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Riad Assakina
Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Portsmouth, England
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“Marrakech at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Imagine: An oasis of peace and tranquillity, your feet dipped into cool waters whilst the rest of your body basks in the warmth of the afternoon sunshine. A refreshing mint tea together with Moroccan pastries arrives at your side. The aroma of fresh mint perfumes the peaceful air around you and small birds flutter from branch to branch in the nearby trees. This really is 16:30 at the Riad Assakina so imagine what the rest of the day could be like.

My wife and I arrived at about 8:30pm on May 5th after an adventurous journey by taxi pre-booked via the Riad. Between 4-10pm the traffic in Marrakesh is a wonder to behold: It is interesting to see how 3 cars, a moped, numerous cycles and pedestrians plus donkey and cart can all fit into a single lane - For those contemplating car hire, the best advice is – Don’t. Our taxi driver took it all easily in his stride and delivered us promptly and safely into the hands of Michelle and Grant, the owners of the Riad.

After settling ourselves in our hosts described the delights that were awaiting us within the Riad itself and the ‘Red City’. They provided advice on all aspects of our stay together with maps and no query was too much. At this point I must repeat what others have already said but we really did feel that we had met up with old friends who were doing their utmost to ensure we had a sensational visit to Marrakech. Amazing ! Something no 5* hotel will ever provide. Michelle and Grant are supported by a friendly team of locals who went out of their way to ensure our stay at the Riad was enjoyable. A special word of thanks has to go to the ever smiling Hicham who reserved us top tables at all the restaurants that we chose to dine in and even walked us to a nearby restaurant on our first night there.

We enjoyed all aspects of the Riad, the sun bathing terraces, the refreshing pool, shady spots to simply chill out, relax and unwind and the tranquillity of that inner courtyard. It really is a special place and it also has a special story which will unfold if you ever stay.

The Riad is ideally located. We took things easy, walked almost everywhere to see the sights, had some delightful meals in some wonderful nearby restaurants that Michelle and Grant recommended, enjoyed haggling with the natives in the souks, including meeting the brothers, cousins, and uncles of one shoe stall holder (all of whom were also shoe stall holders) that did not have the size of shoe we were interested in (They really do not give up !!) and then quickly learnt the phrase ‘No Thank You’ .

We stayed for 4 nights in the roomy and comfortable Almohad suite.

All in all a very enjoyable first visit to North Africa for which we definitely have to thank Michelle, Grant and their team. Who knows this may have even set me up for a spot of salmon fishing in the Yemen! (I hastily add to those who don’t understand English humour this is a joke!). Thanks M & G. We’d love to return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Could not fault Riad Assakina. It is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the Medina, a chance to lock yourself away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech life.

It is run by an English couple, Michelle and Grant, who treat you as friends and are always on hand to help or advise and the staff they employ are excellent.

Would go to Marrakech again just to stay there.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We spent four wonderful days at the Riad Assakina. It had been highly recommended by a work colleague of my husband. Michele and Grant were great hosts, and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.Our room was beautifully furnished and very comfortable.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Marrakech then why not stay in this beautiful traditional Riad.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

There are many glowing reviews on this forum for this wonderful Riad but quite simply there are 2 reasons why you should look no further and book your stay here today. If you are going to come to Marrakech you have to stay in a traditional Riad not one of the 5 star hotels in the french quarter that are no different to thousands of other hotels around the world. So why this Riad?
Firstly location. It doesn't get any better. Ten minutes from the famous square, right next to the Baha Palace. There are a few different routes to take to the square so always something different to see and experience in this wonderfully chaotic city.
Secondly, something money can't buy, your hosts and soon to be friends, Grant and Michele. Nothing is too much trouble for this couple and their exceptional team. They make you feel so welcome you feel as if you are coming home after each venture away from the Riad. Terrific restaurant recommendations and local tips that will make your trip truly memorable. As someone that has done a lot of travelling I cannot recommend this Riad highly enough. Book today, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

As a treat, my mum took my sister and I to Marrakech with a friend of hers who had stayed at the Riad before. What a delicious place to stay! The Riad is quite simply stunning. It has been designed and furnished to an incredibly high standard yet retains a true sense of comfort. Michelle and Grant were fantastic hosts and generously shared their local knowledge and gave their time to enhance our trip. The staff were wonderful and attentive. We were lucky enough to eat in one night and the food was heavenly. I hope to take my husband before the end of the year as I know he'll enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Souks and then the calm and serenity of the Riad.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I recently spent the most wonderful five days with my two daughters and one of my best friends. This riad is the most beautifully furnished, very comfortable beds, amazing staff, Michel and Grant couldn't have done more to make our stay a memorable experience. We long to go there again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the heart of Marrakech with an authentic Moroccan atmosphere, then this riad is the only place to stay. Grant and Michele as well as their team are wonderful attentive hosts who have thought of everthing to make their guests welcome and relaxed. The classy, moroccon decor of the whole place together with its rooms are both luxurious and comfortable. Breakfast is excellent with choices that cater for everyone, and the afternoon mint tea or alternative of coffee or english tea with pastries was always appreciated after a busy day. This riad has a brilliant location, near the Bahia Palace and only a 5 minute walk to the main square and the souks. We will be recommending Riad Assakina to all our friends and will look forward to returning. Thank you Grant and Michelle for a wonderful holiday.
Sue & Colin

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#44 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Assakina is a beautiful, light and spacious riad, ideally situated in the historic Mellah: the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech's Medina. It directly overlooks the famous Bahia Palace; and is within an easy stroll of the city's other famous attractions. It is also well placed for enjoying some of Marrakech's finest restaurants and bars. The Riad subtly blends the best of local tradition and craftsmanship with all the refinements of a bespoke private residence. ... more   less 
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