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“Serene Riad in a Crazy Fantastic City”

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Riad Amirat Al Jamal
Ranked #334 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Southampton Hampshire
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“Serene Riad in a Crazy Fantastic City”
Reviewed 13 March 2009

My friend and I stayed in the Duplex room for 3 nights in March. This room suited us perfectly as plenty of room to dump our things and a two sinked large bathroom which was great for two girls. We had our own small roof terrace which again was great for a glass of wine and we were lucky enough to have a fridge and mini bar. We were lucky enough to look at the other rooms and I think if I was to go with my husband I would choose room 3 very large and romantic. The Riad itself was great very peaceful with lovely room terraces commanding fantastic views including the Atlas Mountains. As people have previously written you go through maze/rabbit warren type walkways to the Riad and can't believe what lies behind the door, but a spotless beautiful unusal place to stay and a fantastic welcome awaits you. We ate lunches and one dinner at the Riad which was brilliant. I would say the Chicken Tagine was the best of our stay and that included eating at Le Topsil one or Marrakech's best restaurant. Pretty pricey but very good and atmospheric. Peggy the American Owner and her staff of Fatima. Pal & Harmidau (apologies for miss spellings and pronounciation) were fantastic. Peggy is very knowledgeable and helpful we even phoned her during a crazy shopping trip to see if were paying over the odds & she was great. Great manicures and pedicures from Fatima on the roof terrace. The two guys again were helpful, discreet and respectful. They would even walk us to restaurants and meet us afterwards, kind of like a free walking taxi service.
Marrakech itself is crazy but a truly great experience. We found the further you went into the Souks the better price you could achieve and the less hassle you got. We were nervous to start with as so different to the UK, but soon felt safe and I must say we had great fun bartering. I would give the Marrakech Museum a miss absolutely nothing there of interest at all. I would definately return to Marrakech and do a day trip to the Mountains and I would stay in Al Jamal Amirat without a hesitation and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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New York, USA
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

My family and I stayed in this beautiful, and immaculate Riad. The rooms were beautiful, and clean. There were plenty of towels, hot water, and clean working toilets (something that is rare in this country). Peggy and her staff were terrific. Having Peggy helped so much. Being an American there was no language barrier, and she knows what we expect in our accomodations. The Riad is first class in everyway, from the rooms, to the food, to the staff. We loved our stay and would highly recommend this as a top choice!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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London UK
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Reviewed 26 January 2009

Our 4 day stay at the Riad Amirat Al Jamal was wonderful. It was our fourth visit to Marrakech and this hotel was a wonderful find and probably the best experience we have had in the city (we've previously stayed in 5 star hotels in and out of the city centre but loved this one best of all).
Peggy and her staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and did everything to make our stay even more enjoyable.
We had a really nice split level room with mini terrace that was perfect for star-gazing and soaking up the atmosphere. The sun terraces were also lovely and relaxing. The decor throughout was traditional and varied and we'd happily have taken home many of the artefacts as souvenirs!
The location was equally ideal - just a few minutes walk from the Jemma El Fnaa and all its hustle and bustle and yet the riad managed to remain calm and tranquil.
I can't stress how great a place it is to stay - definitely a brilliant find in one of our favourite cities.

  • Liked — The fabulous location and wonderful rooms.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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nyc
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Reviewed 20 January 2009

For my husband and me, the highlight of our 15 day tour of Morocco, arranged by Morocco Custom Travel, was the five nights we spent at the Riad Amirat al Jamal. We were told tha amirat means princess and that this 400- year-old mansion once belonged to an aristocratic family. We could well believe it, given the beautifully appointed rooms, decorated in traditional style, and the pampering by the friendly staff. We felt like royalty and would highly recommend it to couples looking for something other than the Hilton experience, without having to give up any five-star comforts...... all this and less than a minute away from the Djem el Fnaa ( the center of Marrakesh's Old City ) !!

Stayed December 2008
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 15 January 2009

This riad is very conveniently located on the edge of the Djemaa el-Fina sqaure. Peggy , the owner, and her staff are like a family group and treat their guest likewise. The room was large, clean and tastefully appointed. The common areas for guests are also very comfortable. The manager, Rachid, has an extensive background as a guide and was very helpful to us in planning excursions. Other guests advised us to make sure that we enjoyed dinner at the riad at least once. We did and were favorably impressed. After touring Morocco, we opted to return to the riad before returning home.

  • Liked — The welcoming atmosphere
  • Disliked — Did not have any dislikes
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 28 December 2008

Amirat al Jamal was our first stop in Morocco last October after 9 days in Portugal. We had arranged for the stay directly with the riad through e-mail as well as a transfer from the airport, which was well worth the expense.

The hotel is well run, and our room, on the third floor just beneath the attractive rooftop patio, was beautifully decorated in Peggy's adaptation of Berber themes.

Breakfast each day at the riad was tasty and filling, and we ate in at the riad one night and enoyed our tagines prepared by Hamidou and served by Pau.

