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“a place like home” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Karmela
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Derb El Feranne Azbetz | Place Ben Salah, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #104 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Stuttgart
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“a place like home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Now we have been the 4th time in the riad karmela - and we want to come back again - inshallah.
Marrakech is a great city, morocco a marvellous country - and the riad karmela is the place to rest, to settle down, to relax after the run through the souks and elsewhere.
The rooms are typically furnished, comfortable and you can feel like at home, joel, bouchra and her charming team always are kind, gentle and helpful - anytime, any situation. they fullfill your wishes.
this is my 3rd review about this riad, so i only could repeat me (if i would not stop here).
try the riad karmela, i am sure you will agree.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 via mobile

A very pleasant riad, in a quieter part of the medina - and this is a good thing. Don't worry about getting lost - the vegetable market is close by, and a good landmark for finding your way back.

The superior room was very nice - spacious, clean, and nicely decorated.

We had a lovely dinner at the riad on one night, and made use of the hammam (which was very good and very reasonably priced).

Didn't have much chance to use the roof terrace due to poor weather, but there seemed to be lots of quiet areas that were well equipped with sun beds, chairs, etc.

Overall, very good value for money.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Lovely stay at this Riad, thanks to Joel and the charming staff: They were all really helpful before, during and after our stay. We spent three nights there, they also recommended us places to eat, visit or stay in other cities. Dinner was delicious, with a good choice of Moroccan wines. Breakfast is fine, be sure to be there on time or you'll miss warm bread! Thuis Riad is a must, with a nice terrace to relax and enjoy breakfast, a great courtyard, clean and quiet. Absolutely recommended

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Despite initally being a little concerned on the approach to this Riad - it actually turned out to be ideally placed. The medina is a strange place and takes some getting used to with all its little twists and turns and narrow dusty alleyways, but this Riad was really beautiful. Walking distance to everything in the Medina, but out of the busiest areas so it's nice and quiet.

The staff were all lovely and very friendly. Upon arrival we were given mint tea, a map and a short talk on some highlights of the area. Particularly handy was the directions we recieved and hints and tips on where and, more importantly, where not to go a certain times.

The building is so pretty, several inner courtyards (look out for the two tortoises who amble around the main courtyard) with comfy chairs and sofas and a lovely large roof terrace that provides plenty of separate little areas affording privacy. A great sun trap in the afternoon.

The room was comfortable and beautifully decorated, all individual. The bathroom was great with a fantastic shower, always had hot water. Breakfast was fine, plenty of fresh fruit, breads and various other options and the coffee was good. For the evening their house red wine was also very nice - helpful considering it's pretty difficult to get one in the restaurants unless you are willing to spend quite a lot. Definately plenty of lovely places to sit and enjoy a glass after dinner out.

All in all this Riad was excellent and very good value for money.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

It has all been said before! The location, 50 meters from the Souk, is so convenient but make sure you arrrange a taxi collection from the airport. The ambience is delightful, it has local character and most was most relaxing; lovely courtyards and roof seating. The staff were 5star charming. We had 2 meals both very good but not cheap. Breakfasts were excellent and the Riad's size meant they could be flexible, but, as in other Riads, you are dependant on other guests respecting your needs ie not being noisy at breakfast! We would love to return for another stay.

The only slight disapointmant was our day out. As there were just 2 of us, the Riad, passed our tour to the Ourika Valley to Sahara Expeditions who consolidated lots of travelers into a 14 seater coach. It took 1hr 10mins to get us all together and from then on we were in a rush. Arriving back late they droped us off on the opposite side of the souk!

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  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The riad was excellent and a beautiful oasis from the chaos of the medina. There were lots of places to chill out and the ambience was relaxed, quiet and very Moroccan. Food was fine and the hammam/massage was superb. Getting an airport transfer is essential if you want to have any chance of finding the riad. Joel and staff were very helpful with maps, restaurants, recommendations etc. My only caveat is that you need to feel confident navigating through the medina at night if you're going to make the most of the place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We had a wonderful four night stay in Riad Karmela last week. The staff were friendly, funny and helpful with a perfect balance of formal hospitality and informal friendly banter. The hotel is beautifully decorated throughout and around every turn is a new place to sit, another sun terrace or a private corner. Breakfast was carried up to the roof each day for us to enjoy in the sunshine surrounded by beautiful flowers and birds enjoying the rooftops. The food was great - highly recommend to book for an evening meal (one days notice required) and the Argan oil massage was highly enjoyable! We took a day trip up the Ourika Valley to the Atlas mountains, organised by the Riad which I would recommend as a very interesting day out with a friendly driver.
The only (very minor) problem with our whole stay was as we were in the Yacout Terrace Suite on the rooftop we were woken every morning at 5am by the very loud call to morning prayer...so pack some earplugs!

Room Tip: Bring your earplugs if in the rooftop room as calls to prayer from the mosques very loud at 5am!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 10 Derb El Feranne Azbetz | Place Ben Salah, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#40 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#75 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Karmela 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad Karmela has 19 bedrooms and family appartments located within 3 houses and courtyards connecting together. You can also enjoy a hammam, massages, summer jacuzzi, large terasse. We are located 8 mn walk from the Pace Djemma El Fnaa and 1 mn from the souks. ... more   less 
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