Since opening in 1998 as Marrakech’s first riad-hotel, La Maison Arabe has remained one of the most prestigious and sought-after addresses in town. The hotel is centrally located in a safe and easily accessible neighborhood of the medina, a 10 minute walk from the Jemaa el Fna Square. Described by Frommer’s as “the epitome of Moroccan elegance”, La Maison Arabe boasts 26 luxurious rooms and suites, two restaurants (Moroccan and International), a piano bar, and a new hammam/spa with 5 massage rooms.
The hotel’s owner, Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli, is responsible for every element of the property’s refined design and decoration.
Unique in Marrakech, the hotel offers a choice of town and country swimming pools: either on-site in the medina or at the hotel’s Private Gardens, a luxuriant country property located 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle. This enchanting retreat, reserved exclusively for hotel guests, is the perfect place to relax after a busy morning sightseeing and shopping.
In keeping with its long culinary history and reputation as one of the best restaurants in town, La Maison Arabe offers cooking workshops that have become the most successful in the entire Kingdom of Morocco, and a “must-do” activity for visitors to Marrakech. At a typical half-day session, participants learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine from a dada (traditional chef). These days everyone wants to learn to make our delicious lamb tagine with preserved baby eggplants and tangerines, recently described by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “30 Dishes Worth Traveling For”.
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20 Reasons to ChooseLa Maison Arabe
1) La Maison Arabe offers visitors to Marrakech the opportunity to live in a riad environment in the medina, yet with all the amenities and service that one would expect at a luxury hotel in Europe or the UnitesStates.
2) La Maison Arabe is a real riad-hotel, with only 26 rooms and suites. Guests often say they feel like they are staying at a friend’s home or luxurious private club.
3) Every room and suite at La Maison Arabe is unique in its layout and decoration. Most have a fireplace and private balcony or terrace.
4) La Maison Arabe is very well situated and easy to find. We are located in the authentic and safe Bab Doukkala neighbourhood, a short walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna square and from the Guéliz, the business and shopping center of Marrakech.
5) La Maison Arabe has a rich history, originally established by two enterprising French women in the 1940’s as the first restaurant in the medina of Marrakech.
6) Since reopening its doors in 1998 as the first riad-hotel in Marrakech, La Maison Arabe has remained in the hands of its owner, Fabrizio Ruspoli, a French-Italian aristocrat who is responsible for every aspect of the hotel’s concept and refined decoration.
7) This small and intimate hotel nevertheless offers its guests the choice of two restaurants. One serves exclusively Moroccan cuisine, and is considered among the best in Marrakech. The other, “Les Trois Saveurs”, has a varied menu (Mediterranean, Moroccan, and Asian-inspired).
8) Our head chef has a passion for seafood, which arrives fresh daily from the coastal towns of Essaouira and Oualidia.
9) Dinner at the hotel’s Moroccan restaurant is accompanied by live arabo-andalusian music. The lute and guitar players studied with Saïd Chraïbi, considered one of the foremost lute masters and composers in North Africa.
10) Before or after dinner, guests can enjoy a drink at the hotel’s 1930s-inspired bar, with live soft jazz piano music most evenings. Our unmatchable barman prepares a daily cocktail du jour.
11) Every morning at breakfast, traditional Moroccan crepes are prepared before our guests by one of the hotel’s dadas (traditional Moroccan women chefs). The hotel has a full time in-house pastry chef who prepares delicious French viennoiserie (croissants, pains au chocolat…) as well as the Moroccan pastries that are served at La Maison Arabe throughout the day and at tea time.
12) In keeping with its long culinary history and reputation as one of the finest dining experiences in Marrakech, La Maison Arabe offers world-famous Moroccan cooking classes. These half-day workshops, open both to hotel guests and those staying elsewhere in town, are run by a dada who has been at La Maison Arabe for nearly 10 years, and a translator who is a wealth of information regarding Moroccan culture and Marrakech. These days everyone wants to learn to make our delicious lamb tajine with preserved tangerines and baby eggplants, recently described by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “30 Dishes Worth Traveling For”.
13) La Maison Arabe is the only hotel in Marrakech that offers its guests a choice of swimming pools: either at the hotel (very large by medina standards and heated in winter) or at our luxurious PrivateGardens, a mere 15-minute ride from the hotel. A free shuttle service is provided, and the pool is reserved exclusively for clients of La Maison Arabe.
14) Also located at the hotel’s PrivateGardens, our caïd tent provide a magical setting for a private “1001 nights” party or reception, which can be easily organized by La Maison Arabe.
15) Our organic vegetable garden provides much of the herbs and produce used in the hotel’s various kitchens and at our cooking workshops.
16) Our new spa boasts two large hammams (traditional steam baths) and five massage rooms.
17) There is complimentary WIFI available throughout the hotel, a “must” today for most travelers.
18) La Maison Arabe provides free parking for those guests arriving by car.
19) The staff at La Maison Arabe includes 100 employees for 26 rooms and suites, a very high EPR (Employees Per Room) which contributes to the exemplary level of service found at the hotel. Many on the staff, including the hotel’s two General Managers, have been with the hotel since it opened in 1998. We are often complimented on the English language skills of our staff, who receive 6 weeks of intensive English lessons per year.
20) La Maison Arabe has been highlighted in the leading international travel, design, and culinary press, and enjoys glowing critiques in most international guidebooks. L’Officiel Voyage, a leading French magazine devoted to luxury travel, included La Maison Arabe among “The 110 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World”. The Rough Guide refers to La Maison Arabe as, “Marrakech’s classiest hotel”, and Frommer’s says it represents “the epitome of Moroccan elegance”.