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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 #98 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous, fabulous, Fabulous!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We booked direct with the Riad Carina based on the reviews from Trip advisor and we were not disapointed it was beautiful. They were easy to deal with and contacted us by email and answered our questions promptly, arranging restaurants, taxis and a guide. It is located in a great part of Marrakech close to the palaces and amid the hustle and bustle of the city but within an easy walk of the Souks and markets, you walk off a street into an alley way and then go through the door into a welcoming and peacefull oasis. The rooms are tradtional, clean and beautiful, the staff are lovely, and make sure you get them to cook a meal as it is the best food I've ever eaten - served on the roof terrace with candles and rose petals! We also booked a guide (ask for Norri!) through the riad and he was fantastic and made our short break special, taking us to lots of places and suggesting places to see a must if you want to make the most of your stay. We came as a group of friends and will definatly be back! So much better than a hotel, you feel you are seeing the real Marrakech! Thank you!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We have just recently had the opportunity to visit Marrakech on a ladies weekend away. We decided to stay at the Riad Carina, and can say that it was the best decision that we could have made! The place itself is stunning and set in a small side street next to the Palace Badia, while the entrance to the Riad is unassuming walking through the door you are taken into a wonderful place. The staff could not be more accommodating to our needs, the food the BEST we have ever tasted and the hospitality amazing. The Riad organised a tour guide for us, who took us all over Marrakech - I would highly recommend that you do this when visiting this wonderful and exotic city. We have been so impressed with the Riad that we are already planning to do the trip once again next year!

  • Stayed November 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

In the busy Marrakech, this Riad has been our oasis of freshness. It is modest but nice and quiet.

Our room was situated on the top of the roof facing the terrace with plenty of sun where you can ask to have your breakfast. Delightful with different types of jams, honey, moroccan crepes, some fresh fruits from the local market, nice orange juice and fantastic mint tea (or coffee) will please you.

You can heard the "clap" of the white stork all day.

The lovely cook has been such a gem, she will wake up your palate.
The staff is very friendly and will advice you about anything such as excursions, restaurants, etc.

After a long walk in the souk or in the street of the city, you will find good to have some rest in the courtyard where you will hear about the fountain or the lounge - playing on the shadows of the patterns lamps.

The only minus is that the room didn't have a lock. Also, we had a problem in our room with the smell of the sewer pipe.

Apart from that though, everything else in the Riad was just great!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Seven of us stayed for 3 nights in October, celebrating a 50th birthday. We were picked up at the airport by the pre-booked taxi, driven to the city and shown down the narrow alleyway to the Riad Carina. We were warmly welcomed and given mint tea, maps and advice on what to see. As our rooms were not ready we were able to leave our bags to go off to explore the exciting, colourful, bustling city of Marrakech.

We had booked a celebration meal for ten people at the Riad for that night and it surpassed our expectations! The table was set up in the courtyard, beautifully laid and decorated with rose petals and candles, and all the staff seemed to have turned up to help and enjoy the fun! The meal was the best we had in Marrakech and they had organised two sets of musicians and a stunningly beautiful belly dancer! We were also able to buy wine, which is not possible in all riads. The staff enjoyed the evening as much as we did and even joined in the dancing!! This is a great place to celebrate something special.

The riad is old and traditional with authentic furnishings, rooms are cool and clean, the courtyard and roof terrace delightful, the location perfect and, as said by other reviewers, the staff are excellent - helpful, friendly and always smiling - lovely! We booked through hipmarrakech and the rates were very reasonable. Overall, highly recommended!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We booked Riad Carina through Citrus Holidays (not recommended). We stayed in the Riad for seven nights. Good points: very helpful staff, located in the Medina and very convenient for Jemaa el Fnaa, souks, the Kasbah etc. The two evening meals we had in the Riad were the best food we ate in Marrakech. Roof terrace & cosy sitting areas for relaxation.
Not so good: We stayed in the annexe; the room was small, with a bed & small shower & toilet area (no door separating toilet from bedroom area). It had the advantage of being very private since we were the only people in the annexe for most of the time, but judging by other reviews, the bedrooms in the Riad itself sound much superior.
Nevertheless, we would recommend this Riad for the friendly, hospitable staff & the services they offer, as well as for its location.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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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
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #98 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Carina 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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