This riad is located a bit off of the beaten tourist path, which is a nice repose after long days in the souks and the like. It is within close enough proximity to all of the major tourist hot-spots (10 min walking max.). It is also really close to a Moroccan emporium that sells great souvenirs at really competitive prices.
As for the facility itself, I found it rather comfy. The pool is mostly shaded becuase of its location, but that's quite nice. It is big enough to swim or play. But it's cold!
The roof terrace is pretty nice as well. The furniture is by no means brand new, but it's comfortable and practical and creates a nice sphere.
The room itself was simple and Moroccan feeling. The insulation is awful, so you can hear everything on the street. But this is the saem everywhere if you stay in a riad instead of a hotel.
The ladies who work there are FANTASTIC. I hardly saw the owner, but her staff was very helpful and with a good energy about them. They were great getting a tasty standard breakfast together every morning. And they were always willing and ready to help with whatever we needed (calling places, making reservations, cleaning up something I broke...)
The food at the riad is also pretty tasty, and at a pretty good price too. You have to order in advance, but it's a nice treat to stay in and have some peace and quiet every now and then.
The one thing I thought was weird was the room prices. We stayed in two different rooms, one which was EUR 70 and the other EUR 50. I actually liked the cheaper room better. I am not sure why the first one cost more. I also know some other visitors got better rates than I did, which made me feel like I got the short end of the stick for booking properly and not just contacting the owner directly.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this riad to anyone I know. It would be great for a romantic getaway, a trip with friends, families, etc. It was my favourite part of Marrakech, for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Amira is composed of 7 beautiful individually decorated rooms blending the best of east and west. Only a short walk away from the Jemma El Fna square and easily accessible by car the Amira is perfectly placed to avoid the stress of the center while being close enough to stroll in when you desire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Amira Hotel Marrakech