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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 #252 of 1,114 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

We stayed at Riad Amina four night in June 2010 and wish it was a more extended visit. The riad is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the streets of marrakech. I couldn't praise the staff more. The room was immaculate and every day they added a nice little touch to our room with fresh flowers or scattered rose petals etc, you certainly noticed the attention to detail. The staff are very helpful and speak good English as most people in Morocco do. Riad Amina is situated in the heart of the old town just a short stroll to "Djemma El Fna Square" and the Souks. It's the perfect location if you wish to see, feel and breathe Marrakech at it's beautiful best. Anyone who stays at one of the big international hotels in favour of a Riad is missing out on so much. I'll finish on saying Marrakech is very safe to walk at any time of the day or night, just watch out for the scooters.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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 September 22, 2010

Following the debacle of the Icelandic Ash Cloud when we were due to travel here in April we eventually arrived in September. We are so glad that we persisted because this little Riad (just 16 rooms) was absolutely lovely. The trip from the airport to the Raid was typical of travel within Marrakech, fast, busy, noisy and just plain crazy. We stopped at the side of the road and walked about 150 metres to the Riad along narrow alley ways so typical of the city with chattering people, mopeds and the busy lifestyle of the locals. Then we came to a large wooden door in a wall with a heavy knocker. It was opened and we were warmly invited into a haven of peace and tranquility where you were able to hear the birds singing in the small courtyard.
We were invited to take mint tea and petite fours whilst we completed the local paperwork and our cases were taken to our room. We had a lovely chat with the staff who explained the end of Ramadan and told that as we were the only guests at the moment we were automatically upgraded to the best room. There were only two other couples the whole five days we stayed at the Raid.
That night we took our evening meal at the Riad which was home cooked and very tasty.
The Riad itself it about ten minutes walk from the Souks which then lead directly to the main square at Jemaa el Fna so it is ideally placed within the old city walls for access to the main tourist spots.
Thank you Riad Amina for a wonderful short stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

the riad is butiful, an island of tranquility in bustling Marrakesh. enjoyed our two night stay very much.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

We stayed 2 nights in Riad Amina and our stay was very pleasant en a little bit too short. The staff is very friendly and give you good en helpfull information about Marrakech. They really want to give you a feeling like you are at home. The Riad is wonderfull with a nice terrace on the roof which shows you a view over Marrakech. The rooms are clean and with a lot of atmosphere. So we really can recommend this Riad to other travellers.
Martin from the Netherlands

  • Stayed March 2010, 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 February 9, 2010

We stayed in Riad Amina for five nights with our teenage children. My husband and I stayed in the downstairs Junior Suite whilst the children were in an upstairs twin room. The rooms were beautifully decorated with fresh flowers in the lounge area and bathroom. The beds were comfortable.
We loved the Riad! We felt we were completely at home! Apart from the beautiful courtyard where we enjoyed breakfast and dinner on two occasions, there is a comfortable lounge and dining room. As some of the nights were cooler we ate in the lounge. The table was beautifully presented with rose petals. The home cooked dinner was absolutely delicious. Fresh ingredients and so tasty.
Although the weather was too cool for us to use it there is a lovely rooftop terrace with plunge pool and sunlounges.
The staff were friendly and helpful and spoke good English or French.
We enjoyed the private hammam opposite the Riad. It is highly recommended and quite an experience.
It is sanctuary in such an interesting city. We highly recommend Riad Amina and will definately return. It is a little hard to find but hey, that's Marrakech!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

We stayed at Riad Amina for 3 nights, on a bed and breakfast basis. We chose it because we wanted to stay in somewhere with character in the medina that wasn’t too expensive and it turned out to be a very good choice. We were warmly greeted on arrival by the manageress who spoke excellent English and gave us a lot of very helpful tourist advice along with some mint tea and cakes. We had paid for a standard room and were given no 6, on the first floor. It was not very big, but we thought it was very charming with a comfy double bed, air-conditioning and en-suite with shower. The only downside of the rooms is a complete lack of soundproofing – the calls to prayer at the local mosque were audible at all hours and you could also hear noise from the courtyard during dinner and breakfast. If, like me, you are a light sleeper then I would say that earplugs are a must, otherwise it just adds to the atmosphere.

Breakfast is served in a variety of locations, depending on the weather and number of guests but we were able to eat in the courtyard every morning. A selection of bread, pastries, jam, and yoghurt was brought to our table along with orange juice and tea or coffee – we certainly didn’t go hungry. We didn’t eat dinner there but we did have lunch there once – a cheese baguette and chips will set you back about £5 – you can eat out much cheaper than this but you can’t beat the convenience. For eating out, we would suggest Café Arabe in the Medina (http://www.cafearabe.com/) and Les Premices on the south side of the Djemma El Fna. You will probably need to book a table in the most popular restaurants and locations at the weekend.

Riad Amina is situated in the north of the Medina, not far from Bab Taghzout. The Kuoni brochure says that it is ‘only 7 minutes from the heart of the souks and the Djemma el Fna’ - we felt this was a bit misleading as it actually takes nearly 30 mins to walk to the Djemma even by the most direct route. As a result, we ended up getting taxis for most of our return journeys – at a cost of between 15 and 35 dirhams each time (£1 = 15 dirhams approx) - definitely worth every penny. It also mean you’re less likely to get lost - we didn’t have any problems finding our way to the Djemma on foot, but getting back was a different matter and we got very lost on one occasion.

All in all, Riad Amina is a really lovely place with great staff, but the location could be better. If we were to go back again and had more money to spend then we would probably go for somewhere nearer the Djemma instead. But if Riad Amina suits your budget better then I would definitely recommend you give it a try.

Stayed March 2008
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highland scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

Do not be put off on arrival through the back streets. Once inside it is beautiful. Staff are very friendly and the manageress is fluent in English, and willing to guide you in the right direction for everything. We had a massage arranged by the Riad - heavenly! Breakfast is basic continental but very good. It is very easy to get to the Souks and the big square from here, either on foot or by taxi for very little (baraining a must before entering taxi). A truly enjoyable experience for us and would reccommend to anyone thinking of Marrakech. Much preferable to a big posh hotel - lacking in atmosphere.

Stayed February 2008
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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 #252 of 1,114 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Amina 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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