When it comes to the Riad Assakina, what you see on their beautifully presented website is exactly what you get.
Having read many of the reviews on Trip Advisor, we were confident that we were making the right decision when we booked the accommodation… and we were not disappointed! From the initial e-mail contact, throughout our stay and even post-trip, Grant and Michele were truly wonderful – bending over backwards to ensure our stay was perfect.
The riad itself is in the old Jewish quarter of the city (Mellah) – here, you will experience the real Marrakech. Yes, the city moves at a frenetic speed and no, you cannot fail to notice the poverty, but this is life in Morocco and anyone travelling to Marrakech must be prepared for this. You will see beggars in the streets around the main square (Jemaa El Fna), but I can assure that you that we were not hassled for money by anyone outside the riad.
The riad is an oasis in the middle of all the madness, and is the perfect place to retreat to at the end of a hot, busy day sightseeing and shopping. Afternoon tea (free of charge and served whatever time you require it!) on the stunning roof terrace is a real treat and was a relaxation highlight for us. It was a unique experience to watch the magnificent sun set across the rooftops, accompanied by the call to prayer echoing through the city – simply breathtaking! The décor at the riad is incredibly stylish, and the attention to detail is remarkable. The feel is modern, yet authentically North African, with the most effective use of lighting. We stayed in the Berber room which was absolutely stunning.
Grant and Michelle were the most attentive and genial hosts, and nothing was ever too much trouble. Grant gave us a short and informative tour of the district, as well as supplying us with maps and recommendations for places to visit. This hospitality was reflected in all of the friendly staff too, particularly Naoual and Hesham (apologies for the poor spelling!). We didn’t ‘dine in’ in the evening, but breakfast was lovely – plenty to choose from and wonderfully filling…so much so, we often skipped lunch! Other guests who did sample the evening meal ate in the sumptuous salon and were full of praise for the food and service. Speaking of food, definitely pay a visit to ‘Le Tanjia’ restaurant – the lamb tagine is delicious, as is the local ‘grey’ wine, and the lighting in the restaurant is magical. You’ll even get treated to some entertainment from the local belly dancers.
In summary, our trip was made by our choice of Riad Assakina and we relished its calm, peace and quiet. At times, we could easily have forgotten that we were paying customers, we were made to feel so at home. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
- 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