Our riad, situated in a private area, is a welcome oasis from the heat and the hecticness of the medina. We offer the true spirit of the airbnb community. We welcome you into our home & we will help make your stay one of lasting memories.
Our home has the traditional architectural style of a moroccan Riad. The riad is situated in a area of private riads which all have their own unique style and design. The riad has 3 floors and all rooms open into the central area. Like all riads, the roof, which in this case is covered by a see through glass, fills all the floors with sunlight. Each room has its own traditional moroccan style double doors using an iron bolt.
There is a communal moroccan seating area where you can chill, smoke shisha and have breakfast. Guests also have access to a sunfilled terrace with a barbecue, where you can smoke, hang out, have a cooking lesson, grill sausages or dry your washing. Within the area there are 3 communal swimming pools which can be accessed between 9-6/7pm during the period of march - october. The actual area of private riads is like a small oasis from the heat and the craziness of the medina. You are surrounded by trees, flowers and birds in a small area which is perfect for a stroll or jog. There is also small shops, cafes and a pharmacy.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy having guests come to stay with us. We want to share with you experiences from the moroccan community and help make your stay of wonderful memories.
We offer moroccan cooking lessons to guests where we will take you to moroccan market to buy your meat, vegetables and a tagine. You will then cook on open coals on the terrace (weather permiting), make moroccan salad while your waiting for the tagine to cook followed by eating , drinking and enjoying the experience. We can also give cooking lessons for other moroccan dishes including cous cous, moroccan soup harira, fish tagine, moroccan pastries and more
We make it our mission to help you feel at home, offer advice, show you the best places to eat, drink, shop; advice on haggling, background knowledge on the area and how to reach places. We can help you hire a car, scooter or with transport. We can recommend the best places to visit and help arrange tours.
We have shisha available (50dhms/head) and we are happy to prepare this for you and teach you how to smoke moroccan style!.
We can take you to our local moroccan hammam where you will have a real traditional scrub not touristic at all! Heated by the same wood burner thats been heating the hammam for over 100 years.
We are situated in a typical moroccan but 'private' area for families that is only accessable to guests and residents of the area. This allows a feeling of comfort knowing that you can walk freely around enjoying the area without being approached or hassled by sellers. Instead you get to experience the moroccan daily life passing you by but still have that interaction with other tourists. The riad are actually a haven for relaxation and chilling after walking around and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the marrakech souks and medina.
The riad are situated 5 minutes from the bab Khemis market which happens every Thursday and Sunday and is famous for getting bargains and a few people have even bought a few antiques!
You are within walking distance of all the touristic sights including Jardin Marjorelle, The Tanneries, maison de photography, La Koutoubia, Jemma Fna Square, School of Ben Youseff, Bab Khemis Market, Bahia Palace, The Tombs of the Saidens. You are also within a 5 minute taxi ride to the beautiful palmaraie area where you can go quad biking, camel riding. visit the museum of marrakech or go and play golf! Also in this area you will find some great evening entertainment with a brazillian restaurant, a shisha lounge and a spanish tapas bar all of which have live music.
The best way to discover Marrakech is to go out and get lost in the maze of streets, sights of interest, shops, cafes and markets.
You ARE situated in the old medina but not in the 'Jemma Fna Square' which many people associate with just being 'the old medina'. The medina actually covers a very wide area that includes the area here where the riad is situated. Literally just across the road from the private riad complex is the old wall with the big arched doorways that contained original Marrakech and hidden within are the winding streets and alleys containing interesting souks, shops, touristic places of interest, bars, restaurants and more which can mainly be reached by walking but you can take a taxi or even a bus to some place. There are also horse and carriages in Marrakech which is a lovely way to see the city both old and new.
We can help with tours to the desert, Essaouira and the cascades, plus trekking as we deal with a good company who keeps his prices real.
We have all the information for transport within the city.
We can also help you hire a car or scooter for travel around marrakech and morocco
Other Things to Note
We provide a light breakfast which may consist of mint tea, moroccan coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, moroccan pastries, fresh bread, fresh butter, argan amlou, jam, youghurt or fruit. Breakfast is served at 9.30 during the week and 10am on a Saturday. There is no breakfast on a Sunday
All bedrooms have their own private bathroom with a shower providing hot water using an immersion heater. We provide towels and bedding. We are happy to change these during the week if your staying for more than 5 days but please if you need clean ones before then let us know!
We do have a small dog called Coco (a mini teckel) who we rescued from a shelter. He is still new to this world so is learning about life and people. Yes he barks at new things but this is quickly forgotten when you experience his cute, fun, crazy side! Let us know if this would be an issue for you as we would never want this to effect your stay.
For tours - We make sure we only use companies that provide our guests with enjoyable trips. We can arrange with you when you arrive. Please note - as this is morocco though and is not inline with european/america customer service training there may be some parts of the trip that do not reach your expectations. We welcome feedback and ensure we deal with any issues you may have.
Air conditioning is available on request but we do charge a fee of 5 euros per session to cover the electricity bill and we ask that you do not leave it on when your not in your room.
Please note the pool is heated only from the sun! In the summer this is of course excellent as you have a nice cool pool during the morning and a warm pool during the afternoon. However in the winter months (November- March) the pool is not suitable for swimming and during this period the pool may be emptied in order to be cleaned for the next season. However the sun is always shining in Marrakech and so you can still relax and chill by the pool as it is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is very quiet and relaxing. The pool is generally open from 9am until 6/7pm everyday from around late March/ early April. However this is subject to change depending on what is happening in Morocco! As we say here 'this is morocco (T.I.M) anything can happen!' Please contact us at the time of booking to confirm the status of the pool.The pool is not open on a friday in respect of friday prayer.
