20 of the Best Marrakech Riads

Marrakech and it's riads have it all: gorgeous gardens, exciting shopping, exotic interiors. The best Marrakech riads are listed here - there are over 1000 of them. Yes, there are large hotels for sure (famous La Mamounia reopened its doors in 2009 after a two year closure), but for those who want to join in the party the rise of the Marrakech riad is a revelation, and there are some seriously cool hotels here. These converted townhouses (spelt riad or riyad), deep in the heart of the hub of the city, are transforming the hot, dusty, noisy medina into a 21st-century lifestyle destination.

Characterized by plain facades, duck-your-head doorways, and decorative interior courtyards, the best of the Marrakech riads are in the heart of the action, but at the same time providing a cool oasis from the noise, dust and hubbub. They provide your own utterly authentic oasis. These Marrakech riads are intimate affairs, and most have fewer than ten beds.

Alternatively, consult our complete list of the best hotels in Marrakech, or see our articles on the Marrakech Medina or Marrakech Riads for guidance on staying in these truly authentic riads.

  • Riad Dar Zaman

    Marrakech (Sidi Ben Slimane)

    Charming four roomed riad situated in the heart of the medina. Traditionally decorated rooms feature berber rugs and original hand-crafted pieces. Delicious Moroccan cuisine and cooking classes available too. Beautiful sun terrace with views to the mountains. An excellent value chic retreat.

    4 rooms from $89
    Exclusive offer  -  Free transfer and dinner
    Groups  -  Take over the whole riad for a stay to remember!
    Views  -  Fantastic views over the medina and to the Atlas Mountains in the distance from the roof terrace.
    Cooking classes  -  Scour the souks for ingredients, then return to the Riad to learn how to cook them.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12 unless you take over the whole property
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Dar Zemora


    A small traditional hotel nestled in gardens of olive, palm and citrus trees. Local Moroccan designs give a warm colourful feel yet all the mod cons are in place for contemporary living. The dining rooms deep red walls and candle lit tables make for romantic dining. Ideal for completely unwinding.

    6 rooms from $250
    Country Escape  -  A totally tranquil property near the bustling city of Marrakesh making it the ideal place to relax after a days exploration
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic haven, with lavish fourposter beds, incredible six-course dinners and lush gardens for strolling hand in hand.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor pools
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Riad El Fenn


    A designer riad, owned by Vanessa Branson, and furnished with flair in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Lush gardens, secluded terraces and courtyards, surrounding fragrant rose gardes, and magnificent views of the city. The ultimate place for wellbeing.

    20 rooms from $280
    Honeymoons  -  Stunning suites and spectacular views, spa treatments and belly dancers plus unbeatable food- what more could you want?
    Chic  -  An arty riad filled with British modern art and Moroccan collectables.
    Roof terrace  -  Magical views at night.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
  • Riad Farnatchi

    Marrakech (Rue Souk el Fassis)

    An elegant luxury riad right in the heart of Marrakech. The chic airy suites feel spoiling and romantic, with private balconies, Egyptian cotton sheets and handmade furnishings. Traditional white marble hammam is an ideal way to unwind after a day in the Souks. A really exquisite and intimate spot.

    9 rooms from $289
    Local markets  -  Just ten mins from Jemaâ El Fna Square.
    Cooking classes  -  There are a whole range of classes available from extensive courses to a day in the market followed by learning a dish or two.
    Great walks  -  Guided tours to help you uncover the history of Marrakech, get your bearings in the souks or even find the perfect carpet.
    Sights nearby  -  Ben Youssef Madrasa is just two minutes away.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Dar Les Cigognes

    Marrakech Medina

    An understated and elegance Riad, in the heart of Marrakech. The beautifully decorated rooms fuse Moroccan and European styles to create enchanting spaces. Fantastic views from the roof top terrace, while you chow down on award winning delicious food. Simply magical.

