I stayed in the 5 person apartment for 4 nights with my family and fiancé. We really enjoyed our time here. We arranged the airport transfer through the Riad after reading the reviews here which was a very good idea. The taxi cannot go straight to the entrance as the Riad is off a small alleyway so it drops you as close as possible and a man greets you with a cart for your bags and takes you to the front door. If you have not been to Marrakech before, it can be a bit daunting as there are lots of small shops and locals lining the streets, it's hot, dusty and noisy.
Once you step into the Riad it is like a whole different world! There is a beautiful central courtyard where you are invited to sit down, given mint tea and biscuits whilst you are checked in. Joel the owner was very nice and talked us through a map of the city. He was very helpful with recommending local restaurants and making reservations if we needed.
The room itself was lovely and clean. It had plenty of character with lots of Moroccan trinkets on the shelves, rugs on the floor and a pretty private terrace outside. You could also access the terrace where breakfast is served from here which is convenient.
Breakfast is continental - a variety of local pastries, jams, cheese, cereal, fresh orange juice, yoghurt and fruit. There is also an omelette that is flavoured differently each day e.g. Cheese, tomato, onion. I thought there was enough not to get bored for the few days we stayed although there have been varying opinions of this. Unfortunately the ladies serving the breakfast are not the most charismatic of people and sometimes I felt like I was bothering them if something had run out and I was asking if there was more. This is not how it should be.
The terrace upstairs is lovely - lots of hidden areas for you to relax and unwind. It is so quiet despite being in the middle of so many buildings. One evening we were too tired to go out so we sat on the sofas, shared a few cheese sandwiches from the bar menu (only other food choice is a tuna sandwich!), had some drinks and it was wonderful. The Riad also offers dinner (3 courses for 25 euros) but you have to tell them in advance. We did not eat there as we wanted to try other places.
Fantastic location - 10 minute walk to the main square Jemma El Fna. Took a day to get our bearings but then felt we knew where we were going!
Highly recommended to all travellers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The riad Karmela has 19 bedrooms and family appartments located within 3 houses and courtyards connecting together. You can also enjoy a hammam, massages, summer jacuzzi, large terasse. We are located 8 mn walk from the Pace Djemma El Fnaa and 1 mn from the souks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Karmela Marrakech
- Riad Karmela Hotel Marrakech