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Riad Karmela
Ranked #43 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2011

I loved this place and found it very difficult to leave. I could have spent the whole week just relaxing and never leaving the riad. peace, perfect peace!!!
The place is beautiful, Every room is themed, decor is elegant and comfortable. its got a real home from home feeling which is encouraged by the wonderful, delightfully friendly and helpful staff. Nothing was to much trouble. We spent many hours just lounging around the dip pool, on the wonderfully inviting sofas or cooling our feet in the pool, chatting or reading books and drinking the superb (and very reasonable) wine...or watching the riad tourtoise have his mad half hour on the terrace. I cannot recommend this place enough and am just worried that it will get to busy and to expensive. I would seriously consider going there for a week and not leaving the place. Just reading, relaxing and chatting...oh, and not forgetting the great hammam they have...you HAVE to try that out...go, throw your shoes off and forget your worries

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

Stayed in Raid Kamela for 6 nights and had a great time. Service was fantastisc, great breakfast. Rooms are Ok, but a new and improved bed would be an anset to the product.
The welcome and indformation upon arrival was outstanding and also needed to get around and find our wau back to the hotel after exploring the city. Will be back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

The taxi barely fits up the alleys approaching the Riad and then you have to leave the taxi and walk the last 200m down tighter and tighter alleyways finally arriving at the door of the Riad. The hotel was a revelation, a haven of quiet in amongst the madness of the streets. The Riad is a 10 minute walk from both the Jemma Al Fanna and the Souks. Beautifully laid out with quiet court yards and sofas. Our room was not the most luxurious but it ticked most of the boxes. The few issues we had with the hotel were that the room was quiet cold, I do realise we visited in their winter but the air conditioning unit which was the only source of heat was not very effective and noisy to boot. Also the hot water was intermittent, it wasn't working the morning we left which means we had a full days travel with out showering. The breakfast was ok a mixture of bread and jams, cereal or yogurt, we would of liked a bit more of a selection. We would stay here again but not without looking around first. The staff were very attentive leaving us to our own devices most of the time, and they answered all our questions and were very knowledgeable about the local area. Don't miss out on the roof terrace at the riad, beautiful.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Espelette, Propriétaire at Riad Karmela, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2011

Hello Thanks for the nice feed back about your stay. I am sorry to read the comments on the water as effectively for one day we had one of the two tank which tripped off so supply was not sufficient for hot water but it was fixed on the day so this is not an issue any more. Regarding the heating, as it is reversible AC it was probably set up on cold air . We also have many electrical heaters for guests who do not like the usual AC heating system and it is a shame that I was not informed about your problems. I still hope that these issues were not too dramatic but obvioulsly could have been improved If I knew about it. Thanks again for the feed back Best regards Joel

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Reviewed 17 January 2011

What a stunning place to stay. The character, the style, the hospitality is unmistakeably Moroccan!

Definitely arrange a pick up from the airport, the driver will know exactly where to take you.

I don't want to give too much away as you have to experience it. You do have to walk a little bit though the streets to get to the Riad and the pathway gets narrower and narrower until you reach the front door of the Riad and when it opens and you step into the courtyard, your breathe will be taken away.

You do get a lovely warm greeting, some tea and sweets and a little chat about the area. This is a great little intro to the potentially overwhelming Medina right outside the front door.

Map in hand you'll be off and everything is easy to get to from Riad Karmela.

The breakfast is fantastic, beautiful warm bread, fresh squeezed orange juice, strong coffee, cheeses, goes on and on!

You can eat at the Riad or they are more than happy to recommend places to eat nearby.

Riad Karmela is not just a place to stay it is an experience in itself !!! You must stay here!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

All the information we got about Riad Karmela before we left, proved to be right. In fact, you only need to read their webpage and everything is there: detailed information, useful tips and warnings. And what we most appreciate is a "what you see is what you get" aproach! No misleading publicity!
As for the stay,it matched our expectations completely: a warm welcome "sprinkled" with useful info , gentle staff , comfortable accomodation and nice food.
Only a small tip to improve the services:
- make sure that the robe you are given to put on after a massage is completely dry! ( Ours were a bit wet and it was so discomforting! It's only a little detail but it can make all the difference! )
And to finish a final note: the New Year's Eve celebrations at the Riad were funny and tasty: local musicians and dancers entertained us till late in the night while we tasted a nice gourmet dinner full of delicacies.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2010

Bouchra, Joel and their team were the most attentive hosts from the moment when we made our first e-mail enquiry to the point of our arrival. We could not have been made to feel more welcome. We were greeted at the airport by our pre-booked taxi to arrive in the centre of Marrakech - to the magical sights sounds and smells of everyday life. We were led down a very narrow alleyway to what we can only descibe as "a little haven" away from the hustle and bustle. The decor, ambience and service was flawless, nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in the room Aicha - this was gorgeous. The roof terrace was a lovely place to relax and sip mint tea, whilst hearing the call to prayer. The meals were delicious, even down to the extra detail of rose petals being sprinkled on the tables. I could go on but I think anyone reading this will get the picture that my Husband and I had a wonderful 5 days here, and would definately return and recommend to friends.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2010

I took my husband for his 40th Birthday and we had a wonderful time. The Riad Karmela is a perfect retreat. The staff are very attentive and extremely friendly and helpful. The Riad itself is very pretty with it's orange trees growing in the courtyard. Despite our trip being in December we still enjoyed a couple of drinks on the roof terrace in the evenings.

The Riad offers evening meals which I would highly recommend for atleast one of your dinners. They also recommended a couple of restaurants nearby - both of which were also very good.

The staff were more than happy to arrange restaurants, excursions and offer advice - we could not fault their willingness to help us settle in and navigate ourselves around.

I have already recommended Riad Karmela to some of my friends and should we ever have the opportunity to visit Marrakech again, I will be staying in the same place.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 10 Derb El Feranne Azbetz | Place Ben Salah, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#27 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#75 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £55 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Karmela 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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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