Maison Arabo Andalouse
About Maison Arabo Andalouse
- high speed internet in room
- shuttle bus service
- free internet
- public wifi
- free wireless internet in room
- room service
- air conditioning
- non smoking rooms
- concierge desk
- family rooms
- bath shower
- hair dryer
- multilingual staff
- airport transportation
- english amenities
- french amenities
- free breakfast
- pets allowed
- rooftop terrace
- private balcony
- italian amenities
- reduced mobility rooms
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Must try Harder
"If you are a creature of comfort then the Maison Arabo Andalouse is potentially not for you. Despite the service being friendly and the rooms being clean there is not a great deal more that could be said in the Riads favor. Granted we did not eat there during the evenings but in our defense the breakfast did not inspire us to do as much. Saying that the proximately to the main square was good. The area of the Riad is a little rough around the edges, initially I did have concerns about our safety but they were completely unfounded. Twin sinks in the bathroom didnât have simultaneous running hot water, the shower was temperamental at best, the heating systems primitive, and an unrecognizable smell that lingers in the bedroom and no bath or TV. Iâm being unfair but it was raining and I now acknowledge we are a little snobbish in terms of accommodation, the guys there are genuinely nice and it is clean, backpackers welcome, the genteel plague and avoid are two words that come to mind."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of April 2009
"I can only confirm all the other positive reviews. We spent an exciting and at the same time relaxing week with our 10-y-old daughter in Marrakech. The owner and the staff are all extremely friendly, helpful and reliable. The location is perfect for walks in the souk and visits to the square. It is also in easy reach of the taxi rank.
Whether you want to relax on the roof terrace and watch the nesting storks in the neighborhood, or explore exotic Marrakech with a little help on your own terms - I can highly recommend this riad. Thanks again for a wonderful week!"
- Travel date: Wed 4th of March 2009
unique and reassuring
"This riad in the heart of the almost- impenetrable Kasbah must be one of Marrakech's greatest secrets. from the moment that Mohammed met our taxi to the time when we left in another he had procured for us to go to the airport we could not have been better cared for. The owner GianPaolo and his dedicated and charming staff, Mohammed, Zara and Fatima, are solely concerned for their guests' enjoyment, and will do everything in their power to help. The multi-lingual GPaolo is a mine of local information and the fount of much good advice. He is a superb host and a knowledgeable raconteur. Mohammed will buy tickets, arrange taxis and fix the price. Zara is a most accomplished cook and it's worth going to the riad for her p'stilla alone. It really does feel like home. Indeed G Paolo worries until you are back safely from a long trip.
The riad is old. quirky and traditional but has a superb roof terrace and some rooms have individual teraces, such as our Room 6. It is spotlessly clean and traditionally and quite luxuriously decorated. The character of the place is unique and charming, peaceful and reassuring."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of March 2009
"This is a lovely traditional riad with lots of character, quite close to the main square. We were made very welcome and Mohammed was incredibly helpful organising a trip to the Atlas mountains for us, getting us taxis, advising us of restaurants and prices we should expect to pay when shopping - he even offered to do some shopping for us!. Log fires and mint teas greeted us on our return from days out. The riad has a very tranquil feel and we would love to try it in the summer when we could make use of the roof terrace and watch the storks."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of February 2009
Wow! What a wonderful place!
"Where to start to describe this wonderful place?
We were looking for an unusual, exotic location for a short (7 day) family break for the New Year. Friends of ours had been to Marrakech last year and raved about it, so we thought weâd give it a go. We flew with Ryan Air and sorted out the Riad directly, contacting them via their website, having first read the on-line reviews.
From the moment we contacted Paulo (the owner of the Riad) he, and his staff could not have been more friendly, charming or helpful.
He kindly sorted out a taxi from the airport, which, as planned met us on arrival and took us straight to the Riad.
The Riad itself is in the Kasbah, right next to the walls of the old Badii Palace. The storks nesting on the palace ruins were constant and fascinating companions when we sat on the Riadâs roof terrace. The location of the Riad is ideal. It is almost impossible to find, the first time, as its entrance is up an alleyway well off the main roads. This makes it a very calm and peaceful spot. At night we always slept peacefully, without any noise from the bustling city. But itâs only a short, 15 minute, walk from the Riad to Jamma El Fna, Marrakechâs central square.
