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“Great people, location, beer, highly recommended!”
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Riad Petit Karmela
Ranked #509 of 1,146 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Regina
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Great people, location, beer, highly recommended!”
Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

We decided to go to morocco for something different. My wife and I are experienced travelers and have been all over. This Riad was an exciting treat. It was in very good condition, within walking distance to everything in he Medena, and the staff made it that much more amazing. We stayed on the El Nour side of the Riad. It felt like our own private Riad. There is only a few rooms in that Riad, keeping it quiet and seemingly to our selves. There is a pool on the terrace, with plenty of seating and sunning areas. There are many lounge areas in the center court yard, as well. They do serve alcohol at this Riad, including a must have, BEER. They also have wine, and other spirits. All these can be charged to your room and paid at time of checkout (credit card or dirhams). They do serve a full course supper at the Riad, but we took the quick want to the market every evening. There is only maid service on the El Nour side, so all the amenities of Riad Karmela are at your disposal and you must go across a narrow alley to access the reception and drinks/food. There is a continental breakfast served from 8-10 on the Karmela side. You are welcome to hang-out on the Karmela side if you want to interact with people, or just a change in scenery. We very much enjoyed having access to both a quiet more private side, and having a few beers in the evening on the Karmela side.
The staff at Riad El Nour/Karmela were second to none. Very friendly and helpful with info about the city. They give you an into to the city when you arrive, along with a map, directions to important landmarks, and mint tea. If you have been looking at staying at another location, reconsider, this is the place to stay in the Medena of Marrakech.

  • Stayed July 2013
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London
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The El Nour is part of the Riad Karmela, all the services provided are in the Karmela but the rooms and communal living area (like a lounge bit) is in the El Nour. We liked being away from the main Riad, they are literally across the the way so not far at all. The breakfast was lovely, lots of bread! and the service was fantastic - Joel & Bouchra were great at recommending places to eat, and even provided us with a 'walking taxi' to some of the restaurants in the medina (away from the main square) in the evening - as 2 ladies on our own 1. we would have got lost and 2. those parts of the medina didn't feel too safe as it's very quiet on that side but the recommended restaurants are def worth visiting.

The room itself is clean, and very authentic, which also made it quite dark and difficult to see in the mirror when getting ready!! We stayed in room Naima, as a base in the centre of the medina it suited us fine, don't expect lots of hotel facilities these are basic rooms as they traditionally designed - still beautiful though. They will bring you tea /Coffee with snacks anytime you ask. And are always willing to help - thats all the staff!

Room Tip: El Nour is a bit cheaper while still accessing all the facilities of the Karmela!
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Prato, Italy
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

Although we initially booked at Riad el Nour, we ended up staying at Riad Karmela. It was an amazing place with very friendly, helpful and lovely staff. The Riad is a welcome relief after the hectic souks and the roof terrace was beautiful. The meals were great and we had a sensational holiday here.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

We stayed at the Riad El Nour for one week in July 2010. It was the first time to Morocco for the both of us and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. From the moment we stepped in the door we were welcomed with an extensive and bespoke brief about the many wonderful things Marrakech has to offer. The riad itself was beautiful, fantastically clean and comfortable and querkily, individualisticaly, unlike anywhere we have ever stayed before. It was also incredible value for money. The dinner we had in the adjacent Riad Karmela (under same ownership) was delicious and the setting just as beautiful. The breakfast that was also served here was very good too. The rooftop terrace was the perfect place to sunbathe, read and relax, and the dip pool was wonderful to cool off in.
The taxi from the airport provided by the Riad is much recommended, the driver was lovely and very helpful. The staff were all friendly, polite and extremely accommodating. The room was kept very clean daily with a fresh bottle of much needed water every morning, clean towels and the rooftop terrace kept tidy with towels and shade provided.
We took on board much of the advice given to us by the Riad owners and found it to be spot on. We would thoroughly recommend dining at both La Tanjia restaurant and Le Fondouk whilst in Marrakech if anyone gets the chance!
Should anyone be planning a trip to Marrakech anytime soon we would be only too happy to recommend to them the Riad El Nour or Riad Karmela for a perfect trip!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

Clean rooms, great staff. We are a gay couple and we were made to feel very welcome.
Location is spot on, just 10 mins from the main square. Would definitely recommend.
Marrakech itself is quite expensive and you need to look around to find decent restaurents - don't come here expecting it to be dirt cheap.
Usual precautions needed when in places like this, but you don't get hassled anywhere near as much as places such as Egypt or Tunisia which is good.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Tidds1
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London
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Reviewed 25 May 2010

I was in town for barely 3 days with 6 of my friends. The riad was exactly what we were looking for in terms of location (easy walking distance to the soukhs) and accommodation standard (we all slept very comfortably and very much enjoyed all of the riad's amenities). The owners and staff were very helpful, polite and unintrusive and really helped us in making the best of the time we had.

If I go to Kech again in the near future, I would not hesitate to book this riad again w/o even looking at any other alternatives.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

I've stayed at many Hotels throughout the world but never have I been treated so politely and with such professionalism. Riad El Nour is absolutely perfect for visiting Marrakech, close to all amenities and very close to El Efna Square. Approaching the Riad you'll wonder where on earth you are going as it is situated down a narrow dark alleyway, typical of Marrakech.Knock on the door of Riad Karmela (sister of El Nour) to 'check-in; it’s almost directly opposite El Nour and you’ll find it opens up into one of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Allow Joel the owner to organise your transport and book your meals with him, you won't regret it. If you do nothing else when visiting Marrakech please stay at Riad El Nour or Riad Karmela.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Riad Petit Karmela
Address: 7 Derb El Ferrane Azbetz, Marrakech 40 008, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #509 of 1,146 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Petit Karmela 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming 5 bedrooms riad, very quiet, in the Medina. Place Djemma El Fnaa is 8 mn walk, summer jacuzi on the terrace, can accomodate 10/12 people. Located in front of Riad Karmela where you can bénéfit all the services. ... more   less 
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