It was a salubrious entrance to the Riad, down a back alley off a back street. As first timers to Marrakech we wondered where we were being led! An unmarked door is knocked at then you are into a warm welcome from Michele or Hicham & brought mint tea whatever time of arrival.
The rooms are large and tastefully decorated with surprisingly comfy beds. There is wi-fi & British TV which is a bit intermittent.
The bathroom is quite big with open shower (no bath). The plumbing is a bit slow & takes a bit to drain.
Ladies, the hair dryers are good & strong but lighting poor for putting make up on; catch the sunlight before it goes down.
Breakfast is pleasant & tasty with a choice of 6 items plus pastries.
The Riad being a courtyard does not afford privacy in your room so you need to close the blinds which makes the rooms dark.
We opted for lunch a number of times in the Riad & Meriem the cook provided delicious light meals, much tastier then any meals taken outside. We recommend the cold tapas menu for a light lunch, the hot filo parcels are also really tasty. The sandwiches & chips are also excellent! The food in the Riad was better than anywhere we ate out in the city. The Riad also holds an alcohol licence so beers & wine are available
There is an outdoor sunbathing area on the roof with plenty of beds. Being in central Marrakech this isn't a quiet experience what with vehicle noise, calls to prayer & kids playing in the Derbs. Having said that you quickly zone this out into white noise & get back to the sun & your book!
Not having been to a Riad before we expected the service to be like a hotel i.e staff coming round asking if you wanted food or drinks. A misunderstanding on our part, but all we needed to do was find Naoual the housekeeper & she brings you what you want.
First time visitors could be worried about setting foot outside into a confusing labyrinth of streets but somehow you find your way back!
The British owners had provided the most informative information file i've seen with loads of useful information on everything from restaurant recommendations to tipping to shopping.
I would definitely follow trip advisor if you're looking for restaurants to eat at. We used it a lot & the reviews were fairly accurate except one, Le Chat qui Rit which didn't live up to the hype the night we went.
All the Riad staff were exceedingly attentive & friendly, happy to stay in the background but more than happy to engage in conversation should you want to chat. Hicham in particular was a friendly smiling mine of information, as was Michele.
I would certainly recommend this Riad for central location & excellent service.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Assakina Marrakech
- Riad Assakina Hotel Marrakech