On arrival we met Paulo and Cadder, who own and run the Riad, together with the staff, Mohammed, Zara and Fatima. For the duration of our stay the whole staff could not do enough for us, but were always discrete, and not too over-attentive.
We had Room 1, which was a very large room, with a large double bed at each end of the room and sitting space in between. We also had our own bathroom with shower. The whole suite was spotless, and kept that way for the whole stay. The room itself was beautifully decorated with curtains that could be drawn across one end of the room to give the adults some privacy.
While in Marrakech, we sorted out, via Paulo, trips to the High Atlas and to Essouria. Both were wonderful days out, and highly recommended. Our only regret is that we didnât allow ourselves to spend at least one night in Essouriaâit is a lovely place and we felt deserved more than a day trip.
While in Marrakech we ate in a range of places, from the stalls in the main square to a variety of restaurants. But the best food, by a long way, was that cooked by Zara in the Riad. If you want to experience real Moroccan home cooked food at its best, you really donât need to leave the Riad.
So, some key questions:
- Would we go back to Marrakech --- Yes, and we will very soon.
- Would we go back to the Riad --- Yes, in a flash. I wouldnât stay anywhere else in Marrakech.
- Would we recommend the Riad â Totally and without hesitation.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of January 2009
Fantastic place to stay in Marrakech!!
"We stayed at the Maison Arabo-Andalouse for a week in August 2008.
The Riad is a beautiful oasis the heart of Marrakech.
The owners and staff were simply wonderful in their attentiveness and help.
We would highly recommend this riad"
- Travel date: Sun 31st of August 2008
Home away from home
"We stayed at this wonderfully rustic establishment in the heart of Marrakech. Its renovated in keeping with its original style and is a welcome oasis set just off the main street.
The owner is actually Italian who speaks excellent English and French-contrary to the review from Upbeat lady, Colorado??!!
From receiving us in person, guiding us to the main street, advising us on the best sights to see and experiences to take in and organising fresh local produce for breakfast every morning, the service was 5star with a home from home feel.
This is wonderful for couples, families and older travellers.
Try booking direct with the owner for the best deal."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of November 2007
Perfect Marrakech Experience
"Having travelled extensively in Morrocco, and stayed in some of the best hotels around the world, staying at the Maison Arabo Andalouse has been a great experience. The hotel covers every base that a top hotel should. The rooms are large, clean and have an old style about them that is distinct to Marrakech. The accomodation while remaining quiet and peaceful, is in fact in the hub of the old city, moments from the main square and palais de bahia. The breakfast and terrace make for an enjoyable time if you dont feel up to the hustle and bustle of the street.
However, what sets the Maison Arabo Andalouse apart from anywhere else I have stayed before is the warmth and hospitality of Kader and Mohammed who run the riad. They have not only been personable in their approach but also in their actions, taking time to actually walk us to places we did not know.
While I know Marrakech is full of many luxurious, beautiful riads, I doubt that they could be as friendly and special as the Maison Arabo Andalouse, and I hope it always keeps its character and charm. Thanks to Kader and Mohammed for a most special and enjoyable stay!"
- Travel date: Sat 9th of June 2007
Charming old riad
"This lovely old riad is located near the palace and within 10 minutes of Place Jemaa el-Fna. We were told that is one of four Jewish riads (traditional old Moroccan homes built around a courtyard and pool).
Maison Arabo Andalouse is run by a Frenchman who speaks a little bit of English but who is very eager to please. Accommodations within the riad are colorful, modern, and very charming. The design of a riad insulates one from the noise and heat of the city. It's a special treat to observe storks nesting on the rooftop next door while relaxing on the terrace, which substitutes for a yard in the urban areas.
Food and accommodations quite nice. Bathrooms very modern. Well priced. Pictures don't do jusstice to the place because the layout makes it difficult to get good photos.
It is not something you'd find without knowing where to go, so be sure your cab driver has access to the phone number to call for directions so someone can meet you to carry your bags."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of April 2007
Great charm and quiet
"This is an incredibly quiet oasis from the chaotic streets of Marrakesh, and the staff is very warm. Breakfasts are plentiful, the center pool and palms are lovely, and the rooftop is great for afternoon lounging or taking mint tea. The latter provides close-up views of nesting storks from the Badi palace ruins. I'm sorry I didn't have dinner here; I heard it was excellent. I'd stay here again."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of April 2007