Our trip to Marrakesh was absolutely wonderful! Our experience at La Maison Arabe was first class all the way. LMA is located inside the Medina walls about three city blocks from the Souk. Upon arriving, I was a little surprised at the lack of a fancy entrance off the street. The entrance was midway between two streets down a cobblestone alley too small for a car. Our tour guide (from Olive Branch Tours whom we grew very fond of) was quick to point out, that this is part of the magic of Marrakech, you never know what lies behind the walls. The second we walked into LMA, we knew we had found a hidden treasure. The people were warm and sophisticated. The furnishings of the hotel are beautiful including berber and persian rugs throughout, antiques, interesting ceramics and pottery, old baskets and original fine art. LMA is decorated with exquisite taste to the Moroccan style and culture. There were also several darling outside courtyards complete with trickling fountains, flowering vines, chirping birds and butterflies. LMA has a wonderful heated pool that is large enought to swim laps. Spa services are available and I hear the massuese there is great. Free Internet and Wifi access that worked well.
I have to mention the staff at LMA. There are at least 50 employees working at all times. This is a very good guest to staff ratio unlike some of the newer Riads in Marrakech. Check this out as I heard some scary stories from some other travelers about their Riads. Some of the Riads have 3 - 5 employees that all leave after breakfast is over. At LMA, everything you needed was at your fingertips within minutes presented with a genuine smile. The front desk staff was helpful, knowledgable, courteous and available for recommendations, directions or just a friendly hello.
LMA has two restaurants and a lounge. One restaurant offered only Morrocan for fine dining and the other offered French, Thai and Moroccan. People came from hotels all around Marrakech to dine here as the food, wine list and service were so good. In the evenings, each dining room had live musicians that just capped off the atmosphere. The Tangine Lamb L'Orange was delicious. The souflees melted in your mouth. Prices were reasonable.
Regarding our room; we had a small suite that was perfect for our family of three. The main area of the room had the master bed (mattresses were fine), spacious bath, two large closets, and a TV. The sitting room was complete with a couch, fireplace, writing desk and a single bed perfect for a third person, child or adult. Everyone had privacy and we were very comfortable and made ourselves right at home.
I went to the cooking school which was located at the LMA Country Club about 20 minutes away from the main hotel. The instructor spoke French, English and Arabic so there were no communication problems. We made Chicken Tagine and then sat down together and enjoyed lunch by the pool. The Country Club was very nice and could accomodate large groups. There was a great vegatable and flower garden, ponds with frogs, turtles and fish, palm trees, a restaurant and a large pool with showers. One of the other students described LMA as "palacial" and was very tempted to move there from her western hotel in new part of Marrakesh. The pictures of LMA on the website do not do it justice, the hotel is much nicer.
Our stay at La Maison Arabe was fabulous; a perfect 5 on the Tripadvisor scale. My husband and I cannot fathom why it is listed as #51 and not in the top 10 if not #1. I highly recommend LMA to anyone desiring a taste of the true Moroccan culture and the comforts of a 5 star hotel. One last recommendation would be to hire a guide, it was well worth it. Have fun in Marrakesh, we sure did!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Maison Arabe Marrakech
- La Maison Arabe Hotel Marrakech