The summer weather had abandoned England. Morocco revelled in dry sun. British Airways had a SALE. A few days later and we were on our way! A taxi organised by the riad met us. We were welcomed by refreshing mint tea and a choice of rooms. We choose to stay in Karmela, a room on the first floor, which had a 6' wide firm double bed. Breakfast and dinner were served on the roof surrounded by high walls draped with bougainville in different hues. Oleanders (or you may prefer to call these fragrant flowers Nerines) in their large pots were watered early every morning by the nice gardener. In the space we choose for sun worship and reading, there was a small pomegrant tree just by my head. We discovered that it was best to get to breakfast early; and that we could have boiled eggs to order instead of the omelette on offer. The fresh orange juice was outstanding. There were fresh fruits, yoghurts, lots of homemade jam (including fig) and honey, pastries and the interesting Moroccan bread. The tea was Twinings Breakfast. What more could you want? In the extensive brochure in each bedroom, there was mention of the Moroccan dinner served to order every evening, priced at €20. In my opinion, this is very undersold by the riad. At the suggestion of the owner whom I had contacted before arrival, we had booked dinner on the first night. Unfortunately, he forgot to tell the lady cook. It would not be unfair to say the first evening's dinner was not her best. The two that followed were outstanding. The cook remembers what you had the previous time and makes sure your next dinner is completely different. It is like having your own celebrity cook without the hassle! The Moroccan wines are reasonable priced at €12-14 a bottle. Bottled water is replenished in the room every day. Mint tea served with sweet (alas!) pastries is complimentary. The riad is spotlessly clean. The staff are outstanding in their willingness to help. We would stay again any time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Karmela Marrakech
- Riad Karmela Hotel Marrakech