Riad Karmela Hotel

, Marrakech, Morocco
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Riad Karmela Hotel

, Marrakech
4 star

Rooms: 8

10, Derb el Ferranne, Azbezt - Marrakech - 40008 - Morocco | +212 524387937
582 Traveller

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Almost perfect!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here in March 2007 & it cost €110 per night.

Riad Karmela is a true oasis amongst the lovely madness of the medina. When you get taken though the narrow alleyways you can't help but think you are being taken for a ride & as the driver rings the bell - nothing can prepare you for what's behind the tiny door.

To take a step back - we took them up the offer of being picked up from the airport. Believe me, it is worth every penny. Some comments: 1) both cash points at the airport often don't work 2) the bank at the airport will only exchange money against cash - not on card. 3) take the Riad's number with you - some people didn't get picked up. 4) be patient, there was at least 50 men with various signs held up in a half hearted fashion 5) do NOT pay the driver - the cost will be included in the final bill at the Riad.

None of the rooms have locks which takes a bit getting used to. Our room for the 3 first nights was Aicha and in our opinion it was the best room on offer. There were several rooms on the ground floor that opened up into the courtyard area & everyone that stayed there said they were great. Our room however was set one floor up, overlooking the courtyard, which gave it more light and space. They way it looked was fantastic. My only negative point about the room was the lack of hot water. It lasted only a few minutes & then we had none. However we can't really complain about this as we kept forgetting to bring it up with the staff - they might been able to fix it easily. The lack of hot water was perhaps due to the building work going on at the roof. They were re-tiling the pool area. It was only meant to last 1 week - but we had not been informed about it. The banging started just after 9am or 10 and didn't stop until around 7pm. It was very very loud and annoying.

The second room we stayed in was a suite "Haroune" & imo it's not worth the extra money it would cost. Sure it has 2 nice areas to sit in & a TV/DVD (I don't get why you would need this) & technically it's quite big. However the bedroom itself is smaller than the Aicha & the only natural light in the whole suite comes from a shaft (like a 1x1m courtyard) with glass doors. Also there was a generator humming in the wall which annoyed me.

Another warning: if you book a trip with them - be very careful that the driver don't get a guide for you. We didn't want a guide but when one appeared we assumed it was a part of the package. At the end of the trip he demanded money & we refused to pay as we already paid €120 for the trip & had definitely not agreed to a guide. He got very angry & was shouting at us which was not acceptable. The driver claimed the guide said we had booked him - I don't believe that for a second, they were very friendly & clearly knew each other.

The breakfast was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We also eat the food at the Riad the first night, it was very nice but not amazing in our opinion. & for €25pp (not inc wine) - it's very expensive compared to eating anywhere else.

The staff are incredibly friendly, Nadia's English is very good & she is the only one that speaks it - so get your business done before she goes home!

The lack of hot water, the building works & the fake guide definitely put a mark on what would otherwise been a perfect stay - however, as long as the prices don't go up too much, I would not hesitate to stay here again as it was nothing in the big scheme of things. We had a lovely stay & to have such a nice place to go home after a long day - grab a bottle of wine & sit on the roof enjoying it was heaven.

Riad Karmela is a Moroccain paradise

from scampidubois
We had an excellent time! The riad was just as it appeared on the website. It was amazing! A little paradise! The owners, plus the people who worked there couldn't do enough for you. They were extremely friendly and made us feel so welcome and at home. The riad is truly a gem and we plan to go back some day! Everything was spotlessly clean and the breakfasts were wonderful! The rooms were spacious, beautifully arranged and the showers constantly supplied hot water. If you are planning a trip to Marrakech...then riad Karmela is the place to stay!

An Oasis of calm

from alfredSurrey
Riad Karmela is an Oasis in amongst the kalioscope of sensorial impressionns and the human hubhub of the Medina.
When you enter from the dusty streets the first impression is the cool of the interior and the warmth of welcome from Nadin. This warmth and care will continue throughout your visit from all the staff. The Riad has eight rooms ensuring a friendly and open enviroment. The decor is informal but breathtakingly beauitful.
Our room felt so luxurious and yet within minutes we were at home. There is a a roof top garden where you can sit and sun, take a dip in the small pool or watch the sunset and stars in the evening. If you so desire the Riad can organise day trips for you or you may want to take the opportunity to have a sauna and massage. We did. Absolutely fabulous!!! The food and the atmosphere at the evening meal refreshed us from a hard day at the souks shopping. I can not recommend more highly this accomadation. It was the highlight of our stay.

