In a city where riad hospitality is generally exemplary, Riad Camilia is surely the best of them all! We have stayed in Marrakech riads on several trips now, and always stay somewhere different because we like new experiences...but now we've found Riad Camilia we know it is one to return to!
Stayed for 3 nights in May, for a short relaxing break, for which the riad was perfect. The style is contemporary calm mixed with Moroccan artifact and works really well, its beautiful, and the photos on the website and elsewhere do not do it justice.
The riad is ENORMOUS, huge spaces which means with only 6 rooms there is always somewhere private you can settle down to read your book or enjoy your dinner in. The roof terrace has lots of really comfy corners, and a couple of dipping pools, perfect to cool off on a hot day along with some mint tea.
We stayed in Suite 6, which was huge, and had its own lounge area (which itself is larger than most other riad bedrooms themselves) with TV and library. there was also an open fire so would be great to visit in winter. Very tastefully decorated, an almost-walk in wardrobe and lots of storage space so you can unpack and really feel at home. It shares a private little staircase with Suite 5, and is in the newer part of the building, which means its away from the central courtyard, and hence very very quiet, which means you can get a good nights sleep without being disturbed by people coming and going in the rest of the riad.
Food is delicious, and the staff are just wonderful, best we've experienced in Marrakech. They are always one step ahead, anticipating your needs before you even know them yourself. And manager Nicolas is just the perfect host, never seems to sleep as he's always on hand with suggestions of what to do, and there to help if you need it. Can't speak highly enough of both him and the rest of the staff. (We also had a problem with one of our suitcases - the lock stopped working which meant we couldn't get into it when we arrived late in the evening which was a bit stressful...not a problem for Nicolas, who appeared with some pliers at our request and managed to break the lock for us, phew. Thanks!).
Easy to get to by taxi, then someone from the riad comes to meet you to walk the short distance (a porter will take your luggage) to the riad. Not difficult to navigate your way down to the square and souks, and its very close to Ben Youssef and also Le Fondouk restaurant. Great location.
We will be back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a sumptuous and authentic ryad with intact oriental and moorish atmosphere. The owners have invested time and passion to decorate this little palace of the Marrakech medina with wonderful objects and paintings found in local flea markets and antique shops around the world. The patio (courtyard) is an area of calm and relaxation where you find a small pool. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and one bedroom and a suite overlooking the courtyard from the first floor. The master suite is absolutely gorgeous and we strongly advise you to spend a few nights there with your loved one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Camilia Hotel Marrakech