We also used Peggy and Rachid's's tour company "network' to book a day tour for Marrakech and two day tours for our stay later on in Fes. I felt that Peggy and Rachid were very helpful in allowing us to adjust to Morocco and this made our stay much more meaningful and enjoyable than it would otherwise have been.

On the morning of our departure, Pau and Hamidou walked us out of the medina and negotiated a great cab fare to the train station so we wouldn't get ripped off on the fare. How's that for great service!

All in all a memorable stay, and we wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Liked — personaized service, great location,
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

Date: December 3, 2008

First I must apologise for taking so long to write our review after a superb stay at Riad Amirat al Jamal, where we stayed from October 12 - l8, 2008.

Prior to our trip we did a fair amount of research on Riads - I would always contact the Riad directly as the person that answers the phone is the one whom in my years of travel is the true representative of any establishment, and the moment I spoke with the owner, Peggy Ward Engh, I just knew that we had stumbled across the right place with a knowledgeable, hospitable host and tour coordinator.

Riad Amirat al Jamal is located within the Medina walls and less than a five minute walk to the famous Place Jemma el Fina.

From the moment we arrived, no stone was left unturned. Peggy and her amazing team namely, Fatima (the aesthetician and housekeeper), Hamidou (the amazing chef and financial officer), Pau (who served breakfast and dinner and also provided us with the most wonderful table settings daily oh, and also the computor advisor) and also Rachid (the Managing Director and amazing guide).

We were staying at the Riad with our daughter who resides in the United Kingdom. Fortunately, we were able to reserve the only two rooms on the first floor - the Blue Room and the Grande Chamre, both exquisitely decorated in true Berber style.

When we arrived the first evening, it was also our wedding anniversary and had inquired whether we could have a special tangine prepared - we arrived very late, and an amazing meal was waiting, along with Peggy, Hamidou and Pau. Throughout dinner we talked with Peggy until the early hours of the morning and she provided us with lots of information.

The next morning we awoke quite early to the call of prayers coming from the nearby Kotoubia Mosque.... by the second or third day we were able to doze right through it.

We had a wonderful city tour and orientation with Rachid and Peggy on our first day and a delicious and elegant lunch at one of their favourite upscale restaurants which was not listed in any of the guide books...... a place for the locals! We felt safe as we wondered through the souks and everywhere that we went there were always warm smiles and beckoning one to visit their store, but it was never annoying.

We had requested that Peggy arrange for a car, driver and English speaking guide to give the three of us a customised tour of the Ourika Valley, Essaouira and also something that should not be missed, a trip to the High Atlas Mountains where we enjoyed a typical Berber lunch at the magical Kasbah du Toubkal located in the mountains. (I should also mention that our guide arranged for us to have a mule ride up, but two of us opted to walk down) We also asked Peggy to handle all dinner reservations, and each reservation was first class and well thought out.

Our last evening we dined on the top floor terrace of the Riad Amirat al Jamal under the stars - it was again magical as we sipped on and much to our surprise, amazing vintage Moroccan wines which we purchased at this wonderful upscale supermarket in Gueliz. Pau as usual impressed us with his amazing table setting and waited on us hand and foot, while Hamidou, whom I believe is a self taught chef, prepared the best chicken and lamb tangine in all of Marrakech!

To Peggy, Rachid and the hospitable, warm and wonderful team at Riad Amirat al Jamal, thank you ensuring that each day was more wonderful than the last and also for leaving us with the treasured memories, only enticing us to return one day.

(NOTE...DO NOT MISS VISITING THE FOLLOWING:-

Marjorelle Gardens (which is a short cab ride from the Riad) is financially supported from the estate of the late fashion designer, Yves St. Laurent who had a home nearby.

Try to spend a day in Gueliz, which can only be described as the Champs Elysees of Marrakech. We had a superb lunch at the Grande Cafe de la Poste.

A trip to the Ourika Valley and lunch at La Kasbah de L'Ourika.

Essaouira, a marvelouse old walled city, originally founded by the Portuguese in the l5th Century, located by the ocean and we had lunch at one of the many restaurants on the seafront.
Enroute to Essaouira we visited the place where they produce the famous argane oil, as well as a large woodworking studio.

WARNING: Do inform your guide right from the getgo whether you are interested or not in making purchases or shipping furniture back home!!!! The private guides do get a signifcant commission from the shopkeepers and are looked after by the recommended restaurant at lunch. I should also point out that this NEVER happened when we were with Peggy who is also outstanding at bargaining for her clients.

  • Liked — It was very safe.
  • Disliked — Insufficient lighting in the rooms
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Riad Amirat Al Jamal
Address: 33 Rue Fhal Zefritti, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#181 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Number of rooms: 309
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury, authenticity, impeccable service, convenience, and comfort—Riad Amirat al Jamal offers everything a client needs for a relaxing stay in Marrakech. Part of an Alaouite Dynasty palace, this riad features five air-conditioned chambers, individually decorated with Berber artifacts and Moroccan artwork. Two minutes from Jemaa el Fna, the riad boasts three terraces, swimming pool with fountain and massage jets, salon with fireplace and library, satellite television and DVD, and computer for client use. ... more   less 
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