Imagine: An oasis of peace and tranquillity, your feet dipped into cool waters whilst the rest of your body basks in the warmth of the afternoon sunshine. A refreshing mint tea together with Moroccan pastries arrives at your side. The aroma of fresh mint perfumes the peaceful air around you and small birds flutter from branch to branch in the nearby trees. This really is 16:30 at the Riad Assakina so imagine what the rest of the day could be like.
My wife and I arrived at about 8:30pm on May 5th after an adventurous journey by taxi pre-booked via the Riad. Between 4-10pm the traffic in Marrakesh is a wonder to behold: It is interesting to see how 3 cars, a moped, numerous cycles and pedestrians plus donkey and cart can all fit into a single lane - For those contemplating car hire, the best advice is – Don’t. Our taxi driver took it all easily in his stride and delivered us promptly and safely into the hands of Michelle and Grant, the owners of the Riad.
After settling ourselves in our hosts described the delights that were awaiting us within the Riad itself and the ‘Red City’. They provided advice on all aspects of our stay together with maps and no query was too much. At this point I must repeat what others have already said but we really did feel that we had met up with old friends who were doing their utmost to ensure we had a sensational visit to Marrakech. Amazing ! Something no 5* hotel will ever provide. Michelle and Grant are supported by a friendly team of locals who went out of their way to ensure our stay at the Riad was enjoyable. A special word of thanks has to go to the ever smiling Hicham who reserved us top tables at all the restaurants that we chose to dine in and even walked us to a nearby restaurant on our first night there.
We enjoyed all aspects of the Riad, the sun bathing terraces, the refreshing pool, shady spots to simply chill out, relax and unwind and the tranquillity of that inner courtyard. It really is a special place and it also has a special story which will unfold if you ever stay.
The Riad is ideally located. We took things easy, walked almost everywhere to see the sights, had some delightful meals in some wonderful nearby restaurants that Michelle and Grant recommended, enjoyed haggling with the natives in the souks, including meeting the brothers, cousins, and uncles of one shoe stall holder (all of whom were also shoe stall holders) that did not have the size of shoe we were interested in (They really do not give up !!) and then quickly learnt the phrase ‘No Thank You’ .
We stayed for 4 nights in the roomy and comfortable Almohad suite.
All in all a very enjoyable first visit to North Africa for which we definitely have to thank Michelle, Grant and their team. Who knows this may have even set me up for a spot of salmon fishing in the Yemen! (I hastily add to those who don’t understand English humour this is a joke!). Thanks M & G. We’d love to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Assakina is a beautiful, light and spacious riad, ideally situated in the historic Mellah: the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech's Medina. It directly overlooks the famous Bahia Palace; and is within an easy stroll of the city's other famous attractions. It is also well placed for enjoying some of Marrakech's finest restaurants and bars. The Riad subtly blends the best of local tradition and craftsmanship with all the refinements of a bespoke private residence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Assakina Marrakech
- Riad Assakina Hotel Marrakech