Tranquil oasis amid the chaos

from kolumbus
We spent a week at the Riad during half term.
Approaching the Riad through the narrow alleys of the old part of town, we wondered what on earth we were going to, but as soon as we were through the front door we were very impressed.
The layout and decor are just as we imagined a typical Riad to be. There's a beautiful central courtyard (which doubles as lounge and dining area) with orange trees and ornate 'plunge pool' (although don't expect to be getting a swim, but it is big enough to sit and cool off in, which is probably much needed in the heat of the summer, if not in February).
We stayed in two different rooms during our week - a standard for 4 nights and a suite for two nights. Both rooms were spacious and tastefully done in Moroccan style. Fairly basic on amenities - i.e. no telly/fridge/kettle etc., but we didn't need or miss anything. We had a free upgrade to the suite because they needed our room for another booking. I don't know how much extra they normally are but, although it was slightly bigger, it was not worth paying much more for.
The courtyard acts as a communal area, and because there aren't many rooms in the Riad, you soon get to meet everyone, which is really handy for getting advice on things to see and do, and tips on the essential haggling techniques. Minor downside being that noise travels really well through the Riad, so don't be first to bed or have a blazing row, as one couple did to the amusement of everyone else.
Two minutes out of the front door (at a leisurely pace) you are submerged into the chaos of the Souks. Nadia gives you a map of the alleys on arrival at the Riad. Guard it well. Its the most important bit of paper you'll get. If you even look slightly lost in the souks, there's always someone trying to guide you back for a huge fee. Beware! (After a couple of days we were navigating our way without any problems)
A few minutes away is the main square, where all the action happens. You can 'people watch' for hours from the terraces of the restaurants that surround the square.
The new town is dull and Marrakech has a limited number of landmarks to see. A week was plenty. The open top bus does the highlights in an hour. For some of the 'attractions', driving by is thorough enough.
We did an excursion to the mountains, which was great. Our driver did, however, make quite a few stops at shops along the way, in the hope of some commission, no doubt. We weren't pressured to buy though.
We'd have liked to see the Sahara but that was a two day trip.
The Riad belongs to Phillipe, but Nadia seemingly does most of the running of it and dealing with guests. The only thing that is lacking a little is her memory. We had three things that we had arranged with her on different occasions, and each time it came to it, she had either forgotten, or the price had changed - miraculously, always in their favour. They did always honour their original agreements, but it was a nuisance to have to spend time arguing the toss over generally little things that they could have avoide with a bit more organisation.
Overall, though, a stunning Riad, perfectly located for Marrakech's main features - the square and the souks.

A memorable stay

from tonyKeith
For experiencing life in the medina and being with walking distance of the souks and the main square, Djemaa el Fna, this is a great place to stay. The Riad is just as good as the pictures on the web site, with a level of luxury quite in contrast to the surrounding Medina. After the strange feeling of being lead from the taxi through such narrow lanes, the welcome by Phillipe and Nadia was warm and reassuring. After relaxing with a Moroccan mint tea we were shown to our room which was spacious, clean and comfortable. The food served in the Riad was really enjoyable, to the extent that we ate there 4 out of the 6 nights of the stay. Nadia, whose English is faultless, was on hand each of the 6 days and was both friendly and most helpful in suggesting places to visit and arranging excursions. When I dipped into my basic French I found Phillipe was also most helpful and he enthusiastically went about ensuring we had whatever we needed. This was also true for the rest of the staff, in that just a little French helped a lot. I hope to be able to return to Marrakesh before too long and would look forward to staying here again.

The hidden gem

from ThelmaLouiseUK
My friend and I have recently returned from a stay at the wonderful Riad Karmela. Although we had seen pictures on various websites before we arrived, we could not believe how beautiful this place is compared to the alleyways you wander through in order to find it!

As others have said, it's worthwhile getting the staff at the Riad to arrange your taxi from the airport as it's tricky to find. Once you arrive the staff are great at supplying you with information to help you get the most out of your trip. We were really impressed at the friendly and helpful nature of the staff. We only speak basic French but managed to get by no problem in Marrakech both at the Riad and out in the 'real world'. It is an added bonus to have an English speaker at the Riad - Nadia, but the owner, Philippe (French speaker ) is great and will do anything to help his guests even if your French is as basic as ours. Nadia is a real asset to the Riad.

