Marrakech has it all: sunshine, gorgeous gardens, ridiculously exciting shopping, exotic music, trendy restaurants, history, romance, atmosphere. What is more this so near, so far idyll comes complete with a host of seriously cool hotels. 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 riad is a revelation. These converted townhouses, deep in the heart of the hub, 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 bliss of staying in a riad is that you are so close to the action, and yet in your own utterly authentic oasis. They are intimate affairs, most with fewer than ten beds. Their order bears no reflection on our preference.
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.
Marrakech (Rue Souk el Fassis)
Elegant and spoiling luxury riad. Traditional white marble hammam and fabulously chic suites - a really exquisite and intimate spot.
Marrakech (Issebtinne 40000)
Boutique hotel with an elegant aristocratic ambience. Its understated style avoids fake orientalism. It provides authentic peace and harmony with simpler white washed walls, orange trees, and a beautiful inner courtyard.
Understated elegance created through fusion of Moroccan and European styles in these two riads. Beautifully decorated rooms, fantastic views from the roof top terrace, and delicious food - an award winning haven in the heart of Marrakech.
Marrakech (Bab Doukkala)
Iconic restaurant turned luxury hotel with magnificent interior. Understated elegance - sublime combination of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and smart European style. Fountains, swimming pool and delicious cuisine. For those who like the best.
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.
Intimate, modest and painstakingly beautiful restored family home. Bubbling fountains, tropical gardens, turquoise tiles, fairytale rooms - a heavenly fiction for honeymooners.
An intimate and romantic riad with excellent service. Courtyards flooded with sunlight. opulent shaded rooms, delicious Italian-Moroccan-French cuisine - the perfect romantic hideaway.
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.
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.
Opulent surroundings, gastronomic multi-course dinners, antiques and artworks - the chance to live like King and Queen in this expertly-run riad.
Marrakech (Derb Dabachi)
An eclectic mix of furniture fills a warren of rooms at this unique riad set in beautiful grounds. Shabby-chic at this eccentric home from home. An oasis of peace with a swimming pool in the centre.
Simple but stylish rooms in a well-located and inexpensive riad. Truly unostentatious authentic surroundings - rugs, wrought iron beds, rich cottons. Great value for money.
New boutique riad in a great location. Seemless mix of traditional Moroccan decoration and modern comforts. Two central courtyard patios, rooftop terrace, plunge pool and hammam. An intimate spot for romantics.
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.
Stunning, luxury riad-hotel, featuring a gastronomic Moroccan restaurant and Cookery School. Stunning 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.
A cosy, authentic riad with charming staff and great-value prices. Simple and fresh - a great base from which to explore Marrakech.
Marrakech (Riad Zitoun Kedim)
The beauty and elegance of this riad stands out from the crowd. Light airy rooms with striking furnishings, indulgent spa, and traditional cuisine - serenity amidst the bustle of the city.
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.
Marrakech (Zaouia Sidi Bel Abbes, Bab Taghazout,)
A delightful Bohemian and old fashioned riyad just outside the centre of the Medina. The tallest rooftop garden in the medina makes up for simple rooms that are wonderfully inexpensive. Fantastic views over the city and a beautiful swimming pool.