19 Absolutely Fabulous Riads in Marrakech
Staying in a riad in Marrakech is always the first recommendation I give to anyone visiting the city. Even as someone who grew up in Morocco in a traditional riad, I never get bored of the beautiful architecture, the stunning intricate details as well as the beautiful art in every corner of a riad. A riad is a magical place showcasing the artistry of generations of Moroccan artisans and local savoir-faire.
If you are lucky to spend a few days in Marrakech – also called the Ocher city – please book your stay at a Marrakech riad! If you don’t know which riad accommodations to check, here is my selection of the ones I love the most for every budget, from low-budget riads to luxury riads. They are a piece of heaven on earth with their exquisite zellij artwork, fountains, gardens, pools, hammams, and so much more. They are all wonderful examples of traditional construction favored by visitors and locals alike. Trust me; you will get goosebumps when you look at your pictures years from now!
Riad Dar K
There are few accommodations at Riad Dar K, so get there fast to ensure your stay. Two double rooms and two suites can be booked, all intimate and cozy. Plus, the riad is in the heart of the desirable old town of Marrakech. Visitors will appreciate the nearby Medersa Ben Youssef, a former Koranic school that is a definite attraction in the area.
This riad is distinguished by a plethora of greenery and an inviting swimming pool, and a charming terrace. It is ideal for those seeking to enjoy traditional architecture with a modern twist, the best of two worlds for sure!
Rating: 3 stars Hotel
Budget: Between $100 and $150 per night
Address: Derb Boussetta Lakbir 23 Quartier, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Marrakech boasts many gems, but Riad Yasmine is certainly among my favorites. It offers eight beautifully decorated rooms, each with a special décor. Every guest will relish the color palette of green and white, enhanced by numerous plants and crafts. It is light and bright, unique among the city’s riads.
If you feel boosted by the sun’s rays, you will feel lifted and energized. The sunshine pushes you to the pool for a dip and a bit of sun bathing. It is the best way to plant yourself before exploring the area including the markets of Marrakech and its numerous inviting cafes.
Budget: Between $90 and $150 per night
Address: 209 Rue Ank Jemel, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Riad Dar Kaw
This riad has its particular reputation. The name Dar Kawa translates to “The coffee house” in Arabic. If you seek an ultra-contemporary riad, this should be at the top of your list.
It is the epitome of slow life and gentle living. It is all about spirituality and energy. This mode has its definite appeal. It no doubt derives from the role of this riad as an ancient place of prayer. It promises to recharge your batteries, and you can choose from four bedrooms. It also offers a beautiful and well-equipped terrace where you can order a deep massage with locally-produced natural products.
Budget: Between $150 and $300 per night
Address: N° 18, Kaat Benahid, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Le Riad Berbère
Extensive renovations by Belgian architect Quentin Wilbaux have transformed Riad Berbere into an inviting residential experience. It is conveniently located near tourist hot spots such as La Maison de la Photographie and the famous Place des Épices. The splendors of yesterday are on full display with romantic décor and a sweet secret garden complete with a romantic jungle. After some heavy sightseeing, you can wander about in the lush vegetation and dip your toe in the several water fountains.
Budget: Between $35 and $115 per night
Address: Derb Sidi Ahmed Benacer 23 Kaat Benahid, Marrakesh, Morocco
Another favorite of mine and well-done renovation in Marrakech is Riad Kasbah, brought to the modern world in 2006. It shines in the old town section near the Saadian Tombs. It is prized for its spaciousness and comfort in a modest setting. The architecture combines elegance, minimalism, and tradition.
When it is time to chill out, the spa provides beauty and other treatments. The quality is ensured through its association with a local spa. If the mood moves you to enjoy a swim, the simple pool beckons.
Rating: 4 stars hotel
Budget: Around $110 per night
Address: 101, Derb Harbil Quartier Kasbah, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Riad Dar Akal
Riad Dar Akal is for visitors who seek absolute quiet, and who want to rest well and sleep peacefully. What better choice than Riad Dar Akal, ideally situated at the end of an off-the-beaten-track alley? The bubbling excitement of Marrakech (its souks and the Medersa Ben Youssef) seems miles away, although it is but steps from the riad’s entrance.
