La Maison Arabe: A Luxurious, Historical Retreat in Marrakech

La Maison Arabe is not just a luxury hotel, it’s a luxury hotel with a unique, incredible history that is still being written to this day. It allows you the opportunity to experience the wonderful Moroccan Riad culture whilst also being provided with all the top amenities, products and services that you would expect of a luxury Western hotel.

La Maison Arabe was discovered by its current owner, Fabrizio Ruspoli in 1994 when it’s founder and owner was looking to sell. Suzy and Helene Sebillon-Larochette, a French mother and daughter established La Maison Arabe, the first restaurant in the Medina in 1946. It was with the assistance of the Pasha of Marrakech that they were able to do so. The Pasha provided one of his best cooks to educate and assist the two women. The restaurant which served Authentic Moroccan food quickly became the most popular restaurant in town, being described internationally as one of the best restaurants in the world. They regularly wined and dined famous patrons including Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Ingrid of Denmark and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Winston Churchill’s corner

La Maison Arabe has only 26 rooms and suites, with each one unique in its layout, decor and design. Many also feature a fireplace and your very own private balcony or terrace. To say that Fabrizio has an eye for detail would be an understatement. He has designed and overseen every aspect of the La Maison Arabe’s concept, ideals and decoration. La Maison Arabe is without doubt one of the most stunning places I have ever seen in my life. You can see the time and effort that has gone into the decor and concept of La Maison Arabe, with no expense spared. Every aspect of the hotel from the lobby to the bar, restaurants, pools, country club and rooms is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. 

La Maison Arabe is ideally located and easy to find in the maze that is the Medina. Located in the authentic and safe Bab Doukkala neighbourhood and close to both the famous Jemaa el Fna square and not far from the Gueliz (the business and shopping centre of Marrakech). 

La Maison Arabe offers you the choice of two restaurants, with one serving only exclusively Moroccan cuisine and is one of the finest dining establishments in Morocco. Dinner at this restaurant is accompanied by lovely live Andalusian music, with the lute and guitar players having studied with Said Chraibi, considered to be one of the top lute masters and composers in Africa. The atmosphere is luxurious yet peaceful. Dining at La Maison Arabe is a experience in itself and a must-do whilst in Marrakech. Make sure you take the time to have a drink either before or after dinner at the 1930s inspired bar with soft jazz piano music setting the mood.

La Maison Arabe is the only Riad and Hotel to offer it’s guests the choice of swimming pools. The swimming pool at La Maison Arabe is enormous, crystal clear and even heated in winter (just another way that La Maison Arabe truly has thought of absolutely everything!) You also have the choice of a second swimming pool at the hotels luxurious, private Country retreat, located only a 15 minute shuttle from the hotels medina location. The private country retreat is absolutely gorgeous featuring organic herb gardens (used in the hotels restaurant and cooking classes), tranquil grounds,a beautiful Casbah and stunning swimming pool for use by all guests of La Maison Arabe.

Continuing on with it’s long revered history, culture and international reputation as one of the best dining experiences in Morocco, the hotel offers half day cooking workshops for guests and those staying elsewhere in town. These cooking workshops are held at the hotels Country Retreat and was by far one of the highlights of my trip to Morocco.

Read more about the La Maison Arabe Cooking Workshop.

When visiting Morocco, it is essential to treat yourself to a Hammam and spa experience. La Maison Arabe’s is without doubt one of the best. Their new spa features two large Hammams and five massage rooms. It is absolutely breathtaking and boasts exquisite, hand carved lamps which you will see throughout the entire hotel. Fabrizio’s eye for detail is evident everywhere.

A final but important last note is regarding the staff at La Maison Arabe. They are some of the friendliest, most welcoming and hardworking you’ll ever come across. They strive for excellence and work relentlessly as a team to ensure every single one of your needs is met and your experience at La Maison Arabe unforgettable.

La Maison Arabe is incredible, but it is a place that needs to be witnessed and experienced. Words simply do not do it justice. If you seek a luxurious, sophisticated yet warm, welcoming and friendly hotel or Riad when visiting Morocco I implore you to chose La Maison Arabe – it is not just a hotel, it is a experience you do not want to miss.

La Maison Arabe
Derb Assehbi
Marrakesh 40000
+212 5243-87010

The Aussie Flashpacker was welcomed to La Maison Arabe as a guest.

Our opinions are as always, our own.

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