10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
go for the cooking courses
"My husband and I stayed at the hotel because we wanted to do the cooking course for 3 days. It was held in a lovely kitchen at the pool/ garden oasis owned by the hotel and about 10 mins. away. We made superb Moroccan dishes in the mornings and then were served them at the pool for lunch. We then swam/snoozed and returned to the hotel at about 3.30 to explore the medina in the cooler part of the day.The hotel was superb and the jazz bar, with its pianist/singer and light menu was gorgeous. We had a lovely suite and I although the decor in the rooms is a little odd it is comfy and homely. I love the 5am call to prayer which adds to the whole Moroccan experience. The only complaint I have is that the welcome on arrival was not very warm or efficient. Most hotels in such hot areas offer tea and a chair during check in. This hotel did not even though we were clearly hot and dusty after a long flight from Australia"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of December 2006
Comfortable Ryad in a Busy City
"We spent 4 nights of our recent honeymoon at La Maison Arabe in Marrakesh. We arrived late in the evening at the Marrakesh airport, but the riad arranged for our pick up (the driver was waiting with a sign - cost was about $15).
The riad is located inside the Marrakesh medina and offers some comforts of a larger, more traditional hotel. We had TV and mini-bar in the room, and as there is common computer near the lobby for free Internet access. The rooms in the Riad were very nice, and a bit more hip than the average riad in other cities like Fes and Meknes. Room service is available should you request it. We slept very soundly, however, you may wish to sleep with the air conditioner on a high setting, as there is a mosque very close to the riad, and the call to prayer in the morning (during early November, it was at approximately 5am) sounds like itâs going on right outside your room.
There are two restaurants in the riad, one offering traditional Moroccan food and the other offers an Asian themed international cuisine. Breakfast is offered each morning (and is included in the room price) in the riadâs courtyard. Be sure to try the fresh omelets, they are excellent!! For dinner, the food at the international restaurant left a little to be desired and we found several of the dishes to be quite salty. The service was adequate, but the restaurantâs atmosphere made up for it --- it is a dimly lit âMoroccan jazz loungeâ complete with plush couches, a jazz pianist, and a lengthy cocktail menu, which are all welcome treats after a long day exploring Marrakesh. .
One word of warning if you choose to explore the city on foot (without a guide)... Be wary of people approaching you as you leave the riad offering to walk you to souks or other tourist destinations. We were approached by someone claiming to work at the riad, who led us away from where we sought out to go, and only after protest and a few Dirham, he left us alone. In retrospect, learning this lesson at a cost of only a few dollars was probably a good thing, as there are lots of chances to get taken for a ride in a tourist friendly city like Marrakech."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of November 2006
Luxurious and calm hotel
"Stay at La Maison Arabe if you want to be in luxurious, tranquille surroundings allowing you to forget the hustle and bustle of Marrakech (you won't want to leave the hotel!). A wonderful find which you will not be able to fault (we will return one day). We had a lovely 2 night visit which meant we ended our stay in Morocco in style and comfort. Lovely breakfast, and dinner was excellent too. Fabulous bar - go for a cocktail even if you aren't staying there. Book it, you'll love it. If you want to go to the pool, it is a 15 mins journey in their complementary minibus - the pool is lovely (also where they do the cookery classes), and even the journey there is interesting."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of November 2006
An absolute gem !
"My wife and I have been several times to Morocco, and La Maison Arabe is, by far, the best hotel we've stayed in.
It is an absolute gem, decorated in a tasteful mix of Moroccan and European styles. Our very comfortable room ("Nour") had 2 private terraces.
The beautiful swimming pool and gardens are not adjacent to the hotel -- one takes the hotel's shuttle service to get there (it took around 15 minutes). We thought in advance that this might be a "negative", but in fact were delighted to have such a paradise at our disposal -- away from the hustle and bustle of the medina where the hotel is located.
The staff at La Maison Arabe was discreet yet attentive, and could not have been friendlier. I met the hotel manager who told me they have a staff of 65 people (for a 17 room hotel) which might explain the top-notch level of service we experienced.
The hotel has a stunning 1930's-style piano bar where we would have drinks every evening. We ate once at the hotel's excellent Moroccan restaurant. The musicians there were incredible, so much so that we purchased their CD.
