I very rarely feel the need to write a post about where I stayed unless the place is exceptional and Riad Carina is one of those places. When I decided to go to Morocco, I searched high and low for places to stay and as any city with a decent tourist infrastructure, the options were limitless for all budgets.
However early on, I decided we needed to stay in riad. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. These riads are everywhere in Marrakesh and finding a good is hard only because there are so many to choose from. My criteria was nothing special: Decent price and something which was very Moroccan architecturally (Saw a few that were way too modern for my liking).
In Riad Carina, I got that and so much more. The riad itself is simply stunning and extraordinarily relaxing to be in. The courtyard was an oasis and a great testament to the original design principles of privacy and interior gardens. The rooms were very tastefully decorated and always immaculately clean. The rooftop terrace was a great place to simply chill out and observe (and hear) the storks nesting on the Al Badi palace walls.
The services offered by the riad are fantastic in quality. The breakfast were simply sublime and extremely filling which meant Raquel and I almost rarely needed a big lunch. The Moroccon cooking lesson offered by Aziza is fantastic (see this post). The hammam and spa at the affiliate Riad Diana was exactly what we needed after four days of exploring the city. The daytrip to Ourika was great value for money and there were no hidden costs anywhere. The shuttle service to and from the airport was promt and there was never any added requests for fares by the drivers. All in all, outstanding services.
Finally, a word about the staff. From the first moment I made the booking to the moment we left the riad, the staff were simply fantastic. Always caring and attentive without being overbearing and intrusive. Zahira was a great hostess and a lot of help when we needed. The remaining staff who’s names I can’t remember were always smiling and friendly.
The riad was simply the best place to escape the chaos and heat of the medina and as I said in the title of this post, it really was our little magical oasis.
I can’t emphasize how much I loved the place and therefore highly recommend the riad if anyone is ever in Marrakesh!
PS. I was not paid or asked to write this review.