The taxi ride from the train station went from spacious, open roads to pure chaos as we entered the medina. The taxi eventually stopped & we were greeted by Karmela Princesse’s smiley staff.
With our huge backpacks, we fought past donkeys, dodged the speeding mopeds & slipped down a dark alley. Quite literally, a red carpet was laid out leading to Riad Karmela Princesse, with Riad Karmela opposite.
One thing is for sure, Instagram is in no shortage of stunning photos of the riads in Marrakech so we knew we’d be in for a treat wherever we stayed.
Upon entering, the beautiful design of the hotel left us a little speechless. An oasis for sure and modern with a traditional Moroccan feel.
Shortly after our arrival, we were offered Moroccan pastries & a choice of mint tea or wine. How could we turn down a glass of wine after a 5-hour train ride?
The staff then showed us to our room which is definitely fit for a princess. We stayed in the junior suite that was white marble and stucco themed & truly breathtaking. There’s a comfy bed with the biggest pillows we’ve ever had the pleasure of resting our tired heads on, a seating area and a desk. Large windows with Moroccan wooden latticework that open onto the patio. The patio features a fountain with flowers floating on the water, creating a truly serene atmosphere. The bathroom is large & features 2 sinks for those times when 1 just isn’t enough. Same goes for the number of floors in this room. The room has a ladder that leads to the second bedroom. There’s also strong WIFI, a large TV & AC.
We also had a little wander into the other rooms & found that they all had a different style, in keeping with the theme of uniqueness in Morocco’s riads.
The next morning we woke up to a breakfast buffet. Different cereals to make you feel at home. A variety of cheese, meats, salmon & bread. Pastries, cake, jam & Nutella. You can also ask for eggs to be made. Once we sat down, fresh orange juice was given & we were asked what hot drink we’d like. It’s safe to say that the breakfast kept us going for the whole day while we wandered around the souks.
There is also a candlelit plunge pool by the lobby & the dining area. Although it looked tempting, we have to admit that we didn’t feel too comfortable walking by in our swimming costumes while people enjoyed their refreshments or were hanging about with their suitcases. The roof terrace, however, was quite peaceful & a good spot to enjoy the sun with plenty of seating areas.
Finally, the staff helped to make it a lovely experience with constant smiles and greetings when we passed by. The staff, combined with the beautiful architecture and interior, made it a great place to return to after exploring Marrakech. Riad Karmela Princesse is a tranquil space within the bustling city & we would definitely recommend a stay here.
Prices. Double Room £160, Junior Suite £200
4.Derb El Ferrane azbezt place ben salah, Medina, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
10 minutes away from Jemaa el-Fna
10 minutes walk away from Majorelle Garden
15 minutes walk away from Bahia Palace
20 minutes walk away from Koutoubia Mosque
00 212 (0) 524 38 79 37