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“Traditional charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Catalina
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   21 Derb Allal Ben Hssaine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #447 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Wales
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Traditional charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We visited Marrakech for a week-end to celebrate a significant birthday, and wanted to stay in a riad for a truly Moroccan experience. Riad Catalina ticked all the boxes for us. From the moment we stepped from the narrow alleys of the medina through that sturdy door into the beautiful courtyard, we were enchanted. The interior was peaceful and leafy, full of birdsong by day and lit by lanterns at night. We have happy memories of tiled floors and walls, a marble fountain centrepiece, orange and fig trees, doves and tortoises, and a very friendly atmosphere. Our room was comfortable and quiet with traditional charm. The city beyond those sheltering pink walls was as weird and wonderful as expected. We enjoyed Jemaa el-Fna by day and night, bartered in the souks, and just wandered around hither and thither to relish all the unfamiliar scents, sights and sounds. Then we returned to nearby Riad Catalina to relax in very pretty surroundings and eat delicious home cooked food away from the melée. Highly recommended.

  • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Everything went well here--room on top floor was clean and cool (important!). Good size room with interesting but functional layout of bathroom, shower, and sitting area. Creative updates. King size bed was divided into twins for my son and me.

Pool was across the way also on the rooftop. And the pool was refreshing.

Breakfast was under a canopy in a garden with a turtle moseying about and eating lettuce. Service was attentive and effective. In the afternoons, there was a bar, and in the evenings a dinner special.

I don't know why it sits as low as it does in the ratings. And equally I don't know what else they could do to improve their score.

The place was interesting, clean, attractive, and very quiet. Located down a narrow lane but a short walk to the Koutoubia mosque and with views of it and the Atlas Mountains, its location was excellent for its removal from the mainstream and its proximity to the city center.

Staff were helpful about logistics and assistance.

Room Tip: Inside, top floor is all we know, and it was quiet with a sun porch. The center garden was cooling...
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Kapellen, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Arriving there was a disappointment ! Birds everywhere, also while enjoying breakfast, trying to pick your food. Room (blue room, garden) is very small and not very clean. Price is too high for what you get. But the staff is very friendly. Location is ok, but very busy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

A quiet base from which to explore Marrakech. Wonderful friendly service, good food and atmospheric setting. Ten minutes walk to the Souks and central square. Quickly gets you into the feel of this wonderful city. Small number of rooms makes the place very intimate. Great views from the roof top swimming pool.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The Riad is very beautiful but quite old so a little "Shabby Chique". The rooms themselves, whilst very comfortable and clean are very small. We had the Blue Room the bed was comfy and the covers look very plush but we could hardy walk around the bed the space was so limited. The staff were without exception very friendly and efficient. You take your breakfast in the central courtyard which is full of trees and a central fountain. It can be quite chilly in here in the morning before the sun reaches it. Breakfast consists of coffee fresh orange juice, bread with jam or honey and cake or pastries. The location of the Riad is very good for reaching all places around the Medina. It is located down a shabby looking alley (as are most of the riads in the Medina) but it is very safe and easy to find. It is only a 10 minute walk (max) to the Square. You can see the Koutoubia Minaret from the Riad so aim for that and you're not far away. Another landmark to look out for is the Islane Hotel. The road behind that hotel is the road that takes you back to the riad alley entrance. The riad has a small dip pool on the roof with a few sun beds and chairs which is nice to sit in the evening as the rooms only have very small windows so can be rather dark.

Room Tip: All standard rooms are the same size just different colours For more room you would need to book a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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flitwick
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Within 1/2 a mile of manic central Marrakesh the Catalina is an oasis of calm. The excellent staff are their for your every need and are always smiling and attentive. Would recommend this Riad, and would certainly return.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

If you want to visit Marrakesh this is the place to stay. Ticks all the boxes....authentic, amazing staff, lovely food, CLEAN and extremely relaxing.
I would reccomend this Riad without a doubt in my mind!

Room Tip: If you can afford it get room 104 the suite
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 21 Derb Allal Ben Hssaine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #447 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Catalina 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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