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Very Central Marrakech Riad With 2 Pools, One Heated & Very Friendly Staff

Bedrooms 15
Property type hotel
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Guesthouse in Marrakech Medina, Morocco - Very Easy to Access and Safe Location only 5 Minutes Walk to Djemaa el Fna Square

Riad Africa comprises of three ancient Marrakchi merchant houses fused and connected to create an atmospheric first category riad - an authentic hotel de charme in the very heart of Marrakech medina. Just 5 minutes walk from Djemaa el Fna - Africa's most famous and animated meeting place - Riad Africa benefits from a safe location and offers easy access to a taxi rank, parking, restaurants and shops.

Guests can choose from fifteen en suite rooms - with budget, standard or superior rooms plus adjoining family rooms and suites, triple rooms or quads. Facilities include two tranquil palm-filled courtyards with pools (one of which is heated in winter months), the popular Ashanti restaurant, an informal juice bar serving fresh juices and local non-alcoholic beverages plus a spacious garden/roof terrace. Views of the snow-capped High Atlas mountains can be seen to the south and the famous Koutoubia minaret to the north.

Free hi-speed WiFi access is available throughout the riad. All rooms are decorated in traditional style and adorned with colourful African furnishings and art. All rooms are well-equipped and include satellite TV, an electronic safe, iPod dock and hairdryer. More spacious superior rooms and suites also include bath robes, a fridge, Moroccan slippers, coffee station and mineral water. Suites offer a DVD player, fridge, fresh fruit and a small lounge area.

Riad Africa is British-Dutch owned and managed but is run locally by a passionate, dedicated and friendly local Moroccan team.

More Details

Property Manager
Nick Anstead
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Nick Anstead

Born into a family hotel business, I'm originally from East Yorkshire and have spent my life working in the travel and hospitality business - as an adventure tour guide in Africa and Asia, a rental property owner, tour operator and hotelier.

I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world but now choose to spend most of my time in Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco.

My businesses set their standards high and our team always aim to deliver first-rate customer service, with prompt speed of reply, fair prices and a high quality holiday service, set in some of the world's most breathtaking locations.

Nick Anstead purchased this hotel in 2011

Why Nick Anstead chose Riad Zitoun Jdid

Riad Africa has one of the best locations in Marrakech medina - an easy stroll to Djemaa el Fna and the heartbeat of the medina, yet only a short and safe walk along a well-lit medina street to a taxi rank and 24 hour parking.

A colourful local market is nearby, along with shops, local attractions and a choice of popular local restaurants. The location for me is just perfect from which to explore Marrakech medina.

What makes this hotel unique

Riad Africa has one of the largest plunge pools of any riad in the medina, and also a smaller heated plunge pool for a warming dip in winter months. We have a choice of standard, superior rooms or suites, adjoining family rooms and a couple of budget rooms - so something for everyone.

We have equipped our rooms to a high level offering satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, a/c, iPod docks, robes, slippers and safes.

What we also offer, and one of the highlights for our guests, is a friendly and helpful staff, most of whom have been with us for over 5 years.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"A lovely riad in a quiet corner yet close to all the sights and bustle. Great service and a relaxed atmosphere. Use Tod's local knowledge to seek out the real Morocco - it will be worth it!" - Steve, Alison, Max & George. UK (Sep 2013).

"A delightfully peaceful riad. We have enjoyed Morocco very much - a great experience! Nick and Todd very helpful and everyone so friendly. Todd's tour was an eye-opener." Lesley & Matthew. UK (Sep 2013).
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday hotel in Riad Zitoun Jdid in Medina

