The best thing about Riad Zinoun was really its location which combines close proximity to the all-important Jemaa el Fna piazza, (with its happenings, eateries and access to all services,) whilst actually being at the end of a quiet Derb, allowing for peaceful, tranquil mornings and nights before or after the busy-ness of sight-seeing days. The inner courtyard is a charming green oasis with pleasant sitting areas and hung with interesting art-works. Our bedroom and (large) bathroom were spotlessly clean, traditionally decorated and seemed quite homely once we had adjusted to the idea that the only windows, shutters actually, faced into the inner courtyard. A room on the ground floor was offered to us as soon as they saw my husband had mobility issues. This suited us but one could see that the first floor rooms probably offer a bit more privacy. The delights of the roof terrace and varied breakfasts have been commented on by other reviewers but what should also be said for more mature visitors, (like ourselves,) is that the breakfast room is on the 2nd floor up a series of very steep and rather uneven steps and the roof terrace reached by yet another tiny spiral staircase - quite challenging for anyone with mobility issues! Having said that, they did offer to bring us breakfast on the ground floor and we did choose to have it brought to us there on the final day.
Overall, the staff could not have been more helpful. We were cooked a very nice meal, (for 10 Euros,) at our request on the first evening as our flight came in quite late and they arranged a taxi from the airport whose driver also carried our bags and guided us all the way to the Riad, This was a godsend as it is a good 200 metres walk from where one has to leave a car and we would have had some difficulty finding Riad Zinoun through the narrow winding derbs in the dark on the first evening. They also arranged a car and driver to take us up the Ourika valley in the Atlas foothills one day and would clearly have arranged other excursions, hammam visits etc had we so wished.
We felt Riad Zinoun was great value for money and would thoroughly recommend it as a comfortable, though not luxurious, place to stay for anyone on a fairly limited budget. We very much enjoyed our stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostesses will welcome your in their house and will make sure that you have a lovely time during your staying. Each client is unique and we want to realize all its wishes. After walking in the charming little paths of the historic city, you will enter an authentic place to delight you. Passing the door, you will see a ravishing patio with an open-sky and bright arches. You will also discover magnificent doors with soft colors. This place will brings you the fresh shade you will need during the torrid summers in Marrakesh. The poesy of this home awakens, during a moment, the desire of a timeless life. The historic tradition is a testimony of a lifestyle, the harmony of the Moroccan architecture being the most important characteristic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Zinoun Marrakech
- Riad Zinoun Hotel Marrakech