This was a very lovely hotel and was very practical in terms of location - 15 minute walk from the main square in one direction and a 10 minute walk from the palaces in the other.
The rooms were plenty big enough and cleaned daily to a very high standard. The air conditioning was excellent and always cooled us down in the hot afternoons.
The staff were really helpful however there was a language barrier with most of them, though they did try to understand. There was one member of staff who spoke good english however when he wasn't around it was a bit of a challenge.
The excursions were a good price and we got a lot more from the trips than we expected - we had a day trip to Ourika valley, expecting to be dropped in the valley for the day, however it turned into a guided drive to the valley, with multiple stops at authentic Berber villages, before arriving at the valley. However, if you do take this trip, wear sensible shoes as there is an optional long trek up the mountains once you reach the valley which we had not been warned about when booking it. This may just have been due to their limited english.
The food at the hotel was excellent. The breakfasts were simple but more than enough and tasty. They provided fresh orange juice, natural yoghurt, bread, honey, jam, and a different local breakfast dish each morning. The dinner menu is highly reccommended - it provided a great introduction to the local cuisine and was absolutely delicious. We felt we were right not to go half board as it was cheaper to pay in dirams at the hotel. And venturing out to the square in the evenings and sitting in the terrace restaurants looking over the main square was a great way to spend the evening and watch the sun set, so it would be a shame to have to stay in the hotel every single night.
The swimming pool was smaller than we expected and was right in the lobby of the hotel, which initially made us a bit self-conscious about swimming but once we realised how quiet the lobby is and how few people come and go we decided just to go for it and were comfortable swimming. The pool is not really designed for real swimming but more for just cooling down in the heat.
There is more than enough space on the roof to sit and relax either in the sun or in the shade. There are many sunbeds as well as tables and chairs available all day long. And the view from the roof terrace was stunning and you could see the mountains on the horizon.
The WIFI was not always available from our rooms and we decided that the rooter must be in the lobby as if you got too far away from the main room the signal faded. However there was plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs in the lobby to sit in order to use the internet.
Overall, this was a very pretty and friendly hotel. We would definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Sidi Mimoune is located in the heart of Marrakesh's Medina, near Jamaa El Fna Square. It has a terrace with solarium, an indoor swimming pool and en suite rooms. All air-conditioned rooms at Riad Sidi Mimoune offer views or direct access to the interior patios. They are equipped with a private bathroom with traditional tadelakt tiles. Sidi Mimoune serves traditional Moroccan cuisine based on local products from the market. Guests can dine in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas Mountains. Riad Sidi Mimoune has a spa with a hammam and a massage room. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout this guest house. This is the preferred area for travelers visiting Marrakech, according to independent customer reviews. We speak your language ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Sidi Mimoune Hotel Marrakech