    11 rooms from $185
    Exclusive offer  -  Free Night Offer
    City Style  -  Magical rooms in a stylish Riad, with award winning restaurant and extensive spa services- all in the center of Marrakech!
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food with the school that was voted Best Moroccan Cooking School in the world.
    Local markets  -  Less than a ten minute walk away you'll find Jamaâ El Fna Square, the main market in Marrakech
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • La Maison Arabe

    Marrakech (Bab Doukkala)

    Iconic restaurant turned luxury hotel, in the Medina of Marrakech. The decor is a sublime combination of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and smart European style. Every detail sings charm, old-school elegance, and history.

    26 rooms from $232
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Local markets  -  Ten minutes from Jamaâ El Fna Squarem, with plenty of smaller souks nearby.
    Great walks  -  Head out to Majorelle Gardens for a peaceful stroll.
  • Villa des Orangers

    Marrakech (Place Ben Tachfine)

    Smart French-owned hotel with authentic Moroccan decoration. Sophisticated rooms with rich Moroccan-style wooden furnishings, beautiful and luxurious hammam, and inner courtyards for relaxing. A destination for wellbeing and pampering.

    6 rooms from $286
    Great walks  -  Wander around the Djemaa el Fna bursting with fire breathers, snake charmers, belly dancers and street vendors.
    Spa breaks  -  The lavish spa treatments are professional and totally spoiling, nevermind the Hamamm and multipile pools.
    City Style  -  An elegant Riad, minutes from the main attractions, with an exclusive feel and first rate amenities.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
  • Riyad Al Moussika

    Marrakech (Kennaria)

    An intimate and romantic riad with excellent service. Courtyards flooded with sunlight, opulent shaded rooms, delicious Italian-Moroccan-French cuisine- the perfect romantic hideaway.

    5 rooms from $258
    Great walks  -  Explore The Medina's famously rabbit warren-esq streets, be sure to bring a hotel card as getting lost is all part of it!
    Local markets  -  Just five minutes from Jamâa El Fna Sqaure where you can find killer bargains, or simply observe the hustle and bustle.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the magnificent Bahia Palace and Gardens, orginally built by a slave who rose to be grand vizier.
    Swimming Pool  -  Courtyard pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Riyad el Cadi

    Marrakech (Dabachi)

    Calm, stylish refuge filled with fine furniture and art. Beautiful white washed patios and roof top sun terrace. A place of tranquility and calm. Its accommodations are well suited for families. A stay in history, amidst history.

    15 rooms from $162
    City Style  -  Five stunning 14th-century Riads, with enchanting interiors, cool leafy courtyard and tented roofterrace, right in the Medina.
    Local exploring  -  Just around the corner from the all-singing, all-dancing, fire-eating, snake-charming, food-vending madness of Djemaa el-Fna.
    Artworks  -  Lofty architecture, museum-worthy textiles, historic objects d’art and original frescoed features
    Local markets  -  Explore the wonderful and wild souks haggle over an array of textiles, carpets, leatherwork, spices and jewellery.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Riad Tchaikana


    Carefully displayed artworks at this minimalist-chic hotel in the heart of the medina. Stark white walls, authentic pottery and classical music in the communal areas. Great breakfasts and views over the city towards the mountains from the roof-top terrace. A perfectly designed riad.

    5 rooms from $79
    Total relaxation  -  Cool suites and leafy rooftop dinning offer a completely serene haven in the heart of busy Marrakech.
    Great walks  -  Head out into the winding alleys and streets of the Medina and wander, it's a great place to get lost and discover hidden jems.
    Local markets  -  Trawl the Marrakech souks for deals on carpets, jewels and leather goods.
    Sights nearby  -  The Koutoubia Mosque and gardens are only a 20-minute walk away.
  • Riad Kniza


    Opulent surroundings, antiques and artworks - the chance to live like a royal in this expertly-run riad. Lavish rooms are exceedingly spacious with ornate furniture and moroccan styled modern bathrooms. The cuisine is worthy of a visit alone. The spa is heavenly. A spoiling stay.

