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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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early booker summer 2014
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“"Beautiful"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed here a few weeks ago and from start to finish had a wonderful experience. We were picked up from the airport as arranged, even though we were quite delayed and our arrival time had changed a number of times. We were very glad of the guide to take us to the Riad as we would never have found it ourselves!! Stepping into the Riad was almost surreal as it was so peaceful, beautiful and tranquil! We stayed in the Hassam room which was spacious, comfy and clean. Initial I was a bit unsure as it opened up onto one of the ground floor patios, but it was quiet and felt very private. The riad was beautiful and well maintained; the patios cool and relaxing, so lovely with trees, comfy seating and tortoises! The terraces split into different areas for relaxing, sunbathing and eating. The service was amazing and the staff were all very helpful, treating us wonderfully and ensuring we had a comfortable stay. I would certainly go back again and recommend Riad Karmela to anyone!!!

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was returning to Morocco and what a return it was... Riad Karmela is not just a riad is my Moroccan home!
We had some delays at the airport and traffic so we were quite delayed, we booked a meal and at our arrival (10pm) the table was still waiting for us.
Anyway originally we booked the riad for one night, as wee were going to do a week of visiting friends and seeing Morocco, due to work commitments we had to change the booking to which it didn't seem a problem at all! nothing you will ever ask to any member of staff is ever too much trouble. On our return from the road trip we had our suitcases where we left them and they very kindly kept our laptop in reception.
We stayed 13nights here and met/revisited amazing friends Kamal, Mustafa, Said, Joel, the ladies everyone is kind and EXTREMELY helpful. If I go back to Marrakech I will not stay anywhere else! this place is paradise, a 10 min walk from the main square a 5 min walk from "la place des Epices" and you can almost touch the souques.
I feel privileged to have stayed here 2 years running.
Thank you ALL so much for making my time there unforgettable!

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  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We decided to go to morocco for something different. My wife and I are experienced travelers and have been all over. This Riad was an exciting treat. It was in very good condition, within walking distance to everything in he Medena, and the staff made it that much more amazing. We stayed on the El Nour side of the Riad. It felt like our own private Riad. There is only a few rooms in that Riad, keeping it quiet and seemingly to our selves. There is a pool on the terrace, with plenty of seating and sunning areas. There are many lounge areas in the center court yard, as well. They do serve alcohol at this Riad, including a must have, BEER. They also have wine, and other spirits. All these can be charged to your room and paid at time of checkout (credit card or dirhams). They do serve a full course supper at the Riad, but we took the quick want to the market every evening. There is only maid service on the El Nour side, so all the amenities of Riad Karmela are at your disposal and you must go across a narrow alley to access the reception and drinks/food. There is a continental breakfast served from 8-10 on the Karmela side. You are welcome to hang-out on the Karmela side if you want to interact with people, or just a change in scenery. We very much enjoyed having access to both a quiet more private side, and having a few beers in the evening on the Karmela side.
The staff at Riad El Nour/Karmela were second to none. Very friendly and helpful with info about the city. They give you an into to the city when you arrive, along with a map, directions to important landmarks, and mint tea. If you have been looking at staying at another location, reconsider, this is the place to stay in the Medena of Marrakech.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I stayed here a couple of weeks ago and I have nothing but praises for the riad but also the the staff working here. They were all lovely and helpful. The riad (and the room that we stayed in) was clean and pleasant to stay in. It is almost like entering a different world from the fast hustle of the medina. The rooftop terrace wasre nice to relax and have breakfast/dinner in.

I loved the two resident tortoises staying there too! I would highly recommend and would happily stay here again if I had the chance.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stayed here for a week and were looked after exceptionally well.

The food was excellent.
Rooms clean and spacious with much needed aircon.
Location was an education in life in the Medina and was close enough to the square.

A week is maybe too long for Marrakesh unless you book a number of trips out of the area, but enjoyed the trip and it was very relaxing.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is the best hotel in Marakesh. We arrived late at night and had no reservation. We tried to called many hotels, some were full or did not have AC. We talk to the concierge and he pick us up because we were kind of lost in the Medina. The room we had was Rachid and we really enjoyed our stay over there. It is super clean, well decorated and well managed. It is also a few minutes from jama el fna. Thank you riad karmela!

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  • Stayed August 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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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:
#42 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#72 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Karmela 3.5*
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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