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“Riad with elegant design and fantastic Moroccan chef” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Karma
51, Derb El Mennabha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #68 of 464 Hotels in Marrakech
Paris, France
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“Riad with elegant design and fantastic Moroccan chef”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

The 6-room Riad is just lovely. The design of the rooms and common areas are beautiful and understated. The quiet rooftop is fantastic with comfortable seating.

Dinner is available if you inform them before 10am. The Moroccan fare is delicious, the best we had in our 8 days in the country. Wine and beer are available upon request.

Roger and his staff were warm. In fact, Roger was very kind to let us use his office printer and scanner when we needed it in a pinch.

The only downsides are the spotty wifi signal which comes and goes. Also, the riad is a 15-min walk from the main square. So if you want to eat outside the riad, you need to walk quite a bit (not exactly the easiest route) or take a taxi which involves a challenging negotiation on price with the driver.

Overall, a lovely place with hammam, heated pool, and charm.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This hotel is extremely clean, well located, beautiful inside, has a lovely rooftop breakfast, friendly kind and helpful staff. We had dinner in the riad one evening next to an open log fire which was just lovely. Would not hesitate in recommending anyone to stay there. We had a fantastic, convenient and hospitable stay and it was a welcome break every day from the craziness on the streets outside to the quiet tranquility of the Dar Karma.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 December 30, 2012

We had a fabulous stay in the Riad Dar Karma and felt very pampered by all of the Riad staff. The airport pickups were seamless, and Roger arranged for a welcome evening meal on arrival as we were too tired to go out into the Medina. Nothing was too much trouble - breakfast at whatever time we wanted, use of the hammam, bottles of water when we needed them etc. We had cut our stay from 8 to 5 nights as our cat had been very ill, and Roger explained he had upgraded us to a suite to make us feel a bit better - what a lovely touch! The room was beautiful, with a huge bathroom and wonderfully decorated walls and ceilings. It was very comfortable, as the air/ heating helped keep the temperature exactly right - I wish some of the more modern hotels could do this!
The situation of the Riad was perfect - 5 mins from the Sadiaan Tombs, and 15 mins from the main square with all the souks etc. in the cooler evenings, taxis were easy to get from the Rue de la Kasbah, a few seconds away. We ate in the Riad one other night, as the food was much better (and much cheaper!) than the tourist restaurants we tried in the centre of town. All in all, a great place to stay, and we can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

What a shock to arrive at the Riad dar Karma just before Eid the annual religious festival of lamb slaughter.End of October, do check the dates as they move each year.
The traffic was increased by about 30% so going to and from the Riad in the Medina was both stressful and dangerous. It was unpleasant seeing the sheep tied by their feet on the side of the road two days before slaughter and others being tied to motor bikes unable to move while knife sharpening was a buzzing trade. Quite disgusting.
Mine host had gone on vacation and the skeleton staff whilst very pleasant had no English whatsoever.
Around us was the horror of sheep being transported to and from the local houses and their bleating could be heard from the roof top dining area where breakfast is taken.

Whilst the Riad was beautiful the swimming pool was cold and because we were the only visitors it lacked atmosphere.
It was a very harrowing experience and we felt that we should have been warned by the owner particularly as he absented himself.

We were forced to eat in for dinner to avoid the mayhem on the streets just outside the door, and were charged 25 Euros each , on one occasion for little more than salad and filled pastry cases with chopped fruit for dessert. Very unsatisfactory.

I am sure under different circumstances the Riad would be a delightful place to stay but please take care when you travel.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We would highly recommend Dar Karma. Fantastic hotel in a good location. The staff are genuinely helpful and we had a lovely stay. We stayed at Dar Karma twice - at the beginning and end of our Morocco trip. Modern hospitality in a traditional riad. James & Alison

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We have just come to the end of a 5 night stay in Riad Karma, and I am not ready to leave! From the first moment we stepped through the red door to be welcomed into a scented and peaceful courtyard, Riad Karma has proven to be the highlight of our 3 week trip to Europe and Morocco. The Riad has quite a unique blend of feeling thoroughly peaceful and relaxed, while providing attention to every possible detail, whether in a simple mint tea on a tray to a delicious and beautifully presented evening meal. Having travelled extensively over the past decade, and stayed in many types of accommodation around the world, both my husband and I have decided that Riad Karma is an extremely special place to which we will be sure to return. The rooms, decor, pool area and terrace, as described by others, are indeed lovely, but I believe it is the staff and their genuine interest in, and care of, the guests, which make this such a special place. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I don't normally stay in such expensive places so it was a bit of a luxury. Stayed here mainly because my friend wanted a place with a pool (she didn't use the pool in the end!). The location is good for the Saadian tombs and palaces. It's about a 20 to 25 minute walk to the Place Djemaa el Fna which is ok during the day but at night it's best to take a cab.

Pros - Very safe, clean and very quiet. Free wi-fi, very nice hammam which you can use for free and pool. Fantastic communal spaces ranging from the area by the pool to the rooftop terrace which is great to use for sunbathing as it's very private. Also the salon is very cosy and has a great view of the pool. The staff were very friendly and tried to answer our questions as best they could, some have limited English so knowing French is an advantage. It appeared that most people who stay here are French speaking. The owner is very amiable and if you have any questions he is happy to help.

Cons - For the price we paid I expected a fantastic breakfast but it wasn't. I have stayed in much cheaper places where the breakfast was much better than here. It was the same every day and by the fourth morning I was getting bored of it. The orange juice was excellent though. I think having the option of muesli and fruit would be a great addition to the breakfast table. Local knowledge of restaurants is limited as already mentioned by other people on here. In the locality of Dar Karma there isn't much choice for restaurants except a few that are a bit fancy and overpriced so best to head to another area for dinner or eat in a local place which we did on one night and it was very good and cheap.

Overall I would say that it's a good place to stay as a treat for a few nights but no more - and whilst there do make use of the terrace, pool and hammam otherwise it feels a bit of a waste. I would recommend this place to some of my friends and family - and obviously not to backpackers and those on a budget.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 51, Derb El Mennabha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#78 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle of Marrakech's historical center with easy access by car, Dar Karma Riad is an exclusive boutique hotel with 6 rooms (3 suites and 3 singles), and welcomes up to 14 people. With large open patios, housing includes heated swimming pool, hammam, beautiful terraces, internet wifi everywhere.Bread, jams, Moroccan pastries as well as the whole gastronomic European and Moroccan cooking served at the Dar Karma Riad are home made from carefully selected organic products. ... more   less 
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