We just returned home from 5 nights at the luxurious Riad Camilia. So many hotels over promise and under deliver but at Riad Camilia we got much more than expected. The attention to detail in every guest room and public room is beyond imagination. We had the good fortune to select Room #4, the largest, which we knew would be nice but the photos on the web site do not do it justice. It is 70 sqm and filled with the most beautiful furnishings, artwork and decorations. The shower is really amazing with a rainhead shower with great water pressure. There are 2 outdoor seating areas, one facing into the courtyard and one private area next to the private stairs up to the roof. It opens into the courtyard but yet feels very private and quiet -- we had the AC on at night with the windows closed and did not hear any noise at all. The only complaint about the room is the teeny tiny closet that the toilet is in, barely enough space to sit without your knees hitting the opposite wall.
We had the chance to see a few other guest rooms and they were all perfect. Even the smallest room was thoughtfully designed and used the space in a very functional way. The public rooms -- the lounge, dining room, roof terrace, courtyard, library -- were all beautiful and impeccably designed. And best of all, the seating is not just nice to look at, it is actually comfortable.
Nicolas the manager was always available to help with arranging guides, restaurant suggestions, shopping tips and advice on how to navigate the medina. The breakfasts were great (make sure to request the omelette if you want one) and the dinners we had there were also delicious. The entire staff was so friendly, helpful and always smiling. They made it like a true oasis to retreat into after a day in the craziness of the medina.
When originally considering Marrakech riads I had picked Riad Farnatchi where the rates are quite a bit higher than Camilia. I'm so glad one of my friends found Camilia and convinced me to change my mind. I'm sure Farnatchi is nice but I really feel like Camilia is such a great value for the money. You get true luxury and great service at a reasonable price.
- 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