You will truly feel like you are getting away from it all in this renovated 18th-century structure. It has all the bells and whistles you are looking for – brought to life by Moroccan craftsmen with care and finesse. Just take a gander at the doors and ceilings: both are amazing! Go on foot to Jemaa el-Fna square and start to enjoy the time of your life.
Budget: Around $74 per night
Address: 32 Derb lalla Azouna, عزون 40000, Morocco
West Marrakech is the site of the Riad Clémentine. Fashion lovers will love the fact that it’s only steps away from the must-see Yves Saint Laurent museum and 800 meters from the Majorelle Garden.
You will be surprised by Riad clémentine’s fine presence and intimate ambiance. The Swiss hosts provide a warm welcome, complete with a fulfilling breakfast. Enjoy the environs before dipping in the beautiful swimming pool. Sun lovers will appreciate the day-long in sunshine. Parents will note the kid-friendly accommodations. Ask about their availability when you book your room. The hosts are keen on children’s causes and donate a portion of your room fee to the Al Karam association to protect children.
Rating: 3 stars hotel
Budget: Around $150
Address: Derb Sidi Messaoud 38, Marrakesh, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Riad Anya & SPA Marrakech
If I was a riad, I would be Riad Anya. The color palette and design of this riad speak to my soul. It is close to what all visitors have on the top of their sightseeing list. The souks and Jemaa el-Fna square are in walking distance. What’s even more inviting is the view of the Atlas Mountains afforded from the terrace.
For a warm and welcoming experience, this riad gets high marks. You will love the friendly staff known to give great tips on places to visit in Marrakech. Of course, they will tell you about the pool, spa, and jacuzzi. In no time, you will find that the rooms are exquisitely decorated in a contemporary Moroccan style.
In the historic center of Marrakech – the place to be – you will encounter a wonderful restored by a Franco-Belgian couple. Five bright suites are done up in a minimalist style. A clever mix of old and new gives marks a unique style. It is quite apparent in the high ceilings, lime plaster (tadelakt) sinks, and floors, not to mention to spacious walk-in closets. The goal is to inspire well-being after a good night’s rest.
Riad Dar Saad
What better place to stay than in the antiques district for a change of pace. Riad Dar Saad is still in the heart of the Medina so you won’t miss a thing as you are a few minutes’ walk from Jemaa el Fna Square and the Koutoubia Gardens. This 18th century riad boast of seven suites and four comfortable air-conditioned rooms with full amenities for the weary traveler.
The décor is lovely. It is a blend the traditional and the contemporary, making it up to date but still authentic in flavor. The artist owner, an artist ,has placed his special touches everywhere in the furnishings and surrounding décor, rendering one of the most unique in Marrakech. For spa lovers, massages offered (especially for couples and those who like to swim and cleanse will enjoy the pool and hammam.
Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech is surely a tourist center. Why not enjoy it daily by staying nearby at the Riad Tahili. The nine rooms and suites offer a chic vibe combined with Berber touches. It is unique and eye-appealing. Find the magnificent terrace as fast as you can to grab an available deckchair. As you wish, pop in the heated Jacuzzi. The decoration could be described as both sober and elegant, which in this context is not in conflict. It affords a peaceful feeling while you pep up in the bright, spacious rooms.
The Bab Doukkala district, west of the Medina, is known for a very fine riad: Riad BE. A stroll of ten minutes will take you to the Jemaa el Fna square. Its claim to fame comes from populating Instagram posts. In actually, it consists of two riads in a kind of complex laden with lush plants and geometric traditional Moroccan tiles. It is a true feast for the eyes. The details on the woodwork and doors are inspirational while the tiles are a panoply of color. It is a gift from local artisans, displaying their fine handiwork and superb skill.
Riad Dar Anika
To stay near the souks, choose the Riad Dar Anika, well positioned near the entrance. Plus, it is a short walk to the Palais el Badi from the Saadian tombs and the Jemaa el-Fna square so you won’t miss a thing in the environs. For spacious, comfortable rooms, you can’t go wrong. It is a true pleasure palace with wonderful amenities. You will be warmly welcomed by your host and find your room emanates the pure well-being to come.
The hallmark of the riad is eastern refinement from the rooms and lobby to the patio. It is the definition of Moroccan charm and romance. Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two and find out.
