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Riad Camilia: A Hidden Gem In The Marrakech Medina

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Courtyard at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Located in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina just minutes from Djemma El Fna and steps away from the Ben Yusef Madersa Riad Camilia is is the epitome of a hidden gem and without a doubt one of the best Riads in Marrakech.  This four star boutique hotel combines exquisite decor, a peaceful ambiance and excellent personalized service with a fantastic location ensuring a wonderful and memorable stay in Marrakech.

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View of courtyard from room at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

As you set foot through the unassuming door the tangled maze of the Medina gives way to a true oasis of peace and tranquility. The central courtyard shaded by four orange trees is like a breath of fresh air in contrast to the chaos outside.

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Splash pool at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

After a day of sightseeing you can relax and recharge your energy in the small splash pool or read a book under the trees. There are also two indoor lounge areas where you are sure to find a cozy spot to unwind and let the peaceful tranquility of Riad Camilia embrace you as you reminisce about your exciting day exploring the Red City.

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Riad Camilia has a intimate feel which combined with an exquisite décor that blends cotemporary design with exotic Moroccan flare makes for interior spaces that are comfortable and familiar yet unique and magical.  Luxury whispers at you from every corner with a French Moroccan style that creates a soft, sequestered and at times fairy tale like atmosphere. In the evening the plush rugs, the luxurious furnishings and objets d’art get a mystical hue when seen through the glow of exquisite multicolored Moroccan lamps.

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Riad Camilia Marrakech, room facing the courtyard. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

With only 6 rooms, most of them overlooking the central courtyard, Riad Camila makes you feel like you are staying at a family friend’s home. There are plenty of lounge areas so there is always a place to find peace and quiet or a great opportunity to meet other guests and share all about your adventures exploring Marrakech .

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Living room area at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

We stayed in room 6 which is in a newer part of the house. This spacious room is more like a small apartment with a large living room area and a private staircase. This room can also connect with one or two adjacent smaller rooms to accommodate a famiy of 3 or even 4.

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Room 6 at Riad Camilia Marrakech. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Riad Camilia Marrakech room 6

The living room in room 6 at Riad Camilia Marrakech. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

The rooftop terrace is ample with semi-private areas and has two small pools and plenty of seating areas shaded by umbrellas, trees and shrubs protecting you from the direct sunlight during the hotter months. There are chaise lounges for relaxing or sunbathing and comfortable seating areas.

Riad Camilia Marrakech rooftop terrace

Rooftop terrace at Riad Camilia Marrakech. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Riad Camilia Marrakech rooftop terrace

Rooftop terrace at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Breakfast which usually consists of fresh squeezed orange juice, hot beverages, Moroccan breads, crepes, honey and homemade marmalades and fruit preserves, is served at one’s leisure on the roof terrace and is included with your stay.

breakfast Riad Camilia

For lunch or dinner you can enjoy a delicious light Moroccan meal in the beautiful dining room. And for the ultimate relaxation experience be sure to book a massage or enjoy the hammam.

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Dining room at Riad Camilia. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

At Riad Camilia no comfort is overlooked yet the warm hospitality never seems calculated. You can tell that Riad Camilia is a labor of love and that Nicolas, the French manager, is truly passionate about making your stay unforgettable and ensuring you have a fabulous time. Being a gracious host is something that is second nature to Nicolas and his love for Marrakech is contagious.

Riad Camilia Marrakech Riad Camilia is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway and for families with older children or teenagers as the Riad does not accept children under twelve. This is quite common with Riads in Marrakech and ensures for a peaceful and restful getaway. If you are looking for the perfect accommodations for families in Marrakech be sure to read my article about the best places to stay in Marrakech with children here.

If you are looking for a luxury Riad in the heart of the Medina there is not better option that Riad Camilia. Everything about our experience was outstanding and made for a truly memorable stay and I would not think of staying anywhere else in Marrakech. Riad Camila and it’s wonderful staff have won my heart!  Check out Riad Camilia’s website for more information and prices.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. RiadCamilia

    Thanks Paula for your words about our daily work at Riad Camilia!!

  2. Jeanette

    Oh my word, what beautiful architecture in this place! Would so need to go there and visit. Hopefully someday I can get there.

  3. lisa

    What a gorgeous place to stay! It looks like a hotel right out of a movie. I love all of the decor.

  4. christine

    What a beautiful and relaxing vacation. It’s the perfect mix of elegance and homey. I’d love to visit some day.

  5. Dee

    Raid Camilia seems like a really beautiful place. I have never heard of it until I read this post and I thank you so much for sharing the information. I am going to have to add it to my travel list.

  6. Tammilee Tips

    This looks like a beautiful place to stay! I love finding new hotels when we travel to stay at.
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  7. Pam

    Wow, what a serene and beautiful place. I love the style and decor. I can imagine myself enjoying a light meal there, then getting a massage.

  8. Jacqui @TradesofJacqui

    Oh my! The character and ambiance of this place is absolutely stunning! It looks so peaceful! I could sit there all day looking at everything in the room or just reading a book. Heck. A nap wouldn’t be crossed off the list 🙂

  9. Chrishelle Ebner

    Oh my goodness I need to take my husband for a trip to Marrakech. Riad Camilia looks like an amazing resort to soak up the culture. I would love to eat breakfast on the roof top terrace.

  10. Liz Mays

    Oh wow, this really is a gem. I love the design of their rooms and courtyard. They look so cozy and welcoming.

  11. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I have never been to Morocco before but after seeing your photos, I would love to! This Riad Camilia is such an awesome place to be. Perfect for relaxation! I could spend a whole evening on that rooftop terrace just gazing at the stars!

  12. Teresa

    This is a gorgeous hotel in Marrakesh. This has been o my list of places to visit for some long, ho9pefully some day.

  13. Sarah

    What an adorable place to check out. I love the decor, looks rather inviting!

  14. Angelic Sinova

    Wow, this seems like such a lovely place to stay. Visiting Morocco is high on my travel bucket list. It just seems like such a lovely place.

  15. Rebecca Swenor

    The Riad Camilia sounds and looks like a excellent place to stay while in Marrakech Medina. It really does have a peace tranquility look and I love there are only 6 rooms. It looks like a great place for a romantic getaway for a couple. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous peaceful gem and your experience.

  16. Inspiring Kitchen

    Oh wow, your photographs of Riad Camilia said it all. I would want to stay in that place whenever I have the chance 🙂

  17. Jenny

    That hotel looks perfect. I’d love to visit and stay there sometime.
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  18. Anosa

    Everything looks so beautiful, really looks like a stunning place I love the decoration so much its just perfect

  19. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Riad Camilia looks like a place I want to be in! The place looks fantastic and relaxing. Looks like you had a wonderful stay there.

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