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Riad Al Assala Medina
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Rue du dispensaire et rue Sequaia, No19, Arsat Moulay Moussa | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #483 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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“Lovely stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Riad Al Assala Medina offered the perfect hideaway just 2-3 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of the Djemaa El Fna. The staff were all very friendly and helped us with confirming our day trips and booking taxis to and from the airport. The riad only has 6 rooms, all surrounding the courtyard. Our room was spectacular, with a split level living area and sleeping area. The tasteful furniture mixed well with the old Moroccan style building which offered plenty of character. There was also a safe and hairdryer in the room.

We had breakfast on the roof terrace where there are also a handful of sun loungers that allowed for an afternoon nap after a day in the souks. Breakfast is simple (bread, jam and butter, orange juice and either some fruit or cake) but serves its purpose and I suspect it is the same at other riads as well. There is also a more complete menu so you can eat lunch or dinner at the riad as well, although we didn’t do this opting to explore instead. There is free wifi in a small area in the lobby and the staff will let you use their computer as well if you want.

A few points to note - our room had a beautiful big bath, but just a handheld shower, the bed was a little firm, and you can’t lock your room from the outside as the doors are the original, giant wooden doors that have probably been there since the riad was built. I don’t think there is much of a security risk though and again, I suspect that you can’t lock your doors at many other traditional riads. Lastly, the riad has no signposts or even a name outside so you won’t find it unless your taxi driver takes you or you have good directions!

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  • Stayed March 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

This is not a 5 star hotel and the bathrooms have a telephone style shower/tap combo but no hook for the shower head. The staff are lovely and go out of their way, they were so helpful even though their english isn't that wonderful but better than my french. Everything in Morroco is geared to the french as it is the second language and most travellers speak french so worth brushing up on it in advance. The riad has a sister hotel in the palm grove area where you can go for a hamman and massage, nice place but definitely prefer the riad. We got stung on the taxi and the lady at the spa said one price and the taxi driver said another! We also travelled to the atlas mountains organised via the riad - much easier to do - which was really enjoyable but as ever check what is and isn't included. Wonderful staff really made the stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

I have to agree with all other reviews - this place is an oasis of peace amidst the craziness which is literally outside the door. It is amazing how they manage to achieve this level and feeling of peace! This is really necessary in such a crazy place as Marrakech.

The staff are so unbelievably friendly and will do anything you ask. This is very refreshing. The place is beautiful and the rooms spacious and amazing. The roof terrace is wonderful with comfortable sun loungers. There were a few small things that I would say render this more of a 4 star than a 5 star:

1) This is not their fault but the internet connection is really dodgy. Also, if you need to use the internet you have to use their computer in reception (where they work from and thus kick them off). Whilst they are totally happy for you to do this I feel they could provide internet for guests at a separate station
2) They clean the rooms quite late in the day and we had to ask for toilet paper
3) The sun umbrellas are mostly broken and you have to ask the staff to come and put up an umbrella (which is necessary as it is scorching up there)
4) If you want dinner you have to order it 24 hours in advance
5) They don't speak very much English
6) No - one knows where this address is so you HAVE to get the transfer which costs around 27 Euros
7) The food is relatively expensive (12 Euros for a tagine which you can get for 6 Euros outside)
8) Breakfast was not filling. You get a load of white bread, no fruit or cereal. The coffee was good and the orange juice freshly squeezed but the amount of white bread in various forms was unbelievable.

So although it is more of a 4 star than a 5 I would still return.

Please note about Marrakech though that the traffic level is insane. There doesn't seem to be any traffic system in place and mopeds/carts/mules/barrows come whizzing past you up the tiny lanes without warning. This is very stressful.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

On the small street, The Riad that we found behind the front door was totaly overwhelming ! It is a beautiful place to stay. Cool music and rose petals in the pool.
Bedroom was spacious and clean. Everything was perfect here, from the amazing view and local food to the Riad rooftop with the owners to learn more than in all my travel guides. For Info, the owner has another Riad in the Palmeraie. They kindly take us there to visit it. It is also an amazing place like a oasis. The dinner was great too.
I definitely recommend Al Assala to anybody who wants to see Marrakech and I would love to go back again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

This is a riad, not a hotel, so the experience is different. More like a B&B, but expensive.

Upon arrival to Marrakech, we could find no taxi driver that knew of this place. It took us 1 1/2 hrs, a lot of help from a merchant to get the location via phone. Problem is no one working that day spoke English, and we speak no French. The riad is located off an alley, which is not listed on maps.

The rooms were nice and comfortable. I enjoyed the AC at night. Breakfast is served outside your door at poolside. While there is a safe in the room, the rooms are not locked at all.

The main square is a five minute walk away. We found only one place to drink beer....Hotel Tazi near the taxi stand. Across was a street vendor that sold escargot.....excellent and fresh if you want to try something different!

The only negative thing is that the alley to the riad is nasty....homeless, garbage and the smell of urine. It was good to see that someone from the hotel was waiting for us at the beginning of the alley when we returned back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

Great place, nice villa, suitable if you have a car. Fantastic to relax after the dusty crowd in the suk. Lovely pool and great service (Maurad has been really helpful and kind). Especially liked breakfast by the pool. Large rooms with view to a well-kept garden in a palmeraie. Minuses: difficult to reach (bring Google map); staff knowing basic English (learn French); elusive wi-fi. On a whole, a pleasant stay even if a bit expensive.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

Riad al-Assal is a typical riad ideally located in the center
of Marrakech.
It has only 6 rooms but all are very original.
Our arrival was perfect with local pastries
served in the patio.
Our room was very spacious with a nice bathroom.
The Roof is beautiful with views of the Koutoubia and on the mountain.
The staff is very smiling and advise and book
good addresses for restaurants and spa.
What is most pleasing to al Assala is to be in a typical
but modern place, with a small number of rooms with
Staff present but unobtrusive

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Al Assala Medina

Address: Rue du dispensaire et rue Sequaia, No19, Arsat Moulay Moussa | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #483 of 1,071 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Al Assala Medina 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Al Assala’s superb location means that it’s hidden away from the rumble tumble of everyday life but is just a 2 minutes walk away from the famous “Jemaa-el-Fna” Square. It is very easely accessible and is the ideal place to stay to discover the ochre city ... more   less 
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