10, Derb el Ferranne, Azbezt, Medina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco
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My husband and I stayed at Riad Karmela in April 2007 to celebrate my 50th birthday - it was a little oasis of calm in a hectic place and we really enjoyed it. We stayed in a suite called Kais and it was superb - spacious room with a private terrace overlooking the internal courtyard. The staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfasts were fine and served in the courtyard - unfortunately the roof terrace was being refurbished while we were there but once done, I'm sure this will be a great asset to the Riad as they have a jaccuzi. We had a hamman treatment and Jhislane was fantastic - an absolute gem of a girl who scrubbed and massaged us into total relaxation! We would definitely stay here again if we wanted to be in the Medina. Highly recommended.
Traditional Morroccan experience
we stayed here for 3 nights over Easter. The Riad is beautiful inside and the rooms large and spacious. The service from Nadine and the other staff was excellent. Inside the riad is a courtyard that serves as a welcome relief from the bustling streets of Marrakech. the location is great - within the medina. 5 mins walk to the souks and 10 minutes to the main square.
highly recommend staying here.
Strongly advise the following:
* a pre-arranged taxi to the Riad (Riad Karmela arrange this on request)
* a meal in the riad. we did this the first night. Excellent personal service and great food.
* a hamman, scrub and massage in the riad!
* if eating out at the weekend and you want the best restaurants, pre-book (again Riad Karmela will organise for you)
* the Kosybar by the Badi Palace - excellent food!
the best experience in Marrakesh
My friends and I spent the past Eater holidays at the Riad Karmela.
No only the building has just recently being fully renovated but it is also full of ambience.
The rooms are elegantly decorated and the view from the terrace is unique.
Philippe and Nadia made always sure that all our requests (restaurants booking, suggestions for sighseeing, etc..) were fulfilled at all times.
Definitely our "home" in marrakesh.
Cesare Noseda - London
We stayed a couple of nights at the Riad Karmela early April 2007. We had a well appointed suite with two bedrooms and a private terrace. The suite was well decorated and very charming.
The patio offers a great atmosphere with delightful orange trees and a jaccusi. The patio is covered in case of bad or cold wheather which is a real plus.
The owner and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. On arrival the owner spent considerable time providing useful tips on the life in Marrakech. He also recommended several restaurants and assisted with bookings.
The breakfast (and breakfast service) is nice but could be potentially improved when compared with other Riads in Morocco (we stayed two weeks in Morocco and stayed in 5 Riads).
The Riad offers good value for money (we paid 150 Euros per night for 2 adults and two young childs including breakfast).
Overall a very nice place with a friendly owner.
A memorable stay
What an Oasis of calm this Riad is. We had a really lovely and memorable stay here at the Riad Karmela. Our room was just lovely, great bathroom with a shower for 2! The
staff (Nadia and her crew - and Philippe, the owner) were very nice, helpful and friendly, and the food really was quite
exceptional. My congratulations to the Cook! Recommended 'to do' in Marrakech, Mnebhi Palace & Museum, the Parks and gardens in particular the Jardin Majorelle and the Cyber Park. The Souqs, of course, and the daily activities in the Djemaa el-fna too. Eating out is great and we really enjoyed simple and cheap lunches at the Cafe Argana overlooking the Djemaa-el-fna and the Bougainvillea. Our treat was an evening at the Stylia, where the food was not only superb but the drama and ambience of the venue is somenthing we'll not forget. They also have 2 talented musicians. An evening at the Tangier for great food and belly dancers is also recommended. We would definitely visit Marrakech again.
I chose Riad Karmela due to the other reviews on this website and i have to echo all the postive sentiments! It truly is an oasis in the madness that is the medina. We had arranged a taxi from the airport with the Riad - which was a relief as i doubt we would have found it otherwise! I can not stress how much of a contrast there is between the little alleyways and the riad itself.
The staff were very helpful, polite and friendly. Nadia is wonderful and a real asset to the Riad. Phillipe does not speak English but really this is not a problem - i took a small French phrase book and used my GCSE french and managed to communicate with no problems what so ever.
We stayed in the Habib room (it was perfect!) which is on the ground floor - there is some noise in the mornings when breakfast is being served but it is not too early. The worst was when two other female guests came home drunk at 3am and insisted on having a very loud conversation which lasted a couple of hours! This of course was not the fault of the Riad, but i would say if you want wild nights out you may wish to chose somewhere else and avoid yourself the embarassment! The noise does carry and guests need to be considerate to others.
The riad is conveniently located within minutes of the Souks and Jemma al Fna (Main square).
Whilst we were staying there, there was some work being carried out on the roof but it wasn't too noisy - will be worth it as it means meals will be served up on the roof and there will also be a barbeque area.
We are already planning our next trip to Marrakech and will definitely be revisiting the Raid Karmela!
Just returned from marrakech, and stayed at this Riad. Was well run and the staff are very helpful and friendly and can organise any excursions or treatments for you. Our Room was very nice, and the food we tried in the evening was great, tasty fish tangine!
Suitated in the heart of the medina and not far to walk to the Main square the Djemma el Fnaa. Good price to stay here and would recommend to email the riad to pick you up from the airport as hard to find otherwise.
The property has 4 standard bedrooms and 2 junior suites and 2 large apartments so a good place for people looking at staying in more cosy surroundings!
We chose this Riad because of all the good reviews and we were not disappointed. We brought our two children with us aged 10 and 12 and they loved it. The accommodation was perfect for us as we had a 2 bedroom suite. The kids had there own large room with both a single and double bed which was great. The suite felt more like we were staying in a small house rather than a hotel room and we heard nothing at all from other guests - the kids didn't even hear the 'call to prayers' which rather tempted me to swap rooms but perhaps they just sleep through anything. We also had glass patio doors leading to an outdoor staircase taking you to your own private roof terrace with a comfy sofa and chairs and little table completely hidden from view and it all lit up so it could be used at night as well. A lot of thought had gone into the decor and it made the stay feel very special. Nadia and Philippe were lovely and very helpful. Would definitely recommend the taxi collection from the airport. We had two evening meals in the Riad out of our 4 night stay and they were very enjoyable. Overall couldn't fault it and would definitely stay again.
Think twice if you're not French
The Riad is certainly beautiful, with gorgeous rooms and a lovely courtyard. The food is excellent too. However, our stay was somewhat soured by the owner Philippe, who makes very little effort with the non-French guests, to the point of being very rude and dismissive (we did the best with the little French we had, and Nadia, a local member of staff was extremely helpful and friendly), but nonetheless, the atmosphere was not as nice as it could have been, and was, in other Riad's we stayed in in Morocco.
re: accomodation in Marrakech
I will be in Marrakech from 11 through 14 March and would like to find a cool youth hostel or a riad.
I have found a hostel called Rahba which seems to be very cheap and close to J Fnaa square.
Has anyone been there?
RE: re: accomodation in Marrakech
no never been in this one, since thers lots of them and in evry year thers new ones.
For the ones near Djemaa el Fna, thers some :
HOTEL RIAD ARIHA - like 15 minute by walking to Djemaa el Fna - 62 USD for per nite.
HOTEL RIAD KARMELA - 8 minute - 101 USD
Hotel Riyad Al Moussika - 5 minute - 340 USD
HOTEL DAR JAMILA - 2 minute - 64 USD
HOTEL RIAD ZARKA - 2 minute - 78 USD
RE: RE: re: accomodation in Marrakech
Thanks for your info, but these are not youth hostels but 3,4 star hotels and quite pricey!
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Address: 10, Derb el Ferranne, Azbezt, Medina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco