This is a relaxed, warm and comfortable Riad in the medina, in the Bab Ksour area which is very convenient for exploring the souks and reaching the square.
Catherine very much makes you feel as though the Riad is your own home, it has a very warm and family-run atmosphere. Her staff are also friendly and excellent, and breakfast is tasty and substantial. We had dinner there on the first evening and the flavours were fantastic, the produce fresh and the food was in abundance.
The courtyard and pool area provides a wonderful cool oasis on hot days, and the air conditioning and hot water systems worked perfectly. The terrace is large (Zouina is actually two Riads joined together), and a wonderful place to have breakfast or a sunset drink.
I traveled with my parents and it was their first trip to Marrakech. They absolutely loved it and enjoyed the relaxed environment Zouina provided. They both had spa treatments at Zouina and said they were fantastic.
My only negative comment would be the use of generic soaps such as Lux in the bathrooms. Morocco is known for its apothecaries and beauty products, a local soap and locally sourced body products would be a nice touch.
This is not one of Marrakech's 5 star Riads (the price reflects this, it is excellent value), but if you want a warm, welcoming, beautiful and relaxed Riad, Zouina won't disappoint.
- 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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