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“The peace of heaven inside the desert” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Zineb
145, derb El Kadi | Azbest, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #287 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Braunschweig, Germany
Senior Reviewer
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The peace of heaven inside the desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The medina of Marrakesh is an interesting place in many points. It is a very angry city that remains in a time where technology did not exist and people were working with their hands. However it's central square "Jamal el Fna", which is translated as "square of death" immediately points the character of the city: It is not a friendly one. People are angry, traders are pushing their best to sell their merchandise, children have lost their innocent character to the necessity of food, women are trying to hide their feelings behind a burka, tourists are trying to fight their way through extremely busy streets. Peace is captured in the grounds of this city, noise and rush are ruling inside its tall walls.

In that aspect it is a very interesting city. A red city both in its walls and in its flags, this kingdom of fear is hosting like every other city in the world both the yin and the yang, both evil and good, both angry and peaceful.

And the peace has escaped to its Riads. Riad Zineb is a pearl of the Riads, both in its architecture and in its character. Peace has discovered this oasis in the desert and has selected this location for its residence. As soon as its thick wooden door closes the garden of eden unveils, with its refreshing swimming pool in the middle that has respected the local architecture and art displaying a marble fountain on its side. Its enourmous wooden doors, the high ceilings and the size of the building show that it must have been the home of the weathly tradeperson. With its handful of rooms for all the family members one can fully imagine the daily life in this small palace with the servants providing for the well-being of its rich owners.

The servants of this Riad, Khadija and Abjlil are humble people, rare to be seen in the streets of Medina, the ones that are already destined to the kingdom of God or Allah for the locals. The small turtle that roams around from time to time seeking for a piece of watermelon or grapes is keeping company to the children and confirms that paradise is a garden with life. The furniture, hand made by careful carpenters are pieces of unique art and results of hard work. The tiles in the floors and in the bathrooms are carefully assembled one by one creating stunning mosaics that are comparable to the ones found in the palaces of medina. The bathrooms are implementations of deep imagination and meditation, rooms that one would dream to have in their urban apartments as well. Art is the ruler of this house.

I would recommend Riad Zineb to everyone that wants to stay in Medina, experience this unique city and find a peaceful residence during the hot hours of the morning sun.

I would recommend medina to people that are interested to experience something new, rare to be seen and are ready for adventure. People who are armed with patience for the huggling and juggling of the souks, people who know how to find their way by themselves and trust their feeling. For business people or elderly I would recommend the new city with occasional visits to the Medina. The modern city has modern buildings, very good restaurants with international food and many conveniences such as taxis, cars etc.

But for the ones really ready to experience the uniqueness of a city living in its own era, a city not to be seen anywhere else on this earth, the Medina and Riad Zineb is the place to stay. Shortly put: If you are ready to do it, do it properly.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Amsterdam, Nederland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We stayed in this Riad for 3 days and 2 nights. The place is simply beautiful. One can relax and enjoy some quietness in the center of Marrakech. The owners are very helpful and nice to talk to. The Riad is extremely clean and the breakfasts are delicious. We had a wonderful time in this place and would very much recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We are a group of friends who rented the whole riad in April for a short holiday. We can only say that we had the most amazing stay. The rooms are spacious and extremely clean, well furnished, and authentic. The staff are wonderful especially Khadijah who made us the most wonderful breakfasts each morning at whatever time suited us, of pancakes, pastries, breads, jams honey and yogurt, and not forgetting the freshly squeezed orange juice, and tea and coffee. The pool and the roof terrace were a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of the Medina after a days bartering or sight-seeing. There's plenty of room for everyone if you are sharing with others and a mixture of sun traps and cool shade. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the main square which is just something else! Khadijah arranged a trip out to the mountains for us which was an experience well worth having. We can't think of any negatives and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this oasis.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hanoi, vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

I found this riad by accident. What a buty! I have stayed there for more 3 times. I live in Morocco and i always have friends and family come to visit me. I now strongly recommend this riad to everyone.

The riad is located in a little alley which will take a little while to find. Once you enter the riad, I suddently feel Im in another world, peaceful, clean, green and open. A rectangular swimming pool sits in the middle of the court yard.

Khdija the chief house keeper welcome you with mint tea. She prepare breakfast every morning, manul is slightly different. The home made yoghurt is delicous!

The room is designed by colors and the room furniture were carefully selected. After you come back from your out dinner, your room was heated and the door was shut carefully.

This riad is great value for money. I paid only 60 Euros per room. Its FANTASTIC!

I really enjoyed my stay with this wounderful riad. I would definitly come back.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

There was 11 of you all from UK. We had an amaizing time. Staff fantastic very helpful. Riad always clean. There was no problem with having late breackfast or paying for riad with different currency. They offered to send taxi for us which is a great idea and its cheap 15e. Same happened with the way back. Lady called taxi man and he was at the spot at the right time. Breackfast always very fresh always on time. I have nothing to add you have to go and check it on your own. I highly recomend it. One more thing. Riad peaople tell you to walk in the night around souks through the main road. I recomend to listen to them :>. There is a map in the riad with the main road through souks to the Medina.

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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Hampstead, null, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

outstanding service, supppppperrrr clean, fantastic friendly staff, beautiful riad, no words really to describe how fantastic it is. highly recommended. made our holiday a dream and very positive, you can't get better than riad zineb - super

Room Tip: all the rooms are beautiful
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Zevenaar, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We hired the whole riad with 11 adults and 1 child (2years old). The staff welcomed us with a great smile and we loved them all immediately. The staff surprised us every morning with a huge breakfast. Bread, pancakes, pastries, fresh juice, coffee, tea, milk, yoghurt and so much more. We were really spoiled by them. It was an excellent stay at the riad. The rooms were beautiful decorated and very clean. It felt so great being there. The pool was a fine refreshment after sunbathing on the terrace or wandering in the souks. There was enough space to retreat if you wanted. We all got a big hug from the staff when the time came to leave Marrakech and again it felt so familiar. We recommend this riad to anybody who wants to visit Marrakech.

Room Tip: It is difficult to choose a room, because they are all big, colorfull and beautifull.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 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: 145, derb El Kadi | Azbest, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #287 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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