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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 #103 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Definitely stay here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I can't exaggerate what an amazing little gem the Riad Karmela is. From the peaceful lobby where tortoises trot pass you paying you no attention at all to the rooftop top terrace where you can relax with a beer, this is the perfect remedy to a day in the Medina. The staff are attentive, the rooms stylishly decorated and beds extremely comfortable. However it's greatest quality? How quiet it is! It manages to make you feel that you could be anywhere and in Marrakech at the same time. This is a definite must for first-timers and regulars to Morocco. Finally, just to say- let the Riad organise your taxis- not only from the airport but also for trips to the Atlas mountains- the drivers are safe, friendly and good value. I can't rate this hotel enough!

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  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A big thank you to Riad Karmela
Firstly tho, I WOULD SUGGEST GETTING THEM TO ORGANISE A PICK UP FROM THE AIRPORT as its really not that easy to find first off. Once you know where it is its fine tho. Positioned right at the top of the souks so great location to the attractions up there like maison photographic etc.
The Riad was beautiful and huge! it had a lovely roof terrace with lots of different areas to sit at so not always under peoples feet. There is even a hot tub hidden up there, see if you can find it as we took a while :)
we were upgraded to the lovely suite Al Monsour which was a very generous size and had a bathroom i would like to replicate back in the UK.
Breakfast was varied every day which was nice, didnt have dinner tho so cant let you know thoughts on that.
Would certainly recommend, its wonderfully peaceful yet still a great location.

  • Stayed September 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Fantastic place, hidden in a narrow street just next to the souks, a real surprise and wow feeling when you arrive. Beautiful interior, we had a very quiet room and a delicious dinner on the rooftop terrace.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It really is, as others have described, an oasis of calm. We loved it and will def stay again when we return. Lovely welcome. Beautifully decorated Riad, really stylish and simple. rooms are spacious. We kept discovering little courtyards and places to relax. Hats left for people to sit outside was thoughtful. The female staff were quite chilly to us during breakfast but everyone else was so helpful and friendly. We booked a good tour through the Riad. Great location too as its a short walk to the main square and the souks are on the doorstep along with the veg market, coops, hamman and a lovely little place to eat. Def recommend others to stay. brilliant holiday.

Room Tip: Avoid directly being over the courtyard if possible. The rooms are fine but it can get a bit noisy...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My boyfriend and I booked here for 5 nights on our arrival in Morocco, we had an airport transfer (recommended as it would have been virtually impossible to find on our own) we were taken down lots of small streets that didnt look like anything special and then entered a tiny doorway into the riad - WOW! the whole place just looked incredible, running water, candles, trees was just beautful. Our room was great as well and the rood terrace - WOW again. beautiful place to sit and have a drink while listening to the call to prayer and watching the sunset :) It was a lovely peaceful sanctuary where we were able to get away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We loved it so much we ended up booking in for another two times while on our 2 week trip. I would highly recommend. GREAT value for money, the staff are so accommodating and kind. Just a wonderful place :)

Room Tip: Miriam (or something along those lines) is wonderful, but all the rooms are amazing!
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Let me start by saying I am not what you would call an experienced traveller, so maybe a Riad in the heart of Morocco old town was not a good start. What I can say is thank god that the reviews I had read did not lie.

Joel & Bouchra are brilliant hosts. Nothing is too much hassle. The food was fantastic, the rooms were lovely.

there are so many little nooks and crannies to this riad, I think half a day should be set aside jsut to explore this! The roof terrace is a beautiful place to while away the afternoons too.

If you are looking for the full Morocco experience then this Riad is perfect, right in the heart of the Medina. The medina itself is, as expected, mental! Very busy, a real travelers experience. You do need to keep you wits about you when out and about.

as you can probably guess I cannot recommend Riad Karmela enough.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 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
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#45 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#74 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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