Firstly, if you're thinking of going to Marrakech, don't hesitate. Yes, it's dirty, and yes, people drive like maniacs, and yes, you may see the odd drowned cat in a bin, but it's such a bustling place with the most incredible atmosphere. I've never been anywhere else in the world where there is so much stimulation for the senses.
But it is daunting, and very busy. The Riad Karmela was the perfect oasis of calm. As other reviewers have said it is hard to find, but if you arrange a trasnfer you'll be walked straight to the door and it's not hard finding your way after the first couple of times.
We were greeted with traditional pastries, mint tea, a map of the city (not brilliant but probably the best you can get for a city with such an intricate layout). The Riad is absolutely stunning, especially the roof terrace, which we had all to ourselves when we went. For those who are very particular about cleanliness it may fall short, but it was perfectly adequate. Our room was very comfortable and beautifully decorated.
We had one meal in the Riad and the food was excellent. They fully catered for me as a vegetarian and we were not charged extra for the wine, which is locally produced and is surprisingly good. We also took an excursion to the mountain which was very well organised, great value for money and an amazing experience.
If I go back to Marrakech, I will stay there for sure.
- 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