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.
- 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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