There are some problems getting hot water at some times of the day but hey, it's Africa! We recommend the Hamman and Gomage experience on offer at the Riad.
Food is good but it's nice to eat elsewhere too.
Riad bedrooms are clean, tidy and big.
The communal (yard) area is a great place to chill out with a drink and a chance to chat to other guests. It's a really serene environment. Some of the bedrooms are situated around this area (as mentioned by others, you may be woken if there is lots of activity in this area - we didn't experience this though).

Thoroughly recommend this Riad - well worth a stay.

A tranquil oasis in Marrakech

from SurreyFootloose
My wife and I spent 4 nights here in the Almansour suite and enjoyed every moment. Phillipe & Nadia (who speaks fluent English) were most hospitable as were every member of their staff.

Nadia took a personal interest in making sure we took the right excursions in our short stay to see the most of Marakech and the Atlas mountains. Our driver was on time and again took a keen interest in making sure we got to see the major points of interest.

The riad is deep in the Medina and the journey in from the airport after dark gives one some feelings of foreboding but on arrival there is a warm welcome and hot mint tea in the orangery quickly dispels any misgivings you may have.

Had dinner in the orangery on two nights and really enjoyed the Moroccan fayre and local wine. Self service Breakfasts too were very enjoyable.

Would certainly go back on any future visit to Marrakech

All round enjoyable experience

from dalston
As previous reviewers have said it almost essential to take up the riad on their offer of arranging a taxi from the airport (even if it costs 3/4 times as much as it would otherwise) since its a nightmare to find. Even our taxi driver took us down the wrong dark alley at night but with the help of a local we eventually made it to the riad. We arrived to find no english speaking staff there which was a little strange but all was ok.

Fully agree with previous comments about the pleasant nature of the riad and how helpful Nadia is. She is happy to make reservations in restaurants or arrange trips, we went for a day to the Atlas mountains for just 60 euros (for up to 4 people). Without Nadia the place would not function for english visitors who were the vast majority of the people staying there during our stay. No sign of this second english receptionist mentioned below. Nadia should ask for a payrise!!

The set up of the riad is nice, and the communal nature of the living space means everyone staying there gets to know each other and socialises which for us really added to the experience. Only downside is that breakfast is served in the courtyard and while this is lovely for those having breakfast this can be pretty noisy if you are wanting a lie in (especially if kids are staying), but guess this is the same in any riad. If you can sleep through the noise then bonus is that breakfast is served till 12noon.

Marrakesh is a nice place to visit, but 4 days was long enough for us, great cultural experience but not a huge amount of landmarks.

Midnight at the Oasis!

from NellPrz
We had a great 4 nights staying at this very attractive riad, which is only 10 minutes walk from Jemaa el Fna through the souks and Place des Epices - well worth stopping for a coffee at the little cafe.

The approach to the Riad through the alleys is unsettling, but quite safe and adds to the transformation when you get inside this little oasis.

Philippe does not have a lot of English but is very charming and welcoming . Nadia is very fluent and both are extremely helpful - nothing is too much trouble and you are made to feel very much home. Would recommend it to our friends, as well as unsuspecting Trip Advisor readers, but suggest you get up early to be sure of a hot shower! Strongly suggest that you take them up on their offer to meet you at the airport - it only costs 15 euros for 2 people- money very well spent.


Restaurant Fondouk is just around the corner and well worth a visit. Also the Marrackchi in the Square, complete with belly dancers.

English speakers beware...

from higbycopeland
The Riad is as beautiful as the reviews and we loved it ...but we had problems because we only speak English and the owner does not (nor does he try) - only French. The website lead us to believe it would not be a problem but if we had not had a local person helping us we would have not been put in the correct room, not known when breakfast was served nor any of the other basic things a person needs to know. There was a hired person that spoke some English but she was not there when we arrived or for large parts of our stay. There was nothing available even written in English. So if you speak French- you will love it but if you are an English speaker only...beware !
Management Response from Espelette
Hello, We have only opened the Riad in November 2006 and we did not expect such a high volume of English speaking customers. We do have Nadia working in the day time and evening IF English speaking customers having dinner. We understand that when Nadia is Off Philippe does not speak English. He is the owner and yes does not speak English but we are in morrocco and English is not yet the Second language. We have since recruted a second English Receptionist and we will make sure that we have someone speaking English 7 days a week .Thank you very much for your constructive feed back and I am still pleased to see that you had a very stay . Best regards Joel
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  • Address: 10, Derb el Ferranne, Azbezt - Marrakech - 40008 - Morocco
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