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“In the middle of the slums” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Karim
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   No 26 Derb Sarij Gnaoua, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #57 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“In the middle of the slums”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

The riad itself is hard to find and down a dirty alley. The road outside is too small for a car to come down, the taxi driver will dump you on the streets and you have to ask the street kids for directions as you will never find this Riad. There is always a crowd of drug dealing teenagers outside the Riad. You have to force your way through them everytime to head back to riad.
The service was good but you get the feeling that the manager wants to organise your 'tour' of the sights as this is mentioned several times within your first days stay. There is also the city tax which has to be paid when you arrive, this was unexpected as not advised.
Breakfast is not worth getting up for, this consists of bread, jam and cake with luke warm coffee every morning. The riad Karim was freezing cold, the atrium although covered with a plastic sheet, this stops the rain but as temps fall at night we were cold and found it hard to sleep. We ate breakfast wearing our coats as it was that cold. Security at this riad is something of a joke, you are given a padlock to lock your door, but i tried our key in the other padlock for another room and it opened their lock as well.. Do not leave anything out, although the staff here are trustworthy, other guests or visitors may not be so.
The facilities in the room were lacking, bed, wardrobe with a safe inside. Bathroom, the shower head was broken, the hot water lasted for a minute at most. However on the plus side the room was clean. The rooftop of the riad had a few sun beds, but these were dirty, and there were broken sunbeds and broken trellises thrown on the roof. They also use this area to dry all the sheets and towels.
We were woken up at 5.30am with the sound of people being called to pray. The riad has paper thin walls, we could hear the other guests talking clearing from our room, plus you can hear them use the toliet as its right behind your head when you lay on the bed. This riad is unmanned at night, therefore the phone rings and no one is there to answer it, plus people knock the door and ring the door bell when there is no one there.
My advise for anyone visiting would be avoid staying in the Medina area.... Stay in one of the 'luxury' hotels on the outskirts of the city and get a taxi into town to see the 'few' sights. Expect to be hassled all the time and if the street children say 'its closed down there', they are lying and continue on. They want you to go towards the souk/shop that they get money to lead you to there. If anyone helps you, they want money for it.
The location of this riad is not for the faint hearted, backbackers hostel would be standard i would rate this as..

Room Tip: Avoid staying in the Medina area.... Stay in one of the 'luxury' hotels on the outskirts of...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Me and my family had a great time in Marrakech and at Riad Karim! You might feel hesitate when coming to the riad for the first time due to the very unturistic location and the group of people hanging around outside, but you WILL leave feeling like its your second home!

The personal service and attention was great since there is only a few rooms. The manager, Khalid, insisted we thought of the road as our own house and he helped us with excursion and so on. He was one of the reasons we enjoyed staying at the riad so much!

In the morning we were served breakfast; pancakes, coffee and tea, which was great. The road was clean and in walking distance from the main square. you have to walk through the allies which i would not do if I was alone as a women, but the road itself is great!

If you want a real experience of Marrakech and the life there you should pic this place!

/ Ida, Sweden

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

Riad Karim is a small riad situated in the heart of the old Kasbah . It is very difficult to find our taxi from the airport left us vaguely near it as the roads were too narrow for a car! We spent a while looking for it and then had a pay some local children to guide us to it. We would of never found it on our own. Not a good idea to arrive after dark.
The riad has four small rooms each with an ensuite 3 upstairs and the fourth on the ground floor next to the breakfast area and was clean and tidy. Breakfast consisted of juice, coffee, bread and jams. The person in charge leaves in the afternoon and returns in the morning .A pleasant young lady. You are there on your own during the night. It's daunting outside with the local community hanging around and we being two females on our own felt uncomfortable with this when returning in the evening after a days sightseeing. It's a 15 minute walk to the souks and main square. You are not staying in a tourist location but the local area of the kasbah inhabitants. To see the real Marrakech go there !

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

Upon arrival outside this quaint little Riad, my girlfriend and I were quite shocked at the surroundings having never visited anywhere quite like this, despite being well travelled. The busy market 'streets' outside were quite daunting but upon entry into Riad Karim we felt a million miles away from the outside goings on.

The rooms are small and basic but delightfully decorated and clean. They are turned down each day to a high standard as you would expect in any hotel/B&B. The bathroom had 'local' style fittings and wasn't modern as such, but was perfect for the short stay we had there.

Breakfast was served each morning and consisted of local pancakes/potato cakes with a range of conserves with coffee and mint tea. I couldn't wait for this each morning to be honest and it was great considering the price I paid for the room.

Service was cheerful and we left this area feeling quite at home, something we never thought possible on first sight!

The only reason I gave this place a 3 for location is that it is a 15/20min walk south of the main square and does require a slalom through a local market. Once you're used to it though it becomes rather enjoyable!

I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone - get stuck in!

Re: The 'rip off' arrival charge mentioned below, it's a Moroccan givernment tax payable at any residence in the city and is a set percentage of the rate you pay per room/per night...this is probably one of the cheaper places to pay it so don't let that put you off!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

The right place for a relaxing trip...The service was prompt and discret, The staff was extremely attentive and eager to assist you. Rooms are very confy...We had a wonderful Experience. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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atlanta
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

My wife and I went there for my fifth year annversary and we both agreed that this was the most wonderful, memorable vacation we've ever had. the hotel is nothing short of everything you would expect. Our hostess treated us like royalty, and the entire experience was amazing. If you have a special occasion or just want to indulge yourself, this is it. Bottom line Riad Karim is truly a sense of style, class,and elegance with a touch of a warm moroccan hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Finlande
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

Calm and Beautiful place, Near by the Royal Castle in the heart of the city... Nice people and charming hosting services. I like the food and specialties from the city :) Definitely recommended place for vacations... Prices are reasonable and include Bfeast....<3...
I will be back when it is possible.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No 26 Derb Sarij Gnaoua, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Karim 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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