La Maison Arabe
Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
| +212 5243-87010
Photo courtesy of La Maison Arabe
La Maison ArabeOpened in 1946 as a restaurant (where the famous regulars included Churchill and Hemingway), La Maison Arabe later expanded to a small hotel, then grew again under its current French-Italian owner. Today, it features 26 garden- or patio-view rooms and suites, individually designed in either a traditional or slightly more modern Moroccan style. All have air-conditioning and heating (a must for the varied desert temperatures) as well as Wi-Fi, satellite TVs, and marble-and-granite bathrooms stocked with aromatic toiletries. Also available to guests is an idyllic swimming pool, around which the hotel serves a home-cooked breakfast each morning, and the clubby, 1930s-inspired Piano Bar, where guests can enjoy live jazz and pre-dinner drinks by the fireplace. When it’s time to unwind, head to the cozy spa for an array of face, body, and hamman treatments, all performed with products made exclusively for the hotel.
Much like in the past, La Maison Arabe revolves around food. Guests can choose between Le Restaurant, where a gorgeous fountain and hand-painted ceiling set the stage for authentic Moroccan fare, and the intimate, lantern-lit Les Trois Saveurs, which serves a sophisticated menu of French, Moroccan, and Asian dishes. Additionally, the hotel offers some of the city’s best cooking classes, which are open to outside guests. Led by a dada (a traditional Moroccan cook), the lessons take place either at the main hotel or the Country Club—a satellite property located 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle, where students can also find a larger pool, lush gardens, a restaurant, and a bit of calm away from the bustle of the medina.
about 5 years ago
La Maison Arabe
La Maison Arabe is a luxury boutique hotel in the Marrakesh medina just a few minutes from iconic Place Jamaa al-Fna. It’s a renowned foodie destination, with a famous cooking school and three fine-dining restaurants. The cozy Piano-Jazz Bar is a good spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or some lighter bites; and yes, there is a live pianist! Le Restaurant also has live music—unobtrusive lute and guitar melodies—and serves a mixture of traditional and upscale modern Moroccan cuisine. Les Trois Saveurs offers French and Asian dishes alongside Moroccan.
over 5 years ago
Famous cooking school
We did the well known cooking school at the Maison Arabe riad and loved it! The native chef has worked in New York and Chicago and speaks flawless English with a good sense of humor. Classes are small, around 10 students, and do fill up, so call the hotel in advance to reserve a spot. These beautiful lamps were in a hallway at the lovely Riad. They were very fine. You can find them in the medina, but rarely this intricate. The light they made was magic.