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Villa Amira et SPA
Ranked #317 of 1,133 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful...”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for the last 3 nights of our trip and couldn't decide which we preferred between this and the riad in the Kasbah (Riad Jonan). It looks amazing inside.. really well done. The staff here are lovely, its like being looked after by lots of mothers... the breakfast could definitely be improved but the snacks (specifically the omlette and salad) were great and very reasonable.
The roof terrace is very pretty and we had it to ourselves as our room was on the top floor and im not sure most people even knew it was there.. the ground floor was lush... great swimming pool (small but did the job), lots of nice comfy chill out areas and there is a spa but we didn't use it.
The location isn't great. Its in the 'New Town' which is bland, nondescript area with nothing going on.. will cost you anything from 30 dirham to 50 dirham to get a cab into the old town or you can get the No1 bus for 3 dirham but it takes a while and it hot hot hot.
The room itself was bigger than the previous one, we had air con in both and this one had one of those massive shower heads where you feel like you're being rained on (except it didnt work)..
All in all I really enjoyed my stay here..

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We stayed here after 5 nights in the Widiane so we could finish off our honeymoon. The hotel is based on a traditional large house and only has a few rooms. Its a little out of the city so you will need to use taxis so worth making sure you have plenty of small notes, and a huge sense of humour for the ride (don't pay more than 40DH each way). Hotel has its own taxi driver too if you're worried about getting ripped off. The shape of the hotel makes it noisy if you have noisy guests around as we did, you will hear everything that goes on in all the rooms including the kitchen. The staff are friendly, rooms very clean and the small pool is a real sun trap and a great place to relax before you go out shopping. All in all a great place to stay for a shopping trip with a few nice places to eat within 200 yards.

Room Tip: try a room at the back of the hotel, should be quieter there
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

I have just returned from a trip with 3 friends to Marrakesh - we found the Raid very traditional, welcoming & comfortable with small pool & terrace. We all enjoyed a massage. The breakfast was fine bread, pancakes & fruit most mornings. The staff though friendly & accommodating did not speak much English though managed with sign language so an English guide book would be very useful.

It was just a bit far from the main Medina & with the temperatures in the high 30s we found it too far to walk in the heat so you need to add taxi fares to your budget, though able to get good prices most of the time, however some cars would only take 3 people so we had to look out for the larger cars.

We had a lovely horse & carriage ride around the old parts & ended up at Marjorie Gardens which was a relaxing break in the shade.

We enjoyed a trip to the Atlas mountains on a mini bus tour, with a walk or climb up to the waterfalls, make sure you wear trainers or similar as there is a bit of climbing on rocks involved, though worth the trip up for views.

We found the food very reasonable, trying to each Moroccan when possible. Our favourite dishes being Passata, couscous & lamb tangine. We particularly liked the Cafe L'Alhambra in corner of the main square where they served iced coffee.

Although we enjoyed the bartering in the Souks we also visited a fixed price Supermarket near the end of our break.

We also visited Menara Gardens, no charge except about 40p to go in the Pavilion well worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

The Riad Villa Amira was a lovely place with helpful cheerful staff. They sent Hassan the local taxi driver to pick us up from the airport and he was always available to ferry us wherever we wanted to go.
The breakfast was basic but sufficient each morning, even though coffee was never hot ! the way I prefer.
None of the staff spoke English which was difficult , but we managed most of the time with my limited French and hand signals.
We went into the Town Square on the first day, We found the whole place uncomfortable !
The Square and Souks are filthy, the people are arrogant,rude and want to take as much money as possible from you.They tend to be more aggressive towards women so beware.
The food in the Restaurants we ate in was in the main poor.
BEWARE ROAD TRIP TO ATLAS MOUNTAINS !!
We were recommended to Hassan 2, who promptly picked us up at the Villa Amira, he then took us up into the mountains.The first call was to a pottery plant where we felt pressure to buy the produce, then we visited a camp which sold oil related products,again pressure to buy and the children also attacked us for money on the way out.
By far the most aggressive is the top of the road where the locals fight to jump into the taxi to escort you up to the waterfall on foot !!! as Hassan 2 says You must have a guide !!!!
Luckily I have a large scar on my knee and pretended I could not walk and wanted to go straight back down, the whole experience was frightening.
I can honestly say I will never set foot in Marrakech again, they see Europeans as an easy touch and offer nothing in return.

