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“Beautiful place, amazing service, can't praise enough” 5 of 5 stars
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Ksar Anika
Rue Makbara des Juifs | Mellah, Marrakech 4000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #132 of 1,070 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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“Beautiful place, amazing service, can't praise enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We arrived at the Ksar Anika in the dark and it felt as though we were in some quiet back street, slightly intimidating and our first sight was a security guard in a sort of sentry box at the door. But we quickly learned that this simply means there is always somebody around when you arrive and it’s a very reassuring presence if you’re not familiar with the place.
Once inside we had the ‘wow’ moment. From the small reception area we were taken to some beautiful seating in the main courtyard where we were served with mint tea and biscuits, having a chance to unwind and take in the gorgeous surroundings. A little later we were taken to our ground floor room; this was beautifully presented and we were lucky enough to have the room that has its own private terrace next to the pool. The room itself was large and airy and the attention to detail on our arrival was lovely. Water and biscuits in the room, flower petals on the bed, it all felt so welcoming.
This riad is an absolute haven away from the madness of the main city of Marrakech. It has a calm peaceful atmosphere and after our days wandering round the main square and the souks, it was so relaxing to come back here. The staff are just wonderful, exceptionally polite and attentive but unobtrusive; it always felt like nothing was too much trouble. On our final day we weren’t being picked up for our transfer until 6pm; we were able to keep our room for the whole day so felt in no rush to be packed and out. We spent our final day doing a lot of walking round and coming back to relax here with cold drinks was so lovely.
Meals are served in the courtyard close to the pool and even the attention to detail as they set the tables was amazing to watch. Breakfast consists of bread, jams, fruit and yoghurt and lovely pancakes with honey, accompanied by fresh juice, coffee or tea. We also ate there on one evening and as expected the meal was delicious and service was wonderful.
We spent 3 nights here and fell in love with the place. It is about 15 mins walk to the main square, and we had the offer of going with a security guard. On our first night coming back we did get a taxi but after that we walked it with no problems at all. Marrakech is an amazing place and very intense; the Anika is an oasis of calm to counter the madness. If we were ever go back to Marrakech we would have no hesitation in returning here, and would happily recommend to anybody

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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cotswolds, england
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed right at the end of September for 3 nights, at the start of our holiday. Agree with recent reviews - tranquil and relaxed compared to busy central Marrakech. Mostly British guests when we stayed, useful for comparing tips re what to see/do. Dont be fooled by the shabby exterior - it is very elegantly decorated/furnished inside. The owner invites you to consider it as your home whilst you are in Marrakech, not a hotel. The service was attentive but not hurried (unlike some other places we found later elsewhere in Morocco where they cleared plates before both of us had finished). We were grateful for the "usual" breakfast being provided despite having to leave before 7 on our day of departure. Overall very happy with our choice. Allow about 20 minutes to walk to the main square.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We spent three nights in Ksar Anika in August. It is indeed a relaxing oasis amidst the bustle of Marrakech. We enjoyed swimming in the pool, relaxing at the poolside and in the bar area, and enjoying the night breezes on the rooftop. We enjoyed the mint tea and fresh squeezed orange juice daily. The staff were very attentive - Youssef and Abdullah were particularly helpful. One night we had been planning to head out to the main square for dinner, but it was late and we were so happy relaxing in the hotel, we asked if we could eat dinner at the Riad. It was late, and the kitchen had closed already, but the staff was able to accommodate us and made us a delightful dinner. If I return to Marrakech I will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Excellent service, surroundings and food - what more can you ask for?
Well placed to visit the centre of Marrakech with all the souks, restaurants and bustle, we were made very welcome, our room and facilities were excellent - I do not hesitate to recommend this Riad to anyone planning to visit Marrakech

Room Tip: Our room was central to the Riad and very little noise penetrated!
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Ksar Anika was the perfect place to end our long Moroccan visit. Our comfortable room was steps from the pool and outside dining area. We took all of our meals there. The tables were set with flowers, colored stones and rose petals, always lovely, day or night. The wait staff did just that, waited at the edge of the space for us to need anything. I felt so spoiled here. We experienced hammam in their spa. This new experience was on our wish list and we had waited until the last day. It was the right place for this invigorating scrub. Do try it.The rooftop terrace deserved to be in a design magazine. I would stay in this calm and beautiful hotel again in this very vibrant city.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Nashville, TN
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

On our Moroccan trip in May 2013 we stayed at this wonderful riad. It is in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Djemma El Fna and lots of other interesting sights. After being picked up at the airport by our guide, Omar, (from Around Morocco) we drove through lots of little streets with many turns. Just as we thought we were lost - there we were at the riad. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is beautiful inside. Whenever we would stand outside the door waiting for Omar, it was amazing the street traffic that would go by. Very interesting. Across the street there is a shop where men spend all day sewing jellabas (the men's traditional robe). They were very nice and invited us in to see how they do this amazing embroidery. The riad is built around a pretty courtyard with small pool. We had dinner there beside the pool the first night and the food was some of the best we had on our trip. Meals are whenever you want to eat. All the meals are served with lovely table settings - flowers and candles, and the waitstaff are more than eager to please.
We stayed there at the beginning and again at the end of our trip. Our room at the beginning had a problem with the A/C. We told the staff about this and when we returned two weeks later they made sure we had the best suite in the place. It was a huge room with a big corner fireplace, big soaker tub (I loved this!), and a sitting area.
I can't say enough about the staff here, Magda, Rashid, Mustafa, and all the rest of the guys. The first morning we were there, I woke up with a seriously painful tooth. Magda so understanding and made arrangements early on a Saturday morning for me to see a dentist. She put us in her little yellow Fiat, drove us to the dentist, and by 6am that morning I was having a root canal! It was a very modern dental office connected to the university. She stayed with me the whole time, acting as translator and comforter. I can't thank her enough for going above and beyond to take care of me. I was in terrible pain, scared to death, and worried I had ruined our whole vacation. But the dentist took good care of me, sent me off with antibiotics and pain meds, and by the time we got back to the riad, I was feeling great. We then had breakfast and went on with our city tour as planned.
Lovely riad, great location, good food, and amazing staff. We will definitely go back.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Marrakech is a bustling, hot city and this Riad is the perfect antidote. From arranging a taxi transfer to the hotel to outstanding service throughout our stay nothing was too much trouble. We ate dinner here twice which was simple but just what we wanted and the breakfasts again simple but plentiful and tasty. I would choose to stay here just to unwind and relax. A couple of examples of the service here, firstly when I asked when breakfast was served they asked what time would I like and secondly on our last day we kept our room up until 3PM so we could shower etc before our flight home.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue Makbara des Juifs | Mellah, Marrakech 4000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #132 of 1,070 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ksar Anika - an oasis of peace in the centre of the medina of Marrakech. Designed and built from ground up by the owners of Dar Anika it is intended to be your home from home where your holiday can be as exciting or as tranquil as you would like it to be. A blend of traditional and modern decoration lightens a traditional riad design: space, light, peace and tranquility in the centre of the souq. ... more   less 
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