    11 rooms from $222
    Hideaway  -  Impossible to leave, with a spa, three courtyards, warm and welcoming library and drawing room, rooftop terrrace and a pool.
    Foodies  -  Excellent and indulgent multi course Moroccan cuisine served wherever you choose.
    Sights nearby  -  Within easy access of some of the best sites including Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, El Badi Palace and Ben Youssef Medersa.
    Local markets  -  Personal tours and shopping expeditions from owner Haj Mohamed Bouskri, a renowned antique dealer.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Riad Honey


    Simple but stylish rooms in a well-located and inexpensive riad over looking the Medina. Oriental rugs, wrought iron beds and rich cottons make up the truly authentic surroundings. Rooms look over the lovely inner courtyard where you are served delicious local food. Perfect, and without pretensions

    8 rooms from $55
    Value chic  -  Charming rustic chic Oriental style rooms overlooking the quaint inner courtyard, yummy food and the BEST location.
    Great walks  -  The Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden is under five minutes away.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel balconies command wonderful views of the Medina, or walled section of the city.
    Local markets  -  Just a 15 minute walk to the bustling square and market place, Jamaa el Fna.
  • Riad Zolah

    Marrakech (Mouassine)

    A boutique riad in a fantastic location. Seemless mix of traditional Moroccan decoration and modern comforts. Two central courtyard patios, relaxing rooftop terrace with loungers, a plunge pool and small hammam. An intimate spot for a romantic break.

    6 rooms from $121
    Romantic Break  -  A charming converted mansion, with suites boasting open fireplaces and private terraces as well as romantic rooftop dining.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a ten minute walk to the famed Jamaâ El Fna square, bursting with life and action at any time of the day or night.
    Local markets  -  Right in the heart of the old city, within walking distance of the local souks.
    Swimming Pool  -  Courtyard pool
  • Maison MK


    A fabulously relaxing and romantic retreat in a frenetic city. Subtly lit rooms with neutral tones and sensual shapes. Sensational food, fantastic hammam, and wonderful roof top terrace. Truly luxurious.

    6 rooms from $522
    Honeymoons  -  Honeymoon heaven, with a bottle of bubbly on arrival, romantic rooftop terrace, pampering spa and private dining options.
    Foodies  -  Spectacular Moroccan-French fusion- the five course tasting menu with rooftop drinks and canape reception, is a MUST!
    Great walks  -  Wander the streets of the old city, watch a snake charmer, bargain for some goods, and most importantly get lost!
    Cooking classes  -  With two courses- one hardcore cooking, the other includes an interesting visit to the local market.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
  • Le Riad Monceau


    Stunning, luxury riad-hotel, featuring a gastronomic Moroccan restaurant and Cookery School. Sublime bedrooms with private jacuzzis, attractive patio with swimming pool, traditional hammam spa, and one of Marrakech's best restaurants. For those who like the finer things in life.

    10 rooms from $164
    City Style  -  A chic 18th-century Hispano-Moorish Riad just off Jemaa el-Fnaa, with rooftop terrace offering views of the Koutoubia Mosque.
    Foodies  -  A feast for all the senses, the restaurant is described as 'the Mecca of Moroccan cuisine in the Marrakech medina'.
    Local markets  -  The Riad is only a three minute walk to the souks where you can spend hours rummaging around and haggling for a deal.
    Sights nearby  -  Right off the famed Djemaa El Fna square, where you will always find something going on from dawn to dusk.
  • Riad Al Boraq

    Marrakech Médina

    A cosy, authentic riad with charming staff and great-value prices. Simple and fresh - a great base from which to explore Marrakech.

    6 rooms from $101
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Cooling plunge pool for summer stays.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Riad Kaiss

    Marrakech (Riad Zitoun Kedim)

    Magnificent, traditional riad in the Medina with easy access to the historic sites. Stunning rooms with exquisite touches, sun-drenched roof-tops, peace, calm and beauty.

    9 rooms from $179
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
  • Dar Fakir

    Marrakech (Kennaria, Medina)

    Romantic central Riad with flickering lights and cosy rooms. Exceptional value for money. Elegant rooms in Berber style in creams and beiges. A place to impress.

    7 rooms from $101
    Exclusive offer  -  Summer Special
    City Style
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

Written by  James Dunford Wood, posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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