My treat and treasure, this riad has been growing and blooming for the past years, putting in by bits and pieces all my love and passion for local craft work and arts, flea markets, washed out colors, rituals and culinary delights, collecting objects and furniture, re-creating and renovating and putting everything together to create a unique spot, which allows an experience away from tourism and vacation “stress” only a few steps from local life, a refuge for me as well as for sharing, with friends and world travelers passing by, design lovers, creatives, foodies and adventurers – an oasis of space and chilling out in the middle of a mingeling local area in the ancient medina of Marrakech.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US:
in love with the eastern part of the medina, which remains the most authentic quarter with little tourism and only few guest houses, this part of the marrakech made it the perfect spot to set up this shelter and to experience colorful street&food markets, sourrounded by the real buzzing local everyday life. only a 15-20min walk takes you to the main square DJMA EL FNAA, passing through the colorful labyrinth of the souks.
the total surface of about 280m2 offers patio with dip-in pool, living&dining room, open kitchen, 3 bedrooms of which each has its own bathroom&WC, then chill out balcony on 1st floor with view into the patio, the top floor being a big roof terrace for sun bathing and chimney corner for cozy bbqs or a bed under the stars set up in hot summer nights.
the space is listed only AIRBNB, which in its original purpose offers a platform of private spaces for rent. a lot of people tend to forget this, so here a small reminder, that LA MAISON is a private house and not a fully serviced RIAD or GUEST HOUSE. to make things more comfortable and easy for you though, LA MAISON is being partly serviced, a little bonus in the package ;). amina comes every day to make breakfast at whatever time you wish, sweeps around the main areas and supplies you with everything you need, just ask her whatever seems to be missing or to be replaced .... she does amazing home cooking on demand for little budget and great culinary delight, not to be missed ;)
bed sheets and towels are supplied as well as a generous breakfast. There is a hairdryer, 2 ipod-stations and a wireless internet connection for free use.
however, amina does not clean your room(s) and make the beds on a daily basis. if you wish her to change sheets or you require fresh towels, please kindly ask her in the morning and leave your door open (as a sign, that she is allowed to enter your private space).
a pick-up from the airport or local station can be organized. We are collaborating with SAMIR RAKTRANSPORT, our driver is reliable, always on time, speaks english and french and knows the exact location of the house. He will take you to the closest possible drop-off point, from you will be guided to LA MAISON. Charge is 250,- dirham for a one way airport shuttle.
AROUND THE HOUSE
The entire medina is walk (or bike)-able, just to give you an idea of some starting points to explore the city:
-JEMAA EL FNA main square 15-20 min walking
-LE FONDOUK beautiful restaurant with roof terrace, 10min
-PHOTO MUSEUM 10min
-MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEFF, coran school, 10 min
-MUSEE DE MARRAKECH 12min
-THE MAIN SOUKS 15min
-BAHIA PALACE and FERBLANTIER SQUARE 15min
bringing local moroccan boys or girls to guest houses for various purposes during day time and/or overnight is strictly forbidden by law and can engender penalties, legal pursuit but most of all losing our good reputation in the neighborhood. please kindly take this in consideration before booking LA MAISON.
Please kindly send me a message first to inquire for availability. Maximum comfortable capacity is 6 people (3 double rooms).
FAVORITE SPOTS - "COUPS DE COEUR" ;)
I will be supplying you with my list of “FAVORITE SPOTS/ COUPS DE COEUR” or any other information you might need for in and around marrakesh to add this stay to some unforgetable travel memories.**
HOUSE RULES - JUST A FEW THINGS......
Every day amina comes from 8.00 o'clock on to make breakfast. Just let her know, if you would like her to come earlier or later. To make communication easy, take 1 of the breakfast sheets filling it in according to your desires (using 1 sheet for all to make it easier for amina) and place it in the kitchen the night before.
She is the caring soul of this house and will help to make your stay more pleasant and comfortable. She takes care of breakfast, plants, sweeps through the house and checks, if you are well supplied. We kindly ask you to respect, that there is no allowance for self-service or access to private storage spaces, so please speak to amina after breakfast or in the evening, in case you need some stock-up on toilet paper or towels to be replaced. LA MAISON is a private house, not to be mistaken with a fully serviced RIAD or GUEST HOUSE, amina does not clean your room(s) on a daily basis. Throughout your stay your rooms will be your private space. if you wish to have your bed sheets changed or fresh towels, pls make arrangements with amina after breakfast and leave your door open during the day, which is a sign for her, that she has the right to access your private space.
