About this listing
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. We have several riads situated in a area of private riads which all have their own unique style and design. They have 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.
I also give free salsa classes to my guests at 'the hemingway rooms' when we have groups of people . A great bar for music, cocktails, food and atmosphere.
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 have several riads so sometimes when we are busy you may stay in one of our other riads next to us. You will still have access to our home and we are available for you at all times.
There is no access to the kitchen for guests for cooking in the riad that we live unless previously discussed. However if you are placed in one of our other riads, next to ours you are free to use the kitchen If you want to put things in the fridge we have no problem for that!
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 sausage dog called Coco (a mini teckel) who we rescued from a shelter. Also recently rescued is cute little honey who is still a puppy. Coco is very used to guests and is a very chilled dog (who sometimes barks of course). Honey however is still very cautious about people and new things, however she loves coco so they make an amusing pair!!
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.
Please respect that when you stay through airbnb that it is about community and so you are entering our normal daily lives. We always do our best to make your stay the best we can but on RARE occasions which we cannot always predict our life may have to take priority. For us having guests is always like hvaing old friends to stay, a time to catch up, enjoy marrakech and make new memories.
This is my second time staying with Karim and Debbie now and I can say that they are more friends than just hosts.
Once again they've gone out of their ways to make me and every other person staying with them while I was there comfortable.
Karim is an excellent cook and made a delicious authentic Moroccan couscous for everybody that was thoroughly enjoyed.
At nights we would relax on the rooftop terrace and enjoy drinks, hookah, great weather and conversation.
Karim's on-call and trustworthy drivers made getting around the city a breeze...without them communicating with the taxi drivers in English would have been frustrating.
Staying with Karim and Debbie is so much more than just a bed to sleep in, you get an authentic Moroccan experience from people who know the city like the back of their hand and treat you like family.
It was a great experience staying at Karim and his wife their house. When I arrived at the airport there were some problems with my pick up, after I called Karim he was willing to help me and I took a taxi to his place. Once I got there they already had some food ready, so it was a very nice welcome. Karim also managed to arrange some tours for me and due to this tours my stay in Marocco was more than amazing.
Karim and Debbie were hands down the best hosts that we had on this trip! Not only did he handle our transportation to and from the airport, he booked a Sahara dessert overnight trip for us; took us on a tour of the market during the day and the night, extended every opportunity to help us explore and did it all with a smile! These two are the most welcoming, fun and helpful hosts you could ask for; not to mention a Ton of fun to just hang out with! I can't wait to figure out a way to get back and visit them!
riad propre dans un quartier huppé de la ville, très bon rapport qualité (website hidden) remercie les proprios pour ce séjour passé chez eux et m'ont donné cette envie de revenir....
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.
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About the Host, Karim
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.