Smoking is not permitted within the riad anywhere except outside or on the terrace.
Just come with a smile and leave with a smile. ALWAYS talk to us about anything, or if you need to give us some feedback, or have some problems - we want to make your stay pleasurable and are always happy to help.
This was our first time with AirBnB and it was the best decision for us! Karim and Debbie (and Coco :) ) made our stay in Marrakech very pleasant! They helped us with arranging trips, they were cooking and sharing some delicious meals with us and showed us some nice place to buy souvenirs. The breakfast was also very good. It was like we became a part of their family. :) They also gave us a lot of tips which helped us to survive the hectic life of the medina. Our room was cozy and clean, the neighbourhood of the riad was quiet and beautiful. Thank you very much for this great experience, we truly appreciate your effort and work!
A tranquil world away from the dusty bustle of the Medina. Most place of interest are within walking distance though it can be quite a long walk as one tends to get lost as the road sign is not very clear even with GPS Apps.
With the reasonable rate, you get a private room with attached bathroom and with breakfast served (I love the mint tea), one can't ask for too much. Overall a pleasant stay. Thanks to Karim, Debbie and the lovely Coco ;)
I stayed here for 4 days and thought it was a great value. Karim was very friendly and enthusiastic, and a great resource if you need any info or advice. I didn't get to spend much time with Debbie because she was traveling overseas, but she also was incredibly warm and welcoming. Coco was also very sweet and only barked when someone came in the front door.
It's about a 20-30 minute walk or a 10 minute taxi ride to the main square, and made a nice home base away from all the craziness of the medina.
If breakfast is a big deal for you (it's not really for me) you should take note that it's not like a riad or a hotel breakfast. The breakfast time of 9:30 is non-negotiable, and as an early riser that was a little late for me so I ended up just waiting around in the mornings. On the plus side, on 2 of my 4 mornings Karim set up the coffee maker for me so I could make myself some coffee when I woke up, and that was nice. On the other mornings coffee and breakfast didn't materialize (something about the electricity being out in the kitchen?), but that wasn't a big deal for me since there are cafes nearby where you can garb a coffee and a snack.
One last note: bring earplugs! Karim typically stayed up until the wee hours of the morning and slept until mid-afternoon (which is probably a good strategy when it's hot out), so the house wasn't very still or quiet at night. If you're a light sleeper earplugs will make you much happier :).
All in all, there are pros and cons to staying here, but you won't find a better price, and I don't think you'll find a more dedicated host either! Karim will go out of his way to help you out, all you have to do is ask.
Staying with Karim Debbie and their beautiful little dog Coco was like staying with long list friends. Karim really knows the inside pulse of Morocco and even took me for a tour of the local hammam and some street food. He is a terrific cool host and I'd recommend staying in their special Riad To anyone looking for an authentic family feel in Marrakech. Thanks for the terrific conversation and insight and special touches you gave me. I will be back. .
Karim was a really fun host who joked around with us a lot and made us feel at home, whether by sharing his shisha or making us an amazing couscous dinner one night. He helped arrange a day trip to essaouira for us as well. The riad is in a safe, gated community just outside the medina and was a good base for us to explore the city. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
I booked 5 days at Karim's because I had come to Marrakech earlier than I planned (I already booked the next place I was staying). It seemed that because I was going to another place soon, I was not a priority for Karim and Debbie.
I came with fairly high expectations because of the reviews - breakfast, feeling at home, being welcome, having help (especially because I was a girl traveling alone and knew nothing about Marrakech).
But I was disappointed. No breakfast, no welcome, and when I asked about using the kitchen to make tea, I was told I couldn't (the next day they changed their mind). They were sick when I arrived, which made ME sick. I would have preferred if they had told me so I could have booked somewhere else because 2 weeks later I am still sick. And fair enough, they didn't have the energy to give me a warm welcome. But only a couple days later another group arrived, and they had a big happy welcoming for them. I felt like an invisible guest.
Karim kept telling me he would show me places or help me report sexual harassment from someone in the medina. He kept telling me all these stories about taking care of girls who were traveling alone and staying there, but they were only stories and I didn't experience any of that kindness.
Karim also booked me a 3 day/2 night excursion, which he said was so amazing and had never had any complaints. It was the worst 3 days of my life (as well as everyone else in the group). It also seemed I was ripped off with a price because everyone else in the group paid less than I did.
Communication was also not very good. Before I left to the other place I had booked, he spent time telling me horror stories about where I was going and trying to scare me into staying with them longer.
Overall, a disappointing experience.
The room is clean and comfortable, and the riad is situated in a very nice residential compound, with small cafes for breakfast and a couple of shops to buy necessities at the doorstep. The medina is easily reached on foot. Karim and Debbie are friendly, easy-going people, open to their guests, and you can always turn to them for information and help with your stay in Marrakech. By the way, their little dog is adorable! Karim can help you book a desert tour, and he greeted me with delicious couscous on my return. He also organized (and cooked!) nice dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve for the guests staying at the riad at that time, so I never felt lonely, travelling in Marrakech on my own during the holiday season. Many thanks to Karim and Debbie!
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I am originally from Morocco but I have spent my time travelling around the world. I have been to 17 countries and have learnt much about life, cultures, languages, food and people. I love to meet with new people and share and discover more!
In my travels I have spent time as a DJ and a latin dancer. I dance salsa, bachata, merengue and reagatton. I love music and as a DJ I play everytype of music you can think - maybe not classical though!! I like to swop music with people I meet.