After all the rave reviews we had been reading we were expecting something a bit exceptional. It was not. Clos des Arts is very basic and mediocre at best.
To be fair I must say the staff tried their best to please. Unfortunately, the owners seem very commercially driven and the ambiance is a bit souless in that respect. We had the impression we were being overcharged for our stay and were advised by other guests to check our bill carefully. Prices that had been quoted to us were,at the end, considerably more because of "service and taxes."
The location of the riad is off a very busy market and the noise is constant. Even late into the night it was hard to sleep because of passing motor bikes constantly whizzing by. The area is dimly lit and simply did not feel safe at night.
Food was not bad, but every portion was carefully measured and there was always an excuse about the quantity.
In short, the riad did not not at all live up to it's reviews and we feel we could have done better someplace else.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Le Clos Des Arts Hotel Marrakech