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Riad Catalina

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Pros: Great location easy to access everything and safe, nice courtyard area with comfortable space to relax, clean. Cons: On check in there was no helpful information provided about Marrakech or the services they offered (this was standard at other Riads we stayed in), when we went back later for a map they charged us the equivalent of 3 euros (maps had been free at other Riads), the pool was very dirty and we didn't feel comfortable using it, they had told us they would make arrangements to have breakfast for us on our morning of checkout since we were leaving early but nobody showed up and we had to go without..., our particular room was very tiny and cramped (probably better options available in the Riad), Wifi was awful most of the time and didn't reach anywhere but the common area downstairs

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Riad Catalina and it was excellent. The hotel is really nice. A little piece of calm. The courtyard is just magnificent with beautiful tiling, trees, and a fountain. If you are lucky you might even notice the two tortoises. It was a very relaxing place to sit. The plunge pool on the roof is a must see. Having a dip in here in the hot weather was a must. We loved it. The room was just right. Not the biggest, but your only in it to sleep. It was clean and comfortable and that's all you need. The bed was fine and the air con was good. Staff were excellent and they really did make the holiday. Always friendly and polite and would do anything to help. They also gave us great advice when we asked about things. Every member of staff we met were exceptional. Thank you. The location is great. Its not far from the airport, maybe a 20-30 minute taxi ride. Once you get your bearings you find the location is perfect. Jemaa el-Fna, the main square and market, is about ten minutes walk, providing you know the right way (your phone is essential until you know your way around and mobile signal not a problem). Carrefour supermarket is 20 minutes walk away. The upmarket area Geuliz is about 30 minutes walk away if you want some nice hotel bars or brand shopping in the mall. Marrakech is a very safe city. Just be sensible, watch your belongings etc, but we felt 100% safe all the time. You will get hassled to but stuff but just be polite, or tune it out. So we had a great time and we will definitely be back. Thank you Riad Catalina.

It's a bit hard to find at first, but as soon as you get inside, you will completely forget the chaotic surrounding city. You can ear the birds singing while having a mint tea in the garden, you can rest and watch the sunset by the rooftop pool, you can take pictures of the nearby koutoubia mosque on the terrace, over the roofs of the nearby buildings (which is only 5min walking distance). This is an excellent value for money Riad. The staff is extremely helpful, the rooms are comfy and spacious (at least the one I was given) the breakfast is good and typical and I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever about it. Well, maybe we could get a stronger wi-fi signal on the room, but.... that's not very important when you have so many things to do and visit nearby. I was really happy for choosing this Riad!

Always wanted to stay in a Riad, this one had very good on line reviews. Had a budget deal but was very disappointing. First room was an annex , there was hardly room to get around the bed, no mattress protector and the sheets just went to the edge of the mattress, they seemed to be suitable for a single bed not a double, totally unsatisfactory, also no hot water. Room was changed, without any fuss, for a larger one next day, bed was comfortable and had mattress protector and sheets that fitted. Hot water was still hit and miss. Riad was clean and breakfast was fine. However, was mystified by all the excellent and gushing reviews, both on line and at the Riad, must have been staying at a completely different place, or our expectations were too high. The one plus thing was the location which was very good for getting to the heart of Marrakech.

Built like all Riads with the difference being the exception of the staff. Really helpful considerate and attentive. They really went the extra mile and understood how to look after their guests. Restaurant food very tasty but only if you want tagines

Absolutely loved this wonderful Riad. The setting is amazing, a stunning courtyard filled with plants, a water fountain and with birds tweeting. The rooms are lovely and we had views out over the city roof tops. The staff were amazing and went the extra mile by allowing my boyfriend to fix his memory card using the office computer. They also went out and helped me to organise a birthday cake as a surprise for my boyfriend as it was his birthday while we were there. The location is brilliant. Peaceful and quiet but just a few metres away from the hustle and bustle. I have the best memories of Marrakesh and Riad Catalina. I can't fault it.

If you are even slightly pondering staying in Riad Catalina for your trip to Marrakech, my advise would be 100% do it. My boyfriend and I spent 5 nights at the riad in the heart of downtown Marrakech and couldn't have asked for anything more. The location was perfect - about 5-10 minutes walk from the medina and the souks and about 15 minutes walk to new town Marrakech. Our room was beautiful, decorated with traditional Moroccan decor and a great view of the rooftops and the atlas mountains. The staff were extremely helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. One in particular was our flight was at 8pm and check out in midday. As we were lying by the pool and out all day exploring, they offered us another room to use to shower and change before our flight home. You don't get this kind of service in the large hotel chains! We had dinner in the Riad a few nights. The food was great and they served wine, beer and spirits which you don't see much of in Marrakech unless you go to the bars in the new town. Overall a fantastic experience and we both really feel that we experienced the real traditional Morocco.

Booked this quickly through Thomson, wanted somewhere small and in the medina. We are loving it here -the main area set around a lovely courtyard. Our room is small but clean and has very comfy beds and a great shower. The staff are very attentive and friendly without being overly so. Breakfast is good with plenty of coffee - I require a gluten free diet and have been very happy with omelette, salad and fruit. Leave the Riad and meander through the alleys to the main road and you quickly find yourself in the main square - all well lit so you can find your way home after dark. Rooftop pool is great for a cool down after a hot day in the souks. Staying with my daughter and would definitely return here.

if you visit Marrakech make sure that you stay in a Riad. I recommend Catalina. The staff are very friendly ,Nadia from reception speaks different languages and is always ready to help you with everything you need. The Riad is beautiful and well kept , it takes us back to the old days. loved it. Thank you

We arrived earlier than the room was ready, and asked for lunch . The lady said that they not serving it jet. but she was happy to ask kitchen and they prepared great lunch for us. the garden is in shade and of course in the morning and evening is chilly. but the atmosphere and singing birds is great. The pool is small but sunny. The breakfast was nice but nothing extra special. only what I could recumbent is concentrating on serving their traditional food more than anything else. and then if someone request do the continental. Overall great place to stay! Thank you for everything. Great work team!

21 Derb Abdellah Ben Hssaine Bab Laksour Marrakech

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Jamaa el Fna and Koutoubia Minaret
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Riad Catalina places you in Medina, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Jamaa el Fna and Koutoubia Minaret. This 20-room, 4-star riad has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Ben Youssef Mosque and Almoravid Koubba are a short walk from the riad, which is in the historical district.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


All 20 air-conditioned accommodations feature separate bedrooms. TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Rooms also include phones.

Property features

Guests of Riad Catalina have access to an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, self parking is MAD 20 per day, or you can take advantage of the shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available on request). The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Privilege room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Suite

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Suite Royal

Full 3 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 337 reviews