Ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.0 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby CeeCee from Los Angeles, CA
Dar Arabesque: Character +Posted Dec 3, 2013
Pros: We liked the breakfast and dinner very much.
Cons: It would be great to have drinking water available in the rooms.
Location: The hotel overlooked the city which was nice. It was within walking distance to the Palais Jamais.
We arrived late at night. The car met us at the airport on time. The owners were awake to greet us upon our arrival. So sweet. I reserved the regular room but was happily surprise that they put us in the Royal Suite. This Riad is really a Dar and has tons of true Moroccan character. The next morning we had another surprise for breakfast. The waiter brought out two plates of bread...and then...two more...and then two more... I think we ended up with a total of 9 types of breads and crepes, fresh juice, a tanjine of eggs, coffee, tea. We ate dinner in the riad one night and had the same experience with the salads. We ordered salad for two and they brought out 8 or 9 different types of deliciously spiced salad combos. Everything was delightful along with the Fleur D'Orange water to refresh our hands after dinner. The room was nice and had a large private bathroom up a small staircase.
for Couplesby Hilary from London
Beautiful retreat from excitement of the Medina!Posted Sep 24, 2012
Pros: Decor and character
Cons: Not having a front door key
Location: Location was a little awkward: best thing to do is to take a taxi from the Palais Jamais hotel (nearby) to the Blue Gate (main gate to the Medina).
Positives Beautiful old building, stunning room -still remember the wow-factor on first morning! Real character Breakfast and dinner on the terrace was very nice Nice pool Efficient airport pick up Pleasant staff Good food Negatives At far end of the Medina - a fair way from other restaurants and a devil to find on foot No front door key so you had to ring a bell to be let in No tea making facilities in rooms (contra to what Expedia says)
for Everyoneby G&E from UK
Traditional FeelPosted Aug 8, 2012
The Riad has great character; ornate open areas, terrace and plunge pool. The Junior Suit was impressive albeit the bathroom was like too hot and with no ventilation. Some minor improvements could be made including repairing the Television (only noticed as Olympics week and wanted to catch up in the evening). Location is both an advantage and disadvantage as on the edge of the Medina making it an ideal launching pad yet means that you are ‘helped’ almost a soon as you enter the street! Would recommend though! French is the second language and for many English is not spoken at all. It is possible to get by with a little spoken French yet not so sure that NO French would be much fun. Visiting during Ramadan isn’t easy unless you are similarly happy to fast during the day and August is very hot.
for Everyoneby MartinB from London, UK
anglo french review of Riad ArabesquePosted Jun 11, 2012
Pros: opulent architecture comfortable large bed lovely food refershing pool
Cons: toilet smell in bathroom
Location: within walls of magnificent medina near Bab Guisa gate
Very relaxing small hotel with beautiful architecture. Good size bedrooms some around swimming pool; lovely food on romantic terrace. Good value for money and has free airport shuttle that saves £12 each way
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from London
This hotel can be improved.Posted Apr 20, 2012
We appreciated the hotel took us in at 2am we arrived from Casablanca after 3hours ride but they claimed us how long they waited at airport etc...although they were the one didn't picked up the phone calls I made more than 7times when I tried to heads-up about airplane issue. The architecture was great and terrace was nice to have breakfast but sadly, the facility smelled cat's urine...Overall, only the odor is the reason I have to take some points off. The building was really nice that's no doubt.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Macau
"Gorgeous Hotel - Awkward Location"Posted Feb 25, 2011
The hotel was richly decorated with moroccan artifacts. One got absorbed in the elaborate and beautiful design of islamic architecture. Excellent staffs and service. Very good food. Safety was a real concern walking through the dark alleys leading to the hotel, especially at night. Beware of faux guides and hustlers hiding in the corners. Once you got through the unpleasant passages into the hotel, it was a different world.
Not Recommendedby A verified traveler
interesting deco but that's prety much all you getPosted Jan 4, 2011 on Hotels.com
This is beautifully decorated Riad located in the Medina not far away from Sofitel. But from room comfort and service quality point of view, it is quite far away from the adjacent 5 star Sofitel. Its room comfort level is maximum 3 star. (For example even the TV did not work in our room.) There was some construction work going on in parts of the hotel. I don't know if they were trying to control the heating cost or it was just the Riad did not have a good heating system, you felt cold in the hotel. The lady managing the hotel was in overcoat with a heavy scarf around her neck all the time. Her cold attitude did not help either. The hotel is accessible by car and has a parking lot in the back. But you need to ask the hotel to guide you in.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
arabesquePosted Dec 8, 2010
This hotel was amazing. The rooms are great and very comfortable, with a cultural appeal. I can't say enough about the quality of the staff...they truly made the stay for us. They were incredibly hospitable and accommodating. They also arranged tours and guides for us at reasonable ratea. And the food at the hotel, while expensive, was delicious. And from talking to other tourists, the food has the reputation of being the best in town. Breakfast was included with the room, which was a nice addition as well.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from London
5 star +++ service !!!Posted Oct 3, 2010
When we checked-in, they kindly upgrade us to Royal Suite which was very nice. Hotel staff were extremely kind and helpful and we can't say thank you enough to them. I was sick last day of my holiday but they came to bring some herb tea, checked if I was ok. I would recommend eating in sometimes. We had the best Harira so far in Morocco. Also the breakfast is traditional and will last you the whole day. We left with very memorable experience. Well done, Amina, Bouchra, Hocine, Fatima.....
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
An interesting cultural and historical atmosphere to experience.Posted Jun 5, 2010
This was my first experience with a reservation made through Expedia. The lack of an on-line reception desk, and the resultant delay to confirm my reservation, left me feeling a bit uneasy. (Would I and my wife have to confront the maze of streets and multitude of "guides" in the Medina again?) The room we had was very spacious, but the bathroom was only accessible through a narrow stairwell going up to another level. The bathroom was also very spacious. The hand rail in the stair well was not firmly fixed to the wall. As such, it was a worry for two senior citizens. There are no elevators in the hotel. To get to your room, one must climb stairs reminescent of those in Europe´s castle towers. The food served by the hotel is very well prepared and the dining area is comfortable. The staff was very pleasant and helpful.