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La Maison Arabe
Ranked #19 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2009

I've never written one of these reviews before - but having just returned from La Maison Arabe i feel compelled to share our experience. We had a truly fantastic weekend (Friday to Monday). We looked at reviews before we booked and plumped for Arabe. The staff are incredibly polite and attentive and the food in the resatuarant is first class. The monkfish tagine is a must! It is perfectly situated in The Medina and good walking distance from the square etc. The short mini bus ride to visit the Country Club shouldn't be missed - we had an incredibly relaxing time at what can be best described as an oasis. Taking lunch around the beautiful swimming pool and the attention of Ahmed during the day was superb. We will definitley be returning to La Maison Arabe.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

The hotel lobby is beautifully decorated and situated in a way that makes you feel like you're home. The lobby/check-in staff members are friendly, helpful and very efficient. The lobby is also small leaving more space for interesting furniture, artifacts and art work throughout the hotel. Once we were quickly checked in we discovered something special and interesting around every corner of the hotel and up and down every staircase.

The hotel is small by some standards, but spacious. You can easily "get away from it all." Aside from the guest rooms, there are both outdoor and indoor semi private areas. In addition, the bar/lounge area is large, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The friendly and fun staff there will make sure of it. The restaurant food is terrific and the staff is warm, helpful and always smiling. Take advantage of the breakfast buffet. The buffet food is fresh, and some items can be made to your specifications. If eating a very healthy breakfast is important then this alternative will work well for you.

One of the concerns we had during our trip (Spain and Marrakech) concerned noise outside the hotels since we had never stayed in any of them prior to this trip. At La Maison Arabe we were within an easy walk from the Souk and otherwise on a small but somewhat busy street. We never heard outside noise in our room. We stayed in a deluxe suite (there were three adults) and we were very comfortable. We had only a few special requests and the staff was happy and quick to assisst us.

The on-site pool and the surrounding area is very clean, refreshing and relaxing. I used it several times. We also spent a few hours at the off-site pool. The drive to the site is short. Once you get there, there is a 100 yard walk through a nicely landscapted area and then another surprise. More to see and do and terrific service. This was another comfortable place to relax, play, eat, drink and socialize with other guests and staff. There was no pressure from anyone to do anything! (Including from my travel partner!)

We had never been to Africa prior to this visit. Our experience, in large part due to the hotel and the staff, was unexpected and pure delight. We intend to visit La Maison Arabe again, soon. If you choose to stay there, please say hello to Mahdi, Rachid and/or Brahim from Bruce, Shelley and Daniel. They were especially kind and helpful to us.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

Our family had such a wonderful stay at this oasis-in-the-city. Small, elegant hotel in the heart of the old town. Minutes to walk to the square, the souks, and all they have to offer. Great food, which they seemed to serve at our convenience. But what really put this hotel over the top was the truly outstanding personal service we received. At some point in our Moroccan trip, my husband contracted a bug. By the time we reached Marrakech, it was clear that he needed medical attention. The hotel manager of La Maison Arabe personally escorted us to a doctor! On a Saturday morning!! Even without this extraordinary attention, we can enthusiastically recommend this very special hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

This hotel was by far was the highlight of our trip to both Spain and Morocco. The attentive and friendly staff made this a very relaxing and enjoyable retreat. The decor was the best, the wonderful Hammam was very serine and perfect, the smells and sounds of this hotel just made us very comfortable. One special note to the best bartender (mixologist) in Morocco- Rachid. He created special drinks for us and even educated us on tea making. Mahdi the Front Desk Manager was very accomodating to all our requests. Food, drink, decor, spa, pools, even the offsite resort property was a hit! I can't say enough about how positive this place is. Don't go anywhere else in Marrakesh! It's a 10 for service, food and accomodations.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

As a travel writer, I've stayed in some great places, but this one -- for so many reasons -- is my favorite. The service is friendly and generous. The hotel is full of amazing, eclectic art and has wonderful nooks and crannies to sit in with a good book. The pool in the new addition is beautiful (it's rare to have a property in the medina with a decent size pool), but don't let that you dissuade you from taking a free shuttle out to the hotel's "country club." The country club has nothing to do with golf, but rather is a country oasis, with some of the most amazing gardens ever (rosemary hedges) and a lovely pool area and casbah.

Located on the edge of the medina, shopping is convenient, but the overall area isn't noisy.

Their chicken pastillas are the best ever and even non-cooks can appreciate one of their cooking workshops.

I hope I get to return some day.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

Only had one night, whats nice about this hotel is that it offers an alternative to the "pure Riads" where its little bit larger with outstanding public spaces to hang out and a restaurant which is a huge plus. EVERY DETAIL is thought through. Particularly spectacular is the choice of color schemes and night lighting that is so magical. This doesnt just happen, someone has worked hard with such attention to detail. The manager went out of her way to find me to make sure that my stay was going well. Note the historic restaurant was under renovation when I visited however, the restaurant by the poole is probably the most romantic beautiful setting I have seen and they had live music playing during dinner! Room was just as nice -- the turn down service litterally reorganized all of the toiletries etc so it was as if I just checked in -- some of the best I have seen.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 June 2009

From the moment we walked through the entry door we were welcomed and treated like royalty. The first impression of the hotel is one of elegant sophistication, incorporating the best elements of Moroccan. The place is stunning! As the hotel is located right in the heart of the old medina, it seems to consist of a series of interconnected buildings which really add a warmth and cosy feeling as there is no expansive lobby to contend with - instead, around every corner there is wonderful with art, impressive antiques, armchairs, etc.

The bar is a delight! Very welcoming, with an extensive cocktail list. The restaurant is even more impressive with food that is beautifully presented, and succeeds in creating a delectable fusion of Moroccan and European tastes.

I could also not believe that there could be a such a huge swimming pool right in the heart of the medina. I understand that this has just been added after the hotel was able to acquire an adjoining property, but one would never know as the addition was seamless and integrates beautifully with the rest of the hotel.

Our room was magnificent - spacious, tasteful, quiet and had its own balcony. I would hightly recommend this hotel and restaurant.

  • Stayed: May 2009, 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
#13 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £163 - £534 (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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