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“Great place to stay in the center of the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Zouina
43, Rue Sidi Yamani - El Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #163 of 1,105 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in the center of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Great location (a few steps from Jamel El Fna, the souks...), great breakfasts, nice pool (not big, but sizeable enough even for the kids to enjoy), beautiful courtyards, nice views from the terrasse, Catherine is helpful whenever you have questions, good hamman, large and nicely decorated rooms, kept very clean.
Only one downside: the last few days were hot and the AC had a hard time keeping up, so the rooms were quite hot when good to bed. Would still recommend very much that place.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Stayed for 6 nights, our first visit to Marrakech. We wanted to be able to walk everywhere and the Riad Zouina was wonderfully located and an oasis of tranquility after the hustle and bustle of sightseeing. Spread over three floors, you have a sense of spaciousness, privacy and 'home from home'. Catherine and her team are discreetly attentive and helpful - just the right amount! Visitors shouldn't miss the opportunity to eat at the Riad, the food is beautifully cooked, the table decoration is exquisite and the service is excellent. Staying at Catherine's Riad made our holiday extra special and I wouldn't hesistate to return again or recommend to others.

Room Tip: We stayed in Hibiscus, ground floor, away from main activity of house. Stepping outside the room...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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antwerp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

After 15 days and 5 riads we there was no riad who could closely match this riad. Critical as I am, I tried to find the defaults, but could not find anything to complain about. Maybe the only point of critisism could be: "people who hate perfection should stay away from this riad".

Thanks to personnel and Catherine,
Mira and Bram

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

I stayed for 8 days. Catherine, the Manager/owner was very hospitable and helpful giving advice and welcome to each new arrival. Her ? 4 staff were very friendly and helpful. Smiles and greetings abounded. The atmosphere was casual and warm with the roof of the riad being the meeting place- flowers, birdsong, a sleek cat, swaying trees- many places to lounge around or gaze over the roof tops. This was an intimate riad and everyone was treated like priviledged guests. Its is enviably situated at one of the main entrances to the souk and is within 10 minutes meandering walk to the square. Catherine was happy to arrange and give advice to all sorts of queries. After my stay she helped me arrange a 6 day desert and gorge trip with her driver Hassan who is a charming man who must be easily Morrocco's safest driver. Come to Morroccco- stay at Riad Zouina and relax into this wonderful place! I am certainly staying there again should I get the opportunity to visit Marrakech again.

Room Tip: I stayed in the room called Jonquille which was done up in the traditional wood painted morroccan st...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Ok, the title may be a tad overstating it, but after staying in a riad in each of the four imperial cities, we can now certainly say this one was the best. By far.

- Location -

Literally less than 5 minutes from the famous Djema El-Fna place, the riad is perfectly located if what you are looking for is to see the medina, the place, the Koutoubia, the Mamounia Hotel, etc. Everything in the old parts can be reached on foot, which is a blessing in this part of town. I guess it would be much less convenient with a car, but I do not know if the riad has parking arrangements or not.

- Service -

Not only is Catherine a wonderful and helpful host, she also has the best staff we've had the chance to meet. Always polite, always willing to assist. It is probably the first time I mention this aspect of a stay in a review and that is because it's not really my priority when I travel. But in this case, they really raised the bar in terms of hospitality. And when we requested transfer from and to the train station, it was graciously offered to us at no additional costs. That was much appreciated.

- Room -

While the room ("Gentiane") we had was a tad on the small side, we did appreciate the fact that our 13-yo son had his bed in a small mezzanine. We all had more privacy than the other rooms we stayed in afterwards, which we ended up missing. But the highlights of this riad are outside the room: the roof patio offers amazing views over the Koutoubia and the Atlas mountains, while the first floor garden was absolutely beautiful and perfectly groomed. One small thing: Wi-Fi doesn't reach every place in the riad and that included our room. So we had to sit in the living room or on the upstairs patio for this.

- Food -

The breakfast was delicious and was able to leave us full for our days of sightseeing. We did not have lunch or dine at the riad, however, so I cannot say about the rest of the food.

Definitely our coup de coeur of the whole trip and we wish we can be back here one day. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you travel with a kid, ask for the Gentiane room. They'll love the mezzanine!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

I simply love Riad Zouina. I discovered it a few years ago and I definitely elected it my safe and peaceful haven in Marrakech. The location is so convenient, close to Bab el Ksour and to the heart of the souks. The riad is composed of 2 beautifully restored ancient mansions. The riad thus kept its original aristocratic and oriental atmosphear. The owner, Caherine, and her team, kindly welcome their hosts, and take care of their needs. the breakfast is excellent and can be enjoyed on the beautiful terrace. I can only recommend it as the best place to stay in the old medina.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Aloha, Oregon
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5 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We visited here with friends who were staying 3 nights. Even though we could stay only one night, we were treated very well. We were all picked up at the bus station on arrival and taken to the train station on departure. On arrival, the owner gave us a Marrakech orientation session--including drinks and munchies.

The riad is spacious and beautifully restored--with a wonderful rooftop terrace and a pretty inner courtyard. The location is close to a lot of stuff you'll want to see. Our only quibble is that our room was not well set-up for good ventilation and the air conditioning was a bit weak. In fairness, though, most riads we stayed at had some limitation, usually imposed by the nature of the original building.

Earlier, we had stayed at another riad in Marrakech--one that cost the same as Riad Zouina. Riad Zouina was far superior. In short, I agree with the majority of other reviewers--you can't go wrong with Riad Zouina.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Address: 43, Rue Sidi Yamani - El Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #163 of 1,105 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RYAD ZOUINA is situated in a prime location, on the main street of district “Mouassine", the most wellknown of the Medina : only seven minutes by feet from the famous Jemaa El Fna Square and three minutes from the Souks. As soon as you come through the remarkable chiselled copper door, you will be amazed at the space, quietness and spell of the site. Two authentic ancient ryads were gathered together, restored and turned into Guest House with deepest care of preserving the priceless architectural inheritance and with the full respect for Moroccan traditions. The whole RYAD ZOUINA gets now a huge surface (almost 1000 square meters) with only 10 bedrooms and 2 patios, 2 living-rooms, 1 hammam, 1 massages room, 1 swimming pool/jacuzzi, 1 terrace for breakfasts and 2 panoramic ones. Catherine, the owner, lives on site and will welcome you in her house, making your stay in Marrakesh an unforgettable experiment. ... more   less 
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