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La Maison Arabe
Ranked #20 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My wife and I decided to visit somewhere different and identified Marrakech as fitting the bill. The city and all it offers was great and everything you would expect, to go with this break we wanted a really relaxed luxurious hotel/riad and we found the perfect place. La Maison Arabe is even better than we hoped.
Starting with the staff - all friendly and very helpful, nothing is ever to much trouble. Two very good restaurants hard to pick between them but the Moroccan restaurant just had a little more style. In both restaurants the had gentle live music very in keeping with venue, playing instruments such as a Sitar.
The piano bar was great and had a jazz theme going on with a very friendly head barman.
All the decor everywhere was top quality and very Moroccan.
They have an onsite Hamman, I just went for a full massage - this is a must, don't miss it.
Finally, the 'Country Club', just a short ride circa 15 minutes takes you to this oasis - fantastic. We visited twice had lunch on both occasions and since its exclusively for the Riad guests it was never busy.
We had the Aladdin suite (Room 216) this was a great room with the outdoor veranda overlooking the pool area.
You may think I've been a little over the top on this review but trust me it deserves it.

Room Tip: Worth paying a little extra to get a junior suite or better.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This Riad in the Medina is very friendly and beautiful. Upon our arrival, my party was greeted with delicious welcome drinks made by the bartender with cucumbers and mint. The rooms are gorgeous, my bed was very comfortable and the air conditioning very strong (it was over 100degrees F our first day).

We tried the restaurant that night because we were too tired to go out. It was delicious and had live music. There is also a jazz bar and a swimming pool by the breakfast area. Breakfast is a delicious spread of continental style plus local fruits, dates, figs and prunes. They make a Moroccan crepe which is square and crunchy. We enjoyed it all.

Look at the decor for an idea of what the well made, high end stuff you see in the Souks should be if you want the good stuff. Especially the silver plated lamps and bottle holders and Berber rugs. It's all exquisite at Maison Arabe.

The staff was very friendly and helpful in negotiating taxis, we also loved the spa (Hammam). They use the black soap but don't scrub too hard. And the massage felt so good on my tired legs after 8 miles of walking the day before through the Medina with our guide, Yder, who was excellent. He was through Around Morocco Tours which handled our whole trip.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank beth1966
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We stayed for three nights at this beautiful Riad in the centre of Marrakech. This was the most wonderful way to conclude our two week trip to Morocco and after staying in some wonderful places this was or favourite. The property is a great mix of an authentic Riad and a new section with a careful mix of Berber decor and modern conveniences. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food is excellent. We dined around the pool in the international restaurant each night but enjoyed classic dishes from the Moroccan menu. They also have a second property with a great pool where we spent an afternoon relaxing and taking lunch. We did not participate in the cooking classes but they are offered every day and feedback was very positive. This Riad delivered everything we expect from a first class property and is ideally located in walking distance from the Souk and main square in Marrakech.

Room Tip: Rooms in the older section are truly authentic although they are upstairs so you need to be mobile.
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2  Thank Ruth W
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I was at la Maison Arabe for their half day cooking classes. The place is absolutely beautiful and all the staff was very kind with us. The cooking classes are very interesting and - of course - focused on typical Moroccan dishes. They also took us to see how they make the bread and to taste the famous Moroccan mint tea. Not cheap but worth it!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The service levels in this hotel is what you could expect in some of the top hotels of the world. The front of house staff and in particular the hotels manager "Adil" can not do enough for you, he will book you the best tables, organise trips and go beyond most to make sure your stay is as perfect as it can be.
The hotels facilities are great. The country club gives the option of a large pool you would expect from a hotel yet the riads pool is large enough for a quick dip in the afternoon. The room we had (a delux double) was more than adequate, it had its own terrace area, lovely bathroom and large bed, it was located in a very secluded part of the hotel and have a great nights sleep.
The breakfast was good serving both authentic Morrocan and more western dishes.
At first I thought the price was steep for a riad in Marrakesh it is one of the more expensive properties but after visiting the country you soon realise if you want western comforts you should be prepared to pay western prices. So therefore after staying there and experiencing the facilities and the service received I feel they charge a very fair price.

Room Tip: Room 215 in the old part of the hotel is very nice. Make sure your happy with stairs for the old sec...
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

My husband and I did this on our last day. We weren't staying at the Arabe but had booked their cookery course independently. The course is done either in Cafe Arabe hotel or in their other premises 15 mins away by car. We did the latter.

We were with two other people on the course so we got their full attention. The instruction was fabulous with video screens in front of you showing the 'Dada' (head chef) doing the cooking and the english speaking guide beside you helping you along the way.

The food was fantastic and you are given a lovely surprise gift at the end to take away.

We had a fabulous time doing this activity, you learn about the spices, the culture and you can recreate it when you get home!!

Room Tip: Not applicable only went to the cookery course but had a tour of the hotel which looked amazing.
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

La Maison Arabe is a charming boutique property that is in all ways world class.

Every aspect of our experience from the welcoming hospitality, to the stunning architecture and interior decorating, to the room, to the restaurants to the spa was outstanding.

The attention to detail (at check out they presented us with pre-filled out customs departure forms) and the service (on seeing us coming in from the souk the bartender prepared a refreshing nonalcoholic cocktail and brought it to our room) is superior to many five star properties.

The location is quite central but it is an oasis of quiet and calm in a city that can be dizzyingly frenetic.

This property also represents a solid value as the prices are well below most at this level.

If I one criticism it would be that the entrance is set back on a narrow street which does not permit car traffic so you cannot pull up to the entrance. The hotel does not have hotel staff posted at the end of each alley so it can be a bit confusing at first and awkward with luggage when checking in.

PS Don't miss the chicken pastilla. Possibly one of the best things I have ever eaten.

Room Tip: Make sure to get a room with a balcony on the top floor.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
#14 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £143 - £459 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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