Riad Amina is reached through a maze of tiny alleys situated in the northern part of Marrakesh's ancient Medina. You might not guess that such a beautiful and calming guest house sits behind the high flanking walls and noise surrounding you as you find your way through.
We arrived late - Morocco's passport control being the one down point to an otherwise excellent short break, keeping us waiting in rabble-like queues for two hours - but were given a warm welcome and shown to our rooms upon arrival (a bottle of wine helping to take the edge off the day). The standard rooms - that we stayed in - were a good enough size. We were up on the first floor balcony, that circled a beautifully tiled central court yard containing a lime tree, an orange tree, two tall palms, and where the french-style continental breakfast was served every morning.
The desert-red rooms have a good sized double bed, traditional Moroccan brass wash basin in the bathroom, and Moroccan wood furnishings and metalwork. We had a nose in some other rooms and can confirm they are all as nice as the one we stayed in.
The next morning we met our warm and helpful hostess, Miriam. Miriam is happy to help you with anything you might need - directions, advice on what to go and find, and how to negotiate your way around the town. She's always smiling and always friendly.
The Riad also has a lovely roof top terrace that offers great views across the Medina and is a great spot to relax and have a drink in the sun too, surrounded by beautiful flowers and with a plunge pool on hand for when things get too hot.
All in all, highly recommended.
p.s. the only reason why we rated the 'sleep quality' as a three was because the Riad is situated amongst some Mosques, whose morning prayers - at 5am, and through some pretty archaic loudspeakers - were a little harsh on the ears. But you're in Marrakesh - what do you expect?
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Amina Hotel Marrakech