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“A lovely, quaint Riad away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Amina
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Sidi ben Slimane Derb Si Mouh No 1, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #260 of 1,134 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“A lovely, quaint Riad away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My fiancée and I came here for our anniversary and it definitely made our holiday memorable. Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely French couple who are currently running the riad. They gave us traditional Moroccan tea /snacks etc and made us feel very welcome. Likewise, they always accommodated to our needs and were generally very friendly.

The rooms are stylish and cleaned daily, as is the rest of the riad. It is particularly nice at night whereby the lanterns are lit and mellow music is sometimes played, which makes for a very relaxing and romantic atmosphere.

We did however find the location a slight issue. This riad is situated in an area not too far from the souks, surrounded by hustle and bustle. It can be difficult to locate the riad and we did get lost on one occasion, which can be disorientating at the best of times but particularly in Marrakech-this is a place where we discovered that you have to be very cautious, I.e. personal belongings etc.

This is a fantastic accommodation which cannot be faulted. However, the location is not ideal for the reasons explained above. Likewise, if you have never been to Marrakech before, do your research because it did not quite live up to our expectations and on many occasions we did not feel safe, except of course, for when we were in the riad. It provided peace and tranquility away from the busy surrounding area and we would definitely recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting to experience a typical Moroccan riad as opposed to a hotel complex.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The Riad Amina is exactly what we were hoping for. A little north of the souks it is an oasis of quiet from the hectic city. Miriam and her team were welcoming.

We experienced both lunch and evening meals here and were not disappointed with the variety and choice on offer. We enjoyed drinks served on the roof terrace and mint tea and Morrocan petits four in the courtyard.

Nothing was too much trouble and we were cheerfully provided for throughout our stay.

We would thoroughly recommend the Riad Amina. One tip for the first time visitor to Marrakech - Ask the Riad to arrange a transfer from the airport, it will be cheaper and you won't get lost as vehicles can't get very near the Amina.

Room Tip: We had a simple room with en suite bathroom. For longer stays a larger suite may be better.
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  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

After having been let down by Thomson Airways as they did not check in my luggage properly and had lost one bag at London Gatwick the least I was expecting for my holiday to get better. When me and my boyfriend were making our way to Riad Amina we were expecting things to get worse as the cabin crew were not helpful enough to get my luggage on board the flight.

The moment the staff opened the door at Riad Amina we were welcomed by the staff and Miriam who then offered us mint tea and snacks. I would recommend this Riad to all as the staff were all helpful. everything is spotless and so clean. The Riad is not far at all to the souks we found our way around in a couple of hours. We booked our stay for four days bed and breakfast everything was perfect. Hawla the assistant was absolutely lovely our breakfast was perfect and always served within minutes of going down to the lounge. We also had a lovely meal the first night as we were too tired to go out for a meal. We would like to thank Miriam and the staff for looking after us and we really enjoyed our stay and will definately recommend this to others and will definately go back.

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

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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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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Address: Sidi ben Slimane Derb Si Mouh No 1, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #260 of 1,134 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Amina 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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