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“Great hotel in the middle of the Medina” 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 #109 of 470 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Madrid, Spain
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great hotel in the middle of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I spent three days in this Riad together with my family and I can say we had a great time there, from the beggining they explained us different tips for visit the city and some recommendations that we follow, the personal at the reception are exceptional; very good quality/price, if we come back, we will repeat!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sandhurst, Berkshire
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Can't recommend enough. Wonderful location, extremely helpful and friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us and the final bill was extremely reasonable considering we added lots of drinks and taxis to it. The rooms can differ in size so it's worth checking which room you've been booked in, particularly if you're sharing with a friend. I will definitely be staying again.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 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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Windsor, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just got back from my 3rd stay at Riad Karmela and I must admit I was a tad apprehensive that it wouldn’t be as wonderful as my previous two experiences. I needn’t have worried though, it was just as fantastic. I travelled with 3 friends none of whom had been to Marrakesh before. We had to wait a little while to get our rooms as there had been a bit of mix up, but we were absolutely fine sunning ourselves on the beautiful roof terrace. We ate in the Riad on our first night and the food was every bit as good as I remembered, especially the dessert! Breakfast was lovely especially the rocket fuel coffee. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful from arranging taxis, guides, booking restaurants and lugging trays of drinks up to the roof terrace for us. I would highly recommend a day at the Beldi Country Club. The rooms are all very different and wonderfully Moroccan. Check out was not the usual stressful nightmare as we were allowed to keep our rooms until we left which meant we could shower and pack just before we left to travel home. It is little things like this that make the Riad such a lovely place to stay and differentiates them from the big chain hotels. I am hoping I will be back for my 4th stay very soon. Thank you to everyone at Riad Karmela, keep up the good work.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandhurst, England
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I visited the Riad Karmela with three friends last week, one of which had visited twice before. It was everything and more that my friend had said. Lots of lovely quiet places to sit, the roof terrace is beautiful and the staff cannot do enough for you. From organising restaurant bookings, taxis and someone to take us on foot to nearby restaurant.
Thank you to all the staff at the Raid Karmela for a wonderful stay.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

As a group of females who have just returned from a 3 night break, we cannot recommend this beautiful Riad enough. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door, with mint tea offered alongside local tips and knowledge. We stayed in an apartment which was nicely decorated in the traditional style, inc a hair dryer and basic toiletries. We spent much time on the wonderful room terrace, and in the jacuzzi, which was a welcome relief to sit in the cooling bubbly water after a long day in the Souks. Dinner was also a treat, with a set menu which included a lovely tagine and both the local white and rose wine were enjoyable in the sunshine. As a group of young women, we were also offered a guide to walk us to local restaurants of an evening, which they had phoned ahead to book us a table at.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Riad Karmela is an oasis in the centre of Marrakech, a welcome retreat in a bustling city. They will arrange for you to be met at the airport and driven into Marrakech, be aware that as you get within the walled elements the roads are cobbled and narrow so you won’t get a door to door service and will need to walk a couple of hundred yards, accompanied by the driver/guide (a few minutes) through the alleys to reach the Riad, don’t be put off the approach its well worth it!

The staff at the Riad cannot do enough for you, from booking trips, talking you through options around the city, highlighting points on the map they provide, to booking restaurants, giving you a guide/escort to restaurants or booking taxis as and when required. Our experience was that on the day you exit provided you are departing by lunchtime/early afternoon they are happy to let you keep your room making packing, showering and changing before travelling home as pleasant as possible. That said you may experience delays accessing your room on arrival, but this shouldn’t be seen as a negative. Keep your swim gear or cooler cloths at the top of your case or your hand luggage and enjoy a walk around the city, or as we did, retire to the beautiful sun terrace and enjoy a snooze, read or dip in the plunge pool while you wait!

I’ve travelled in Africa before but never North Africa so wasn’t sure what to expect, this was clean, loved and welcoming.

Room Tip: Talk to the Riad when you're booking and be sepcific about what you want, no two rooms are the s...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A very beautiful riad in a great location in the medina. Interiors are sumptuous and very tasteful. Staff were excellent. Breakfast was very good, especially the coffee! Menu for snacks and evening meals was limited (most resturants here have a fairly limited menu) buhe labarint the food was very good.

If you haven't been to Marrakech before, listen to the advice from the owners. We found it to be a safe place, but took sometime to get used to the labarynthine alleyways, the "helpful" people giving directions and the hasslers in the souks.


My top tips:

Don't bother with the Tanneries!
Don't buy anything on your first day
Take a notepad and pen; get cab drivers to write down the price before you set off, note down prices of stuff and check them out on eBay when you get back to the riad before going back to buy
Smile and joke with the hasslers but don't stop and get involved in a conversation/ have tea with them etc.
Do check out the little shops and stalls outside the souks, they are less hassly and often better quality
Have a laugh with the guys in the Jemaa el Fna food stalls, their patter is amazing
Ask and agree a price before taking anyones photo

Room Tip: We had room Rachid on the ground floor on the second courtyard, very quiet but the doors aren't...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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:
#38 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#76 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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