dirham and just booked a standard room. Or instead, booked a riad or a dar to exploit an opportunity unique to Morocco rather than staying in a room that felt like "just another hotel".

But where La Maison Arabe begins to separate itself from a dar or riad is the size of the property. Given that it was created from several adjoining houses, there are many nooks and crannies to explore - or to sit and have a drink. The buildings are beautifully maintained. The inner courtyard is peaceful and lovely. But, you could of course take advantage of these whether or not you were a paid guest. Score another one for staying somewhere else.

The one unique element that would be open only to guests (or attendants of the cooking course) is access to their offsite property via a free shuttle to and from La Maison. It is simply gorgeous. The gardens are beautifully maintained, the pool (although untested by us) looked like a lovely place to quietly waste away the hours on a hot Moroccan day. Full bar service and limited meals are available.

Breakfasts were nice and offered a selection of breads, pastries, fresh yogurt and local delicacies. And if you wanted to completely cop out, they even had several cereals on offer. All in all, a good offering.

We ate at their Moroccan restaurant (there is an international menu on offer at their other), and like the property itself, found it be a little overpriced. The atmosphere was great, the food and service were fine, but the price paid of MAD 400 per person for a three-course meal (not including beverages) just seemed high given that the quality and composition of the menu was just not that distinctive.

So, to tie this all up, I would say that there is nothing wrong with La Maison Arabe. Far from it. I just don't think that it is the best experience for Marrakech, and certainly not one worth the price paid. For that, I can only score the property as 4 out of 5.

  • Liked — Property beautifully maintained. Lovely décor and ambiance of the common areas.
  • Disliked — Value, or lack thereof. Room felt too much like a standard hotel.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Maison Arabe
Address: 1 Derb Assehbe | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#4 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — La Maison Arabe 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This legendary and prestigious hotel boasts 26 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, a new spa, and a choice of 2 large swimming pools (on-site in the medina or at the hotel's country annex, 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle). The hotel's world-famous Moroccan cooking workshops have become a "must-do" activity in Marrakech. Frommer's describes La Maison Arabe as "the epitome of Moroccan elegance." ... more   less 
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