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“Superb haven from the busy Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Amina
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Sidi ben Slimane Derb Si Mouh No 1, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #281 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
2 reviews
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“Superb haven from the busy Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the Riad Amina in early November in a superior room. The Riad was fantastic. The staff were friendly and efficient. We were welcomed by Miriam and over leisurely mint tea and petits four she gave us lots of information regarding routes to and from the Riad (as it is in the Medina and vehicular access stops some 5 minutes away through winding alleys.)
Our room was just as shown on the website.
We ate in the Riad for 6 out of our 7 nights. Initially MIriam put forward menu suggestions (taking into account dietary requirements) however by day three we just left it up to her and asked her to surprise us. Every meal was superb. The harira needs special mention as does the swordfish.
Marrakech is 'in your face' We enjoyed our trips out into the Medina and further afield each day but returned with relish from every trip to our Riad. This Riad is a fantastic haven from the bustle of the city.
The majority of the other guests were from other european countries.
In my opinion this Riad would appeal to those seeking to sample the atmosphere of Marrakech in a traditional setting. It was laid back,atmospheric and a joy to stay there.
If you are looking for peace and relaxation in your holiday accommodation with superb food and friendly staff I can recommend the Riad Amina.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in Marrakesh for the first time. We found this riad excellent. Miriam and her team very very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. Like others the city is not for the faint hearted, life is busy, locals are helpful though. However be aware that getting lost in the Souks is part of the fun. There are plenty of places to eat out and the cost is cheap. Getting out of the city is definitely recommended. Trips can be booked via the riad this is cheaper that booking through your agent. We would definitely go back to this riad

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you are looking for a central location in the Medina, I would definitely recommend his Riad. It is close to the Souks and easy access to the new city, yet also providing a haven of peace after a long day of sightseeing/ shopping etc.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and we always felt we were returning to a friends home each evening.
The room we had was in a traditional style, whilst basic, was really pretty and perfect for 3 nights stay.
The breakfast was continental, with bread, croissants, cake & yogurt. This was too many carbs for me, but they were very accommodating and kindly made me an omelette one morning.
Lovely place...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Your car from the airport will drop you off by the big blue gates of the school as from there on in the roads and alleyways are too cramped for motor vehicles. At this point you'll wonder what you've got yourself into if this is your first visit to Marrakech! Fear not. It's quite safe and you'll observe that the locals are not one bit interested in you and are more intent on going about their daily business - at least in this area. ( by the way you'll be hassled near the square and in the souks so just don't get into any conversations! ) You'll have made a good choice to stay here though for your first visit to Marrakech. Make sure you use wheeled luggage as your guide from the hotel escorts you through the alleyways.
Tip him a 20 Dirham note ( about £1.50 ). The welcome from Miriam the manageress was warm and the complimentary mint tea very refreshing as she made us feel quite at home. We ate there the first night and the Tagines were the best we had throughout our stay - if you want to eat Moroccan do it here. It’s tasty home cooking at it’s best ( for Marrakech ) and reasonably priced too. Our suite was very comfortable with a good comfortable lounging area. Breakfast was comprehensive with plain yoghurts, three different types of pancakes ( that varied from day to day ) excellent French style coffee, a selection of teas, French Bread, Croissants, two slices of a very light and fragrant Madeira style sponge cake and Apricot and Strawberry Jams. The staff are very gentle and nothing is too much trouble. The top sun terrace is perfect for sunbathing and if the Riad isn’t too full ( it wasn’t on our visit ) it can be yours exclusively.
Once you get used to the area it’s easy enough to find your way back to where your car from the airport dropped you off. So, to get back onto the main route and back to the school’s blue gates, come out of the Riad's door, turn left, immediate right and second left. Follow onto the school gates. To get to the Souks ( and ultimately the big main square ) just follow the taxis and traffic flow to the small square that has the Pharmacie Populaire on your left. To the right of the Pharmacy is the start of the Souks. Now, you can wander through the Souks and eventually come out onto the big main square. If you want to get straight to the big main square and mosque then just keep following the taxis and traffic flow ( for about 10 minutes ) until you get to a corner where you can bear right, go down to the big and wide main road and as you look to the left you’ll see the giant mosque on the right hand side of the road. Walk towards the mosque and the entrance to the big main square is opposite the mosque on your left.
Minor gripes were a blown light bulb that never got changed, a basin plug that was extremely hard to lift up and drop down and croissants and pancakes that weren’t always warmed through. So, no major problems there and it’s important to realise your’e not paying five star Hotel Mamounia prices. All in all, with its charming courtyard and staff, it’s perfect for a first stay in Marrakech to really absorb and find out what makes Marrakech tick. If you returned again then perhaps stay in the Mamounia ( as Winston Churchill chose to do ), if funds allow, and mostly remain on site eating and drinking there as well.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Arriving at the Riad was like all, an Oasis in the Medena a short walk down lane ways and Moroccan tea and sweets on arrival.
On being taken to the room it was then downhill.
The room measured 2m x 3m and the bathroom 1m x 3m, just room enough for the bed.
We had dinner there and it was good.
On leaving we the owner inquired how our stay was, other then the room ( some may call it a cell), it was good.
We were asked why we did not complain about the room, my response was we should not need to complain the get an adequate room!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

A guide bought us here and thank goodness he did . From the moment we stepped over the threshold we felt welcome. Charlene, the owner, was very friendly and put us at ease...she did her best to accommodate us. We were offered to sit and relax and take some mint tea, as we waited while our room was prepared (we had arrived quite early).,

Rooms were beautifully decorated and clean, beds very comfortable, air conditioning was really appreciated in the August heat!

When ever we asked for anything it was never too much trouble. They offered to prepare food such as sandwiches or a salad, which when it arrived, was way beyond what our expectations in quality and quantity. .

Friendly, informative and sooo helpful. ..you would never get this experience in a hotel. Miriam the manager was a wealth of information about Marrakech and next time we are going to follow her recommendations to the letter! :D

Any time we gome back to Marrakech we are staying here!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

After 36 hours of travel, to arrive at this oasis and be greeted with a mint tea and biscuit was a true delight. The staff were amazing, friendly and attentive. The breakfasts were delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice, just done pancakes, jam, coffee and that forever peace. Our ears were ringing from the silence, and we just loved it. The rooms are extremely comfortable and furnished in a traditional manner. You could not go past this Riad.

  • Stayed August 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: Sidi ben Slimane Derb Si Mouh No 1, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #281 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Amina 3.5*
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