Property Type:
  • hotel
Building Type:
  • riad
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 15 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 11 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 12 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 13 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 14 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 15 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: With a total of 15 bedrooms, Riad Africa has a mixture of suites, double and twin rooms available each with traditional en-suite bathrooms, with a total capacity of 42 people. Decorated in the earthy, exotic and vibrant shades of Africa all guest bedrooms are equipped to a high specification with all the modern facilities expected of a first category boutique riad, including satellite TV, hair-dryers, bath robes, slippers, a personal safe and complimentary water on arrival. Bathrooms are very generous in size, and beautifully constructed of tadelakt-finished walls, and hand-made local polished brass washbasins and showers. Outside: Located on the ground floor, overlooking the pool, a Grand Salon (lounge) doubles as a breakfast/dining room.The salon is stylishly designed and furnished in beige, cream and opulent rouge. The salon has a corner fireplace for warming log fires on chilly winter evenings. A smaller salon is located in and around a second palm-fringed courtyard. Covering almost 250m² Riad Africa’s roof terrace is a real haven of peace and tranquility, offering wonderful views out over the medina to Djemaa el Fna and Koutoubia. A Caidal Tent provides respite from the sun and a place to lounge and relax. Garlanded with yuccas, geraniums, bougainvillea, lemon and orange trees the terrace is a delightful spot to take breakfast or a romantic candlelit evening meal. Sun loungers and parasols are available for guests wishing to lay back in the shade. In winter months the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains can be seen to the south of the city.


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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Consider Marrakech Tours for your day trips. At Riad Africa we can arrange superb value 2 or 3 night trips by 4x4 between Marrakech and the Sahara through our fully-bonded UK-based tour operator, Specialist Morocco. A wide range of other private and group tours are available through Specialist Morocco including Imperial City tours, twin centres - Marrakech, Fes, Atlas, Essaouira; family adventures, trekking and biking holidays. Contact us for further details.


Morocco's Atlantic Coast is little more than a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Choose from the popular Portuguese-influenced town of Essaouira (180km), Safi (160km) or El Jadida (190km). There are a number of fine sandy beaches along the coast close to each of the main centres mentioned above.

Families may enjoy a visit to to one of the many waterparks on the edge of Marrakech with beach, pools, slides and fun for the kids.


Morocco is well-served with flights from the UK, and Europe. Several low-cost carriers including easyjet, ryanair and thomsonfly operate from a growing number of the UK's regional airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. For scheduled air services, BA operate from Gatwick and British Midland from Heathrow. Morocco's national airline is royal air maroc.


Riad Africa is located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the Medina. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar.

Further Details:

Like Fes, Meknes and Rabat, Marrakech is one of Morocco's famous Imperial Cities. Renowned for its wonderful climate and for a setting as remarkable as it is varied, it is currently one of the world's top travel hotspots.

With palaces and palm groves, rose gardens, and a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains it is the capital of the Moroccan South, a cultural crossroads and keeper of tradition and folklore. The ancient pink-walled medina contains a wealth of rich architectural heritage, and the real highlight - Place Djemaa el Fna - is like no other square in the world!

Marrakech is a city for discerning travellers with a keen interest in culture and a couple of days is simply not enough to fully discover the wealth of attractions this city offers. The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque is the landmark and emblem of the city.

Other important quarters worth a visit within the old city ramparts include Kasbah and Mellah (the Jewish quarter), both in the south and close to the Royal Palaces (closed to visitors). The Saadien Tombs and Dar Si Said Museum are also of particular interest.

A number of day trips are possible from Marrakech for travellers just spending a few days in the city. Popular options include a day trip to Essaouira or a typical Berber village in the Atlas - the Azzaden Valley is popular.

Camel rides are an option, as is horse-riding, quad bike trips, bicycle hire, helicopter rides, or a scenic balloon flight. All activities and day trips can be pre-booked through our fully-bonded and licensed tour operating company.

Marrakech offers fresh organic produce and food shopping is a great way to experience daily local life. A choice of fine restaurants and cafés are never more than a few steps away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday hotel in Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 Oct 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
High Season
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £2.00 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Obligatory tourist taxes – £2 per person per night. This is not included and will be added to invoice.

Prices are based on private rental rates for whole riad. Room rates are available on request.

Airport transfers – per vehicle, per transfer
• £15 (01-06 guests)
• £30 (07-12 guests)
• £45 (13-18 guests)
• £60 (19-24 guests)

Delicious 4-course Moroccan dinners prepared by professional chef - £15 per person.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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