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Riad Assakina
Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Riad Assakina is an oasis of calm amongst the noise and chaos of the Medina.
Grant, Michele and the staff were wonderful and attentive.
With plenty of areas to relax and unwind it was a a wonderful experience.
The team make your stay very easy and comfortable. With a great feeling of staying in a friends home. Normally we would stay in large hotels but this experience has changed our mind.
My wife is coeliac so we were concerned about problems when eating out.
We need not have worried as Grant booked tables at the restaurants we had chosen and notified them of the gluten free requirements.
Thank you to Grant and Michele for making our 4 night stay just perfect.

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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful three night stay at the Riad Assakina. I can only echo what others have said previously. The Riad is stunning, spotlessly clean and of the highest standards. We stayed in the Almohad Suite which was very spacious, huge comfortable bed, very large bathroom with extra large towels, often not found in the best hotels. The level of service and hospitality from your hosts, Grant and Michele was second to none. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Grant, served mint tea and delicious stuffed figs. We were shown round the Riad. Grant arranged for us to eat in a local restaurant and we were taken there by one of the amazing staff who work at the Riad, The breakfasts each day were delicious. Michele and Grant gave us suggestions on how best to spend our time in Marakesh, tips on shopping, recommended and booked restaurants and transport and provided maps and directions. Michelle arranged a hamman spa visit for us and provided maps and directions. We managed to get completely lost (quite easy on your first visit) and when we arrived back at the Riad by taxi, just happy to be back and disappointed not to have had our spa treatment, Michelle re-arranged our appointment and personally walked us there, wow what amazing service. If you are thinking of booking here you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Yep - I can now see why this place is so highly rated on this site. Grant and Michele have turned a former house of ill repute into an oasis of calm in crazy Marrakech. Tucked away down a narrow alley in the old Jewish quarter, Riad Assakina is a real gem, festooned (I love that word) with Moroccan art and artefacts - all displayed with great taste and an eye for detail. The whole team are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. Breakfasts are superb, the pool is gorgeous, the rooftop terrace is a great vantage point from which to view the minarets and the Marrakech skyline - need I go on? So my tip is to get yourself on down to Marrakech and a few nights at this place as quickly as your little babouches will carry you!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Spent 4 nights here and it was wonderful. Great hospitality, diligent and efficient staff, wonderful hosts and fabulous food. Very clean and a refuge from the madness of Marrakesh.
Afternoon tea each day was worth coming back to.
Quiet and relaxing. Many thanks Michelle and Grant a truly beautiful end to finish our holiday in Morrocco.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My one regret is that I did not eat more meals there. On our last day we had a lunch that was fabulous--"cigars" and pastilla. Don't miss it. Breakfast was great. Michelle was also able to recommend good restaurants nearby. In fact, she was able to recommend anything you needed and would help you if she could. She took us to the people who had made the lamps for the riad, so we could get one. It was a fun experience and I love the lamp. Also, be sure to ask her what things should cost in the medina before you go.
The only negative was that our room was a little small--but that was my choice bc it was less expensive. Michelle did offer to upgrade us for 3 of our 5 nights, which was very nice of her, but we decided it was too much trouble to move--though of course the very helpful staff would have moved us.
They made reservations for us, did laundry quickly and cheaply, made luscious tea in the afternoons, and took care of anything you asked for.
I'm ready to go back and I just got home.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Riad Assakina is located in the Jewish quarter of this city, slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the centre but still within easy walking distance of the main square, market places and souks.
Getting from the airport to the Riad was simple, one short taxi ride organised by the hosts, Grant and Michelle, on request.
On entering I felt immediately at home, being provided with refreshment and a warm welcome. Formal ‘check-in’ was kept brief and was followed by the provision of a map, recommendations and an offer of further assistance if required.
The accommodation provided includes a spacious room with air conditioning, dining facilities, a pool, a large central courtyard and roof terraces. Although accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis, private lunch and dining is available (upon request), afternoon tea and cake provided, along with a very tasty tapas and drinks menu which is available at any hour of the day or night. Food and drink is also served anywhere required.
Grant and Michelle are assisted by a number of staff , all of whom are equally helpful, welcoming and provide an excellent service without exception.
During our stay, it was clear that Grant and Michelle were on hand to offer an oasis of tranquillity, provide help and assistance in any way possible within their Riad and when requested, guidance on shopping, restaurants, tours, sights , transport or any other requirement, including bookings, arranging transport or be a personal guide on occasions.
This Riad came on personal recommendation and I can see why. I have no hesitation in doing the same for many reasons including location, excellent accommodation and a level of service which is second to none.
On a personal note … Thank you Grant and Michelle for making our holiday in Marrakech such an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had booked well over a year ago and with plans changing we were so looking forward to our stay. The airport pick up service that Michelle and Grant arranged was smooth and easy. Within the first 5 minutes of arriving at the riad, with mint tea and pastries, we felt at home and what a luxurious one it was ! This is paradise. Michelle has a gift, the design and decor are exquisite, her gorgeous staff are a testament to her beautiful nature and her love of Morocco is obvious. The room, the Kiad suite, was large and as we were there for six nights it was what we needed.The website shows the room acurately but to experience the calm, the tanquility and serenity made this one of the best places we have ever stayed in. The bed was huge and comfortable and everything you need it there ! An ever changing family is created with new guests arriving and leaving and it was easy to make new friends to swap travelling tips with or go on sightseeing adventures together. We enoyed the many choices at breakfast, ate a home cooked meal with our new friends that was lovely ( three course of delicious Morrocan fare) and we enjoyed two tapas meals on the terrace (a must do) watching the lights, storks and listening to distant sounds of the neighbourhood. There is always a mint tea and pastry offered on your return each afternoon. Everything that Michelle suggests is perfect and I mean of stunning quality.............the restaurants, the transfers, the shopping tips, the timing to visit places. We went on two day trips she organised which is an absolute must. One to Essaouira on the coast, with a huge packed breakfast for the journey and one to the Atlas mountains up to Ouirka Valley. All the drivers were polite and helpful, the cars impeccable and their driving safe ( interesting road laws in Morocco where everyone/everything shares the road). We know Michelle helped a guest buy a light fitting, she helped me by accompanying me and speaking for me buying habbadashery goodies. Nothing is too much trouble. You can purchase beautiful kaftan tops that Michelle designs (I have 3 on order) and other quality products if you can't face the haggling anymore in the souks. There is a social conscience and awareness of womens co ops and stray animal support and Zac the resident rescue cat, tells the others outside that he is the lucky one ! We had a Spa treatment that Michelle arranged and again the best we ever have had. We experienced 5 star treatment the whole of our stay but certainly not at the cost you would expect. Thank you so much to Noell and Hicham (sorry about the spelling) for all that you did, sharing your stories with us, you are truly beautiful people and looked after us so well but most importantly thank you to Michelle ( and my email pal Grant) for giving us the experience of a lifetime. We will be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#40 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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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