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“Beautiful, peaceful retreat so close to all the sights and experiences.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Carina
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   76 Rue Berrima, Derb Touareg, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #114 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Beautiful, peaceful retreat so close to all the sights and experiences.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

After a quick pre booked airport taxi journey and a short walk, lead by our jovial driver, through the hustle and bustle that is Marrakech, and up a narrow alley to a unmarked carved wooden door we were warmly greeted by a smiling young lady who welcomed us into the most beautiful open to the sky courtyard where a table had been set for us to take tea. Other staff served us and helped fill in the registration forms as we lounged on huge cushions surrounded by trees and plants, birds, Morrocan artifacts, trickling water features and soft Morrocan music.
We had been booked into the two bedroom roomed self contained "baby" Riad a few yards along the alley which mirrored the main building but on an intimate scale. This was perfect as the four of us felt we had our own private Morrocan villa as well as the main Riad which also had a roof top sun terrace with tented dining area and a large colony of nesting storks, who reside really close by on the walls of Badi Palace.
How wonderful after tiring days sightseeing in the city, bartering in the Souks or taking in the ancient cobbled streets, busy fishing harbour and sea side on our day excursion to Esaouira, to return to the tranquil comfort and constant welcome from the brilliant staff,who soon became our friends, guides and teachers.
Meriam took us to the local market to choose a live chicken, picked that day veg and authentic Morrocan spices which we prepared and cooked under her expert tuition and later ate under the stars on the roof terrace.
We also visitted one of the sister hotels, Riad Dianna, likewise very beautiful and serene, for a black soap scrub followed by a massage in their Hammam.
Thank you Riad Carina... Zafira, Meriam, Said and the rest of Badi's staff for your extremely professional web site, prompt on line communication, excursion, activities and transport planning/ booking and your friendly warmness and attention to all our needs.
These people go the extra mile which makes staying with them a joy, they keep their prices low which makes the most exciting and enjoyble experiences affordable and have thought of and planned for all their guests needs which makes visitting Marrakech so much easier than going it alone.
We would never even consider staying anywhere else in Marrakech.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We (five girls) stayed at the Riad Caria in September 2012 for three nights, booking through www.hipmarrakech.com. Everything about our stay at the Riad was perfect. Clean, authentic moroccan interiors, and easy to find our way back from Jemaa el Fna. But it was definitely the staff that made our stay extra special, they really went above and beyond for us. Helpful and friendly at all times, and spoke very good english. The Riad's taxi drivers were excellent too, we had a good laugh with them, very reasonably priced. They drove us to and from the airport, and also to get to the Gardens Majorelle and a fantastic italian restaurant 'La Trattoria de Giancarlo'. Breakfast and coffee at the Riad Carina were really good, the three course evening meal was delicious, and SO cheap at €19. Beautiful flowery rooftop terrace, all for just over £30 a night each. Perfect place to come back and chill after a day in the busy city. So glad we chose to stay in the Medina as opposed to the newer areas of the city. Would recommend this to anyone considering a trip to Marrakech. Nothing to moan about at all!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Braunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed at the Riad Carina for 4 nights in September, which we booked through the excellent Citrus Travel. Our expectations were not particularly high as we got a very cheap deal, but we were pleasantly surprised by the high standards and the incredibly helpful staff at the Riad. Meriem, Zuhina and Said greeted us everyday with smiles and were able to cater to our every need (literally, they went and got us pizza after a full day out!) and their food and service were outstanding. We are used to eating at a fairly high standard when we travel and reports from friends about food in Marrakesh made us slightly wary, however the meal at the Riad (19 euros for 3 courses), was genuinely delicious and authentically Morrocan. The staffed organised every trip we wanted at a good price and we felt incredibly safe during our stay. The rooms were very clean, traditionally Moroccan and to a good standard. I travelled with my husband and in-laws and we were given the Riad next to the main building - this was an added bonus as we had a large living space and courtyard to ourselves but still able to use all of the facilities at the main Riad. No request was a problem, Said even took us to another Riad for a Hamman so we wouldn't get lost (again). Marrakesh is a wonderful city, if not a little challenging at times and the Riad Carina was an oasis. Without Meriem, Zuhina and Said i think our trip would have been a very different experience - having listened to other Brits on the plane on the return journey, i realise how easy our trip was thanks to them. All in all we couldn't recommend Riad Carina enough, the location is ideal, the food, decor and ambience perfect and the staff phenomenal.

Room Tip: Our room windows were on the alley, rather than facing into the Riad, therefore we heard general noi...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I booked this Riad mainly due to the previous reviews on this site. There's such a wide choice of Riad's in Marrakech, I wouldn't go anywhere else and I'd book Riad Carina. Was picked up from the airport (cost of 220dh) by a very friendly man, showed straight to the door where mint tea was waiting for me on the roof terrace. The room was lovely and large (I stayed on the ground floor room) with separate bedroom and living room. Major plus with this Riad is location, only a 10min walk to the main square and your are right in the middle of the Jewish Quarter. Breakfast was lovely, consisting of breads, jams, fruit, fresh juice and strong coffee.

The staff are very welcoming and very helpful with any questions. My room was cleaned daily and the air conditioning was a relief after being in 40degree heat all day.

I really loved this Riad and I loved Marrakech, I'll definitely be returning and I will 100% be staying at Riad Carina again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

My friend and I stayed at Riad Carina for 4 nights in August. It was lovely. The riad is so picturesque, really nice to come back to after a day out in the heat of Marrakech. Our room had air con, which was definitely required in August! The staff were very friendly, helpful and welcoming. We were given complimentary mint tea on arrival and then again during our stay. The breakfast was really nice and served at a convieniant time for us depending on our plans for the day. The staff were also kind enough to book our bus tickets for us for our onward travel to Agadir. Our room was traditional and clean and we always had hot water. The only thing I would mention is that it is not possible to lock your room. The doors are traditional-style and don't lock, so we had no key. There is a safe and the riad itself is locked (you need to ring the bell to be let in). We never had any problems, but just worth mentioning. We took our valuables and passports out with us just to be on the safe side.

Room Tip: Our room was on the roof terrace, which was quiet as there are no other rooms on this floor. We also...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 22, 2012

Staying at Rian Carina was an amazing experience. Staff were extra friendly and accomodating(especially Said). The riad is beautiful and a welcome oasis after a day out. The food prepared by Aziza was excellent and Zahira was always willing to make booking for us for both taxis and local spa treatments. Staying at Riad Carina added so much to our unforgettable Moroccan experience. When I return to marrakesh, I will definately be staying here!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Washington, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The staff was unbelievably helpful, friendly, and accommodating. It's located very close to the market, the palace, and the Jewish quarter. The interior was beautiful and impressive. Breakfast was delicious and readily available. Mint tea is always there and a delicious hookah. I really can't say enough good things about the Riad Carina.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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: 76 Rue Berrima, Derb Touareg, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #114 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Carina 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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