Amina is a fantastic cook and can supply you with home made dinner if you wish. There are order sheets with options for dinner, either 3 course menu or smaller snacks. All dishes are for sharing, so kindly agree on your choices. Then hand over the sheet to amina and if you wish, just discuss with her the night before or in the morning after breakfast, then directly put the amount mentioned according to the price list into THE BOX OF HONESTY in the living room and write down in the little book your name, date and how much you put in. amina will spoil you with some unforgettable delights.
*THE FRIDGE & THE KITCHEN
There is a big fridge in the kitchen, which also serves to stock the items and food meant for providing your daily breakfast from our side. We count on you to kindly respect (specially when you are traveling with children), that those storages should please not be touched during the day, or if, and then kindly be replaced or payed for. However there is available space and you are welcome to store your own purchases in case of need.
The kitchen is generally amina's domain, so please check with her for cooking at lunch or dinnertime.
*WASHING MACHINE & PRIVATE STORAGE SPACE
The storage and laundry space is a private area, as well as all wardrobes and lockers not situated in your rooms. access is not allowed!! However, free washing service is supplied, just ask amina and give her the items you wish to be cleaned, she will take care of it.
*SUN BATHING & CHILLING ON THE ROOF TERRASSE
In Moroccan culture the roof terrace is a common place for drying laundry. All roof spaces are on various levels and can be seen in by the surrounding neighbors. We kindly ask you by respect for our local neighbors, their culture and religious beliefs to refrain from topless or nude sunbathing, as this represents an offense and insult and does result in unpleasant reactions and an undesirable disrespect for us and our guests in the neighborhood, which would be a shame. We have had complaints and would wish to respect our neighbors' ethic and culture by avoiding those incidents. We strongly count on your understanding.
*LOCAL GUESTS & SLEEPOVERS
bringing locals (moroccan girls or guys) for various purposes to guesthouses in morocco is strictly forbidden by law. we will risk penalties and pursuit by law and a lot of unpleasant problems, if our neighbors report those incidents. further it is important to refrain from those actions by respect for our neighbors, our reputation and the safety of all our future guests.
Drinking tap water is NOT recommended. it is not dangerous and locals drink it daily. by experience i would recommend to buy drinking water from the local shops or checking with amina, how much water she should supply. We charge 10 dirham per bottle. Showering and brushing your teeth, washing food or having a few ice-cubes in your drink is without any danger or harm.
*TOWELS & SUPPLIES
Fresh towels and toilet paper will be supplied only on your demand, no self service or access to the storage&supply closed, but please kindly check with the staff, to hand out whatever needs to be replaced after your daily breakfast or in the evening
* SOME GREEN THOUGHTS
Before leaving the house or going to sleep, please check, if all lights or other electric devices are turned off (as by experience in general lights in bathrooms, WC, roof terrace and rooms as well as the pool spot get easily forgotten)
*THE FIRE PLACE (S)
There are 2 chimneys in the house, which come to action mainly from December until February. Amina will come everyday at around 18.00 to light the chimney fire in the living room and candles around the house. If you need her to make fire in the morning or earlier in the evening, please let her know. We prefer due to prior experience, that you do not light the fire yourself for security reasons, but if you wish so, this will be at your own risk.
As everything is on a trust basis, extra guests apart from the number of guests booked during your stay as well as spontaneous "sleepovers", or dinner parties with locals or acquaintances not staying in LA MAISON, are not allowed! We count and trust in you respecting this request.
*BOTTLES & THE BOX OF HONESTY
Alcohol still remains a delicate subject and is basically not available in the medina by respect to the Islamic culture. The next supermarket is quite a ride out of town, so there are some supplies in the house, in case you have this craving feel of enjoying a glass of wine or beer with your delicious home cooked meal. We trust our guests, to put the money for every bottle of wine, beer or cava you take, into the little "BOX OF HONESTY" in the living room, writing down in the little book next to it your name, what bottle you took and how much money you put into the box. This is important for us to keep track:
-Cava white or brut/ 120,- dirham per bottle
-Red wine/rose/ 100,-dirham per bottle
-Beer/ 30,- dirham bottle (corona)
- Water/ 10,- dirham per bottle (sparkling or still)
Any kind of domestic animals are not allowed in the house (including cats, dogs, ...turtles, leguans, reptiles, snakes or any other species from the local market)
For any doubt, query, demand or communication issue with the staff during your stay, please contact me directly via email, sms, what’s app or (website hidden), there is also an ipad and wireless internet for your free use, I will be online and reachable at any time in-between a maximum delay of a few hours.
