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Riad Karmela
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed here in January 2014 when my husband booked it as a surprise trip for my 40th! It's a gorgeous raid which has been converted from someone's home into a sumptuous hotel. Decor is very traditional & to a high standard. Rooms are large, clean & comfortable. Staff are friendly & helpful & will recommend local places of interest & restaurants with great local cuisine. They also gave us great advice on local etiquette & what to pay for taxis, & goods in local shops etc so as not to be ripped off. We visited 3 museum's ( Ben Youssef/museum of Marrakech & museum of photography)just round corner from the raid which was worth while to see not only exquisite architecture, but also views of the city from their roof tops. We recommend booking food with the raid for first night if arriving late in the day, ( 25euros pp for 3 courses, but well worth it) we did & it was fab food giving us taste of Moroccan food & saving us trying to negotiate the Moroccan streets in the dark on our first night! The hamman treatment offered in the hotel is amazing & a must for your stay & so reasonable at 15 euros! Don't miss going to the medina square during the day to visit the souks & shop/haggle til you drop & at night for whole new Moroccan experience! But be careful in the square day or night of taking any photos as the locals( snake charmers, water carriers, acrobats etc) are quite forceful of then asking you to pay them! The restaurants around the square are & offer great food, we visited chez chegrouni & cafe France, the later only 11 euros for bread, 2 main dishes, 2 drinks & a dessert!! & had the best tajine of our stay. We also did the Atlas Mountain trip & booked this direct from the Raid which we also recommend as we had 2 local guides who both went out of their way to give us a truly unforgettable experience. I can't wait to go again & would definitely stay in this Raid, we have already recommended it to 2 lots of friends who have booked for this May & November. Enjoy. Xx

Room Tip: Rooms to the back of the raid will be quieter away from the main courtyard, although when we were there the staff did encourage guests to keep noise down & be aware of other guests staying at the raid.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarahcoleman
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Booked a 3 night stay with my wife for a short break to hopefully catch some sun and stroll round the souks. we were picked up at the airport by someone from the Riad and the transfer probably took about 20minutes followed by a 5 minute walk from where the car had to be left. By the time we checked into the romm and had a debrief/orientation we felt we would be best off eating at the hotel rather than exploring but in hindsight this was maybe a mistake as we later discovered there were many places only a ten minute walk away.

At that point we didnt know if there were safety issues at night etc. Let me reassure you that it is perfectly fine to be walking around at any time and there is no intimidatory atmosphere etc so feel free to explore.

Breakfast is served on a great roof terrace. Its simple, nothing cooked, but really nice. The orange juice is freshly squeezed and plentiful and they have english breakfast tea so no need to bring your teabags !

The souks are so close (as are various museums) that it is practical to have a wander round and then pop back to your romm easily before venturing back out if you so wish. The aforementioned roof terrace has sun beds and comfy chairs making it a pleasant venue throughout the day. There is also a shower lhidden away in one corner which is great to ccol down if you overheat.

There are many reasonably priced restaurants nearby and we visited cafe arabe and Le Foundouk and were very pleased with our choices. The riad staff will book for you which was definitely needed for the evenings.

Riad` Karmela has a hammam and i booked a body scrub with some trepidation but hey, when in marrakech .... I would recommend this and I also had a great massage afterwards. Both together were only 45euros. Its a must.

The staff could not have been more helpful and there was a great camaraderie with all staff and guests. After we had checked out a cleaner tracked us down as we had left a credit card in the safe (which we were certain we had cleared) so as a demonstartion and recommendation of honesty and integrity that is about as good as it gets.

One slightly odd thing was that our ground floor room (in common with other ground floor rooms) have lovely decorative doors but they didnt close properly and relied on a curtain being drawn in front of them. Whilst this keeps line of sight closed it doesnt stop sound and if you have courtyard seating immediately outside your room (as we did) then iy can lead to a noisy evening. Just as we could hear every word spoken by others they could hear us too.
Bit strange but we got used to it. Requesting a first floor room would solve the problem.

If you are looking to avoid the chain hotel experience and have a more authentic stay with a great welcome and nice surroundings in a central location then stay at Riad Karmela and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

I would definitely return and recommend to friends.

Room Tip: avoid ground floor room as it can be a bit noisy and is less private
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Barry S
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed at Riad Karmela for a four day break, the Riad and its location is excellent, just a two minute walk from the souk and less than ten minutes from the main square. Down a winding alley through almost unnoticeable doors, you find the very pretty Riad Karmela and smaller ‘Petit Karmela’ which is directly opposite. We took the entire smaller riad for our group and had six rooms leading to a beautiful central living space/covered courtyard which was ideal for us all to gather together and relax. Breakfast was taken in the main Riad in another gorgeous courtyard setting amongst orange trees and a fountain.

Joel, the owner and Bouchra were extremely efficient and helpful throughout the booking process, assisting with plans prior to arrival. During our stay the whole team were friendly and accommodating – they organised taxis, transport for our day trip, gave honest advice and happily assisted us to organise a drinks party one evening on the beautiful roof terrace. When we asked for directions to a tailor for a small mend on a dress one morning, they arranged this immediately, returning the garment to us a few hours later with compliments!

Overall a great find and affordable too – their excellent service made things very easy for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our group of 7 ladies stayed with Riad Karmela last week (April 2014) and enjoyed it very much. We actually stayed at Riad El Nour, 5 metres down the same alley as Karmela and for our stay had it to ourselves - the rooms are set around a central enclosed courtyard which was very peaceful.

The staff team were very helpful before we arrived and during our whole stay they could not do enough to help. From helping us book excursions, to boiling water for tea in the evenings, arranging taxis and escorts back on foot when we wanted to be accompanied to and from evening locations. The party visited Karmela for a special occasion and the guys on reception helped us set up drinks and balloons on the roof terrace - they even blew up the balloons before we got there! With a view of the city and mountains beyond, the setting was fantastic.

The rooms are very pretty, although some of the beds vary in comfort, for the price point we were very impressed. The Riad itself is fantastically central (a little tricky to find but marked with frequent signs on street walls), with just a 10 minute walk into the heart of the souks.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

We booked Riad El Nour for seven ladies travelling to Marrakech for a break in the sunshine.

Right from the start the communication was excellent unlike many other Riads that we emailed.
Joel runs a tight ship, all of the staff were very helpful and could not do enough for us; anything from arranging trips to the Atlas mountains and bringing us irons and various other items
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I would highly recommend booking any taxi's though the Riad, the price would have already been agreed and the cars safe to travel in. The taxi that we booked from the airport was a blessing as we would never have found the Riad. It was so nice to come back to a relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle of the City.
Riad El Nour is the smaller of the Riad's which we had all to ourselves which was amazing.
My only feedback would be to have more and better quality towels in the bedrooms.
Rooms are basic but comfortable and the level of customer service makes up for the lack of things like really nice towels, etc. I must thank Siad who did so much for us and Bounchra for arranging everything so efficiently on our visit.

We will be back again!

Room Tip: I preferred the rooms on the first floor.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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