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“Brilliant Oasis a short ride from the madness of the souks” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Amira et SPA
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   78, rue Sakia El Hamra, Semlalia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #449 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Oasis a short ride from the madness of the souks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This is a fantastic place, i visited twice now and intend to go again soon. The place is run extremely well and all the staff are lovely.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Rochdale
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We spent 3 nights here and enjoyed excellent service and home cooked food as well as a comfortable bed and and a genuine Moroccan experience.
It felt like we were guests in some-one's private Villa and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. they were brilliant!
On the downside....the acoustics of the Villa means that every little sound travels up to the bedrooms and we had disturbed sleep due to either noisy staff or guests.
It is a good hour's walk into Marrakech and most of the taxi drivers don't know where Villa Amira is. Combine this with the fact that most Moroccan's don't speak English and it can be frustrating. The Taxi rides are not expensive and the authentic décor and excellent service make this a must for discerning travellers. Do brush up on your French phrases as the staff speak very little English

Room Tip: Pool Side is probably better than road side
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

An excellent and spacious Riad only minutes away from the heart of Marrakesh but far enough away for the frenzy of the medina. Excellent staff and owner who are available whenever you need them (nigh or day) and made the stay memorable and laid-back – a special thanks to Hassani who made the stay extra special.

The breakfast is just right you get you started first thing before any excursions or sightseeing. I highly recommend the having at least one meal at the Riad, as this was undoubtedly some of the best food we ate in Marrakesh. The hammam and massage facilities are also excellent and well worth trialling.

I think the Riad is best suited for couples unless you have the whole place to yourself (a group of 8 lads was probably a bit too noisy for the other residents)

Highly recommended A++

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Stayed for romantic anniversary break - really glad we chose to stay far from the madding crowd... Ring the bell by the unasuming outer door and then enter into the beautiful oasis beyond. Greeted with refreshing mint tea in the stunning lounge (think we spent hours staring at the wooded fretwork ceiling and mosaic walls going 'Wow'!) Then shown to our lovely room (front, above dining area, not a great view but that really didn't matter in the slightest and we came to enjoy watching things happen in 'African time') The wonderful night shift lady (sorry, not good at remembering names!) made us feel at home straight away, as did all the staff who were delightful. Nice big room, comfy bed/pillows, traditional furnishings, TV, bathroom with beautiful double sink with mosaic detail, spacious balcony with Morroccan style chairs & small table - loved the stained glass window in the balcony door and wooden doors - yes you really do get a padlock but you'll see why when you go! Always felt safe and secure due to entry by bell. If I had to find fault it would be that I couldn't see a thing in the huge wardrobe, lack of lighting. Loved the fact that the kitchen was the heart of what was your home for your stay and if you needed 'anything' someone was there ready to help (drinks - fresh sweet orange juice, taxi - arrange a private tour, room service or restaurant recommendations...) Didn't really use public areas much but the water feature in the main hall was charming, the pool area relaxing, spa and bar looked inviting (we didn't use) and the roof terrace was a bonus and a lovely sun trap in February. Yes it's a bit of a walk to the old town sights or a haggle with the taxi drivers (which we found frustrating as the hotel told us how much to pay - it's just no-one had told half the drivers so we ended up walking half the time!) But it suited us to be in the 'new town' area and we were surprised to find some rather decent local wines (and the stores that sold beer and wine!) Plenty of places to eat within a short walk, eat with the locals - 2 courses, with a soft drink, approx £4! We ate at the Villa for our anniversary and the food was amazing! It was quiet when we stayed but please don't be put off Marrakech by what's happened in the past (or we'd never go anywhere would we?) The 'square' was amazing (as mad as you hope it will be!) and the souks far less hassle than we expected, there are some stylish, trendy bars and some even better seedy ones! Just wander and see what you can find. Do visit the tombs and try to get out into the mountains, the scenery is stunning (villa arranged private taxi as well as airport pick-up).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I went to stay at the Riaad for 5 days early February.
The house: lovely, cosy and beautifully presented this Riaad is like a home away from home.
Very quiet location, only a 2 Eur taxi ride away from the main square and 20mins walk to Jardin Majorelle. I stayed in the Zagora room which looks into the courtyard with the swimming pool, decorated in black and white style.
Staff are all very nice, helpful and lovely and all speak French but apart from the owner Paula only one of them speaks good English (however you get by with a mixture of hands, Spanish and English :-) ) They will assist you in anything you might need - going out, restaurant and taxi bookings, etc.
Great Hammam and massage as well though recommend to do this in the old town for a cheaper and more Moroccan style if preferred.
Perfect breakfast with all you need to get through a long day of walking about the Souks - served up for you at ANY time in the lounge once you made it out of bed!
All in all a wonderful experience that made you feel at home instantly - especially if you are travelling by yourself. Recommended!

