Maison Arabe, Marakesh Morocco
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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One of the original restored riad style establishments of Marrakech and a favoured lunchtime venue of Winston Churchill. An upmarket, refined atmosphere prevails throughout the building and there are numerous intimate corners for relaxation and peaceful reading.
Separate pool and spa facility, located in the Palmeraie area is an added bonus and is reached by courtesy bus. Attracts discerning guests who appreciate subtle luxury and are looking for a property which is conveniently for sightseeing in the old city.
A flat fronted sturdy wall has a narrow, curved entrance leading to a traditional Moroccan building with tiny, intimate courtyards.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
Tiny lobby is intimate and dark, with a small reception desk and a couple of comfortable chairs. Narrow passages lead through to intimate lounges with traditional artwork and artefacts on display. Occasional windows look out on to tiny courtyards, one of which accommodates a small pool.
Restaurant is particularly ornate and upmarket, with sumptuous fabrics, comfortable seating and pristine tableware. Breakfast servery is well arranged and the ironwork seating adds style and elegance. Drinks are also served in the various intimate lounges and courtyards.
Intimate courtyards are a feature of the property, especially in the evenings. Simple cushioned seating overlooks the arched surrounds and ornamental fountains whilst the pool area has a number of shrubs and trees on its surround.
A small number of sunloungers is available but serious swimming and sunbathing is only possible at the separate Palmeraie facility with its elegantly landscaped garden.
Area Type: On the western edge of the ancient Medina, with relatively easy access to taxis and public transport. There are numerous private residences and small local businesses in the vicinity as well as other smaller riad style properties. The Jemma el Fna, with its juice stalls, story tellers and evening eateries is 400m away and the Koutoubia Mosque, 250m.
Map Ref: 39
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Rectangular (12 yds)
- Rectangular (18 yds)
- Public facilities
- Internet terminal(s)
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)