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“Lovely Stay at Riad Kalila” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Kalila
Derb Snane no 65 et 66 | Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #433 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Lovely Stay at Riad Kalila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2008

Riad Kalila is a quiet and beautifully-adorned oasis set amidst the chaos and bustle of the Red City. My friend and I stayed at the terrace room (croix de sud, one night) and the two twin-beds room (chant de dune, four nights), and found both rooms to be comfortable and cozy (note: no bathroom doors!). Joelle, the owner/host, goes above and beyond in making sure that your stay in Marrakech and in Riad Kalila is a happy and memorable one. From arranging a private taxi to Essaouira, preparing our earlier-than-usual breakfasts (usually at 9 AM but because of our travel itinerary, we had to take our meals by 8-8:15), to providing us with two authentic homecooked Moroccan meals (dinner on request), she was definitely our go-to-person for the five days we were there. The Riad is set in a quiet street (no cars allowed) and is about five-minute walk to Djemma El Fna and the souks. From the terrace, you can see the Koutoubia mosque and take a peek on surrounding properties to see how the locals live. Should you need information about the nearby sights, there's plenty of travel literature provided for guests in the entrance hall. Please note that there are no elevators, so pack lightly or just be prepared to tackle a narrow, winding staircase.

  • Liked — The atmosphere, location, and the staff
  • Disliked — Tricky to find at first, stairs (because of our heavy bags)
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2007

I've never posted a review on a web site before, but we recently returned from a 5 day trip to Morocco, where we stayed at Riad Kalila in Marrakesh - the place was so fantastic I thought it was worth jumping on line and sharing the secret!
Very good value, great location, gorgeous decor and the owner Joelle is a lovely French lady who made us feel right at home.
We were a little nervous before we got there as there was not much information on the web to read, but soon realised that's because the Riad has only been open for less than a year - no doubt as word spreads around this will be known as the place to stay!

  • Liked — Location, staff and atmosphere
  • Disliked — No door to bathroom
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Derb Snane no 65 et 66 | Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #433 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kalila guests House offers the opportunity to pass from europe into the north African word in an atmosphere of tranquil confort and refinement. Upon entering through the door of the riad Kalila, visitors find themselves without a light ans spacious garden and couryard complete wiyh fountain, a feature typical of many of the finest traditional arab and north african homes and palaces. Visitors will quickly find that those features lend the interior an atmosphere so calm and peaceful. ... more   less 
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