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“Great location, hidden oasis” 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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early booker summer 2014
Ranked #99 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Great location, hidden oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the 5 person apartment for 4 nights with my family and fiancé. We really enjoyed our time here. We arranged the airport transfer through the Riad after reading the reviews here which was a very good idea. The taxi cannot go straight to the entrance as the Riad is off a small alleyway so it drops you as close as possible and a man greets you with a cart for your bags and takes you to the front door. If you have not been to Marrakech before, it can be a bit daunting as there are lots of small shops and locals lining the streets, it's hot, dusty and noisy.

Once you step into the Riad it is like a whole different world! There is a beautiful central courtyard where you are invited to sit down, given mint tea and biscuits whilst you are checked in. Joel the owner was very nice and talked us through a map of the city. He was very helpful with recommending local restaurants and making reservations if we needed.

The room itself was lovely and clean. It had plenty of character with lots of Moroccan trinkets on the shelves, rugs on the floor and a pretty private terrace outside. You could also access the terrace where breakfast is served from here which is convenient.

Breakfast is continental - a variety of local pastries, jams, cheese, cereal, fresh orange juice, yoghurt and fruit. There is also an omelette that is flavoured differently each day e.g. Cheese, tomato, onion. I thought there was enough not to get bored for the few days we stayed although there have been varying opinions of this. Unfortunately the ladies serving the breakfast are not the most charismatic of people and sometimes I felt like I was bothering them if something had run out and I was asking if there was more. This is not how it should be.

The terrace upstairs is lovely - lots of hidden areas for you to relax and unwind. It is so quiet despite being in the middle of so many buildings. One evening we were too tired to go out so we sat on the sofas, shared a few cheese sandwiches from the bar menu (only other food choice is a tuna sandwich!), had some drinks and it was wonderful. The Riad also offers dinner (3 courses for 25 euros) but you have to tell them in advance. We did not eat there as we wanted to try other places.

Fantastic location - 10 minute walk to the main square Jemma El Fna. Took a day to get our bearings but then felt we knew where we were going!

Highly recommended to all travellers!

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Riad Karmela for two nights at the end of September and i must say it beat our expectations in every way. The Riad itself is beautiful and the staff extremely helpful expecially Jamal. I would recommend this Riad to anybody and would most definetly stay there again.

  • Stayed September 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
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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!

Room Tip: Ask for "Layla"- the air conditioning was replaced on our final day- super powerful and mu...
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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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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    • 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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