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“4 nights - peaceful haven amongst mayhem!” 4 of 5 stars
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Cala Medina
Ranked #268 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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“4 nights - peaceful haven amongst mayhem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Lovely, charming Riad with clean comfortable rooms, traditional Moroccan style with a lovely little open-air courtyard where you can enjoy breakfast. There is also a lovely roof terrace that you can relax on.
The owners of this Riad are really helpful and friendly and very relaxed - especially about what time you have breakfast and how late you come back.
It's a bit difficult to find at first but well worth it. Only 10 minutes from the main square in the south east of the medina right by Palace Bahia.
My Mum and I enjoyed relaxing here after the madness and mayhem of the Medina. Can't recommend it highly enough - oh, and they even have beer and wine available! :-)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

As a background -- We have been renting villas and riads throughout Morocco for the last 10 years. We rented this riad through homeaway.com. This was advertised as a 5 bedroom self-catering riad, however the owner treats it like a hotel. We arrived and started to unpack. Our group, 5 adults and 4 children, was informed that we could not enter the kitchen. Well, the whole point in renting an entire self-catering riad is that we can prepare snacks and meals for our small children. Additionally, there was a "guardian" who stayed in the riad all day long. We rented the whole riad to have privacy and enjoy the company of our family. We did not want some guy lounging on the sofa all day long.

I approached the owner to let him know this was not our agreement nor was this disclosed. He said "I have to protect my investment". I explained that this was not how we wanted to spend our vacation, additionally that we have been renting entire homes in Morocco for many years and have never had these restrictions. He said, take it or leave it. We spent one night there because it was too late to move houses. We moved the first thing the next morning to Riad Opera where we have had a lovely, enjoyable vacation.

In summary, only go to Riad Cala if you want a single room. When they advertise as a self-catering riad -- they are lying.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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joellegeorges, Propriétaire at Cala Medina, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
This riad with 6 rooms for 12 to 15 people is classified and reported guest house with breakfast service obligation and caretaker for security, compliance loies and tranquility of all.
It was in any way (contract very clear) rented exclusively.
If 10 years she has finally found its location is good !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

I just got back from Marrakech and part of the reason I had such a phenomenal stay is the time I spent at the Riad Cala Medina. The owners are unbeleivably sweet and helpful, and their family was also there during my stay which gave the hotel a real family-feel. The hotel felt like an oasis of calm outside the culture shock I experienced during my time in Marrakech. We ate delicious breakfasts on the roof and even got henna done in the center covered courtyard. Our room was perfect. By the end of the trip we were calling our hotel "home." The location couldn't be beat. I would recommend this hotel to even the richest of the rich who could afford to stay at some luxury hotel in Gueliz-- this hotel truly had everything we could have wanted and more.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Cala Medina

Property: Cala Medina
Address: 39, Derb Lahbib Lemagni Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #268 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cala Medina 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This typical riad is located in the heart of the Medina in Marrakesh, a few minutes from the famous Jamaâ El Fna Square. It offers an indoor pool and large terrace. Each air-conditioned guest room at the Riad Cala Medina is decorated in a typical Moroccan style and has a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy Moroccan specialities at the Cala's restaurant. Additional facilities at the Riad Cala Medina include free Wi-Fi in its public areas and a shuttle service (upon reservation). ... more   less 
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