If you are in the Medina of Marrakech and minutes from the Jamaâ el Fna square, you are no doubt standing before the Riad Kheirredine. Luxury abounds in the details and opulent amenities. There is an inviting outdoor swimming pool, steam room, a view terrace overlooking the area, and a gourmet restaurant that specializes in traditional Moroccan cuisine. Each room is unique and atypical of the usual Moroccan style. You will find it appealing nonetheless and conducive to rest and relaxation. Consider it also as a romantic getaway.
For luxury galore, come to the Riad Farnatchi. The rooms are elegant and spacious, affording wonderful accommodations. Pop over to the indoor heated swimming pool and spa to take advantage of the full amenities for a warm climate. Browse in the library and go sit in the quiet, peaceful courtyard complete with fountains and lush gardens. There is everything a guest could want in the heart of Marrakech.
Riad Enija is located near Marrakech’s most popular sites – think the Rahba Kedima Square and the Palace of El Badii – making it a preferred accommodation choice for tourists. This traditional riad offers a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, with rooms decorated in an authentic Moroccan style, an outdoor swimming pool, a roof terrace with views of the Medina, as well as a hammam and a spa.
Riad El Fenn
This modern and elegant riad has spacious and bright rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant serving contemporary Moroccan cuisine, as well as a rooftop bar offering panoramic views of the city…so perfect for a good stay in Marrakech whatever you desires.
This exceptional riad will certainly appeal to lovers of traditional Moroccan decoration and history. Located in the Medina of Marrakech, the hotel offers spacious and elegant rooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. The establishment’s restaurant serves quality Moroccan and international cuisine, while the spa offers a range of traditional treatments to relax and rejuvenate. You can also enjoy the rooftop terrace to admire the view of the city and relax in a peaceful atmosphere. If you seek charm, give them a call.
Last but not least, Dar Darma must be mentioned as one of the most artistic riads in the city. The atmosphere is as creative as it is engaging. It is a special experience to be sure with a surprising decor populated by fine contemporary art.
It won’t be long before you discover the outdoor pool and roof terrace. There are many places to relax while you absorb your amazing surroundings. Note that it is not far from Jemaa el-Fnaa, certainly among the most popular tourist attractions and the reason you choose this riad for your stay.
Marrakech’s own Riad Kniza
A sought-after tourist attraction is the spectacular Riad Kniza, build in the 18th century as a palace. The lush seven room/suite structure is owned and operated by an antique dealer in the medina in Marrakech. As the epitome of oriental refinement, it draws visitors from near and far. It has easy access by automobile. Those already in the historic district of Bab Doukha will want to make their way to this picturesque site.
Start by exploring the heart of Marrakech; it’s byways always afford a mysterious jaunt. You may find yourself at the lively Jemaa-el-Fna square laden with the offerings of the many souks and mosques. Special sights include the lovely garden that graces the area created by the Majorelle painter. Also of note is the Ménara pavilion, whose beauty is reflected in the adjacent basin of water.
Just off the Jemaa-el-Fna square, making it a must-stop for both visitors and locals, you arrive at Riad Kniza. Given that it has been completely renovated by the owner, a noted architect, the palace is a feast for the eyes. It is an exemplar of the purest Moorish style for students of the country’s architecture.
The restoration was long in the making, utilizing the best Marrakech craftsmen that could be found. Local tradition is the hallmark of the renovation, and it has been painstakingly followed. You will immediately admire the traditional terracotta bricks and lime joints that create the façade and all structural walls. It is still a marvel centuries after its creation.
The details are divine, including the many expansive painted ceilings, gushing fountains, lithe wooden columns and old zelliges that serve to illuminate the extensive space. Give yourself ample time to savor everything. Photos are highly suggested!
Don’t miss the shaded windows. The typical delicate moucharabiehs are used for this purpose. Plus, note the silk bed covers, sculpted furnishings and lavish bathrooms. The walls are coated with soft tadelak. It all speaks of grandeur and old-world luxury. The goal is to provide visual and sensual pleasure amid opulence.
A wonderful time to visit is at sunset. The experience is beyond belief. You can see it happen from various vantage points- ideally the terrace. Meanwhile, if you are lucky, you can savor the best foods in Marrakech prepared by savvy cooks. Feast on pastillas, tajine, gazelle horns and pancakes to your taste.
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