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“Excellent stay at Riad Karim” 4 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 #65 of 203 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Oslo, Norway
1 review
“Excellent stay at Riad Karim”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had an excellent stay at the Riad. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. The Riad itself was modest, good rooms with bathrooms and a nice roofterasse. Nice breakfast, and they also served good dinner for us one night. If we go back to Marrakech, we certainly would stay there again. And I will recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Dundee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Met some fantastic people staying in this riad, the staff especially. I'd recommend anyone visiting marrakech to stay here, it feels more like staying at a friend's place than a guest house. Beautifully decorated.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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boca raton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

My Wife and I arrived at the door of The Riad Karim by accident. We were meeting our friends and somehow we messed up and wrote down the wrong Riad name. We we arrived at Riad Karim a lovely woman answered the door and let us in. Gave us some orange juice and mint tea. Hamza the Man of the house arrived to inform us that the reservation was not in their system. We were shocked and we were waiting to meet our friends who were arriving at the airport. Hamza made calls to the airport and offered to pick our friends up. He found us a place to stay at this lovely French couples Riad since his Riad was already booked. He also found out where our friends were staying and got us dropped off at the correct place the next day. Riad Karim is an excellent choice for any stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had an amazing long weekend in Riad Karim, it was our first time in Marrakech (coming from NY), the service was great (even if we arrived quite late), the room was clean and the location is amazing, very close to Jammaa el fna place, so you really feel like you live with the locals, we definitly recommend this place!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

My husband and i stayed there one and a half yr ago, therefore we decided to come back with other family members for a few days. the responsible ones we knew don't work there anymore. There has been a change of management, or a lack which was quite disapointing. Hamza (the new responsible one) and Samra tried to make our stay as pleasant as they could.
The quality/comfort of this Riad has dropped considerably. The bathroom was not clean, beds hard and uncomfortable, broken lights, damp.... Of course, that's Morocco but Riad Karim has seen better days.
We didnt get fresh baked crepes, fresh orange juice or nice fresh mint tea as we were used to so we prefered to skip breakfast on following days.

The best asset is the location, as soon as you know your way around this maze it's easy to visit all the main attractions within 15 mins walk.

If you want a comfortable bed and clean bathroom there are surely others for the same price.





Stayed December 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We booked our stay for 3 days via Expedia. We took the train from Fes to Marakkech last week and arrived around 10 PM. Our taxi driver was very friendly and he walked us to the door. Upon arrival no one was there. We rang the bell and we knocked and no one came to the door. Our taxi driver didn't speak english but he used his phone to call the number we had provided and no one picked up. Luckily for us the man who lives across the street opened the door 10 minutes later and when he called Humza ( the owner) picked up. Humza said he would come in 2 minutes which ended up being over an hour. We sat outside for half an hour before another couple who was staying there came and opened the door for us. A younger guy who lived across the Riad came to check on us and went and got us some Coke to drink while we waited for another half an hour. Humza explained that he left someone he trusted to stay at the riad but he left. That may be the case but for us that was very inconvenient. We both had tours booked the next day early in the morning so we couldn't go stay anywhere else, not to mention we had already paid for 3 nights in full.

When we got to our room one of the beds was broken in the middle. I slept on that one that night and the next night my friend went on an overnight desert tour and I ended up sleeping on the other bed. There was no hot water when I tried to shower. I told Humza the next day and he turned the hot water on which lasted for a total of 5 minutes if that.

While I was on my tour my guide took me to two other Riads which were so much nicer and cost the same as Riad Karim which was in an equally good location.

The location of this Riad is convenient and maybe the owners friend really did drop the ball but overall not a good experience for us. The room smelled like wet carpet as well and the smell got worse at night. We kept our suitcases closed while we stayed there.

With so many other options, I would say pick something else that guarantees 24 hour service.

Room Tip: Room 3 is the one with a broken twin bed.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Arrived at 21:00 completely unprepared for our vacation to Marrakech - Hamza and his brother took us under their wing and invited us to eat dinner (English / French conversations) and to go out with them to Matrakech's best nightclub - Theatro. Wonderful first night!

The next afternoon they helped us orientate ourselves in relationship to all the sites we wanted to see.

The location is prime! - yes there's some twist and turns, but after walking back and forth once or twice, it's so easy and a 10 minute walk to Koutoubia.

If you want to get the real experience and not some stay in a western hotel, this is it. And the breakfast (bread, crepes, mint tea, coffee, & orange juice) is a great plus!

Loved it here - the people, the place, everything!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: No 26 Derb Sarij Gnaoua, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #65 of 203 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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