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Riad Kalinka Lotus
25 Derb El Makina, Arset Bel Baraka | Marrakech médina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #270 of 1,035 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Perfect trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed at the Riad Kalinka Lotus for our 5 night break in Marrakech. This Riad is a wonderfully restored example and is decorated to a high standard throughout – we had originally booked the Junior suite, but on arrival Abdellatif upgraded us to the Deluxe Suite for no extra charge. The room was spacious with a large bathroom and was very comfortable.


Abdellatif arranges airport transfers to the Riad and I thoroughly recommend this service as the Medina is a maze of tiny streets which can be very confusing to new arrivals.
Despite the busy city just outside the front door, the Riad is incredibly quiet and a relaxing place to stay after a long day of exploring. There are large communal areas on the ground floor by the pool as well as a fantastic roof terrace – perfect for relaxing in the sun.

The main highlight of this Riad is the staff – Abdellatif was very welcoming and offered plenty of advice on places to visit (with his hand drawn map you can easily explore the city without getting lost!). He also arranged a day trip to the Atlas Mountains with his private driver, Ismail. This was very well priced and allowed us to explore outside of the City.

Latifa made us breakfast each morning, cooked a delicious Moroccan dinner one evening (which could have fed 6 people!) and kept the Riad clean each day. She brought mint tea and coffee while we were relaxing in the Riad and made us feel very comfortable.

Overall, we had a perfect 5 day stay in Marrakech and this Riad was the main reason for that – it feels far more comfortable and relaxed than a hotel while giving an authentic Moroccan experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had an awesome stay. We are a family of four and our host was Abdellatif. I say "host", because he was helpful in every way. The ambience of this riad was splendid, and my kids looked forward to coming back to this riad at the end of the day touring Marrakech. Only 30 minutes by foot to the center of the square and souks. The beds were very comfortable. The bedroom and bathroom were spacious. The service was phenomenal. We had dinner twice at the riad, and both times, they were superb. It was so nice to come back to the riad and have our own private dinner. Abdellatif was able to organize a private desert Sahara trip for us that was very competitive price-wise, and turned out to also be outstanding. There were absolutely no negatives or downsides to our stay. Abdellatif even called the driver as we were driving to the airport and we met up with him just outside of the medina to say our goodbyes. The whole time and place felt like home. It really doesn't get better than that. Thanks.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We ended up staying in Kalinka Lotus for 4 nights. We booked the smallest room, but before we arrived we were already upgraded to a junior suite, because the Riad was empty and the manager Abdellatif "could spare the room". Great service.

The room was great and the other rooms also looked very good. The Riad has been renovated recently and is decorated elegantly. It is in a traditional Moroccon style but doesn't have the over the top decorations you see in some Riads. The common areas were very comfortable and spacious. The roof terrace is amazing and is a great place to enjoy the tasty breakfast the Riad serves every morning.

The best thing about the Riad was the staff. The manager Abdellatif was a great host and he made sure you were always comfortable. Truly 5 star service. At the end of our trip my girlfriend became ill and we decide not to fly at the last minute. We called Abdellatif to ask him to pick us up again at the airport to stay another night in the rias. Within 30 minutes his driver Ismail was there and brought us back. The cleaning lady and cook even prepared a special tea for my girlfriend's upset stomach. And Abdellatif cooked a tajine for us himself that evening.

The only negative point I can think of was that the cleaning was sloppy on 1 or 2 occasions. But that was solved immediately after we mentioned it.

All in all one of the best hotel experiences we ever had. A big recommendation for anyone staying in Marrakech.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chur, Switzerland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We (10 female students from Switzerland) have chosen the Riad Kalinka Lotus as our accommodation for a study trip to Marrakech and we never regreded our choice. For us, it was not just an accommodation, it was like a cozy home abroad. We were spoilt by Abdellatif and his lovely staff and they made our whole stay unforgettable.
The whole Riad is lovely decorated and clean and during leisure time, we enjoyed the roof terrace and the pool.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We have just returned to England after the best holiday we have ever had!!! Everything on our holiday was fantastic and The Riad Kalinka Lotus was no exception. A original riad, beautifully furnished, comfortable, spacious and bright. We arrived as clients and left as friends although we were only there for two nights. Abdellatif, the owner, is the perfect host, it felt as if he had welcomed us into his home. The riad is spotlessly clean and has a fantastic roof terrace. Breakfast is great with no real specified time, so very relaxing. It's very well situated for the souks and the famous Jemma El Fna and with the hand drawn map from Abdellatif it's impossible to get lost....honest. Abdellatif also has a wicked sense of humour, a great find in a foriegn land. Thanks Abdellatif, WE SHALL RETURN!!!!! Incha Alla

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Location

Location of the riad is ideal and very easy to find. It is in a reasonalbly quiet and very safe area with local shops and a pharmacy nearby. The walk to Jemaa El Fnaa is very straightforward and simple without having to walk through small awkward or unsafe alleys unlike many other riads in Marrakech.

The Riad

The riad itself is very beautifully decorated and warm with a lounge on both the ground and first floor. The riad also has a very spacious terrace. It is extremely clean and pleasant.

We were at ease leaving our belongings in the riad and Abdullatif also provided us with a safe even though we felt we did not need it.

There are showers in every room, although hot water was not always available or the water temperature would drop after a couple of minutes. I mentioned this to Abdullatif and he eventually made amends. Abdullatif was always concerned about our comfort and did his best to make our stay in Marrakech a pleasure.

Food

Sameera was an excellent and very helpful cook who, along with Hind, always took food upto the terrace for us to have breakfast in the beautiful sunshine.

The Manager Abdullatif

Abdullatif was very welcoming and helpful and provided us with more than what we had paid for or anticipated. He was more a friend than a manager of the riad and was always willing to help out in any way he could. Reliable and trustworthy, you can depend on him to give you good advice.

Sameera and Hind

Sameera and Hind were always helpful and polite. Both had a very calm and respectful approach. They cleaned all the rooms after we went out for the day and we did not need to worry about our belongings. When we returned everything would be spotless clean.

Transport

Abdullatif had arranged with his friend Ismail, a taxi driver, to take us to Ourika Valley and other places. Ismail was extremely friendly, good natured and patient. He doesn't speak English but we were able to communicate with him in Arabic. You can ask Abdullatif to explain to him in advance if you wish. Ismail is definitely an added bonus to Riad Kalinka Lotus.

Overall the riad, its location, food, service and transport is excellent and I would definitely recommend the riad without the slightest hesitation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rhyl, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Absolutely loved the riad and the service was first rate. The riad was clean, quiet, and beautifully furnished with loads of traditional details that really made it feel lush. Abdellatif was a perfect host. He arranged transport, booked a gorgeous traditional restaurant, provided a hand-draw map as well as a city map and brochure. He also answered all our daft questions and always assisted us in any way he could. Samera was in charge of housekeeping and meals, and she was a star. Our rooms were always tidied and the breakfasts were gorgeous. The evening meal on arrival and the impromptu lunch on the last day were fantastic. The Riad Kalinka Lotus really made our short break perfect and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 25 Derb El Makina, Arset Bel Baraka | Marrakech médina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #270 of 1,035 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Medina, close to the Jamaa elfna, souks, Riad Kalinka Lotus welcomes you. with easy access by vehicle, carriage, Riad has five rooms and suites equipped with bathroom, breakfast included, pool, terrace lounge, bar, living room tv and free wifi. ... more   less 
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