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“Peaceful Riad in Marrakech”

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Riad le Clos des Arts
Ranked #3 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Peaceful Riad in Marrakech”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

Massimo met us in the car park and walked us to the Riad which was a good start to our stay. While drinking mint tea Massimo aquaited us with all the do's and don'ts of Marrakech and reinforced our directions so that we never got lost. We actually didn't find the Riad experience terribly enjoyable and would have been better in an hotel. Nothing personal again this Riad as it was excellent, but we felt imprisoned. Bed was comfortable and the linen beautiful. Georgina put duvets back on the beds as it had turned cold so it was nice and cosy. Bathroom was OK with plenty of hot water once we sorted the taps out which were on back to front. Plenty of thick towels and bathrobes. There was a pleasant smell permeating throughout the whole riad. Breakfast was fine on the terrace but it was a little cold up there in the mornings. Felt the riad was a little overpriced and although they gave us a bottle of water on arrival it was never replenished which seemed a little petty.

Room Tip: We had the Turquoise Suite which was fine.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Really enjoyed a great stay at the Riad le Clos des Arts. On arrival Georgina spent time describing the area and providing information on the sights of Marrakech. Both Georgina and Massimo were always available to answer any questions throughout the stay and provided really useful advice. The room at the Riad was very comfortable and the Riad is very quiet of a night which was a real bonus after a long day. There is a very nice area to relax on the rooftop as well as in the main area and I must also mention the staff who are really friendly and helpful and made it a very enjoyable stay.

The Riad itself is located a short walk from Jama el Fnna square and when you leave the square of a night with all the noise and activity it is such a contrast arriving back to the peace and quiet of the Riad.

During the stay had a meal on two nights and the food was tasty and delicious. I would recommend arranging the taxi pickup from the airport through the Riad where Massimo met the taxi in a small square and walked to the Riad on arrival and Georgina arranged a taxi and walked back to the square at the end of the stay.

Great Riad, lovely people, like staying with friends.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

From the moment they personally met us in the parking lot till we said "Au Revoir" - again in the parking lot, Georgina and Massimo were exceptional hosts. Anything that we needed was there to be had.
Location: Although barely two minutes from the main road, the Riad is quiet and peaceful. Very convenient to the Jama el Fnna square and Bahia Palace.
Rooms: Our 3 room suite was equipped with a Queen and divan that could also be converted to a bed. If you are an early sleeper, other clients coming in late will disturb you. Lots of hot water and storage space.
Breakfast: Exquisite! Mohammed speaks good English and will get you anything you want! Do try the Moroccan pancakes with homemade jam!
Service: Above expectations!
So why not "Exceptional"? The Riad needs a facelift which I understand they are planning to do this summer.

Room Tip: Sucre Nachre suite - we got a cheaper price from Orbitz than directly from the hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Well what can I say that has not been said before. First trip to Marrakech and the stay at the Riad le Clos des Arts was fabulous.Every need was catered for from booking a fantastic Hammam to sorting out Abdul the guide to take us on a tour of the sites where his knowledge and tips were invaluable.
The food at the riad was exceptional and all the other guests commented on the quality and flavours produced by Leila.
Georgina and Massimo were very gracious hosts and greeted us near the riad and on entering gave us mint tea and a run down of where to go and what to see.
They even remembered off my passport that it was my birthday and presented me with some complimentary babouche as a present.
You could not wish for a better location,more helpful staff and excellent cuisine.


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  • Stayed May 2013
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Wiltshire
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We stayed with2 friends in this beautiful Riad for 4 nights at the end of April. Lovely comfy rooms above a beautiful courtyard. Breakfast & refreshments on the roof in the sunshine & a small pool for cooling off in.
Located right in the heart of The Medina, easy walking to all the main sites & locations.
Giorgina & Massimo & their staff could not have been more friendly & helpful. Their recommendations for restaurants were excellent, our trip to The Hammam was lovely, & although a very long day we so enjoyed our trip across The Atlas Mountains.
We also had dinner in The Riad one evening & the food was superb - a wonderful mixture of Moroccan salads & then a delicious lamb tajine

Room Tip: Choose a room on the first floor - closer to the stars!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Nyon, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

we arrived in marrakech late evening for a 5 days stay, and we were impressed by the peaceful environnement that this riad offers after having experienced the chaotic rhytm of the medina. at any time of the day we could step back to the freshness and the quieteness of the riad, our little daughters (4 and 7) could take their nap or play with the roof pool while we could enjoy the conversation and the advices of Giorgina and Massimo in the very charming and elegant patio. excellent dinners and familiar environnement were very appreciated, we will definitely come back for a second experience! thank you giorgina and massimo!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Right from arrival... collected at the airport (taxi waiting) to the carpark where the owner met us for the last 5 minute walk into the Medina, our stay was never less than excellent.
We opted for dinner on arrival which was delicious. Rather than burdening us before bed - we arrived at after 9pm, we had our orientation after breakfast on the first morning. Oh, I should mention breakfast... Delicious... Fresh juice, fresh bread, fresh pastries... excellent coffee and a myriad of tea choices... and eggs whatever way you like them. That's as standard. If you want something different, they'll try their utmost to get it for you.
Back to orientation... about half an hour pointing out the sights of the city, recommendations for visits, drinks, restaurants and even a hammam. We didn't go wrong after that. And they booked anything we wished - all part of the excellent service!
We stayed in the Corail room... beautiful... I'm not sure what else to say??? It was a beautiful room, refreshed daily - great shower (good pressure), plenty of hanging room, safe for valuables, aircon (we didn't use - no need).
The riad itself was beautiful... immaculate. From the moment the door was opened we were home. The owners, Massimo and Giorgina really could not have done more for us. Nothing was too much trouble, but additionally, they took the time to just chat, ask how your day had been. We felt like we were staying with good friends.
The location was excellent. We were on a very quiet street, so no disturbance at night, BUT only 5 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of the Medina... Everywhere was walkable and we felt very safe, even coming home from dinner at night. The riad itself is very secure, and again, like a home from home, not like a hotel with strangers passing in and out. Instead, we felt like honoured guests.
If you go to Marrakech, stay here. It really is that simple.

Room Tip: First floor. We were on the first floor and it was perfect.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad le Clos des Arts
Address: Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50 | Near Dar Si Said and Bahia Palace, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#3 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#20 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad le Clos des Arts 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a narrow street of the Medina of Marrakech come and discover Riad le Clos des Arts: a charming Arab house renovated in pure Moresque style. Be seduced by this fascinating oriental atmosphere. Be tempted by the authenticity of traditional Moroccan flavours. Be refreshed by a plunge into our small pool on the terrace. The riad offers 1 suite deluxe, 2 suites, 3 double deluxe, 2 double superior and 1 single room, all with ensuite bathrooms facilities, independent heating/cooling system and safe. Food is central to the life of the house and our chef proposes daily typical Moroccan specialities and revisited traditional recipes. Dinner is on order. ... more   less 
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