Email: (email hidden)
Mobile: (phone number hidden)
(website hidden): francesca.manfron1
There is wireless Internet and in case you do not have your own device, there is an ipad for your free use:
Password: (phone number hidden)
The house is yours. Enjoy your time!
A lovely smallish riad furnished part traditional and part modern industrial style. We had mixed feelings about the result, probably refreshing if you have had an overload of traditional. Nicole was very good communicating with us, really appreciated! We liked the terrace and had some lovely lunches there, and it was easy to just walk out and buy food and oranges, mountains of oranges! The kitchen is small but extremely well equipped. The wifi worked well which was very useful for us and one of the reasons we picked this riad. Amina, the caretaker, was very nice, and the breakfasts she made for us were delicious. We now put cumin on our fried eggs :)
La Maison is an oasis. Amina (the caretaker) took care of all of our needs -- she is very low key and discreet. Her breakfasts are delicious and she was so accommodating with our varying morning tour times/commitments--she also helped arrange drivers, if needed. She cooked a wonderful dinner our last night and it was better than some top restaurants we had enjoyed.
We were not sure of the riad location at first (a 10-15 minute walk to the Jamaa el Fna Square) but the walk is easy, interesting and, once you have had your fill of the Square's craziness, the tranquility and beauty of La Maison is a welcome reprieve.
Nicole was most helpful with details, directions and suggestions for an truly incredible Marrakech experience.
What a lovely and enchanting home in the midst of the "off the beaten path" area of the medina! Nicole's Riad is a wonderfully appointed and comfortable place to spend your days in Marrakech.
Even though Nicole was not in Marrakech while we were there, she was communicative and so helpful in recommendations around the city.
Cities like Marrakech are filled with surprises and gems around every corner and Nicole's place is no exception! Best of all is the gem within her Raid---the lovely caretaker Amina! She will make you feel at home and well looked after. Go visit if you have the chance!
I can only say good things about the Riad. It is located quite centrally within the Medina. It was clean and quite spacious. I also really admired the interior design, quite nice and unlike any place i have ever been.
Amina was just amazing, prepared breakfast every day and was punctual like an alarm clock. The 2 dinners she prepared for us (cooking for several hours!) were also delicious, and I am a picky eater. The fact that there is a driver, Samir, available, who can drive you into the countryside (we went to Essaouira and into the mountains on 2 separate days) for a very reasonable price, is just the icing on the cake. After encountering some shady business practices in Marocco, you will certainly appreciate having a trustworthy driver, believe me.
I also really liked the fact that drinks - water, beer and wine (the last 2 are not easy to come by otherwise) are available too!
Overall, after having used airbnb dozens of times over the last years, this was without a doubt the BEST airbnb experience so far, and is probably untoppable.
thank you so much for this so kind and motivating feed back. happy guests are my reward for all research, design work and trying to put together a comfortable home to share :). feel free to come back at any time, i would love to see you as my guest again.
GREAT! We had a very relaxing time at LA MAISON. A hideaway in Marrakesch. Home cooked dinners by Amina are so delicious, don't miss it. Nicole was also very helpful in organizing everything you need to know for your stay and everything else you might need. Just perfect!
Our stay at this simply but stylishly renovated riad gave us an authentic, memorable and rewarding Marrakesh experience! Great beds, great food, great mint tea and great rooftop for relaxing! Thank you Nicole and Amina!
Nicole and Amina are an absolute dream team, and undoubtedly made our trip to Marrakech incredibly special. Nicole was so responsive and informative - exactly the kind of person you want to deal with when going to an unknown city. Likewise, Amina - who for us at least - was the face of La Maison, made some of the most delicious food we sampled while in the city and was always pleasant to deal with. The house is nestled in the heart of the Medina, and is a great location. We definitely recommend organising transport from the airport, because although a little on the pricey side - it made getting to La Maison much less of a headache. Amina mostly speaks French so remember to try to brush up on a few key phrases - and if a non-Francophone like ourselves, have fun brushing up on your language skills! Amina and Nicole - keep up the good work, we've already recommended you to all our friends and more than. Happy to do so here too!