After a quick pre booked airport taxi journey and a short walk, lead by our jovial driver, through the hustle and bustle that is Marrakech, and up a narrow alley to a unmarked carved wooden door we were warmly greeted by a smiling young lady who welcomed us into the most beautiful open to the sky courtyard where a table had been set for us to take tea. Other staff served us and helped fill in the registration forms as we lounged on huge cushions surrounded by trees and plants, birds, Morrocan artifacts, trickling water features and soft Morrocan music.
We had been booked into the two bedroom roomed self contained "baby" Riad a few yards along the alley which mirrored the main building but on an intimate scale. This was perfect as the four of us felt we had our own private Morrocan villa as well as the main Riad which also had a roof top sun terrace with tented dining area and a large colony of nesting storks, who reside really close by on the walls of Badi Palace.
How wonderful after tiring days sightseeing in the city, bartering in the Souks or taking in the ancient cobbled streets, busy fishing harbour and sea side on our day excursion to Esaouira, to return to the tranquil comfort and constant welcome from the brilliant staff,who soon became our friends, guides and teachers.
Meriam took us to the local market to choose a live chicken, picked that day veg and authentic Morrocan spices which we prepared and cooked under her expert tuition and later ate under the stars on the roof terrace.
We also visitted one of the sister hotels, Riad Dianna, likewise very beautiful and serene, for a black soap scrub followed by a massage in their Hammam.
Thank you Riad Carina... Zafira, Meriam, Said and the rest of Badi's staff for your extremely professional web site, prompt on line communication, excursion, activities and transport planning/ booking and your friendly warmness and attention to all our needs.
These people go the extra mile which makes staying with them a joy, they keep their prices low which makes the most exciting and enjoyble experiences affordable and have thought of and planned for all their guests needs which makes visitting Marrakech so much easier than going it alone.
We would never even consider staying anywhere else in Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Carina was built and decorated in a charming traditional Berber style. You will find natural stone, burnt bricks, terracotta, clay and wood. Come to Riad Carina and find the real, traditional Morocco. From the flowered roof terrace with pool- and spa-area, contemplate the nearby storks in their nests on the palace wall all year long. Riad Carina is located in the southern medina, just next to the ancient royal El Badi Palace, in a quiet, perpendicular street. Within a few minutes’ walk, you reach other tourist attractions as well as marvelous Djema El Fna Square. There even is a nearby guarded car park at your disposal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Carina Hotel Marrakech