Room Tip: Zagora room is on the first floor with big windows and view onto the Pool in the courtyard
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

I only found this Riad halfway through my holiday....what a fantastic surprise it was on arrival, its like stepping into a stunning princess palace, Paula and her parents were absolutely wonderful hosts, nothing is too much trouble, very tranquil, relaxed and absolutely stunning riad.
My Volubilis double room was beautiful, lovely terrace overlooking the pool and courtyard. It was a delight after a long day sightseeing to come back to heating (its chilly at nights at xmastime) and the treat of a hot bath.
Breakfast is whatever time you wake up and can be taken in your room, the lounge or on the patio.
I took up the set meal on xmas day evening as i was visiting alone.
The food was excellent and consisted of moroccan salads, deep fried cheese samosas (these were scrumptious) followed by vegetable tagine and chicken n prune tagine (my odd request), both were delicious but oh my god so much food, i waddled up to bed and could barely move afterwards i had eaten so much. There was easily enough food there for at least 3 to share all for approx €20, an absolute bargain.
Breakfasts were a good assortment based on continental style, breads, jams, cake, fruit, yoghurts, pancakes.
It was a beautiful Riad, very lovingly restored with lots of attention to detail to keep it within moroccan tastes, the spa downstairs looked great (i didn't try as i had been to one the previous day) and the sheesha area was lovely if a group of you visiting together.
I couldnt fault this place at all and can honestly say when i return in 2012 it would be my first choice to stay at by a long way.
It is about 3 km out of the medina and souks area but having stayed in the medina before here i found it too noisy at night so this place was a welcome relief and very restful.
taxis to the souks were roughly around 20 dhms so very cheap and still easy to get around, only a short 10 min straight road walk to Yves Saint Laurents Majorelle gardens which were recommended by Paulas mum as a must visit place, i have to say she was correct , they were truly beautiful and i was glad i didn't miss them.
Paula and her parents, staff are very welcoming, full of information you may require and made me feel part of their family over xmas, nothing was too much trouble and always asked if i'd like to join there group in the lounge at night .
Fantastic place to stay and it made my stay perfect after my disastrous first hotel...i only wish i'd found them first.

Room Tip: rooms overlooking pool do get warm sun during day, all suites are large and all have proper bathtubs...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Me and my partner found the Villa Amira and spa after searching for days on the internet.
Located a 10min drive from the Medina (you can walk in approx 45mins but don't try it in the midday heat!!), Hidden behind a black door is a stunning riad.
Greeted with mint tea on arrival, shown around the riad and then into our room.

The room was a perfect size for us and great value for the price! Nice double bed, bathroom with traditional morrocan tiling and a small balcony overlooking the pool.

Breakfast was served whenever you got up and usually around the pool, which was beautiful.
Eggs, fruit, breads, jams and yoghurt...simple but tasty.

The 1st night we ate at the riad and they prepared a delicious traditional home made Morrocan 3 course meal. We had the dining room to ourselves and found it was a perfect way to start our holiday.

The riad serves a selection of wine and beers, which I wasnt expecting, as well as shisha! And a couple of evenings were spent around the pool in just that way.

The staff were incredible - nothing was ever a problem and they went out of their way to ensure you were happy and looked after.

I would definitely consider staying there again and the distance from the Medina is not too bad a long as you are prepared for it.

Beautifully decorated, great staff, perfect holiday!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 78, rue Sakia El Hamra, Semlalia, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #449 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Amira et SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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