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“Superb relaxing break!”
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Riad Assakina
Ranked #5 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Frome, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Superb relaxing break!”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

I chose to stay at Riad Assakina because of the excellent trip advisor reviews. Having just come back from a 3 night stay with my boyfriend I can honestly say it far exceeded our expectations. Even before we arrived Grant was very helpful over email on suggesting places we could visit outside of Marrakech. As soon as we stepped into the Riad, Michele and her team were on hand to help at any time. Michele helped organise a day trip to the Atlas Mountains (which we would thoroughly recommend) and advised us what price we should be paying for goods at trade stands. She also recommended a great place to have Henna tattoos for a fixed price! We were upgraded to a suite and the room was beautifully decorated and cleaned everyday. The roof terrace is stunning and we had our afternoon tea there everyday. The Riad is perfectly situated in the old Jewish quarter which is a little quieter but still only a 10 minute walk from the main square. When Grant and Michele say that the Riad is "your home in Marrakech" they really do mean it!! If I ever have the opportunity to return to Marrakech again I will not think twice about where i'll stay!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

This riad is just beautiful! It is really excellence plus! The rooms and the common areas are all beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. There is a real feeling of tranquility and calm (which is fantastic after a day in Marrakech). We had booked the Berber Room and spent our first night there. It was a really charming room. Grant and Michelle very generously upgraded us to the Almohad Suite for the other two nights we spent at the riad. This suite was really lovely. It is hard to describe how beautiful the riad is but the fact that Michelle is an interior designer really shows.

The location of the riad is excellent, being close by the Bahia Palace and within easy walking distance to all of the major attractions.

Grant and Michelle are fantastic hosts and went out of their way to assist us to have a really enjoyable stay. This commenced with my correspondence to them prior to booking - they answered all of my emails promptly and were very helpful. We drove to Marrackech (something we wouldn't do again - but we survived!) and our GPS had trouble finding the riad. After phoning the riad, Grant came and got us and directed us to the riad and the parking.

Once we arrived at the riad, the welcome we received was excellent. Michelle provided us with lots of information, including maps of the area. One of these maps showed recommended places to shop in the medina and highlighted how to get there. During our entire stay Grant and Michelle were very helpful giving us tips for lots of things, including restaurants. We also really appreciated Michelle's tips on how much to pay for various things.

Marrakech was our favourite city in Morocco and Riad Assakina was definitely the most beautiful place we stayed at whilst in Morocco.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Following a tour of Morocco in October, my husband and I splurged on a five night stay at a riad as part of a 30th anniversary getaway. I was thrilled that a suite at Riad Assakina was actually available when making plans a few months ago. I had fallen in love with this place online for about two years and we were not disappointed. The place is even more beautiful than the pictures thanks to Michelle's touch... and Grant's witty charm added to the whole experience. Impeccable service from the hosts and all the staff. We looked forward to the fabulous breakfast served in the beautiful courtyard every morning. Information was generously dispensed on anything needed. I even found an antique fibula (berber brooch) at a fair price. Thanks Michelle! And thanks so much, Hisham, for taking care of us in the evenings when we returned from the madness of Marrakesh. Loved this city...loved this riad!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

We went to Riad Assakina as a group of 6 - (3 couples) to celebrate my 40th b'day. It was my first time to Marrakech. They organised our transfer from the airport to the Riad which went very smoothly and is only 15 mins away from the airport. It's in a perfect location and you can walk everywhere really easily. We rang the bell and went into the Riad where we were met by Grant & Michelle. They were so hospitable and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The Riad itself is extremely tastefully decorated and bearing in mind the chaos and hustle and bustle of the streets outside - once inside the Riad you are filled with a feeling of peace and tranquility. We had the best time and will defo be back as sooon as possible.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely but we stayed in the Kaid suite which was gorgeous.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Providence, New Jersey
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

I can do nothing but echo the fantastic reviews by others of Riad Assakina.

As an experienced traveler to Marrakech over the past six years, I can say that Grant and Michelle have created a wonderful Riad experience and I will be back.

From the first contact prior to booking, their personal touch and commitment is evident. The attention to detail by the owners and their staff strikes a fantastic balance of privacy and service. We arrived with our kids, for three nights, and they made sure we had just the right combination of rooms to suit our needs - in order to maximize the enjoyment of our stay. They touched base at the right times, while we were there, to make sure we had directions, restaurant reservations/recommendations, afternoon tea/beer, shopping advice, transfers.....

Riad Assakina is in a fantastic location, in easy walking distance to everything in the Medina and on the doorstep of a number of sites you will surely explore. We walked everywhere and felt safe the entire time.

The design of the space in the Riad is crisp with great attention to detail throughout. Rooms are generously sized and the terrace offers great lounging space, fantastic rooftop views and sunsets while you put your feet up.

If you're looking for the genuine Medina experience but with the comforts and service of a beautiful, new boutique hotel - look no further than the experience Grant and Michelle have created at Riad Assakina.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

My husband and I stayed in Riad Assakina in mid-November for 3 nights. I must say I chose Riad Assakina largely based on the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor and because I just loved the Almohavid Suite's pictures. We were picked up at the airport by a driver (arranged by the Riad) and were welcomed by Grant and Michele with whom we had mint tea and moroccan pastries whilst they talked us through important information about the Riad itself, places to eat and visit. The Riad was just amazing - beautifully decorated, relaxing, peaceful, clean and the staff very kind and friendly. We had dinner on our first night at the Tanjia (recommended by Grant) and had a wonderful time there... both food and ambiance were great (belly dancers). One of the highlights of our stay was the candlelit dinner we had at Riad Assakina... great experience and the food (prepared by Meryem) was excellent - we finished every single bit of the chicken couscous, tajine and pastilla! Michele and Grant are very kind and hospitable hosts always keen to help with bookings, tips about shopping, where to eat etc. We highly recommend Riad Assakina and will definitely go back.

Room Tip: Almohavid Suite - perfect!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I stayed here with my best friend in early November for 3 nights. We were met at the airport by a transfer arranged by the Riad, and upon arriving we were welcomed by the wonderful owners and hosts Michelle and Grant.

I could wax lyrical for ages about the Riad but I think that I would be repeating a lot of what has already been said! Wonderful, friendly helpful advice from Michelle and Grant- they went far beyond the expected whilst booking tables for dinner and a relaxing hammam session, and they worked their socks off to make our stay an individually tailored and very special one. They prepared maps for us, showed us around the area, arranged copious mint tea and cake pit-stops, and took the time to sit and chat with us as well as all of the other guests over a glass of wine in the evening.

Assakina's amazing staff were just as attentive and helpful- I cannot fault a single thing. It really felt like we were staying at a friend's house for a few days- exemplary and impeccable service and far beyond what we ever expected. Zack the rescue cat was also a welcome addition to the Assakina family and he made an excellent (somewhat cheeky) companion when we crept up to watch the sun rise over the city early one morning.

The Riad itself was beautiful- it was tasteful, quintessentially Moroccan and incredibly luxurious. Lots of small details that really added to the feel of the place. My friend and I spent a lot of time relaxing on the Riad itself where as usually we would have been out exploring the city, as it was just such a lovely place to be!

Riad Assakina deserves every iota of praise it gets. If you are staying in central Marrakech, do not think about staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Assakina
Address: Derb Alaati Allah, 14 | Hay Salam, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: 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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