Room Tip: Ask for room facing pool as this is not as noisy as rooms facing the main road
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Villa Amira was the ideal place to stay in Marrakech. It is a beautifully decorated hotel with a small swimming pool, comfortable, clean, quiet bedrooms and many areas to sit out and relax in the sun. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was at whatever time we chose and was simple but very tasty. We had dinner there one evening and it was one of the best meals we had in Marrakech. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I stayed here a year ago and kept meaning to write. Yes agree, smaller than pictures, but beautiful. English is limited but that didn't stop communication and a desire to help. Our wifi was perfect. Pool small. A little far ie not a riad in main medina. We ate a cous cous here one evening and it was without a doubt the best meal of our break. I loved it here.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2012 via mobile

We have been staying in the Villa for the past 5 nights and have to say it is a wonderful place to stay. All of the images on here do it justice however it is smaller than I had imagined but this is not to it's detriment.

We were a little lost on our first morning when it came to breakfast as there was no welcome pack advising what the procedure was, however the ladies soon gestured us to a table. Not long after our magic basket arrived, every evening the ladies bake cakes and doughnuts fresh for breakfast. Beware if you are on an Atkins diet this is not a breakfast for you.

We had an issue with room not being cleaned, bins, loo rolls etc for three days and because of our inability to speak fluent French found I had to email the owners who I believe we're away. I have to say again the response was prompt and very good, with a bottle of wine in way of an apology.

It would have made it so much easier for us if a welcome pack in English was available and this is the only area I could find to say please look in to, as you are advertising in the Uk it seems only right, on top of this we are going to be taking evening classes in French.

The Villa are happy to arrange taxis for you and use a local character called Hassan, he was meant to collect us from the airport but didn't! However it was simple enough and at the airport ask them to take you to the Tropicana as no taxis know Villa Amira and it is around 200 mtrs past the tropicana. The airport run should cost around 100 drm during the day and even if Hassan is booked negotiate before you get in.

During the day exit the Villa and turn right for a couple of shops including a bakery and small outlet to but drinks. Further around there is a cash machine that accepts visa cards and a good pharmacy that supplies Imodium cheaper than in the UK (all three of us needed it). You can get taxis on this road to take you to the main square and never pay more than 20 drm during the day and 30 in the evening, there are more taxis than you can imagine, avoid the old Mercedes as they feel they can charge more.

We would recommend Pepe Nero by taxi with Hassan 100. drm return and pay on return journey, wonderful restaurant and you can email reservation request (ask for fountain side table). We had a trip to Atlas mountains arranged through Hassan via Villa Amira (700 drm) for the three of us again pay at end. When you arrive a guide will jump in to your taxi and say he doesn't want any money yet and pay at end what you think he is worth! Rest assured they expect 100 per person going up. Once up the mountain they will encourage you to have drinks and he will pay whilst you rest, the charge up the mountain is 50 drm per drink, this for three drinks would buy you ten locally. When you get lower down the cost is 20 drm! Just be ware that the guide will tell you all sorts to encourage you later to pay him more for his services. That said it is a wonderful thing to do but wear trainers! We did it in sandals and this was a big mistake.

The whole time we were in Marrakech not at any point did we feel threatened or unsafe and at night the whole city comes alive and trust me when I say you have seen nothing until you have seen the traffic here! Mopeds, bicycles and vehicles oh and don't forget the horses and donkeys all in the road together, the taxi drivers say accidents are rare although I find this hard to believe.

So in summing up the Villa Amira is a wonderful tranquil retreat just far enough away from the madness of central Marrakech.




Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Villa Amira et SPA
Address: 78, rue Sakia El Hamra, Semlalia, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #317 of 1,133 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Amira et SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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