Marrakesh is our first planned desitnation in Morocco after a long flight from Singapore. The abundence of date trees and pink colour houses of Marrakesh is a big feast to our eye after the 4 hours train journal from Casablanca airport to Marrakesh with dry and dull scenary. The neatly decorated Raid Al Karama is a good introduction of Marrakesh raid architecture to us as a first comer to Morroco.
We took a taxi to Djemaa el-Fna (the famous square in Marrakesh) from train station. Note - The distance from train station to Djemaa el-Fna is short. You must ask the driver to set the meter. It takes about 20 to 30 dirhams. We forgot about this and we were charged for 50 dirhams.
To go to Raid Al Karama from Djemaa el-Fna, we walk to Cafe de France, take the street Dabachi, then the 5th street on the right (the Derb Jdid), then left after the small tunnel, it is at number 119. It is not difficult to find and it is conveniently located. Someone may offer to take you to the riad. It is okay as long as you negotiate the price before hand. They will normally say their service is free but majority of them (98% based on our experience of our 2 weeks trip in Morocco) are not so be aware of this.
The raid is not big but it includes everything you need and to view. There is a nice terrace on top over looking the old town of Marrakesh where you have your breakfast and tea there. The centre of the raid is a resting place (courtyard) with a small fountain, some sofa in red and some green plants (with a small banana tree). The combination of green and red colour is good. The environment is quiet and comfortable. There is also a beautiful dining hall (see photo) where you can have breakfast if terrace is too cold.
The owner Michel is helpful. We were treated some biscults with mint tea at the terrace when we arrived in the late afternoon. Michel has spent some times with us to explain about how to explore Marrakesh by foot. We found Raid Al-Karama is actually near (walking distance) to a number of main sites like Bahia Palace, Badi Palace and Ali Ben Youssef Merdersa. Aziz, one of the staff is very friendly and helpful too. We chated with him sometimes and this has added the personal touch of Raid Al-Karama. There is one morning we need to leave Marrakesh early. Aziz is very kind to extend his help to prepare some simple breakfast for us in short notice.
Overall, we like the place and the people. If you are looking for a nice and comfort raid with Morrocon interior, small enough to have personal touch, with good location near to Djemaa el-Fna, affordable rate - Al Karama is the choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Au cœur de la Médina, laissez-vous séduire par le charme d'une Maison typiquement marocaine dans un quartier resté authentique.A deux pas des souks, de la place Jemaa-el-Fna et des principaux monuments, Michel et Eric vous accueillent dans cette ancienne demeure Marrakchie, transformée en Riad, qui mélange harmonieusement tradition millénaire et confort occidental.Quatre chambres et une suite s'ouvrent sur un patio ombragé, bercé par le rafraîchissant murmure d'une fontaine. Depuis la terrasse, vous surplombez les trésors de Marrakech. ... more less
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