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Riad Al Karama
119, derb Jdid | Quartier Dabachi, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #104 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

My third stay at this Riad - consistently high standards of service and cleanliness. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners, Michel & Eric or the staff who attended to everything for us with kindness and a smile! We were lucky with the weather this trip so able to spend more time on the roof terrace and enjoy the great breakfasts up there too.
An amazing short break in the city and in a very beautiful and relaxing riad.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

We booked this Riad on the strength of previous reviews and were not disappointed. It is small but perfectly formed - a slice of Marrakesh as you imagine it should be. The decor is lovely - all carved wooden doors, beautiful rugs and lamps, gold, greens and reds. The staff were wonderful - the best food we had all weekend was Meriams lemon chicken which was part of a three course lunch we had prebooked and was waiting for us shortly after we arrived.
The staff were constantly cleaning and always cheerful and welcoming - can't say enough good things about them. As the city is not awash with bars we took some duty free drinks with us and they were happy to bring ice and glasses up to the terrace each evening so we could have a sundowner or two. It is possible that they can arrange drinks but we didn't ask so can’t be sure about that. The riad has only 5 rooms and we were in four of them so it felt like we were in our own private house for most of the time.
The Riad is very close to the Jemaa El Fna but it is still possible to lose you bearings at first so make sure you have some small change or a supply of pens and the local kids will guide you back. Actually, they will guide you back whether you want them to or not but they are very sweet.
The rooms are all en-suite and my shower was always hot and had good water pressure. You will need to take your own shampoo and hair dryer but large bath towels are provided. You will need a travel adapter as the plugs are two pin.
The weather was perfect - sunny and warm but not baking hot. We could doze on the sun beds on the terrace but didn't get sticky and exhausted in the heat while wandering around the town. Breakfast was served on the terrace at whatever time you requested. It was continental and varied slightly each day. Do look out for Josephine the tortoise who lives up there.
There is a row of Banks, most with cash machines just off the Jemma el Fna so getting cash is easy. Obviously as you are in a city there a thousand and one places to eat.
There are so many things to do around the city but I can recommend a walk through the Yves St Laurent gardens (cool, shady & beautiful) followed by a BLT lunch & cocktail on the terrace at La Mamounia (extravagant but worth it).
All in all we found the Riad to be well positioned, priced and appointed – also very friendly.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

Excellent location in a quiet authentic area of Marrakech (medina), a few steps from the main place Jema El Fna.

Great value for money

Spacious and clean rooms with a common rooftop terrace

Staff are very gentle and very helpfull

if we had to go back to Marrekech, for sure this is the place we will be

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

Cozy and charming riad managed by friendly and helpful staff. It is on a quiet place on a walking distance from the Medina. We enjoyed a large and yummy breakfast on the terrace and tea in the afternoon. We recommend the lift arranged by the riad from and to the airport at a fair price. We stayed four nights and made a day trip to Essaouira also organized by the riad. The staff was very welcoming and quite flexible with our time table and definitely made our trip more enjoyable.

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

Beautifully decorated riad in the middle of the Medina. Just a couple of minutes away from the big square. An oases of peace and quietness, lovely breakfasts and evening drinks on the roof terrace served with a genuine smile by the charming staff. Talk to the owner Michel and he will indicate the best places to visit in and around the city and he will arrange everything for you.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

What a fantastic Riad, the staff were very friendly and welcoming, we were served mint tea on the roof terrace when we arrived which was very refreshing, the riad felt like we were experiencing the real Marrakech rather than staying in a big hotel, the courtyard and terrace were very peaceful especially in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the old town!! The location was perfect just a couple of minutes from the main square, though I would recommend the riads offer of transport to and from the airport as I dont think we would have ever found our way. Our drivers were very friendly and we had a very informative driver on the way to the riad pointing out buildings and lots of advice for our stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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Wassenaar
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

In a small street very near to the busy Jemaa El-Fna Place, this is the perfect stop. The owners are charming and full of good advices. The rooms are furnished with taste, as wel as the bathrooms. The colors used in the all Riad are in perfect harmony, actually, it looks like everything is in harmony, the staff, the owners, the atmosphere is very pleasant. We had breakfast on the terrasse as wel as diner (which was delicious thanks to Meriem). I recommand to reserve via the Riad the arrival transfer from the airport as well as the first diner(you will plan another one for sure!).
All important sightseeing spots are at walking distance from the Riad.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Address: 119, derb Jdid | Quartier Dabachi, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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