If you are looking for a charming and romantic hotel in Marrakech, I can recommend La Maison Arabe without hesitation. We plan on returning next year."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of November 2006
Why is this dump so famous?
"Why is this awful hotel so famous? Surely not just because Andrew Harper recommends it? I booked direct, getting a 10% Q-Club discount from Andrtew Harper Hideaway Report. I could not believe how awful this hotel was!! Those of you who rave about it must never have stayed anywhere else.
The carpets on the stairs were loose, so we had to be really careful. The carpet in our suite was threadbare and dangerous - we both tripped up every time we walked past. The furnishings were tired and dated. The bathroom was so tiny that only one person could get in there, and the shower flooded it every time I turned it on. The food in the restaurants was terrible compared to what you can get in Marrakech. We could not wait to check out and leave!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006
Peaceful, civilized and languid
"We stayed in Sept 2006 on our honeymoon.
The staff here were so helpful, yet gentle and unobtrusive. Reception staff were very welcoming and bar staff really friendly and knowledgable.
The Moroccan restaurant was well served and offered a delicious range of traditional meals - accompanied by the amazing musicians - Khalid & Khalid. With the scent of cinnamon in the air and their passionate gypsy guitar pervading our senses, they were meals we will never forget!
We took a cookery course in Palmeria arranged by the hotel, which was excellent - the two Mohammeds provided a good morning's teaching and cooking!
Our suite (Nour) was impeccably maintained, very comfortable and beautifully decorated.
I highly commend La Maison Arabe to you and will definitely be returning!
Sara Binns & Chris Iles"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of October 2006
Superb Service - What a Party !
"I have just spent a fabulous weekend staying with friends and family at La Maison Arabe. The hotel was superb.
The decor / ambiance were excellent, full of character often missing in larger hotels. Each of the rooms was different, each well decorated spacious and comfortable.
The food in the restaurant was excellent, the bar well stocked and varied.
It was the service however that differentiated La Maison Arabe - they could not have been better. The staff were pro-active, friendly and took care of our every need. They kindly arranged a whole host of activities for my friends and family, ranging from city guides to the most spectacular party in their Kiad by the pool. The staff clearly bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable, and memorable. I could not praise their efforts higher.
I have no reservations at all in recommending Maison Arabe to anyone visiting Marrakech."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of September 2006
Fantastic hotel in good location
"We just came back from a 4-day trip to Marrakesh. The hotel is located in the Medina and only a 10-15 minute walk to the main square (Fnaa) and the souks. We were able to walk to all the main sites by foot.
The hotel itself is lovely and finished to a high standard. We stayed in a suite and a luxury double room (we were 6 girls, all with high standards) and were not disappointed. What a relief to return to the hotel after a hot and dusty day of sight-seeing in the city! The rooms and bathrooms were luxurious, spacious, and clean, and the beds were comfortable. The toileteries on offer were not exceptional but sufficient.
Breakfast was included and consisted mainly of breads, coffee, orange juice (freshly squeezed) and yoghurt (which was delicious). Our only complaint was that they could have served some fresh fruit.
The spa was very small and only had 2 therapists. However, both were friendly and competent. We were a little disappointed with the hammam treatments but the facials made up for that.
One warning though - the pool is a 20-min drive from the hotel. This was not a problem for us but may be an issue for those who want the convenience of having a pool located at the hotel.
The staff were very polite, courteous, and helpful. I would definitely stay in this hotel again and recommend it to others."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of August 2006
Full bliss at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech
"Luxe, calme et voluptÃ©. A sublime experience.
La Maison Arabe located in the Marrakech medina is the most exquisite place we've ever stayed in. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the food is fantastic and the service outstanding. My wife who never spends any time in the kitchen in New York attended cooking workshops in their heavenly garden/swimming pool annex. And she loved it!.
We'll definitely go back next year."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of May 2006
Superb, the most relaxing and comfortable place in a magnificant city
"We had a great week. Everything you can imagine was there and even more, such a great place to stay within walking distance of the lively city centre.
The rooms are beautiful, the service is great, they do everything fo you, the food is excellent (the tapas are fantastic. And you must try the Hamman, small, but very nice and cosy.
I guess the previous reviewers just had bad luck with the fish, even in Holland you can get sick with fish .... and even if you ask them they will give you great tips for eating outside.
This hotel is the perfect stay for Marrakech!
Love it and sure we come back!"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of April 2006