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Riad Assakina
Ranked #5 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My wife and I stayed 4 nights at the end of November. It was a fantastic stay as this Riad is a combination of luxury, elegance, taste, tranquility and kindness (Assakina means "inner peace"). It is the perfect place to stay in Marrakech as you will have the authenticity to be in the Medina and in a typical Moroccan house with all the comfort and service of a 5 star hotel.
We really have been amazed with the work done by the owners, Michele and Grant, who decorated the place with the best crafts and the most exquisite detail.
Above all, we want to say thank you to Michele, Grant and the staff, especially Noelle and Ischam who welcomed us with so much kindness. We had many discussions with them and we really loved the friendly atmosphere they created in this Riad. We really felt at home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We've just returned from a 4 day stay at the Fabulous Riad Assakina. From the moment we arrived until we left Michele and Grant were the perfect hosts, welcoming us into their home and extolling the delights of Marrakech.

The Breakfasts were a delight, the staff very attentive and capable and the Riad itself was simply stunning. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the decor spot on, with beautiful furnishings and ornaments. The children were particularly well looked after and treated as young adults in their own right.

The ever present mint tea always welcomed back 'home' and enjoying a drink on top of the roof terrace listening to the call to pray will stay with me for a long time.

I travel quite extensively and I don't think I've ever come away thinking that I would have paid more either for the Hotel or Service - however in this case I would have happily done both.

What a find!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Liphook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I have just returned from an incredible 50th birthday girly break! 3 nights at the Riad Assakina.

The Riad is beautiful, stylish and tranquil. For our trip we took the whole Riad and this made it a truly memorable break as it became our home and haven from the madness that is Marrakech. The level of service and hospitality from our hosts, Grant and Michele was second to none.

On arrival we were served mint tea and delicious stuffed figs, we were very late and yet we were made to feel welcome. We were shown round the Riad a quick check in then off out, as they had arranged for us to eat in a local restaurant and we were taken there by one of the amazing staff who work at the Riad, and given delicious recommendations.

The breakfasts each day were wonderful, fabulous pancakes, amazing french toast, only 2 from the extensive choices. Michele and Grant gave my friend (the incredible organiser :0)) ideas on how best to spend our time in Marrakech, and their suggestions were spot on. They organised everything, from the gifts from me on the beds to the camel rides, hamman spa treatments, booked the restaurants, taxis, and Michele even took us shopping so that we got the best prices in the best places.

We had my party night at the Riad (see pic) and Michelle's team cooked us an incredible feast! We had brilliant traditional musicians and a belly dancer. The staff made the evening for me by coming out and dancing with us. They made the night such great fun. Great local wine also!!!! ;) Thank you all.

Please do have a look at Michele little shop. She has the most beautiful locally sourced clothes, jewellery, cushions and WONDERFUL mementos. So beautiful and very chic!

Thank you all so much. xxx

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Chester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This was my second visit to Riad Asssakina, the first time I went with friends and our husbands and this time for a girlfriends 50th birthday. Michelle and Grant are amazing hosts, Michelle has the patience of a saint and organised all our itinerary for our stay from taxis, restaurants, Hammams to Camel rides in the Atlas Mountains. I think prior to our visit approx 50 emails had gone between us making arrangements. The Riad is beautifully decorated and so peaceful after the busy hustle and bustle of the Souks. We had a party night at the Riad and Michelle's team made the evening by preparing a delicious feast, we were entertained by local musicians and belly dancers - certainly a night and trip to remember a must when in Marrakech.

Room Tip: We took over the whole Riad so saw all the rooms, they were all beautiful. I think the rooms on the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

You immediately feel the welcome when you step inside this beautiful Riad. The hosts Grant and Michele were attentive and really helpful whatever we asked of them, and their lovely team were always working hard to make our stay so comfortable.
It was our first stay in Marrakesh and the kids (9 and 11) found the culture shock quite big on the first day as we plunged straight into the souks and the market, snake charmers, monkeys and all! But coming back each day after our exciting outings to such a haven of peace, was just the perfect antidote! By the end of our stay we had all got into the swing of things and were loving every experience.
Thank you so much for making our stay so memorable, and what a truly beautiful place you have created. Michele has a wonderful eye for decoration and we were really happy to buy some of the lovely items she sells. We look forward to seeing the website when it is up and running!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I found this Riad on TA and after staying there I do not understand why Riad Assakina is not #1, as I just can not imagine there being a better place in Marrakech to stay!! Felt welcome prior to arriving in Marrakech (via email communication) with Grant, who assisted in finalizing a few travel details and was courteous in answering all of my questions. When you walk into this Riad there's an instant feeling of comfort, calm and relaxation. When you meet MIchelle & Grant (owners) and their wonderful staff you feel like you're "staying with family and dear friends" ! Everything about this Riad is beautiful and all of the furnishings are luxurious and carefully selected by Michelle. Every inch of the Riad, including the suites, terrace and sitting areas have been designed with impeccable detail. Having the expertise of Michelle, Grant and their staff was invaluable as this was my frirst trip to Marrakech and navigating my way around (without them) would have been challenging. The breakfast, afternoon pastries and tapas were yummy! Their "turn down" service at bed time along with treats on the pillow was really nice. There was free Wi-Fi through out the Riad, including on the terraces.

You will absolutley fall in LOVE with this Raid, it's amazing owners and their staff. Shopping with Michelle on my last day there was SO much fun!! She knows all the nice places to go & the best prices when purchasing souvenirs.

Leaving was sad, as it was like leaving family and life long friends. I would HIGHLY recommend this Riad and can NOT wait to return! Thanks Grant and Michelle for making my vacation the best one YET!!!

D.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Cottingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This beautifully restored riad is a tranquil and calm place to relax after the hustle, bustle and noise of the streets of Marrakesh. We had a very warm welcome from Grant and Michelle and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. The furnishings have been lovingly and carefully selected by Michelle and it is a fine blend of old and new in keeping with the riad. The attention to detail is incredible and there were many places to sit and relax either in the courtyard or on the roof top terrace.
Although it doesn't have restaurant as such, the tapas was delightful way to eat after a late arrival. The french toast for breakfast is a really delicious start to the day.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Assakina
Address: Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#32 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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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