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Riad Karmela


Riad Karmela Info

Class: first

Style: regional

Rooms: 19

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Riad Karmela Description

Riad Karmela is located in the heart of the Medina, 2 minutes' to the souks, the Museum of Marrakech, Medersa Ben Youssef Mosque and an 8-minute walk from the Jamaâ El Fna Square. It is set in a large riad where three houses were combined together around a large courtyard.

Joel, the owner, loves flea markets and has created a relaxed atmosphere in the artefact-rich courtyards, which invite you to spend quiet evenings recharging after negotiating the throngs in the medina. Every whitewashed wall is thoughtfully adorned with artisan-carved plasterwork, an intricate wooden frieze or a gilded mirror, and hidden nooks have log fireplaces and snug leather seating. The candlelit main courtyard, with its rose-petal strewn fountain, plunge pool and mature orange trees, is the favoured hangout. However, the roof terrace with fabulous views over the rooftops and the Atlas Mountains is not to be missed.

There are 19 rooms in total decorated with simple colour schemes, a tasteful mix of textiles, ornaments and lanterns, and wooden shutters. The red junior suite Kaiss has a balcony overlooking the main courtyard and a four-poster bed. Two others have terraces and there are two apartments with three inter-linking rooms. Doubles in the most recently renovated courtyard have a more modern feel. All rooms and suites are equipped with air conditioning, a safe and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

Karmela's restaurant serves a daily fresh, three-course Morrocan dinner menu using what was bought at the morning market, accompanied by local wines. A daily breakfast is served and all meals and a refreshing mint tea can be enjoyed on the large roof-top terrace.

There is a hammam, a sauna, a jacuzzi and professional massages are offered.

• free Wi-Fi • difficult to reach, airport transfer through the Riad recommended • Marrakech Airport 8km • 24-hour reception

Your host: Joel Castrec