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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 #265 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Milan, Italy
2 reviews
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“Excellent riad.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We are just back after 3 nights in Marrakech at Riad Amina. Marrakech is not short of beautiful and atmospheric accommodations, however Riad Amina is really a good choice for several reasons:
1) The building itself is beautiful and nicely maintained (the original owner was the Moroccan Royal family). Some of the rooms are masterpiece of decoration, and where possible the original details have been maintained giving to the ambiance a very genuine feeling.
2) the location is really strategic, It is at the northern end of the medina, in a very quiet neighborhood (for Marrakech standards) with a very local flavor. We have been around early in the morning and late at night and we felt perfectly safe, lots of local families with children going around doing their own business and lots of friendly people. In 10 minutes walk (but be sure that you understand the directions given by the manager) you will reach one of the main monuments in Marrakech, the beatiful Ben Yussef Madrassa, thal lies near the Musee de Marrakech at the norther end of the main souks. From there your reach the main square through the souks within 15 min. Alternatrively you can reach the main square from the Riad walking out of the souks in 20 min. Near the Riad there is a conveniently located taxi station (Sidi Ben Slimaine). Yes, it is near the Sidi Ben Slimane Mosque, and you will hear the muezzin's pays at 5 am, but believe me, it will not be that bad. And for the rest you will have prefect silence during night.
3) the staff: simply great. The manager (Mariam, but I am not sure that the sopelling is correct) was extremely polite and gave as many useful suggestions, But all of the staff members were very efficient, discrete and courteous. We have been in many nice places around the world but people at Amina made us feeling really at home. Just as example: check out was at noon but our flight was late evening. When we came back to pick up our luggage (stored in the Riad) after a long walk in the medina we felt the need of a shower. Our room was occupied by the new guests but Mariam kindly allowed us to use a different room to get showers and to relax. This was really polite.

4) food: the Riad serves excellent food, and drinks, including alcoholic drinks. The latter are very uncommon in many bars and restaurants in the medina. The former is easy to find in town, however having the possibility to have a very nice dinner in your place is definitely a plus, because sightseeing in Marrakech can be exhausting, and going out for dinner not always the best option.

In summary, it was great, we will surely come back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Stayed here for two nights.

This is a truly beautiful Riad with spacious, clean rooms. It is a quiet, safe and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

Your host, Miriam, is very attentive and will help you in any way she can.

We really enjoyed coming back here in the evenings and we were well looked after.

The location is in the North of the Medina and there's a short walk from the car park to the Riad through winding alleys. If you've not experienced Marrakech before, you may find the location a bit alarming, especially at night. But that may also add to the authenticity of the place.

The food was lovely although maybe a little expensive compared to other places we visited in Morocco. That said, 150 Dirhams (£12) per dish isn't too bad.

Finally, a TV in the room would have been nice, albeit the wifi connection was reliable and fast so we were always able to keep in touch with home. Maybe a TV would have detracted from the experience.

If you're looking for an authentic Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina this could be the one for you.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Wonderful medina in the madness of Marrakech. Miriam was very welcoming, she is just the nicest lady and very helpful. It was an easy walk to the souks and the square which is always the place to be at sunset. Cannot recommend this riad enough. It is the only place to stay in Marrakech in my opinion.

  • Stayed September 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Can't really add anything that hasn't already been said. We had a lovely warm welcome, the manager Miriam is friendliness personified and the other staff are very helpful too. The food is good, the rooms clean, there's a fantastic terrace on the roof and it is only 15 minutes walk from the main square. Miriam recommended a great local restaurant when we wanted to have a more special meal. I'd advise anybody to avoid the local street cafe, next to the Sidi Ben Slimane mosque, because they will rip you off, or try to at any rate.

My only quibbles with the Riad Amina would be that the service over dinner was not as attentive as it was in every other respect, but then it is not a restaurant and the staff not trained waitresses. Also, and I feel ridiculous saying it, but they could ask you what jam you want with breakfast, and whether you want croissant and/or pain au chocolat, since there are options, rather than assuming. Given that the only two things I could fault you should get an idea of how good this place is.

Thanks Miriam for a wonderful stay and I would recommend this place without hesitation.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

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?

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We cannot begin to let you know what a great place this is. Yes it's hidden within a rabbit warren of back streets but once there it is a veritable oasis of calm and quiet. Watch the door as you go in - no matter how tall. Once inside, Miriam the owner greets you and makes you feel at home. All the staff are great and nothing is too much trouble, believe us. The food is excellent. From a great tasting breakfast to an evening meal should you so wish. Very reasonably priced too.

We have just left this Riad and we could not wait to tell all. We witnessed a rainstorm which was fantastic. The taxi journey to the square is no more than 50dh but try and haggle. Great near by café to the hotel. The owners look like Moroccan 'Mitchell Brothers' but good food and tea.

The Amina is THE place to stay in Marrakech and handy for along weekend trip. Give it a go!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 5 - HUGE bed. Very comfy!! Quiet and good view of the courtyard.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Staying at Riad Amina on our first trip to Marrakech was definitely the right choice. Miriam and the team were so helpful and welcoming making our stay really special. Navigating the medina streets isn't easy and we were given maps and pointers to find our way round. 10 minutes away from the main square and many of the main sights too.

We found the breakfasts to be ample and the courtyard was cool and peaceful to start the day. The rooftop jacuzzi was a welcome retreat after a long day in the hot city too. A great choice all round.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #265 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Amina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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