We had booked well over a year ago and with plans changing we were so looking forward to our stay. The airport pick up service that Michelle and Grant arranged was smooth and easy. Within the first 5 minutes of arriving at the riad, with mint tea and pastries, we felt at home and what a luxurious one it was ! This is paradise. Michelle has a gift, the design and decor are exquisite, her gorgeous staff are a testament to her beautiful nature and her love of Morocco is obvious. The room, the Kiad suite, was large and as we were there for six nights it was what we needed.The website shows the room acurately but to experience the calm, the tanquility and serenity made this one of the best places we have ever stayed in. The bed was huge and comfortable and everything you need it there ! An ever changing family is created with new guests arriving and leaving and it was easy to make new friends to swap travelling tips with or go on sightseeing adventures together. We enoyed the many choices at breakfast, ate a home cooked meal with our new friends that was lovely ( three course of delicious Morrocan fare) and we enjoyed two tapas meals on the terrace (a must do) watching the lights, storks and listening to distant sounds of the neighbourhood. There is always a mint tea and pastry offered on your return each afternoon. Everything that Michelle suggests is perfect and I mean of stunning quality.............the restaurants, the transfers, the shopping tips, the timing to visit places. We went on two day trips she organised which is an absolute must. One to Essaouira on the coast, with a huge packed breakfast for the journey and one to the Atlas mountains up to Ouirka Valley. All the drivers were polite and helpful, the cars impeccable and their driving safe ( interesting road laws in Morocco where everyone/everything shares the road). We know Michelle helped a guest buy a light fitting, she helped me by accompanying me and speaking for me buying habbadashery goodies. Nothing is too much trouble. You can purchase beautiful kaftan tops that Michelle designs (I have 3 on order) and other quality products if you can't face the haggling anymore in the souks. There is a social conscience and awareness of womens co ops and stray animal support and Zac the resident rescue cat, tells the others outside that he is the lucky one ! We had a Spa treatment that Michelle arranged and again the best we ever have had. We experienced 5 star treatment the whole of our stay but certainly not at the cost you would expect. Thank you so much to Noell and Hicham (sorry about the spelling) for all that you did, sharing your stories with us, you are truly beautiful people and looked after us so well but most importantly thank you to Michelle ( and my email pal Grant) for giving us the experience of a lifetime. We will be back.
- 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