Marrakech with a View: Best Hotel Roof Terraces in Marrakech
Marrakech really does have everything a visitor could want. Sun, culture, commerce, adventure and a chance to try something new. It also has every kind of place to stay you can imagine - from basic hostels where you can sleep beside Berber traders fresh off the camel, to resorts as luxurious as anything you can imagine with some of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech.
So how to choose? Well, how about by paring back to what's really important? If you want to feel as if you're staying right in amongst the excitement of this frenetic and colourful city you need to stay somewhere with a roof terrace.
Peering out over your city from the comfort of one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech is an energising and enlightening experience. This city is fascinating to watch from a bird's eye view, and if it all gets too much for you cast your eyes towards the mountains for a glimpse of serenity.
Join our gurus as they discuss the pros and cons of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech.
Roof terrace with a view
As well as being a place to unwind after a busy days foray into the souks, and somewhere to lay out and go over your purchases, your hotel roof terrace is a wonderful place to explore Marrakech from. Remotely. Many of our favourites amongst the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech offer mouthwatering medina views and from others the vistas stretch beyond the city to the mountains in the distance.
Fresh and fashionable, Maison MK is also where you'll find one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech. Split into two parts, from the top section you can see past a beautiful mosque tower to the Atlas Mountains, while the bottom section is a candle-lit bar. Both Maison MK's decor and menu are a carefully balanced blend of old and new, and North African and European.
Riyad Edward has the tallest rooftop garden in the medina, so if you want views, this is one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech. From there you can look down into the medina, or on the other side the inviting courtyard below. The rooms here are simple, traditional and charming - with many of the original tiles, doors and other features - and it's exceptionally well priced, with rooms starting from just £50 per night.
If you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then Dar Tchaikana is probably for you. They serve their wonderful traditional pancakes on the roof terrace overlooking the medina, and the mountains beyond - and what could be a better start to a day exploring Marrakech.
Riad Dar One is right in the heart of the medina, with close up views of the Bahia palace from its roof terrace. Some of the walls are high, and it's shaded with a sail, but in some places the view spreads below you for miles. Riad Dar One has been luxuriously decorated with a contemporary flair, so it's an excellent choice if you prefer things simple and reasonably priced.
Traditional Riad Roof Terraces
A stunning roof terrace is one of the best features of a traditional riad. Which is technically supposed to have a garden as well. What you can also guarantee from this selection of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech is a palatial courtyard, a plunge pool and a hammam.
Riyad el Cadi is an oasis of clean calm in a cacophonous city. Its whitewashed walls, fine furniture and art are spread through several interconnected mansions, connected by a maze of corridors and sun terraces, culminating in one of the the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech.
Small, and perfectly located in the heart of the medina, the Riad Zolah is a traditional Moroccan home, but with modern comforts. As well as one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech, it also has two central courtyards, a plunge pool and a hammam.
Riad Honey's roof terrace is at its best at dusk, when lanterns bring a glow to the place, and you can see the city alight below you. A traditionally decorated riad, Riad Honey is in a quiet, un-touristy part of old town Marrakech, so it feels like a step back in time.
Roof terraces with pools
It might not be surprising that there are so few pools on roof terraces in Marrakech - these beautiful old buildings were designed with cool interior courtyards for their water features. But if you want to sunbathe there's really no where nicer to do it than by the pool on one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech.
The Villa des Orangers has two pools, one on the rooftop sun terrace - maybe it's the influence of the French owners? The decor feels very Moroccan though, with rich decorations and a truly beautifully tiled hammam. As well as the two pools there's plenty of other outdoor space here - orange tree filled patios and inner courtyards and several of the larger rooms also have private terraces.
Private roof terrace
What could be more romantic than a roof terrace of one's own? Whether for enjoying a cosy diner a deux or simply soaking up the sunset, here are our favourite hotels in Marraekch with a private roof terrace.
Riad Kaiss is romantic and secluded, but it's also quite unique - this building was originally built as a harem. Now, that might not sound too romantic to you, but the elegant conversion has kept some of the wonderful latticework, and arranged, as it is, around a beautiful courtyard and series of sun terraces, it's really very charming and relaxing. Its suites also have some of the loveliest private hotel roof terraces in Marrakech. And if it's a romantic trip you're planning it's worth splashing out - the riad's food is superb, and they'll serve you al fresco meals for two on your terrace.
For roof terrace luxury it's hard to beat Riad El Fenn. Owned by Vanessa Branson, the design is a lush fusion of traditional Moroccan opulence with a bit of English comfortable restraint - and modern art. The hammam is a quiet haven - this building was once a fortress and the walls are a metre thick. The food is sourced in the riad's own garden. And upstairs, on one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech, you'l find an ocean of Berber pillows to fall into.
If you're travelling with a group, five room Riad al Bushra is the perfect size to book out entirely - thus getting one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech entirely to yourself! Intimately laid out, the owner/ manager has taken care to retain many of the original features of this beautiful riad. And the atmosphere is geared to make you feel entirely at home, just in gorgeous surrounds.
If you're picturing yourself of an evening, looking out from one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech, chilled glass of wine in hand… Before you get too carried away it's worth mentioning that not all riads have a license to serve alcohol. So check before you book.
Or opt for uncovering roof terrace bars like the excellent Kosybar, which overlooks the Place de la Fourt, close to the Badi Palace. Kosybar has two roof terraces, the top one is at the top of a narrow spiral staircase right above the city walls.
For a full selection our choices see our pick of the best places to stay in Marrakech or the Palmeraie.
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.
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.
Beautifully renovated riad in the heart of the medina. Small, contemporary and undeniably hip. Rooms have earthy tones, geometric lights and oh-so soft sheets. The pretty rooftop is the perfect breakfast spot. Exemplary service. Ideal for a romantic getaway.
6 rooms from $101
Value chic - A sleek and glamorous Raid in the Jewish quarter, boasting bold contemporary design, at very reasonable rates
Sights nearby - The Palais de Bahia, Royal Palace and the Kasbah are walking distance from the hotel.
Local markets - Get lost in the warren alleyways of the souks and shop til you drop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intimate newly restored riad in the heart of the Medina. All suite accommodation at very reasonable prices, just a stone's throw from Marrakech's major attractions. Roof terrace and plunge pool for relaxing. Book the whole place and throw a party to remember!
5 rooms from $84
Sights nearby - close to royal palaces, and just three minutes walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna Square.